Disclaimer: I’m shamelessly stealing this from Sam. With that, let’s move on.
I spend a heck of a lot of time recapping my runs and talking about my workouts on here, but I don’t spend much time talking about running in general, so for a change of pace, we’re doing that today.
1. Would you rather run along a beach path or along a mountain trail?
This may surprise some of my Albertan friends, but I’m picking beach all the way. I absolutely love being able to go for a trail run in the mountains, but I’m a beach girl at heart.
Maybe it’s because I spent 12 years living (practically) next to the ocean, but the beach will always be my first choice.
2. If you could choose the flavour of Gatorade at your next race’s aid station, what would it be?
I’m going to say a big old, “no” to Gatorade and pick Nuun instead. I will, if forced, drink Gatorade, but Nuun is my number one.
If we’re getting down to the nitty gritty on flavours, I’d pick strawberry lemonade, watermelon, or cherry limeade.
3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
First reaction: Only $100?!
Then I’d stop being such a spoiled brat and wander through the store. Truthfully, I don’t need any running gear at the moment, but I might pick up a new pair of compression sleeves because those guys always seem to come in handy for post-run recovery.
Yesterday all of my splits were 10min/mile or under, today they were 11min/mile or more. Why? Because each run serves a different purpose. Some runs are to make us faster and others are to help our body refer by running slowly. I didn't even look at my pace today, I just used my heart rate monitor and stayed within my "easy" range. How did you get active today? #runyyc #runchat #cowgirlruns
4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and then decide how far and fast you want to run?
Although I may suck at following a training plan at times, I need a training plan in order to actually get anything done.
I tried to approach June without a plan and I think I ran 18 miles? The majority of those were during City Chase, and I walked a lot, so I surely need a plan.
I’m also really enjoying having a coach and not needing to think about my plan. I just check my schedule each day and get to it.
5. Would you rather start your run with an uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with a downhill and end with an uphill?
No hills? Is no hills an option?
Having finished the worst marathon ever in May that ended on an uphill that dang near killed me, I’m going to have to pick starting on the uphill and finishing on a downhill.
Since I’m being forced to choose.
6. When you can’t run, what kind of cross-training do you do?
Cross training has always been my weakness, but I’m trying to fit in three cross-training sessions a week.
- Monday: BODYPUMP at GoodLife Fitness
- Wednesday: Barre at Barre Body Studio
- Friday: Yin yoga at Hot Shop
This is my goal for this week, so you’ll need to pop back in on Monday to see how it went…..
7. What is your preference – out and back, point to point or loop runs?
I’m not certain if I’ve ever done an point to point course. I guess I kind of did one during my marathon, but I was so concerned with how much the course sucked that I didn’t much care that it was a point to point.
For my training I do a lot of out and backs with loops thrown in depending on the distance on my schedule. When I have a set mileage, it’s easier for me to run out for x and back for x to make my mileage even. I find when I do loops I’m terrible at hitting my mileage.
8. If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be…?
Get yourself a good pair of shoes!
I have lots to say on this topic, so stop by on Friday for more!
9. Do you ever see wild animals while out for a run?
I do most of my running in the downtown area, so I see a lot of geese and rabbits – do those count?!
Hi friends! After a very very busy month, I've decided to take the rest of this week off from the blog. Not to worry, I'll be back with Merlin pictures and BlogFest prep on Monday. I just need some time to recover. For now, enjoy the bunnies I saw on the way home from my run last night. And, yes, I'll be around on social media.
On the occasions, I head to other parts of the city, I’ll also see deer and hawks. I’m far too chicken to run any really remote trails alone because I’d for sure be the person who gets eaten by a bear.
10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
I don’t think so?
When I’m running a new route, I’ll usually take a peek at a map beforehand (Calgary has a great map of the pathways around the city) and I figure if I make a wrong turn it’s pretty easy to backtrack to where I started from.
11. If you could have one meal ready and waiting for you each time you got home for a run for the next 30 days, what would that be?
I always feel so much pressure when answering these questions. Like, what if I say the wrong thing and then I regret it for the rest of my life?!
(I’m only dramatic sometimes).
If it’s a morning run, a sweet potato with two poached eggs topped with goat cheese.
If it’s an evening run, a burger and a beer.
Whew. I think I’m okay with those choices.
12. Capris or shorts…what do you run in most often?
Most definitely capris.
I will run in shorts, but sometimes there’s a chafing issue, and ain’t nobody got time fo dat.
13. At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start feeling like it’s warmed up and ready to go?
When training for my first marathon two years ago (ummm, excuse me?! How was my first marathon two years ago?!) I learned not to make any running-related decisions for 30 minutes or 3 miles. A run can go from absolute suck to feeling totally awesome in 30 minutes.
14. What do you do with your key when you run?
Pop that sucker in my bra.
I just ordered 3 more lululemon stuff your bra bras because those suckers are amazeballs. I jam my phone, keys and whatever else in there and I am set!
15. If you could relive any race you’ve done in the past, which would it be?
Another freaking loaded question.
I can tell you I would not want to relive the Minneapolis Marathon. Nope nope nope. I wouldn’t even want it as a do-over.
Hand down the hardest marathon to date. What you can't see is I was most definitely crying right as we crossed the finish line. #cowgirlruns @amw353s with @repostapp. ・・・ Today the incredible @cowgirlruns ran a (very hilly) marathon with me. After two under my belt I feel very confident in saying WHEE MARATHONS ARE REALLY DUMB! #MinneapolisMarathon #RetiringFromMarathonsAt30
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