Running Q & A

In an effort to get to know more about fellow runners who follow my blog as well as divulge more about myself as a runner I’m posing the following questions with my answers.  Feel free to copy any/all the questions into the comments section and post your answers as well!

Do you remember your first race?

I consider 2 races to be my “first”.  The actual first one would be the 400m dash I ran in 4th grade as part of an elementary school track meet.  I remember my parents driving past the high school track in advance of the meet and thinking that one lap didn’t look very far.  I ran the race and promptly cried after because I felt as though I couldn’t breathe.  I can’t remember if I placed or not.

The other race I consider my “first” race would be my very first 5k.  It was the River Run in Wrightsville in May 2003.  I was in average shape coming off track season, but being a sprinter/hurdler I had no distance base and running the race would be my test if I could handle running cross country.  It was a light rain and I ended up way overdressed and overheated within the first mile.  The highlight was passing my dad up the final (and only) hill and beating him.  I have never beaten him in a race since that day.

What do you consider to be the hardest distance to train for and/or race?

I think the half marathon is the hardest distance to train for because it requires so many weeks to get a solid base and you have to keep up the consistency of running.  You also have to keep increasing the long run mileage.  Not to mention I feel like I want to eat nonstop while training for a half marathon and I get bored of eating.  Granted I have yet to train for a marathon, but I would imagine that’s even harder.

I think the hardest distance to race is the 5 miler.  It’s probably my favorite distance to race, but I always have to remind myself I can’t go out as hard as in a 5k.  It’s always a challenge to figure out how hard to push as I don’t want to push too early and burn out, but I also don’t want to wait too late and have too much left at the finish.  I think it’s also challenging because it’s not a common race distance so I don’t get to practice racing it as often.

What is your ideal race course?

Back country roads with rolling hills.  I prefer this for aesthetic purposes as well as it closely matches with my typical training routes.  Rolling hills allow for a change up in my leg muscles that keep my hips from tightening (super flat courses make me ache) and while I can handle tough hills, I prefer rolling ones because I can recover faster.  I run a lot of my long runs alone and these type of races usually don’t draw the huge crowds that city runs do.  This means there are sections of the race I can run by myself and I prefer that.  I have only ran 3 half marathons to date but I would say the Blue-Gray half marathon in Gettysburg is my “perfect” course so far.

What is one stereotypical runner behavior you perform?

After years of training without a watch I now find I can’t run without my Garmin.  If I finish a run and it’s almost to the next quarter mile (Ex I ran 5.90 miles) I have to jog around until the watch hits exactly on the quarter mile.

What is one weird/unusual thing you do as a runner that most other runners don’t?

I complete the majority of my runs wearing boys’ mesh basketball shorts.  For years they were the only type of shorts I wore to run.  I’ve always found them comfier particularly in hot and humid weather when I want to go commando.  I do now have UnderArmour running shorts that I wear for my longest runs while training for half marathons and use for racing, but I still run in my other shorts most of the time.

 

 

About TracyNicole

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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6 Responses to Running Q & A

  1. I love it! I may do a version of this on my blog so I won’t spoil it by posting my answers here. I love that you run in boys’ basketball shorts, though!

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thanks! I look forward to reading your answers and hopefully answering some questions of your own! I wore a pair of Nike ones yesterday for my 9.5 mile run. I’m sure it’s psychological but when I want to wear shorts but know it might be a tad chilly at the start I find wearing the longer basketball shorts keep me warmer than shorter running shorts.

  2. How neat! And, yes, to a 4th grader, one lap around the track as fast as you can run can wear you out! My first race outside of school was a 5K when I was a freshman in college. The only thing I really remember is feeling like I should’ve been doing community races in high school because it was more fun than cross country and track, less nerve racking and tense. I think a 5K is the easiest to train for, but hardest to race because you don’t have a lot of time to adjust and even small lateral movements to get around people at the beginning can cost you time that in longer races aren’t as critical. I like mostly flat courses, but I also like to run alone-ish and as long as there is something nice to look at, I will enjoy it. I hate when the finish is uphill! In stereotypical fashion, I usually run alone, offering half-waves to other runners on the road. I am probably unusual in that when I pull into a parking lot on race day, instead of sipping from a water bottle, I’m sipping on my coffee 🙂

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thanks for providing your answers! I agree racing local races is less nerve wracking than racing in high school was. I think for me some of that comes from knowing the only pressure is pressure I put on myself vs having pressure from a coach/teammates. 5ks can certainly be tricky to race especially if you don’t get a good start like you mentioned. You would get along with my running buddy Armand; anytime he can have a coffee before a race he does!

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