Welcome 2023! Runfessions January 2023

2023 running is off to a rocky start. I thought I was doing everything I could to be off to a better start than last year, but it’s actually worse. I know I don’t sound like one, but I actually am an optimist. Each year I do have hope it will be better than the last. Some year that will be true, but 2023 wasn’t the year. Not yet anyway.

Well in keeping to my lack of running I’m keeping it short & sweet!

I runfess . . .
My first run back after several weeks I completely skipped my warmup — and cool down. I was busy, it was short, seriously — why would I need to warm up? I may have groaned a few times during the Yoga video I filmed the next day, LOL.

Due to snow & ice (and time) the tread has been where runs are happening

I runfess . . .
The next run I did the warm up and a cool down and no DOMs.

I runfess . . .
I may have really enjoyed that week two started out with a pretty short “run”, using an 8 minute walking warmup and then some strides.

I runfess . . .
One of the features on my treadmill I really enjoy is that it has a lever you pull and it slowly lowers the tread down from the upright position. Unfortunately there isn’t a lever to pull to bring it back up and that tread is heavy!

I did manage a few nice scenic walks

I runfess . . .
Somehow, at some point, running got deleted from Activities on my Garmin. Was it scolding me? Was it just being clairvoyant? Because right now all I’ve needed is treadmill.

Is your running off to a great start?

Filled up your race schedule or just waiting & seeing?

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


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22 thoughts on “Welcome 2023! Runfessions January 2023

    1. I have actually been somewhat active in January, just not much running and more rest than usual. We are really supposed to rest so we’re ready to kick it up in Spring . . . I’ll let you know how that works for me, LOL!


  1. The weather has been crappy but what can you do.

    My runs each week are consistent. Lots of races on my plate. That’s how I roll.

    It keeps me sane. It keeps me healthy physically and mentally to do it outdoors.

    As Wendy says you are moving. That’s a good thing.

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  2. I always do some form of warm-up (and cool-down), but I runfess they should be more thorough. It’s tough to have the discipline when there’s other things I need to get to, like my job. Yeah, what Deborah said above…it’s only January. Just keep moving forward 😉

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  3. I runfess I’m kind of enjoying my time on the mill. It’s so easy to just hop on and churn it out vs layering up and worrying about ice. I guess January is meeting my expectations so far, not that they were high. Ha!

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  4. Oh, that’s funny about your Garmin; “No more running for you!” But hey, treadmill runs count! It sounds like you’re running the perfect amount for what you need right now. That picture from your walk is AMAZING!

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    1. My Garmin is really funky on deleting stuff that isn’t that easy to get to but it was almost like it said “well obviously you’re not running”.

      I was lucky that day. It seems
      Ike blue skies were just hovering right over that particular location!


  5. OK, having running disappear from your Garmin is hilarious!

    I’ve gotten so good about warming up and post-run stretches, but it does eat up time. I plan 60 min of workouts but it takes nearly 90. 😉

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  6. I’m not great about warming up, I always take the first mile much easier. But I AM trying to do a better job with stretching and yoga! I realized I’m pretty inflexible when snowboarding and having to keep bending over to strap into the board…new 2023 goal, at least 10 minutes of mobility a day 🙂

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  7. Well, I’m still injured but decided this year was going to be a good year. I hope to be running again soon. In the meantime, I’m being kind to myself and venturing out to connect with other runners again. I’ve restarted blogging which I haven’t done consistently in years. I am an optimist.

    One thing last year taught me is that I can still have a great year without my beloved running. I’m coming to peace with running being different things to me at different times in my life. Anyway, hello. Nice to meet you and here’s hoping for a great year for both of us!

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    1. Hi Teresa! Still a bit behind as we just got home yesterday. I’m sorry that you’ve been sidelined by injury. I do think it’s great that you’ve realized life can still be great without running. I’m lucky, I suppose, as running was always just one way I stay fit.

      A long time ago I wrote a blog whose title was “You need a Plan B” or something like that. We often have to pivot when it comes to fitness & having several activities you enjoy can make a huge difference.

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