I can’t believe that April is almost over! I’ve really enjoyed running and racing this past month and have had great success, but I’ve also had some challenges. I’ve been looking forward to sharing my runfessions for the month, so here we go!
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This month I have just a few runfessions, and that’s enough! I love being part of the running community as we can often relate to the same situations that non-runners just don’t understand. Hopefully, spilling my guts will provide you with a couple of laughs!
The last time I wrote a runfession post was in February, and I was boohooing about how I’ll never get faster and that my self-confidence in running is completely shot. Well, two months later, I have 2 new PR’s in the 10K and 10 miler and got super close to a PR in the half marathon distance. Clearly, I’m doing something right! It’s extremely exciting to see the hard work paying off and my confidence building. It feels amazing!
Running always has its high points and its low points. Instead of apologizing for “bragging” about my accomplishments, as I have been tempted to do, I want to savor these moments. If you’ve been running for any amount of time, you know that it isn’t easy at all! We have to enjoy our victories while we have them because you never know what’ll happen at that next race! Anything can change at any time. As corny as it sounds, running is a gift, and I’m enjoying all the fruits right now!
I have to runfess that I haven’t been using my Training Journal as religiously as I used to. Honestly, I just can’t be bothered with writing sometimes and I don’t write in as much detail as I used to when first got my journal last year. I also noticed that I wasn’t logging my shoe mileage in Nike+ and now I know why my knees hurt so much during my last couple of runs – my Mizunos have over 300 miles!
So I need to snap out of it and get back to properly logging my runs and workouts. I don’t want to miss out on any important details that could help explain the cause of any future injuries! I’m actually getting to the point where I’ll need a new journal so I can start the journey all over again! The sooner I get back into my good habits, the better!
A few months ago I dropped an IKEA bookshelf that I just finished putting together on my right big toe. It was about 65 pounds, so…ouch. Since then, I’ve got an ugly “black toenail” and I’m super self-conscious about it, especially in yoga class. And no, I’m not posting a picture of it! I had my nails painted for a while but I don’t think it helped matters. I just have to “embrace the ugly” for the time being and hope no one notices in class, smh! Any suggestions on how to get rid of this thing and/or my embarrassment are appreciated!
It has been an extremely busy racing season for me this year. Out of the 5 races that I’ve done so far, only 2 of them were local. I traveled to the DC area twice and did my first runDisney event in Florida. Now, I’m relieved that I don’t have any big races until the end of May. And that big race is, surprise, not in Philly!
My runfession is that I feel bad for being away from home so frequently. I cherish my weekends but so many of them have been devoted to traveling or running in races. The only race I’ve had that Bret has been to was the Clean Air 10K and that was because he raced it too. I love racing these days and I love this newfound self-confidence I’ve built, but it has to be properly balanced with my regular home life too. I had to miss a lot of fun events last weekend because I was at the Parkway Classic. It’s tough sometimes. It’s worth it, but it’s tough. Can anyone relate?
What runfessions do you have to share for April?