Always something to learn: Runfessions December 2021


I may not be running a lot but that doesn’t mean I can’t come up with things to runfess.

I shoppingfess . . .
My Black Friday purchases were Nuun and running shoes. On Cyber Monday it was hiking poles. You know you’re a runner when . . . 

I runfess . . .
On one particularly brutally cold and windy run there was no dynamic warmup. There was barely a cooldown — because seriously, I was already cold! I definitely did not stick around to do any post run stretches, either. 

I runfess . . .
The day before Thanksgiving I chose to run in the neighborhood, rather than driving somewhere to run, because the leggings I chose to wear had no pockets. I didn’t have enough pockets to stow my keys. I do have plenty of leggings with pockets, but these very old leggings were just the right amount of warmth without being too hot. Cold weather dressing is a constant challenge!

I runfess . . .
A couple of weeks ago, the week I got my booster, I knew I probably had to get my runs in during the week. I had planned out T, W, and F. Then I saw that Thursday was supposed to be unseasonably warm, so I changed the plan to T, Tr, F.

I further runfess that I really wanted to get the booster on Friday so that by the next Monday I would feel good enough to run. I needed to go down to my mom for several days on Tuesday, leaving me little time to run at all the following week — but I just couldn’t get an appointment close to home on Friday. Instead I got to drive in a snowstorm on Saturday. Good thing I didn’t take the appointments that were further away.

So that’s what they’re for!

I runfess . . .
I casually mentioned to Mr. Judy one day that I wondered what the metal thing in the middle of the bike paths were for. They were usually up, but sometimes down. Of course he knew. They can be put down to let the maintenance vehicles get through — I presume they are usually up so that no one actually tries to drive on the path. D’oh! I had no idea and always wondered about that.

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29 thoughts on “Always something to learn: Runfessions December 2021

  1. Cold weather dressing is always a learning experience! I would totally plan my booster and other appointments around my run schedule too. Sounds perfectly logical!

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  2. Sounds like we need some of those poles on our bike paths. We’ve had incidents of cars “accidentally” driving on the path!

    The Peloton app has really upped my warm-up game — I usually start with core or barre to get things warmed up. But today I got a late start and just went out for a run cold — but warm enough for shorts 😉

    Happy New Year!

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  3. I runfess that I NEVER warm up or cool down before a run –

    When I rent a car for work, the keys are so large than I have to hide them under my car wheel when I run.

    I got my booster on a Friday so that I would not miss a day of work. I ran 10 miles, volunteered at the marathon and hiked that weekend – good thing I had no reaction.

    I see that barrier on the Nisky bike path. When I broke my ankle there , the ambulance could not drive on the path. I wonder if emergency vehicles can use it.

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    1. That’s an interesting observation about the emergency vehicle.

      Yes, you are lucky you don’t have a reaction. I can do something the day of a shot, but I’m completely useless for at least a day after, and sometimes the effects come & go for a while too. I’m not the only one that happens to.


      1. most likely we will need a 4th shot (they say for those 60+) and so we can be prepared.

        Some people get reactions to their annual flu shot. I don’t for that either.

        The shingles shot(s) was the worst but as with COVID, much better than getting the disease.

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  4. Let’s see… I put off getting the booster because i had a strong reaction to the original shot, and I thought I “didn’t have time” to be sick for a day. So I ended up getting Covid on Christmas and missed a full week of work. I guess what I learned is…. get the booster asap! Duh.

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  5. Well, Judy, you just taught me something about bike paths 🙂 Thanks! I totally agree that the winter layering game is a constant lesson to learn (and relearn).

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  6. Those first cold weather runs are always tricky for me – I’ve gotten better about overdressing, but I always forget how much I prefer the cold once I’m out there! Still, I could use some good leggings with pockets!

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  7. I never warm up before a run, it means that I reach my normal pace after 10/15 minutes.
    In some outfits I don’t have pockets so I have to run with one key in my hands.
    I don’t know if those metal things are similar to ours but a friend of mine fell because he didn’t see that piece of metal on his way.

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    1. Oh no! Your poor friend! Ours are relatively large and painted very brightly, so it would be hard to fall over them.

      Even with my warm up, it still takes a couple of miles running, too, to warm up.


  8. When I made my appointment for my booster I made sure that it would be during the weekend. Well, first I made it for Saturday and then for Friday. Big mistake because I was exhausted on Saturday after my run. But too late now and at least I got it. 🙂 Most of my running pants have a small pocket to store my key. There is one warmer pair that I like because it also has pockets on the side for my water bottles but no secure place for my key so I keep it in the pocket of my jacket.

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    1. That particular pair of leggings is pretty old, and has no pockets whatsoever. My water bottles go in my pockets, and if I drive somewhere, in addition to the keys there’s also my license, a credit card, and some cash. You never know.

      I can’t do anything the day after a booster. I had a fever and no appetite. But it’s done!

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    1. It was easy to get booster appointments before the holidays, but timing it right wasn’t easy for me and as the holidays approached, it became really difficult.

      But I got it done & that’s the most important thing!


      1. My cool down is really quick — barely 5 minutes. It’s good to stretch out those warm muscles (within reason).

        Bandit is generally fed before I run in the Winter, anyway.


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