Thursday, February 25, 2016

Friday Five: February Runfessions

Double Whammy Friday! It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time for Runfessions blog link up, over at Marcia's Healthy Slice. This is a chance for all us fitness enthusiasts to admit our fitness indiscretions, if you will. Because we're all human and stuff and it feels good to let it all go instead of mentally beating ourselves up.

And, since I'm releasing five runfessions, I'm linking up with the Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run. Check them out when you're done here! 


Ok, for the month of February...this is what I runfess:

1. My good friend, Lynne, was here in the beginning of the month and it was a great visit. Well, it was supposed to be a great visit. Lynne is a CPA and comes out here to visit right before the really crazy part of tax season begins. But her visit coincided with the 80th week of sickness in my house. My girls have been sick on and off since before Christmas and I thought they were in the clear before Lynne got here. But they weren't. And they were home from school most of the week Lynne was here and even she was under the weather a bit during her stay. I felt so bad. But her last day here the hubs took the day off and we were able to spend the day relaxing at the spa and then gorging ourselves at delicious sushi for dinner. Her last night was great, so at least I redeemed myself. But in the process of having such an awful week and then wanting to spend as much time together (and away from the sick house), I skipped my long runs that weekend. I got some mileage in for my run streak, but I didn't do the mileage I was supposed to do. Oh well. 



2. Speaking of the run streak, I don't really love it. Well, I do and I don't. I think it's been helpful in recovering from some of my races (I've been streaking for 2 months, so that included streaking around my 50-miler in January and the LA Marathon a couple of weeks ago). But I also forget about it and remember late at night and need to hop on the treadmill for a mile or two before bed. I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but at 9:00pm, I want to go to sleep. Not run on the treadmill. So we'll see how much longer I will do this run streak. I like the concept of it but it's pretty hard at times to keep up with! 



3. I am a clumsy person. That's really nothing new. But I took the clumsy to an all-new place when I tripped over a laundry basket left at the bottom of the stairs. It was dark and I was getting ready for a pre-dawn run, so I didn't have any lights on. I went to use the bathroom, which is on the other side of the stair case. When I came out of the bathroom and rounded the corner of the stair case, I apparently forgot the basket was there and ran into it. I had to stifle my screams but I definitely cried. That thing hurt!! 



4. I signed up for the Old West Trails 50K race the day after my girls' birthday. Technically, I scheduled my girls' birthday party on Sunday so I could run the race on Saturday. You may remember the guilt I had over this in last month's Runfessions. I still feel really badly about it. But I won't be leaving them on their actual birthday and I'll be going up to the race the day after and back that night. I'll be with them for the entire next day, which includes their party. I don't know why I feel badly about this. But I do. Mommy guilt. The struggle is real. 



I did win a pair of gaiters from the race director of Old West, so that's the good part! Dirty Girl Gaiters offered some free pairs to race registrants and Vanessa and I both won! I couldn't decide between two pairs, so I got one for free and bought the other. Score! 



5. I am tired this month. My schedule has been pretty crazy with a lot of early morning clients and my own running. I wake up before 5:00am 5 days a week and before 6:00 on one of the other days. That leaves just one day a week where I can sleep as long as I want, but that usually means 6:00 or 6:30am. UGH. And since I have pretty bad bouts of insomnia, that doesn't always happen even if I do get the chance. So I'm runfessing that I sometimes wish my clients would cancel an early morning session. Does that make me a bad coach/trainer? I LOVE my clients but sometimes I wish I could sleep a little bit more often. That is all. Maybe that's also why I skipped my long run earlier this month. I just wanted some sleep. Is that so bad? 



Thanks for the opportunity to cleanse my sole! What do you runfess? 

24 comments:

  1. I always forget about Runfessions! Mine is that I've been skipping some of my runs. I'm tired of dealing with the cold!

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    1. Spring is on the way!! But I know how you feel, with regard to the skipping of runs, anyway. But I wouldn't make yourself too crazy about it!

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  2. I'm not running due to an injury but my runfession probably would be that I've not really done any other form of exercise more than once a week. I do feel I should do a bit more, otherwise I'll be a bit out of shape once I can run again.

    Getting in some sleep is not a bad thing. I'm not sure I could do week of getting up before 5am and still go for a long run.

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    1. It's hard to stay motivated when injured. Just do your best. How long do you think you'll be off running? Maybe give yourself a little more time and then try some cross training once you're feeling ready to. Sometimes we need to heal mentally too :)

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  3. That great that you signed up. Mom's always feel guilty putting themselves first. And like you said you won't miss their actual birthday. I always wanted to try a pair of those gators out. My local running store does not sell them.

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    1. I love them! I tried some gaiters a while back that were really uncomfortable but I love these. They're soft and easy to put on and downright cute! They're not too expensive and the shipping isn't too bad either if you were to order a pair. Have fun!

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  4. I've BTDT on the racing mom guilt. Glad you signed up. I NEED those gaiters on the left as I have matching shorts! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. The ones on the left are called Shaggadelic. They make me think of Austin Powers, so when I wear them, I'll probably be screaming "Yeah Baby" throughout my run.

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  5. I still want to trade out my Spandits skirt for your gaiters and make a complete outfit!

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  6. It's crazy when sleeping in means 6 or 6:30 isn't it. I'm up at 4:45 4 days a week. Today was 4:25 for an 11 miler before breakfast. On the weekends, my kids are up for sure by 6. We'll sleep when were dead right?!?!

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    1. As much as I don't like getting up so early, it really is better than trying to run at night once everyone is in bed (at least for me). My kids are early risers too so sleeping in means nothing to them either!

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  7. In August last year, I woke up for an 8am run on the weekend. Unfortunately, it was already blazing hot outside, but I got out the door anyway. I ran to the end of my neighborhood and was already sweating like a maniac, so I stopped, climbed up on a berm and sat on the grass for about 20 minutes, just watching people and cars go by. I walked home and when I went back inside, my wife asked me if I was OK because I was drenched and probably looked awful. I said that it was a great 5-mile run, just hot. And my Garmin showed that I covered a total of 0.6 miles. So, I feel badly for not revealing what actually happened, but the shower felt good. Thank you for letting me runfess. ;)

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    1. I can definitely relate! When people asked me about my run a couple of weeks ago, I did the same thing. Technically we didn't lie. We did run. Just not as much as people think we did. Oh well ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh I wouldn't love a running streak either! 2 months is a long time! How long are you planning to go for?

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    1. Honestly, I don't know. I didn't give myself an end date. I wanted to see how long I could do it. But my enthusiasm is definitely waning.

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  9. hmm, don't really have anything to confess though I will say I have been a major wuss about the weather. I make myself go outside for my long runs but most of my other runs during the week are on the treadmill. I happen to like the treadmill so it doesn't kill me but I'd rather just not deal with the elements!

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    1. I think, at this point in the winter, you're allowed to be over dealing with the elements. It's great that you like the treadmill. That's half the battle.

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  10. No run streaking for me! Yikes! And then there's more chance of me wiping out...

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    1. There's always a chance of me wiping out!! Especially around laundry baskets ;)

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  11. Good for you doing a run streak, I could never do that, it is too much running and I would be afraid of burnout or bore out.

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    1. Well on my usual rest days, I now only run 1-2 miles. According to the streak organization (yes, there is one!) you only need to run 1 mile everyday to be eligible for the streak. It's actually not that much more mileage. It's just me forgetting about it and not remembering until later when I'm tired that I'm not happy about.

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  12. I don't work and today I "slept in" until 5:30. Very unusual for me. I do wish I could sleep later but after decades of getting up early it just ain't happening.

    Just think about what an amazing example you are setting for your girls. And since you'll be there on the actual birthday, I'd call it a win-win. Let it go!

    Those gaiters look amazing! I don't wear them but I want them!

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    1. I think I'm destined to early mornings for life too!

      Ok I'm going to let the mommy guilt go. Thanks :)

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