One of my biggest running inspirations is Janae from The Hungry Runner Girl. My goal in life is to be as fast as her. HAHA okay that is a total lie because I know that will never happen. Anyways, she posted a fun running survey on her blog last week that I thought looked fun. Enjoy!
1. On average how many races do you run a year?
The end of 2011 is when I really started to run more regularly and last year (2012) was when I started to run races (besides the occasional Turkey Trot) and I ran five. This year I hope to run even more!
2. Head accessories, things you have to run with: a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band?
Headbands (to hold my headphones in place), headphones/iPod, and compression socks/sleeves (for long runs).
3. Where do your workouts come from? A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day?
If I’m training for a half marathon I’ll usually follow a plan, but if I’m not training for anything I’ll just try to run 2-4 times a week.
4. How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?
The recommendation for shoe mileage (that’s a term, okay) is around 300 so I guess I try to stick to that. This year I’ve been tracking my miles so I can do a better job of knowing when to get new shoes. Last year I ran waaay too many miles on one pair of shoes and learned my lesson.
5. Cell phone= do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home?
I use it as my iPod and a way to track my mileage so I always bring it.
6. What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner?
I’ve had knee problems throughout my running journey that pop up here and there. Last summer I had to take a month or so off of running to let my knee feel completely better. The chiropractor has definitely helped a lot in this area!
7. Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!?
Faster. I don’t think I’ll ever run past the half marathon distance, so I really want to try to PR at my next one (which is still not decided yet). I’d really like to do more HIIT and tempo runs to help increase my speed.
8. Speedwork—-> at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it?
If I do it, it’s always on the treadmill since it’s a lot easier to force myself to run faster, haha.
9. Stretching after a run: hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching?
95% of the time I try to stretch (and foam roll) as soon as I get done with my run (either at home or in the gym) and the other 5% of the time I forget. It happens.
10. What was your reason(S) for starting to run?
Well in middle school and high school (up until summer before senior year) I used to despise running. I dreaded that mile day at school. I also used to believe running made your legs big so I never wanted to do it. I don’t really think running makes your legs “big” now (maybe muscular? ), but even if they did, I’d still run. I started running three years ago occasionally. I remember starting at like 5.3 mph on the treadmill and feeling like that was so fast. It took me a little while to increase my speed and go longer than a few miles. I don’t think I ran more than 3 miles at a time until late 2011. Since then running has been a pretty consistent form of exercise
and stress reliever for me.
Do you run? If so, when did you start running?
What’s your favorite distance?
Peace and Love,