Would You Rather…

Cori over at Olive To Run posed many important questions yesterday in her Would You Rather Running Style Survey #7.  I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to answer her pressing questions!

1. Would you rather run in a thunderstorm or a snowstorm?  Even though I enjoy running in a warm summer rain, I have great respect for lightening and where there’s thunder, there could be lightening!  So with that being said, throw a snowstorm my way and this snow lover will plod through it!


2. Would you rather breathe through your nose or breathe through your mouth?  As long as I’m breathing, I don’t really care!  If I’m running through said snowstorm though, I’d better breath through my nose so my lungs don’t explode and my teeth don’t shatter from the cold.

3. Would you rather do 100 squats or 100 crunches?  I’m more of a lunge (over squats) kind of girl, so I’ll drop and give you 100 crunches.

4. Would you rather have a baked good for dessert or an extra serving of your favorite entree?  I have a sweet tooth a mile long, so if I’m eating it strictly for  blogging purposes, I’ll have the baked good.  And while we’re at it, can I make it my Aunt Ann’s cheesecake brownies?

5. Would you rather run on a treadmill for an hour or run around the same street block for an hour?  Give me the great outdoors any day of the week!  I’d probably turn it into a fartlek workout to make it go by faster.

6. Would you rather have a headache during a run or a side stitch? I’m afraid my head might explode with each pounding step if I had a headache, so I’m picking the side stitch.  I haven’t had one in probably 15 years, so if I just jinxed myself, I’m holding Cori accountable! 

7. Would you rather have a rest day on a work day or on a day off?  Since I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl, please let me take the whole day off!  A girl can dream, right?

8. Would you rather be a race director or a race volunteer?  I was the race director of The Tortoise And The Hare 8K for about six years and I know the endless amount of work for months in advance that goes into planning a race.  I’ll take a four-hour volunteer job several times a year over directing a race again.


9. Would you rather spend your money on running gadgets [HRM, GPS watch, Headphones] or running shoes?  Considering how temperamental these gnarly old running feet have become, I need to spend my money on the best running shoes for me, but I’d rather spend it on gadgets!


10. Would you rather run in a relay or do the run portion of a distance triathlon?  I’ve run a ton of marathons, but I’ve never run in a relay.  So please invite me to run on your relay team, preferably Ragnar!  I’ll start packing my bag!

Now it’s your turn!

  • Questions:
  • What are your answers to one or all of the questions?
  • What’s another great question Cori should ask?
  • Did you getting any snow from last nights/this mornings storm?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. January 3, 2014    

    Love all your answers, especially your breathing one (#2)! You should blog about your experience as race director. I love reading about that side of racing; SO much work goes into it!
    I’d also love to run in a relay. I haven’t since my track days in the 4X400m!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      January 3, 2014    

      Abby, I have a post written and ready to publish about my experience as the race director of The Tortoise and The Hare 8K. It’s scheduled to post on April 19th, the weekend in April that the race was always held on. It will be another in my throw-back series of race recaps, only this one was one that I never had the opportunity to run on race day. Stay tuned!

  2. Deb Runs Deb Runs
    January 3, 2014    


  3. January 3, 2014    

    I had a few of those same answers. I think a Ragnar would be fun and the one on the Cape isn’t far from me at all. We definitely got plenty of snow last night, but not as much a little more north of us. We got about 8-10 inches and our friends about an hour or so north got 14-15 inches. Yuck all around. The plows did an AWFUL job with it too. Even going grocery shopping tonight was an adventure because most of the roads are still covered in snow and it’s super frigid so it’s all freezing. Fun times! LOL

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      January 3, 2014    

      We got about three 3-inches of snow, but it wasn’t too much for us to drive to Chipotle for Chipotle Thursday! 😉

  4. January 4, 2014    

    I can’t wait to add my post to this! 🙂
    Those cheesecake brownies sound good!
    We should pick a Ragnar in the middle of the country and meet up for it. There are plenty of us out there that would do it, I’m sure. You and Meagan could drive together! What fun!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      January 5, 2014    

      Great idea, and we could pick up Nicole along the way!

  5. January 5, 2014    

    Amy would head over, too, I’m sure!!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      January 5, 2014    

      You can pick up Amy as you head east to meet us. St. Louis seems like a pretty centrally located place. Is there a Ragnar near there? 🙂

  6. January 5, 2014    

    No… But there are races in WI – Illinois and in Minnesota!

  7. January 8, 2014    

    I love Cori’s ‘Would You Rather’ posts. I’m planning on joining the link up 🙂

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      January 8, 2014    

      Looking forward to reading your answers!

  8. Holly @ Run With Holly Holly @ Run With Holly
    January 26, 2014    

    I would rather breathe through my mouth x 100 – as I tell my clients: I don’t care what your gym teacher told you. Breathe in whatever way lets you GET THE AIR INTO YOUR LUNGS.

    And I definitely want an extra serving of dessert!!!!

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