Runfessions – August 2015

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | injury prevention

Aug 28

It’s Friday, at last!!  Are you as excited for the weekend as I am?

It just seems to be the perfect time to share my latest “Runfessions” as part of the link-up hosted by Marcia’s Healthy Slice. It takes on the last Friday of each month.  I thought joining in would be a fun way for you to get to know me better, as I tend to hold back a little bit on some of the less refined parts of race training!  So without further ado, here we go!

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My Runfessions

I’m Still Hating Summer Running

Don't be fooled by my face...summer running is rough!

Don’t be fooled by my face…summer running is rough!

I don’t know what it is, perhaps the high frequency of 90-degree days we’ve had the past couple of months, but running has been really, really tough this summer.

I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but summer running is a miserable experience for me!  It probably hasn’t helped that I had several training runs in the late morning/afternoon timeframe rather than in the early morning or late evening.  Of course, I do know how to run in the heat without dying – but sometimes that’s just not enough!

It’s gotten so bad that I daydream about running in cool weather again.  Where are the 60’s and 70’s?  Fall will be a wonderful time to run and to race.  I know we’re getting closer, but these days of 80 and 90-degree weather seem to be endless!  We’re going to have another heat wave in September, I just know it!  I live in Philly, not Florida, geez!

I’m Slacking on Injury Prevention Exercises

Yeah, these haven't been touched in a LONG time :/

Yeah, these haven’t been touched in a LONG time :/

I know I’ve been bad about this, and for some reason I refuse to do the right thing.  I need to do my prehab exercises – you do prehab now so you won’t be in rehab later!

I haven’t been foam rolling.  I’ve barely been foot rolling.  I’m not doing my hip stretches.  I guess I’m just being lazy.

It is SO important to keep on top of your prehab.  I’ve been having some unpleasant shin pain and foot pain, and I know I’m not doing enough to keep it at bay.  I’ve been fortunate to be injury-free for almost 2 years now!  But I have to keep doing the right things, or else I’ll be dealing with another nightmare…

I also need to increase my cross-training, which I have tried to do and failed most of the summer.  Beyond a couple of yoga classes, a couple of boot camps, and some kickball games, I haven’t really done a whole lot.  The good news though is that training for the Tough Mudder is picking up, and my teammates are getting serious about being prepared!

I’m Worried I Won’t Get that 10K PR

The Philly 10K


The Philly 10K is just 2 short days away.  And I have to runfess – I’m scared!  I’ve been training for several weeks, but I just don’t feel ready for this race.  I haven’t really been hitting my finish time targets for my last few races due to the weather, I missed 2 training runs this cycle (and I still feeling guilty), and I’m facing heat and high humidity first thing in the morning.  Can I really PR in these conditions?

My speed work just didn’t feel speedy enough.  I don’t know if I can hold my paces for as long as I need to, and I’ll be running the race alone so I won’t have a support system to keep me on pace.

My goal for this year was not to obsess about race times.  And surprisingly, I haven’t, haha!  But now I’d really like to take a couple of minutes off of my 10K time.  I want to PR!  But I don’t want to make a rookie mistake and start out too fast, only to chug along the rest of the race.  I’ve done that too many times with 5K’s (which is why I don’t really like 5K’s).

I’m sure I’ll have a good race and it’ll be fun, no matter what my finishing time turns out to be.  Sometimes I can be such a head case!  I just don’t know how I’ll feel when the big day comes…

What runfessions would you like to share?  

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