Friday, January 25, 2019

Runfessions: January

January just flew by, which in my mind is a good thing! This month has been such a whirlwind that I cannot believe it's time for Runfessions again. I'm glad Marcia reminded us that she's opening the runfessional today. I needed to dig deep for some runfessions today, which is probably a good thing too, right?

This post reminds me of those days as a child when I used to confess my sins to the priest. Sometimes I had to think of sins that were worthy of a confession. Seriously. What kind of sins does a young girl commit? I'm sure he sat there listening to me confess about being mean to my sisters and thought: "yep, I'm living the dream". I wonder if anyone ever shares anything juicy in the confessional? Is a priest obligated to call the police if someone confesses to a crime?

Fortunately, I don't have any crimes to runfess. There were some shenanigans this month. But as with most lapses in judgment, it was all worth it...



I runfess that there has been very little running this month. As of today, I have only run 39 miles for January. Earlier this month, I took some time off to heal from the back injury. After running the Mobile Half Marathon, I took a week off to recover and let my heel pain calm down. I runfess that during all my time off, I really didn't miss running.


I runfess that Mobile was a lot about having fun and very little about running. I did want to finish with a time I wouldn't be ashamed of and so the night before the race, I made everyone go to bed by 10. Every party has a pooper and that's why they invited me.


I actually wasn't such a party pooper. I runfess that many beers and glasses of wine were consumed over the weekend. The night before the race, we promised ourselves we'd limit our intake to one glass of wine. The bartender had another idea and kept refilling our glasses without being asked. Oops! We didn't mind when we got the bill and saw that he only charged us for one glass each. That means we really only had one glass, right?


While I was recovering from the race and not running, I went cross country skiing in the forest preserve where I do a lot of my running. I runfess that I got lost in the woods, which is pretty much impossible to do. The trail is a big 5 mile loop. Hardly anyone was there and I started to get a little freaked out being alone in the woods. I finally came upon a couple who were also skiing and when I asked them how much further to the parking lot, they told me I was an hour away. Since I had already been skiing for much longer than that, I was puzzled. They told me to turn around. I returned the way I came and realized that turning around was a big mistake. HUGE. It was getting late and there was no way I'd make it back to the parking lot before it dark. Once I came to the road that divides the preserve, I runfess that I called my husband to come and get me.


We've had a fairly mild winter up until recently and I was actually starting to think that I didn't mind winter anymore. Well, scratch that. We are currently buried in snow and stuck in a bone-chilling polar vortex that has no end in sight. I runfess that I am hating winter right now. I can suck it up and deal with it like the best of them, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. It's hard to believe that just 4 months ago, it was 85 degrees and I was waterskiing on Lake Wisconsin. Talk about extremes!


Ok, enough complaining about the weather! What do you have to runfess? Have you ever gotten burned out on running and needed to take a step back? Indulged too much the night before a race and didn't regret it? Get lost on a trail? Are you freezing your a** off right now?

I'm linking up with Marcia, who graciously listens to all our runfessions. I'm also linking up with the sisters of Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness. Stay warm everyone!



47 comments :

  1. I hate winter! I thought it was going to be a mild one.

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    1. I really thought we were going to dodge any cold weather! Waaaaaah!

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  2. I can get lost pretty much anywhere, even places I know really well. But that would be scary.

    I think everyone can get burned out on running sometimes, and that's probably a good thing anyway because then we actually do cross train.

    I don't drink, and I'm an early to bed gal, so *I* would be the party pooper. Or the annoyingly chirpy morning person. :)

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    1. I'm actually enjoying my low mileage month. I feel good and only sore from CrossFit. I think February may be more of the same.

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  3. I don't like the winter right now because it's too cold without enough snow. It's -1 degrees with an even colder windchill as I write this. If it's going to be this cold, we need at least average snowfall! I haven't ever indulged too much the night before a race but sometimes do have a beer to take the edge off.

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    1. We have a ton of snow up here, but now it's too cold to enjoy it! I just want it all...

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  4. Here I was prancing around loving our mild winter. Until it wasn't. If ever there was a month to take it easy on running, this is IT! Yikes on getting lost! I'm glad Mike came to get you.

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  5. I'm pretty sure priests don't have to report crimes -- they may have to report something if there's a threat of imminent danger, but not something that's been done. D.C. is trying to pass a law that they would have to report child abuse, but I'm not sure they are trying to cover information gained in the confessional. That's sacrosanct. You probably didn't want to know all that, but you asked. ;-)
    Yikes on getting lost in the woods (on a snowy evening ....). I would have freaked out.
    LOL on the ONE glass of wine.

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    1. I did want to know! I wondered if they had immunity from confessing what they hear in the confessional.

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  6. I hate winter too, but I runfess I am in Florida right now visiting my sister. We had dinner outside on their balcony last night. Please don't hate me! :)

    One time I combined a marathon with a visit to my son in Oregon. He took hubby and I to hear a Beatles cover band the night before the race. We stayed out late, drank way too many beers, and danced a lot. I wound up PR-ing the next day. I should do that before every race!

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    1. Right? The first time I had pizza the night before a race, the same thing happened. So now I don't sweat what I do the night before. I don't get drunk, but a glass of wine has never caused issues...

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  7. I’m with you. Down with winter.

    Yes. I get lost all the time.

    Running when you’re older should be about having fun. So yes have that wine.

    Must of my months are only around 70 miles unless I’m training. As you as you are active. And you are.

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  8. Most not must

    As long as not as you as

    Ugh. Typos.

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  9. I am all for running races just for the fun of the girls weekend! it's supposed to fun not a job right? Winter was not so bad until this week here either. We will make it through and then we can start complaining about summer again :)

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  10. I really feel bad that Chicago is getting hit so hard this month. Between the cold and the snow, Winter has been relentless. I hope that you get some relief soon.

    I would have freaked out if I got lost in the woods so I don't blame you for being nervous!

    How is your heel feeling now? Hopefully the time off from running has helped.

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    1. My heel is good. I'm hoping it holds up for my indoor Marathon relay tomorrow!

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  11. I'd be totally freaked out if I got lost in the woods, especially in the cold. It's great your hubby was available...they do come in handy sometimes, right? ;-)

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  12. I always feel a little bad rubbing it in but it’s going to be close to 80 this weekend. Come visit and we can not run together.

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  13. this winter totally fooled me. Lots of mild 50 degree days and then BAM. ICE and snow. Can we please get just snow and no ice? I can totally deal with snow.

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    1. Right? I don't mind the snow. It's the cold and the wind that gets me!

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  14. I runfess that running has been extremely painful this month. I did something to the back of my right knee. I'm fine on the bike, but I'm a no go with running. I'm currently missing it because we are in Hawaii and I don't have a bike here! No snow here, but my current run of hot flashes is making me a bit grumpy and sleep deprived.

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    1. Oh no! I hope you find out what is going on with your knee!

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  15. I've actually wondered that same thing about Priest, are they obligated to report crimes?
    I am currently taking a running hiatus. There have been days were I thought it would be nice to go for a run and then I think "If I'm going to take off this month, then it's going to be a TOTAL break...haha. I guess I don't love running as much as I thought. We are teetering here with weather, one day in high 40's and then high 20's but for the most part pretty mild and the sun was out in full force today so that was nice. -M

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    1. I'm afraid to completely take a hiatus. I'm worried about being able to restart, especially at my age!

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  16. I had had such hopes for a mild winter but yeah that went out the window over the past week.

    I get the need for a break from running from time to time. Hope your heel feels better soon.

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  17. Holy crap, getting lost like that would have panicked me! Glad you were ok.

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    1. I was just so alone in the woods! It was a little unnerving.

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  18. We've had a few really cold days but it really hasn't been that bad in Philly. Still, I have been struggling with getting out the door and I hate it!

    Hopefully you get a warmup soon!

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  19. If we ever meet in person, I will tell you the story about the night before one of the GW Parkway 10-Milers where the bartender kept refilling our martinis and DID charge us for each drink. The rest of the story will just have to wait...

    That's scary about getting turned around in the forest preserve. Glad your hubby was able to help you out!

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  20. Hey Wendy! After training for WDW marathon last January, I was so.burned.out. that I needed a long break. Turns out my injury is turning my "break" into a "breakup". Alas, I hope to eventually get back to it. Also, I am freezing here in GA. It's nothing compared to you guys up north, but I live in the south for a reason, and 36* temps is not it! :)

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    1. Hey Shawn! Come back to the dark side...you'll have lots of company here!

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  21. It feels like winter has just now started here - we finally got an appreciable amount of snow this week. But it looks like we're not going to get any of the -40 temps that we usually have a few days of. Can't complain about that - I love winter, but I don't love frostbite!

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    1. That's because we're getting those subzero temps here! Yikes.

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  22. looks like you and I are competing for the least running for a runner hahaha! and no, I'm not missing it that much right now!

    i have never had too much to drink the night before but I know *plenty* of people who have!

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  23. I haven't been putting in a lot of miles either and I too am okay with that.
    You're snow looks beautiful (from afar, lol). I'd be good for a week, maybe two of that and that's about it. Hang in there!

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  24. LOL the one glass meme
    I have such an iffy stomach that not overindulging the night before isn't a problem -- but going to bed is. Even if a 3:30 wakeup ala Lauderdale. Nope.

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    1. I have a very iffy stomach--but a glass or 2 of wine doesn't seem to faze it.

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