Runfessions – October 2021

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Oct 29

I hope you’ve been doing well! We’re in the midst of fall and in Philly, we’re finally getting that chiller weather that is perfect for running! I’ve been hard at work this racing season, but I still have a few runfessions I’d like to share if you don’t mind!

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Runfessions for October

I haven’t written a recap yet for the Philadelphia Trail Half Marathon

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since running my first real trail half marathon and I haven’t started writing a recap yet! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know how much I live for writing detailed race recaps! I still want to capture the experience, especially because it was very different than I expected, but has the moment passed? Would anyone be interested in reading about it at this point?

I bought 2 pairs of running shoes for the first time

My Puma running shoes were approaching retirement leading up to the trail half, so I went to Philadelphia Runner a week before my race and scoped out some new options. Initially, I planned to get shoes with an 8 mm drop, since that’s what I’ve been working with for some time, but I ended up purchasing the Brooks Ghost 14’s (12 mm) and the New Balance 880 (10 mm), mainly because I couldn’t make a decision! And I bought Superfeet insoles for the first time in a long time. I’ve also had this weird thing where I keep going between size 10 and 10.5. I had always worn size 10.5 but since having E, running stores keep telling me to buy a size 10, so I did. However, with both shoes, they’ve felt very off on my outdoor runs, so I’m wondering if I should have sized up! And the shoes that seemed to trigger my knee issues over the summer were size 10.5 NB 880s…d’oh!

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Long story short, I bought 2 pairs of shoes that I’ve been rotating and I’m not sure if I like either of them since buying them! It’s super frustrating! With all of these variables, how do I pinpoint what shoes work best?

I’m looking forward to a break from training

I’ll be running the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 20. But I have to runfess, I am looking forward to NOT being in training mode! It has been a pretty busy year of running for me with my “postpartum comeback”, and there have been some peaks and valleys along the way. When this race is done, I’m going to significantly cut my mileage and focus on overall strength training and fully recovering from Runner’s knee.

What runfessions do you have to share?

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