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Quiz: What Type Of Runner Are You?

Are you a warrior or a worrier? Figuring out your runner type can can help you reach your goals.

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Knowing your personal strengths and liabilities will help you maximize your ability. To get a feel for which type best describes you, take this quiz. Read each set and decided if you identify as warrior or worrier. The side with the most shows which personality type you lean toward.

Worrier: It’s imperative that you hit your scheduled workout splits no matter what.
Warrior: You see your training schedule as a rough guide for what needs to be done.

Worrier: You run the same set of routes you’ve run for years.
Warrior: You often seek out new trails and routes. You love exploring new places.

Worrier: You remember workout times and race results, both recently and in the past.
Warrior: You rarely remember details and times from past workouts or performances (unless you’ve kept a training journal).

Worrier: People tell you to “be more positive,” but there is always something or someone to worry about, and faking “positivity” stresses you out.
Warrior: If you’re worried about something, it usually affects your performances. You like to feel calm and positive before you race.

Worrier: Your ring finger is shorter than your index finger.
Warrior: Your ring finger is longer than your index finger.

Worrier: You approach risks in a methodical way with a solid action plan.
Warrior: You’ve always been a bit of a daredevil.

Worrier: You like routine and usually train at the same time every day.
Warrior: Routine, schmootine. You run when you find a free minute to get out the door.

Diligent as worker bees, these athletes thrive on routine. Worriers are happiest when they have a plan with clear objectives. They tend to fret over details and analyze potential outcomes. Worriers can be challenged by stressful situations, but they are persistent and tenacious individuals who learn from their experiences. They’re not rattled by negative thinking—they use it to prepare themselves for worst-case scenarios.

If worry isn’t kept in check, it can lead to anxiety disorders. Worriers can sometimes be introverted and rigid in their ways, which causes them to be less open to new people or experiences.

These are the quintessential “born-to-be-wild” risk takers. Warriors are free-spirited and quick to say yes to an adventure. High-stakes, high-pressure situations are where they thrive. They actually need stress in order to achieve optimal cognitive functioning, and they seem to need deadlines to achieve peak focus and mental alertness. Warriors come alive and perform well on race day.

While they have no problem rising to the challenge on race day, warriors often struggle with the day-to-day grind. If they fail to prioritize and limit their activity, they’ll end up exhausted and will fall short of their goals.

Republished with permission of VeloPress from Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas.