Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Runner's Survey

When I read this runner's survey on a couple other blogs, I just loved learning more about my bloggy freinds.  So read on, my friends, and then continue the survey on your blog... so I can learn more about you too!

What is your favorite type of cross training? 
Spinning!!  I love everything about it... loud hard rocking music, workout with friends and yet you can go as hard as you want and still be side by side.  It's a great XT to running and a fab workout!

What is your favorite song to run to? 
I love the Black Eyed Peas, but J.Lo's new "On The Floor" is starting to rev me up a bit.  

What brand of shoes do you wear? 
Asics.  Right now I'm in love with the Kayano style, which is a stability-plus shoe.

Do you wear a hat when you run? 
Never.  Hats + sweat make me break out terribly along the hairline.  Plus I find them incredibly uncomfortable and hot.  A visor is an option.  But I'm all about the Bondiband headbands!

What temperature is your favorite for running? 
60 degrees is perfect.  Warm enough that I can go in shorts and a tank, but cool enough to avoid massive amounts of sweat and dehydration.

Do you have any big races coming up? 
June 18 - Steamboat Classic 4 mile

August 14 - Chicago Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon
September 25 - Quad Cities Marathon (my first full!)

What is your favorite distance? 
13.1... love the distance - enough to require adequate training, but short enough to not consume your life.

Are you a morning, noon or evening runner? 
Morning.  Lately I've been logging a lot of miles between 5 and 6 am.

Do you run solo or with a buddy? 
Usually solo (do you know anyone who will run at 5am?), but I love fun runs with friends as long as I'm not doing a training run.
What's your favorite post run snack? 
Bananas.  Chocolate Milk.

What's your FAVORITE race?  Halloween races... I like to dress up in costume, and I don't feel like such a dork at these races!  Other than that, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is always a special one for me emotionally.

Do you wear a Garmin? If not, how do you track your runs? Nope, I tried it once and couldn't stand how BIG it felt on my wrist.  Drove me crazy.  I have an iPhone that I use in winter.  But most of the time, I plan out my miles ahead of time on mapmyrun.com and then use a small stopwatch to clock the time.  I like simple.

What is your least favorite race?
I didn't necessarily ENJOY running in the freezing rain during the Oshkosh Half Marathon, but afterward, I still feel pretty bad ass about it!

Pineapple Medals!
What race is your favorite medal from?   Beach Palooza (Daytona Beach in 2010).  It's a pineapple!  Hubby and I will be running this one again in Chicago July 30, 2011.

Who is your running idol? 
All my friends in bloggyland!  Some days when I don't "feel" it, all I have to do is read a couple blogs and I'm lacing up the shoes...

How long have you been a runner? 
On and off for years... but really serious in the past two years.

Do you run with your engagement/wedding ring on? 
Sorry hubs, rarely ever!  I always figure it's one more thing to put me at risk when I run solo.

What's your favorite workout? repeats? long runs? tempo? fartleks?  
Long runs.  I enjoy the slower pace to take in the environment around me.  I always seem to have a great conversation with myself during long runs.

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  1. This is awesome! First time I have seen it. Love your answers. Thanks for sharing and I am totally going to have to repost with my own answers!
    GOod luck! I have been voting. :)

  2. I also LOVE spinning! The adrenaline high is incredible!


  3. So fun to learn more about you Jess!! Never knew you were Garminless!

    Off to Vote!!

  4. I love spinning also - I have not been in a long time. Must get back in the class.

  5. You are badass for running the Oshkosh half! Admit it, you loved it! ;)

  6. http://thesclub.blogspot.com/2011/05/running-meme.html

  7. Ohhhh...I love this! Getting to know you, getting to know all about you! Gonna steal this for a future blog post fo sho!!!

  8. Great answers!
    Freezing rain? You are better than me. I might have packed up and gone for coffee.

  9. Really interesting to learn more about you! I wish I could do spinning.. it scares me! And I also wish 13.1 could be my favorite distance, you're my hero. My current favorite distance is more like .1. :p

  10. Thank you for posting this! I'm composing my responses now and will have it up in the next couple of days.

  11. No Garmin, I never would have guessed...fun post.

  12. This is awesome. I did it on my blog, too. I've been meaning to ask...are you running the Bix this summer? It is 7 miles of hellish hills, but worth every second.

  13. Oh hey! I'm Garmin-free too! I like playin' it old school. I map my runs out before (usatf) then always have to re-do it when I get back because I can never follow the route exactly. I feel like it's too easy to become a slave to Garmins. I feel bad for people during races when you see them CONSTANTLY checking their watch. I want to tell them to just take it off & listen to their body and enjoy the run rather than being so tied to their GPS unit!!

  14. I'm garminless too! That Beach Palooza looks like a BLAST!! Thanks for sharing this it's great getting to know you! You can check out my survey here: http://kat5k.blogspot.com/2011/05/rest-day-runners-survey.html

  15. I like this survey - gonna steal it off your blog ;)
    BTW - I'm new reader

  16. SO SO SO FUN!!! Girl, I LOVE spinning too!! I am so so excited for your first full marathon wahoo!!! You are going to rock it. We have the same favorite post run food:)

  17. Great poll! I don't run with a hat either, because I prefer running barehead!
    And I also use the iPod to track my runs, with my nike chip.

  18. Fun post! Nice to learn more about you!

    Winks & Smiles,

  19. enjoyed this! thanks for sharing!

  20. Bananas and chocolate milk all the way!!!


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