Are You A True Runner?

Sure, you read the Bull Runner or the Front Runner Magazine and you own a pair of running shoes. You run a few times a week and probably have finished a couple of 5k and 10k races, but are you a true runner—or just a weekend warrior?  Take this quiz and find out.

  1. What would you call the thing the race organizer let you strap on your shoe laces before the start of a race? A. a Red Ribbon, B. a personalized tag; C. a D-tag
  2. Which of the following do you consider to be the greatest invention? A. the treadmill; B. sliced bread; C. the TV remote; D. the Garmin GPS watch.
  3. Do you own a piece of clothing that is made of Dri-fit material—and wear it in public?____Yes ____No
  4. Does your running schedule include trips to Corregidor Island, Tanay in Rizal, Cebu in the south or other provincial venues? ____Yes ____No
  5. Can you use terms like plantar fascitiis, tempo, carbo-loading and over-pronation in the course of a normal conversation? ____Yes ____No
  6. Do you know what PR and LSD stand for? ____Yes ____No
  7. Which of the following can be found in your book shelf? A. Runner’s World Magazine; B.What I Talk About When I talk about Running  ; C. War and Peace; D. Born To Run; E. All of the above except C.
  8. True of False: Black toenails are a normal part of life.
  9. Which of the following people can you identify? A. Steve Jobs; B. Haile Gebrselassie; C. Moammar Khadaffy; D. Jinoe Gavan; E. All of the above, but a little uncertain about A and D.
  10. When you hear the word “stability” is running shoes the first thought that pops into your head? ____Yes ____No
  11. Which of the following is your favorite food? A. Jollibee Burger with fries; B. Pork Steak; C. Gourmet quail eggs; D. Spaghetti with meatballs.
  12. Complete the following sentence: The Jazzrunner is… A. A runner who plays jazz saxophone while running; B. A jazz enthusiast who sells illegal drugs to runners; C. A blogger who loves to run and listen to jazz music.
  13. The real purpose for MMDA street toilets is: A. Street beautification ; B. Hang-out for drivers; C. For use of male runners who want to relieve themselves during training on the roads; D. To honor Bayani Fernando.
  14. Which of the following would you like to see a quick cure for? A. Baldness; B. Illiotibial Band Syndrome; C. Under-arm odor.
  15. Complete the following sentence: Other than for running, I have worn running shoes… A. To the office; B. To Church; C. To the gym; D. All of the above.
  16. True or False: You can enumerate all your current PRs of your 5k, 10k, 15k, 21k and marathon races plus the site, month and year of each—but you forget anniversaries and birthdays.
  17. Your idea of a long run is:  A. to the convenience store and back; B. One round around UP’s academic oval; C. Two rounds around Bonifacio High Street D. Anything over 16kms.
  18. Have you ever used the term “fart-lek” to a newbie runner and then get a response from her asking if that’s how to fart discreetly while running? ____Yes ____No
  19. In a social gathering, which of the following topics do you tend to discuss most frequently? A.Ways to cut your credit card spending; B. When your next race will be. C. Who you un-friended on your Facebook account lately;
  20. The greatest accomplishment of your life is: A. Finishing a marathon; B. Having Paris Hilton follow you on Twitter; C. Purchasing your first 2nd hand car; D. Getting a degree in Physiotherapy.

Now for the scoring: Give yourself two (2) points for each of the following responses:

  1. C
  2. D
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Of course
  6. Absolutely
  7. E
  8. True
  9. E
  10. Indeed
  11. D
  12. C
  13. C
  14. B
  15. D
  16. True
  17. D
  18. Yes
  19. B
  20. A

If you scored fewer than 25 points, you are not a true runner but you can bike with Pres. Noy. If you scored 25 to 40 points, you are a true runner. If you scored more than 40 points, you’re a true runner—but you need help!