FFF: Runfessions for May 2023


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

Very happy to be running consistently again. You can’t RUNfess if you don’t run, right?

But this month, I actually started racing so these will be RACEfessions instead.

1.  I racefess…

I had decided to focus on recovery and training for my May half marathon.

But it sure was hard to pass up all those shorter races that I normally run each year…

Yes, I skipped 6 races.

2.  I racefess…

I planned on running the Tropicool 5k when I was in Florida.  I even paid for it.

It involved having a friend get up early to drive me to the start (after a late night out) and another to pick me up.

I just had zero mojo to do it this year.

So my $$ went to their charity and I ran in the ‘hood instead.

3. I racefess…

Each year, I’ve done this race, I’ve placed in the Grand Master Category.

My previous finish times have been: 29:07, 28:14, 27:28, 27:31.

No surprise that I checked the results for this year:

I guess everyone has gotten slower, including ME!!

4. I racefess…

I will have to force myself to the start line because I am so over DNSing races that I’ve paid for.

  • 06-03-23 – Freihofer Run for Women 5k
  • 06-17-23 – Valley Cats 5k
  • 06-24-23 – Adirondack 7M Race to the Lakes
  • 07-04-23 – Firecracker 4
  • 07-15-23 – Silks n Satins 5k
  • 08-13-23 – Run for the Roses 5k

I’m in a new age group so my finish time should be slower, right? I need to toss my ego out the door.

5. I racefess…

I said, of course, that I just wanted my foot to heal and be able to run again. And that my snail’s pace did not bother me.

That being said, I was elated to finish the Brooklyn Half Marathon fast enough to qualify for the 2024 NYC Marathon.

I finished Brooklyn HM in 2:21:41

My running friends didn’t get in the 2023 lottery but they plan to run the NYC Marathon in 2024.  Now I’ll have the option to join them.

Happy Running! Anything to run or racefess this month? Please share.







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18 thoughts on “FFF: Runfessions for May 2023

  1. Yes, it is normal to slow down as we continue to age. At this point, I am just really grateful to be able to do what I am doing and still enjoying it. I think your times are pretty impressive no matter your age group 🙂

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  2. It doesn’t seem like you’ve slowed down much! But yes- that’s why we have age groups. There’s a reason we run slower than the 20 year olds! I think you’ll be well in your new AG.
    You have a lot of races coming up! I hope you run and enjoy all of them.

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  3. I’m stunned that you have passed on all these races! It’s as if I don’t even know you anymore, lol. Seriously tho, I am glad that you are listening to your body and giving it a break. Don’t sweat the slower finish times! You’re still out there doing it!

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  4. I didn’t realize it was six races you had to DNS. I can only imagine how tough that was, but it was a good decision. I bet your brief racing sabbatical will make all the upcoming ones even more special 😉

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  5. No matter what your time is, you are still out there and being bada$$. Listening to your body and recovering is much more important than the races you had to miss. I know that isn’t what you wanted to do but it was a good decision. Looking forward to reading about your upcoming races!

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