Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday 5: Summer Runfessions

As you watch runners, especially really great runners, they can seem superhuman - gliding along with that endless, effortless stride looking like they could run forever.  The good news is that we are all human, it's not always easy and things don't always go as they should.  Today I'm linking up with some of my fellow bloggers Marcia and the ladies from the Friday 5 to give you my Friday 5 Summer Runfessions.

1. This summer has been really hot and humid here in Nashville.  I runfess that I have been a bit of a wuss and completed way more runs than I probably should have on my treadmill.  I'm talking runs that I could easily have done outside if I had gotten up earlier or just sucked it up and dealt with the heat.  I've fallen in love with my treadmill!

2. I have not eaten like I should on the weekends.  I know that what you put into your body is what you get out (eat bad and expect a bad run), but for some reason I've just been having trouble.  Maybe it's the heat that curbs my appetite, but I've not been eating enough.  Typical lunch? An apple with peanut butter.  Apologies to my body.

3. I runfess that I have taken my long run path for granted.  It's a wonderful path, scenic, mostly shaded, without dangerous streets to cross.  I have not been appreciating it though because I've been getting a little bored and it's also a really difficult run with tons of hills.  I've actually found myself dreading a few runs rather than being grateful to have access to such a wonderful path.

4. I really need to do more strength/stability work.  I've been doing some ... more than I have in a while, but it's so important to include this in your routine to help your body and stay injury-free.  I do have some level of anxiety that I'm weaker than I would like to admit, so I really need to up my game heading into Fall.

5.  I LOVE they Olympics - seriously every event.  I've been hooked from opening to closing ceremonies, which also means that I have not been sleeping as much as I should.  I've been staying up later than normal, which has made me more tired and even caused me to miss a morning run or two.  I'm so sad they are over, 4 years is just way too long to wait, but I am glad that I'll be getting back to my normal routine!

Okay, well I'm feeling much better!  All runners are human, even bloggers, even coaches, even the pros!  We make mistakes, we don't do the things we know we should, and we all have to find ways to get past those things and refocus on whats important.

So what would you want to runfess?
What do you do to keep your regular routes fresh?
Are you a slave to your schedule or more of a free spirit?

10 comments:

  1. I don't blame you for using the treadmill alot this summer! I will always prefer running outside, but Im trying to convince my husband to get one before the winter. Do you have your own? If so, what kind do you have?
    I wish I had a running path with lots of shade! The closest one is about a 20 minute drive away. Ive only gone there once.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I do have my own treadmill and it's one of the best purchases I have ever made! I have the Nordictrac C900. Mine is about 6 years old, but I love it because it's really soft and my legs don't feel like they've been beaten to death when I use it. I'm with you though, outside is always better and I'm spoiled with my path!

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  2. I also haven't been eating like I should. I rarely refuel after my runs. I recently bought some fun flavored protein powder to make shakes so hopefully that will help.

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    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to bring mine out and try that, too. No idea why I can't seem to get it together on the weekends - I certainly know better :)

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  3. I have definitely been a free spirit lately! Right now I am laying on the couch knowing I *should* go to the gym and lift... but... I feel like doing a quick and dirty run instead. I suppose I will lay here a little longer until I make up my mind!

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    1. Oh my gosh I'm dying laughing right now because I have literally been in my running clothes for hours this morning and keep distracting myself with other activities! I'll get to it ... eventually :) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. I actually think there's no shame in loving a treadmill. Any way you can get the run done is awesome! I am right there with you staying up way too late thanks to the Olympics. Except now they're over and I'm still staying up. No bueno. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I don't know why I have such an easy time staying up late, but switching back to early bedtime is so difficult! Thanks for hosting!

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  5. The Olympics really wore me out too! It was great witnessing history, but it really threw off my sleeping patterns! I had some similar feelings about my old running route. It was super convenient but it bored the heck out of me! I'm in a new neighborhood now and still working on my routes.

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    1. You're right, this was a pretty monumental Olympic Games!
      I think I may need to follow your lead and find some new routes, even if they are a little less convenient. Hope yours are going well and let me know if you have any tricks to finding great ones!

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