I recently came across a great post over at Getting Fit to Find Myself and knew it was going to follow her lead and complete a Runner’s Survey!

  1. Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

A beach any day of the week. Living in the landlocked Midwest this is more of the view I am accustomed to. But I cannot wait for family vacations to run along the beach!

country run

2. If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

Hate Gatorade and Powerade. They cause me to gag especially during a race. I’ll take some plain old water or grape Nuun

3. If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

Fun running top or capris.

4. Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

My type A nature would lead me to say training plan but if I’m being honest, lately I’m enjoying the freedom of running when I want and how a far my legs feel like carrying me.

5. 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?

For sure up hill first. The downhill at the end of your run helps with those negative splits!

6. When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

I love almost all of Beachbody’s programs. Piyo, turbo kick, 21 Day Fix workouts.


7. What is your preference: Out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

If my route is flat and straight then I prefer and out and back. I can zone out, listen to my music and let my legs take me without thinking about direction.

8. If you could recommend any running-related item to a new runner, it would be

Professionally fitted shoes. They are worth their weight in gold and the money spent will keep you off the injured reserve list!


9. Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?
Once during a great trail run, I saw a doe and her fawn down the trail. They simply just sat and watched us all with a look of confusion!
10. Ever gotten lost while out on a run?
Yes! My first run at our country house I greatly underestimated the distance of those country roads. When cell service is poor and the corn surrounds you, it can be very disorienting!
11.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?
A cheese plate! Sounds strange but lately I’ve been really craving cheese, crackers, veggies, hummus. Yummo!
12. Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

Capris almost always.

13. 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?
Mile three is my magic mile. It takes me sometime to settle into the groove, quiet the “Do I even like running?” thoughts. After that first 5k, I zone out, breathe rhythmically and feel like I could run for days. Run Forest Run!
14. What do you do with your key when you run?
Tuck it into the pocket of my running pants or in my bondiband.
 15. If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one what it be?
Monumental Marathon 2013. I was on a runner’s high almost the entire race. It was a perfect fall day with cool temps, awesome crowds and a beautiful course.
The only race picture I have ever purchased!
The only race picture I have ever purchased!
16. What type of run is your least favorite type of run?
Sprint work…I just don’t do it. I’m not looking to increase my speed.
 17. What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door and run?
The recognition that running is a great stress reliever for me. And my accountability partner! You can read all about in this post!
18. When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?
I do both. I have several routes from my front door that I enjoy running over and over again. We have an amazing rail to trail nearby that is a favorite running spot for so many locals. I also love finding a new place to log some miles!
19. When running in daylight are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?
A must. The older I get, the  more sensitive my eyes are becoming. I never leave the house without my shades!

20. When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

A great song! Lately, Fight Song has been my tune of choice. Reminds me of my daughter!


Do you run and blog? Share your answers! It’s so much fun to get to know other mother runners better!

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