Runfessions – April 2016

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Apr 29

TGIF!!  You wouldn’t believe how happy I am that it’s Friday.  It’s been SUCH a crazy month and I’m happy to see that it’s almost over.

Since it’s the last Friday of the month, It’s time for Runfessions with Marcia’s Healthy Slice, where we are letting out all of our running confessions!

I’m also linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for the Friday 5 since the theme is free this week!

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

Runfessions- April 2016

I Haven’t Run Much Since the Cherry Blossom Run

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Feels like it was an eternity ago!

Ever since I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in early April, I have really been slacking on my runs.  That was my goal race and once the training plan ended, I really lost a sense of direction.

Even though I ran a half marathon relay and a 5K (with PR!) the following two weekends, I haven’t been hitting my long runs or running 4 days a week like I normally do.

In March, I ran over 70 miles.  In April, I’m not even reaching 50 miles.  I feel guilty about it because not only do I have the Broad Street Run this weekend, I have a 10 miler in late may and my last spring race, the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon, in early June.  I really need to snap out of it….that’s why I can’t wait for it to be May!

I’m Annoyed About Rain for Broad Street

Yesterday, I shared my goals for the Broad Street Run, and as each day passes, the weather forecast keeps getting worse.  It now looks like we’re going to have rain all morning and all afternoon, and it’s gonna be steady.

SUNDAY: Our next system arrives very quickly, so that by the time most of you wake-up, it’s probably already raining. The steadiest rain on Sunday now appears to be during the morning—-bad news for the Broad Street Run. Showers may linger into the afternoon. Some late drying is possible. Along with the rain, it will be chilly with temperatures in the upper 40s at dawn with an afternoon high of just 60.

This is a huge race, with tens of thousands of runners and spectators.  Here’s what I’m dreading:

  • Being jammed on the Broad Street Subway heading towards the race start
  • Standing around in chilly rain for over an hour before I even cross the start line
  • Finishing the race in the Navy Yard in a sea of chaos with a bunch of tired, wet people!
  • Wandering back to the subway to get home, with hundreds of other people.

Though it will definitely be a race to remember, come on, Mother Nature, you’re killing me!

I’m Trying to Get My Name Out There

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Taking copious notes of course!

Ever since The Blog Connect blogging conference hosted by PHLBloggers, there have been a few companies reaching out to me for opportunities.  It’s been really exciting and I hope to share some exciting news soon!  In addition to that, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can make more of an impact in the Philadelphia community as a runner and ways that I can get more involved and interact with more people.

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April was such an insane month, but I’m looking forward to the months ahead so that I can really nail down my strategy.  There are so many great groups in the city and it would be awesome if some partnerships could develop along the way!  Fingers crossed!

I’m A Little Sad I’m Not Running ZOOMA Annapolis

Zooma Annapolis 10K!

Zooma Annapolis 10K!

Last year I ran the ZOOMA Annapolis 10K with my dear friend and mentor JoAnn.  It was an amazing experience and she really supported me on an extremely hot, humid, and hilly run!

This year, I’m honored to be a ZOOMA Ambassador and would be able to run either the 10K or half marathon for free,  but I’m already booked that weekend to run the 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut.  It seems that all the good races are on June 4 this year!

I’m bummed because not only is my sister running this race as her first 10K, so many of the ZOOMA Ambassadors are going to be at this race, and it would have been a wonderful opportunity to meet them.

But all isn’t lost because I’ll be going to Cape Cod in September!  I can’t wait to run the half marathon in such beautiful scenery!  Finally a real racecation!

P.S. – if you’re interested in running in Annapolis, Cape Cod, or in Amelia Island, FL, use my code JANELLE16 to get 10% off your registration!

Getting Free Stuff is Awesome, But…

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My modeling the Merino Wool Buff

I’ve been so fortunate to get tons of free swag this year by being affiliated with different companies.  When I was a Love Run Ambassador, it was amazing to earn prizes for getting people to sign up with my $5 code (I still can’t believe it was used by 160 people!).  And as a BibRave Pro Ambassador, it’s so cool to get to try out new gear in exchange for an honest review.

But I do wonder if there’s a point where things start to get a little bit too corporate as a blogger, and your content is dominated by sponsored posts…you guys don’t think I’m a sellout, do you??   

First and foremost, among many other things, I am a runner and a writer.  I love talking about running, sharing my experiences and any tips that will help others in their running journeys.  That will always be the purpose of Run With No Regrets.

All of the benefits I’ve had from being a race ambassador is a blessing, but I want it to be clear that the perks are simply that, perks.  The main focus here is to talk about running, healthy living, and positivity!   Thanks for being a reader and being part of the conversation, because no free stuff is cooler than that!

What runfessions do you have to share?  

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