Thursday, December 18, 2008

What kind of runner am I?

Besides a Muddy Runner of course...

I've never really thought about this. I've only been running for about a year, though, so I can't say I've given a whole lot of thought as to what sort of runner I am. Long-distance runs like the half or full marathon scare me and I'm not fast at all so I sort of see myself as a middle-distance runner. That's what I've determined in my first year of running.

But Runner's World posted the question steps to help you figure out what kind of runner you are. So I figured I'd go through the steps here to figure out the answer to this question.

Identify Your True Calling (in form of a quiz)

- How many hours a week do you devote to training? First choice (2-3) is out. I'd have to go with choice B, 4-5, although I'd love to get in six hours or more a week.

- How would you describe the perfect training run? The middle choice, running right at the edge of your abilities, not backing off from a difficult effort but not pushing so much that you're out of steam.

- If you could skip any workout each week, what would it be? I don't like workouts that don't seem long enough so choice B is the best choice. Choice A is any run that takes more than an hour. No way. I welcome hour-long runs.

- When you're out on a group run, you stand out from the pack by: I don't like to surge to the finish and I don't like to feel fresh at the end of a long run so choice B - sticking with lead group no matter how much they're pushing the pace - seems best again.

- When you get injured, what typically precipitates the problem? Choice C - I've not had any major injuries (knock on wood)... unless you count the nipple pain!

- What's your philosophy when it comes to spending money on a race? Choice B - about 50 bucks a race is okay. The Mud Run was 50 bucks incidentally, and even with the hotel I rented the night before in Oceanside it was money well worth spent. Every cent.

- When you're choosing a race, what matters most? C is the one that fits the bill - it should feel like a big deal. I'm all for convenience but to me all the races I've ran in have felt like big deals, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

- What are your race distances where you had the best finishing times? Probably the 5K was my best time so A.

Now I have to tally up the points and interpret my score.

I am a middle distance specialist! Yay! Here is the description:

It may feel like the world revolves around the marathon but you may not have to go that far to experience greatness: 10-milers and half-marathons could be for you. Some brush off middle distances as "practice" but running them, you'll be part of a renaissance - as 13.1 milers become the most popular races, many have taken on the big-league feel of marathons and they don't require as much money and time.

Now, before I go on, if you want me to post the full quiz with all options and the way to interpret your score, I'd be more than happy to. Let me know.

Okay, well, that's great then. I am a middle-distance specialist. I don't like to run anything less than three miles to be honest. And again, the thought of running 20 miles just scares the crap out of me. So I've settled into this comfortable yet challenging groove of running 6-8 miles, and now I will challenge myself next year to double that.

It's great knowing that I'm meeting my true calling in running. If it said I was a long-hauler, I would have had to reassess my running and race plan for next year. But 10Ks and half-marathons comfort me.


thrasherswife said...

Good morning LB! Have you ever looked into a gps for your running? I have a Garmin Forerunner 101 - it rocks!! I use it so I know the distance I ran and the average pace I kept. It does a multitude of other things, which I've never tapped into, but its such a great running tool. Here is the link to their website -- now, don't be shocked by their pricing. I purchased mine on ebay, was able to get it, with shipping, for $60.00. I also bought one for my neighbor who is an avid runner (she was the one who got me started) and she wont run without it now. The only bummer with this lower model, is, you have to watch the battery level, it's a bummer when it dies out on you mid run. And, its a little big, but you get use to it really quickly.

L.B. said...

Thanks TW! That sounds like it would be worth the investment. I'd like to make more of effort to run outdoors in 2009 (might that be a New Year's Resolution?) and this would certainly help. I use the site to track my mileage but being able to track your pace sounds very intriguing. I'll definitely look into it as I'm constantly trying to figure out how to better prepare for races and running in general.