Would You Rather Running Style

Hey, friends—happy Tuesday!  Did Monday fly by for you too?  Even though it was a slow day at work—the combination of Monday and tons of rain kept people from shopping—I channeled my not-so-secret party warlord and spent some time finalizing details for our store’s New York City Marathon Cheer Zone.  If you’re doing the race on Nov. 3, then keep your eyes peeled for us on 1st Avenue between 86th and 87th, which is right on the course.  And if you’re planning to spectate, then come join us for music, balloons, and a poster-making contest.  And all-day $3 drafts.


Obviously, the bunny suit will make an appearance and no expense will be spared.

Speaking of running, this survey appeared on Cori’s blog a few weeks ago, and since it’s been a while since my last one, I figured I’d play along.

Would you rather … run with one of your ancestors or your role models?

Definitely run with an ancestor.  I’m extremely blessed because I grew up with both sets of grandparents, plus a bunch of great aunts and uncles, but I’d love to run with their parents or grandparents.  Long runs serve as opportunities for great conversations; they allow people to let their guard down, open up, and be honest.  Not to mention my grandparents, especially my grandfathers, were pretty athletic back in the day, so I’m sure the run would be a great workout too.

Would you rather …  run a race that is a few hour drive but in a beautiful location or in your city with a short drive?

It depends on the race (road race or triathlon), distance of said race (5- or 10-K, sprint, Olympic, etc.), and time of year.  In April, for example, traveling to Florida for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon proved to be an involved process, but it was worth it because one, it was longer than a sprint, and two, there weren’t any local races.  That being said, though, one of the main selling points for Stamford included its proximity to New York City; it was a day-trip, so no overnight in a hotel required.

Would you rather … take an ice bath for a half hour or foam roll for a half hour?

Ice bath, end of discussion.  Yes, I own a (nice) foam roller.  Yes, I know it’s an important recovery tool.  No, I don’t use it as much as I should.  But I also don’t take ice baths on a regular basis so …

Would you rather … have a black toe nail pulled off or have your entire back chaffed from running and be forced to shower for a hour straight?

Cori, what kind of question is this?!  Ha!  Luckily, I’ve never experienced black toenails (make sure you’re wearing sneakers that fit, friends!), and I’ve been fortunate in terms of chaffing too. (BodyGlide saves lives.  That is all.) Both would totally stink, but I think the black toenail wouldn’t be as bad; at least you could yank it off, call it a day, and wait for it to grow back, right?  Showering with a chaffed back sounds like cruel and unusual punishment.

Would you rather … spend an extra $100 a month given to you on running/fitness or save it?

Save it—for a tri bike.

Would you rather … be known for running the fastest marathon or running the longest distance at one time?

To run the fastest marathon, you’d need speed and stamina, aka the best of both worlds.  Sign me up for that plan!

Would you rather … have your medal handed to you by Kara Goucher or Shalane Flanagan?

Option three:  Chrissie Wellington.  Which actually happened at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Would you rather … lick someone else’s armpit after a marathon or lick their foot after a marathon?

Cori, you’re killing me—ha!  I’ll pass on this one.

Feel free to play along in the comments!  Are you running the ING New York City Marathon?

12 responses to “Would You Rather Running Style

  1. Haha oh man some of those questions! And yea black toenails aren’t that bad, I’ve had quite a few, though mine don’t fall off luckily!

    And yes, Chrissie Wellington is the next best choice! Though I also like Mirinda Carfrae too!

  2. I would rather have a black toenail pulled off. It’s happened to me before and I survived it!

    • Ah, yes–hiking, right? There have been a few close calls with high school field-hockey, but none have actually come off–knock on wood. 😉

  3. Love that you participated! I was recommended to read Chrissie’s book multiple times and have it on my list of reads. 🙂

  4. what a cool way to cheer. man now I really want to be there to cheer!

  5. Chrissie Wellington for me, too! I read her book and she’s just phenomenal. And I would definitely rather foam roll!

    I’ll be volunteering at Mile 17 on NYCM 🙂

    • Chrissie was great! Maybe she’ll be back in Milwaukee next year. 🙂 Also, I’m so excited for the marathon; it will be my first Marathon Sunday in NYC!

  6. I am running the marathon. I want to see you. But then I’ll be living 90 minutes from NYC so I’ll get to see you sometime too. (Can you tell I really want to move LOL?)

    I’d rather sit in an ice bath because at least I can sit on the internet LOL.

  7. Ick, armpit/foot licking? Jeez. And love destination races, if I had unlimited amounts of money to spend on racing and traveling that’s what I would do, as long as they were further than a 5 or 10K.

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