Thursdays are for thinking… so I am linking up with Running With Spoons…
And here’s what I am thinking…
You bloggers may hate me, but I don’t follow the rules:
I don’t stretch. If I am at home, I open the door and start running. Otherwise, I drive to my route, get out of the car and start running.
After my run, I just hop in the shower and go to work or hop in my car and drive home or to wherever.
- Gadgets and Running-Related Stuff.
Besides not stretching, I don’t even own a foam roller, or a stick or KT tape.
Knock on wood, I haven’t needed them yet.
I have never experienced it. So I don’t have Body Glide and don’t use anything like that to prevent chafing.
- Running Plans.
I have never really used one. That’s not to say that I don’t plan my runs. I do.
But I don’t use a formal plan which means I don’t do hill repeats, intervals, temp runs, etc.
I run several times during the week, usually 3-4 miles and do whatever I feel like. (It’s usually pretty slow with lots of walking.) If I am training for a half marathon, I try to run longer on the weekend, increasing each week’s distance by one mile until I get to 12. I also run races which tends to mess up my training.
- Healthy Food.
I’ve never had a protein shake nor have I made a smoothie.
Before a race, I eat 3 packets of this:
After a run, I love this:
or something similar to this:
Just plan H2O for me. I don’t add Nuun to my water nor do I drink Gatorade. So far, water works for me.
- Solo Runner.
I usually run alone. It’s easier because I can run wherever and whenever it is convenient for me. I can run at whatever pace and distance I feel like. (I do like to run with others, though.)
Ok, I’m not a total running loser.
- I have a Garmin GPS watch. I wear it to all my races and check my paces on it.
- I eat Gu as fuel whenever I run more than 4 miles.
- I have lots and lots of running shoes.
- I wear running skirts and love them.
- I have a race belt that holds my bib and carries my phone.
- I read running magazines.
- I have joined Running Groups.
I have enjoyed them. Running with others makes the time go by faster. It also motivates you to run at a faster pace.
- I run a lot of races each year.
Last year it was 31. It may be even more this year.
Speaking of races, I have another 5k tomorrow night.
I’m not a fan of evening races so we’ll see how it goes. Just hoping for NO PAIN and a finish under 30 minutes. Would be extra happy with an Age Group Award!!
Happy Running! What are you thinking about? Are you a rule breaker?