18.12 Challenge: Runfessions August 2018


Another month, another racecation, and more racecation runfessions to get off my chest!

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and sharing the good and the bad surrounding the 1812 Challenge.

I hate training through that muck — humidity wasn’t better though!

I runfess . . .
The first time I trained through the winter for a half it was such a bad experience I didn’t do it again for another five years. The race actually went quite well, but I really hate training through winter!

I have a feeling I’m going to feel the same way about training for the 18.12 Challenge. I may never do another longer race in the summer!

I runfess . . .
This was the first long race in a long time that wasn’t fueled (at least beforehand and afterwards) with some Garrett’s Popcorn. I have two suspects for the mild food poisoning I’m pretty sure I had after Freakin’ Fast Half: the salad the night before and the fact that my Garretts spent a lot of travel time in a hot car. Those are about the only two things Mr. Judy and I didn’t share right before the race.

I definitely missed my Garretts, but I had a good race with no issues so can’t complain!

I runfess . . .
I brought compression socks with me to the 1812 Challenge, I really did. And I totally planned on wearing some after my race. I really did. And . . . I totally forgot. At least I did foam roll and even managed to do a little yoga.

In the end, I got the outfit right

I runfess . . .
I had the hardest time making up my mind about what to heck to wear for the 1812 Challenge. I felt like Goldilocks. This top is a little tight, but I’ve successfully worn it in a hot half. This top is a little too loose — I wore it successfully in a 10k — but will it cause chafing? And then there was the shoes! Did I want to wear the same shoes as my last half, which were fine? I certainly didn’t want to wear the ones that gave me a blister!

In the end it all worked out fine. And you know what I got the most comments on? Not my cute top in the cute temper tantrum print, not my skirt . . . the shoes! The bright yellow and magenta shoes! I got so many compliments on them. I love a cute shoe but the most important thing to me is that they didn’t cause any problems.

I runfess . . .
I was not looking at 2019 races, oh no. I just innocently opened Facebook. And there it was: REVEL Mt. Hood. Holly @ Hohoruns is always raving about the REVEL races. And we’ve been trying to finish up the states near WA. And it’s a downhill half! You know that’s my jam!

Poor Mr. Judy. He will just never get used to the way I love to plan. You’d think he would after 33 years of marriage!

Do you worry about how your running clothes will effect your race?

Got some 2019 races picked out already?

What do you have to runfess from August? Come join us


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


36 thoughts on “18.12 Challenge: Runfessions August 2018

    1. One trick I learned one time when my dad was in the hospital is you fold them down in half before even putting them on. It helps a bit.

      I seriously just totally forgot about them. Oops. Luckily I feel ok!


  1. Well, Judy, there are really only 2 seasons for us to train for long races-winter for spring or summer for fall….neither of them are desirable! I’ve done both and you just have to roll with it…

    I do love those shoes too! The one thing I don’t like about the Mizunos and this is totally superficial is that they are so ugly. Loving my Brooks and all the color options.

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    1. Normally the Newtons are really boring too. This was one of the few cute ones, but that’s not why I bought them. It was seriously weird how many comments I got on them, though.

      I definitely prefer training when it’s cool, but this summer has been seriously challenging. We are about to go into yet another heatwave (although today is finally lovely). Of course the new AC won’t go in until after next week’s heatwave.

      Although I don’t think I could ever do a really long run on my treadmill. It shuts down after 90 minutes anyway. And it’s really hard to find clear places to run long in winter!


  2. Very cute outfit for the race! So glad it went well for you. It must be a fairly large race. Did you ever feel crowded?

    And REVEL Mt. Hood? I will have to look that one up. My middle son lives in Oregon. Hmmm…

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    1. I don’t think it’s a large race at all. Not quite sure, as the results are only listed for the half & 5k (what’s up with that, anyway?).

      Did I feel crowded? Bwahaha. I ran totally by myself for much of the last 5 miles. No, not at all crowded (except for the RWB group who were like 5 across.

      Ooooh, that would be so fun to meet you in RL! My SIL & MIL live outside of Seattle & that’s why we’re trying to fill in those states. I’m actually going to register today, there’s a code on FB somewhere for some amount off, but the race can be deferred.

      The truth is because of stuff going on in our lives right now I’m not sure I’ll get to either of the halfs I’ll be registered for in 2019 — but both can be deferred.

      Holly has raved about REVEL for years.

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      1. I am going to keep it in mind, but I can’t register until my hip is at least a little bit resolved. I did check out the race site. I have a friend who ran Revel Las Vegas and loved it!

        Also keeping the 18.12 in mind! 🙂


  3. Until I started reading running blogs I had no idea people put so much thought into there running outfits. It makes me appreciate the outfits more and now I find myself noticing what people are wearing and wondering how they came to that decision. LOL I myself put no thought into my apparel. It just needs to be clean and comfy.

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  4. Knock on wood. Never had chafing but I do size up in my running clothes because I hate tight things. Maybe that helps.

    I always run my halfs with compression. Don’t know if it helps but I don’t get DOMS and feel fine the next day.

    Haven’t picked my 2019 races which is odd for me. I have considered just short races but then I cave and sign up for a half.

    Never run a downhill half but then again I don’t train for a PR. if I did I may want one.

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    1. Wearing too tight or too loose clothing can both cause chafing. Which is why I was worried about the looser top.

      I felt fine the next day with no compression, but I did tape my trouble spots, and that works much the same way. I get way too hot with compression on in the summer.

      Many runners don’t like downhills. I’ve always loved them. But that’s not really the reason I pick a race (it’s just a plus).

      I don’t know that I’ll get to go to any of the halfs I’m registered for, but I hope I will be able to.


      1. We should probably experiment. My GGUs are mostly Mediums and yours are smalls. I did buy a small and I’m not sure I like it tighter. However, as you know, different patterns run differently.

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      2. I have a small GGU I’m planning to donate that I could bring tomorrow. That one has always been a bit too small for me. I’ve found both HGS & GGUs have gotten tighter. Even when I wasn’t up a few lbs.


  5. I feel the same about training through the summer for a fall marathon. It is just so hard!

    I, for one, would compliment that Temper Tantrum print. I love it! And I haven’t bought anything in it yet (though my first Jette skirt is in the old Tantrum print). And your shoes are cute too. 🙂

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    1. Mr. Judy took that photo. And it was only mile 2. 🙂 He took some more of me right before the finish — and I am NOT smiling! The last few miles were definitely tough.

      This past winter was pretty brutal for us. Also really weird — we got a lot of snow, but then it would warm up and melt. But it happened like 6 times! And now a horrible summer.

      Seriously, we’re overdue for some nice weather.


    1. I actually don’t think it was the Garrets; it’s just one of the suspects. Another one I didn’t mention was the Picky Bar I had in my hydration vest and ate afterwards — although I started to feel ill pretty quickly after the race so don’t think it was that, either.

      I really suspect the salad. 😦

      Everyone raves about Gasperilla!


  6. My mom and I are doing the Princess 10k in February. After that, I haven’t a clue what race to do next. I’m such a planner, I always want to know what’s next. I’m sure I’ll think of something as we get into 2019.

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  7. It can be so hard to figure out what to wear for a race! I’m glad that you were ultimately happy with your decision.

    I only have one race planned so far for 2019 – Boston’s Run To Remember which is over Memorial Day weekend.

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    1. That’s a good one! I don’t usually plan out the shorter races, which are usually local, so can be hopped into last minute (except for those that sell out). Never quite know where I’ll be or what’s going on in my life!


    1. I’ve always eaten salads the day before. I really do have a pretty strong stomach, knock on wood. It was definitely something I ate, though. 😦

      And I didn’t have salad before the 1812 race. 🙂 Just in case!


    1. I don’t know for sure I had food poisoning, since I didn’t go to a dr, and luckily the symptoms didn’t start until after the race! It went far beyond an upset stomach — I just didn’t want to gross people out with the gory details.

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  8. I am guilty as charged with bringing compression socks and never wearing them. Knock wood, I don’t agonize about clothes from an anti-chafe standpoint. I’m more about coordinating colors.
    Revel Mt Hood sounds fabulous.

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  9. I have ran Grandma’s Marathon twice (mid-June), and training for a marathon in the spring (at least in the mid-west) sucks. There’s rain (lots of it), late-winter weather (that refuses to leave), and an occasional hot day that will pop up unannounced. I’d rather train through the summer because at least then the weather is more predictable, even if it’s warm.

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  10. Well, those shoes are awesome. I dress for the weather and in things I know won’t chafe, but I also like to coordinate!

    I can’t plan races that far ahead but it’s nice to start eyeing things for next year.

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