It’s all about that base: Runfessions May 2019


I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and sort of bearing my soul at the Runfessional. Don’t know what I’m talking about? We get together and share all those little things that only runners understand (or care about).

Could Mother Nature get the memo it’s Spring already?

I runfess . . .
The weather in May, for the most part, was a real buzzkill. Rain, rain, go away! Then of course, as usual, it decides to bring in Spring/Summer right before the Freihofers Run for Women (but just here & there). This year doesn’t look too bad; typically it’s a hot race. A couple of days ago they put back in the chance of rain. I’d prefer it to be dry, but I already had yet more practice running in the rain this week.

I runfess . . .
This was my second month of simply rebuilding my base after illness. I’m generally healthy, though, and I bounced back fairly quickly from a nasty stomach bug. Life is good.

I runfess . . .
I thought I would be racing at some point in May. Between mentoring for Freihofers, illness, and the almost incessant rain, it just didn’t happen. This 5k will only be my second race of 2019 — or what I consider a “real” race (our supported runs/races in the Winter don’t count in my mind).

No big deal, as I tell people all the time, running will always be there when you’re ready for it.

I runfess . . .
Speaking of running always being there, sometimes I wonder why I am still so committed to running even though I have no grand plans at present. Oh yeah, because I want it to be there when I’m ready and I’d rather not rebuild from the beginning. And because I still have roughly 30 states to run half marathons in!

Still getting out there and seeing what’s growing on the run

I runfess . . .
For now I am content with my shorter runs. Especially during summer (whenever that arrives), it’s nice to take a little break.

What season is your favorite to train hard?

Racing a lot or barely racing?

Why do you run if you don’t race?

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


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24 thoughts on “It’s all about that base: Runfessions May 2019

  1. Shorter runs are always good runs! With shorter distances we can more enjoy the landscape because we are not focused on maintaining the pace for long time.
    My favorite season to train hard is fall because here the weather is perfect in that period.
    I would like to race more and more but my body doesn’t cooperate.

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    1. Definitely not at all focused at pace right now.

      Racing is definitely hard on the body. I’ve had periods when I’ve raced a lot (for me) but then others like now, when I’m not racing much. I think you need that balance (or at least your body does).


  2. I do race every month if the year. That keeps me running.

    Although more races in the spring. 4 in May and 4 in June.

    But this year 6 halfs and a full. I still managed to have pretty low mileage.

    As you said, it’s good to have a base. 3-6 miles would be it for me. Then I feel I could tackle a race.

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    1. Yup, I do, but I like to really explore when I run a race in a new state, so I’m not in a rush to get it done, although there’s always the thought of how long can you keep running? Yes, I know many people run all of their lives — and I definitely hope to — but you never know.


    1. Yup, not having goals does feel kind of weird, I won’t lie. But at the same time, I’m also enjoying it!

      I do hope to do a half in the fall, but still not sure whether or not it’ll happen.


  3. I don’t feel like I raced much this year but I suppose 2 marathons and an 8k are plenty. That’s why I’m kicking back and enjoying running shorter for the foreseeable future.

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  4. Oooh, I love that: “running will always be there when you’re ready for it”! I am enjoying some shorter runs right now also. Good luck with your mentees at Freihofers!

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  5. I pretty much took May off from racing, but I did maintain my running. I’ll be back in official training mode come July, though, to get the ball rolling for MCM. I just enjoy running, though, so even when I don’t have anything major on the calendar, running is my preferred cardio option.

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    1. Nope, no official training going on anytime soon.

      I actually do love swimming, although the way I do it it’s not so much cardio, LOL! It’s been quite a few months since I’ve swum. I’ve been feeling the itch, but the next couple of months will be busy with other things.


  6. Our May hasn’t been that bad weather wise. We did get a lot of rain but that also comes with Thunderstorm which I love! I am ashamed that I hadn’t run more. Hopefully that will change next month!
    I admire your tenacity to run 30 more half marathons in 30 states! I had set a goal to run in “major Cities” but I would be good running any distance. Enjoy the Freihofers race! ins’t that the one that gives pastries?

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  7. I’m running less than ever but will have to change that by the end of summer to train for my November birthday half! It so easy to get into a different routine ….

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  8. I’ve only just done my first race of the year! I love just running, I’m going to give racing a miss after this summer. Glad you’ve bounced back from your difficulties and rain, rain, go away!

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  9. Re: why still committed, a friend ask if I’d still run once I had my 9+1 last year and I looked at her like she had two heads. Barring injury or some reason making it a necessity, who’d want to start training from scratch?
    Love your blue pattern!

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