The month of May may be winding down, but there's still some mayhem at play.
No, that's not a riddle, but merely my reality.
Even with a relatively race-free summer calendar, there is still plenty to keep me busy. And, quite honestly, that's how I thrive. But, first things first...shall we clear the air a bit and runfess a few things?
Here's the latest on the must-runfess list:
I'm going to run (virtually) across Iowa. Okay, isn't every state doing this? Just this week I learned of The Great Run Across Iowa (website HERE), and let me runfess that I was sold on it, almost immediately. It benefits the ALS Association Iowa Chapter. There are three options...(1) a 110-mile distance (from Ames to Iowa City, the cites of the two inner-state rivals...Iowa State and University of Iowa), (2) a 249-mile distance (from the Mississippi River to Council Bluffs, basically the width of the state), and (3) a 315-mile distance (from Des Moines to the Quad Cities, and back). Each distance has a different length of time to finish (40 days, 70 days, 75 days, respectively), and I believe walking and running mileage both count. I'll easily be able to reach 315 miles with both walking and running, so why not? I have until June 3rd to officially decide on which distance...stay tuned!
Another switcheroo, with no guilt. As many know, I've been doing the weekly 5K time trials (with the UN-Canceled Project series) on Mondays...only this week, on Memorial Day, I also was committed to doing the Wear Blue: Run to Remember 5K (in honor of two fallen soldiers). UGH. It didn't feel right to do both of these events at the same time, so I postponed my UN-Canceled Project 5K to Friday. I can honestly runfess that I had no regrets in giving myself a little extra time between the last week's time trial and this week's. I wanted to run the WBR2R run as a tribute (with no music, no Garmin, no distractions), so it just made sense to run that on its own.
Welcome back to Gustavas! Finally, with the real spring weather here, I have taken my dear bike (Gustavas... remember him?) out of hibernation, dusted him off, and gone for a few rides recently. Oh wow, I have to sheepishly runfess that I'd forgotten the beauty and tranquility of a sunrise ride! Let's not forget the low-impact cardio, as well as recovery benefits, that come from saddling up and riding. I'm really looking forward to many more miles with him this summer!
Will my tenth marathon happen this year? I ran my first marathon (Quad Cities) in September 2013. Since then, I have run a total of nine marathons (two of which were ultras) in the past (almost) seven years. The big #10 (Air Force Marathon, Dayton OH) is scheduled for September 19th. As of this immediate moment in time, the race is still a go...but there is going to be a formal announcement, in mid-June, on the fate of the 2020 event. Can I runfess that I will be alright if this (like most of my other 2020 races) succumbs to the COVID curse? There's no way I'd be interested in running this as a virtual race, but am hoping there will be a 2021 deferral option, should it come to that.
The walking streak is going strong! I'm not sure how it happened (or even when), but in recent months my daily walking habit tanked. I was still walking plenty, just not daily. In mid-April, I got back in the groove, and have been walking at least one mile every day (outside), often times several miles. These are intentional miles, not just accumulated steps (I don't wear a FitBit or a tracking device anyways). Let me runfess it here and now...already I can see (and feel) a difference in my legs, and have been enjoying many a sunrise.
So, there you go. I've runfessed and feel cleansed. Onward to the new month (how is almost June?).
How about you? Do you have any runfessions to share? Is your state offering a virtual race across the state? Is your summer looking void of activity, or do you have some stuff scheduled?
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.