While cruising the many running blogs found via Running Bloggers I came across this nifty running survey called Would You Rather on the Olive to Run Blog (and I must say great play on words for the blog title, thumbs up on that one).
So I thought I would play along and participate in the survey too. Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of fun.
1. Would you rather run a 5k or a marathon?
Considering I have never run a marathon before, I’ll take the 5km any day.
Even though I like running longer distances, it would still be 5k.
Ask me again when I run a marathon (which by the way may never happen). I haven’t decided I want to go there.
2. Would you rather run in the heat of summer or the icy winter?
Who’s winter are we talking about here?
Are we talking about snow and all that, like in the Northern Hemisphere, or are we talking Australian winters?
Cause if it’s Australia winters we are talking about, then yes, Aussie Winters for the win. If we are talking about snow, then that’s going to be a hard one, because Australia’s summers are HOT!
Running in the heat does have its advantages. I have noticed that it has helped me get faster. So I guess I’m saying heat.
3. Would you rather have new running shoes or a new running outfit?
Ooh tough one, but I love shoes, so it would be shoes. Don’t get me wrong I do love outfits, but at the end of the day, I don’t run barefoot (yet, and if and when I do I would still have Vibrams), so it would still be shoes.
4. Would you rather run alone or in a group?
I do 99.9% of all my runs alone, so I would have to say alone.
It’s not that I don’t like a group. Groups do have a positive effect. I mean you have someone to talk to if need be. They are great support (network) and can help challenge you to go harder, faster, longer and further.
5. Would you rather run next to someone in a race who tries to talk to you constantly or someone who breathes heavy and grunts?
Unless I’m actually running in a group, I usually wear my headphones and listen to music on my runs. But those times when I do run with someone else, it’s light chat/banter.
So I would much prefer the talker over a heavy breather or grunter.
6. Would you rather run a race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?
Freebies are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but the location would trump freebies on this one.
Why? Well, I live in the country, so I have to travel anyway to get to where I need to run. Sure I’m lucky to have my folks living in the city so I can stay with them, but I still have to travel there.
I’m looking forward to Run The Gap because that’s local, and I get to run on home turf.
7. Would you rather run a race with a group of friends or by yourself?
This question is very similar to question 5, so the answer would be by myself.
I’m used to it. Surprisingly I get a lot of thinking done, even when I have music playing. Sometimes I listen to audiobooks too.
8. Would you rather run a PR but result in an injury or finish strong and missing a PR?
I’d rather finish DFL (dead flippin last) and be injury-free than the risk it go out hard and getting injured.
9. Would you rather eat a big meal the night before or a big meal after a race?
You know what, I’d rather eat a big lunch the day before, and then a smallish meal for dinner. Then after my race have a good hearty meal.
10. Would you rather be chased by a swarm of bees or a pack of dogs?
Hmm. I’m not sure. I’m not allergic to bees, however, I could get stung, and I could get stung many times.
Dogs on the other hand, well usually a dog would be with its owner. And most dogs are like, ‘ooh someone to play with me’, so I’m saying dogs.
What would YOU rather do?
Choose one, two, three, or all and share what you would you rather.