Runfessions for May

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

Boating season has started and there’s running and racing…I want it ALL! It’s a challenge on the weekend.  Fingers crossed for hubby’s tennis and the weather to coordinate with MY plans.

Ahhh…Lake George

Do you have other activities on the weekend that conflict with your running?

2. I runfess…

I have a red wine problem.  I never was much of a drinker. For awhile it was Reisling. Then it was nothing. Now it’s Red Wine (I mean I’ve read many articles about its health values LOL).

I didn’t used to drink the night before a race, of course.

But that has gone by the wayside too …with no ill effects I might add.

Any wine drinkers out there? Or other food/drink addictions?

3.I runfess…

I’ve long been an anti-stretch, anti-foam roller, anti-massage, anti-chiro kind of runner. But I’ve now been making monthly chiropractor visits even though nothing hurts.

Just in case…

Still haven’t bought a foam roller or gone for a massage yet….

The chiropractor was a big step for me.  My hubby even went to her and she cured his injured calf muscle and tennis elbow.

Do you see a chiropractor regularly?

4. I runfess…

I have already created my Marathon Training Plan (which starts July 1). It’s a variation on Hal Higdon’s for first-time marathoners.

those mid-week long runs will NOT happen no doubt but a girl can dream

Do you create training plans this far in advance?

5.I runfess…

Speaking of being type A, I am getting to register for a winter 2020 race. Many of the ones I’d like to run don’t fit into my schedule but I may sign up for:

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January 26, 2020

Anyone else run or plan to run this half marathon? 


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Runfessions for April

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

a day late…

  • I runfess…

After I had pain in my calf, I decided to switch from Neutral shoes to Stability shoes.

Mizuno Wave Inspires for long runs

I bought both Mizunos and Brooks.

Brooks Ravenna for short runs

I planned on returning one pair (because I have a dozen Nikes…)

it was going to be the Brooks pair but Champ said “No, keep them.”

Do you have a running shoe obsession?

  • I runfess…

I signed up for the Freihofer Training Challenge “Advanced” group because I always run with the “advanced” group. I like the coach and I wanted someone to make me do the drills so I could run my 5ks faster.

However, I have not run with them once on Monday nights. That means I have not done any of the speed drills.

I have either done a short easy run with the Beginner group or with the Intermediate group.

Because…

either I was recovering from my leg injury or I had raced the weekend before.

Would you have done those drills since that was why you paid for the training?

  • I runfess…

I had long runs on my schedule to prepare for my April and May Half Marathons. But you know me. I’m racing obsessed.

My April consisted of two 5 mile races, a half marathon and a 15k race (today.)

Would you have chosen to race or go for your long run?

  • I runfess…

I really do think I can have faster finish times.  But somehow, I can’t get motivated to do anything to get faster.

Work..time..laziness…family and friends events.  I have all the excuses.

I did ALL my long runs for the first time ever before my Florida half marathon.

11.11 pace

My NYC Half finish time was more than 4 minutes faster (and I had not done the long runs) and my recent half marathon was more than 9 minutes faster (also with no long runs).

10:02 pace

Yes, I know that there are a lot of factors that influence whether or not your finish times improve.

But this is not motivating me to train harder.

Do you follow a plan? Are you serious about improving your finish times? When you put the work in, do your times show it?

5. I runfess…

Due to my injury and lack of training, my so-called goal for this last half marathon was just to finish pain-free.

Secretly, I was hoping to finish under 2:12…

Yup…I could now qualify for the 2020 NYC Half Marathon & NYC Marathon

Do you set time goals for your big races?

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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Friday Five – Runfessions for March

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

Well, it’s finally spring although it often still feels like winter.

1. I runfess…

I so wanted it to be spring for the United NYC Half that I dressed like it…and I froze.  30s with wind and I wore a skirt, baseball cap and short sleeves.  Everyone else was wearing tights, beanie and jacket. Obviously they are smarter than I am.

Thank goodness for heat shields.

Would you rather be cold or warm when you run?

2. I runfess…

After my previous half, I walked around a garden for several hours and then on the beach. I wound up with a strained calf muscle.

So you would think that I’d learn my lesson.

Do you relax after you run a half marathon?

3. I runfess…

Once again I signed up for the Freihofer Training Challenge group.  It meets on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Not sure why… FOMO??

I often to my long runs on the weekend (in preparation for my big races) so neither of these days are convenient.

I’ll do my best to attend some of them…but seriously what was I thinking?

first Monday night

Do you belong to a running group?

4. I runfess…

I’ve always been a naysayer about massages, foam rollers and chiropractors.

That was before my recent injury.

Those ART sessions may or may not have made it possible for me to run the NYC Half pain-free.

maybe I’ll even buy tape…

I told my chiro that I may continue to come see her as maintenance before each of my big races. Hey, the visits are covered by insurance..

I even made a foam roller out of 2 tennis balls.

Picture of Tape Tennis Balls Together

I used a sock instead.

Do you regularly visit a chiropractor or get sports massages?

5. I runfess…

I was worrying about all my upcoming races that I had (impulsively) signed up for when I was injured. I even skipped one of the my favorite races.

Now I’m back in racing mode.

And I signed up for this one on Sunday.

Do you get FOMO and sign up for a lot of races?


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Friday Five – Runfessions for February

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

I swear I just wrote these…times flies!!!

1. I runfess…

I always race with compression calf sleeves (even in the summer).  I also run all my long training runs with them.  So what was I thinking when I decided not to wear them during my recent half marathon??

It was warm, humid and raining. I thought about going back to my car to put them on and then in the end, I did not.

Do you wear compression sock or sleeves when you run?

2. I runfess…

Even though I experienced discomfort in my leg (either from not wearing compression during my half marathon or walking for hours in a garden after or climbing dunes on the beach), I ran while I was in NYC for work.  I did run slow and walk often. But I just couldn’t skip it.

Running injury meme

Would you run in NYC if you “might” be injured?

3. I runfess…

I had a long run scheduled for last Saturday.  A 10 miler. I always run with my running friends but none of them were free to run. I hate running alone so I skipped the run.  Yes, if they had been free I probably would have run even though I shouldn’t have.

However, I carb loaded (as If I ran those 10 miles) later at a birthday party.

Why isn't the answer to a running injury ever "Just keep running a lot; it will go away."

Anyone else ignore aches and pains when they have to train for a big race?

4. I runfess…

On Sunday, luckily I had signed up to volunteer at a local race.  Phew! I couldn’t race even if I wanted to.  I enjoyed it though I was freezing and worried that I would tell runners the wrong way to go.  Of course, I shared my running injury story.  Everyone had different advice.

Some said “Just rest.” Some said “See a Doctor.”  Some said “PT.”  Others said “Get a Massage.” Even some said “Sounds like nothing serious.”

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Anyone ask other runners for injury advice? How do you decide whose advice to follow?

5. I runfess…

Rest is not something I’m good at. Who is?

So I was anxious to get this leg thing fixed and decided to take a coach’s advice and see a chiropractor to get ART. It’s a big deal for me who has never gotten a massage or seen a chiropractor or even foam rolled.

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I had my first session and have 3 more scheduled.  She seems to think that it was walking on the beach that strained overworked muscles and that it is not serious.

She worked on my leg as well as my lower back.

Fingered crossed that I can run again soon.  NYC HALF IS IN 3 WEEKS!!!!

Ever get ART? If so, did it work?


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Friday Five – Runfessions for January

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest for the first time in 2019 with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I don’t sweat much when it is cold and I also don’t take as many running selfies. So I sometimes re-wear the same running outfit several days in a row.

Yup, same outfit for both of these runs – two days in a row.

Do you ever wear the same running clothes two days in a row?

2. I runfess…

It has been cold but I am still craving ice cream.  I parked at Stewarts for both those runs above and yes, I had ice cream afterwards.

Anyone else eat ice cream in the winter?

3. I runfess…

I was up in the air about running a full marathon but FOMO took over and I hit the register button. I know some NYC runners doing it but I hope some of my local running friends and other bloggers get into the lottery. I was lucky enough to have a guaranteed entry.

TCS New York City Marathon Route Map

Anyone else joining me in NYC on Nov 3? I’ll need all the the support I can get.

4. I runfess…

If I plan to run 26.2 miles, I need to make my feet feel better. I ordered these and hope they work.  I don’t plan on bunion surgery any time soon.

Anyone try these to correct foot pain caused by a bunion’s pressure on the metatarsals?

5. I runfess…

Running has been going pretty well, even with the colder temps but strength training…not so much. I played tennis twice but zero trips to the gym, and haven’t taken that yoga class yet.  Still 11 months to go, though.  Anything can happen.

I’m getting an A+ for eating out with friends though not a goal

How are you doing on your 2019 goals?


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Friday Five – Runfessions for December

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest for the last time in 2018 with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

My 2019 Racing Calendar is filling up. It is fuller than my social calendar.

01-01-19 –Winter Series #2 (3.5m)
01-13-19 – Winter Series #3 (10K or 3m)
01-27-19 – Winter Series #4 (15k or 3m)
02-02-19 – Polar Cap 4m
02-10-19 – Publix Florida Half Marathon
02-17-19 -Winter Series #5 (4.5m) volunteer
03-09-19 – Runnin’ of the Green (4m)
03-17-19 – NYC Half Marathon
3-22-19 – MY STEPSON’S WEDDING!!!!!
03-31-19 – Shamrock Shuffle (5m)
04-07-19 – Delmar Dash (5m)
04-13-19 – Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
04-20-19 -Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k
04-27-19 – Hot Chocolate 15k (in Brooklyn)
05-05-19 – Tropicool 5k (in FL)
05-11-19 – Summer Smith Memorial 5k
05-16-19 – Workforce Challenge (3.5 m)
05-19-19 – Great Sacandaga Half Marathon
06-01-19 – Freihofer Run for Women
06-29-19 – Adirondack 15K Race to the Lakes

2. I runfess…

I planned to run a Florida Half as I always do just to stay motivated to run during those frigid winter temps.  Then I qualified for the NYC Half so, of course, I had to sign up for that one.  I needed one to seriously train for and I picked a NEW local one in May.  Then a new half was announced for April. It’s very nearby and is DOWNHILL.

April 13, 2019

And now I have FOUR half marathons scheduled in FOUR months. Oy!

3. I runfess…

I went to a medical appointment recently and they made me get on the scale.  (I don’t have a scale at home.) I was wearing a coat and boots… My first thought was that they must have added ten extra lbs.

My second thought was about that 4P Mother-of-the Groom dress that I bought last summer…will it still fit?

My third thought: Maybe I should cut back on my desserts and post run rewards?

My fourth thought: Maybe I should put batteries in my home scale.

What do you think?

4. I runfess…

I am part of a FB group for the NYC Half Marathon.  I think all 25,000 runners are posting in it daily. Anyway, the only reason I joined the group was to sign up for the bus from Manhattan to the start in Brooklyn. I did  (good thing since the first bus filled up in 4 hours).

It would be rude to leave the group now, right?

5. I runfess…

I won the book Couch to Active in a recent blog giveaway. Well, I am pretty active, as you know. I entered the giveaway because I’d like to give it to someone else who has expressed interest in running.

bcouch

Would you be insulted if someone gave this book to you?


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Friday Five – November Runfessions

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest about my most recent race-cation in France with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I know that I made the right decision to DNS my Thanksgiving Turkey Trot but there were so many friends who did run, I had major FOMO.

Darn…I like their medals this year too…

and I would have won an age group award for the first time.

2. I runfess…

I did not DNS the Thanksgiving race because it was too cold.  I had all my layers ready but I was worried about running a race so close to my half marathon (which was two days later.) The coach told me to run it easy and not to race it but knowing me, I would have….

3. I runfess…

Although I have complained about all my travel for work, I will miss some of my favorite running routes.  I will still be traveling but to NYC.

4. I runfess…

I feel grateful to still be setting PRs this year. As I age, I hope I will be able to accept getting slower.

5. I runfess…

This year I will have the lowest total mileage since 2014.  I guess if I am healthy it shouldn’t matter.  But since I do not do any cross-training and I rarely play tennis anymore, I feel like I should step it up.

2018 – 886 miles so far
2017 – 1041.5 miles
2016 – 1046 miles
2015 – 969 miles


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