Runfessions – November 2015

Now that I’m done with the Annapolis Classic Half Marathon, it’s time to move on!  But I still have a few things on my mind when it comes to running.

Good thing it’s the last Friday of the month, meaning it’s time to link up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice to share our“Runfessions”!  I’m also linking up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday! Let it all out and confess what you’ve been holding back when it comes to your running and training!

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Every month I share my runfessions aka running confessions! Time to vent!

Runfessions for November

I’m Really Going to Miss the Fall


Has this not been an amazing season for running?!  It also didn’t help that we had unseasonably warm weather this past month.  Now that we’re finally starting to get cold weather in Philly, I’m a little sad!  Now, I do love running in the winter, but I’m not ready for it yet!

My Annapolis Race Photos Say It All

A few days ago I received the email notification that my race photos were ready from the Annapolis Classic Half Marathon.  Well, I checked them out, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw them…I look miserable!

Check out the link for my race photos – which ones do you think I should buy?  I love purchasing race photos because of the memories, good and bad.  It was an ugly finish, but I’m still really proud of myself.  And with all that I went through, I still doubt that I would have finished much faster than I did.  At least I have a great story to tell!

The Turkey Trot in Thanksgiving Sold Out

YMCA Turkey Trot 2015


Do you know how long I’ve talked about this darn Turkey Trot on the blog?!  Almost an entire year!  After all the hype, I waited too long to sign up and this 8K point-to-point race in my hometown of Buffalo, New York sold out with 14,000 participants!

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I was really excited about this race because I’ve never run a race in Buffalo (besides my miserable year on the track team in high school), plus I do enjoy the 8K distance much more than a 5K.  But we were still figuring out the logistics on coming up to Buffalo, so I procrastinated.  This time, it didn’t pay off!

So hopefully I can count on doing my first Santa or Ugly Sweater Run in Philly.  Now that the half marathon is over, I just want to have fun!

I’m Not Doing the Runners World Run Streak

Last year, I participated in the #RWRunStreak, which consists of running every single day from Thanksgiving to New Years’ Day.

I’m not the best at committing to fitness challenges, but the Run Streak is the only one that I’ve successfully completed, and I was obsessive about it!  I ran a minimum of 1 mile a day, and no more than 4.5 miles.  And I started to get faster!

While the streak was a great way to maintain my fitness, I don’t want to go through the stress again this year, getting my runs in by any means necessary.  Plus, my calves and shins HATED it.

I really need to focus on strength training right now – I’ll be taking boot camp and a core class at work, and yoga has been calling my name for a while now.  I just need to create a schedule that I can follow consistently, and do my best to never miss a workout…

Do you have any runfessions?  Share them in the comments, it’ll be our secret! 

47 thoughts on “Runfessions – November 2015

  1. I’ve BTDT on getting shut out of my hometown turkey trot. It’s so disappointing! I am with you on no Runstreak too. I know my body would not cooperate with daily running. At. All. Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. I like the 2nd picture! Your feet are off the ground and you look like you are just cruising along. An Ugly Sweater run sounds like fun! I’m not streaking because of coming off this foot injury. I’ve got to ease back into it, which is tough enough. I’ll need plenty of rest days.

  3. Oh no! I have totally waited too long to sign up for a race before too, that sucks! This year is actually the first year that I’ll try the RW Run Streak – I really need this for the motivation! My plan is to run 5 miles one day, 3 miles the next, then 1 mile the day after and repeat until the end.

    PS – I’ll be near you next week for my annual girls shopping trip to Niagara Falls NY! We always head down to Niagara Falls Blvd to the Target, WalMart, Ollies etc.

  4. I am also horrible at commiting to fitness plans I am trying to commit to this one I’m on now for the next 12 weeks. I wanted to do the RW streak but I feel I wouldn’t finish that either.

  5. Run streaks aren’t for me. Plus my piriformis is cranky so I am running less – it’s a good time of year to cut back on running with no races on my calendar for a while. But, I am doing strength training to make up for it.

  6. I have a race in my home town where I just figured I could show up and do it. Nope ! It sold out very early and when they guy told me I laughed. I actually thought he was kidding me. No he was not. Learned my lesson !

  7. Bummer about the Turkey Trot! I hope you get to do one of those other fun ones. Your race pictures are great! I think you should get one of the ones where you are throwing your arms up in the air across the finish line!

  8. DANG! My husband is a cycling instructor here at one of the Seattle area YMCA’s and I will say the Turkey Trot they hosted was not anywhere near 14,000! That is amazing! Hope you had a great run, I am sure there was a ton of great energy 😀

  9. I’ve been signing up for races last minute because I just never know if I can go; one did sell out, but it managed to get in before it did. Bummer about buffalo.

    Totally with you on run streaks, ST, & yoga (doing my own little #yogastreak right now but not beating myself up if I miss a day! either).

  10. Sorry about your Turkey Trot, I am insanely early signing up for races because am afraid they will sell out. I am the worst at committing to fitness challenges, I sign up and rarely follow through.

  11. Bummer about the Turkey Trot! I am doing the RW Streak again this year, it’s my third consecutive winter doing it. I am SO NOT an advocate for daily running, though. I’ll be mainly doing 1 mile runs most days, but will have an occasional longer (2-3 mile) run midweek , and a longer (5-6 mile) on most weekends. Right now it has been fine (three days in, LOL) but I know that final week will be a challenge and I’ll be glad to have it done.

  12. I like the 2nd pic the best and am with you on not doing the RW Streak again this year…I don’t think my feet can handle it! Yoga is def calling my name as well!

  13. Oh no 🙁 sorry you missed the Turkey Trot. Have fun at the holiday run. I am doing an 8k jingle Bell Jog-ordered my costume from party city 🙂

    Fall running is the best and I do not like winter running. I can never figure out how many layers to wear!

    No runstreak for me! The way my knee is set up-lol!! I don’t do well at those daily challenges as much as I try!

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