And I have had a lot of interesting thoughts on the matter. It's a good thing it's that time of the month...you know, when we runners can bare it all among one another and breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Runfessions, anyone? I'll share a few of mine with you....
So much for my Off-Season!
Every year, I take a brief off-season, and it usually happens in the month of January. It's rather perfect timing, after all, because not only am I just coming off of the RW Running Streak, but the weather is less than desirable for logging lots of miles. Mind you...I still run, but I definitely run less. So that was all well and good. But, I gotta runfess that I was a bit more active than I had anticipated. We're talking strength-training and lots of stair-training as well (often times, all on the same day). And, let's not forget about that Buprees & Planks & Push-ups Challenge. Oops.
|taking it to the stairs...again|
As mentioned, I have been doing the Burpees & Planks & Push-ups Challenge (courtesy of Rachel), so I have been doing a lot of burpees as a consequence. In fact, as of Thursday morning (January 24, 2018), I have done a total of 420 burpees (since January 4th)....that's crazy! Prior to January 4th, I maybe had done a grand total of 20 burpees in my lifetime. I'm horribly clumsy and very uncoordinated, so burpees are even more awkward for me than the average unassuming person attempting to do them with finesse. The thing is....these burpees have not been as ugly as I'd imagined. I'll runfess this little tidbit to you...although they still are not easy, they have gotten much easier. But don't think for a minute that I'll be doing them on a daily basis after this challenge ends. Nope. Not happening. Sorry, not sorry.
|burpees on the front patio|
Nothing chronic, and certainly nothing debilitating, but something has been going on with my ankle for the past few months. There's a tiny spot just below the inside of my left ankle, about halfway between the bottom of the ankle bone and the top of the arch of my foot. I notice it intermittently when I'm walking or standing, and sometimes during the first 1/4 mile of a run. Although I have been enjoying pain-free running, I have to runfess this little twinge is rather annoying. As we all know, little twinges can sometimes lead to big annoyances, so I'm being careful...low mileage, PT exercises, and rest days in between the days I do run. But, UGH!
|Doesn't the pink athletic tape look pretty, though?|
Though January is still a reality, and we do have February and March yet to get through, I'm feeling oh-so-excited for the warmer weather ahead. It seems like January is always the most dreadful of all winter months because the excitement of the holidays are gone and the temps are especially cold. Just surviving January is cause for celebration, and I'll runfess I do believe, with my whole running heart, that we've seen the worst of winter and it will be (almost) smooth sailing from her on out. I'm not gonna wager the house (or even my running shoes), but I do believe worst of winter is behind us. Onward!
|The melting snow is a welcome sight|
As much as I embrace the thaw, I runfess the warmer temps this time of year do throw me into a bit of a tail spin tizzy. Just like it takes a few runs in cold weather to get a good feel for layering, the warmer temps take a little acclimation as well. Even though I desperately want to run in capri's, because the mid-40's feel balmy and tropical, I have to remember that mid-40 temps are still relatively cold. Even if the temps feel warm one day, they may very well feel much colder the next day, especially if there's a good wind or a lack of sunshine. It's all rather confusing and quite the guessing game.
|No puffer vest or gloves, but I still need a hat....|
Alas, I am a runner, and what do runners do best? We persevere. We suck it up and just do it. We continue to run, regardless. And, most of us cherish every run...we embrace the great runs, and we learn from the bad ones.
So, there you go. A few runfessions shared, and the weight of the world's been lifted from my shoulders (at least for another month). How are things in your world? Any runfessions you'd care to share?
I'm linking up with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions.