I broke the rules: Runfessions March 2017


We are a quarter through the year already — seriously, how does that happen? Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and other bloggers to see what we’re runfessing as we close the book on winter (sort of, there’s a little matter of some potential April Fool’s snow here on Friday/Saturday) and look forward to the longer spring days.

I runfess . . .
I get a little paranoid when it gets close to a race. Don’t even think about coming near me with your germs.

And even though I missed running with Darlene, I do runfess I was just a little bit glad that I didn’t have to be exposed to whatever virus she succumbed to. Although I did run with her shortly before I left for NOLA.

And the day Mr. Judy came home complaining of not feeling well and tried to hand me my mail? I didn’t even want to touch it!

Hey, those handrails are there for a reason, right?

I runfess . . .
I may or may not have held onto the hand rails a few times in some of the more challenging tempo runs I did on my treadmill.

The good news is I was also did a few tempos outside, where there are no handrails to lean on.

I runfess . . .
I have been almost completely living in athleisure this winter. I don’t have a whole lot of tights from Skirtsports, so while I may live in a lot of skirts in the summer, during the winter, it’s mostly been Athleta. I feel they have really upped their game this last couple of years.

I runfess . . .
That I felt really badly the day I did a 7 mile easy run at the park, on a beautiful day, and there were dogs everywhere. I did walk the dogs before I left, but it was a very brief walk.

I runfess . . .
I ate a picky bar for lunch, with buttered popcorn for dessert after my 12 mile long run a couple of weeks ago. And it was so cold that day I didn’t do any warm up at all.

But I did foam roll when I got home. A girl’s gotta have priorities!

I runfess . . .
That I totally broke the rule about not doing anything new on race day. I had meant to try eating some crystalized ginger on a long run before my race, but that plan only came to me before my last long run . . . and I totally forgot to bring any on that run.

I still ate some during my half. The theory is that it is supposed to revive your appetite. Mine tends to get suppressed when I run long — and if you read my NOLA & Food post here, you’ll know that that is the only time I don’t have the appetite of a 6 foot amazon (and I’m 5’1″). Well, obviously it didn’t hurt me. Did it help me? No idea. But I enjoyed it.

Skirtsports Wonder Girl Tank — I highly recommend it!

On top of that, I wore a new top! One that I had only worn on a 4 mile run. In fact, I wore it for the first time just days before my race. Yes, I did rinse it out. It was just so dang comfortable, and I liked the idea of not having to wear a bra (since it had a shelf bra). I’m sure it wouldn’t work well for you if you’re large chested, but I’m not, and it totally worked for me — and no chafing at all on a very hot and humid day!

Have you ever worn new clothes during a race? How’d it work for you?

Lastly, I runfess that I know this is more than five runfessions . . .

Wouldn’t you like to get some runfessions off your mind? Come join us


I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.


26 thoughts on “I broke the rules: Runfessions March 2017

    1. No, it’s not really a running thing, but I was researching a post about ginger and came across the fact that it can help you regain your appetite.

      When I run long distances (for me), I really struggle to eat towards the end, even though I know I need to do it.

      I, of course, use dark chocolate covered crystalized ginger. You can get it at Trader Joes.


  1. I thought you were going to say you had the ginger as a stomach settler. I had no idea it spiked the appetite. Interesting. I’ve worn plenty of new things on race day. One year I ran Boston in a new top, the next year I ran it in sleeves I bought at the expo. Thankfully it all worked out.

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  2. I have run with new clothes and even new shoes. I have an old Wonder girl pattern & I did buy the purple. I still wear a bra underneath all my tops even if they have a shelf bra (and not for support).

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    1. I don’t care about the headlights. I can get that even if I am wearing a bra! It was just so comfortable.

      Of course, I don’t think you’ve ever chafed? I worried about that, because I do occasionally, but thankfully it didn’t happen.


  3. Oh my gosh, I’m the same way before a race. I’ve been known to wear a mask around the house when people are sick before a race… Lol!

    I’ve never considered racing in a shelf bra. I wonder if that would work for me. I’m not well endowed so I bet it would be mighty comfortable!

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    1. I’m willing to bet most runners are. Although I’ve never worn a mask . . . my sister & niece had the worst colds at Thanksgiving, a week before PCB . . .thankfully I didn’t succumb until after the race. And it wasn’t as bad as theirs.

      The only reason I wore the top was because it was so comfortable on that 4 mile run. I was worried about chafing, but there wasn’t any.


  4. great runfessions and way to justify them too! hey I don’t want people’s germs either! no risks!!

    i am way too paranoid to wear anything new at a race. and I certainly won’t wear a finishers shirt at a race that I haven’t finished yet! however I will most like eat something I haven’t had before during a race if I need it.

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  5. Nope, I don’t do anything new on race day. Since I’ll be wearing Oiselle top for Boulder, and I haven’t worn it in a while, I’m going to get it out now that I’m in my longer distance building, so I can get used to it again.

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  6. I could totally run bra less. I’m tiny… although I did have a girlfriend tell me once she thought I needed more support. ;). I’m super jealous of your latest race! The day of the dead medal is amazing! Don’t feel guilty about not taking your dogs out … you’re s grrst doggie momma and they love you! Plus! What theI don’t know won’t hurt then!

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  7. Oh yeah, shelf bra means no additional elastic around my torso! Always a plus! Yes, I’ve tried new things on race day…most of it worked out well. However, for whatever reason, once I got this lame brain idea the night before a half marathon to use an old “over the counter” pair of inserts in my running shoes….not the brightest idea. All was fine until the last 3 miles when I had bad calf cramps for the entire 3 miles. Won’t ever do that again 🙂


  8. I’ve worn new socks before for a race and blistered so bad I’ll never do anything new on race day again. Of course, looking back, I don’t think it was the socks, but, you know, it’s a mental thing, lol.

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