What type of runner are you? - Women's Running

What type of runner are you?

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  October 16, 2014

What type of runner are you? Take our test

What type of runner are you? Take our test

Have a think about all the different types of runners out there. Some are all legs and lungs, others are more muscular. Christine Ohuruogu and Paula Radcliffe have very different body types, for example, but both are incredible runners. So how do you know which distance is right for you? And how do you know if you’re running the ‘wrong’ distance, if indeed such a thing exists?

One of the amazing things about running, of course, is that it’s possible to transform from one type of runner to another. With this in mind, it’s difficult to categorise runners. However, there are some factors that can make you better suited to a certain type of running. Take our simple test to work out what you might best be suited to:

  1. What type of running do you enjoy most?
    1. Going for a super-slow plod and chatting to friends.
    2. Interval workouts, pitting yourself against the clock in a controlled way.
    3. Anything fast, hard and furious.
    4. None of it.


  1. At school sports days were you…
    1. Not picked for anything.
    2. Did almost every event ranging from long jump to high jump to 400m.
    3. King/queen of the sprint race.
    4. Smoking in the bike shed.


  1. When you’re out running you feel…
    1. Like you can just keep on going and going. You’re in control.
    2. Anything under an hour is just great; it gets harder after that.
    3. Quickly puffed, tired and aching as distance increases.
    4. Dead.


  1. The majority of your training week is made up of…
    1. Long, steady runs.
    2. Gym sessions, mixed-paced running and sustained efforts.
    3. Speed sessions and power workouts.
    4. Work.


  1. What body shape are you?
    1. Thin, long and rangy.
    2. Stocky, muscular and powerful.
    3. Wider at the hips than the shoulders.
    4. Who cares?


  1. When running…
    1. You switch off and find solitude in time away.
    2. You lapse in and out of running concentration.
    3. You’d rather be racing someone!
    4. You must be dreaming!


  1. A speed session on the track is…
    1. Something to be avoided at all costs.
    2. Done occasionally for the training benefit.
    3. Perfect fuel for your running mojo.
    4. Unheard of.

What kind of runner are you?

Mostly As

You’re naturally an endurance animal. You love eating up the miles and going the full distance – the longer the better. You’re able to put yourself in cruise control and tap out the miles. You’re well suited to marathon running and ultra running.

Mostly Bs

You enjoy the variety of running and racing. You’re an economical runner, but don’t respond well to long distance training or enjoy long races. You are best suited to distances between 10K and half marathon.

Mostly Cs

Speed is your thing. You’re in your competitive element running 5Ks and shorter distances. You’re able to switch on the burners and produce a turn of speed, sometimes even a sprint finish.

Mostly Ds

Are you actually a runner? Perhaps you should start!

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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