Would You Rather….

Jesica @rUnladylike posted a “would you rather” survey last week, and I enjoyed reading her answers enough that I thought I’d piggyback on her good idea and answer them myself! Some of the questions are fun, some are thought-provoking and some are downright tough to answer. (This was kind of fun, think I need to come up with some questions myself and do another installment!)

1. Would you rather run a 5K or a marathon? 

Marathon. No question.

2. Would you rather run a flat race in the heat or a hilly race in the cold?

I’m a flat-land runner who prefers cold weather, but after the Heartbreak Hill Half, I’d go with hills in the cold.

3. Would you rather get new running shoes or a new running outfit?

If it was a new MODEL (brand/model) of running shoes so that I had a choice of models, then shoes. Otherwise, the outfit unless I was for some reason out of shoes.

4. Would you rather run a marathon without headphones or a Garmin?

Some of this would depend on the size of the race and my goals. For Shamrock, I know there were times I wasn’t even aware of the music playing because of the noise, chatter, crowds….but then again, I played Wild Wild West 5 times late in the race and it helped. On the other hand, I need the Garmin because I’m not great yet at keeping a pace. This is a tough one. If it’s a big race and I’ve got a time goal, probably rather do without the headphones. If I don’t care about my time, go without Garmin so I can listen to music if I want as I’d be out there longer and I could see on-course timing.

5. Would you rather choose a race because of the convenience (location, price, travel) or the swag?

Convenience. I’ve yet to see swag that motivates me to choose a race. Think about it yes (oohing and aaahing) but choose it, not yet. I’d run Boston if you got nothing for doing so except to be able to say you ran it.

6. Would you rather run a PR that results in an injury or finish strong and miss a PR?

Finish strong and miss a PR. I can always try again if I’m healthy and injury-free. Disappointment doesn’t stop you from running or trying again. I’ve been injured or on the edge of it too many times.

7. Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 push-ups?

My upper body is legendarily weak, so I’d go with the squats, but there’s no way I’d get 100.

8. Would you rather run without socks or without a sports bra?

Without a sports bra. I’d be pretty uncomfortable though I’m smaller “upstairs” but I don’t think the sock thing would work well with my wide feet/bunions. I’d be able to run the next day if I wore socks (and then got to wear a bra) but not sure of the opposite.

9. Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?

Treadmill. But not a fair question because I run on the treadmill 4 days out of 5 and love it.

10. Would you rather run a Ragnar Relay or be part of a marathon relay team?

I hadn’t really thought about being on a marathon relay team before this question – are there that many races that have them? I had started thinking about Ragnars a bit since I’m reading about so many people doing them but I’m not yet that interested in doing one. I think a marathon relay would interest me more as a starting point, as long as no one was that picky about my time.

11. Would you rather run naked or take a naked yoga class?

I’m taking a loophole here – I’d rather run naked on my treadmill than take a naked yoga class. (alone versus with others) However, the chances of either, barring someone with a gun to my head, are nil.

12. Would you rather come in 4th in the Olympics or 1st at the New York City Marathon?

(a Meb-related question!) I’d rather be 4th in the Olympics. New York, though a big deal race, has never been a race I’ve wanted to run. I think getting through the Olympic qualifying process, trials, and the full Olympic experience would be so much more fulfilling and something I would hold dear forever. I’d hope to find a way to feel good about 4th (in the world!), having given it my all for years and on the day.

13. Would you rather give up running for 3 years to get a BQ (Boston Marathon qualifying time) or never BQ but run as much as you want?

This is the toughest one. I just got my BQ after many years of working, wishing, dreaming, hoping – and got injured last year training 70+ miles per week (but found out I LOVED high mileage). It’s really hard to imagine the former, and I thought I was in the latter situation. I’m going to answer based on an assumption: I’d give up running for 3 years to BQ assuming that THEN I could run as much as I wanted and I’d want to be over 100mpw! This is “easy” for me to say now, since I qualified….but it’s a really hard thing to think about as giving up running for 3 years would be really difficult even if you could and would do every other activity and training possible.

Q13 reminds me of a question I’ve heard from @ajoneswilkins in terms of ultrarunning (via trailrunnernation ep 17): If you could run one last 100 miler with a personal-best time and then never run again OR you could be guaranteed to be able to run three miles a day for the rest of your life, but never run another 100, what would you choose?

Guaranteed 3 miles a day. Never run again?! Shudder.

Which would you rather, and why?