The month of July is almost over…this month is moving so quickly! How has your running been going this month?
I’m joining Marcia for Runfessions and Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday 5 2.0! I have 5 running confessions that I’d like to share, maybe you can relate? Keep reading to check it out and see what other runfessions folks are sharing!What running confessions aka #runfessions do you have to share this month? Join @teamarcia and let it all out! Click To Tweet
Better late than never, right? Went for a run post-dinner to kick off training for the @runrocknroll Brooklyn half marathon! 4 miles total with some fartleks to keep things interesting. It feels great to be in training mode again!! And I’m so glad I didn’t skip this run…I really needed the therapy after a long day! #RWNR #halfmarathontraining #sweatpink #bibchat #rnrbrooklyn #bibravepro
This week was the kickoff to my training for the Rock ‘n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon in October. While the running off-season has its place when you train year-round, I’ve really missed being on a schedule. I didn’t run as much as I wanted to in July, especially when it comes to long runs (basically nonexistent), so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work!
I’ll be recapping my weekly training on Sundays and reporting my progress. Getting back to routine really makes me happy!
On a side note, I do have to also runfess that I may have pushed things a little too hard on my first week! I’m currently icing my left knee…who knew squeezing a ball between your knees in barre class could cause so much pain a few days later? My right shin wasn’t happy with me either after my run on Tuesday. I guess it really is official now, isn’t it?
I’ve been doing a no Empty Calorie Challenge the past few weeks as suggested by my dietitian since I gained a few pounds between May and July – by the way, I’m still trying to figure out how that happened! While I started the first week of no junk food, white flour products, or alcohol strong, I’m pretty much over this challenge two weeks later I’ve allowed myself a meal per week with some indulgences, but even when I’ve had those days, they haven’t been as rewarding as I’d hoped.
The good thing is that I am learning more about my relationship with food through this challenge. I’m just over all of the meal prep work…it never ends and it’s overwhelming trying to constantly figure out the “perfect healthy meal”. I have a little over a week to go until I’m over, and I wonder if I’ll even lose those pounds….ugh!
When I was in my running off-season, I was excited because I’d finally have the freedom to do group runs with City Fit Girls. Here’s my runfession: There were 2 times over the past month that I was packed and ready to meet up with the group and bailed at the last minute. Why? A few things: the large group setting intimidates me, I don’t have a go-to buddy to hang with, and I get self-conscious about my pace.
I know that I’m missing a lot by not running with a group on occasion, but I don’t do well with large groups. Believe it or not, I am an extrovert and I get my energy from other people, but I find myself in outsider-mode at the group runs. It’s just awkward…everyone else is so close to each other, hugging, joking, and laughing at inside jokes. I live farther away from their meeting place so it takes more effort to meet them…I just wish I could get over my anxiety, smh.
I had a great time at my first #tracktuesday run with the @cityfitgirls! Warm up, 2×100 m strides, 3x800s at 10k pace, 2x400s at 5k pace, cool down! Coach Takia put us to work! I hope to make it back regularly, I enjoyed meeting new people and it’s motivating to run with a group! 😶 Did you go out for a run today? #RWNR #cityfitgirls #run215 #sweatpink #womensrunningcommunity
Fortunately, I DID get to finally go to City Fit Girls’ Track Tuesday workout. They meet at a track at Temple University, right near where I work, so it couldn’t be more convenient. I had a really nice time at my first outing a few weeks ago, and the size of the group was much more in my comfort zone. I’d love to go at least once a month if I can. Everyone was really friendly. Maybe there’s some hope for me yet?
My last runfession is that my new Garmin 235 watch has NOT been easy to use. I constantly have Bluetooth connection problems, nothing feels intuitive, and the Garmin Connect app and website leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, I have my Garmin synced to my Nike+ and Strava accounts. I really miss Nike+…my watch was so easy to get started up and I never had any doubts about my mileage. And I’d love to maximize using Strava, but I really don’t know where to begin. I’d love if you’d add me as a friend on Strava!
I hope I get over my growing pains soon. Constantly having to repair my Bluetooth to my phone is ridiculous to me. Why doesn’t Garmin like me? LOL!
What runfessions would you like to share?