Running favorites

The lovely Charissa at Charissa Running tagged me to answer a couple of questions about my running favorites. So here goes…..

1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?

Hmmm…….it has to trails. No cars. No traffic lights. Beautiful views and no pressure to do anything but enjoy being outside. My two favorite runs last year were both on trails: at Dead Horse State Park and in Great Basin National Park. The only downside is my overactive imagination and irrational fear of coming across a rattlesnake.

2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?

Morning. No question. I find it hard to get motivated to do anything after work. All I want to do is eat and hang out in my pjs. I used to think my husband was crazy for getting up at 6 AM to go running, but now I’m on board with the crazy o’clocks. Just don’t talk to me before I’ve had a chance to shower/eat breakfast.

3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?

Mild. Hello, Irish person here. We do not do well in extreme conditions. My perfect running temps are 50s and overcast. But I can’t lie sometimes I just want to run in the sunshine but that gets pretty old once the sweat gets in my eyes (it stings!).

4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?

If I’m running less than 10 miles I don’t eat anything beforehand. My stomach just can’t handle that.  This is also my limit for bringing a gel with me. If its 14+ I will try to eat something beforehand – usually a Nature Valley granola bar or toast with cookie butter. Last summer I was bringing Nuun with me for runs but I realized they were not great for my stomach so now I just bring water. And afterwards – chocolate milk!

5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?

Watch. Hat (always – see being Irish). Road ID. And water bottle.

6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?

Food. Food. Food. My ideal is a giant brunch cooked my someone else – and preferably of the egg variety: Benedict, breakfast burrito, scramble. And always avocados.

7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?

For my marathon training cycle my favorite type of run was my midweek tempos. They were the runs were I was nervous before leaving the house and worried that I wouldn’t make my paces. But they were also the ones were I felt strong – almost invincible. If I could run 9 miles at 7.45 min pace before breakfast then there was nothing that I couldn’t do that day.

Bonus: Running photos from Saturday’s half marathon. They actually look pretty good (surprisingly).

Mile 5. And I've finally learned to spot photographers!

Mile 5. And I’ve finally learned to spot photographers!

I think this is at the finish. And I feel that this photo doesn't adequately convey how much hurt I was feeling at the time.

I think this is at the finish. And I feel that this photo doesn’t adequately convey how much hurt I was feeling at the time.

And now I get to tag 7 other bloggers. Apologies if you’ve already done it or been tagged by a bajillion other people:

37 thoughts on “Running favorites

  1. FLRunnerBoy says:

    Great answers Irish! I’d probably say trails too if we had them where I live. A Road ID you just reminded that I need to get one of those. You have a sensitive tummy like me eh’ and I know you said you were in pain in that bottom race pic but your looking like a total BOSS to me!!! You hide the pain well or maybe it’s the hat and sunglasses lol 😉

    • You know you have to fake it to look good! You know I think in that bottom pic I had probably just spotted my husband and friends and knew that I could stop running and drink some beer in the next minute. I usually run on an empty stomach so it’s not happy when something is rolling around in there.

  2. Fun questions! I understand all your pale struggles..The minute I start running in the sunshine I get super red haha! Looking strong in the photos, they turned out great!! 🙂

  3. I really wish I could get on the early morning running train. I was doing well for a while last summer just because it was too hot otherwise, but I was happy to give it up. I just love sleeping in too much!

  4. Fun! Thanks for tagging me, I’ll take a stab at it soon! I used to hate running in the heat but now am getting better with it. It’s this winter weather that is killing us runners in Nova Scotia.

    • I can understand! We’ve had the weirdest winter ever – it’s meant to be 80F tomorrow which is totally insane. Can’t say I’ve missed the snow too much. Hope it ends for you guys soon!

  5. Martha B says:

    Thanks for tagging me!! You are so sweet!
    And seriously, photogenic x10000. My race photos are always horrifying.

  6. charissarunning says:

    Lovin the pictures – you look great running out there!!
    Mmmm avocados – yummy! Um also you hit the nail on the head when you said “cooked by someone else”! The last thing I want to do to reward myself is make it myself haha.

  7. Always morning for me too. I was a midday runner for so long and now I just can’t do it anymore. You have some great race pics! haha I finally learned how to spot the photogs too. (It took awhile. My early pics were HORRIBLE.)

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