Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016's Final Runfession

This episode of Runfessions is a big one - the end of the week and the end of the year.  It feels like 2016 has been a bit of a wild ride for many people, and it certainly has for me, too.  However, I have had some wonderful experiences and great things happen as well.  I'm okay to allow 2016 to slip into the past with big hopes for 2017.  With that, let's enter the Runfessional!
Cheers to 2016 and welcome 2017!
1. I runfess that I have become a bit of a high maintenance runner when it comes to the weather.  In normal life, I HATE being cold (seriously, like despise).  That makes things tough for my runner self because I have come to accept that I am so much better in cooler temps.  Christmas day brought 70 degrees and sun here in Nashville.  I was excited to head out and run in a tank top and shorts ... and shortly into it felt miserable in the "heat."  Where has the tough runner inside me gone?
Ice Marathon - I'm not this tough either.
2. I runfess that I've been feeling a little weird about my upcoming Boston Marathon.  I am so excited and honored and glad to be having the opportunity to be part of such a historic event.  Yet, I can't help feel a little like I don't belong.  I didn't qualify (and most likely never would), so does that make me a less legitimate runner? It definitely won't be my first or last marathon and I'll be running the same 26.2 miles as everyone else that day (with Katherine Switzer and for an amazing charity), so hopefully I'll be able to "get over it."
3.  I runfess that over the holidays my eating has gotten better, but my sleeping habits have gotten worse.  I'm a night owl by nature, so given the opportunity, my bedtimes and wakeups creep toward teenage levels.  I'm dreading having to get back onto a more normal schedule, but if I don't it will impact my morning runs (not an option - did I mention I'm back in marathon training?).

4.  I runfess that I am nearly out of room for new medals on my existing medal racks in my treadmill room - what one friend of mine calls my "I love me" room because of all the medals.  I runfess that I am proud of my medals and do not feel one bit guilty about it!
5. I runfess that I miss my running buddies.  I've been doing a lot of solo running lately, but get so much energy and have so much more fun running with other people.  Hopefully in 2017 I'll get back to finding some buds to hit the paths with again soon!

I'm linking up with some of my favorite ladies  - Marcia's Healthy Slice for Runfessions and Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five 2.0.
What are your runfessions?
What are you most looking forward to in 2017?

10 comments:

  1. I would totally run Boston, no matter how I got there! Don't feel one bit guilty. Enjoy and savor the experience!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I'm going to work on feeling more secure about it :)

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  2. Running Boston is a major life event (in my opinion) regardless of how you get there. I know a lot of people who qualified, and ran it with disappointing finish times (due to the extreme heat this past year)....but it was still BOSTON! I think they got over it LOL And that friend talking smack about your medals...my sis does the same thing. She has one medal to her name (from a 5K), so I think the issue is with them and not you.

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    1. You're right of course - this is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. It will be Boston and once I cross that finish line, no one will be able to take it away from me (and it won't matter how I got there). I've fully embraced my medals and I'm glad you have also - the rest of the world can just be jealous :)

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  3. Haha, I love that your friend calls it the "I love me room"! I'm due for a new medal rack soon soon.

    Hey, 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles no matter where it is or how you run it. Be proud to be there!!!!

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    1. You are so right about Boston - I'm really proud that I'm getting this super unique opportunity to be there and it's the same 26.2 as everyone else :)
      What kind of medal rack are you looking at? Can't wait to see what you decide. Allied Medal Hangers are my absolute favorite!

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  4. Yeah get over the not belonging part and soak in Boston and savor it. It's so special. I think the world would be a better place with more "I love me" rooms. Haha!

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    1. Haha I do love your directness Marcia :) And yes, I agree, the world would be a much better place with more love and more "I love me" rooms! :)

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  5. Please do forget those worries about Boston! Define for yourself what the race means ... an amazing opportunity to be a part of a historical race and a way to benefit a great charity. Plus, you know, there's the whole running 26.2 miles just like everyone else. Head high, toots, own it! :)

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    1. Hahaha thank you so much for this wonderful note! You're absolutely right and I'm going to try and keep all these things in mind. It really is still surreal that it's all happening and I'll work on enjoying and appreciating every moment (even the tough miles). You're the best!

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