Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Would you rather....?

This morning was a 3 mile run.  It was cold again, like last night, so I bundled up again.
One thing I did differently was to put on a pair of thin knit gloves on underneath my windbreaker gloves...mainly because the insides of the windbreaker gloves where damp from sweat from last night's run.  Haha.  I felt colder on this morning's run than I did on last night's even though it was a couple degrees "warmer" this morning...and it showed in my pace

Not super fast, but faster than last night's run.  This cold weather running is good for me as far as speeding up my average pace.  Oh, and I went further than the planned 3 miles because it was cold...I just ran the last bit that I would have walked at the end.

I'm pretty sore from yesterday's trainer workout.  LOVE IT!!!  He had me do a combo dumbbell chest press/military press.  Lay on the bench, press the dumbbells up (like a bench press), then a sit up and military press above your head.  My pecs are quite sore from this exercise.  Then, at the end, when i was doing abs, he had me hit the TRX straps for one of the exercises.  You know when you use and ab-roller (the wheel with handles) and you're on your knees and you roll it out in front of you and then use your abs to pull yourself back in?  It's like that except you're standing.  You hold onto the straps, lean forward with your arms straight in front of you as far as you can go, then pull yourself back to standing straight up with your abs.  My upper abs are so sore!!!  Again...LOVE IT!!!  Also, my rhomboids (I think those are the ones...the ones between your shoulder blades...if I'm wrong, please let me know) are sore from the heavy ropes.

Well, here's a runner's "would you rather" survey I found on Carina's blog.

Would you rather…run with one of your ancestors or your role models? I don’t see any of my ancestors beyond prehistoric ancestors being much in the way of runners in my family.  So, I would go with a role model.  I love Mike from Run Nerds Rock and he’s an amazing runner with an 800+ day running streak.  So, if I could get him to run almost 4 minutes per mile slower than he usually runs to pace with me for a run, I think that would be absolutely fabulous.

Would you rather…run a race that is a few hours drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?
  Can I do both?  Hahaha.  I would choose the one that is the further drive.  I can drive there the day before, stay in a hotel and be up early for the race.  I notice the scenery when I’m running, so I would really appreciate the beautiful location of the race. 

Would you rather…take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour? I’ve never done an ice bath, but then I’ve never done a run longer than 15 miles either and I hear ice baths are for the really long runs.  But then, I haven’t really looked into them because I’m not sure how I would get all that ice into an apartment.  I don’t have a chest freezer to store bags of ice from the store in.  So, I’ll have to go with option B, foam roll for half an hour.  I already foam roll my IT bands post runs, and I’ve been through therapy for shin splints where they taught me all sorts of ways to roll all areas of my leg muscles, so I know what to do with a foam roller.  I do want to get one of the knobby rollers, though.

Would you rather…have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?
I don’t have a huge problem with chaffing and I’ve never had a black toe nail.  I do know from experience that chaffing only burns for like 5 seconds after the water hits it, so I guess I’ll go with what I know and choose the chaffing shower.

Would you rather…spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?
 I would say save it because I desperately need a savings account, but I could register for all the races I would want to do within Texas with that extra $100 a month and even pay for the gas to drive to them, and I know me, I like to spend money if I have it, so I would spend it on race registration or a second pair of running shoes so I can cycle my shoes.

Would you rather…be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time? I would absolutely love to be able to run super fast.  I don’t run any times that could be confused for fast and I don’t think fast is my destiny.  I think I’m a distance runner.  So, I think it would be pretty cool to run a super long distance.  After I’ve tackled the marathon later this year, I may start setting my sights on running an ultra sometime down the line.

Would you rather…have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan? I’m not super familiar with either lady, but I follow Shalane on Facebook, so I’ll just go with her.  Hahaha. 

Would you rather…lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon, or lick their foot after a marathon?  Um…gross…either way.  I guess their foot.

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