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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8/14/2012 8:51:30 AM

Slow and steady, that's my pace. At 56, I am thrilled to be back at it. I watched the movie about Fred Lebow, NYC Marathon originator. What an inspiration. I do a lot of exercising, teach power cycle, cross train with weights in classes - I really enjoy classes because I will stay with it strong for an hour. But when I run on the golf course with my little buddy, Callie, my Corgi, we are team of steadies. All I need for maintenance is 15 to 20 minutes of running to burn the calories, rev up my engine (metabolism) and be grateful for so many things in life. I hope I can keep it up. I stopped for a decade due to some neck/spine-area discomfort after running. It's been a week of running and I am feeling good. Keep it up, you all. Fun to take quizzes and fun to hear your comments. Blessings...


8/14/2012 8:50:45 AM

DISNEYLOVE12's SparkPage
I agree with GRANNYQUINN. Quizzes like this make me wish I was able to run, and feel bad that I can't.


8/14/2012 8:37:56 AM

I would like to comment on this blog , not everyone can run in Sparkland , some people are confined to wheel chairs, other people have injuries that prevent them from running or impact aerobics. I have yet to see articles on these issues.


8/14/2012 8:08:26 AM

MIZMAC4's SparkPage
I agree with PHATAV8R.
No treally for those of us who try but possibly will never "run" like the examples due to age, weight and other health issues.


8/14/2012 7:28:12 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Good one


8/14/2012 6:26:34 AM

NLPOLAK's SparkPage
interesting quiz!


8/14/2012 3:57:34 AM

RAMBLER61's SparkPage
I'm A's and B's. I'm aware of my limitations, and I like to run too much to allow myself to get overuse injuries. That said, while I am not too competitive (running anyway) with others, I am super competitive with myself. Once a week I do push really hard to see if I can beat my last hard run, and once a week or so I do intervals, and once a week I go long and slow. So the way I see it, I'm not really a C, and more of a mix of A and B.


8/14/2012 2:37:45 AM

PHATAV8R's SparkPage
This was actually useful in some regards, but worthless in others... I like to run, but when you are over 300#, slow and steady is your only option.. but over the past few months, I've pushed myself, and cut more than 5 minutes off my mile time and more than 10 minutes off my two-mile (makes sense eh)...

But at 52, you've figured out that 'fast and furious' won't offer longevity and health, or SATISFACTION (as in some other activities)

My big problem here is that they act like there isn't a D runner who is committed to running, likes to run...

This isn't about running styles but the types of training and their benefits...

A running style is if you like to run with someone, in a pack, all alone, with music or without, on roads, trails, or indoors... and THEN how you run when you are doing each..


8/14/2012 2:31:35 AM

SMOKYBLUE1's SparkPage

Just what I thought, I am slow and steady.


8/1/2012 9:52:22 AM

I'm mostly Bs and Cs, but I'm not competitive with other people at all. I run to challenge myself. Sometimes slow runs are just what I need, but too many slow runs tend to bore me.


7/17/2012 7:51:26 AM

I am just as I assumed 'Slow and Steady', it really does win the Race, at least in my eyes! :)


7/16/2012 6:19:02 PM

NICKB1978's SparkPage
Just what I thought, slow and steady!!!!


5/22/2012 12:16:37 AM

MISSTAM2009's SparkPage
I got mostly C's, which hits the nail right on the head. I like to compete, but sometimes I get winded so I slow down. I think if I would run more days out of the week, I would one day become a fast and furious runner!


4/9/2012 2:30:36 PM

mostly C's -- I'd say this is pretty accurate, I just ran my first 5K last weekend & loved it! about to sign up for my next one :-)


4/5/2012 12:30:25 PM

Well, I'm mostly A's and that is right on for my personality and goals. What I like though is that really no group is a negative. Those in the C's pleas take pride in yourself and your accomplishments. What makes me an A as opposed to those C's is that I've learened it is my race. My father is an ultra marathoner and when people ask him why he does it he answers it with a question of why not? Race against yourself and enjoy it.

For those B's...looking forward to seeing you on race day. I'll probably be at the back of the pack but I'll still meet you at the finish line. In the meantime, I need to learn to do those intervals and that I purposely leave out of my training plan it seems....

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