Jackie from The Freckled Runner tagged me in this How I Run Q&A Survey, so I decided to fill it out for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
1. Would you rather run on a beach path or a mountain trail?
I’d rather run on a mountain trail because I live near the beach and can run there whenever I want, although I rarely do.
2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
I’m not a huge Gatorade fan. I always prefer the aid stations with water because most runners like to pour it on themselves during the race. I volunteer at races and run an aid station, and more runners take water than Gatorade.
3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would you purchase with it?
4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan, or wake up and decide how far and fast you want to go?
I don’t follow a training plan, but I strive to get certain key workouts in each week- long run, speedwork, and some form of strength training. I like to get a hill or bridge run in at least every other week.
For the most part, I try to keep my runs easy right now because it’s hot.
5. Would you rather start your run with an uphill and end with a downhill, or start with a downhill and end with an uphill?
The closest thing we have to a “hill” in Charleston is the Cooper River Bridge, so I’ll say to start the run with the uphill and end with the downhill (if we had hills, I would prefer this). My 10K PR is in the Bridge Run.
6. When you can’t run, what kind of cross training do you choose to do?
Even when I can run, I like cross training and do it a few times a week. I like BodyPump, yoga, and the Arc Trainer.
I did spin three times a week last summer when I was injured, so now it reminds me of being injured. It’s still a great workout.
7. What is your preference: out-and-back, point-to-point, or loop?
I typically do out-and-back runs unless I’m at the evil oval (track).
8. If you could recommend any running gear or items to a new runner, what would it be?
Get fitted for shoes. Also, if you get injured, get refitted for shoes because you could possibly have been incorrectly fitted (I was). Right now, I am loving the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, but I also wear the Zoot Solana and Mizuno Wave Hitogami.
9. Do you see any animals on your runs?
Yep. Deer, snakes, and lots of roadkill. I also see off-leash dogs on the Greenway, which is against the rules- and I’m really not a dog person because I’ve been bitten. The owners insist their dogs don’t bite.
The dog that bit me didn’t bite. Until of course… he bit me.
10. Ever gotten lost while on a run?
I got lost on one of my first runs in my new neighborhood after moving to Charleston. Luckily someone in the neighborhood was grilling, so I followed the smell to get home. It was a longer run than planned.
11. If you could have one meal ready and waiting for you at home after each run for the next 30 days what would it be?
A protein shake/smoothie. I already do this, they are easy to make post-run, place in the shower, then grab when I am done showering and stretching. I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every morning.
12. Capris or shorts? which do you run in most?
I own running pants. I wore them twice last winter. For me, that was two runs too many. Both runs were below freezing.
13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into a run do you feel like your body is completely warmed up?
My first mile is almost always 20-30 seconds slower than the other miles. Takes at least a mile to warm up. Before a 5K, I usually run 2 miles to warm up and a 2-mile cooldown with friends/track buddies.
14. What do you do with your key when you run?
Pocket, beside the track, or leave them in the “key bucket” during some of the group runs.
15. If you could relive any race that you’ve done in the past, what would it be?
Cooper River Bridge Run 2015. It was the last time I raced well, and it was fun hanging out before and after the race. Lots of locals will tell you this race is overhyped and overpriced, but I think everyone should run it once for the experience.
16. What type of run is your least favorite?
Tempo runs. They’re especially hard in the summer with the heat, although I like them much more during Spring/Fall/Winter.
17. When you go for a run, do you leave from your front door or go somewhere to start?
For my morning runs, I’ve just been leaving right from my front door, mainly because I don’t have time to go drive somewhere.
For my long runs, I almost always drive somewhere. My favorite places to run, besides from the house, are the track, downtown Charleston, and the Cooper River Bridge.
18. When running in daylight, are sunglasses a must or just an annoyance?
I don’t really wear sunglasses unless I’m at the pool or beach. I wore glasses for years, so I’m not a sunglasses person. I won a pair of running sunglasses in a giveaway and they’re still in the package.
19. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
I have to get home because that’s where the food is.