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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3/10/2011 4:28:31 PM

I'm a C...but I'm kicking it up a notch with the 5K Your Way group!


2/22/2011 12:32:34 PM

I ended up as an "A". Very accurate. I love to put in the miles and actually push myself to go farther. However, I cannot seem to get much faster. There are times when I just want to pass the person ahead of me in an organized run. The reason is usually because it is a stop and go runner and I have a problem with them being faster than me when I run the entire way.


2/12/2011 5:31:45 PM

HENRYSC's SparkPage
l love to run so I answered all A. But my training schedule includes track Tuesday, Hilly Wednesday, and tempo Friday because I like to get faster and more able to run longer..

My favorite runs long slow trails runs.


1/27/2011 9:53:46 AM

DWILBURN22's SparkPage
I'm Mostly C's in reality but I would like to be in the B category.


1/13/2011 10:25:33 PM

Wow! This couldn't have been more right! I AM slow and steady. I will throw in some intervals and speed training next week and I'll start enjoying those crosstraining days some more!!
Thanks for the insight!


9/5/2010 2:29:40 AM

BRENDACH's SparkPage
Well 2 As, 2 Cs, 1B


8/18/2010 11:11:44 AM

ANJUNA2's SparkPage
A x3, Bx1, Cx1

Yep, slow and steady. I feel proud to run at any speed :)


8/15/2010 11:12:52 AM

I am all A's..slow and steady wins the race! And yes, kicking up the speed is definitely an opportunity for me!!


8/6/2010 11:21:45 AM

3 A's and 2 C's. I generally keep a steady pace, but I will ramp my speed up to a 7.5/8 for a minute and take it back down. But I really only do treadmill workouts when I can't make it to the gym for group fitness, so I usually get my variety in the group fitness stuff.


7/27/2010 3:59:33 PM

I am 4 As and one B. I like to run about 5-6 miles on the weekend when I have the time to run. I enjoy it and hate to miss a weekend. I have run 4 5Ks and have not improved my time although I would like to do so.


7/25/2010 3:39:02 PM

All A's. Slow and steady. I can run 21km with ease, but running 5km fast is utter torture :-)


7/22/2010 5:25:16 PM

4 a's and 1 c. I am just learning how much I enjoy to jog - I don't quite think its classified as running until I up the speed a bit. I never would have thought of myself as a runner, but hopefully with some more training and dedication I will continue to be! I use a HRM to keep myself around 78-80% max, helps me go longer and keep from injury.


7/17/2010 11:11:33 AM

SKINNYPANDA2015's SparkPage
I am not a fan of this quiz. I like to run leisurely, and I like to run 5Ks. But you can't run "fast and furious" every day of the week and expect your body to keep up.

I think that most runners are probably a mix of all three of these - but especially A and B if you take running seriously.

Bottom line, you can't be a "B" without incorporating some "A" into your training program.


7/17/2010 2:40:07 AM



7/15/2010 4:28:26 PM

CACCC. I wanted to say A to three of the five, but decided it just isn't true yet!

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