Quiz: What's Your Running Style?

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What's Your Running Style?

Written by Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer

How you run says a lot about you as an exerciser--what motivates you, what pushes you, what makes you feel accomplished. How you run also says a lot about, well, you as a person, too. Are you someone who--quite literally--stays the course? Do you thrive on competition? Do you tend to go all out on your weekend runs only to be so sore and tired during the week that you can barely muster a walk?

We all have our own style when it comes to running, but there are some common types of running personalities out there. And all runners have strengths, weaknesses and opportunities--if they train wisely. Take our short quiz below (write down your answer for each of the five questions) to see what type of runner you are and how you can best use your style to your advantage!

1. Your ideal run would be:

A) A steady run through the park with my favorite tunes playing

B) A 5K that I've been training for over the last few months

C) Sprints followed by easy walking

2. Which article would you find the most appealing to read?

A) "Going the Distance Injury Free"

B) "Train--and Win--Just Like a Professional Runner"

C) "Cross-Train for Success"

3. If you had to pick a song that describes how you think about running, it would be:

A) Steady as She Goes, by The Raconteurs

B) Fast As You Can, by Fiona Apple

C) Hot N Cold, by Katy Perry

4. Which best describes your running shoes?

A) Comfortable with plenty of cushion and shock absorption

B) The latest and greatest technology in running footwear

C) Versatile and able to handle other fitness activities

5. What are you most proud of after finishing a great run or race?

A) Maintaining my pace without feeling sluggish or running out of energy

B) Beating my running partner at the finish line

C) Finishing

Calculate your score (total number of As, Bs and Cs).

Mostly As: Your Style is Slow and Steady

If you answered mostly As, then you're a slow and steady runner! You generally like to run longer distances but rarely vary your speed. You like to find a comfortable pace and just enjoy the run. Your motto is "Slow and steady wins the race!"

Strengths: You are dedicated and really put your miles in. You are an excellent candidate for long distance races.
Weakness: Even though you may want to, you have trouble increasing your running speed.
Take a Cure From: The "Mostly C's" group (Stop and Go runners). They aren't as dedicated as you are, but they do know how to vary things up with intervals, which are essential to gaining strength and power! Also, be sure to take a day off from running every now and again. You may love running, but you can learn the joys of cross-training.
Advice: Try running intervals to push yourself.

Mostly Bs: Your Style is Fast and Furious

If you answered mostly Bs, then you're a fast and furious runner! You are the definition of competitive and are always looking for a better route, shoe or gadget to help you be the best that you can be!

Strength: You are always motivated and push yourself to go that extra mile. You rarely miss a workout!
Weakness: Your competitive attitude may turn less-competitive runners off, limiting your training partner options. And sometimes you can push yourself too hard and have trouble knowing when to slow down or take a recovery day.
Take a Cure From: The "Mostly A's" group (Slow and Steady runners). They're dedicated, too, but are usually easier on their bodies and know when to call it quits. They run because they love to run—not just to win.
Advice: Offer to mentor a runner who is slower than you are and schedule a weekly run with him. Run at his pace--not yours--and fully enjoy his company.

Mostly Cs: Your Style is Stop and Go

If you answered mostly Cs, then you're a stop and go runner! Your motivation to run regularly tends to wax and wane, but when you do run, you really like to go all out. You enjoy jogging but sometimes find it hard to fit all of the fitness activities that you like to do into your schedule.

Strength: You love to work out and don't have a problem pushing yourself.
Weakness: You like to run, but don't do it regularly enough to really see results or make much progress.
Take a Cure From: The "Mostly B's" group (Fast and Furious runners). Sign up and train for a race. Having a tangible goal in mind like running a 5K or a 10K will help you to commit to running, but still leave you with enough time to do other activities.
Advice: Find and run with a training group. Making running more social will help you reach your goal of running a race and will be fun enough that you won't want to stop running along the way.

What's Your Style?

There is no right or wrong style of running, and all types of runners can learn from each other! What style of runner are you?

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8/16/2012 2:33:37 PM

BAFISHER1's SparkPage
I used to love running. I am now bigger and would love to get back into it just need to find a way how. My time for exercising is walking with my kids or DVD's at night. I used to have a treadmill but I gave it to my brother who likes to run marathons. I ran all the time in the Marine Corps with a group of fellow Marines and then when my son was born I started out with walking on a treadmill then running on the treadmill, then running outside and before I knew it I was running with my son in a running stroller. He is now 16 and I have two more little ones that are 2 and 1. Now walking with weights does alot for me but I do think that the running would be better.


8/16/2012 6:41:37 AM

I had all A's but also just learning


8/15/2012 3:58:22 PM



8/15/2012 10:42:30 AM

KALEWINE's SparkPage
Umm.... This really wasn't helpful as I had a pretty even spread. Of course, I don't actually run anymore since I have bone spurs on the tops of my feet making running painful (probably the reason for my C answers).


8/15/2012 10:00:03 AM

2 - B's
3 - C's


8/15/2012 12:23:52 AM

CREECE1's SparkPage
I have trouble running because my chest begins to hurt and then I have trouble breathing. I will run when I need to run. But even that is for distances. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago with arthritis in the cartilage.


8/14/2012 11:44:23 PM

SIYAH009's SparkPage
Running is not easy, but when ever I choose running over walking I always feel like my workout was worth the day. Funny rite?


8/14/2012 11:18:03 PM

At 54, I am a little careful of running too much, so I run twice a week and do ST on the other 3 days. I try to change the pace of running on both days to make it more effective for me e.g. on one of the days, I may do interval training to break the monotony of just steady jogging.


8/14/2012 6:06:06 PM

I used to run, but I developed patella femoral syndrome in my L knee. I'm not about to develope another injury in my good R knee. I do miss running though. :(


8/14/2012 5:15:08 PM

BARBANAL's SparkPage
Don't run. 78 years of age, severe OA in knee and back along with stenois, however I do enjoy walking when able


8/14/2012 3:51:52 PM

I walk running to hard on my knee and hip replacement but I never was much of a runner


8/14/2012 3:33:23 PM

I walk alot not much running at my age, I would proably fall on my face.


8/14/2012 3:11:29 PM

DEPSERV's SparkPage
I do a lot of different exercises; running is among them. Most of what I do involves a cycle of more or less intense activity and rest; this is probably because martial arts has always been my primary exercise and that's how it should be done (depending on the style of course; I never got into the soft styles like Tai Chi very much). This is how I do weight training too. But I also do long steady walks and bicycle rides 5 days a week, so not everything I do qualifies as interval training. I've been doing this kind of exercise for almost 40 years, and it has served me very well; I'm 58 now and in good shape and very healthy, except for not exercising as much eating discipline as I should.


8/14/2012 2:29:44 PM

HOTGYRL77's SparkPage
I started running back in May (2012) and I have found a new love for it. I never thought I would be able to run but I started off slow....running 1, 2 or 3 mins and then walk 1 min and I increased my run time up to 25 mins without walking. Now I can run 45 to 60 mins(speed 5.4 or 5.5) non stop on a incline of 3. I have also been running outside which is so much different from the treadmill but my pace is under 11 min per mile. My goal is to get a mile ran in 10 min.


8/14/2012 1:34:29 PM

Personally, hate running--at least as a method of staying in shape. I will run... when I have to. And mostly that is in the dog show ring with my faster dogs. I'm not built for running--short & square build. Strength is where it's at for me. I have been trying to run some, to burn calories, but that is truly the only reason!

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