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RLAM 12K’s of the Holidays: Day III!

December 10, 2010

I’m a planning kind of girl. Give me a to-do list, an itinerary for the day, a map from how to get from A to B and I feel safe, confident and capable. Give me an empty day, and, as hard as it is for me to admit this, it takes me a little while to embrace it.

Ditto for running. I can’t just go for a run. Before I head out, I have to have a length in mind, as well as a route. In nearly 20 years of running, I’ve never thought, wow, I feel so good, I’m going to add on a couple more miles or said I haven’t found my groove, let’s turn this off 2 miles early. I have a plan, and 97% of the time–only when injury derails me–I stick to it.

Because I’m so anal detail-oriented, I also know what I’ll need for fuel and always prepare accordingly. Out for more than 60 minutes? That means I’m taking water bottle in one hand and a gel in a pocket. (Or, more likely 2 because hey: today might be the day I just decide to click off a few more miles than planned. Pigs have flown, right?)

Wondering: who else is like me? Just as there are morning larks and night owls, Democrats and Republicans, cat people and dog people, there are also planners and wingers. Planners thrive on rules and structure, while wingers fly because they don’t set their own boundaries. As much as I wish I winged, I plan.

Bottles up: you'll barely notice you're clutching the GoLite Hydroclutch.

What are you when it comes to your running: a planner or a winger? Do you pick races far in advance, train always with structure and a Garmin, rarely vary your favorite routes? Or do you enter a race on a whim, sometimes forget your watch at home, use runs as exploration?

Your answer will throw your name into the ring to win one of 10 GoLite Hydroclutch water bottles. Both SBS and I love, love, love these 21-ounce, BPA-free, biodegradable bottles that snug to your hand comfortably. The design is smart–a key pocket on the adjustable holder–and the bottle holds enough water to make planners feel safe, and wingers still feel light. It’ll quickly become the bottle you’ll grow so attached to, you become ridiculously protective of it. No, you tell your kid, you may not use that bottle at camp/school/on your bike. It’s mine.


The eleven winners of the mini Larabars and the Larabar tee–and the healthy foods they choke down even though they’d rather not–are:

1. Rebecca: Kale, hands down. I know it’s extra green and extra ruffly, so for some reason that makes it extra good for me. I have found that I can chug a ton of it down when I make a green smoothie of it in the morning. Bananas, blackberries and a bit of orange juice helps the medicine go down.

2. Niki Harper: I cannot drink a glass of milk. Hate it. I like chocolate milk but can’t find a syrup/powder that doesn’t have a list of chemicals as the ingredients. So, I opt for chocolate soymilk…yum!

3. Terzah: The healthy food I make myself eat is….lo-sodium V8 vegetable juice. It’s not that I don’t like it–it’s OK–it’s just that I’d much prefer a tall glass of OJ. However, I stick with my morning V8, and sometimes have a second glass later in the day, because like Dimity I have no problem consuming fruit. It’s vegetables I have to make a plan for, and this juice is an easy way to get them.

4. Katie R: I dislike raw most green vegetables; however, I manage to eat a reasonable serving of them when they are seasoned with garlic salt.

5. RLR: Bananas. Something about the texture – ew. But I do eat them, especially when they are on the post-run snack buffet….

6. K: Water. Seriously. I have found since my son was born that there is a very, very fine line between being properly hydrated and needing one of his diapers. I know 8-10 glasses is good for me but I wish it weren’t…

7. Elizabeth: What healthy food do I eat that I would rather not? Salad. Yawn. Present me with a bowl of cut up raw vegetables and I’ll eat it because I know I need those leafy green suckers — but really — boring. If I had my druthers, I’d deep fry EVERYTHING.

8. Amy Johnson: I really have to force myself to eat yogurt. I burned myself out on yogurt in highschool, where I had this for lunch pretty much every day. I typically will throw it in a smoothie drink, because I know it’s so good for me.

9. Tiffany: Basically vegetables of all kinds. I have learned that roasting them in the oven though with a little olive oil and sea salt goes a long way in helping them taste better. My favorites are asparagus and brussel sprouts cooked that way.

10. Carolie: Tomatoes… I can eat them in sauces but never in a salad. If I sprinkle with a little salt and Olive oil I camn get them down.

11. Suzanne: I pretty much like everything. There are a few foods that I am not a big fan of–kale, tomatoes, celery, and onions–but I wouldn’t put them in the “hate” category.

Congrats, ladies! Please e-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com with your address, as well as what tee-shirt size you want (S-XL). We’ll give you about 48 hours to claim your Larabar love, and if we don’t hear from you, we’ll pay it forward to another winner.

328 Comments leave one →
  1. Anje permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:35 am

    I am a planner. With limited time to run due to the kids and hubby’s schedule, I have to know where I’m going and how long it’ll take me!

  2. December 10, 2010 4:10 am

    I am a little of both I think, I guess I try to be flexible but every time I am flexible with my training, with my work, with my family, I wish I had planned! I do not sign up for races last minute though. Need that carrot for training!

  3. Nancy Munley permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:24 am

    I am definitely a planner- mapping out my run ahead of time and knowing where all the milage landmarks are! I do like to go on different routes though- I get bored running the same path too often!

  4. BigDogMom permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:24 am

    I used to be such a planner. Nothing happened without a plan. But that has changed in the last year. I still plan my route and distance but it Is not set in stone anymore. The freedom to deviate from the plan has been so liberating!

  5. Annet Maurer permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:25 am

    Seeing as I am only just starting out running, I would say flexible but would be better as a planner. I think I might go for a run then something gets in the way and so I don’t. The days when I plan the night before to head out in the morning are the days I get out there and get my butt moving that bit more towards thinness.

  6. Rose permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:26 am

    I am both as well. When it comes to distance, I really try to complete the goal I’ve set for myself. But if the baby’s napping and/or not screaming? I’ll go even farther!

  7. Sherry permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:33 am

    I’m definitely a planner! I like all my ducks in a
    row before I head out to run.

  8. Michelle permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:35 am

    Definitely a planner – I had my 2011 race schedule mapped out a few months ago. One of the things I love about running is always having a race and a goal in mind – always something fun to look forward to!

  9. Catrina permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:36 am

    I am a planner,but only with running. I always map were, how far, and when I am running. I never just go out there and run. But in all other areas of my life, I wing it! So maybe that creates a nice balance in me!

  10. December 10, 2010 4:39 am

    i’m an embarrassingly super planner. I actually have a 2011 calendar printed and ready to go with at least one race/tri in each month…..oh. i do that for my husband too.

  11. December 10, 2010 4:40 am

    I like to offend that I’m a planner. I even have an automated training plan that emails me with the workout of the day!! I have gone one step further with it and purchased a training plan that would set me up for my next planned race-so the mileage and even cross training for x number of weeks pre-race are all figured out based on race day.

    But….I have decided to stop fighting it and embrace my “wings”!! I AM A WINGER! I have signed up for races the day before (sometimes the day of)–the “only ” time I sign up in advance is if there’s a significant danger in it filling up. I usually decide on the number of miles I’ll run today based on who I’m running with, where I feel like going or how many I need to get in so that I’m increasing (or sometimes decreasing) my weekly total. (right now my next planned race is RNR (half) NOLA, but just after that I’m looking at a very tough 25K trail run–McKay Hollow– so I’m increasing my trail time but also getting in some road miles). I cross trin if I’m hurting and feel like running would do more harm than good, other days (when I’m feeling spunky) I run then bike right after.

    And yes, I’m like that in all areas of my life!! That’s why I don’t get as much done as my friend who keeps a spreadsheet of her day, but I have great fun, until I miss out on things I’ve forgotten or get overwhelmed because its time to run a half marathon and my longest run has only been eight miles because I didn’t plan (or follow the plan that was already in place!).

    However, things generally work out just fine….plans stress me out every day, not having one (or following one that is there) just gives me moments of freak out!!

    • December 10, 2010 4:42 am

      That’s supposed to say “I’d like to pretend”….

  12. December 10, 2010 4:53 am

    Honestly, I’m about halfway between a planner and a winger. I like to have a plan, but not too far in advance or it freaks me out.

  13. Sarah permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:05 am

    I’m 100% a planner. (In running and pretty much everything!) I can be flexible on my route and distance – I run with a club and sometimes don’t know these variables in advance – but I always know what I need to accomplish on a weekly basis and I’ll make the workouts fit in.

  14. KarenM permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:13 am

    I am here to represent the wingers! Before I became a mother, I was a planner. Now that I’m a mother, I’ve found that I just can’t be a planner for everything. If I insisted on being a planner for running, I’d end up frustrated and would never run any races! My running life is much like Dana’s a few posts above me. I’ve learned to love it! My only exception is marathon training – I have too much respect (uh, fear!) of the distance to completely wing marathon training!

  15. Cathleen permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:18 am

    Definitely a planner when it comes to running. I’m rehabbing an injury (pelvic stress fracture and torn adductor) and while I’m thrilled to be back out there, it’s killing me to only be able to plan a few weeks ahead. I like to have my training plan all mapped out on a calendar that I hang right next to my computer at work. I map out routes before hand, and usually even plan out which running clothes I’m going to wear which days. I’m not this organized about anything else in my life, that’s for sure!

  16. Nancy M permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:22 am

    I am a planner… I know no other way!

  17. Julie permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:23 am

    I am totally a planner. I don’t have a race until April (which I really should find one, I am in So Cal and this is my season to run!), so I am following a training plan for 8 weeks. I LOVE the plan, and the challenges it brings me.

  18. December 10, 2010 5:32 am

    Hate to admit it, but I’m a planner. I often try to play myself off like I’m very fly by the seat of my pants…but, honestly, I’m not. However, i am also not a repeat router. i run a different, planned, route every time i run.

  19. December 10, 2010 5:33 am

    Planning is part of the fun for me. I love maps and plotting out routes as well as imagining what unknown race courses are like by how they look on a map. It’s rare when I can just wing it on a run but those moments have always been nice too.

  20. December 10, 2010 5:37 am

    I have always been a planner. I like to have goals and a clear plan to meet those goals. Being a mother has taught me to be more flexible, and despite my preferences, the reality is that I wing it a great deal of the time – such is the nature of the game. But when it comes to running, I do feel like I have more control, and so I take advantage of it.

  21. December 10, 2010 5:39 am

    I’m a planner often forced to wing it…..I love/need the structure of having a race in mind and a training plan on paper but I rarely wind up following the plan exactly. Old injuries flare up, work gets in the way, the bed is just too appealing some mornings…..figuring out when to push and when to cut myself slack is an ongoing challenge for me – my main injury bugaboo is pushing before my body is ready for it, and I’m still paying years later. (and I occasionally wind up in a fun looking 5k for no real training purpose, though I’ve passed on races that didn’t fit my plan) Last cycle I erred on the side of caution, and it worked out okay.

  22. Judy permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:41 am

    Definitely a planner. With work and kids and hubby all competing for my interests, the only way to get my runs and training in, is to plan ahead.

  23. Christine permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:49 am

    I’m in-between too. I usually have a mile goal, but I occasionally add or subtract depending on how I feel. For longer runs, I plan the route, for shorter, I just head out the door and see where the mood takes me.

  24. December 10, 2010 5:56 am

    I am a planner! I plan races well in advance because they motivate me. And I like to have my schedule to look at for weeks before the race. Although this is sometimes overwhelming, I love clicking off runs as a I train. Great feeling of accomplishment!

  25. Cindy permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:58 am

    I am a wing it sorta girl. I only have to know how much running time I need to get in. Then I just head out and go. We have a lot of great trails to run and sometimes when I leave I don’t have a trail in mind, I just run which ever one seems like fun or is the least busy. I hate to plan too much.

  26. Anne permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:58 am

    I have to be a planner. 2 kids (3 &1), doesn’t make it too easy to just go out and run. I have my 2011 race schedule tentatively planned for the year. I know there will be additions and subtractions, but the big races I like to register early (and pay less!) My weekday short runs are pretty routine…only so far I can go at 5am! Weekends I try to very them a little bit depending on how long I have. When I’m not officially training, the length of my long run is all dependent on how the run is feeling.

  27. Robin permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:59 am

    Planner! Check another box for me under obsessive compulsive personality traits. Nothing drives me crazier than going for a run with my husband and he won’t tell me the route!

  28. Jeannie M permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:00 am

    I’m a day-to-day planner. I don’t race (I would rather spend my money on fun gear like my new compression socks) so I don’t need to plan long term. Instead, I’m more than happy to run my own personal half marathon or marathon (only once) out on my local roads. I usually pick an approximate distance in my head, pick a direction, and go.

  29. Suzie Greengrass permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:01 am

    I am a hybrid – I tend to stick to the same route but sometimes if I feel good I will add on an extra mile or two. I can’t beleive I am saying this as my youngest ( of 9) children is only 8 months old and I never thought I would be into running again ! I am so enjoying it ( and the weight loss!)

  30. December 10, 2010 6:02 am

    I run more consistently when I have a schedule and training for a specific marathon. I chose my marathons in advance but smaller races I just run if I find one close enough. I run different routes all the time. I like to switch things up and it also depends on who watches my son for my run.

  31. Cindy permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:02 am

    I am a total winger. Too much planning makes me stress.

  32. Aimee K. permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:03 am

    I am a big planner! Before any run I have to plan out my route to the exact milage my trainig plan calls for. No more no less. have water/sports drink in hand and my garmin. Have to have all these items or I feel anxietiy. I also pick races in advance so I know what to train for. I have always wanted to be one of the runners that just goes and runs but everytime I tried and I get this freak out feeling all over and have to turn around and go home.

  33. Abbey S permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:05 am

    When training for a specific race, I am definitely a plan-ahead type girl. Everything is mapped out before I headed out the door. No races as of late and I still head out with a plan to a certain degree but I wing it a little too.

  34. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:06 am

    I’m so totally a planner. I am known in my circle of friends as the organizer as well. I will tell you where we will run, how far and what time to be there (and where we are having lunch afterwards). But I have a wild side when it comes to trails, I attribute it to my ADD, to combat boredom I am an explorer. I am always looking for a new trail, and willing to try just about anything at least once. If you’re going to run with me you may have to do a little trail blazing, but don’t worry – we’ll get the mileage in and rest assured I will go home and analyze the hell out of my Garmin data.

  35. Amanda D permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:06 am

    In-between— I like the structure sometimes, but also like the life of running for fun,freedom and escaping. I’d say 60% of my running is structured (schedule, planned miles, times,races, etc), but 40% is unstructured which after a long stretch of structure is refreshing and gives a whole new life to my running.

  36. December 10, 2010 6:07 am

    I’m a little bit of both a planner and a winger. Plan races far in advance – more to make sure my crazy schedule doesn’t crowd them out, and always with my Garmin. But day/time/route all vary

  37. Erica Richards permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:08 am

    As much as I’d love to be a carefree winger, I am a Garmin wearing, mapmyrun, Gu packing planner. I have never added on an extra mile or 2 although I’ve had long debates while running about deviating from my planned mileage. When my watch beeps, I stop.

  38. Nicole permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:23 am

    I always have a route planned. Very rarely will I stray from the plan and never to go longer…

  39. Janette permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:25 am

    I go both ways. Right now I’m in planning mode for a half in March, and any races I’m entered for I train for. But that said, some of my best runs have been where I go out for a short 3 miler and then the day is so beautiful or I’m running somewhere new so I just keep going and going not worrying about the miles or whether I have any fuel with me etc. I got to see a bear while on vacation in NM while just winging it, which was totally awesome.

  40. Jessica permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:29 am

    A winger for sure…just like my papers in college! I can’t really plan too much right now. I would just find myself frustrated because of the ages and stages of our little ones. When my husband is not traveling, we are working really hard at planning our runs so we can take turns watching the kids.

  41. Mary permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:36 am

    A planner to the .10 of a mile!!

  42. Tori permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:37 am

    I’m a planner all the way, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

  43. WendyLD permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:38 am

    Your post described me to a T. I am most definitely a planner. Having a training schedule makes it all seem doable as I build up to my first half this spring. I feel lost and anxious without a plan.

  44. Sue Garrabrant permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:38 am

    Definitely a planner. I will run more if I feel really really good, but I absolutely positively stick to my plan. In fact, my 2011 goal is to run the Philly Marathon and I’m actually looking forward to the training because I will have a set plan to follow! Makes me feel more accomplished, I think.

  45. December 10, 2010 6:49 am

    I am a PLANNER. If I don’t have a plan, unfortunately, I don’t do ANYTHING.

  46. December 10, 2010 6:55 am

    I am a combination of both. On one hand, I do try and plan out when/where/how I am going to run pretty carefully or it just doesn’t get done. On the other hand, I have been known to leave my watch and lots of other important things at home on race day (thankfully nothing like my shoes!). I try to plan out training for events, but, it always seems like something happens… so I’m going to be running a jungle bell run next week – kind of off the cuff. Hopefully it will come off OK!

  47. Bente permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:55 am

    Complete and utter planner.

  48. Maria Murray permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:56 am

    Planner. Totally. There needs to be a goal in mind or it will never happen. How to get out if the house, someone to watch the kiddos, and then I finally get to run.

  49. December 10, 2010 6:56 am

    Plan, plan, plan, but leave the door open for opportunity.

  50. Karen permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:59 am

    In my life I am an over-planner, however in running I am a winger. When I first started “running with the girls”, I had no idea how far we were going, where we were going or how long I would be. I just “followed the girls”. Whatever they did, I did. I think that helped me with my running. I just go out and run, sometimes a short one and sometimes I am gone for a while. It seems to balance me out. I plan all day at work, I plan when I am at home, so when I hit the road it is a nice break to just “run”.

  51. Callie permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:59 am

    I’m a planner! In every aspect of my life, not just running…and boy, do I like a list…

  52. Kristin permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:00 am

    I’m a planner. I pick out a race in advance and plan my run schedule out week by week. I need the structure or else I won’t stick with it.

  53. Trisha permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:03 am

    I am definitely a planner. I map out all my routes ahead of time, know what to wear at what temperatures, what food/water to take and even what music I’ll listen to (ie I’ll plan my long runs around ‘Sunday Morning Oldies’ on the radio!

  54. Holly S. permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:04 am

    Generally, I’m a planner, but always flexible due to the vagaries of the family’s schedule. But there are times (such as now, when I have no race plans set in stone) when I’ll just go out for a run with a general feel for what I’ll do and just see how it goes once I’m out.

  55. Lindsey permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:04 am

    I’m both and I think that’s my problem with staying motivated to improve. I tend to register and put together a training plan, but then I stray from the plan to just do what I want to do and enjoy the weather or birds or whatever else catches my eye on a run. I feel like I should be more dedicated to the plan to actually see it through one of these times, but on the other hand, I can finish races happy, smiling and wanting to do another so I’m not convinced I need to try harder or necessarily improve to enjoy running.

  56. Beth B. permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:07 am

    Planner all the way. 🙂

  57. Linda permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:07 am

    I am somewhere in between a planner and a winger. I do much better mentally and physically when I plan my runs, but it doesn’t bother me if I have to “wing it.” Sometimes I decide to fit in a run at the last minute and I know how much time I have and I just go. Those usually aren’t my best runs, but they’re better than not running at all.

  58. December 10, 2010 7:08 am

    Most of the time I am winger. I don’t use a set training plan, just run what I want when I want. I try to make sure I get longer runs in especially if I plan to run a longer race. I also love speed work so I make sure to get in those workouts too.

  59. December 10, 2010 7:10 am

    I am a big time planner – notorious for my to-do lists and I’m no different with my running! I have to have a training plan for my runs or at least a set distance in mind. And, yes, I’m already mapping out my 2011 races 🙂

  60. Denita permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:12 am

    I am a definite planner…I homeschool my children and I run a photography business both of which require a lot of time so to get my runs in, I must plan them. Same goes for races, etc. Yep, a planner!

  61. Mina permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:16 am

    I thought this post was being written about me. I’m also a total planner, in every aspect of my life. Changing my running route takes major planning…..


  62. December 10, 2010 7:16 am

    I am a winger when it comes to the actual runs weaving my way in and out of paths and roads, adding and subtracting as I go. When it comes to races, I am a PLANNER, I need to know what and when I am doing or other events will come up and I’ll miss out.

  63. December 10, 2010 7:16 am

    Oh such a planner! I plan out my runs and workouts on Sunday or Monday for the entire week, and it really ruffles my feathers when I have to start altering things! I definitely map my runs before I leave to make sure they are the approporiate distance I want to accomplish and God forbid I cut them short! I too rarely feel so great I just want to keep on going! I always have a training plan for future races, even before I register. I find it keeps me motivated to get out and run on a schedule and holds me accountible.

  64. December 10, 2010 7:17 am

    I’m a planner.

    Only a few times have I ever ventured out an added a few extra miles.

  65. Andrea permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:17 am

    I would have to say I’m both. I’m normally a planner, but with 3 kids under 6, and a husband that works long hours I’ve got to be flexible. I do most of my runs on the tmill and I set my alarm every morning for 5 am with an idea of how many miles (minimum5k/maximum10k) I need to get done. When it comes to races I like to plan ahead.

  66. Sue permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:17 am

    Planner 85% of the time. The other 15% I’ll add on an extra mile or two if I feel good (after all, who can stop when their garmin reads “.82” – doesn’t EVERYONE keep running so that it ends with an even number? (There’s something you should do a post on!)

  67. Michelle permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:21 am

    I am a huge planner. I am just like you in that I know when I am going to run, how far I am going to run and exactly where I am going to run. I can’t stand not knowing where I am at and running any course and trying to figure out how to add miles or take off miles on my runs. It drives me crazy and if it is NOT planned it will not happen and if it does, well it turns into a 1 mile run. I any have enough energy to actually run my planned route and not to be figuring how where to go and how long to run. Love your blog! So glad I found you!

  68. Becky Connar permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:26 am

    I’m definitely a planner! My friend and I do our long runs on the weekends and I always map out our route beforehand and she goes along with the flow. I don’t like to just “wing” it b/c I like to have “milestone” points in my run where I think “Ok, I’ve made it 6 miles that that’s a potty break at McD’s…only X amount of miles to go until I get to the park and then only 2.5 miles home from there, etc.” I like to know ahead of time!

  69. Celeste permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:32 am

    Totally a planner. I map every run before I head out–it keeps me accountable.

  70. December 10, 2010 7:36 am

    Planner! Down to the song! At my last 1/2 where I planned a sub-2 PR, I put Madonna’s 4 minutes at the 1:56 hr mark. Except, my planning didn’t quite pan out when I ran it in 1:54. 🙂

  71. SEL permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:36 am

    Planner here too – are runners obsessive, or what!

  72. Amber permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:39 am

    I am a bit of both. I am a planner when I have a race on the schedule. I print out my training plan and try stick to it. (Sometimes it is hard to stick to being a SAHM to a 3 yo and a 1 yo.) However, when there is not a race on the horizon, I wing it. I fit my runs in whenever I can…also running whatever I feel like at the time. I do still try to keep a LR and a speed workout each week. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  73. Kristyn G permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:41 am

    I am a newbie runner and am currently a planner. running even a little is still hard for me, so I have to have an end in sight. I am hoping that as I progress in my ability to run, I will be more of a winger and just run for the fun of it 🙂

  74. Tracy permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:43 am

    When I first started running I was a total planner! But in the last six months, I have done a 180 and have become a total winger! The only planning I do now is to say my goal is go out for at least this amount of time. I love the twists and turns and going in a new direction! Thouhg my extended family had a little competition for the turkey trot this year and I did completely plan that one – as I had to make sure I beat the family!!! 🙂

  75. Chris permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:45 am

    PLANNER…. and it does not always work with my winged hubby and/or winged little boy especially if and when they want me to fly with them but I want to be following my plan.

    Alas, when we reach moments of balance, they are magical!

  76. TRH permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:46 am

    I’m a planner with a capital “P.” I’ll have my whole week charted out, along with the running outfits to boot!

  77. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:46 am

    I am a planner, but not super anal about it. My goal is to get in a certain number of miles on each run, but I have a Garmin so that allows me to deviate from the path and still know my distance.

  78. Cindy permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:47 am

    I’m a fly by the seat of my pants type of girl. I’ll just up and say, I think i’ll do that race and then just make it there! Seems just like my life, never know what tomorow may bring!

  79. December 10, 2010 7:48 am

    I’m a planner. I wish at times I could do things on a whim more, but I’m more typical type A personality and like things to be planned and thought out. I also find that I will actually stick to training if I lay it out on a calendar and plan. If I just thought, oh I think I’ll run today, it may not happen!

  80. Majda permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:48 am

    A planner. I need a goal, a plan and an achievement. 🙂

  81. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:50 am

    While in life I’m a planner, with my running I”m more free form. I found when I trained for my first marathon that having every run planned didn’t work for me because I’d get frustrated when I wasn’t able to get a run in or had to change the workout. Now I’m a lot more flexible, having set goal runs I want to get in during the week but allowing some lee way as to when I complete them. And I understand that missing one day isn’t the end of the world! And while I do plan goal races long in advance, I’ll jump into fun runs (especially when traveling) on a whim.

  82. Melinda K permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:51 am

    definitely a planner. i like to know where i’m running, so in case i need a restroom break it’s close by, i’ve been stuck out on the road with no place to go. i do have a garmin and run with it all the time. i have forgotten in on occasion, then the ipod becomes the backup, so i know what my time is. when i trained for my marathon everything was super structured…..i also was running with other, who would join me for part of a run… i had to have a plan, cause it was my training and my run.

  83. Michelle permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:55 am

    I am a planner. In fact…it is only December and I’ve already managed to book every weekend of next summer! I can’t believe how fast is happened this year!

  84. December 10, 2010 7:56 am

    Not so much a planner though i should be. I generally set a mile goal for the week and the distance of my long run and the rest of my runs are totally adjustable. The one time I planned everything to a T… I totally over trained. if I’m going for an easy run I don’t take my Garmin. I know my route and it keeps my head out of the speed workout/competitive mode.

  85. December 10, 2010 8:01 am

    I am a planner but ever since jumping on the triathlon bandwagon I forget stuff…with running, you just need a few things but when you are swimming and biking after you need to bring a lot of gear with you!

  86. Amanda permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:02 am

    Planner. Need to know exactly how many miles, how long it will take, preferably the run profile…. Really it’s all about the food – how much to bring, and how much I can inhale afterwards without too much guilt.

  87. sarah permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:02 am

    the thought of winging it makes me uncomfortable. i always plan a race and plan/train accordingly. i have a marathon in April and i have all of my training listed out on a paper calendar. i have also started a list of routes by the miles so i can really be prepared. i guess I am “detail-oriented”, too!!

  88. Jackie R. permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:03 am

    I’m a planner! I wish I had more of the “winger” spirit in me–I think it would make life a lot more fun. But I’m a down to the half mile kind of gal. Always run according to the plan; rarely more or less.

  89. ice cream addict permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:03 am

    Total planner, with everything… not just running.

  90. December 10, 2010 8:04 am

    I’m a planner. I have to know where I’m going and how far. I usually have to make sure I am back by a certain time to get my girls to or from a practice, etc. So planning helps! 🙂 I like having a goal race and a training plan in mind for a season, too. Just keeps me prepared. 🙂

  91. December 10, 2010 8:06 am

    I’m a planner. I might enter a race on a whim, but if my run doesn’t go as planned, or doesn’t fit in my day when I planned- I’m thrown off for the rest of the day, until I get it done.

  92. Amelia permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:09 am

    I’m a “whimmer” but uh maybe I should plan a little more if I want to be a “winner” He he he!!!

  93. Marisa Olsen permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:09 am

    I definitely do both. Some days are very planned, other I come home form work not intending to run and go out anyway!

  94. katie permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:14 am

    Definantly a planner in my day to day life. Mostly a planner as a runner, but can sometimes break free from that to increase/decrease depending on my mojo that day.

  95. December 10, 2010 8:21 am

    I’m mostly a planner. I really try to be flexible and with two kids and a hubby that doesn’t run, sometimes I have to be. But as for each run, I’m definitely a planner. I know how many miles I want to hit and don’t usually stray from going the distance. I tend to train for event after event, so I’m not sure what it would be like to not have a training plan. I’m in a two week window right now without one, but I’m ok with that because of the December goals I set here.

  96. Christina permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:33 am

    I do typically like to plan my “big” races in advance and use (flexible) training plans just so I don’t show up completely unprepared. But that’s where the “planning” aspect of my running ends. I don’t use a Garmin or watch, and I have been known to sign up for shorter events on a whim (think race-day registration). If I have a run scheduled, I often will just go where the wind blows me rather than mapping out a route in advance. Running is my time to break free of schedules and deadlines, so I generally tend to enjoy it more just winging it!

  97. Sandi permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:33 am

    I am a planner. I probably spend way to much time thinking and planning. Maybe my goal for 2011 will be to incorporate a bit of winger.
    S. Dressel

  98. otherjulie permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:34 am

    I’m a planner…I have a calendar on my bathroom mirror through June. I mark it off each night so I know…if it’s not on there…it’s not gonna happen. I am getting a tiny bit more flexible if a friend calls and wants to do a spur-of-the-moment, I try to accomodate…but will have to trade the workout for another. Heaven forbid they call on a rest day.

  99. Jenny C. permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:35 am

    I’m somewhere in between. The older I get the more I have become a winger because I don’t want to pay race fees in advance and then not be able to run the race due to injury. However, I usually have the races that I want to run in the back of my mind.

  100. Lisa (ljc) permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:36 am

    I am a planner – I plan the route, the miles, what time I am hoping for, have my Nike Plus setup and charged, find an outfit with some kind of pocket. I have to be well prepared before I head out – even when it is to the gym.


  101. Lori Connors permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:36 am

    Definitely a winger! I usually only enter races at the last minute because my teenage cross-country running daughter wants to go….and who can pass up the cute t’s???

  102. jules permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:41 am

    Planner all the way!! Oh, this contest is meant for me…I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon in October and at mile 24 I was sooooo sick of carrying my water bottle (which felt like it weighed 10lbs at that point!) that I spotted a garbage can at the last water station and tossed the whole thing!!! It felt soooo good at the time, very empowering (I was delirious) but now I am missing it terribly…I need a new one 🙂

  103. Katy permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:41 am

    I am a planner in that I tell my husband when he can expect me home and I usually have a minimum set distance in mind. I do frequently extend my runs to add that one more mile, my mind will be tell me to do what I planned and my body will take an unexpected turn to add that one more mile! I feel so good when I set out for a specific run and I come home with an extra mile under my belt!

  104. LaurenM permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:42 am

    Planner, but when you run with a 3 year old you have to be. I can’t get lost or go to far for fear that her portable DVD player will lose it’s juice.

  105. December 10, 2010 8:45 am

    OMG totally a planner when it comes to running. So much so that if one thing is not right, it can really set off my running mood. Grrr. (however, not having socks one day created my new “grungerun” attitude so..). Although, I HAVE pushed myself an extra mile unexpectedly when feeling great – & THAT was a good unexpected accomplishment for this OCD RLAMer.

    • December 10, 2010 8:50 am

      OH & by the way, as oldest of 7 kids and mom of 5 – I recognize that sometimes ONE item has to be MINE. But I feel so selfish & guilty when I say loudly in the kitchen “Hey everyone? (6 pairs of eyes, turn to me, including my husband) – THIS is MINE. Okay? MINE.” – Now where’s those headphones?

  106. Megan permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:53 am

    Hmmm…a little of both? I easily get stuck in ruts (or routes) because the familiarity breeds ease in getting out to them. I’ve done this run before, therefore I have no excuses not to finish it today. I have to admit I find nothing quite as joyful as setting off for a run (usually leaving from a brand new to me location, like a hotel or friends house) and having no idea where I’m going. These often end up being my…oops I ran longer than I planned runs, but in a good way.

  107. Kat permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:53 am

    I am a planner, all the way. I am chomping at the bit to plan my 2011 races, but am trying to hold off as to not seem so obsessive. I am also a reviewer. I scour the GARMIN for trends, etc. That being said, as a mom who also works outside the home, I have to be at least somewhat flexible when life gets in the way!

  108. Melissa permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:00 am

    Another planner here! If I don’t plan it’s way too easy to talk myself out of something I might not necessarily *want* to be doing at the moment. But if I can see the larger context, I feel much better.

  109. Cathy permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:04 am

    I like to believe I’m a planner, but really I end up ‘winging’ it. Often I think about my run through the day, decide on a route, pick out clothes etc. Then when it comes time to leave, I change my outfit (maybe twice) then head out the door usually forgetting something (charging ipod, kleenex). Even when I’m on my run I convince myself to go further, or take a different route. A well planned 5K easily turns into a haphazard 7k. But it gets done in the end.

  110. Terry C permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:05 am

    I always have a plan for the distance I will run on any given day, however, when I’m not training for a particular race, I’m not as good about having a set plan for which days of the week I will run. I’m much better when I have a race in mind!

  111. December 10, 2010 9:06 am

    I am totally a planner. I try to plan my workouts weeks in advanced, based on my work schedule. I try to look at all the races going on in my area for the upcoming year, too, to see which I can participate in, and hopefully try to plan for at least one destination race that year.

  112. Kristen F permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:08 am

    I would like to think I was a winger. BUT when it comes to running I am such a planner. I have to plan time, route, miles. I have to wear my nike+. I have been known to change my route a bit but never the miles. ugh. Iwant to run free! oh well.

  113. December 10, 2010 9:09 am

    I plan a framework – I tend to start my runs one of two places. From those places I have opportunities to take a number of different routes to get to my goal (distance, hills, track etc…) But I always have my Garmin – it’s like a security blanket for me!

  114. Leslie permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:09 am

    Planner, planner, planner. I know what days I will run and how far. It’s all written down, otherwise I find too many reasons not to do it. My bulletin board at work has a post it with all the 2011 half marathons that look interesting – and the list keeps growing.

  115. Gretchen permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:14 am

    I am a list maker, a list follower, a list crosser offer. I am list dependent EXCEPT when it comes to running. Every run is a new adventure. My heart quickens when I decide to take a new turn-or to tack on an extra 30 minutes. I love it when I exhaust my water supply and have to stop to replenish at a neighborhood water fountain. I love race day registration, just showing up and running without worry or too much planning. The rest of my life is defined by order. With 4 kids it has to be predictable and orderly. The way I run lets me be spontaneous and to not sweat the small stuff.

  116. Jill O permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:14 am

    I’m somewhere in between- I do have to go out running with a distance in mind and I usually stick to it . But when it comes to training for a race I tend to wing it which is maybe why I don’t always perform so well! New Years Resolution- find a plan and stick to it!

  117. Laurie A. permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:16 am

    I am a hybrid. I have a plan that I follow 90% of the time since I am training for my first half. If I vary from the plan it is to skip the workout (GASP). This week has been a total deviation, but I run at 5 a.m. and it has been well below freezing this week. Now I know this is nothing to you northerners, but to those of us in the deep south it makes it prohibitive to run. Mostly because you cannot get real cold weather gear around here. I told my sister in Chicago I wanted Smartwool socks for Christmas.

  118. Barb Anderson permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:16 am

    I’m a planner and a winger, but I always have my Garmin! During the off season (now), I tend to be more carefree though. And, sometimes when I do plan I have to alter that plan due to newly founded time constraints or weather-related stuff.

  119. Shannon permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:22 am

    Oh boy…I am a planner! Lists, lists and more lists. My mom is a winger–so she is trying to make me more of a spur of the moment kind of gal whereas I’m trying to encourage her to make lists to ensure productivity. Maybe in the end we can be a little of both 🙂 It’s worth a shot. My mom thinks I am crazy for planning my runs. If I do not have a definate plan–I derail! Just like the month of December! I haven’t sat down and penciled in my runs on my to do lists–so therefore I haven’t been running! I know it is crazy but so true.

  120. Emeliee permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:22 am

    Planner! I lay everything out the night before, even for just a fun, easy run. If I don’t have my watch, I’ll actually circle back to get it. If a run isn’t fully planned the night before, I can 100% guarantee that I won’t run the next morning. Although even with my anal self, I did forget my iPOD at this years Thanksgiving turkey trot – I was so distraught at the start line…but ended up running a 6:52 final mile and taking 2nd in my age group!

  121. December 10, 2010 9:27 am

    I’m mostly a planner when it comes to running (although a winger in most of the rest of my life). I have to have a general idea of how far I’m going, which way I’m going, and I’m LOST without my phone/gps to track it. I also like to plan in advance for races. I have to gear myself up for them.

  122. marcy permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:30 am

    I’m a combo; I pick races and loosely train for them. I trail run, so mostly I head out planning to run 1hr or 2 hrs, etc. I like finding new trails and exploring, but when it gets closer to race day, I make sure I’m doing the right mileage.

  123. Erica M permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:31 am

    I’m a winger. I’d love to be more of a planner, but after two airplane trips, two long car rides, and 3 hotel nights/week away from home, fatigue and work dictate my schedule (and willpower) far more than I’d like. Hopefully if you ask this question again, I’ll have become more of a planner — but for now I’m always happy when I do “wing it” and get in some miles.

  124. Beverly permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:33 am

    I am a planner. I have to have a daily goal – when, where, how long, etc. I also have to have a long term goal – training for a race, certain mileage by a certain date, number of pounds lost, etc. I am very anal (goal oriented 😉 ) in all aspects of life. Drives my family crazy!!

  125. Annette M permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:35 am

    I’m slightly in the middle… it’s best that I plan so I know how far I’m going and I’m pretty accountable to tell someone from my household my route. But I hate “having” to stick to a plan. (no wonder I’m so conflicted sometimes!)

  126. Heather Gocke permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:35 am

    Plan, plan, plan! I have to wrap my mind around exactly what I’m pushing my body to do before heading out the door.

  127. December 10, 2010 9:35 am

    I was smiling as I read your description of how you plan your runs – I am just the same! I find I go further if I have planned a run (if I didn’t plan it I would quit earlier when it got hard). I don’t usually run extra unless I’m feeling really good.

  128. Kathy G permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:41 am

    A planner when it comes to everything! I run early so I lay out everything the night before, know what route I’m taking, etc. Wish I was a bit more of a winger!

  129. Lisa permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:50 am

    Definitely, a planner. On rare occasions, I’ll go for a run with no goal in mind, and it never fails that I have a terrible run. My planning is so ingrained that I need it to have a good run.

  130. Erica R permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:51 am

    I’m definitely a planner. I think that’s a litle part of why I love running and training. I can prepare my training plan months in advance and know exactly how many miles I plan to run that day or week. I like being able to see my progress on paper and also feel my progress when I can run a little longer than before. I’m hoping my husband might take my hints and get me that Garmin so I can become even more “detail-oriented”!

  131. Bearwallow Runner permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:52 am

    I’m like runlongkate – a halfsie. That’s what keeps it interesting for me. I have a distance and time in mind, but every once in a while push another mile or so and no more. Never shorter than planned. Pretty much a planner with my diet regimine and on-again off-again with my training plan. Never enter a race on a whim!

  132. Sara P permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:54 am

    I’m definitely a planner! I know how far I’m going and the exact route. I mix it up — trails, roads, neighborhoods, treadmill — but I always plan ahead and gain much satisfaction after logging my mileage on the calendar a few minutes after I get home.

  133. Patty Thomas permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:59 am

    I would say I am a little of both. I need to plan to force myself to get the whole run in that I need to do but I have stopped early or added more mileage depending on how I feel. I try to only let myself stop early if I am in true pain but will always let myself run longer if I feel like it!

  134. Elisa permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:59 am

    I am mostly a winger as I usually want to see how I feel that morning but try to plan the night before.

  135. Kris permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:03 am

    I’m a planner – tell myself I’m going to run 6 miles today, I run 6 miles, start out saying it’s only 2 today, that’s all I do no matter how I feel. Wish I could “fly”

  136. Jessica permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:05 am

    I’m a winger! When I plan, things always seem to happen and I don’t get follow through, which is discouraging. When I wing it, everything that I actually get to follow through with is a bonus!

  137. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:06 am

    I’m a planner….it helps keeps the chaos at bay and keeps things moving without the stall in the day that leads to thoughts of a long nap!

  138. Jennifer permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:16 am

    I am a bit of both. I always pick my route in advance, but never plan any other part of it, pace, time, etc. Now that I am running more I need to start thinking about this stuff. I race but I am still so new at it that I am just excited to be there with everyone else with my number pinned on, so very exciting!!!

  139. Sarah permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:21 am

    I am definitely a planner, especially when it comes to running. You pretty much described me to a T in your second paragraph. This has become glaringly obvious to me in the last few weeks, when I was sidelined in the middle of training for my first 10K due to to horrid shin splints. I had to toss the training plan and dreams of registering for my first 10K this month out the window, take a short rest, and decrease my mileage. I was doing okay getting myself out to run every other day, only going 1-2 miles, until Thanksgiving when me and the kids got sick and I took a whole week off from running. And I haven’t really been able to get back into it since. Without a training schedule to follow, I feel lost. And instead of getting out there anyway, more often than not I find myself making excuses to stay inside in the warmth of my house. I need a new plan. And I need it bad.

  140. December 10, 2010 10:21 am

    I am a little of both. I try to plan ahead so that I can train appropriately and budget my races, definitely have my favorite courses and feel almost naked without my Garmin. But I will also mix up (uh, ruin according to some?) my training plans for swapping out 2 miles for 8, or 8 for two, and both half marathons I have run have been with less than a week’s notice, and not exactly the training base one should have (read: months off, only short runs in weeks prior).

  141. December 10, 2010 10:24 am

    I am a planner sort of. I won’t go over my miles planned (unless my husband is with me and pushes me) and I generally finish my miles planned, unless I am hurting.

  142. Kristen S. permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:24 am

    I do a little of both. I have my first half marathon planned for 2011, Portland, and a few others as well. I live in Spokane, WA and we host the world’s largest timed running event, Bloomsday, so that’s always on the calendar. But I also wing a whole lot! My cousin will call and say “hey, there’s this run and it looks awesome, let’s do it,” and I will end up signing up days beforehand. Having a little randomness keeps it fun for me.

  143. Charity Manwaring permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:24 am

    Planner all the way. Sometimes months in advance. Especially when I can’t because I’m sidelined with an injury. How’s that for fanatical?

  144. December 10, 2010 10:25 am

    I’m a major planner. If I think to myself I will do 3 miles in a set time, I WILL meet that time no matter what. Or exceed it 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  145. December 10, 2010 10:26 am

    I’m both a planner and winger :-). I plan races and most casual runs in advance, but I don’t time myself very often and if I feel like running more or less than I originally wanted, then I do… but I do usually stick with the predetermined distance :-).

  146. Darrah permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:32 am

    Planner. 100%.

  147. Jess M permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:41 am

    I plan my work… and then work my plan!! In fact, I’ve started to slack lately so I just signed up for my Spring Half and working on “the plan”.

  148. Karen Falat permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:44 am

    I plan, plan and then plan some more. I like to think I can wing it, but I can’t. I am afraid if I make it to loosy goosy I will give in to fatigue. If I run further than I plan I panic thinking the world may crumble and my shoes my fall apart and I may die of thirst. Im a mess. SO I plan.

  149. Anitra permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:45 am

    Oh I am so a planner. I always know when were and how long!! That’s what I love about it. I Like a schedule, I like routine and I like structure can you say “Type A”

  150. December 10, 2010 10:46 am

    I am a flexible planner. I like to have a goal and a general plan of how to get there, but day by day, I might wing it or change plans at the last minute. I like to have a training plan as a guide, but I never follow it 100%.

  151. Shaygram permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:46 am

    I am a winger for sure. Hard to imagine having 4 kids in sports that you can wing it. But I feel like I CAN’T plan because of that. I take my ME time whenever and however I can find it. Running/racing are the same. I do it for the adventure, for the friendship, for the swag… whatever peaks my interest and fits in the few free days/times I have.

  152. Rachel permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:49 am

    I am the mother of all planners, I have to be with our crazy life (two kids, work full time, commute, etc. etc.) I have to know the distance or the almost approximate distance before I leave the house or get on the treadmill, approx. how long I will be gone, etc.

  153. Joanmarie permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:52 am

    Sooo wish I were a winger. But I’m not. I plan length, route, etc. Compulsive. To. The. Core. About. My. Running! Because, I tell myself, it’s really important to me. Once, I did wing it. I entered my first half marathon six weeks before race day. Yup. That’s me “winging it.”

  154. pam permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:53 am

    I wish I could plan more! I am a winger. Friday night I say I think I’ll do a triathlon in the morning 🙂 I intend to plan but my lack of organization (and procrastination) leads to winging it!

  155. Kristen permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:58 am

    I plan the hell out of everything…though on a super fab day I’m known to go far and explore, and since distance running is new, I feel like a serious rule breaker, I get to have only half a plan and a bit of winging!

  156. Laura Boyd permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:59 am

    Must. Have. Plan. There is nothing worse than going for an outside run on a beautiful day, feeling great then coming home to use MapMyRun and find out I haven’t run as far I thought I had. 😦 When I run at the gym, I’m always thinking will I go for speed today, try and set a PB or exceed 3.1 (my standard fare b/c anything less is just- meh, cardio)? I do find, sadly, on the days that I don’t have a great plan or tell myself “just a few miles today”, I exceed expectations.

  157. December 10, 2010 11:03 am

    I don’t wear a watch in my personal life, so I’m certainly not wearing one while I’m trying to relax and run. I tried it once and stared at it so hard I nearly killed myself not looking where I was going. Beyond that, though, I am a planner. I like to know exactly how far I’m going to run and where I’ll be doing that at any given time, and I sign up for races well in advance so I can train according to a schedule. Too much randomness freaks me out.

  158. Syd permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:04 am

    At this stage in my life I am definitely a winger! Being a mom of small children leaves me with a very unpredictable schedule. I grab a run whenever a free moment arises…because you never know when one of them decides to get sick!

  159. cindy f permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:06 am

    I would love to be a “super planner”. I find these people fascinating- like morning people. So I try to plan and be organized but, I have to be realistic and call myself a winger with lists.

  160. Susan K permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:08 am

    I’m definitely a planner, but many time my plans go awry (with 3 kids and my job) and I end up “adjusting” my plan as I go.

  161. Janelle permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:09 am

    Once a planner always a planner… no plan and I am lucky to make it 20 minutes… a plan and I can go forever. Though from time to time I do naked runs (no electronic devises) and those can go longer! But am always ready for my planned time and route the next day!

  162. Ashley H permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:09 am

    I’m a little of both right now, but I’m starting my marathon training the week after Christmas, and plan on following it to a “T” (as much as possible, family/kid/time permitting).

    I’ll be honest, right now I just carry a bottle of Gatorade in my hand when I run, so this would be a nice little don’t-have-to-purchase-because-I-won-one item, haha.

  163. Lori permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:10 am

    Definitely a planner–hey I still have 5 kids at home, I’m a working mom and a homeschooler! Well…I guess that also makes me somewhat forced to be flexible and wing-it once in a while. And, I hide my bottles for running. If the bottle is older and less valuable to me I will let it float around the house so that the kids feel like they have found something awesome they would like to lose for me. The good ones–hidden!

  164. Jessica permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:17 am

    I am more of planner, but have been known to wing it when my body is telling me “Hey, this feels GREAT!”. I’m with you, Dimity, I have to know the route, and the distance of said route, before I head out. I am slightly anal, uhhh strike that, particular… I’m the type that makes lists and will rewrite them if I mess it up, even slightly. Sad, I know…

  165. Kortni permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:17 am

    Huge planner without a doubt. I have to plan my husband’s work schedule, the bus schedule, the everything else. So needless to say, I keep a close eye on my watch and rarely, if ever, deviate from my planned runs.

  166. Gail permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:17 am

    Definitely a planner – otherwise, I’d never get out there. However, I will deviate from a planned distance and go longer if I have time and I’m feeling good about the run.

  167. Carolyn permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:21 am

    I am more or less a planner. I run the same routes most of them time because it really allows me to relax and let my mind wander rather than having to actually think where I am going and worry about getting lost. That said, I’ve enjoyed new runs when someone else who knows where they’re going leads the way. I also found that when I have trained for a big event (marathon, triathlon) that as long as I have to training plan – I am good to go. And I just push through the pain and exhaustion because I know if I (God forbid) don’t stick to the plan, I’m toast.

  168. Liz permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:21 am

    I am both when it comes to when I run. But before I run I have to plan how far. I stick to it unless I run out of time and can’t get hit that mile mark before my deadline.

  169. Anne permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:22 am

    A planner – so those workouts get done. Need to find a great race for spring 2011 for me and my sisters. We are thinking San Fran area – any suggestions?

  170. Sue permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:32 am

    Like a few others, I’m a bit of both. I generally like a plan. That’s especially true for the big picture: I pick my big race goal months in advance and develop a long term training plan for it. But day by day, I’m willing to deviate depending on how my mind and body feel, the weather, and life. Peace!

  171. Rho permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:34 am

    Winger! And so are all 4 of the women I run with! We never know where or how far until we get to the first corner and we wing it from there…5 days a week.

  172. December 10, 2010 11:37 am

    I’m totally a planner. I wish I was more of a “wherever the road takes me” type but that’s never going to happen. Thanks for the chance to win. I need a water bottle.

  173. tanya permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:49 am

    Im 90% planner with 10% wiggle room. I always know which run I want to do — the lake — but will ditch the plan if my girlfriend wants to try a different route or if my hubbie says the lattes are on him after the run, haha! Nothing better than your favorite run, at your favorite time!

  174. Marian permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:50 am

    Definitely a winger!

  175. December 10, 2010 11:56 am

    I’ve only been running seriously for about a year but so far, I’m kind of a winger! I will add distance to runs on a whim- just to see what’s over that hill or around that bend. Just decided to run a Jingle Bell Jaunt 5K- its tomorrow!

  176. Darci permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:03 pm

    Planner! So much more gets done when I have a plan. No plan, and we wind up in our pjs until 10!

  177. Susan permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:05 pm

    I am definitely a planner. I map out my runs online before I go, and I always stick to them. If I don’t have a goal, then I’ll usually go slower and/or not as far as I should.

  178. Tricia permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:06 pm

    I’m all about planning it, I almost always know not only what I will run today but what and where I will run for the week. Farther out if I’m training for a race.
    Since I only do races when they are 26.2 miles…I register FAR in advance and use the race to structure my running for months!

  179. Brandy permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:07 pm

    Plan, Plan, Plan…I am always planning ahead…and I hate when I forget to pack something/bring something for a race/run. HOWEVER, since I have an excellent sense of direction, I will attempt an extra loop or mysterious road…after I have reviewed the area on mapmyrun pre-run of course! LOL!

  180. kristin permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:08 pm

    I am a planner by nature- however- sometimes I just feel the need to go for a run and leave my troubles behind with my miles!

  181. jessicastout permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:09 pm

    I am a planner! Yep- always a planner!!

  182. Jessica Russell permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:09 pm

    Planner, planner, planner. That’s why the universe gave me twins! You have to be organized to care for two little people while also fitting in work, chores and running. For running I always religiously follow a training plan, prep my gear the night before, and run with my Garmin to get my mileage just right. Some call me anal, but, hey, the house is clean, the kids are fed and I got my run in!

  183. ashlei permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:10 pm

    I am currently a winger but trying to be more of a planner since I am going to be training for a 1/2 marathon next June.

  184. girlsworld permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:10 pm

    I’m totally a planner for just about everything. But I did “wing” the turkey trot this year. I knew I’d be running at least 5 as part of my marathon training, but last minute the husband and I decided to go do the 10K. I plan out my routes because I need to know for my long runs that I’m actually doing the right mileage. That is not wing-able.

    • val permalink
      December 10, 2010 12:14 pm

      It’s wingable if you get a garmin to watch your miles add up as you run! That’s what I recently did and it’s so freeing! No need to route plan…just go with it and turn and there and head back at the halfway point of where I want to be mileage-wise. It works GREAT!

  185. Sarah permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:10 pm

    Generally a planner. Most races are planned ahead and I run only on specific days of the week at specific times. But I like to throw a spur of the moment race in here and there too.

  186. December 10, 2010 12:11 pm

    I’m an ISTJ and am a uber-planner. I *always* know my plan before I go for a run and rarely deviate from it. Although I did have one day that I wrote about on my blog where the plan didn’t quite hold and I got the unexpected treat of seeing a Cairn Terrier puppy, which was the highlight of my day. (I used to have two Cairns.)

  187. Katie permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:11 pm

    I am a running planner for sure! I might vary up the routes but I always plan them before going out!

  188. Kara Stanley permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:12 pm

    Most of the time, I’ve got things planned out. And I ALWAYS have my IPod, and Polar f6 with me…and usually my Nike+ Sensor

    But as far as routes, etc. Though I usually stick to routes I’ve done many times sometimes, if a particular runis going well, I’ll be adventerous and just keep going or take a different turn, etc.

  189. val permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:12 pm

    You know it’s funny because in life in general I am definitely a planner. I have ongoing love affairs with lists, excel spreadsheets and maps. However, as I read through this I realized that I am nearly completely the opposite when it comes to running. Perhaps running is my way to be what I can’t seem to be in “real life”. Perhaps that is my chance to let down my guard and learn to just fly by the seat of my pants. I love to go “exploring” on my runs and enjoy varying my route frequently. Which is why I finally invested in a Garmin. Mapmyrun was too annoying trying to add all my twists and turns every time! I do, however, have a general plan (ie: this week I will run on such and such day for so many miles aiming for this pace) BUT I guess I have learned that it’s ok to veer from it and change it up a bit. If I’m out for a slow run and feel good I just might kick it up a notch, just because. If I’m aiming for 4 miles and feel myself faltering through, I have no problem stopping at 2. I’ll kick myself for it later and feel crappy about it but I know I’ll redeem myself on the next one. So to make a long answer even longer – I guess I’m a winger for running so that I can use all the rest of my energy to plan out the rest of my life! 🙂

  190. Jill permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:12 pm

    I plan plan plan… Yesterday only plan was to ‘clean house’, without a list to check off it took ALLLLL day to clean… With a list on the counter I am done, focused and on the couch with in two hours!!! Must cross off a list… I add things to my list that are done just so I can cross them off!!!! I plan my exercise week out on Sunday/Saturday, kind of to work around husbands schedule, more so to get myself focused…. : )

  191. Tami Pike permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:14 pm

    I am very type A and as much as I would love to just “wing it” I need to have all my ducks in a row and keep them there. (get it “wing it” …..ducks) 🙂

  192. heather permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:14 pm

    Planner. Obssessively. I do know a FEW ladies worse than I am. Just not many.

  193. Kathy S permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:15 pm

    I am a definite planner. I always have a plan for how long my run should be and I already know what races I will do in 2011, when my training will start, etc.

    The one thing I don’t plan is my route – I wander aimlessly as I run, sometimes looping through the same street twice without realizing it, other times ending up out too far and adding some extra distance to my run. I like to just go wherever I feel like it!

  194. December 10, 2010 12:16 pm

    I also must have a plan, because I’m always squeezing my run in between kids and husband’s schedules. So I know I have either an hour, two hours, or 30 minutes!

  195. Alaina permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:16 pm

    PLANNER! I like to be prepared for big events the night before. I have to have a goal set in mind. I need a race scheduled months in advance. I have to drive everyone around me a bit crazy.

  196. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:18 pm

    Planner – I need to know the route, distance, weather, which shoes are in the rotation today, and have my pre and post run fuel figured out. Probabally the most random thing about running is my iPod – it may go or not on a whim. I stash water in strategically planned locations in the summer for long runs. I also consider which stores/businesses will be open at what time “just in case.” I really prefer to have tomorrow’s run mapped out today – helps me sleep better and wards off those crazy dreams.

  197. Jenn W. permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:18 pm

    I plan! I’ve been out with a stress fracture in my foot for FIFTEEN excruciating weeks, 8 of them in a boot, and I am back in the boot for at least another month. 😦 I entered the lottery for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in April–PLANNING that I will be better and trained for a great race!

  198. cshort4 permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:18 pm

    As far as running goes, I guess I’m a planner. I’ve only done one race so far, but I spent days finding the “perfect” training schedule (and then embarking on it) and am doing so again for a spring half that I’ve already registered for. In the rest of my life, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of a girl. I’m not sure why the discrepancy …

  199. Carla permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:19 pm

    I’m a ridiculously regimented planner. That explains Tempo Run Tuesday, Speedwork Wednesday and Long Run Friday! I also am the only runner in the Southeast who carries no hydration of any kind. I actually asked Santa for a hand-held bottle!

  200. Tita permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:19 pm

    I am a both. Instinctively I’m a winger but I’ve come to appreciate the benefits of planning. As I transition from a spiritual (get me out the house, I need alone time) runner to a goal-oriented (time target-setting) runner, I am relishing in the beauty of training plans (they really work!). So I plot out the races I want to do, pick the ones I will run for time versus for fun, and follow a training plan for the ones that “count.”

  201. December 10, 2010 12:20 pm

    In almost all of life, i’m a winger. but when it comes to running, I have always stuck to “the plan”. I run what I plan to, where I plan to go. I feel safer that way, especially since running is still fairly new to me (6 months in) and the “plan” is my comfort zone.

  202. Jennifer V permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:21 pm

    I cannot even go for a run if my Garmin is not charged. I use training plans for events and I do not deviate! Never had the urge to, “just keep going.”

  203. megan permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:24 pm

    Planner. I try to be spontaneous, really I do. I console myself saying it’s the one plannable event in my day.

  204. Cindy permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:25 pm

    I am a planner for sure. I probably spend more time getting a perfect schedule together (Excel spreadsheets, calculations for each interval, etc.) than I do actually running!!

  205. Jackie permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:25 pm

    I am a planner. I almost always early register for races before the fee goes up. I have only registered for one race on race day and it was just too stressfull. I always layout all my running clothes, etc. the night before, whether it’s for a race or just any old run. I check and recheck to make sure my Garmin is seated in the cradle correctly, battery was dead in it one morning, now I check it. Ok, maybe not just a planner but OCD!

  206. Leigh Ann Cotter permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:26 pm

    I am a winger usually but when truing for a specific race, I tend to get extremely “detailed oriented.” right down to running at a specific pace for each run.

  207. rushartist permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:26 pm

    I’m totally and completely a planner. I map my runs (using a different route every time), wear my watch and have a plan. I’m not training for anything right now and it’s KILLING me not to have a training plan to follow. I think I’m in need of a non-training plan.

  208. Katrina permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:27 pm

    totally wing it! I’m not into the competition so much, although I enjoy races. I just enjoy the time to myself and spending time with other runners! I run where ever the mood strikes.

  209. Michaela permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:28 pm

    I love to plan- and even write down on the calendar what I “know” I’ll do… But life gets in the way, the kids are crabby, the husband is traveling, I get tired, and I usually end up frustrated at the plans I didn’t follow. So a few times a year I commit to a (relatively) big-deal race, knowing that my husband will give me the time to go run since I’ve put money into it. Sneaky, but it’s just my version of his golf weekends!

  210. Jasmine permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:28 pm

    Absolutely a planner. I plan out one week at a time and decide if it will be an AM run or a PM run. I choose the route the day of the run but I usually stay consistent with my routes.

  211. Kathy permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:29 pm

    I’m a planner. I need to have a route, distance, and pace in mind. I very occasionally change my plan (usually something hurts), but I mostly run big loops, so I have to finish to get home. now and then if I am feeling really good, and it is OK with the training plan, I’ll tack on an extra 3km loop, but that is pretty rare. (I often feel great at the end of a run, but my hubby needs to go back to work eventually, so I have to get home)

  212. Jennifer F permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:29 pm

    I am a planner and I have to go for my run early in the day (like before 11am) or else it hangs over my head for the rest of the day and I don’t feel right till I get it in. I like to run where I know – to the point where I will run the race course the weekend before so I feel prepared. I absolutely plan my races as well. I plan the race, the whole training schedule and my calendar around it. After having back surgery and then 3 kids in 4 years, I never thought I would be dedicated to it, but I am. I love running.

  213. Dorothy Mills permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:30 pm

    I’m definitely a planner. Before a run I know where I’m going, what the mileage is, and how long it will take. I’m so predictable in this that if I’m not home within 10 minutes of the designated time my family starts to worry.

  214. Alma permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:31 pm

    I have to enter a race way in advance to keep my motivation for running going. And I have to have my watch as I do a nine minute run, one minute walk. If I don’t have my watch I get all messed up and end up walking more than I should!

  215. Jill R permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:32 pm

    Planner! I plan my runs according to the race I’ve signed up for. But, being a planner is a complete detriment; if I don’t have a future race to plan my runs around, I tend not to run at all.

  216. Kate B. permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:34 pm

    By nature I am a planner. I am definitely well planned out if it comes to a distance I have never done before or a new race. Most of the time I run 5k’s in my area and I feel pretty comfortable just winging those.

  217. Geli permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:35 pm

    I usually have a distance in mind when I head out, but usuallyodufy the route along the way depending on how I feel. Except during half marathon training; I had set routes and distances during that time.

  218. ferreira5 permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:37 pm

    I’m a planner, but that’s largely due to how I started running. I only began running back in June and my husband had me pick a goal (5k at the end of September). Of course, by the end of September my goal had changed (5k to half marathon in October) and I was on a training plan. I’m still on a training plan (Phx RnR half in Jan) and never go running without my watch or without knowing how long I’m going to run!

  219. Catalina permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:42 pm

    I am definitely a planner. Not a winger. Sometimes it takes me days to plan my next six mile run…. Once I get past that initial run then the next day I “might” wing it.

  220. Kristy Z. permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:42 pm

    I’m a planner. I have the course in my mind, my Garmin on. Clothes have been thought through and so has hydration and shot blocks if needed. I even plan my food consumption prior. But with all that planning I am prone to sign-up for a race at the last minute prompting of my sister-in-law! That is only for 10 miles or less anything more is planned out!

  221. Alison permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:44 pm

    I am usually a planner, its hard to fit running in my schedule so I have to know when, where, and how long I will be gone. Plus, I need to know when I have hit the halfway point!! However, it is fun to show up at a local 5K, register on the spot, and just go for it.

  222. Lisa permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:45 pm

    Loved the ‘aw, crap’ of the video- that’s me!

    I am both (for real.) Sometimes I plan so much that I PLAN to be a winger. Sometimes I feel confused by it, and sometimes I feel free, but I always feel like I needed it!

  223. Nicole M permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:47 pm

    so- I always start as planner, but end up winging it. would get bored running on the track, so would decide to do the 3 mile trail run to add some miles. Sometimes would have 10miles planned, but the weather was nice- so decided to cut it short at 7miles and go home and play with the kiddos. Really, more like trying to find excuses to cut it short. Really need to work on the brain training thing!

  224. Susan permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:49 pm

    I like to wing it – mostly. Right now marathon training hasn’t started so I just run what I feel like running with no set paceor exact mileage in mind. I used to run with my Garmin all the time but in the last year or so I’ve been running a lot with just a watch and not stressing about my pace. When January gets here and I start training for my April marathon and I’ll wear my Garmin for speedwork and pace runs. For now though I’m running for fun.

  225. December 10, 2010 12:51 pm

    i think i’m both… i have a regular route that i begin with, then add miles as necessary up to about 10. my long runs are mapped out ahead of time so i can find potties & water easily. but when i’m not training (like right now), i tend to head out with a basic sense of how many minutes i want to run, then just explore. it’s especially nice to be randomly running & find new paths… but that’s when i need extra water & gel!

  226. Jennifer Lange permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:52 pm

    In most areas of my life I’m a planner. Get my assignments done at least a week in advance, know what’s for supper every night, all that. But with running it’s all up in the air. Just whatever I feel like that day. And if I don’t feel like it, I don’t do it.

  227. Megan McCulloch permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:52 pm

    I have never tried a hand held, but I do think I could get used to it. Especially if next summer is as hot as the last!!

  228. Tricia permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:52 pm

    I am definitely a planner since I have to work around the schedules of my three kids and my military husband!

  229. December 10, 2010 12:54 pm

    I have to plan. I can’t count on “time” to run if I don’t plan it in advance.

  230. Tiffany F. permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:56 pm

    With running, I have to be a planner. Need to know when, where and how when you’ve got kiddos counting on you. With the rest of my life? Definitely a winger!

  231. Jennifer Gerritz permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:57 pm

    I am a little of both. A detailed winger if you will. I have my favorite routes, but vary them in small ways each time to keep it interesting. I register for races in advance because I need to know I’m committed to competing so as to keep me motivated, but dream of the day that I can enter a race on a whim and kick butt!

  232. Jamie permalink
    December 10, 2010 12:59 pm

    I’m a planner as far as races go. I am not motivated to train unless I have a race I’m registered for. And this is sort of embarrassing, but I’m SO type A that I cancel a run if I get to the start place and have forgotten my iPod or Garmin. Weak, I know, but I can’t run without them! This especially sucked when I planned to run in the beautiful countryside and drove 30 min only to realize I forgot one of those things!

  233. Jeana permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:01 pm

    I am a little bit of both. I like the idea of structure and planning, but many times can’t remember where my plan is, where I left my garmin, or even my head. I do tend to enter races on a whim and generally give myself lots of time to plan but inevitably I get sidetracked and end up winging it.

  234. Alyson permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:01 pm

    I love to plan; create charts, calendars, spread sheets, you name it, I’ll make a plan for it…following said plans, however is a different story. I usually throw my spread sheets to the wind and just run.

  235. barbara permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:03 pm

    I am definitely a planner, right down to the music on my iPod during my daily runs. I do a route near our house, and often I’ll be driving and think “I should run over this way!” but do I ever do that? No I do not. I am an early morning runner and half the time by the time I finally get to work after getting the kids to school, etc., I can’t even remember if I ran that morning or not. Good thing I stick to my route, otherwise I might get lost or something. 🙂

  236. December 10, 2010 1:03 pm

    I guess I’m a winger. I usually try to have a plan for my runs but it never really pans out exactly right. Lately, I’m lucky to get 2 seconds to myself, so I take my runs when/if I can get them and just run until I’m half way through my alloted time and then turn back. Those are the days I just get out to go, go, go far and fast. Because they are few an dfar betwenn. Which my body seems to dislike. I’m pretty achy but at least I know I got my miles in and some sanity back. I do plan races in advance though and get more “planny” as they get closer. Map out my route, time runs, stretch…

  237. Niki Hampton permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:07 pm

    I am definitely a planner. I can’t function for the day without an itemized schedule, down to lunch and when my buddies are taking naps. Now I don’t take a water bottle or gel regardless of how long I’m going to be out, I’m not so good with that. I don’t want to carry things. My hubby wishes my running clothes had pockets. I also don’t take my phone or inhaler (sort of stupid on that part).

    I plan and register for races about a month in advance and choose based on name…I know, my real reason. What can I say I like a kitchy name. lol I don’t cancel if I can’t find my groove, but I have been known to squeak out a couple of extra miles at the end. I pick my route ahead of time and show my hubby where they’re saved on my MapMyRun account so he can find me if needed.

    If I headed out without a route, I wouldn’t know where to turn or which direction to go. lol

  238. Jen L. permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:10 pm

    I am a planner! I also do better with a full schedule. Otherwise, I waste time during my unscheduled minutes during the day!

  239. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:22 pm

    I have to be a planner if I want to accomplish anything. Otherwise I just end up wasting a lot of time. Planning with running helps to keep me motivated by meeting different goals.

  240. Kris O permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:24 pm

    I usually run at night, so I like to be able to give my husband my route, just in case. But even if that weren’t an issue, I’d still have everything planned out. I love to decide how far I’m going to go, then sit down and map it out. And I too, like other planners here, bought my 2011 calender just so I can plan out my races…

  241. Amy C. permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:24 pm

    By nature, I am a planner to the core … however, life as a Mommy has taught me that I need to learn to embrace being a bit of a winger too (even though this doesn’t always come easy to me) .. there are just some things you can’t plan and can’t control for (ie, up all night with a sick baby or with your 4.5 year old who has the stomach flu .. or even the random weather event) .. that may make deviating from the plan necessary.

  242. December 10, 2010 1:25 pm

    I tend to definitely be more of a planner with my races, but sometimes a cool 5k pops up and I sign up on a whim and do it for fun! As far as training goes though, I’m almost always following some sort of training plan. I like the structure to it all!

  243. Deirdre permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:28 pm

    Winger when it comes to suddenly deciding to do a race, then a planner when it comes to getting ready for it. Oy–I have one next Saturday!

  244. Becca permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:29 pm

    I’m normally a planner in all things in my life, but having a 4-month-old has turned me into a winger. I have to snatch time for me here and there, and my workout is not an exception. I hope to be more of a planner when I get a gym membership with childcare included for Christmas, but it still comes down to whether my daughter is in the mood to let mommy go to the gym or not.

  245. Mikia Blomberg permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:30 pm

    I’m something in between. I want to plan but sometimes I fail…

  246. Meghan permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:33 pm

    I’m definitely a planner! I almost never go less than I had planned, and usually know the exact route I’ll be taking. That being said, I do tack on some extra miles if I’m feeling great or if I haven’t gotten my endorphin fix by the end of the planned mileage.

  247. Darcy permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:33 pm

    Definitely a planner by nature. But as a new runner, I am learning to wing it a little bit and stretch myself to run a little longer and go a little further. Haven’t entered a race yet but am sure I will soon and you can bet it will “planned.”

  248. Alison Price permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:34 pm

    I am a planner. I have a set time/distance to run or crosstrain and I would say I do just that 95% of the time. However, I recently ran a half marathon after taking an assumed name. I took the name on Thursday and ran on Sunday, after flying 3 hours on Friday! That was NOT THE NORM.

  249. Leslie Beckwith permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:39 pm

    I’m a bit of both. I plan my race calendar well in advance (2011 is already set), but the rest of it isnt so planned. I’m always changing up my routes and miles while on a run. I’m the type who says, “Oh shoot, forgot my Garmin again,” and then goes on to finish first female overall.

  250. December 10, 2010 1:44 pm

    Planner 100%. I set a calendar months in advance. I send out a weekly e-mail to my run group covering 7 days of planning. BUT- I DO like to vary my route whenever that’s possible.

  251. Jennifer Dewaele permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:45 pm

    I am a little of both. I like to plan, then have a goal in mind for my training, but if something comes up, I am not one to pass up an opportunity!!

  252. December 10, 2010 1:45 pm

    Definitely a planner. If I don’t plan it, it doesn’t happen.

  253. Allison M permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:45 pm

    I do a little of both. There are races I know what races I am going to do from Feb-Sept 2011, but there are always a few I throw in there on a whim, like my 5k I signed up for 2 days ago that is running tomorrow.
    For training, again, I do both. I have 2 little boys (ages 6 & 2) so I try to stick to a plan, but if I find I have more time, I will throw in some more milage…just in case I can’t get out again for a couple days

  254. Dawn Imel permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:51 pm

    I am a serious planinger (closest I could get to a creative cross between the two) I always set out with a plan in mind. When I started running I stuck to the plan regardless. Now I have learned to listen to my body. This has led me to a wonderful long run with my PB and has I think saved me from serious pain when my body has begged me to call a truce.

  255. Michelle J permalink
    December 10, 2010 1:59 pm

    I am so type A is every other aspect of my life why Should my running be any different. I need a plan for sure. I must have all my stuff laid out. Like to plan my races and routes. Always have plenty of water at Cliff shots. Some of my running friends are well lets say Willy nilly about running and tease me about my analness, I mean preparedness……..but who do they turn to when they need something….yep me! I embrace my need for planning 🙂

  256. Courtney W permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:05 pm

    I’m somewhere in the middle. I plan by laying out my clothes and getting my gear ready and charged (nothing like a watch low-battery beep mid-run to suck the motivation right out of you…), but I wing it with my routes. I push my two kiddos while I run, so varying the route gives me an extra mile’s worth of cooperation from them.

  257. December 10, 2010 2:18 pm

    I am a big planner…although sometimes I will add on a little distance. Other than that–I go out as planned!

  258. Kate permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:21 pm

    Planner – my propensity to talk myself out of exercising because something else REALLY needs to get done would just completely take over if I was a winger.

  259. December 10, 2010 2:23 pm

    Well, I do some of both. Sign up for races at the last minute but also months in advance. But, I’m new to this – running about 1 year now and I’m sure I’ll settle into a routine. Sure would like to have one of those bottles because now that my runs are longer, sometimes I’m looking for a water fountain only to find out that they’ve been turned off for the winter.

  260. Andrea permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:29 pm

    Both – I plan months in advance for many goals, races, etc., but I wing it when it comes to actually going on a run or signing up for those races!

  261. December 10, 2010 2:30 pm

    Definitely a planner. Have a plan A, B, and C for 2011 races. Waiting to hear if I get into several races through the lotteries is not good for my type A personality.

  262. Rachel permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:31 pm

    Mostly a planner, but if I’m running with someone else I don’t mind deferring to her plan! I am not good at varying my routine, so it tends to be a lot of my normal 5-6 mile route each time.

  263. Lauren permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:38 pm

    I am definitely a planner. I like having a goal to work towards, so I like having a race to look forward to.

  264. Beth permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:40 pm

    oh yes I am a planner, though when the spirit moves me I may add a mile on to a run. Always run the same route too!

  265. Donna permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:42 pm

    I try to be a planner but it only goes as far as finding a race, printing a training schedule and then doing the best I can to stick to it. I don’t own a garmin or a watch .. I check the clock when I leave and again when I get back and I use mapmyrun for the rest. My hopes are to make it to the finish line on race day 🙂

  266. Mary permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:45 pm

    I’m a planner. A training plan keeps me focused and accountable. If I don’t have one (like right now) I fall off course way way way to easily!

  267. Stephanie permalink
    December 10, 2010 2:53 pm

    Definitely a planner, I do much better if i make a plan and stick to it then just doign what i feel like, b/c often wheat i feel liek doign is less than what the plan calls for!

  268. Lee permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:03 pm

    I always think of myself as a planner, but in reality I will run farther if I’m feeling good, or cut it short if I’m not. I guess what I plan is whether or not I’m exercising. That is non-negotiable. But once I’m doing it, I can change it up a little.

  269. Bretta Hayes permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:03 pm

    Totally a planner — I live out in the country ….. so it’s really hard to just cut a run short or add to it …. a ‘wrong’ turn (or something different than my plan) could changed my route by miles and miles ….. funny to read through the comments …. we are almost ALL planners … funny! Thanks ladies!

  270. Carrie permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:07 pm

    I’m a whim kind of girl. When I plan, I hurt myself so I run by the cuff of my sleeve!

  271. Erin permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:09 pm

    I am a little of both. I run when the universe all works together to let me, but I definitely know what route I’m taking before I leave.

  272. Molly permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:11 pm

    I am a total planner. When I first started running marathons, pre-kids, I would be so faithful to my training schedule (starting 4-6 months out) that I’d never miss or short a single run. That’s honestly why I haven’t signed up for a marathon since having kids. I *know* my present hectic life will make it impossible to be so faithful to a schedule…perhaps I need to become more of a winger!

  273. December 10, 2010 3:13 pm

    I like to, and need to plan, especially since I have my family to think about. Well, they think about me and will try to contact me if i am not back when planned. Also, I like to plan for safety issues, though one time I did go out on a 12km stroll with friend as we just went where we wanted. I always take my garmin so i can record the route, distance and time for later.

  274. Jill Schiller permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:14 pm

    I am definitely a planner! Part of the Type A personality I was blessed with. Since I am new to running (began 5 months ago) I try to pick races that gives me a reasonable training time. This last time I created my own table and typed up my own training plan since my long runs need to be done on Mondays when my kids are in school. Additionally,we have a nice long path (specifically for runners/bikers/walkers) in Vancouver that is on a main road so it’s public and I feel a bit safer while out there! I would love that great water bottle! 🙂

  275. Terrie permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:15 pm

    I am not a planner at all. I have tried to be one but it never fails that when I do try and plan, it always falls through. For example, I “planned” to go get my dad a Christmas gift today….did it happen…NO! I tend to get stressed out with planning. I prepare but not plan!

  276. December 10, 2010 3:19 pm

    Definately a planner as far as how long… A winger as far as when. I head out the door anytime between 7:30 am and 11 am. It varies based on if I have something scheduled or not but I get dressed for a run as soon as I wake up to hold myself accountable.

  277. Missy permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:22 pm

    Planner. I have to be otherwise I’d never enter a single race!

  278. Julie B permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:24 pm

    Neither really. Would like to feel like I can set a plan but am pretty flexible to when, where, how long and if plans change. Yet, don’t randomly run for the sake of running on the spur of the moment. I do motivate myself by usually waking and dressing in workout clothes so that I can get out for a run if time allow but it’s not always a guarantee.

  279. Stephanie Pierce permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:26 pm

    I am a winger/planner. I drive a route that looks like it could be interesting (so I know the mileage), then I wing it from there, taking sideroads and trails that pique my interest.

  280. December 10, 2010 3:27 pm

    I am a planner all the way!

  281. December 10, 2010 3:40 pm

    I like to mix it up between tech runs and naked runs. I’ve got a plan, but that doesn’t mean I have to stick to it!

  282. jessica carter permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:41 pm

    Planner extraordinaire! I am planning to run the Eugene full this next May, my first, and I have every single day from now until May 1st already figured out. Then, Seattle Rock and Roll, Ragnar, and Las Vegas Rock and Roll in December 2011.

  283. Carla O. permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:52 pm

    Again, I can’t win, but I thought I would answer the question anyway!

    I am definitely a planner…I map out my routes on, use my GPS/heart rate monitor, and only ever do what I’ve set out to do.

  284. Jackie permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:03 pm

    Total planner. I’m usually planning next year’s races as I’m crossing the finish line of this year’s final race. I follow training plans to a t. I wore a camelpak to my first marathon since that’s what I trained with. Have often been accused of being a control freak, but it works for me!

  285. Kathleen permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:03 pm

    Total Planner ! Booked and Registered for a 1/2 marathon in New Orleans last summer ! (and got 5 other buddies to come 🙂 – see planning gives you time to recruit !!!! Always need to plan runs so I can get kid coverage and I totally want credit for every mile , hence my Nike + . No desire to be a winger !

  286. December 10, 2010 4:07 pm

    I’m definitely a planner… plus I let someone know where I’m going and how long I’ll be gone, just in case…

  287. December 10, 2010 4:11 pm

    I’m more of a planner and I am definitely addicted to my Garmin. I have to force myself to ignore it during runs so that I don’t mentally combust and freak out that I’m running too fast. For small races, I’m a winger and will just do those on a whim if the weather is nice or I like the course!

  288. Holly permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:17 pm

    I am a planner. But I think (hopefully) a flexible enough planner that I don’t drive my running buddies too nuts. 🙂

  289. Erin permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:29 pm

    I try to be a planner. When the Nike+GPS app was down I couldn’t function. I try to be flexible, but I really fell bad when I miss. I stay close to the plan. I am way to new at this not to have a plan;)

  290. December 10, 2010 4:36 pm

    I am EXACTLY like you!

  291. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 10, 2010 4:49 pm

    I am definitely a planner. I can deviate from the plan before it’s put in motion. But once it’s in motion, I like to stick to it. For example, if my friend wants to meet me at location x, but texts me that we should meet at location y instead, I’m okay with that. But if we were both already at location x and wanted to leave, it would drive me a little crazy. I guess I’m funny like that! Thanks for the chance to win this water bottle. It looks awesome!

  292. Nan permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:03 pm

    Plan. Plan.Plan. I run with a club, record my mileage, am obsessed with my Garmin and pick out my races for the year in January.

  293. December 10, 2010 5:07 pm

    I wish I were more of a planner but I am a winger. I tend to have a number of miles in my head but if I feel good, I’ll stay out longer. If I don’t, I’ll head back early or just take it more slow. I am only anal if I am training for a half or full marathon. Anything less than a half and I like to just run what feels good (which isn’t always great for my body but it does wonders for my mind!).

  294. Jeanette permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:10 pm

    Plan. Always. I already know my two big runs for next year. They are almost exactly 6 months apart. I run the same routes. It’s kind of sad, now that I write it down.

  295. Marika permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:25 pm

    I’m a total planner. I religiously stare at my Garmin and log every mile. I love following a training plan. It really keeps me on track.

  296. Linda Strange permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:44 pm

    I have heard of that rare and exciting beast called a spontaneous runner, but I’ve yet to spot one in its native environment. As such, I’m a planner. Check the weather, plan the outfit, test the light, charge the Ipod, chart my route on the computer, set my alarm, and lord help me if anything goes wrong!

  297. Megan permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:48 pm

    Planner. I do best if I am following a training schedule. I am already starting to lay out the races I want to do next spring/summer/fall so I can space/plan/train accordingly.

  298. Trish R permalink
    December 10, 2010 5:49 pm

    Spreadsheet training plan, NikePlus goal setting , time, pace mileage counting PLANNER. Need the accountability of setting an expectation for myself and sticking to it. Reduces the early am or late pm negotiation inside my head -too tired, really should clean the kitchen, pack lunches, throw in laundry….. spreadsheet says run.. I say OK how far how fast.

  299. December 10, 2010 6:00 pm

    I have just started running, so I’m a planner. I have a plan in place to train for a 1/2 Marathon and the Cherry Blossom 10M if my group gets picked in the lottery.

  300. AndiCat permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:04 pm

    Planner – I review different training plans, calculate when to start training for a race, what other races I can do in the meantime, and plot out my training in Excel. Then after each run I can download from my Garmin. A careful plan and data to review makes me happy.

  301. December 10, 2010 6:10 pm

    I am a part planner, part winger. Planner in that I have to schedule my days times to run. I am a winger in that I run wherever the wind takes me.

  302. Valerie Sabbag permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:23 pm

    I am absolutely a planner. I have to have a training plan, which I check every night before going to bed for the next day. And as soon as I finish running, I have to recored what I did on my log so I have a goal for the next day’s run. No plan, no run, no good.

  303. Meredith neesvig permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:29 pm

    I am definitely a planner. I like to know how far I need to go and turn around and run home! I’m too anal not to HAVE to know exactly how far I have gone and what my time is!

  304. Vicky Hopper permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:50 pm

    I have a Garmin. I get ready and head out the door. Sometimes I map a run online to get an idea of where to go, or head to the Pinellas Trail and run with a friend. Some planned, some not. Depends.
    Have been running since March and have done some 5k’s and completed a half marathon.

  305. Melissa permalink
    December 10, 2010 6:59 pm

    I am a planner when it comes to my races and my long runs, everything else is pretty much “just winging it!”

  306. Cheryl permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:09 pm

    I’m a little bit of both. I plan at home, but when I travel, I use my runs to explore and do not stick to a set distance or pace. I allow myself to stop and look at things. I love those runs.

  307. Jenny Womble permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:13 pm

    I guess I am a planner. I know pretty much how far I am going to run before I go out. I know the route I am going to run, too. I am kind of a creature if habit and tend to stick to a few routes with small deviations depending on my distance goal for the day. It is therapeutic to me and makes me feel like I have accomplished something when I complete my goal. Even if I accomplish nothing else in a day, if I can set out with a goal to cover a certain distance and reach that goal, I get a huge sense of satisfaction.

  308. December 10, 2010 7:16 pm

    I am a true planner- I always know where I am headed when I set out for a run…. it must be a safety thing ingrained in me!

  309. Julianne Hyma permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:31 pm

    For the most part I’m a “winger.” I am pretty good about sticking to a mileage plan, but I take the rest…route, pace, etc., as it comes!

  310. Christy permalink
    December 10, 2010 7:42 pm

    totally a planner, although i do have those days when I start with one thing in mind and end with something different, but gotta have SOMETHING in mind prior to starting!

  311. Jennifer Brannon permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:29 pm

    Uh, planner. All the way. My facebook page actually has the quote “I have CDO. It’s like OCD, but all the letters are in order like they should be.” I found it on a tee shirt… and thought, “That’s ME!” Rather proudly. 🙂

  312. Carrianne permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:31 pm

    I’m a planner. I plan when I’m racing, down to making sure the course works for me. I’m not sure I could enjoy a race ” on the spur of the moment”. Hmm- type a all the way 😉

  313. Erica permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:48 pm

    Total planner – running and in everything else I do. I always plan out a route and love to stick to a training plan for races I schedule in advance. Doing things last minute is just asking for a meltdown! 🙂

  314. Steph J permalink
    December 10, 2010 8:53 pm

    Definitely a planner! Map out my runs on and never wing it! Hoping for a Garmin this Xmas!

  315. Elaine permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:18 pm

    I am a little of both. I usually have my milage picked out and sorta a route but I tend to change the routes and roads up a bit once I get out there.

  316. Jalayne permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:22 pm

    I am definitely a planner when I am training for a race and rarely get off schedule. However, sometimes I sign up for a race on a whim and just roll with it 🙂

  317. Benedicte Kehr permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:40 pm

    I am a planner. 2011 is already planned with all the races I intend to participate, and I like the idea of a defined goal, as running just because it’s good for you doesn’t cut it for me. I need a deadline, and with 3 kids in 3 years, I need stay organized or my kids will organize my life for me!
    I keep track of my workouts on the calendar on the computer, as well as a printed version that I keep with me all the times.
    My friends harrass me about my organization, but they are always glad not to miss a deadline for signing up for a race because they don’t have to plan since I usually do it for them!

  318. Jen B permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:28 pm

    Big time planner, for each week’s run schedule, upcoming races, each run’s route, what I wear, eat, drink, who is coming, who is NOT coming…..I think it is a type-A/virgo thing?!? But it is the only way that I can enjoy the whole experience.

  319. Denise permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:30 pm

    I’m still a new runner, but I definitely do better with a plan. Already planning my first 10k in March!!

  320. Henry Lewis permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:56 pm

    I’m a planner who aspires to wing it. I plan, and this gives me a structure and a mission to drive me forward. But often, out on the trails, I deviate from my expected courses and explore, reach, and glory in the innumerable found treasures of the unknown paths; the beauty of a sunrise, a brisk wind, or the sound of the birds in the morning. I aspire to winging it in every step I take.

  321. Tryna Hermanson permalink
    December 11, 2010 12:24 am

    I’m definitely a planner, follow the rules kind of gal. Unexpected road construction makes for a hard day for me sometimes.

  322. realrellim permalink
    December 11, 2010 12:28 am

    I’m a planner. Even when I think I’m being flexible, I’m probably be a planner. For example, when I “spontaneously” decide to do a race that’s 3-4 weeks out, chances are good that I’d had the idea of a race of that length in the back of my mind, and had been training accordingly.

    That said, having children and work and life forces me to be flexible with my schedule, so it’s not unusual for a long run to be shortened or a short run to be lengthened to accommodate my schedule and the mileage called for in a training plan. Maybe that’s still planning though: planning to be flexible?

  323. December 11, 2010 7:28 am

    I am a planner! I am a goal-oriented momma who thrives best with structure. I sign up for races so when they are accomplished, I can cross it off as a success!

  324. Megan A permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:28 pm

    Planner . .. I’m a planner. If I go out for a run without a plan I will more likely cut it short than extend it.

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