>General Running>Are you a warrior, purist, socializer, or exerciser?
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""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
Ricky —our ability to perform up to our physiological potential in a race is determined by whether or not we truly psychologically believe that what we are attempting is realistic. Anton Krupicka
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I'm definitely not social, I run by myself 99.9% of the time & like it that way. Once every couple of months, zoom zoom & I do a training run together.
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The Logic of Long Distance
I couldn't find the quiz online, but I reckon I'm a purist. Though the internet is definitely transforming me into a stats-exerciser-mileage counting type, at least more so than before. That I feel guilty about this indicates purism.
Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson
Do you often vary your routes?
A: Not really. I like to compare times on a few courses as a check on my fitness.
B:Yes, I know the town better than the postal carrier. Exploring is half the fun.
C: It depends-if Others are going on a new loop, I'm happy to tag along.
D: No. I stick to a few routes because the time passes faster when I'm on a familiar ground.
2:A pain that started a few weeks ago has gotten worse, and now you can barely run. What to do?
A: Start a cross-training program to maintain my fitness, and revise my racing plans.
B: Hobble through a few miles at whatever pace I can handle, and ice later.
C: Volenteer to work at upcoming races to stay connected to the running community.
D: Sign up for that yoga class I've wanted to try.
3:What's your take on diet?
A:Food is fuel for training and racing. As the saying goes, if the furnace isn't hot enough, it will burn anything.
B: I don't really think about my diet in terms of running, other than I know which foods interfere with my running, and I avoid them.
C: I know I would probably be a better runner if I were more carefull about my diet, but my running doesn't dicate what I eat.
D. Waching my diet is an important part of my overall fitness regimen. That said, I like to reward myself with a treat now and then.
4: What's importance in a race?
A: Fast course, good competition, good weather. I'm there to meet a time goal. Good awards certainly don't hurt.
B: Good organization. I want to be able to concentrate on my running and not to worry whether the course is accurate.
C: Lots of people to run with and a good postrace spread. It should feel like a party.
D: I don't race much , but when I do, a nice shirt and a good charitable cause.
5: You just don't feel like running what do you do?
A: Look through my log for an explanation. If I have a race coming up, I'll probably back off for a few days until my legs feel fresh.
B: head out-I'll feel better once I get going. Feeling bored or tired isn't a reason not to run.
C: Call my running buddies in search of company.
D: Take a few days off from running and doing some other form of exercise.
6: A major blizzard/rainstorm/heatwave is forecast to strike in a few days. What do you do before then?
A: Get in a track workout and long run, and investigate the local treadmill options.
B: Look forward to congratulating myself for heading out for a run in such conditions.
C: Check my running club's website for updates on whether our group run will still be held.
D: If I don't run for a few days due to bad weather, that's fine. I can always go to the gym
7: Long runs are.....
A: A key componant of performance. I don't always like them, but they must be done.
B: A weekly ritual that I enjoy
C:The social highlight of my week. I don't really look forward to doing long runs by myself.
D: A great way to burn calories
8:What do you think about lifting weights?
A: It's not essential, but it does help me to the finishline kick. But I generally think that time spent lifting would be better spent running
B: I don't like it, but I know it helps me avoid injuries, so I do it so that I can keep running.
C: Lifting cans of beer after a run is important!
D: I enjoy lifting. I fel stronger after a workout and it helps me fit in my clothes much better
9: How do you feel about running in the dark during the shortened days of winter?
A: It's irritating. I often am forced to slow a bit, and it's hard to do a decent speed workout.
B: I can't say I always love it, but sometimes I really enjoy it. A good run on a nice, calm moonlit night with little traffic makes me feel like I have the world to myself and that I'm doing something special.
C: It's creepy running in the dark by myself, but if I have others to run with, I don't mind it.
D: Isn't that what treadmills are for?
10: You usually run after work. But your new boss asks if you want to get a drink. Do you go?
A: If it's a planned recovery day, maybe. On the day of an important workout, never.
B. No When I go to bed that night, I'll much rather have run than met a social obligation.
C. No. I'm due to meet the gang for a run, then go out for pizza and beer.
D: Yes. I'll rearrange my schedule and make up for the run tomorrow.
11: How important are the health benefits of running to you?
A: I don't think about them. I would probably still train hard if doing so were bad for me.
B: I'm glad there are long-term benefits, but I'm more focused on how good running makes me feel today.
C: They were one of my main reasons for starting, but now other things, like camaraderie, are what keep me running.
D: They're very important. I like how running makes me look and feel, and it's a great way to keep my weight in check.
12: You're a minute slower for a 5k than last year. What do you do?
A: Look through my logs for an explanation, seek advice on running message boards, and resolve to loose those two extra lbs I've been carring around.
B: Dont' care too much, as long as the experience feels the same.
C: Figure it's time to resume the club's weekly track workouts. I slack off on my own.
D: How far again is a 5k?
13: What's your best running memory
A: When I finally got my 10k PR down to where it should be.
B: Not one specific memory, but a bunch of images from runs where I felt great.
C: The camaraderie in our group doing all those long runs for our last marathon.
D: The first time I ran 30 minutes straight.
14: While running, do you initate greetings with other exercisers?
A: During an important workout, no. On other runs, maybe if they look like real runners.
B: Usually not. I'm off in my own little world.
C: Sure. The more of us, the merrier.
D: Not really-I'm often too tired to lift my arm.
Mostly A's Warrior
Mostly B's Purist
Mostly C's Socializer
Mostly D's Exerciser