I had one of the best running weeks this past week than I've had since the marathon. Probably even before the marathon, to be honest, but since I wrote about a lot of it ... I thought I'd do it again.
Oh, I kid. I kid. I am feeling far too good to do that to you. (Read: It took less than an hour to put Miles to bed last night and I already got in my workout for the day.)
Rather, I thought I'd have some fun and link up with Cori from Olive to Run and complete her "Would You Rather Running Style" survey.
>>Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?
I might have been inclined to say thunderstorm ... before this weekend but I totally ran in a snowstorm on Sunday, and it was fun. I really think it was. I can do the rain in the summer, when it's hot, but otherwise I find it to be rather miserable.
>>Would you rather breathe through your nose or breathe through your mouth?
I know I do both but I am going to go with nose. When I read Scott Jurek's book, "Eat and Run," he wrote about the importance of breathing through your nose and I tried some of the techniques. It's supposed to be ... umm ... better but I read it a while ago and don't remember.
>>Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 crunches?
I probably do 100 (or more) squats in a Bodypump class, and I do like them. In the spirit of the #corevalues challenge, though, I am going with crunches. I hope, when given the opportunity, I always pick the harder road.
>>Would you rather have a baked good for dessert or an extra serving of your favorite entree?
Do I even need to answer this? It's dessert. Always dessert.
>>Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?
I'm voting the same street block. If you think about it, it's probably close to a half mile if you can run all four sides, and it would make for a fun speed workout. It's also a great way to make your neighbors think you are nuts.
>>Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch?
Headache. Side stitches are the devil.
>>Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or a day off?
My rest days are usually work days but I like it when I can take it on the weekends. It's lovely to get up late on a Sunday, read the paper, drink coffee and maybe go to breakfast.
>>Would you rather be a race director or a race volunteer?
I've volunteered a few times, and it's such a rewarding experience. It's a good way to give back to the running community and "earn" your next race. However, I would love to organize a Mother's Day race with a stroller division.
>>Would you rather spend your money on running gadgets [HRM, GPS watch, Headphones] or running shoes?
Tough. So tough. I love gadgets - especially my new Garmin Forerunner 220 - but it's not something you need to replace often. Shoes, though, they do and there's always fun colors. I like colors.
>>Would you rather run in a relay or do the run portion of a distance triathlon?
I want to run all the things! As I look back on Hood to Coast, though, I feel like my appreciation for the experience grows. I didn't think it was "ohmygod so amazing" at the time but I get there as the days pass. I would love to do a long relay with some of my best running friends.
The week, in training:
Monday: 45 minutes on trainer + 20 minutes Bodypump practice
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 6.14 miles + 30 minutes Bodypump practice
Thursday: 30 minutes on trainer + Bodypump practice
Saturday: Bodypump + 3.23-mile run
Sunday: 12 miles