The Laundry Battle is Real: Runfessions August 2021


Every time I write about my V02 Max, someone is sure to say the Garmin’s version of that isn’t very accurate, and I’m sure that’s true. Keeping track of it, though, actually does give me clues to how I might want to adjust my running — that’s why I continue to look at it after a run. But sometimes I just shake my head and wonder why it does the things it does.

You’d think 5 would be enough, wouldn’t you?

I runfess . . .
I love my Skirt Sports Cool It Tops. I wear them on almost every run in the Summer. I have five of them. On a run a few weeks ago, after some back and forth trips to my mom/sister, I realized I better do tops because I had none that were clean for the next day.

As I was hanging them up to dry, there were only four. I thought: great! I must have one that’s clean somewhere (not sure they’d dry in time for the next morning’s run). Nope, the one I’d worn that day to run in was still hanging to dry out a bit in the bathroom. The clean ones did dry in time, though.

I runfess . . .
I can’t believe that my new Mizunos — maybe a month old?  — are already wearing around the ankle collar. Good thing they were a good deal, but I don’t think I’d buy them again.

I runfess . . .
It seems that my V02 doesn’t like the pace I’ve been running my longish runs lately. Even though my HR is pretty normal, it keeps dinging me a point (yes, Mr. Judy scoffed at just one point). It’s not as though they’ve been fast, either. When I do my recovery run the next day, yup, I regain that point. This has been a consistent pattern for weeks now!

Out of curiosity I looked up my pace for my long runs at this time last year. Oddly enough they were often a little slower. Not that any of it matters, but I’m always trying to figure things out!

I runfess . . .
I think we need stock in the Treadmill Doctor site (here). This is the third? fourth? time Mr. Judy’s used it to diagnose and then buy the part we needed. Yes, the mill is fixed — even the incline/decline. I am grateful to both Mr. Judy & the Treadmill Doctor! Except, as you know, the last time I used it it still wasn’t right — haven’t had the opportunity to test out the newest fix.

I runfess . . .
I am glad that I didn’t sign up for any races anytime soon. I’d been thinking about maybe a half in December, although they’re still not sure it will actually be run. Then they did open it — wondering what will happen considering what’s going on with other races. My guess is it’s just not the right time for me. I don’t do halfs unless I’ve trained for them — it’s way too easy to injure yourself if you’re not prepared. Been there, done that, don’t care to repeat it.

I did recently have a shorter race pique my interest, but I haven’t made my mind up about it.

Would you fix a really old treadmill or buy a new one? 

Do you think running shoes wear out easier these days?

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21 thoughts on “The Laundry Battle is Real: Runfessions August 2021

  1. Don’t ask me. I don’t use a treadmill. Just run outside.

    The weather has been so hot and humid I’ve almost run in just a bra. Never could stand long sleeves. Hey it must work for you.

    I wear the soles off my shoes. I think they make them cheaply so you buy another. And they still cost $$.

    I enjoy racing. You can do a half if you adjust your goals. But not racing during these crazy times is ok for many. When you’re ready you will know it. Or just not race.

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  2. Wow, kudos for wearing long sleeves in this heat and humidity! I couldn’t do it. Of course, I’m kind of glad I don’t have to run in it this year, lol.

    Mike used to repair my TM until the day it died. The new one is so nice. I don’t use it often, but I have a feeling it will be seeing some miles this winter, so I don’t risk reinjuring my foot and/or ankle. And I never look at my stats on Garmin, aside from pace, unless someone asks me about it. I just don’t put much stock in those numbers.

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  3. With my old treadmill, I just replaced it because I read about the average life-span of household treadmills (which I realize can vary greatly based on use) and decided to just buy a new one. I probably should have gotten an estimate to fix it first but I got a good deal on a new one.
    For me and my daughter, our running shoes inevitably get holes in the front of the shoes above the toes fairly quickly but I think that’s because I buy ones that are more breathable and have thinner fabric in that area. I’ve never had a problem with them anywhere else.

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    1. I’ve had my treadmill serviced twice and would do it again if possible. It’s served me so well, I feel like a new one wouldn’t be as high quality. I haven’t let my husband fix it though. He probably could, but it could be risky for our marriage if something went wrong. 😉

      I’ve got my November races that my Achilles may or may not let me run …..

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  4. I don’t have anymore a treadmill at home: the first didn’t work anymore after a very long stop (8 years) and the new one, a very beautiful item, was defective and I preferred to return it.
    Indeed I don’t need a treadmill because here the weather allows to run in every season.
    To not race in this period is not bad because of the heat and the possibility that the race can be postponed or cancelled.

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  5. I would probably return the Mizuno’s -they should not wear out that quickly. wow-long sleeve in this weather would probably kill me. Good for you for protecting your skin. I often misplace pieces of gear and then randomly find it.

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    1. Those long sleeve tops are made with cooling material. I love them — they’re also actually great for fall weather, too — helps keep bugs away a bit. I have so many mosquito bites from our trip but almost all of them were on my legs!


  6. I wish I had found Skirt/Cool It sooner as I only have one and love it, but can’t imagine wearing it in summer. I do love the Skirt though and wore it to the point of wearing out the seams. Luckily mom can sew.
    I agree re: not racing until you’re ready. And Ready is different for everyone. Took me until June and now I’m “off” until November

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      1. You’d be surprised. It’s ok to say you don’t want to try it, totally get that, but shouldn’t judge until you have. 🙂 I don’t run hot, but heat gets to me and I sweat very heavily!


  7. I’m sure that if my 20+ yr old mill stopped working I’d bite the bullet and get a new one. It has served me extremely well. Thing 1 complains that it’s not as “cushioned” as later models but it keeps on ticking so I’m good. I have no race plans through the end of the year and I’m happy about that. Thanks for linking!

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    1. It remains to be see if my mill — just as old — is beyond repair. I tend to think it is but my husband isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet.

      No race plans here, I think there is still going to be a lot of back & forth to mom — where I sleep on the couch because the aide has the second bedroom. Remains to be seen if she’ll continue to need a 24/7 aide.


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