Runfessions – February 2016

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Feb 26

How has your February running been going?

Since it’s the last Friday of the month, it’s time to share running confessions, aka Runfessions!  This linkup is hosted by Marcia’s Healthy Slice.  It’s nice to open up and let out some of our worries and funny stories about running!

I’m also sharing these Runfessions as part of the Friday 5 with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney!

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

Runfessions for February

While February is the shortest month it seemed to have so much going on!  I had my first race of the year, the excitement of being a race ambassador, and lots of running and cross-training.  Overall, life is GOOD.  But I still have a few issues I’m struggling with right now…

My FitBit Charge Is Driving Me Nuts

fitbit charge band

I’ve only had my FitBit for 4 months…

For the past few weeks, my FitBit Charge has been a complete mess.  I went from a 7-day battery life to a 2-day battery life.  The band is starting to fall apart.

I’ve had to remove the silent alarms and automatic syncing so that it won’t die in the middle of my runs like it has already done the past two weekends.  And guess what?  It still randomly dies without warning, like on my last run.  It’s so frustrating!

I got the FitBit because it was so popular, but I’m starting to wonder if they have any quality control with these devices or are they just sending out junk because they know we’ll buy it?  If you have a FitBit, have you been having problems with it?  

I Have a Half Marathon In 2 Weeks?!

The Rock ‘n Roll DC Half Marathon is on Saturday, March 12…and I am still in disbelief.  I just received my race confirmation email yesterday!

DC was not on my original plan for spring races, but since I was given the privilege to be a Rock ‘N Blogger this year, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to go down to DC, run a new race, and spend time with family.

I’ve always wanted to run this race so I’m looking forward to it.  It’s just weird because this is the first half marathon I’m running that isn’t my goal race.  So I don’t really know what expectations to set for myself.

My last half marathon in November was finished in 2:15, my second-best ever.  I don’t know if I can duplicate that in a couple of weeks or if I should even try…I should really use this opportunity to practice racing smart.  Lately, I’ve been going out too fast, so I need to remember to be conservative at the start.

I guess I’ll have to treat this race as a training run!  I just can’t believe it’s so close to being here!

I’ve Been Exhausted This Training Cycle

I’ve mentioned this before but with all of the working out that I’ve been doing this month:  Running, yoga, boot camp, core and more (sometimes), weight training…every night I come home exhausted.

I continue to start falling asleep around 8:30-9:00 pm on weeknights and it throws my whole sleep cycle out of whack.  Is it because I need to do a better job of fueling after my workouts?  I really don’t know how to fix this problem.

I’m happy that I’m getting a good amount of rest but it’s starting to get ridiculous.  Do you have any tips on how to battle workout fatigue?  

My Twizzler Addiction Has Been Replaced By Frooties

Frooties that I destroyed…

Remember when I would tell you about my terrible addiction to Twizzlers, possibly one of the worst candies out there?  I’ve removed them from my life only to have them replaced with Frooties.  Have you ever had them?  They’re “fruit”-flavored Tootsie rolls and we tend to buy them on Amazon at 4 or 5 pounds at a time.  They do not last long…

It’s a shame that after all the progress I made in the 21 Day Reset that sugar has come back to be a big problem.  It is nearly impossible to stop eating them once you get started, especially if you take one handful at a time…smh!

Once these devilish sweets are all eaten, no more keeping candy in the house.  Out of sight, out of mind.

I’m Still Too Hard On Myself When I Miss a Run

It’s funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same.  I think it’s been a really interesting training cycle and I’ve continued to grow as a runner, but why do I still get so upset when I miss a run?

I wrote a post about time management tips for race training a while back, and one of my takeaways is that it’s important to be flexible.   I was really looking forward to knocking out my speed work on Tuesday, so I’m annoyed that I have to move everything around, giving myself a heavier load later in the week.

Really, there’s no point to whining about these things.

I have to remember to keep things in perspective.  If I don’t get to do all the runs that I plan, it’s okay!!  I’ve been working really hard and I have to be grateful that I’m able to run with no major pain or injury.  Either way, it’ll all work out.

What Runfessions do you have to share? 

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