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. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights. Inspired by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elon Musk.
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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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