Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pop Quiz; Plus: Running With Others

Pop quiz about YOU!Stop your worrying: this isn't another one of those tagging games (to which I'm admittedly not opposed). Just a pop quiz about everyone's favorite person: YOU!

If you have a moment, I'd like to get your take on the following questions; you don't have to answer all. Because I'm new to running, I love nothing more than hearing other people's stories. What's yours?
  1. How long have you been running or tri-training?
  2. Why did you start running or tri-training?
  3. What's your most memorable race?
  4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)?
  5. What's the best advice you have ever received?
  6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)?
  7. Where do you train?
  8. What are your long-term goals?
  9. What's your favorite pre-race meal?
  10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward?
Landon and I were out in that 5 p.m. sludge anyone near NEOhio experienced yesterday. But there’s something about running with someone else that makes getting hailed in the face more bearable. Not that I would have really known that.

As we pushed off from John Carroll, we both not-so-shyly admitted we had no idea what we were doing running with someone else. I still don’t know if I ran too slow or if I talked too much or if Landon wanted to punch me in the face for leading him down every single slush-flooded street (sorry, man!) in University Heights.

Wheatberry saladBut it couldn’t have been too bad: I believe we ran for 45 minutes and walked a cool down for close to ten back to our cars and off to Whole Foods (where I picked up a wheatberry salad mixed with multigrain tabouleh for dinner and a chunk of cornbread the size of my face).

For the past year I’ve been apprehensive about running “with” people. Now I’m not. I think we’re going to make this running date a regular thing. And you can’t beat that.

You're already getting a sense that this will become one of those things — like yoga, cupcakes or commuting — that I obsess over and can't write enough about, aren't you?

Next up: Monica!

12 comments:

Dana said...

1. How long have you been running or tri-training? a little over a year
2. Why did you start running or tri-training?personal trainer at my gym goaded(asked) me to do a 5k
3. What's your most memorable race? Race for the Cure 5k. It was my first road race ever.
4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? All I have done is 5ks. However get back to me when I do my 1st 10k in a couple weeks.
5. What's the best advice you have ever received? Start off slow in a race. You want to last til the end.
6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? Slow down on my training runs which because I didn't listen I now have a stress fracture
7. Where do you train?some road,some concrete some grass in the burbs
8. What are your long-term goals? To recover from my fracture & to build my speed MORE slowly this time.
9. What's your favorite pre-race meal? 1/2c of Kashi Go Lean cereal mixed w/ unsalted peanuts & dried cherry-flavored cranberries along w/ a couple of navel orange slices,1 slice of grapefruit & 1 pineapple chunk.
10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward? Being able to walk normally afterwards(I know totally boring but I might do a my 1st ever pedi after my 1st 10k)

I run w/ a partner at least a couple times a week & it's good to have someone to laugh w/ when you see something funny on your runs. Also a good sounding board when you want to get things off your chest. But I love my solo runs too cause there are times when u want/need the solitude.

And you getting obsessed about something? Nahhh...;-)

The 311 Boys Mom said...

I got a few questions for ya. Looking for your promising (positive) knowledge!!

how long did your stress Fracture keep you out????

How did yo know it was healed??

When could you start "traingin again?

Did you go to PT??

TrainingtoTri said...

Hey you were right by my house, .75 miles down Fairmount is Kingston, where I live! Yes, let's run next week. Can't do Wed. But any other night is fine. Oh and I love quizes!

How long have you been running or tri-training? I STARTED RUNNING FOR IN DEC OF 2005

Why did you start running or tri-training? BC I WAS GETTING FAT!

What's your most memorable race?
MOST MEMORABLE FOR ME BESIDES MY FIRST MARATHON WAS THE FALL CLASSIC HALF LAST NOV. B/C I FINALLY GOT IN UNDER 2 HOURS.

What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? HALF MARATHONS FOR SURE

What's the best advice you have ever received? DONT TAKE YOURSELF SO SERIOUSLY

What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

Where do you train? MOSTLY AROUND SHAKER LAKES, OR N.CHAGRIN OR S.CHAGRIN

What are your long-term goals? TO GET FASTER AND GET INTO TRIS
What's your favorite pre-race meal? OATMEAL

What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward? GELATO

Tracy said...

1. How long have you been running or tri-training?

about 9 mths

2. Why did you start running or tri-training?
It was something about your 30 miles in a month blog and then my friend Staci and I decided to sign up, raise money for AIDS and do the Chicago half.

3. What's your most memorable race? Chicago Classic Half

4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? 10k is a good distance without pain or complaints. I like the 5k just becuase I keep improving time. On the longer distance I stay right at my pase.

5. What's the best advice you have ever received?
Red Bull and Coffee is not a good runners diet.

6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? Running on a numbness and pain
7. Where do you train? Chicago lakefront
8. What are your long-term goals? To run races in other countries maybe marathons but the half is good too.
9. What's your favorite pre-race meal? Pretty much anything I cook cause I'm awsome. ( Gina don't die becuase you just read that.)
10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward? Vicodin.

Group runs are way better for me.

triguyjt said...

1. been tri training and racing 23 years
2.started running in 1975, one day after graduating college..quit smoking and ran a quarter mile. got into tris because i had tweaked my knee prepping for 85 revco marathon..
3.most mem race...my first ironman in 1999. pineman in very hilly loudonville....
4. i love doing sprint tris..all out... can train the next day
5.don't overtax yourself before you get to the run portion
6.taking a day off is not a mortal sin.
7. outside runs mostly trails... inside, dreadmill, rower, bike trainer...pool.
8.long term goals.. plan on doing ironman in my 50's, 60's and 70's. also want to get into real long distance swim competitions
9.bananas, cereal..apples, yogurt
10. fav post race reward??? enjoying huge quantities of pasta and sweets

good luck gina

Charlie said...

1. How long have you been running or tri-training? Running 17 years/ Tri for 10
2. Why did you start running or tri-training? I got old to quick.
3. What's your most memorable race? Ironman UK
4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? Distance Half IM. GCT
5. What's the best advice you have ever received? Stay in school
6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? Stay in school
7. Where do you train? I start from Coventry and explore the world.
8. What are your long-term goals? To live happily and simply. When thats over I would like to pass quietly to the next existence.
9. What's your favorite pre-race meal? Bagel and Bannana
10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward?

Running in that weather was brutal. I good trick is to draft off your running buddies in the freezing rain.

Papa Louie said...

Good questions. I answered them on my blog.

Kate said...

1. How long have you been running or tri-training? Nearly four years!
2. Why did you start running or tri-training? Saw a girl I knew with a Half-M entry form and decided I could do that too!
3. What's your most memorable race? My first half marathon, in June 2004. It was the first time I really amazed myself.
4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? The marathon... A half just isn't fun anymore!
5. What's the best advice you have ever received? Eat!!!
6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? Stretch!!!!
7. Where do you train? On the trails with my fiance, on the hills with my bootcampers, along the coast on the road...
8. What are your long-term goals? To get back into it- drop some pounds and to run the way I used to.
9. What's your favorite pre-race meal? Bircher muesli, or oatmeal with dates, brown sugar and banana
10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward? Food- whatever I want!

At the moment all my running is with P or at bootcamp. I also run sometimes with my harriers club and I have a couple of good friends who I do my long marathon training runs with.

miss petite america said...

1. How long have you been running or tri-training? APRIL 22, 2006 is my official running anniversary. my first 5k. but i probably started sometime in feb or that year.
2. Why did you start running or tri-training? broke up with the bf, had a couple bad dates. it was a way to focus my energy.
3. What's your most memorable race? my first marathon! and my first half marathon.
4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)? hlaf marathons are perfect. i've only raced one but have trained for 2.
5. What's the best advice you have ever received? run your own race. running is hard enough without having to worry about other people.
6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)? that stretching is important. it's the hardest thing for me to do consistently. but when i do it, i can feel a big difference.
7. Where do you train? on the treadmill, on trails, rarely do i run on the streets, but sometimes i have to.
8. What are your long-term goals? to make running a life long hobby. to run a half marathon or marathon every year.
9. What's your favorite pre-race meal? for "carbo-loading"? fried rice and a beer. for breakfast? cereal and soymilk.
10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward? post-race? an ice bath! for PRs or goals? just achieving them is enough!

Running on Something said...

1. started running again about 2.5 years ago

2. started running again to help my husband train for his first tri.

3. gotta be cleveland full - it was my first marathon and I was so overcome with emotion when I finished - that i can get choked up just thinking about it.

4. 1 /2 marathon - far enough that not everyone can just go out there and do it - but short enough that is very fun!

5. stop over analyzing and run your race.

6. see number 5 :) - oh and stretching... what the heck is that for anyway?

7. mostly around my neighborhood - it's good for hill workouts!

8. to qualify for and run boston - oh and to do my first tri.

9. a ham sandwhich

10. beer and french fries(after lots of water of course!)

CJ said...
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CJ said...

Hey there. I've been enjoying reading your blog! I had some long answers to a few of the questions, so I followed the lead of Papa Louie and posted them on my blog: http://www.cjrunbike.blogspot.com/