Friday Five: Summer Fitness Goals

Since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC .  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

My Friday Five topic is Summer Fitness Goals

  1. Work Those Arms.

My arms need help.  You don’t see the bat wings in photos but they’re there. I could go to the gym or do planks at home. (If only I could do A push-up…)

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I hope to keep playing a lot of tennis.  That can’t hurt.

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2. Run with Others

And I don’t mean in races. That’s a given.   It is easier to just go out and do it alone but I run better and faster and at a more consistent pace when I don’t run by myself.

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My new running buddy, Alyssa, who training for her first marathon in Dec.


Barbara who challenges me to run faster


Denise & Judy whose run/walk style helps me be more consistent.

3.  Find Some Different Places to Run

I need to get out of my rail trail rut.  It’s easy and it’s close but now I have the time to explore.

Central Park was a blast but it’s 3 hours away.

But there are lots of places within an hour that I need to explore.

Old Champlain Canal trail (Waterford)


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 4.  Try something new.

Hopefully parasailing or driving a jetski but most likely kayaking and SUPing.

stay turned so see how this turned out… I plan to try it on Sunday

5. Eat healthier.

Already kicked my Starbucks habit since I don’t work nearby anymore.

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made my first smoothie – chocolate, banana, protein powder, almond milk – as good as Starbucks


chicken, apples, walnuts, cheese, lettuce, raspberry dressing – just like Panera’s?

I haven’t kicked my ice cream addiction yet.
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Happy Running! What are some of your summer fitness goals?

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Runfessions January & Friday 5 (or 6)

It’s that time again.  The last Friday of the month. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice
1. I runfess…
You how they say don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry.  Well, don’t go to Target after a long run when you are half frozen.
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Well, at least it was on clearance and I had a cartwheel coupon.
2. I runfess…
Remember how I said I loved my FitBit because it made me walk more.  I used to try to get to 10,000 steps everyday.
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last week

 Well, the newness has worn off and now I pretty much only get 10,000 steps when I do a long run (like on Sat.).  I even forgot to put it on on Sunday but I didn’t move much anyway.
3. I runfess…
After all those holiday parties and Christmas cookies, I vowed to cut back and eat healthier (and save $) in January.  Besides when I go to Florida in a week, there will be a lot of eating and drinking going on with friends (and I will be going all out.)
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monthly tennis ladies night out

I went out to dinner this past week three nights in a row. My bad.
4. I runfess…
I work several Saturdays during the year proctoring law school entrance exams.  Though I hate to work 6 days a week, I justify it by using this extra money for race entry fees.
Dates for 2015-16:
  • December 5, 2015 – EAU Palm Beach Half weekend
  • February 6, 2016 – Sarasota Music Half weekend
  • June 6, 2016.
  • September 24, 2016.
  • December 3, 2016
I just signed up for a fall half marathon.
Guess when?  Yup. September 24, 2016. At least, I had a 10% coupon code.
5. I runfess…
I have gotten spoiled by either running a race or having a running partner for part of all my long runs.  Thanks Judy!
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This part Saturday was no exception.  I ran 6 miles by myself then Judy came to run the final 6 with me.  I usually run slower the second half of my runs so it works out fine.  However, it was so cold and windy and we were running uphill that I couldn’t hold the slower pace.  I wound up running the last 3 miles by myself. Sorry Judy!
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I looked back at one point and couldn’t see Judy.

And for extra measure…

6. I runfess…
I can’t wait to leave the frigid Northeast and run in Florida.  I am excited for my half marathon…

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new Nike shoes & skirt & top from SkirtSports

or maybe it’s because I want to wear my latest running purchases? (Yes, Sunshine State, please warm up!)

Since it is also Friday, I am linking up with the three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC  for their Friday Five linkup.

Happy Running!  Anything to Runfess?

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Friday Five: Healthy Eating


Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

My “food & drink” topic for this Friday is Five Healthy Items I have Everyday

I’m the first to admit that I don’t eat healthy.  If there is a sweet around, I will eat it.

But here’s what I eat/drink everyday:

  1. Oatmeal

I would prefer waffles, pancakes or French toast with syrup, butter and bacon!! But I do eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast.  I add raisins, cinnamon and sometimes fruit or nuts.

 

2. Herbal Tea

I drink it in the morning and sometimes in the evening.  I gave up caffeine so this was my alternative.  (I am dying for a cup of coffee as I write this.) I buy leaves in many flavors and I also have tea bags (which don’t taste as good.) But yes, I still crave a vanilla latte. (I get decaf ones in Starbucks for a treat.)

3. Greek Yogurt

I have it for lunch.  I usually add granola. Would I rather have pizza?  YES!!

4. Water

I keep it at my desk.  Do I drink as much as I should?  Not at all.  The only time I really get thirsty is when I’m on the treadmill. But I haven’t had soda in years and I don’t miss it at all.

5. Apple

Sometimes, I eat one for a snack at work but mostly I eat one in the evening.  It’s my snack.  I don’t keep cookies or chips in the house so this is what I grab when I am hungry.

Of course, there are other things that sneak into my diet that aren’t so healthy.

Happy Running! What healthy things do you eat on a daily basis?

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Are You an Overeater or a Dessert Craver? The Cure: MealEnders (Review & Giveaway)

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I am one of those people who needs (or thinks she needs) to eat something sweet at the end of every meal.

I don’t usually buy cakes and cookies to have at home (because my hubby would eat them all & I would have none) but in a restaurant, it’s a different story. I have to order dessert (& I am grateful when someone offers to share one.)

So I was excited when I was offered samples of MealEnders.

How do they work?

The goal of MealEnders is to help curb the cravings keeping in mind that the desire to eat is part physical and part mental. It is based on the idea that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach that you are full. MealEnders were designed to last in order for your stomach to catch up to your brain.

The image below explains it..

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What’s in them?

MealEnders contain only 2 grams of sugar, 0g fat, and 15 calories per piece. The outer Reward Layer is made from premium dessert ingredients.  The inner Active-Taste layer relies upon a proprietary blend of natural and artificial food flavors called Actissert™ Blend.

Do they work?

I would say “Yes.”

I know that my dessert cravings are mind over matter. I’m not really hungry and I don’t really NEED to eat something sweet.  I just want to.

So if I pop a MealEnder instead of ordering dessert, the simple the act of sucking on this little candy does help. I was able to refuse dessert!!

What do they taste like?

Some taste better than others. I like the Mocha and the Chocolate mint the best. Each hard candy is covered with a soft coating which is the best part. The more you suck, the more the flavor comes out.

Tingling?

Yes but not in a bad way.  MealEnders calls this tingling the “active taste layer.”

Where can I get them? 

You can only buy them through the MealEnders website.  A 25-count package costs $14.95.  Sounds pricey but then again, you don’t eat them like candy. You would only eat them when you need to.

The bottom line…

If you are an overeater or someone who HAS to have dessert, why not give MealEnders a try!

And if you are lucky, you may win (4) 25-piece packs so you can try all flavors, including Cinnamon, Mocha, Chocolate Mint and Citrus ($50 value).

Click the link below to enter this giveaway:

Rafflecopter Giveaway 

And if you don’t win, use the code FitHolidays20 for a 20% discount from MealEnders.com.

Happy Running?  Have you tried MealEnders or any other similar product?

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Giveaway is for U.S. only. One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from MealEnders through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.

*Disclaimer: I received samples of MealEnders as part of me being a Sweat Pink ambassador through their FitApproach campaign in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my very own.

 

November Recap

Time is flying by. I can’t believe that it is December already!!

So here’s my end of the month recap.

I’m linking it with Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life (instead of posting on their TMI theme. I have none of those embarrassing things to write about…yet!)


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November Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week. YES!

I continue to run 3-4 miles during the week trying to vary my running courses.

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near work

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in the park

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at UAlbany

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on the rail trail

  • Continue long runs on the weekend. YES!

Though some have been part of shorter races.

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11/14

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11/21

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6 with Judy 11/29

  • Run a 5k race under 29 minutes. NOPE!

I helped my STEM runner finish her first 5k instead of racing.

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I ran an impromptu 5K on Thanksgiving after I finished the 10K.

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  • Run a 10K race under 60 minutes. YES! But barely.

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  • Run a 15K race under 1:35. YES!

I even got a PR.

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  • Start going to the gym once a week. NO! Someday…
  • Do those planks! NOT REALLY! Probably only 2 or 3 times…

But I did go to yoga twice!!!

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  • Continue running with a group. YES!

I have gone every Monday and have enjoyed running with the other group members.

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  • Walk 70,000 steps each week. YES!

On the days that I don’t run, my total steps are significantly lower but I make it up on the running days.

  • Run at least 80 miles. YES! 90 miles!!!
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pretty consistent running

What else?

  • I ran with Kelly from the STEM program twice and helped her finish her first 5k.  She did great!!

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  • I went to NYC with my hubby,  We walked the High Line and saw Lord of the Dance on Broadway. So much fun!

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  • I brought my  mentee and her sons to see the Lights in the Park. We go every year but we still enjoy it.

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December Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week (no matter how cold it gets.)
  • Walk while at work especially on rest days..
  • Continue long runs on the weekend to train for half marathon #17 on February 7.
  • Complete a 5k race under 29 minutes.
  • Complete a half marathon under 2:20.
  • Run at least 85 miles
  • Continue going to yoga.
  • Avoid gaining weight (while attending holiday parties)
  • Spend time with my mentee
  • Start knitting again.

Happy Running! How was your November?  Anything exciting planned for December?

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

Friday Five: Ways to stay healthy during the holidays

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mar at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week’s theme is WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

1.  Bring healthy snacks to work. If you are hungry, you will be tempted to eat something unhealthy. This is what I always have in my lunch bag everyday.

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2Walk whenever you can. That means taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Eat a quick lunch and go for a walk.  Take a walk after dinner.

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3. Sign up for a race.  If you do, you will be motivated to get out and run. Running burns calories, right?

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4. Do some kind of cross-training activity that you enjoy– work out, do yoga, pilates, zumba, play tennis or whatever you can to stay active.

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5.Get on the scale. I rarely get on the scale but I try to weigh myself more frequently during the holidays. Nothing like several lbs gained to make me lose my appetite.

Will I cheat?  Of course but I try to make them worthwhile cheats on special occasions. (I have a weakness for desserts…)

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christmas cookie exchange at work

Happy Running! How do you stay healthy during the holidays?

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July Recap

July Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week. YES!

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  • Get some strength training or yoga done. SOME! Used the machines at my free gym once a week.
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played tennis only once

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  • Go for a walk several times a week at work. RARELY!
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this may have been my only walk

  • Run a 5K race or two. YES! 2 5ks.

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  • Improve my speed. YES! Both 5ks were under 29 minutes.
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TEAM Sarcoma 5K

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Silks and Satins 5k

  • Keep my weight in check.?? Still haven’t put a new battery in my scale.
  • Run at least 70 miles. YES! 73 miles!

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What else?

  • Lots of boating weekends.

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July 5

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July 11

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July 12

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July 18 & 19

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  • Lots of (too many) meals out with friends

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  • Trip to NYC with friends
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lunch on a boat

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walk on the High Line

  • Read several good books

      

August Goals:

  • Run 3-4 times each week.
  • Start longer runs on the weekend in preparation for Half marathon #15.
  • Walk at work on days that I don’t run.
  • Go to the gym at least once a week.
  • Run before work to avoid the heat.
  • Run a race or 2.
  • Run at least 75 miles.
  • Spend time with my mentee & sons.

Happy Running! How was your July?  Anything exciting planned for August?

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Friday Five: Fitness Trends I’ll Never Try

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Every Friday, three DC area bloggers Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC to host the Friday Five linkup.  Anyone can join with their own Friday Five post (yes, it must be a Friday Five!!)  They encourage you to visit other blogs on the linkup, comment, share and engage!

This week, the theme is Fitness Trends I’ll Never Try

Here are my 5:

1. Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian or any other restricted food Diet

I like carbs.  I like meat. I like sweets. I like to eat what I want to eat.

That doesn’t mean that I won’t eat healthy.  I will when I want to.

2. Boxing.

I have no hand eye coordination.  And I don’t like bruises. Nope, count me out.

3.  Lifting Weights

I have no upper body strength.  Yes, I would like to have more.  And I do want toned upper arms but no muscles, please.

4. Juice Cleanses

I can’t imagine not having solid food for several days.

5. Triathlons

Running is great.  Biking is ok when I can’t run but I don’t love it.  Swimming – definitely NOT.  I don’t like to swim and I am not a strong swimmer. Drowning might happen if I had to swim under pressure.

Actually I do admire those who do tris. It just won’t be me.

Happy Running! What fitness trend won’t you ever try?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Weight Loss or Maintenance While Distance Running

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs hosts Tuesdays on the Run with April @ Run the great wide somewhere and Patty @ My no-guilt life!

This week’s topic is: Weight Loss or Maintenance While Distance Running

I signed up for 4  half marathons – one in January, one in April, one in May, and one in June. That means I am running long on the weekends from October-June.

My goal is to maintain my weight although losing 5 lbs would be nice.

Each mile you run burns, on the average, 75-125 calories. For me,  I think it’s around 100 calories.  So you need to eat but not overeat. Seems pretty logical.

However, I realize that everyone’s metabolism is different.

But here’s what works for me:

  • Eat breakfast

Yes, it’s the most important meal of the day. I never run on an empty stomach.  I always have oatmeal–2 or 3 packages with almond milk.

  • Supplement your runs.

You need energy to run.  I always eat one packet of Gu for each 4 miles of running and only drink water.

  • Reduce your cravings.

I am a dessert person. I crave sweets.

During the day if I need something sugary, I’ll eat a protein bar or if I want a treat, I’ll buy a latte or frappuccino at Starbucks but I’ll have it non-fat and without whipped cream.

At night, if I crave a snack while watching TV, I’ll have a cup of herbal tea. (and yes, I do cheat and have ice cream.)

  • Refuel after your runs.

You burn calories when you run.  If you don’t eat right away, you will wind up overdoing the calories later.

After a run, I might have some fruit, a bagel or chocolate milk.

  • Eat healthy at meals (most of the time.)

I usually do except when I eat in a restaurant. (Everything goes out the window when I see my choices on the menu, especially the desserts.)

Healthy eating to me means dinners consisting of lean meat or fish, lots of veggies and brown rice or whole wheat pasta.

Lunch – bagel, yogurt with granola, apple, cheese (I eat at my desk between 10 am & 2 pm)

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Happy Running! How do you  maintain your weight when training?

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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 

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pretty to look at but not to run on.

or cutting them short.

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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.

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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.)

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I have since given away all my shorts (because they no longer fit) and have bought skirts.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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?

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