10 Running Tidbits

Yes, it's another list. I am uninspired this week. Plus, last night I got last minute tickets to the A's game, which they lost, so I put a lot of the things on my to do list off until tomorrow. I stole this from Nancy. I haven't really talked a lot about it, but I will be running the Nike Womens Marathon on Sunday and will need all the help I can get, so I appreciate any good juju you can send my way!  

1. FUEL: Shot Bloks, GU, Energy Chews, Candy or Other?
I like Honey Stinger Chews and Gummy Bears.  I can make do with the chocolate raspberry Roctane or the regular chocolate Gu if need be.  

2. Race Length: 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, Ultra or Other?
Like seasons, each race has it's ups and downs. I love the feeling of speed and total energy drain that I get from a 5k or a 10k. Half marathons are probably my body's best distance, physically. However, I love the feeling of strength and accomplishment that I get from a marathon and from Ultras.  

3. Workout Bottoms: Skirts, Running Shorts, Capris, Pants or Other?
Nike Tempo shorts OR this old pair of black pants that I used to wear under my ski pants when I was a kid. I found them when I was going through and cleaning out my stuff and I put them on and they still fit, so now they are my running pants!  

4. Sports Drink: Gatorade, Powerade, Cytomax, you stick to water when you run or Other?
Water. I only drink water. I can't stand the sweetness of most of the drinks. From time to time, I will have a Nuun before running, but usually it's water all the way. 

5. Running Temperatures: HEAT or COLD?
Cold. Any day. Heat, and especially humidity, really drains my energy!  

6. Running Shoe Brands: Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Brookes, Asics or Other?
Asics have been my shoe forever. Until this year, when I won a pair of Saucony Kinvaras. They are awesome! I may have to invest in a real pair someday.  

Saucony Kinvara
7. Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, Bagel, Banana, Eggs, Cereal or Other?
90 percent of the time, I have oatmeal with fruit and one cup of coffee. The other 10 percent of the time, I have Cheerios instead.  

8. Rest Days: 1x per week, 2x per week, never ever ever or Other?
All of the above. Normally, I run 4 times a week. Lately, my schedule has been hectic and I have been running 3 times a week. This week is taper week and I will run twice. I would rather do one 10 miler than a 4 and a 6. 

9. Music: Have to have it or go without it?
When running alone, I need Marshall Mathers to keep me company. If running with others, I am happy to talk your ear off or listen, whichever floats your boat.  

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?
Yes! No, really, the number one reason is that it makes me feel strong and happy and in control. 

If you run, answer one of the questions in the comments! If you don't run, answer anyway! What's your go to breakfast? What's your favorite brand of shoes? 

Don't forget to stop by Jills for Fitness Friday and link up! 


  1. Yay Kinvaras! :) Although I'm actually wearing Mizuno right now.

  2. I love the story about your running pants... glad I'm not the only one who doesn't worry about making a fashion statement on a run. :) Hope you enjoyed your taper week. I tried cutting back a little this week too, though my race isn't as big as yours!

  3. You are a machine with another marathon! Good luck with it!

    I'm with you on the weather for running. I hate cold weather in general, but I am a terrible heat runner. An I'm pretty much a water drinker all the way, too.

  4. Wow, good luck this weekend! I wear brooks for running and Asics for cross-training. I still don't feel like I have found "the" shoe.

  5. Oh I completely agree on running in the cold over the heat. Hot runs just make me feel gross!

  6. I've seen this list before and like it! Might have to do it next week. Good luck this weekend!

  7. Good luck in the marathon this weekend! I love the full, it's my favorite distance for sure.

  8. I'm totally with you on the "water while running" thing. I get sick to my stomach if I try to drink Gatorade or any other sports drink, though I'm happy to down one after I'm finished with my run. Also, I'm pretty sure I ran every marathon in New Balance shoes, but have been wearing Brooks more recently (though, not enough running in them to measure how they compare to NB).

  9. Wow, I think we have the same answers for a lot: I love my Nike Tempo shorts,Asics all the way, water for sure and oatmeal with coffee pre-run :)

    Good luck this weekend :)

  10. Wishing you a great run on Sunday! Will be cheering you on from the North!

  11. I love your answer to #3! How awesome that they still fit, and bonus that you can repurpose them into running pants. Score!

  12. I'm seeing this quiz everywhere! I love my Saucony :)

  13. Cool quiz - I'm so stealing it.

    Good luck today - you're probably already running.

    I love your answer to #10 - strong and in control is amazing.

  14. I am totally stealing this!

    I love my mizunos. :) I eat scrambled eggs with salsa for breakfast most days, except the morning of a long run when I have toast w/ PB. Oh and coffee. Lots of coffee. Every day.

  15. I love a certain pair of black capris and I think they're going to my regular race bottoms. I love my Asics, and am trying to get used to the Brookes that the running store put me in, but for now I'm still rocking the Asics and am afraid to run too much in the Brookes.

    This was fun! I might have to steal it too!


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