Time for some 'fessions?
Oh yes, indeed. I've got a few to share...
And, guess what? One of them is an actual legit Runfession!
So, let's get this 'fession festival started...
First off, if you'll be so kind to indulge me..the weather. I #Fallfess that this early winter crap ain't cutting it. I feel like I'm not only mourning the loss of my favorite season (Summer), but it appears that Fall isn't sticking around either. We've already had three substantial snowfalls and the wind simply refuses to play nice. I'm really trying to like the fall season, but we haven't really even had a fall season yet in Iowa. On a bright note, I think my acclimation to the cold weather is done.
|at least I have plenty of pink cold weather gear
Next, in my quest to appease my biking streak (as my stress fracture heals), I have developed a bit of an OCD thing with cycling gear. Can I #cyclingfess that's it's kind of fun to have another sport, in my fitness arsenal, that comes with its own set of gear? Although I don't wear a biking jersey for every ride, they do come in handy for the longer rides with all those handy-dandy pockets. Recently, the Quad Cities Marathon dangled a rather tantalizing carrot...and it was a biking jersey! This jersey features a funky skull, depicting the race's name and logo colors. The QCM was my first marathon, and I have nothing but fond memories, so a colorful bike jersey with a artsy pattern? Ummm, sold!
|image from the QCM Facebook page
As of Friday, it's been 72 days since my stress fracture diagnosis. I was recently cleared to resume normal activity, but with caution. Oh, let me #StressFractureFess that I couldn't wait to get back on the stairs and start HIIT'ing again! As I have 'fessed before, on several occasions, stair workouts are like a triple-whammy when it comes to sweat equity...you get the cardio, you get the (simulated) hill-training, and you get some good lower-body strength work as well. What's not to love?
With the go-ahead to return to running, though, I have mixed feelings. I gotta #runfess that the paranoia of re-injury is real. I have done three (1/2-mile) runs and one (3/4-mile) excursion thus far. All of them went well, and I sincerely felt like I could have run longer. I knew it was in my best interest to not push things just yet, so I didn't. My podiatrist warned me that my foot may hurt, but as long as it wasn't a sharp jolt of pain, it would be alright...but I'm still apprehensive. That said, I'm planning to participate in our town's annual turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning. With four weeks to prepare for it, I'm not worried. If I'm not able to run the entire 5K, I can use run/walk intervals, or I can simply walk if I have to.
Speaking of the turkey trot...I have to #turkeyswagfess that I registered for a virtual turkey trot, just for the swag. I'll be "virtually" running/walking said virtual trot, via my local trot, so it's all good. Our local turkey trot is in it's ninth year, and it has continued to grow. This year, obviously, we'll have to employ all the necessary COVID precautions. Even though we average around 120 participants, we'll have staggered start times, face covering mandates, and we'll have to skip the traditional group picture. We'll still have donation tubs set up for our local food pantry as well.
|The stocking hat and turkey neck buff sucked me in (image from the DSM Turkey Trot FB page)
So, I guess that's enough 'fessing for this go-round. Whew! Do I feel better!
How about you...anything to runfess? Would you register for a virtual turkey trot if you already had plans to run a local one (that didn't come with any swag)? If a favorite race offered a biking jersey (or any other non-running gear), would you be tempted to acquire it? Any plans for a turkey trot this year, virtual or otherwise?
I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up.