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would you rather?


lauren over at breathe deeply and smile did a "would you rather?" running edition on her blog today, and i couldn't help but join in on the fun!

1. Would you rather run a 5k or a marathon?
definitely a 5k. maybe this will change one day, but the idea of running for five hours does not appeal to me. 5ks on the other hand are easy to train for distance wise, challenging to train for speed wise, and can be a ton of fun theme wise. 
tbt my first 5k, where it was all about beer and pretending to be irish.
2. Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?
hilly in the cold. i hate running in the heat (this lesson was definitely learned this year) and even though i’ve never trained on hills, i would much rather face them than high temperatures.

3. Would you rather get new running shoes or a new running outfit?
new running outfit! i love finding comfy shorts and cute shirts to wear while running. shoes for me get worn out and dirty, so i’ve never been a shoe girl.

4. Would you rather run a race without headphones or without a Garmin?
without my headphones. i’m unhealthily obsessed with knowing my splits. i’m getting better, and maybe when i’m not in training i’ll be more okay with the idea of leaving my garmin behind, but for now, my headphones can stay at home as long as my garmin is on my arm.
plus, garmins celebrate with you!

5. Would you rather run on the treadmill for an hour or in a circle around the same street block for an hour?
circle the same street block for an hour. this is something i’ve done often, actually. i once ran 5 miles around the same block and tried to make the time pass by saying to myself “okay, just have to pass that statue four more times…three more times…” i know a lot of people can pass the time quickly on a treadmill, but i hate not having fresh air and seeing my time on display right in front of my face, reminding me how far i have to go.

6. Would you rather run a Ragnar Relay or a marathon relay?
i think ragnar relays sound like so much fun! i’ve heard varying accounts of experiences, but i definitely think it would be an incredible thing to do.

7. Would you rather come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st in the New York City Marathon?
4th in the olympics. i can’t even imagine how incredible it would be to experience the olympics as an athlete and represent your country. even if i didn’t get a medal with 4th place, it would still be amazing.

8. Would you rather give up running for 1 year to get a BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) or never BQ but run as much as you want?
despite not having a current interest in running a marathon, the idea of BQing in my lifetime excites me. i would definitely give up running for a year, and focus on strength training and swimming, if it meant i would come back from the break faster than ever and i’d BQ.

9. Would you rather run in an urban area or on a trail?
urban area. i feel like i’d get really hurt on a trail; i’m super clumsy.
urban beach? even better!
10. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?
headache. yes, they’re annoying, but i feel like i could ignore a headache more during a run, whereas as soon as a side stitch starts, i begin doubting whether or not i’ll be able to make it through a run.

11. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?
i love running in the rain, but lightning is sort of terrifying. however, snow and i don’t get along. soooo i’d have to say thunderstorm, with my fingers crossed the lightning is far away.

12. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?
rest day on a work day. since i’m a grad student, my schedule is a little wonky, but if i have a true work day, my schedule is packed and i’m stressed. when i get home, i want to relax. when i have to run on days off, i have the luxury of doing things on my own time and not worrying about what else i need to do.

13. Would you rather run just because or train for a race?
because i’ve basically been training for a race for the entire duration of my running, i’m really looking forward to running just because.

pick one and answer below, or if you feel like doing the whole thing, make sure to leave a link in the comments so i can check out your answers!

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