I’m completely done with this injury. It’s getting better, but it’s still not good enough for me to go out on even the shortest or most gentle of runs. As I’m trying desperately to avoid moaning on about my poor sore feet, I thought I’d finish up this survey that has been chilling in my drafts for a while, courtesy of Nona at Running High. So without further ado…!
Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?
A mountain trail, 100%. I have some family in Scotland who live near the Cateran Trail, and I absolutely love running sections of it. There’s just something about the fresh air and the smell of pine that I adore!
If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?
Hmm I’m not a huge fan of Gatorade, since we don’t really have it so much in the UK. We do have Lucozade though, and I would go for the Tropical flavour. It’s amazing.
If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?
I would have to say new shoes, or maybe compression socks. I’m obsessed with compression socks at the moment, due to my injury, and I love getting bright neon ones that clash with everything. I even wear my bright red ones to work cos I’m cool like that.
Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?
I actually tried to follow a training plan for the first three weeks of my half marathon training, but it made me so miserable that I decided to scrap it altogether. It was pissing me off that I had to run, instead of getting to run- it became a chore instead of a privilege. So I decided to wing it slightly, and now I focus on getting in a long run, a pace run, some strength & cross training and at least one more easy run.
Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?
My favourite route at the moment actually starts uphill, and ends downhill, so I’d have to go with that. I run up to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich where you get a fantastic panoramic view of London, including Canary Wharf and the City. You can’t beat it, especially on a stormy day!
When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?
Ehh. I’m currently stuck doing hot yoga since I’m not allowed to do anything that activates my calves. I do like it a lot, but my first preference would be to hit the gym and use either the stair master, elliptical, rowing machine or spinning bikes. I’m really not fussy!
What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?
Can I say neither?! Ok, I’m only kidding. I suppose if I had to pick, I’d say out and back. But I really want to go for secret option number 3, which is “Start running and figure it out as you go along.” Luckily I live in London and have an Oyster Card, meaning that I can just tootle off on my merry way; if I do and out and back, great. But if I fancy doing 8 miles and end up somewhere unexpected, I can just hop on a bus or train. Running has been such a great way to explore my own backyard!
If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>
Foam roller! I’ve noticed such a difference in my recovery times since starting to use one. It’s also better to get started sooner rather than later, or else you’ll be in a world of pain the first time you give it a go!
Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
Sadly not as many as I’d like. Living in the city, it’s mainly squirrels, and the odd dog that’s escaped from its owner. When I visit my family in the countryside however, I see lots of birds of prey, which are pretty stunning to watch as they soar around, honing in on their target. That and a lot of cows.
Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Literally all the time. Hence always carrying my Oyster Card with me. It’s definitely worse when staying in the countryside, as there’s so little there that you can use to orientate yourself. In the past I’ve just decided to turn around and run back the way I came, and it’s always so much further than I thought!
If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?
If calories were no object, it would be pesto pasta with grated cheddar cheese. Oh my days. Or iced coffee, particularly the Vitacoco Coconut Lattes. But they’re crazy expensive, so I stick to those as a treat.
Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?
Shorts! The shorter the better! I mean I can only get away with that since it’s summer right now. But I do have some capris that I’ll start to break out as the weather cools down. For now though, my Nike Pros are where it’s at.
At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?
Usually after about half a mile. If I’m running first thing in the morning, I either never feel like I’m “ready to go” or the whole run is of an equal standard.
What do you do with your key when you run?
It either goes in my running belt, or down the sports bra (classy, I know).
If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
It’d be Greenwich Park 10K this summer. I had such a great time, chatting away to people and enjoying the lovely weather! It definitely got me hooked on racing, and running without headphones in order to make friends and enjoy the day.
What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
The one that doesn’t happen. All jokes aside, I’m really struggling with this injury and I’d kill to get out there and do anything. That, or the kind of run when you’re really stressed or on a time limit and you can’t really enjoy.
What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?
My half marathon goal, and the fact that running saved me from a pretty dark place in my life.
When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
If I’m running alone I head straight from my front door, but if I’m running with my club, I travel to our meet up point via public transport. That said, it’s not the nicest for everyone else when I’m on my way home and not smelling my freshest- I usually try to linger near the train doors with my head hung in shame.
When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
Sunglasses are a must! I don’t have fancy running ones, just cheap Primark ones since I lose them so easily!
When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?
Usually the thought of food. I fantasize about PBJ on toast. That, and my goal Half Marathon in October. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and remind myself that junk miles are not a thing. A mile’s a mile, as long as I ran it!
Now your turn! I tag you! Tell me the answer to any of these questions!
Lots of love