async="src="/ Taking the Long Way Home: My Top 7 Runfessions of the Decade

Friday, December 27, 2019

My Top 7 Runfessions of the Decade

The month is drawing to an end and the year is drawing to an end...heck, the decade is drawing to an end. That can only mean one thing...a super-duper retrospective of the best runfessions of the decade. Marcia graciously hosts Runfessions and I am always so grateful for this monthly opportunity to cleanse my soles and my soul.

Ok, a quick runfession before we get started...I runfess that I've only been runfessing for 6 years! In fact, I've only been blogging for 6 years. But hey, it's the end of the decade and I've accumulated enough runfessions to fill an entire decade! In reviewing these old posts, I runfess that I enjoyed looking back and catching up on those runfessions. I also learned that I have some house blog cleaning to do. Old link-ups? Whatever happened to those blog hops? Remember those?

I'll get to that blog cleanup eventually! But today, in the true spirit of Auld Lang Syne, let's runfess!



In my April 2015 post, I runfessed that I was crushing on a guy who works at one of the grocery stores where I shop. I runfess that while I still shop there and he still works there, the crush has faded. Like so many long-term relationships, we've become friends, chatting each other up when I'm at the store. Yep, old enough to be his mother and he probably sees me that way, but he's a nice guy and shopping is definitely better when he's there!


I've had a lot of dog-related runfessions and in May 2015, I shared a story about a neighbor who always let his dog poop in my yard without picking it up. That all came to an end the day I saw him picking the poop up with a plastic bag and stuffing it into the sewer. I was stunned and called him out on it, later calling my neighbor who works for the village. To this day, if he sees me, he crosses to the other side of the street. But my yard remains poop free and in my mind, I still call him Mr. Poop Bag.


I runfess that I have runfessed more than a few encounters with the popo. My favorite one? Hard to pick since I have so many. Yikes. In February 2016 , I shared an encounter where I was pulled over on the way to work and ticketed for talking on the phone while driving. There was also the runfession from last summer when I was pulled over on my way home from a race for making an illegal left turn. I didn't see the sign, honest! The cop called me out for many things but mostly for apologizing too much. Oh lordy. High crimes and misdemeanors, indeed.


Drivers around here are THE WORST! Be it on a bike or on foot, I've runfessed my share of run-ins (pun intended) with drivers. I runfess that I've slapped or punched a few cars that blew stop signs or came a little too close for comfort. I shared my anger in this post from June 2017.


Does a runner poop in the woods? I runfess that over the years, I've shared many portapotty stories. Maybe you think I'm immature or gross, but a truly good runfession is something that is weighing heavily on your soul. And really, what is worse than bathroom issues while you're running? I runfess that commiserating with other runners about that has helped. The worst incident happened while out on a beautiful winter trail on a run with my running club in November 2018. The good news is as I've changed my diet to include more anti-inflammatory foods, that issue has become a non-issue for me. Better late than never and I can still tell you where all the portapotties are.


In a history repeats itself kind of runfession, last April, due to an endurance-sapping RA flare, I ran the 5k instead of the 10 mile distance at the CARA Lakefront 10 Miler. I runfess that reading that runfession made my Cocoa Classic 5k from this month feel like deja vu. Except that instead of just feeling like I was going to vomit, I runfess that did vomit after the Cocoa Classic. Why is this happening to meeeeeee?


One of my most regretful runfessions was in May 2018, when I runfessed getting a ride home from a stranger when I locked my keys in my car at the retention pond path. I still can't believe I did that. I runfess that I didn't go back there to run for a long time after that for fear of seeing that guy again. It was stupid and I runfess that I'll never do that again.


Thanks for reading my runfessions over the years and for absolving me of my sins. I hope I've at least made you laugh! What are some of your all-time favorite runfessions? Do you have any good portapotty stories? Police stories? Have you ever done anything really stupid and regretted it immediately? 

I'm linking up with Marcia for Runfessions and also with Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness.









40 comments :

  1. So many years! So many runfessions! I do love that one where you accepted a ride from a stranger...only because it all worked out in the end. Haha! Here's to a New year and many new runfessions in 2020!

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    1. That had to be one of the dumbest things I've ever done. Is there such a think as run-drunk? Because bad decision making had to come from somewhere!

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  2. I'm with Marcia on this one. I remember reading that and thinking, 'wait a minute...'. Luckily it was fine and it is a sad world where we can't accept the kindness of strangers. Happy new year!

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    1. I must have gotten a good feeling about him--otherwise I would never have accepted a ride from him. Doh!

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  3. You definitely made me laugh today! Who knew you were such an outlaw too w all of those run ins w the law!? If I ever need to flee in a Thelma and Louise situation you are my girl! I got pulled over once 3 years ago and I talked my way out of a speeding ticket. The cop had pulled over 4 cars at once and he said I was the only one that was respectful to him so I could go. :) Win!

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    1. Oh my gosh, I could write a book on my run-ins with the law. I'm not proud of it but I do have a lot of stories. Shaking my head as I type this. Shameful, really.

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  4. I runfess that I started cheering when I read your dog story. Back in my single girl days I didn't have a dog but you wouldn't have known it from the amount of poop in my yard and I never did catch the culprit. Today as a dog owner I can tell you...it's really not that big a deal to pick it up. Here's to a new decade of runfessions!

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    1. I came upon a big pile of doggie doo in the road yesterday! Come on, man!

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  5. What a fun look back! I think my runfessions would have a theme of not stretching enough and doing too much too soon. I love your sense of humor and story-telling!

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    1. Just think, you invited me to stay at your house last year for Cherry Blossom! Would you still do that after reading my runfessions? LOL

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  6. Haha! What a great summary! I really need to start collecting my own stories. Soooo many embarrassing moments. Like telling off the driver in a car in the middle of the forest that this is not a road and he should turn round immediately. He stared at me. And then I saw the sign on his windshield: Park Ranger on Duty. My running buddy laughed his head off. ��

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    1. Now everyone at work wants to know why I'm laughing my head off!

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    2. That's the spirit of runfessions! It has to be something you need to get off your chest!

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  7. I've smacked a car that nearly ran me down, 10/10 would do again!

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    1. The last time I did it, the car slammed on the brakes. I thought I was a goner...

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  8. Too Funny - And Mr Poop Bag Is A Royal Duchy Face - Let Me Think About This "Decade" Of Runfessions - Will Get Back With Ya

    Happy Holidays,
    Cheers

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  9. I love that you picked runfessions from throughout the years! I think I missed the story about your poopy neighbor - that's crazy!

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  10. What a great idea! Your runfessions are always hilarious! Thank you for the smiles!

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  11. I love the runfessions look-back! And, I remember the one where you got in the stranger's car - still makes me go yikes! Oh and I'm so with you on smacking a car or two who venture too close - drivers are just so rude!

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  12. haha some good laughs. thanks for the runfessions.

    I had the call from nature literally 0.3 mile left in a 6 mile run. Wow.
    Normally, I have trained my body to evacuate first thing in the AM before a run.

    Cannot believe your story about stuffing the dog poo in the sewer. I am heartily glad you ratted him out.

    For gosh sakes, dont do the stranger danger ride again, pls.

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  13. thanks for sharing. I love a good laugh. You have provided many. My runfessions seem boring in comparison.

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  14. I think we've all done stupid things & regretted it! I've only gotten a ticket once, and much like you, I didn't see the sign. I was just telling the story at the old folks' home, in fact.

    It wasn't long after we'd moved to Austin. I couldn't understand why everyone was driving so slow, and I pulled out to pass someone. I'd totally missed the flashing school zone lights . . . yup, that was kind of an expensive ticket but my only one so far. Knock on wood.

    I did runfess the one time I had leakage last year. It was not fun. Hopefully that won't happen again!

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  15. I always enjoy how candid you are with your runfessions. I am glad everything worked out okay with your ride with a stranger! -M

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  16. Oh, I love your take on summing up your most frequently talked about runfession topics - very clever!

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  17. Not sure if my comment wound up in spam or got lost on the journey...anyways, One of my better runfessions (a few years ago) was accidentally peeing on the toilet lid in a portapotty. My defense is that it was dark in there (and I was wearing sunglasses) and I was hovering. But I did wipe up the evidence...

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  18. Ooh, these are some scandalous ones! Listen, when you gotta go you gotta go, so no shame in that game.

    I love that you called out Mr Poop Bag. You would be a hero in our neighborhood!

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    1. I just don't get those people leaving their dog poo everywhere!

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  19. You have had so many interesting and entertaining runfessions over the years. You did have a lot of portapotty encounters, lol!

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