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