So my buddy Sarah tagged me in her post about running favorites, and honestly I forgot about it for a while! I don’t have many runner friends with blogs that I can tag, but maybe I’ll work on finding some more blogs that I love and possibly making some friends.
- Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?
I would say that I love the road, or anything that’s hard and flat. The boardwalk is another favorite place of mine. I would say trails, but it really depends on the trail. I hate to run and watch the ground so intently for holes and such – this is also a reason why I hate to run when there’s a possibility for ice. Indoor running has become fun to me over time, but I certainly wouldn’t pick it over running outside.
- Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?
Noon! I hate to workout in the morning, I don’t feel awake enough. Unfortunately that’s the time I usually have available. I actually prefer to workout in the evening, but inside where there are lights. If I’m going for an outdoor run I like to do it in the daylight.
- Weather: Sunshine, Mild, or Hot?
This girl likes it hot! I think ideally 70s to low 80s are my perfect range. I like to sweat. I would take being too hot any day over too cold. If it’s really hot I get out late or early and try to run in the shade. Give me warmth!!
- Fuel: Before, After, and Sometimes during?
I try to fuel a little before, giving myself ideally 2 hours to digest, but often it’s more like 1. My favorite is a banana with some peanut butter and a piece of toast or half a scooped out bagel. That seems to work pre morning run. For during a run, if it’s a long one I’ll do some jelly belly extreme beans – watermelon flavor only – or a couple of Haribo gummy bears (my non run favorite treat). I’m often ravenously hungry after a run. I love a warm chicken wrap with roasted veggies in it as a post run meal.
- Accessories: Music, Watch, and more?
I just got my first watch – I splurged on the Garmin vivoactive – and I absolutely love it, but if I had to pick, I can’t run by myself without music. Even when I run with friends, I always feel better that I have my music and I can go to it if I need.
- Rewards: Food or wine or…..?
FOOD. The day after a long run I want to EAT. I try not to go too crazy, but it’s fun to eat a little more than usual or something a bit worse and not worry too much. I can’t wait to train harder and eat more!
- Type of run: long, short, tempo, speed work……
I like my short runs, around 6 to 8 miles. I also am really learning to like speed work, and really enjoying fartleks. It’s so fun to try the different methods, and not “just run”.