I first saw this “Would You Rather” post on Allison’s blog (The Running Princess- check it out!) and I enjoyed reading her answers. I figured I’d share my answers here as well!
And make sure you read through to the end to get the details on a Handful bra giveaway!
Would You Rather…
1. Run with someone chatty or silent?
I prefer to run with someone chatty. Though I have my moments where I can be overly talkative, I really prefer to let someone else do the talking, especially when running. There’s nothing better than a long run with a good storyteller; let him/her do the talking while I huff and puff trying to keep up!
2. Run with no socks or no sports bra?
I guess it depends on if you mean no sports bra or no bra at ALL. I think I could manage a run in a regular bra, though there could be some chafing. But if the alternative is no bra whatsoever, then for sure I’d rather go sockless. Though I can imagine the blisters would be nasty, it still would be more comfortable than no bra.
3. Run a mile naked or in a snow suit?
Running naked would entail running without a sports bra…however, it is definitely something I have never done. I run in a snow suit basically all winter! I think I’ll pick naked just for the novelty. According to THIS post, I have a lot of options for a naked run.
4. Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?
My performance suffers quite a bit in the heat, but considering how tough this winter has been so far, I’m going to actually pick heat over freezing cold. I am sure I’ll be eating my words in July, but I have had enough of this cold!
5. Run with an empty stomach or a full bladder?
Empty stomach! Full bladder sounds like a deal breaker. No one wants to have to pop a squat in the woods. Running hungry (i.e. a lunch run) is much more manageable for me.
6. Run a hilly 5k or a flat marathon?
Well, I do love marathons. I know flat marathons are actually kinda tough on the legs, but I’m going to go with a flat marathon here as assumably whatever flat marathon I do could get me one step closer to my 50 state goal!
7. Run without music or without a GPS watch?
I rarely run with music, unless its on the treadmill or a long run alone, so I’ll definitely choose run without music. I love the data on my Garmin and I need it for Final Surge (the app I use with my coach) and Strava! If there’s no data, then how do we know it really happened? 🙂
8. Run the New York City or Boston marathon?
Well, if all goes well, I’ll be running both this year so I won’t have to choose!
9. Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only once a week outside?
Treadmill. I don’t love the treadmill, but I can’t imagine only running once a week especially when training for a marathon. It just wouldn’t work.
10. Run a beer mile or a color run?
Personally I have never been interested in a color run, though I do support any type of event that gets people out there and active!
However, I don’t know how well I would do at a beer run. My running club used to host one and I was a spectator one year. Let’s just say there was a lot of puking and I was not all that interested in trying it myself…But I feel like most seasoned runners have at least tried a beer mile, so I’ll choose beer mile just to say I have.
11. Run on a trail or on the road?
I run better on the roads but I do love the trail. So much beauty out there. (Hoping to run Imogene again this year!) If I’m running trail, it hopefully means I’m in a cool location with gorgeous scenery!
However, I’ll still go with road if I can only have ONE since I’m much stronger on the road.
Hmm…hard to say. I think too small would be more manageable than too big, but both would be uncomfortable. I’ll choose too small.
Pizza. I can never say no to pizza! A milkshake would be too filling, I would definitely throw up. (Gosh, there’s a lot of talk about throwing up in this post!)
14. Run in the snow or rain?
Rain would mean that it’s warm, which would be great. A warm, rainy run can be a blast. But running in the snow (as long as its not slippery) can be so beautiful. Give me a 30 degree day in a winter wonderland over gloomy rain any day!
15. Run alone or with a big group for the rest of your life?
Though I love running with my run club or my running friends, I think I would choose solo over a BIG group if I could only have ONE for the rest of my life. I want to be able to run when I want for however long I want, without having to coordinate with a BIG group.
That being said, I do still love running with a group, for the reasons mentioned in #1. Plus, some of my best friendships were developed while running.Non-runners don’t understand the bond that builds between runners. Over the course of a three hour long run, you learn a lot about each other. A lot of sharing occurs on a run, i.e. what you discuss on the long run stays on the long run.
But…Solo runs can be quite meditative.
Love that “me” time.
16. Run the same outdoor route every single day or run on a treadmill every single day?
Same outdoor route!
17. Have a personal chef or a running coach?
Though I have a running coach that I love, I honestly think I would be okay without one. I mean, I have a good deal of experience to draw from- 25 marathons, to be exact!
I would rather have a chef. A personal chef would be so awesome. I would have such great nutritional meals all the time, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! My chef would know exactly how to fuel me to be the best runner I could be. Sounds pretty fantastic!
18. Get free running shoes or free race registrations for life?
Another hard question! I think I’ll choose shoes though, because there may come a time that I’m not racing as frequently but I always plan to be running and I’ll always need more shoes.
19. Do only gentle yoga or intense boot camp classes for cross training?
I know that I should choose yoga, but really I love strength training. I’ll choose the boot camp. I can still stretch, right?
20. Run in your favourite outfit every day but only wash it once a week or run in clean clothes that you hate every day?
Clean clothes that I hate! I couldn’t stand running in stinky clothes. I think I’m pretty sensitive to smell and this would be too much for me, not to mention anyone else who runs with me.
Now, this post mentions running without a sports bra, which is outrageous, right? I definitely wouldn’t want YOU to run without a sports bra, so I have a giveaway for you- a Handful bra in the size and color of your choice (a $50 value!)
Here are the rules- you need to do THREE simple things to enter the give away:
1. Follow Handful on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
2. Comment on THIS post (my review of Handful!) letting me know which way you started following Handful.
3. And finally, answer just one of these “Would You Rather” questions on this post!
The giveaway will be open for a week, so enter now 🙂
I would rather run a mile in a snow suit than naked. Its been so cold in Minne, its hard for me imagine being even nearly naked anywhere. (Though if it were summer, I’m sure my opinion would be completely flipped!)
So true! I guess I was assuming this ‘naked ‘ run would be in the summer….definitely would change my answer if its winter!
I follow Handful on Instagram. My would you rather is choosing free race registrations for life – so many trail races yet to explore!!
Good point! And those trail races can get pricey 🙂
4. Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?
We have been talking about this a lot over the last couple weeks since it has been so cold. I pick sweltering heat. At least you can still get out and run and drink lots of water. Freezing cold the roads are bad, there is no water, and you have about 4 layers of clothing on.
I agree! Take me back to early morning runs in shorts and a sports bra 🙂
I love, love handful bras! They are the only bras I run in. And, on my last beach vacation, I considered using them as my bikini top; they’re just so flattering!
Thanks for suggesting them on Instagram! I’m following them now.
To answer one of your questions, I’d rather run with a chatty person than a quiet one. Running with chatty friends is on of my favorite ways of socializing.
Their bras are super flattering- I totally agree!
I do agree that running with chatty friends is the best 🙂 Even YOU can be chatty on a run, haha!
What a fun post! I would rather have free running shoes. Like you said, I probably won’t be racing forever but I hope to keep running for as long as I can. I have to agree that a personal chef would be amazing. No offense Antonio!! 🙂
Haha, exactly! Antonio is fantastic, but man would I love a personal chef 🙂
For #12, when I first started running I did not know what I was doing and just purchased a pair of shoes from Kohls in my regular size. I didn’t realize you need to go up a size. The blisters! On my toes and my heels. So painful! Fortunately a running friend told me to go to a running store and get sized and I healed up. But because of that experience I would wear too big shoes long before I put on too small shoes again.
Ah, yes, good point! But too big of shoes would probably cause blisters too! Neither sounds like too much fun 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
There’s so many good questions here, but for my Would you rather I’ll choose:
19. Do only gentle yoga or intense boot camp classes for cross training?
I’d rather do boot camp classes! I love yoga but I definitely prefer strength training!
Thanks for commenting Kori! Every time I fit strength in, I realize how much I love it…well, not as much as RUNNING, but a close second 🙂
I am now following handfulbra on Instagram! So fun to read all your would you rathers. For mine, I would rather run the NYC marathon over the Boston. I don’t know that I’ll ever be fast enough to qualify for Boston, and I think it would be incredible to see all those different parts of New York on foot. Although I was in Boston last summer and took a personalized running tour where our guide had us run the last mile of the course, down Commonwealth, making the turn onto Boylston street and over the finish line. I can only… Read more »
Hi Kathryn- that sounds like an awesome running tour that you took. Very cool!
I think the NY marathon would be amazing- running on roads that are usually packed with traffic 🙂 A very unique perspective you only get from running.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
As far as the would you rathers – I would rather have a personal chef than a running coach! Coming home to a home cooked meal that I didn’t have to make would be fantastic! (And could I get a house cleaner thrown in too? :))
I love your blog! I don’t know that I have ever commented, but I am a fellow Minnesotan and love following your training 🙂
YESSSS- a house cleaner AND a personal chef in one 🙂 Please say this magical person will also do laundry. Too much laundry in this house of two runners!
Thanks for commenting Julie and glad to hear a fellow Minnesotan is following along! Nice to ‘meet’ you!
Thanks for the shout out! it was great fun reading your answers. Funny how our current circumstances e.g. weather influence our answers!
I’m guessing your giveaway is US only, but I’ve started following Handful on Twitter. My answers are in my post, but for #18 I picked shoes. All the shoes! You can never have too many running shoes, right? 😉
Agreed! I want all the shoes in all the colors 🙂
Thanks for starting the “Would You Rather” conversation!
I’m following Handful on Facebook – everyone’s comments have intrigued me to check them out!
I would very much rather trail run than roads – it feels like an adventure, the scenery is great, I’ve seen some pretty cool wildlife, and I find it’s a better mental escape for me than the roads!
Thanks for the fun post!!
Thanks for reading and commenting Emily! You’d love a Handful bra if you win!
Yes, way more wildlife on the trail 🙂
I would definitely choose a personal chef over a running (or a fitness coach in general). While both would be nice, I know what I should be doing fitness wise, however a coach can’t take the actions of performing for me- only I can do that. However, a chef can not only prep me healthy meals, but save me the time I would take in making them (and hopefully shopping for them ) therefore freeing up more time to focus on working on (or running) and spending with family.
I followed on Facebook. Well written and entertaining post Jessie!
Thanks for reading and commenting to enter the giveaway!
Totally agree on the chef…all the extra time not spent planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, and clean-up….sounds amazing! 🙂
I would absolutely chose free running shoes for life over race registration. I tend to break shoes pretty easily!
Break them? Yowsa! 🙂 You must run a lot!
Thanks for commenting and reading 🙂
P.S. Did you want to get entered into the giveaway? Just let me know how/if you are following Handful on social media! Thanks!
I’d rather wear too large of running shoes than too small. If the shoes were too large, I could wear more socks, but if they were too small, my toes would get all pinched, and I’d develop (more!) black and blue toenails.
Ah, yes, thicker socks. Good thinking 🙂 Thanks for commenting Katie!
Trail vs Toad – I think I have to go with trail. I’ve experienced a lot of gains speed wise on the road the last two years but I miss all the trail running I used to do.
Also, would definitely choose personal chef over running coach (although I am very lucky with Nate doing most of our cooking, it would be nice to give him a break).
oops, Road not Toad! 🙂
Haha, I knew what you meant!
You are luck to have Nate, who sounds like an awesome cook!
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I would rather run without music than run without my gps watch. I hate to even run without at all. If it isn’t logged, it definitely doesn’t even matter. (My watch has been off for the past two weeks and it’s pretty much been driving me CRAZY.) Anddddd I follow handful on twitter under @dreaminofdumguy.
Oh no, not a faulty Garmin!!! Hopefully you can get it fixed soon.
Thanks for commenting and following handful 🙂 I hope to pick a winner tomorrow!
#16 Run the same outdoor route every single day or run on a treadmill every single day?
Easy. Run the same outdoor route every single day. I love running outdoors – hot summers through freezing winters, I am out there. I despise running/jogging/walking/anything on a treadmill indoors. Being outside never gets old and I love the feel of the pavement underneath my feet.
You are a dedicated runner, I love it 🙂 And I 100% agree, same route every day rather than treadmill. The same route could look/feel very different each day, depending on the season, weather, and so many other factors!
i’d rather have free running shoes for life
Agreed 🙂 Thanks for commenting.
I much prefer to run in the snow than the rain! Snow is beautiful like you said and rain is definitely a pain.
I hope it isn’t too late for me to enter. I’d love a chance to win this great bra.
Nope, not too late! I’m a little behind and won’t pick a winner until tomorrow or Friday. Good luck!