Boy, do I have a lot on my mind as we reach the end of October! Running has been going well, but things haven’t gone the way I expected at all. So I’m going to be venting a little bit, just to warn you!
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!Racing and training woes...it's time to share those running confessions aka runfessions! #runchat Click To Tweet
When I look back at what I originally planned for the fall, it really makes me sad. While I’m really excited about the Annapolis Half Marathon and my first distance race in Buffalo on Thanksgiving, there was so much more that I had lined up that became a flop. Here’s a list of the races that I was supposed to do, that are now not happening.
I didn’t really do enough research on this race to make it happen – I didn’t even sign up! The race was held the week before my trip to Disney World with my sister, and it just wasn’t a priority for me. So I don’t feel too bad about missing it.
This was a race I signed up with some friends several months in advance that I thought would be a lot of fun. It was supposed to take place in September, but that turned out to be the Pope Weekend in Philly. So instead, they moved the date to the night before my Tough Mudder…
After picking up my bib and making arrangements to carpool, I made the decision to bail out at the last-minute. Tough Mudder meant too much for me to risk going to this chilly event in Camden. I still feel like an a-hole for missing the event and think my friends are mad at me about it. Oh well…
I am really, really bummed about missing this race. I was so looking forward to running the bridges, enjoying some great scenery in this New Jersey race, and finally meeting Sharon from Run Hike Play, but it takes place the same day as my Homecoming – plus, we have softball playoffs. I’m so disappointed that I won’t get to go; I will have to put this back on the agenda for next year.
This is still a possibility, but I’m on the fence. I never paid for race registration, and the cost is now so high that I am not sure it’ll be worth it – $120 for a half marathon? Sigh… Plus, the race is over 2 hours away so it’s not the most convenient in the first place I was really looking forward to running along the beach and enjoying the after party…
I know a few of you are planning on this race – what do you think, should I splurge, or should I just put it on next year’s list?
When it comes to bonding with a great team and having fun doing something crazy, YES, the Tough Mudder was totally worth it.
But I wonder if I spent too much time and energy worrying about this race, and not focusing on running “real” races – hence the situation I’m in with a very dried up fall schedule.
Plus I’m still annoyed that I paid $175 for registration and all I got was a lousy cotton T-shirt and of course the headband that I’ll never wear, lol. I’m glad I challenged myself, but I think I’ll have to try out the Spartan or even another Warrior Dash to get muddy on a budget!
At the beginning of the month, I introduced my new blog series, the Running Club Roundup and I’m super excited and relieved that my first run with the Philly Runners was a generally positive experience!
But I’m a still a little bit scared to go through with it. Runners can be really friendly…but they can be cliquey too. I’m nervous that I won’t be made to feel welcome at some of these runs, and I really don’t want to write about a running group and give them “bad publicity”, so to speak. At the same time, I want to be completely honest about my experiences. It’s a tough balance…
I’m still deciding where my next group run will be. I have a 10-mile run on tap for this Sunday, so I’m thinking about joining one of the local groups for a long run. That could be pretty interesting!
What runfessions would you like to share?