Anybody know what time it is?
As the month draws to a close, that can only mean one thing for a lot of us runners....time to runfess some stuff. After all, we're only human, right? Not every thing in running (or life) is all rainbows and lollipops.
Overall, my training has been going remarkably well. Although there have been a few achy muscles on occasion, I have pretty much avoided injury. I've been able to do almost all of my runs outside, so 'Milly hasn't been a thorn in my side. I also had some decent finish times at some recent races. Life has been good.
**Shall we start with the Weather?
Seriously, what is going on? I runfess I'm SO done with it. Cold temps, damp air, and much (too much) wind. We've had some beautiful days with oodles of sunshine and fresh air, and they've all been followed by several more days of late-winter conditions (minus the snow). Enough with it already, it's time to move on to some seasonal weather, Momma N. End of story.
|Mamma N, what's up with the weather???|
Last weekend, rain was in the forecast for all day Saturday. My friend, Barb, and I had stalked several weather apps, and pretty much (on Friday) decided to postpone our long run to Sunday. Knowing this, I wasn't very diligent about hydrating and fueling because I planned to spend Saturday prepping my body (and mind) for Sunday's run. Then Barb texted me mid-morning on Saturday, and told me her app showed a window of "dryness" starting around noon...should we attempt to head out then (instead of waiting until Sunday)?
|Don't be fooled by the smiles....|
*****Let's not forget about Grandma's Marathon...
Grandma's Marathon is a mere three weeks out...happening on June 17th, in Duluth, MN. Wow, three weeks! The training has really gone fast, and it's really gone well (knock on wood). My longest run (so far) was the 16-miler last weekend. Technically, this week is a scale-back week because the previous three weeks have been intense. I have a half marathon next weekend, and I plan to do an additional 5 miles after the finish line (thus, finishing the morning with 18 total miles), then taper can commence.
|That would be the 2017 Grandma's Marathon training jacket...and I'm not afraid to wear it|
*****I had a recent shoe revelation!
Don't we all just love and adore running shoes? Seriously, can we ever own too many of them? I had an ad pop up on my Facebook newsfeed from the Brooks website this week...the Adrenaline 16's were on clearance for $78! I clicked in, only to discover they were the men's shoes, not the women's. Then, I noticed they were narrow width! Having worked at a shoe store, I remembered that men's narrow width (B) shoes were the equivalent of a women's regular width (B), and a men's size 9 is (usually) the equivalent of a women's size 11! Bingo! They had my size (albeit, a men's shoe)! I have to come clean and runfess I let that golden opportunity pass. I just got a new pair of Mizuno Wave Inpires, and they have been fantastic. I also have two pairs of Brooks Adrenalines that I trained in for Route 66 (although they have some miles on them, I can still use them for shorter runs), as well as a fairly new pair of Brooks Ravenna's. But, I will remember this little piece of shoe knowledge for future purchases.
|The new Mizuno Wave Inspires are gonna get me to Grandma's|
I think social media is a great thing. I have met so many wonderful people, and my running experience (and my friendship circle) have greatly been blessed by the power of social media. That said, I realize that a lot of people use it as a platform to market their businesses as well as network with others who share similar interests. That's all well and good, too. I'm a social gal...if a stranger initiates a conversation with me, I'll play along. I must runfess, though, I will question how genuine a stranger's interest in me is if they try to recruit me to join their "team" (and subsequently "unfollow" me when I decline). Trust me, I've see their products (in several of their pictures) and I've read their "pitch," if I want any (additional) information, I will ask. Granted, I'm a tough sell (I used to work in sales, so I know a lot of their tactics LOL), but I don't like being schmoozed and then duped. And it's happened more than once. Rant over.
|So, are we really "friends" or not?|
After the marathon, I don't have anything (yet) on my racing calendar until November. Can I runfess I'm actually looking forward to a non-commital summer schedule? Of course, I say that now, but will most likely find some (or several) races to do, though I won't have any "big" events that require excessive training.
|Eager for summer runnin'|
How about you? What would you runfess? Weather? Training? Shoes? Ever been schmoozed & duped?
I'm linking up with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0.