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Friday, November 06, 2015

Friday Five: Questions for Runners

Hola, it's Friday Five time! This week Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney are talking Race Signs, but I usually space out during races and can't remember specifics, so I'll leave that topic to the pros. I want to ask some (potentially stupid) burning questions. Feel free to chime in!

  1. What's the deal with compression socks / sleeves? I only run half marathons and usually get a little sore after runs over 8 or 9 miles. I sometimes take a hot bath, but most of the time I try to walk off the soreness. I didn't have too many issues this past season, but my legs were very sore for a few days after my PR in Loveland. If you use compression socks/sleeves/whatever, what do you use? Do you use them during or after a run? Did you use them before you ran full marathons?
  2. What does a salt stick taste like?  They don't taste like straight up salt, right?
  3. Do marathoners plan for bathroom breaks?  I know some things can't be avoided, but when you're imagining your race do you see a bathroom stop somewhere in there? Four or five hours is a long time to go without a break...
  4. What's the weirdest piece of running-related gear you own?  For me, I suppose it's a foam roller... and I never use it. Is your weird gear helpful? What does it do?
  5. How do you feel your safest on a night run?  I have a ton of reflective gear, run against traffic, and carry my phone but I still don't like running at night some times. How do you get rid of the fear of being bothered or getting hit by a car? 
Do you have any silly running questions? 


  1. I don't like running outside at night, but I used to when we lived in New Jersey because of our running group. It wasn't so bad because we ran in a park, so there was no traffic to worry about.

    1. That's a good plan. I need to find some running friends closer to my house. Most of my running group lives 20-30 minutes away.

  2. salt sticks don't taste like anything because they are a pill you swallow :) happy weekend!

    1. haha I should have googled it before I asked. I had no idea!

  3. These are all great questions!
    I wear compression sleeves after a long run or race to help with recovery. Not sure if it actually works.
    My weirdest gear is "The stick" it's a massage stick and boy does it hurt!

    1. Oh man I've heard of the stick! It looks both good and bad. ;)


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