Would you rather…

We are headed home from vacation today. It’s always a sad day, but it also feels good to get home. Today is a rest day, so instead enjoy another Would You Rather Running Style Survey from Cori over at Olive to Run. If you missed it, HERE is her post. This was number 4 in her survey series. I also completed survey #3. Without further ado, here is survey #4!

Do a tempo run or do hill repeats?

Definitely hill repeats. Tempo runs are so tough for me, but practically every run I do loosely involves hill repeats.

Hydrate with water OR hydrate with a sports drink?

I prefer to hydrate with water while on the run, and hydrate after my run with a watered down sports drink (such as Powerade).

Itch constantly as you’re running or sneeze constantly as you’re running?

I’d take sneezing over itching any day! Maybe if I ran backwards while sneezing it would propel me forwards more quickly?



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Compete in the Olympics as a runner or in another sport? (What sport?)At this point in my life, I’d definitely say as a runner. If you had asked me when I was a kid, my answer would have definitely been in swimming.

Be a short distance sprinter OR be the energizer bunny, holding the same pace for a long period of time?

I’m training for a marathon, not a 5K. What do you think? Funny enough, when I played soccer my coach gave me the nickname “energizer bunny” because I never got tired or stopped running.

Do speed work on a treadmill OR do speed work on a track?

I have only ever done speed work on a track. Although the track intimidates the heck out of me, I think I prefer doing my speed work there. There’s just some kind of reward in finishing each lap that I don’t think I’d get on the treadmill. Plus I’m afraid I’d be intimidated by the speed of the belt and end up flying off the back of the treadmill.

Do core work Or stretch post run? (Now do you really do either?)

I’m with Stephanie on this one- I’d like to stretch and then do core work. In truth the only core work I do is when I do a 30 day shred workout, and I only stretch when I’m sore. I know, I know…

Have no toe nails OR black toe nails?
If you don’t have toe nails you don’t have anything to paint. You can at least paint black toe nails. Or you can walk around in flip flops with your black toe nails proudly on display, so that when people ask you about them you can tell them all about your running!

 

Wear an army pack while running OR wear lead toed boots while running?

People who wear army packs while running always look so hard core! I used to see the cadets at tech running around with all of their gear. They’re tough stuff. Since I want to be tough stuff, too, my answer is army pack.

Run twice a day three days a week or run once a day for seven days a week?

I’ll take once a day seven days a week over twice a day three times per week, as long as I won’t get injured. I’d much rather get to run once a day every day.

Have side cramps your entire run or have leg cramps your entire run?
Side cramps, duh. You can still run with side cramps, but it would be awfully hard to run with leg cramps.



Barry, 2011 Richmond Marathon

This is the face of a runner at mile 26 who has had leg cramps since mile 19. You don’t smile at the finish line after that.

Luckily I always smile enough for the both of us.
 

Feel free to answer a few or all of the above questions! Or better yet, do your own “Would You Rather” post!
  1. Do a tempo run or do hill repeats?
  2. Hydrate with water OR hydrate with a sports drink?
  3. Itch constantly as you’re running or sneeze constantly as you’re running?
  4. Compete in the Olympics as a runner or in another sport? (What sport?)
  5. Be a short distance sprinter OR be the energizer bunny, holding the same pace for a long period of time?
  6. Do speed work on a treadmill OR do speed work on a track?
  7. Do core work Or stretch post run? (Now do you really do either?)
  8. Have no toe nails OR black toe nails?
  9. Wear an army pack while running OR wear lead toed boots while running?
  10. Run twice a day three days a week or run once a day for seven days a week?
  11. Have side cramps your entire run or have leg cramps your entire run?

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  1. I would rather still be at the beach!

    Travel safe.

    LUD.

    1. Vacation is never long enough.

  2. Love your dad’s response! And love that swimming pic! I was a competitive swimmer growing up too.

    1. Thanks! I miss swimming. That picture is from summer league, which was by far the most fun of all types of competitive swimming.

  3. I agree with Nicole, Roger’s response is great!

    Bill and I ran in the 2011 Richmond Marathon. I loved the course, but that was the race where I had so much leg pain the last six or so miles… I’m sure my grimace was worse than Barry’s!

    1. Yikes I bet you did have a grimace on your face from that! Thank goodness you were able to figure out the problem and get it fixed.

  4. Strangely, I might rather have leg cramps. I hate when my abdomen gets messed up, and at least if they are leg cramps, I know I’m not risking an imminent bathroom accident…

    Plus, I can stretch out a leg cramp. Hard to do with abdominal cramps…

    1. Touche, that’s a good point. I still go with the side cramps, though 🙂 As long as they’re not upset tummy-type cramps.

  5. Speed work always on the streets instead of a track OR a treadmill, ha.

    Army pack! Lead toed boots boots would make your legs SO TIRED and your hip flexors would be so sore from lifting your legs up again and again…but an army pack would at least spread the weight out more.

    1. I would totally do mine on the streets if I could find a flat section of road! I like your reasoning for the Army pack. Sometimes I have to wear steel toed boots for work and my legs are always tired after walking around in those things all day. I can only imagine what it would feel like to run in them.

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