June has kinda had me dancing...
There have been some new things happening, a return of some "established" routines, and plenty of other things to be excited about.
With so many good things going on, there's a need for full disclosure...and what better way than to runfess it? You know, just lay it all out there and keep it real.
I'm game, are you?
Let me begin by bringing up the weather. I know, I know. It's one of those things we have zero control of, yet there it is hanging over us and (often times) affecting our fitness endeavors no matter how much we stalk the weather apps. Last Saturday, I'd done my first 10-mile run (in almost a month) and finished a 38-mile bike ride (a few hours later). Come Sunday, my legs were craving some recovery action and, for me, that means a short recovery run. It was raining when I got up, but it was just a light (though steady) rain. The temps were moderately warm, though, so I grabbed my shoes and headed out for a couple miles. I can easily runfess that this run felt oh-so-good and oh-so-refreshing. If only Thursday morning's walk, also in a light rain (that, consequentially, turned into a major torrential downpour after I'd gone about a mile), could have been as pleasing. #RainDropsKeepFallingOnMyHead
Speaking of the weather, there was rain (actually thunderstorms) on the roster for Thursday evening, so any hopes of doing another Full Moon Run were looking pretty dismal (as of Monday's forecast). So, I suggested we make it an Almost Full Moon Run, and run on Wednesday evening instead. Despite the cloudy skies, and the intermittent Hide & Seek with the clouds, the moon did emerge as we were beginning our last mile! We all moonfessed that we're looking forward to next month's run already. #DontKnockItTilYouTryIt
If you look really close, you can see the hubby joined us for some of the Almost Full Moon Run. It's no secret that he sometimes runs races with me, but he's not very disciplined about training for them. In recent weeks, though, he's been doing some short runs on his own. We're already registered for a favorite 4th of July race (which is actually happening on Monday, July 5th)...and he suggested we find another race so we can run on the 4th of July as well. Say what? Can I shockfess that it's usually me who suggests such things LOL. #WhoddaThunk
One routine that has returned, in full glory, is my weekly bike rides on the hilly bike path. A friend, Amy, has been joining me. We've made the trek three times (in as many weeks), and we've had three different experiences...in the heat, in the humidity, in 19mph wind (both a headwind and a crosswind), in full-on sunshine and in partial cloud cover. You name it, we've already ridden through/with/against it (so far, though, we've been able to dance around the rain!). Can I bikefess how much I'm loving these workouts? It's about a 14-mile roundtrip from my driveway, but I usually add on a bonus mile, on some flat streets, after returning to town. #BikingOnTheFritz
I've mentioned my upcoming marathon (Air Force Marathon, September 18th), but I have not elaborated much on how I'm training for it. I wrote up a plan, mainly for my long runs, awhile ago. I've been experimenting...subbing out a moderate run (5-6 miles) for a moderate ride (10-15 miles). Currently, I'm running five days each week (once in awhile, I scale-back and only go four days), but only my "long run" has the big miles. I'm also doing a long ride each weekend (30-50 miles, on average). Honestly, I runfess that I feel like I've struck gold. While the long rides have their tough moments, those biking miles are also rewarding my legs with some valuable active recovery time. I feel pretty lucky and blessed that I've found a good balance between these two favorite activities! #BestOfBothWorlds
So, there you go. Five 'fessions later, and I'm feeling cleansed and forgiven.
How about you? Anything you'd like (or need to) runfess?