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10 Running Tidbits

I saw this fun quiz a few weeks ago on Paige’s blog and LOVED it.  I love hearing what other runners like the best because it can introduce me to new products or things to try!  SO, I thought I would share mine with you.


1.  FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?

I am a BIG fan of chews.  I like the Gu Chomps and recently have become addicted to the Honey Stinger cherry chews.  They taste like fruit snacks, are made from good ingredients, and get the job done.  I can’t handle gels no matter how hard I try to.  The consistency is terrible to me and I can’t choke it down.


Running Fuel: Gu Chomps


2.  Race Length: 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?

I am undecided on this one.  I wrote about short vs. long runs awhile back.  I feel like for actual racing, the shorter distances are my best.  I love the feeling of accomplishment I have after completing a half though … otherwise I wouldn’t be going back for my 4th.


Half Marathon #3 is DONE


3.  Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants, or Other?

Definitely a shorts girl.  I am not a huge fan of there being much on my legs when I race and I tend to get hot.  With the colder temps though I have switched to capris and will likely stay in them until the spring.  They are a compromise of sorts I guess :)


4.  Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?

When I run I stick to water.  During a race I will drink Gatorade/Powerade if it’s offered every couple of water stations but I don’t train with it.  Before and after long runs or races though I do hydrate with nuun.  I love me some nuun.  Particularly the strawberry lemonade or grape flavors.  YUM.


nuun hydration


5.  Running temperatures: HOT or COLD?

Umm neither?  I prefer temperatures in the 60’s haha.  I seriously suffer during hot running though and my runs tend to be terrible so if I had to choose I would say cold.  I can layer it up for cold and eventually I warm up anyway.


6.  Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brooks, Asics, or Other?

I am currently, and have been for the last year or so, running Brooks Adrenalines and absolutely love them.  I have raced my last 2 half-marathons in them and trained the entire time in them.  They make my feet feel great and I love to Run Happy :)


brooks adrenalines


7.  Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal. Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?

I stick with a Rudi’s whole wheat English muffin with flax  or toast covered in peanut butter and chia seeds and a banana on the sides.  I also tend to have a cup of coffee.


pre-run fuel


8.  Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?

I tend to rest 1-2 days per week depending on my schedule.  I run 3-4 times a week and cross-train with weights, yoga, and the elliptical on the other days.  I also tend to do “active rest” on my off days in the form of walking the dogs and Emmalyne.


9.  Music: Have to have it or go without it?

If I am running by myself I HAVE to have music.  If I am running with friends or Chris I don’t listen to it.  Interesting enough, I didn’t listen to music on either of my last 2 half-marathons even though I was running alone.


10.  #1 reason for running: stress-relief, endorphins, you love to race, so you can eat all the cupcakes you want, weight-loss, love running for social reasons or other?

I just LOVE to run.  I take it as ME time.  I sort through things going on in my life, make plans for the coming weeks, etc.  I also love running because I can do it with Emmalyne.  I hope one day she loves to run (or be active) as much as I do.  Chris and I make it a family affair which makes running that much more fun.  I also do it for the cupcakes.  DUH.


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15 thoughts on “10 Running Tidbits”

  1. It so fun reading everyone’s little tidbits and preferences. 60 degrees is pretty perfect for me too. It’s about high 30s here this morning. I’ve been home for over an hour and I still don’t think I’m warmed up!! And love the reason that you run – me too.
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  2. I’m with you on the music, although I have bad luck when it comes to races. I can never seem to get my music to play or headphones break! Totally different when you’re training and actually running though. We probably don’t need it at much as we think :)

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