Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Runfessions

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to wipe the slate clean and runfess all of my fitness indiscretions.

Before I continue, I'm linking up with Marcia's Runfessions link up over at Marcia's Healthy Slice. Head over there when you're done here!


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. Be sure to show them some love!

I actually haven't runfessed in a couple of months and the time has come to let it all out, so to speak :) Here we go!

1. I have a full-fledged trucker hat obsession. I used to not like trucker hats at all. But then some switch flipped and now I want every one I see. It's pretty bad. But there are worse obsessions to have, really.

2. I believe I've runfessed my obsession with the OJ Simpson trial earlier this year when FX had the miniseries The People vs. OJ Simpson. A client of mine is also obsessed and that's kind of fueled the fire. She let me borrow the Vincent Bugliosi book on the trial (the District Attorney who successfully prosecuted Charles Manson), which outlined how the case was horrendously lost. That led me to read Marcia Clark's and Chris Darden's books as well. Oh, it was clearly an obsession for months. I just couldn't believe how he got away with the crimes. Then I watched ESPN's five-part miniseries OJ Simpson: Made in America, which was excellent. It discussed not only OJ's rise to fame and his relationship with his wife but it also discussed the culture in LA at the time and how race was so important to the trial. I'm not saying he didn't commit the crimes, I can just see how the defense used the awful reputation of the LAPD to their advantage. It was all just the perfect storm for him to be acquitted. It definitely helped me get through some long miles on the treadmill.

3. Speaking of watching stuff while on the treadmill, I kind of fell off the other day watching Ally Wong's comedy special, Baby Cobra. This special is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. But it was funny enough for me to trip and stumble off the treadmill. I'm not proud and I didn't take any pictures or videos. Thankfully.

4. I've been in a bit of a blogging rut this summer. This same thing happened last summer too. I can't really put my finger on why I have this lull. Any other bloggers experience the summertime blogging blues? How do you get out of the rut? What are some topics some of you readers would like to see?

5. Last, but not least, is that I've been having some medical issues over the past few months that have been tough on me. For one, my thyroid function has been steadily declining and before my doctor prescribes meds, we're going to try some dietary changes to see if that can help. That explains a lot of the fatigue I've been having. Secondly, and more importantly, I've been having some complications that stem back from when I was pregnant with my twins and I will be having surgery most likely this October. It's a long and complicated but the surgery will hopefully solve all the issues. As long as my symptoms don't intensify, I'm still able to train and I can wait on the surgery. It's a week-by-week decision about when to have it done. With school starting soon and all my kids making big transitions, I don't want to be down and out until things have settled. So it's just a wait-and-see thing right now but I figured I should put it out there so it's not such a shock when I say I'm not running and I'm having surgery. But know that it's not a life threatening situation and I will be ok :) But I will say with all of my symptoms, running has definitely been a struggle. It's frustrating when all the work I've been putting in feels like it's slipping away. I'm doing the best I can and that's is about all I can do right now.

What are some of your runfessions this month? Anything you'd like to share? 

16 comments:

  1. Do you run in a trucker hat? It's been so hot here it's all visors all the time for me. I've cut way back on blogging this summer and am not one bit guilty about it. Summers flies too fast as it is. I'm there with you on the sluggish thyroid. Mine hit the wall shortly after my youngest was born and it's been a struggle ever since. I hope you're able to feel better without meds. Wishing you all the best with the surgery. That'll be great to have over with for sure. Thanks for linking!

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    1. I do run in the trucker hats! I like that I get ventilation. I wear visors every now and then but I like the better coverage with the hats. We have very little shade on our runs here and the hat coverage is helpful. Thank you so much for your well-wishes.

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  2. I love you and will be there for you every single step of the way!

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    1. I couldn't believe some of the things she was talking about. Way too funny for a treadmill run!!

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  4. I runfess I'd rather be outside during the summer, so the blog takes more of a back seat. I remember watching the OJ trial live every day at lunch with a group of co-workers. We were riveted.

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    1. It was pretty interesting watching the documentary now as an older, wiser adult! I was an oblivious college freshman when this happened!

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  5. I have 2 runfessions this month. (1) I think I'm addicted to Jelly Bellys. I've been keeping a bag at work and eating them periodically during the day. Not a lot, but... and, since we're runfessing health things, (2) I've tried to donate platelets twice in the last month and have failed to qualify each time because of low iron levels! This is not normal, so I guess I have to see the doctor. Ugh.

    I wish you the best in dealing with the health issues you're experiencing right now; I'm sure it must be concerning. But your brother from another mother is always with you in spirit. :)

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    1. Oh no! I hope you get the iron thing worked out and you can feel better too. I am chuckling about the jelly bean thing. Lol!! And I'm with you too BFAM. Keep me posted on how you're feeling.

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  6. Sorry to hear you have being having some medical conditions. Hopefully you'll be able to grt to the bottom of what is causing it and feel better soon. I started eat hung the OJ fails and m waa very intrigued by it but kept forgetting when it came on. Maybe the series will come on again.

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes! As for the OJ stuff, I think you can still watch all of them online.

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  7. Because of Bandit, I spend a lot of time in our office right now. Which gives me time to blog! Also because of him, I'm not getting out very much or doing anything very interesting.

    Thankfully, I haven't fallen off the treadmill . . . yet.

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  8. I've had a lot of business trips this summer that have sucked up my blogging and social media time - no fair! Plus with my son home from college I'm trying to be more "present" in the evening instead of on-line. I still enjoy it though.

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    1. Yeah, the next few weeks are going to be lots of "present" family time for me too. I want to soak up the last few weeks of summer vacay with my kids before school starts.

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