Runfessions January

This month I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.  This my first Runfessions post.  Maybe I will continue to do this monthly.

This month, my races have gone pretty well – 2 half marathons, a 10k & a 15k.

But here are my Runfessions:

1. I have been skipping some of my week day runs 


pretty to look at but not to run on.

or cutting them short.


1.7, really?

I try to run every other day but this weather is getting to me.  It’s not the cold but the ice and snow.  And I hate the treadmill. I need to get on track or this will be a long winter.

2. I make excuses for going to the gym or to yoga.

I have not been even once.  The excuses are NOT good ones – too tired, have to go to the library, too lazy to change into my clothes, hungry, etc.


this bad has been sitting on my floor at work for weeks

3. I have been eating ice cream again.

Since I started running, I have gained 10 lbs.  I’ll contribute 5 to aging but the other 5 need to go.  Most people will say “You look fine.”  But those of you who have always been thin will understand when I say “I am fat for me.”

So I stopped buying ice cream.  But the other night while watching TV, I said to my hubby “I want ice cream!” And the creep went out and bought some.  (I think was because he wanted some too.)

Freihofer's Run for Women 2009
I have since given away all my shorts (because they no longer fit) and have bought skirts.

W. Palm Beach Half Marathon
4. Yesterday I ran in 2 different socks.

Not a big deal.  But I pride myself in being matchy matchy.   But it was still dark in the morning when I packed my bag and gray and light blue looked the same.

5.  I hesitate running new routes because I am directionally challenged.  Yeah, I get lost easily (even in my own neighborhood.)


I was headed out Thursday to run on one of my usual routes. It was 30 degrees (a heat wave from the -30 it was last night) and we were in between snowstorms. Then I noticed that my Clif Bar sent me the above message.

So I drove to UAlbany where I heard that Perimeter Rd was clear of snow.  And it was clear.  Even though, the route goes in a circle around the campus, I was still worried about getting lost. (Thankfully I didn’t.)


6.  Every now and then I consider registering for a full marathon but I freeze. Part of me wants to do ONE just to say I did.  But I worry about the time commitment, the training and my fitness.

If I did one, it would have to flat and take place in early May or in a warm climate in early winter.

I think I would do it I had some to share the training and motivate me through it. But I don’t. (Any volunteers?)

7. I don’t stretch or foam roll or do anything.

I don’t even own a foam roller.

I know it’s bad. I know I should. But I never do. (Unless I am with a group and everyone is.)

But I am always stretched (pun) for time.

I just change my clothes, go outside, start to run, stop, go inside, change my clothes.

And that’s how I roll (another pun).

8.  I wear my running clothes more than once.

I’ll preface that with the fact that I do not sweat. (Unless it is 95% humidity in the summer).  Especially in the winter.  I just do the sniff test and put them back in my bag for another run.


these have probably been worn several times

I would be really embarrassed to tell you how many times the clothes that I keep at work have been worn to run on the treadmill. (I think I should bring them home and wash them next week.)

Well, that’s it for now.

Happy Running!  Have any Runfessions to share?


6 thoughts on “Runfessions January

  1. #5 because I’m the same way & did get lost at SUNY once – but in my defense it was night & dark.

    Ice cream isn’t really my thing, especially not in winter! Sure, I enjoy some ice cream once in a while in the summer, but I’m more a baked treats kind of gal.

    I sweat copiously – even in winter, so I absolutely can’t wear running clothes more than once – except bras, obviously, when I get desperate.

    If I could run & walk as fast as you (remember, to me, you are fast), I would definitely attempt #6. But it would literally take me 6 hrs . . . no thank you. I’d target late fall; I can run long in the summer, especially with my group because we start early, but I don’t think I could run THAT long in the winter. Could you imagine looping back & forth on the bike path 10 times to get in a 20 miler?

    Me neither.


    • I like baked treats too. And yeah, finding somewhere to run 20 miles is a problem in the winter. But I definitely would need company. Let me know if you change your mind.


  2. You know I’m going to say if you’re entertaining a marathon you need to go for it. Or else you’ll always wonder. Yes the training gets long but then? Like anything else, it’s over. Do Marine Corps. I bought ice cream a couple weeks ago. And eventually ate the whole dang thing. Gosh even 1.7 miles in those temps is badass. Thanks for linking up!


  3. Mine and your runfessions are so very similar, except I do foam roll and I sweat like a 2 ton gorilla. {Actually, do they sweat? HA.} We NEED to run a full to be able to say we did. I think I will regret it if I don’t. I’m not getting younger and it will only become harder for me. I’m also healthy right now too.


  4. I like the Runfessions, I will write a post soon on this topic.
    Snow, difficult to run with such weather, but I’d like to try. I hate the “dreadmill” too.
    I like to run new routes but I prefer to do it with other runners.
    I must stretch because all the injures I had.
    I change my clothes after every workout because they are wet.


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