How Much Of A Running Nerd Are You?

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How Much Of A Running Nerd Are You?

If you see me collapse, pause my GPS app.

posted on Apr. 3, 2016, at 5:01 a.m.Sally TamarkinSally Tamarkin

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How many miles do you run per week?

  • Between 5 and 10.
  • Between 10 and 15.
  •  Between 15 and 20.
  • More than 20.

Do you own sneakers that are *just* for running?

  • I own sneakers but they're for any fitness or athletic thing, including running.
  • Yup.
  • I own different pairs for different kinds of runs: road, trail, winter, etc.

Were you fitted for them at a running specialty store?

  • Yes. 
  • No. 
  • A what?

Okay one more thing about sneakers. What can you tell me about them without looking at them?

  • Size and color.
  • Brand, size, color.
  • Brand, size, color, heel drop, and details about how this version differs from previous versions of the same shoe.

You're 15 minutes into a 45-minute run through a residential area and you have to pee. What do you do?

  • Run home ASAP.
  • Find the most private place I can, drop trou, and get 'er done.
  • Finish your run, holding it and hoping for the best.

You're 15 minutes into a 45-minute run through a residential area and oh boy do you have to poop. What do you do?

  • Run home ASAP.
  • Find the most private place I can, drop trou, and get 'er done.
  • Finish your run, holding it and hoping for the best.

Do you have a GPS watch?

  • Nah.
  • Yes, and I never run without it.
  • Yes, and I wear it as my everyday (i.e. non-running) watch.

Have you ever planned travel or a life event (vacation, wedding weekend, birthday celebration) around a destination race?

  • LOL no.
  • My bachelorette party was a half-marathon (or similar).
  • No, but I do a lot of research when I travel to make sure I know local running routes.

If your GPS watch or app died or quit mid-run, it would be:

  • NBD.
  • Pretty annoying because I like to track my performance data.
  • Not the end of the world per se but basically that.

It's about 12 hours till your next run. How many weather apps have you consulted?

  • None. I just step outside to get a sense and wing it.
  • Just one.
  • Two or more.

What do you know about the weather forecast for your next run?

  • Whatever I've overheard people chatting about.
  • Temperature and chance it'll rain.
  • Temperature, wind speed, chance it'll rain.
  • Temperature, wind speed, chance it'll rain, humidity.

Describe your attitude about fitting running into your schedule:

  • I try to run regularly but if I don't get around to it, I don't stress.
  • I start each week with my runs planned out and I really only move them or skip them if something important comes up.
  • My runs are the building blocks of my weekly schedule and everything is planned around them, not vice versa.

Do you have favorite running socks?

  • Nah, I just grab whatever's clean.
  • I've tried a bunch of running socks and have some preferences.
  • I have a lot to say about running sock performance.

Do you have more sports bras than regular bras?

  • I don't wear bras.
  • I think I have about the same number of each.
  • No; more regular bras.
  • Yup, definitely.

How many race t-shirts do you have?

  • None, I don't really race.
  • One or two.
  • 3-5.
  • More than 5.

Have you ever gotten excited to plan a running route?

  • LOL no.
  • I sure have.

What's the worst inclement weather you're willing to run in?

  • If it's more than 50% likely to rain, I bail.
  • I'd run in the rain if it wasn't crazy heavy.
  • The only thing that really stops me is ice.
  • I run in conditions other people don't even leave their houses during.

When it comes to running clothes, what's most important?

  • Flattering fit and look.
  • A combo of the looking good and performance (moisture-wicking, doesn't ride up, has pockets or thumb loops, etc.).
  • As long as it has a pocket and wicks sweat, I will wear it.

Do you have BodyGlide or a similar product at home?

  • IDEK what you're talking about.
  • I've used it before but I don't keep it on hand.
  • Yes. And maybe a backup.

When it comes to your running music, choose whichever one applies best:

  • I choose a random workout-themed playlist from Spotify or a similar app.
  • I use an app that selects music whose tempo matches my pace.
  • I have separate playlists for: long runs, speed work, treadmill workouts, etc.
  • I don't listen to music when I run.

Would you rather skip a long run (6+ miles) or do it on a treadmill?

  • There's literally no way I'd run that long on a treadmill.
  • There's literally no way I'd miss a long run.

How into foam rolling are you?

  • Oh, I've been meaning to try that.
  • I roll when I feel extra sore or tight.
  • Foam rolling is a daily (or close-to-daily) part of my life.

Be honest. Gu is actually really good, right?

  • Ew, no.
  • I don't mind it.
  • Honestly I'd frost a cupcake with it.

Have you ever posted a photo to social media with a running-related hashtag (e.g. #seenonmyrun, #runchat, #instarunner, etc.)?

  • No.
  • Yes.
  • My Instagram feed is mostly running-related pics.

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