10 Random Questions for Halloween

by tinareale on October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween! To those who celebrate. Well, celebrate isn’t really the right word. So, I guess Happy Halloween to those who use it as a reason to do something with the family, dress up crazy, or eat candy. I guess as a fitness blog, I should offer some tips on how to avoid the candy today or something of that nature. You know the gist, though – pick your absolute favorites, have 1 or 2, get the rest out of sight out of mind, don’t buy ones you like to begin with, etc, etc etc. It’s been done.

What else has been done? This 10 Random Running Questions survey from Another Mother Runner. Yes. Been done. A lot. But a) I don’t care, b) it’s been sitting in my “to-blog” queue for too long, and c) it’s Halloween and that calls for something light-hearted and fun.

Here we go!

1. Best Run Ever: I have fortunately had many a good run…but I will have to say the most recent running experience at the Runner’s World Half Marathon. That was just one of those days where everything about running coursed through my veins – the community, the energy, the freedom, the stress release, the excitement, the empowerment. All of it. Loved. Every. Single. Second.


My first half marathon would be a very close second, though.

2. Three Words that Describe My Running: Dang. I used a lot of that above. Empowering as it helps me appreciate my body for what it can do. Freeing as it can be the only time to myself I ever get in a week. Rejuvenating as I often use it for prayer and worship time as well.

3. My go-to running outfit is: Oh gosh! I love too much running gear! I would have to say it’s typically running shorts (I really like the Oiselle Distance short) or some sort of capri when it’s chilly, one of my race tees (although I’m finding I like tanks more now thanks to the Oakley tank I tried), Under Armour sports bra, and right now I’m loving the transition to Brooks PureFlows and the Altra Zero Drop shoes on my feet. I haven’t fully transitioned, so don’t hold me to that just yet. Saucony Rides have been doing me nicely in the meantime.

4. Quirky Habit While Running: Tripping? Wait, that’s not good. I guess it’s that I apparently get really in the zone when running. My running pals will see me on the running path we frequent and sometimes I don’t even notice at all because I’m so inside myself and my thoughts. Once again back to that rejuvenating because I use the time for prayer and worship thing. I can get freaky focused during those times.

5. Morning, mid-day, or evening: MORNING! Usually. Although, as a mom with a sometimes crazy schedule and a son that loves to catch sick germs, my times will frequently change to afternoons when Peter gets home from work or early mornings on the treadmill. My preferred schedule is around 9 am during the week and 6 or 7 am on weekends so I have more time with my family.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s: Storming or raining heavily. I don’t mind some rain. I don’t mind cold (thank goodness the cold doesn’t get too intense in the south!). I don’t mind heat (I would be screwed if so). Thunder, lightening, or a torrential downpour? Not happening. Or the dark. I really, really, really, really will not run in the dark.

7. Worst Injury – and how I got over it: My partnered up force of terror when it was back and forth between tendonitis issues in my foot and my Ilitoibial Band Syndrome. How I overcame it? Read this. Or to sum it up here – learned my training mistakes, worked on muscle imbalances, GOT RID OF stability shoes (can you tell I’m still peeved at the person who put me in them?), and foam rolled the heck out of my body.


Not like this, though. Oh, Larisa and Jill, you both are loving me right now, aren’t you?

8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when: I ran my first marathon. I still believe it was the HARDEST thing I have EVER done in my LIFE. Yes, that dramatic. I remember it vividly.



While it was a pretty painful experience (and I want some redemption from it!), I still felt pretty badass to have pushed past my limits, accomplished that dream, and crossed that finish line. So much so that I can’t wait to do it all again. Well, not all. I could do without the running injured and in mid-80 temperatures thing.

9. Next Race Is – The Kiawah Island Half Marathon on December 8th! Looking forward to this weekend getaway with Peter…and hopefully a new PR.

10. Potential Running Goal for 2013 – Have a better 2nd marathon experience. Basically I want to run a strong, healthy, happy (for most miles…no guarantees for all 26.2) marathon. That is my BIGGEST running related goal for 2013.

That was fun, right?! Now, you tell me any of the following: Word to Describe Your Running, Quirky Running Habit, Next Race, and/or Potential Running Goal for 2013. Can’t wait to read your responses!


1 Paige @ Running Around Normal October 31, 2012 at 7:01 am

lol – I’ve never read this survey!!
And I am so excited for your next race :)

2 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 31, 2012 at 7:02 am

This wasn’t one of your questions you wanted me to answer, but my BEST race ever was running the Disney World 1/2 Marathon. THE BEST. Loved it.

3 molly @ heart, sole & cereal October 31, 2012 at 7:11 am

i love this survey! i love hearing about people’s quirky habits while running because i have a lot of weird ones. my biggest is probably my need to cross my fingers. while i’m running i will cross the middle fingers of my hands. i don’t know why i do this, but i think it helps me to remind myself to keep my arms down and not get too tightly wound in my upper body, but my hands look kind of like my fingers are webbed when i do it and i know if people see me they think i’m a freak. i also can’t get over how awesome your weekend at the RW half sounded. so jealous!

4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 31, 2012 at 7:41 am

I’m all about running in tanks and shorts. In fact, the more clothes I wear (long sleeves or pants, capris, tshirts), the worse my runs seem to go. It’s unfortunate.

5 Becky Przy October 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

My running goal for 2013 is to run a race pg. Since I am not pg, I have some work to do;-) But otherwise my running goal for 2013 is to have fun, stay healthy and maintain balance.

6 Lee October 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

I have a quirky treadmill habit. When a new song comes on my ipod, I have to look at how long it is and tell myself, “Okay, this song is 4 minutes long, so when it’s done, you’ll be at 12 minutes.” or whatever. I have to do this for every single song every time I run on the treadmill. I don’t do it outside though.

7 Lauren October 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

Ah, your next race sounds wonderful! I always love planning get-aways for long races. It makes running a half marathon so enjoyable when your doing it in a beautiful environment. :)

8 tinareale October 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I feel like the vacation races are the only ways I race lately. Haha!

9 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast October 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

I had a similar experience with my marathon- something I am still proud of, but also the hardest race I’ve ever had. Like you, I want to tackle it again in 2013!

10 Kierston October 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

I hold my thumbs with my index fingers while I run. I catch myself doing it all the time!

11 jobo October 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

Love this! Was fun to read. I am with you on zoning when I run. I can’t usually talk, I just run, look around etc. Much easier outside than in though. Inside, on the ‘mill, I am usually such a grump ;-) Need a #dreadmillsupport group!

12 tinareale October 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I’m with you! Hate the dreadmill.

13 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love the 3 words you chose. Running is a lot of things, but those are some of the things I love best about it. :) I sure do miss it!

14 Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual October 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

My next race is Saturday. It’s my first half marathon!
Your next race sounds like it will be awesome.

15 Jess October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m VERY confident that your goal of a happily-run 26.2 in 2013 is IN the cards for you. No doubt about it. You’ve learned SO MUCH as a runner this past year and I just know that you’ll be able to fully apply that to how you train for 26.2 the second time around. SO proud of you for wanting to tackle it again!! (and not gonna lie, a teeny tiny part of me wants to give it another go…but no promises just yet…)

16 Rachel @RunningRachel October 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

Great list!!

My biggest quirky run habit is when I get tired I sometimes feel like I LOOK like Elaine (from Seinfeld) dancing – jerky and thumbs pointed up and out ;)

17 Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

The Oiselle Distance shorts are my favorite too!! I hope you do have a better marathon experience this time. You should since you’ve grown as runner since then and know what to expect. Happy Halloween Tina!!!

18 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

take me with you on your next race ;) !! Loved this survey!

19 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

Whoa, I didn’t know you were running Kiawah! Must be my reading comprehension skills are not what they used to be. I had the chance to read an advance copy of “Honey, Do You Need A Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner” by Jennifer Graham (a HILARIOUS read, btw), and she talked about running the Kiawah half! I can’t wait to hear more about it/see pictures of the area. It sounds like a really nice race!

20 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Love this list!! And if you decide you want help making that second marathon more fun, you know I’d love to help you. :)

21 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I WILL BE ON KIAWAH ISLAND ON DECEMBER 8TH!!!! I considered signing up for the half, but I’m only there for 3 days for a friend’s wedding and thought I should spend the time visiting people instead of racing… oh it’s so tempting though.

22 tinareale October 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Maybe you can sneak away to pass me some candy corn that morning? ;)

23 Michelle October 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I’m so excited for you to run your next marathon!!

My goals right now are to enjoy running while I can :) I (ironically) have the biggest itch to train for a marathon right now, but obviously that’s not going to happen. I am hoping to run the majority of my upcoming halfs and then get back to running after May!

24 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I love quizzes like this! My next big running goal is to tackle the full marathon. 2012 was supposed to be the year but my knee injury stopped that. I’m still chasing it into 2013 hopefully stronger than ever!

25 tinareale October 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hopefully 2013 will be a strong marathon year for both of us!

26 [email protected] October 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Fun survey! You will totally rock that 2nd marathon, I am sure :)

I don’t have any races in the future on the books yet. I was kinda sick of training for anything by the time the half IM rolled around. Hah.

27 Nicole October 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My running goals for 2013: Train smart, increase speed, do a 10K in 50 minutes or less, and eventually qualify for Boston!!

IT Band injuries are the worst, aren’t they?? Glad you’re recovered!

28 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut October 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Clothes: something to wick my sweatiness away! No cotton!!
Quirky running? I probably get super focused like you since running is the best time to focus upward! Sometimes I catch myself singing too…out in public haha
Next race will be in May 2013…my first half God willing! I haven’t yet been able to run the halfs I’ve signed up for but really hoping that will change! :)

29 Pavement Runner October 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Potential Running Goal for 2013: something longer than 50 miles. Yikes. But I need to finish my first 50 miler in December. Baby steps.

30 Lauren @SizzleEats October 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I’m getting so nervous for my first half in a month! Excited and terrified at the same time. I hope to do at least 1 marathon in my life as well.

31 StacyWash October 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Word to Describe Your Running = Clumsy (I’m a newbie runner, so I’m working on form); Empowered because that’s how I felt once I finished my first half, even with the not so great time.
Next Race – 10K this weekend. I plan to run/walk.
Potential Running Goal for 2013 – Half Marathon; possible Full.

32 purelytwins October 31, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Empowering is a feeling I get from running as well.
I have a little 5k this weekend with family in honor of colon cancer, but thinking my next half marathon might be a Disney based one, maybe princess. not sure thinking about it

33 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf October 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

It’s been fun reading everyone’s responses to this survey and learning a bit more about folks. And that picture of the three of you with the stick is awesome. My running goal for 2013 is to run the MORE/Fitness Magazine half marathon which I was supposed to run this year before I hurt my knee. I can’t wait until I’m back to the point where I can run and train for it!!

34 Christin November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

Wow, looking forward to hearing about your next marathon, you are awesome for that! I’m not really much of a runner, but my goal for 2013 is to really give it a fair shot…I am considering signing up for a 5k, seeing how I do, then a 10k if I feel like I can make it. :)

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