Runfessions for October

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I wore brand new running shoes out of the box for my 20 miler.

It was during a 7 mile re-race run followed by a half marathon. And they were the same as shoes I had previously wore out — just a new pair. I was in pain but it was NOT because of the shoes LOL

happy to be nearing the finish line (and my cheering friends)

Anyone else race in new shoes?

2. I runfess…

I skipped one of my long runs in favor of a 10K race.

It was supposed to be a 14 miler but I did walk 8 miles that day in addition to the Grete’s Great Gallop 10k race in NYC.

a fun time in Central Park

Anyone else not worry about getting in ALL their long runs?

3.I runfess…

I signed up for a race the day after my 20 mile training run.

I planned to walk it. I was in a lot of pain during the second half of the run (and after) but the next morning all the pain was gone. I was good, though and walked MOST of it. Check out that 5k finish time LOL.

Anyone else recover from a long run or big race with a race?

4. I runfess…

I also signed up for a 15K race the week after my first full marathon.

I was at a recent expo and there was a discount. Again, I can take it slow if I am still sore, right?

during last year’s Stockade-athon

Anyone else race right after a full marathon ?

5.I runfess…

I also may run a 5k race (tomorrow the week before my full marathon and add on 5 miles before or after.)

It’s for a great cause and my running friends are busy this weekend. Why not race/run?

Oct. 26, 2019 9:30 am

Anyone else like to race all the time?

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29 thoughts on “Runfessions for October

  1. Dammit. I was going to sign up for the 5k tomorrow, but I was out of town yesterday & didn’t get to it. Now I have to sign up on race day. Again. I’m trying to figure out how it’s all on the bike path if it starts at Pavilion 1. I think the RD lied again about it being flat.

    If I race, I’m ok with shorter distance because you’re running so much hard than on a long run.


    • I’m pretty sure from the covered bridge photo that you run up the hills and it’s not flat.

      I doubt I’ll spend the money. It doesn’t sound that fun. 9:30 is too late to start running. I can be done by then.

      I may run my 8 at 8 am at Pebbles for a change of pace (not the trail). You’re welcome to join me.

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        • Kristen (Casey) is my former student and one of the organizers. If you see her, tell her “Madame” says hi.

          I’m volunteering on Sunday. Are you running the Hairy Gorilla at Thacher?

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          • Well, since I don’t know what your former student looks like, it’s highly unlikely I’d know if I were talking to her. I suppose I could ask if anyone took French. 🙂

            No to Hairy Gorilla. I swear that race consistently has bad weather. Which is why I’ve never done it. Hope for everyone’s sake the rain doesn’t materialize until after it’s over.


            • If it rains, it’s even worse for the volunteers who have to stand out there. But someone has to do it and I don’t volunteer nearly as often as I should.

              She’s in her 40s now and her name is Kristen Casey, short light brown wavy hair.

              Anyway, I am running with 3 friends at Peeples starting at 8 am. I’ll be done before you most likely. Good luck!

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  2. That’s great news that all the pain was gone the day after your 20miler! I’m impressed you signed up for a 15k the week after the marathon. That’s one way to make sure you get right back on the wagon 🙂

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  3. Oooh you are living on the edge girl! Busting out a 20 miler in new shoes is risky. Glad it all worked out. Be careful with that post-marathon 15k as well. You might not be sore but certain things have a way of acting up…I’m looking at you ITB.


  4. LOL you definitely like to race a lot! I really enjoyed incorporating races in my long run schedule – though I always made sure to keep it at an easy pace. When I ran the Philly Marathon and the NJ Marathon, I did NOT run any races after for quite some time! 15K’s are definitely hard to come by so I don’t blame you for signing up!


  5. I bought a new pair of shoes at the expo and ran a half marathon in them the following day – hey, it was the same pair that I’d been running in and I didn’t have any shoe issues…in fact my feet felt better because there was fresh cushioning under them!

    You are the racing queen! We need to find a running tiara for you.


  6. Wow! You are a racing machine, Darlene! I am doing a 10k trail race 2 weeks after Marine Corps Marathon. I thought about signing up for a 5k the week in between, but I know my hubby would not be happy if I did! 🙂

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  7. That Harvest Hustle graphic is awesome. If it were local, I might have to too. I’m not racing before the weekend of December 7 but that’s as much a factor of God’s Love We Deliver being sold out and my Thanksgiving travel uncertainty

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    • I decided not to spend the $30 and run the 5k tomorrow. I’m just running 8 easy with some other friends. Don’t need to race. Being smart. Hope you do the Troy race.


  8. Yes to racing in new shoes–I ran a 5k last summer in new Brooks–but no to racing right after a marathon. Recovery means recovery to me. No running while I let my body heal. But that’s just me…

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  9. I have definitely done all those things Darlene! hahaha we’d be a nightmare together for sure. running all the races!!! I think it really depends with the shoe. I mean if the shoes are similar then I don’t think it’s that bad. But if you go from like 9mm to zero drop you might have some pain the next day! Also ALL of my PR’s except my 5K this year are from races I did right after the marathon. So I think you’ll be surprised how well it can go!

    so excited for your first marathon!!!

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  10. I love to race. And when I race I race. I have a hard time holding back.
    Be careful running another race before your first marathon. You won’t truly appreciate how physically challenging a marathon is until about mile 18 or so.
    I often spend the last week of the year signing up for races. I get excited and sometimes overbook. Doesn’t everyone plan their life around races? Who can pass up the great deals many races offer at the end of the year?
    The way shoes are made these days, I’m told that you do not need to break them in like we used to in the “old days.” I still try to avoid buying new shoes within a month of marathon. One time I ran a marathon in 6+ month old shoes rather than buy a new pair too close to the race. 😉

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    • Same. I have a hard time running slow.

      I rethought the race idea. I didn’t do it. Just a slow easy 10 mile run instead.

      Of course we plan our life around races. Ask my hubby.


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