The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.
This month’s word is CHOICE
Life and RUNNING are all about CHOICE. Everyday we make CHOICES. Sometimes we make the right CHOICES and unfortunately, sometimes we make the wrong CHOICES.
So how specifically does RUNNING involves CHOICE?
There are a lot of races. How do we choose which ones to run?
—Location – Local or Race-cation?
—Surface – Road or Trail?
—Distance – 5k or Half Marathon or even longer?
—Course – Flat or Hilly? Point to Point or Loop?
—FOMO – Who else is doing it?
—Date – Are we free that weekend?
—Previous Experience or New one
—Goals – One in every state, PR, Half Fanatic
—Sponsorships – Rock n Blogger or ZOOMA ambassador, etc.
- RUNNING PARTNERS
If we are lucky, we have many options here. Why do we choose to run with certain runners?
—Convenience – they work or live nearby
—Schedules – they run at the same time of day
—Speed – they run at our pace
—Training Goals – they help us get faster or help us slow down during long runs
—Style – they run/walk or they don’t walk or they run certain intervals
—Races – they are running the same race
- TIME OF DAY
If you work, you may have limited choices. But still, you can choose to run before work or during lunch or after work. Weather may also be a factor such as running earlier in the summer and later in the winter. Or maybe your running partner influences at what time of day you run.
- HOW OFTEN
Do we choose to run everyday? How many rest days each week do we choose to take? Again, there are factors that impact our choices:
–racing plan or coach
Where do we choose to run? On the road, on a bike path, on a trail, on a track, on a treadmill? What impacts our location choose?
–type of run
- TYPES OF RUNS
Unlike me, you may have a racing plan or a coach which helps you choose whether to do a tempo run, hill repeats, progression run, intervals, easy run, etc.
If you make a mistake in this category, it could be costly. Just sayin. So how do we choose what to eat?
–what others recommend
–what has worked in the past
–easy (who has time to make their own?)
–how far we are running
–what we like
–what we can carry
- RUNNING ATTIRE
In the winter, this is my most difficult choice. What do I wear to not be too warm but warm enough? What do we think about when we choose our running outfit?
—space in our bags/luggage
—theme (in a race or for a holiday)
–-color (we have favorites)
—what looks good on us
Yes, there’s endless CHOICES that we have to make as Runners.
Happy Running! What is the most difficult CHOICE that you deal with in your running? Please share.