Thursday, 8 December 2016

Would you rather...? [Runner's Edition]

I'm guessing that your life is just as insanely busy as ours at the moment...  Yikes!  On our agenda for this coming weekend is a Christmas party, a parkrun (obvs!), a swimming pool party for J Bear's third birthday (whoooop!), a long run and Carols by the Sea.  Phew!  And even though our end-of-year schedule is, as usual, jam-packed (and sometimes a bit overwhelming!), I still love it.  So much fun and togetherness - my favourite time of year.

Holiday vibes!

But, if like me during this time you occasionally need just a quick, five-minute sanity break to kick off your shoes, regroup and have a giggle, then this post is for you.  The ladies from Women's Running US recently came up with this runner's edition of the old classic "would you rather?" game, and I thought it would be fun to join in:

So, would you rather...

Run with someone chatty or silent?  Sweet, glorious silence, please!  Running and talking at the same time is one skill that I've never mastered - chatting on the run exhausts me...!

Run with no socks or no sports bra?  I'll run without socks any day.  But without a sports bra?  Never.

Run a mile naked or in a snowsuit?  Uhm, a snowsuit.  Because running naked would mean no sports bra, right?

Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?  I'll take a cold run over a hot one any day.  My BFFs and I have this long-standing joke about me always being too hot...  I just don't do well in heat at all.

Run with an empty stomach or a full bladder?  I run before breakfast on most days, so running on an empty stomach is pretty much second nature by now.  (I'll maybe have half a banana before a long run.)

Visions of breakfast get me through my long runs!

Run a hilly 5 km or a flat marathon?  A hilly 5 km, for sure!  Five kays is my happy distance - hills or no hills.

Run without music or without a GPS watch?  I rarely ever run with music, except on longer long runs, so this will be an easy choice for me.  My zoology lecturer always used to say that one should never listen to music while being out in nature - you should use all of your senses to take it all in.  And since I pretty much always run on trails, this sentiment stuck.

Run the New York City or Boston Marathon?  I've been secretly dreaming of doing the New York City Marathon for years now.  One day.

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only once a week outside?  If I have to choose, then one run a week outside it will be.  Treadmills drain the life right out of me.

My current Monday/Tuesday morning tradition.  Happiness.
Run a beer mile or a colour run?  Neither.  I don't drink, so a beer mile is never going to happen, plus my first (and only) experience with a colour run was horrendous.  And I very rarely (if ever) say that about anything that involves running.  

Run on a trail or the road?  Trails all the way, baby!

Run in shoes that are too big or too small?  Eish - too small?  But I'll cut some holes out for my big toes a la Bruce Fordyce.  

Eat a slice of pizza mid-race or drink a milkshake?  A slice of pizza in the middle of a long run?  Yes, please.  

Run in the rain or snow?  Since I'm a child of Africa and I can count on one hand the times I've actually ever seen snow, the thought of a snowy run excites me to no end.  But I obviously have no idea what I'm talking about. 

Rainy runs I know.  Bring on the snow!

Run alone or with a big group for the rest of your life?  Alone.  I thrive in isolation.

Have a personal chef or a running coach?  Can the personal chef please report for duty right now?

Get free running shoes or free race registrations for life?  Have you noticed how insanely expensive running shoes are becoming...?!  Holy moly.  Free shoes, please!  

Do only gentle pilates or intense boot camp classes for your cross-training?  I used to be the queen of boot camp, but my own little in-house drill sergeant with his endless supply of energy has cured me of that for good.  So gentle pilates, please.  With a mat for lying down.  In silence. Thanks.  

And what about you?  Please play along in the comments - I'd love to hear your preferences!  (Plus I'm in serious need of a giggle...)



  1. Oulik Saar! Ek sou graag meer oor jou Colour run wou hoor... ek sien die mense gaan vreeslik aan daaroor, maar ek vistanie! Die idee van n lot verf in my wyd-oop, swetende porieƫ gee my nagmerries! Dan praat ek nie van wat mens dalk inadem, of erger nog, as jy jou kleintjies by jou het nie? Of sien ek al weer gesigte..?

    1. Jy slaan die spyker so op die kop, Saar. Dit was voor J se geboorte en ek het vir arme, liefste klein K saamgevat (in Bloem) na wat geadverteer is as 'n "event for the whole family!"... Dit was net 'n lot dronk studente waar jy kyk (11 uur in die oggend), en almal was meer behep daarmee om hulle besope tjommies (en jou en jou kind in die proses) se gesigte vol brandende poeierverf te besmeer as om enigsins te hardloop. Dit was basies net 'n gestrompel en 'n gedruis en 'n gesaamdrom in ons personal space. Ek het my kind gevat en huis toe gegaan voor ons 'n enkele tree gehol het. :( xxxx

    2. Gonna Saar! Dis seker dan hoekom almal so 'happy' lyk op al die fotos... Hulle adverteer nou een hier in Windhoek ook, en welliswaar ook onder die vaandel van 'wonderful family event', maar ek was maar baie skepties, gelukkig weet ek nou! Xxx

  2. hahaha such a fun and awesome post!! I had no idea there were sooooo many would you rather questions just for running.

    1. Thanks, Enricoh! I think they came up with a great list as well :) . Happy weekend!

  3. This is great! totally going to do this over on my blog too :)

    1. Check out the original list of questions on the Women's Running US website, Meg - I left out a few that you might want to include :). x


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