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.

What have you learned about running recently?

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


I am also linking up with:


Look Ma, No Gloves!: 2/17-23 WRD

No Gaiter, Either!

A date was set for the burial. I can do the April half, if I want. But there’s still some other stuff going on in my life that means it’s still in limbo. You’ll have to stay tuned to see how it all turns out.


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and training for a half I may never run.


And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Rest day!, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga (60 min), Shoveled some ice, PB Cardio Toning + Balance (35 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (15 min), 4 miles with 6 Hill Repeats, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (10 min), PB Toning + Weights (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (15 min), 3.5 TM Progressive Miles, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 8 mile LSD, PB Weights of some sort later . . .

Mileage: 15.5 (+1.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

My Hill repeats hill — it’s not that bad a hill, but multiple times gets tiring

The sun was partly shining, but man it was windy and cold! Which probably explains why I thought I was slow in the beginning, but actually was running at a good pace for me. Added a mile. Really didn’t want to get out there, and while I can’t say I enjoyed this run, I didn’t regret it either.

Today was actually beautiful. Sunny, but cold. If I didn’t have to walk the dogs and have a lot to do, I would absolutely have run outside. I knew I’d be getting outside later with the dogs. The treadmill was a time saver in the morning. I had intended to try for 4 miles progressive — and I tried — but I was just not feeling that last mile so I called it good at 3.5 miles.

What a difference a week makes!

This run was on the slow side — maybe I do run faster when it’s colder — but my God, that sure felt good. 40s, sunny, no wind. It’s the first run I’ve actually wanted to get outside and do in weeks. About 90% of it was in the snow & ice-free park, too.

I’m just happy I can get them from somewhere, and don’t care about the color — but i do like purple

Favorites of the week
This is the second pair of Newtons Mr. Judy has ordered for me on Ebay. From England! Yes, the second time my running shoes came from England. I’m happy that Ebay makes that possible.

Not a great photo, but really, they are bulbs! Spring is coming!

I just happened to catch the first bulbs trying to shoot up on yesterday’s dogwalk. It feels early — but definitely makes me happy! Yay for an early Spring (even if we’re looking at Wintry mix next week).

Have you seen any bulbs?  Are any bulbs blooming?

Will you be happy for an early Spring?

Do you buy running shoes because of the pattern/color? I have to admit that I just ordered a different brand, for easy days, with a floral bottom. I ordered them because they were on sale — and yes, cute — but I’ve never worn that particular model so we’ll see.

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Shoegate: Runfessions February 2019


I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to share my thoughts on Shoegate 2019. Don’t know what that is? I wish I didn’t!

I runfess . . .
The black hole saga continues. I’ve written about the black hole in my house somewhere that possessions seem to fall through — many times! The newest additions were my compression socks. I only have three pairs of the ones I really like; I do have some others that I use more for recovery than for running in.

One pair went missing. I remembered getting them to lay out, but try as I could, I couldn’t find them. Apparently they were hiding in plain sight in Gizmo’s room . . . I found them just sitting on top of a bag in the room after I cleared out his stuff. Much like Dorothy, they’d been there all the time.

And then there was the time I spent hunting for my old Ipad (a new one was a sort-of birthday present) when I got home; I’d completely forgotten where I’d hidden the old one while we were away.

These Newtons just weren’t the same & my houdini compression socks

I runfess . . .
Did you hear the one about Shoegate? My own personal shoegate, that is. I love Newtons for racing/long runs. Last summer I had trouble finding them, but eventually procured some for my races and didn’t give it much more thought until a couple of months before my upcoming half — I really like a new shoe for a goal race.

You guessed it — I couldn’t find them any in my size. I did a little digging, and apparently the original partners split up a couple of years ago and while the company is technically still in business, they’re running on a skeleton crew and as far as I can tell not producing new shoes. I am crushed.

I ran in an older pair. Maybe it was a bad idea, I got a huge blood blister during my race. I’d already raced a couple of halfs in that particular pair . . . or maybe it was the new socks I ran in in the race . . .

And wouldn’t you know it? Now that I no longer have goal races on my calendar, they have new shoes back in stock! Can you hear my teeth gnashing?

Were my shoes too old — or the socks too new?

I runfess . . .
Speaking of Newtons, I also runfess that I barely ran in them this training cycle. I further runfess I got so desperate I bought a pair of Men’s and did run in them a few times, but it had a much more built up heel (and the lower heel is part of why I love my Newtons).

So I didn’t train in the Newtons I wore in the race except for a couple of training runs in Savannah. Because of all the snow and ice, all my long runs were done in the more built up Mens Newtons or screw shoes or trail shoes (or on the treadmill) — which may be why my hamstrings started to ache again.

I runfess . . .
I couldn’t find my heating coil that I always travel with. Even though the hotel room was supposed to have a microwave (it did), you just never know. As long as I have an outlet I can make tea.

Eventually it occurred to me that I had taken it with me to my race in Cape Cod — almost 4 months ago. And yup, it was still in the larger insulated food bag I’d brought, in the trunk of my car.

I runfess . . .
That popcorn has fueled a lot of half marathons over the last few years. Pizza and popcorn seem to be my go-tos for prerace carb loading; you can keep your pasta! I had the opportunity to buy popcorn in Savannah, but I chose not to. Probably because of all the fried foods and sweets I consumed, I figured I was fueling just fine already.

What has shoe desperation caused you to do?

Favorite prerace carbs (or are you fat adapted)?

Made any rookie mistakes in a race?

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


I am also linking up with:

When is enough enough?: Runfessions September 2017


It’s never enough, right? Never enough time, never fast enough, never enough states, never enough races. It seems that way, but it really isn’t. If you listen carefully to your body and your heart and the significant others in your life, you’ll know why you’re biting off more than you can chew.

You may not like it, but I like to say that things have a way of working out. And they do. It doesn’t seem that way when we’re in the throws of something that seems bad, and yet in hindsight, we often find that that bad thing may actually have turned out to be a good thing.

Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and find out what all the bloggers are getting off their chests as we move into Fall.

I runfess . . .
Despite knowing that it’s been a long time of fairly non-stop training, I began to think about a November/December half. I mean, why not, right?

But then I whacked myself upside the head because I knew that I’m tired, my body’s tired, and it’s time for a break. Not that I don’t have some shorter races that I hope to do.

I runfess . . .
That using a race as a training or recovery run just isn’t easy for me. I may be slow (hey, I read a blog post this morning talking about being “BOTP” and their time was faster than my PR) but I do like to race.

So there I was last week: a tempo run, speedwork, a long run and a 5k the day afterwards.

I runfess I was almost glad that it was definitely too hot to really race.

I runfess . . .
I kept trying to figure out how to get one last swim in before my race. I haven’t been able to swim much, due to the pool being closed, and I know that when it gets really cold I won’t want to.

But the weeks were filled with the usual, plus an eye doctor appointment, that long run + race (see above), a cooking class (at least something fun!), a chiropractor appointment, and taking Lola to the vet at night for a consultation for a dental — a vet that’s almost 30 minutes away. And, of course, a little matter of packing for my race.

I sadly let my swim go.

I runfess . . .
. . . that when I realized I’d brought 2 left shoes to my parents’ apartment, I was not happy. I actually tried one of them on my right foot. It was quickly obvious that wouldn’t work; I wasn’t that desperate! But hey, I saw someone running barefoot in my 5k last Sunday. And almost a mile of that race is on a trail!

I runfess . . .
. . . that for about the last 2 years, I’ve had my halfs all lined up, one right after the other. Boom, boom, boom. Until now. I have no halfs scheduled for 2018. I have some thoughts, but so far, there’s nothing that’s called to me so strongly that I felt I needed to sign up right now.

But stay tuned. There just might be something a little different in 2018. And no, it’s not a marathon! Or at least, as of this moment, I am not signed up for a marathon and do not plan to sign up for one, either.

Any guesses to what I may be thinking of for 2018?

Ever had a shoe catastrophe (remember the trail shoe that came apart in my race)?

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


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


Are you monogamous?


To your running shoes, that is. Did you fall in love at first sight and just stay in that relationship, or do you like to play the field?

I may have been married for a long time, but when it comes to running shoes, I do like to play the field. I’m not sure that I’ve ever found “the one”. I’ve found ones that I use for a while, then go on to the next great shoe, and yet somehow, I find myself coming back.

My favorite shoe brands (so far):

  • Brooks
  • New Balance
  • Newton

That list could change, of course; there are brands I’d still like to try and haven’t. I really liked the Saucony Peregrines I tried on; but I didn’t like the price.

Part of it is that curse of mine: I love trying stuff. Almost any kind of stuff. And that includes running shoes.

Will these be the “ones”?

Is it the shoes?
Part of it is that it seems there’s always some mystery ache — will a different shoe fix it?

I remember reading a post from Lauren Fleshman in Runner’s World, back when she had a regular column, talking about not changing things when you have a routine that works (not that she took her own advice).

Of course, these days it’s hard to be monogamous. Because shoe companies like to tinker and “improve” their shoes, too. Sometimes it’s really an improvement; sometimes it just pisses loyal wearers off.

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
— Stephen Hawking

Look at the stars
It’s like my upcoming trail half: if you don’t try, how will you ever know? Some of us have been running forever; many of us only discovered running as adults. It was scary to start running, wasn’t it? I know it was for me!

But at some point in my life, I just became curious about what running would feel like. If I could actually run a mile. Of course, I don’t suggest you look up at the stars if you’re running trails!

Running has given me so much; I definitely can’t imagine my life without running now. It’s okay to be monogamous if the shoes are right for you — but if they aren’t, it might be time to step outside your comfort zone — literally and figuratively. 

Are you monogamous?

Are you still curious about things?

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup