Thursday, March 28, 2019

Back at it...Runfessions for March


Well, here we go again.

Time to bare our (running) souls and share a few things that have been weighing heavily on the mind. Although, technically, Spring arrived right on time, it certainly seemed like it took forever to get here.

None the less, Spring is in the air, and I have some runfessions to disperse...


Back outside, and it never felt so fine. Although I was (reluctantly) able to make do with all of those treadmill runs (ahem...there were 20 of those in less than 2-months time), I gotta runfess it loud and clear, it was pretty sweet to kiss dear Milly goodbye (for now). I have not been on the treadmill in over two weeks...and I have not missed it. At all.
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Ahhhhh, back outside!

Back to my weekly #5at5's! Not only am I back outside for most of my running, I have resurrected the infamous weekly 5-milers at 5:00 a.m. Granted, there were several of those happening  through the cold winter, courtesy of Milly (my treadmill). I have to runfess, though, I was really starting to dread them in the final weeks of the buttocks-freezing weather. I even cut a few of them short (to four miles) because I just couldn't go one mile further...
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Back in the #5at5 routine....outside
Back to reality. The hubby and I spent 4-1/2 days in the warm and sunny Tampa/St. Petersburg area  recently. Coming back to Iowa, from an extended weekend in Florida, was a buzzkill. Getting off the plane (in Des Moines), the temps were 33F (40F colder than when we boarded a few hours prior). I'll runfess it hear and now...I almost cried when that cold wind smacked me across the face.
Brrrrrr!
Back-to-back races. It's no secret I'm a sucker for races. All told, there will be five races over the span of six weeks (if we fast-forward a few weeks into April). The Leprechaun Chase (March 9th) went well (despite the rainy weather) and the Heroes Memorial 10K Run (March 22) awarded me with a near-PR. I'll be running the Chocoholic Frolic 10K this weekend (Iowa City). Coming up next weekend is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile, and a couple weeks after that is the Drake Relays Road Races Half Marathon. Whew! I runfess...that's a lot of race bibs (and a lot of safety pins), but I'm looking forward to all of the excitement.
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At my most recent race, the Heroes Memorial 10K Run, on March 22nd
Back to thinking grandiose 26.2 thoughts. There was a time (like, nearly six years ago) when I dreamed of running ONE marathon, just to see if I could. Well, I got lucky. I was blessed with a perfect day and a near-perfect first-time marathon experience, and I have since done seven other marathons. The Marine Corps Marathon has long been on my bucket list...and due to a bib-transfer from my dear friend Rachel, I'll be running with the Marines on October 27th. I shouldn't have to runfess it, but I will....I'M SO EXCITED! Oorah!
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Ironically, this bracelet arrived in the  mail the very day my registration was confirmed.
So, if I seem a little giddy, now you know why. Spring has finally arrived and a lot of exciting stuff came with it. I've runfessed it all (for now), so I can move on the next adventure.

Your turn...Anything to runfess? Has Spring made an appearance in your area? Do you have some races coming up? Any big races happening later in the year?

I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up.

I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up. 




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30 comments:

  1. I’m usually just grateful to have had time away when we get back to cold weather.

    We get a few nice days here & there, but there’s still plenty of dreary nasty weather going around. Often on the warmest days . . .

    You are definitely #runningalltheraces

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    1. I didn't realize how many races I had on my roster...they all just kind of appeared LOL

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  2. MCM is exciting! You definitely are running a lot of races this year!

    I'm feeling all the FOMO about Cherry Blossom. Have fun!

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    1. I'm SO excited for MCM....it's been a long time coming ;-)

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  3. Nothing slows you down - not even back-to-back races! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
    Wow on MCM!

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  4. Wow! You have a lot on your plate. Have fun with those 5 races in 6 weeks! That sounds like a lot of fun. I am back to signing up for races too. I just signed up for 2 in May yesterday. I am doing MCM this year too! I got guaranteed access through running the 17.75K last weekend and signed up this week. Maybe we can meet up while we are there!

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    1. I love doing races ;-) I don't consider myself a competitive racer, though...so I try to keep them fun and not all-out efforts.

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  5. Yes, so glad spring is here. Even though our winter really only lasted about 2 and a half months it seemed MUCH longer! That Chocoholic race sounds fun. Good luck this weekend!

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    1. I agree...winter really seemed like an eternity.

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  6. You will love MCM - it's such a great! Be sure to slow down and take in every step of the Wear Blue Mile. I literally read every single name along the way. See you in DC!

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    1. I plan to take it all in and savor every moment on that race course;-)

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  7. You go have a lot to be giddy about! Very excited that you got into MCM and that gives me another chance to see you. Can't wait until next weekend!

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    1. The MCM thing is such a big deal for me! I have wanted to do that race forever....glad it's gonna be a reality!

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  8. So cool that you will be running MCM and Rachel will be there for the 50K!

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    1. MCM is gonna be fun, all on its own merit, but having Rachel there will be the cherry on top ;-)

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  9. MCM is on my bucket list too! Plus Big Sur. Some day!

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    1. I have been dreaming of MCM forever, so I'm really excite ;-)

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  10. Exciting news about the Marine Corps Marathon! And yeah, coming home to weather 40 degrees colder definitely sounds painful.

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    1. Seriously, it was miserable walking to our car in the airport parking lot! A very harsh and cruel reality check LOL

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  11. You've got some great races...and now MCM to look forward too! (By the way, if you have a friend who wants to run MCM with you...I'm going to have a bib to transfer!)

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    1. I will keep your bib transfer in mind...I probably could find someone ;-)

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  12. Thank Goodness for spring and being back outside! I don't blame you for not being sad to kiss Milly goodbye! Enough was enough!! And yeah, coming back from FL to IA must have been tough. Always the downside to going somewhere with decent weather vs. the midwest in late winter/early spring I guess! We've had that too - from running in shorts and a tank in Italy IN JANUARY to coats, scarves and gloves back in NL...

    will be living vicariously through you and all your upcoming races and SUPER EXCITED for your MCM experience in the fall! YAY!

    (my blog is finally updated and moved - I'm over at runlaugheatpie.com now!)

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  13. I'm just off the plane from Atlanta and even though the thermometer says its almost 50, it sure feels windy and raw compared to 75 and sunny. Yay for MCM! It's one of my faves. You will LOVE it!

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  14. Yay for running outside again! I have been loving the past two weeks off the 'mill!! I'm psyched for you to do MCM...it is my favorite marathon for sure!! Looking forward to following your journey there :-)

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  15. I am so happy Spring is finally here! Even though I live in Florida and it seems a bit silly, I do feel some seasonal depression when it's dark out all the time. Plus here there's no rhyme or reason...it will be hot and sunny some days and then super grey and dreary others. It's like it plays tricks on your mindset.

    I hope next time you guys come to the Tampa area I can find out in advance! I'd love to meet you IRL!!

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  16. YAY on the MCM bib. So many people running it this year, I might need to come down to spectate.
    I feel you on Florida - when I came home from visiting mom & Bob reentry was painful

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  17. Spring needs to come and stay for a while! We had some 70/80 degree days, and then it dropped back into the 40s!

    Yay for MCM! I am so excited for you! That is such a fun race to look forward to!

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  18. How awesome that you are running Marine Corps! You must be so excited! We need to cold winds to go away and spring to come on in!

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  19. Really excited about your marathon! Yay!

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