Runfessions Race Edition June 2017


It’s all about the race, about the race, about the race . . . or what didn’t happen before the race! Or did happen, but maybe shouldn’t have. Only this time what happens in UT isn’t staying in UT.

Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and other bloggers as we bare our souls — and our bad running habits, eating habits, the things we do even though we know we shouldn’t.

I runfess . . .
I ditched most of my runs on the schedule in favor of hiking while we were in UT. Either the altitude was getting to me, or the heat was getting to me, or I wanted to get into the park early so that we could beat the crowds.

Luckily it seemed to work for me.

Wouldn’t you rather explore this than run?

I runfess . . .
I don’t really recommend walking/hiking a half just a couple of days before a race, even though that’s what I did. We did two hikes on Thursday. And I walked around town in search of my UT mug. #sorrynotsorry

The day before the race was spend driving back up from southern to northern UT, so there was some rest going on. Sort of.

Sweet potato breakfast cookies worked as a prerace breakfast

I runfess . . .
Even though I’d brought along my normal race breakfast (overnight oats in a used almond butter jar), I decided against buying milk to assemble it and went with something new on race morning. It’s something I had eaten, but not hadn’t tried out before a long run or race.

Again, lucky. Apparently very lucky as GI issues hit several bloggers.

I runfess . . .
I met Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice (who gave me a ride to the start) and MB @ Tutusandtennies right on time on race morning. In fact, we actually ran into each other in the hall. When I got to the lobby, however, I couldn’t find the shoelace I’d tied to my hydration vest (it slips off my shoulder, which is annoying, but not a deal breaker — using a shoelace to hold it on works just fine).

So I rushed back up to my room, scanning the hallways for the purple shoelace; no dice. I’d actually brought a spare with me, but I had clue where that might be.

The shoelace was on my hydration pack all the time. I’d just tied it up higher than normal and couldn’t see it.

I blame the early wake up call (3 am).

I runfess . . .
I actually warmed up before the race. Truly, I did. Sort of  . . . there were some squats, some lunges, but no arm swings, no leg swings, no ankle rolls . . . to say it was abbreviated is putting it mildly.

Considering it was a chilly morning and I also didn’t do a warm up run . . . well, again, apparently I got lucky.

Everybody’s luck runs out sometime . . .

What weird was the worst thing you did before a race (even though you knew better)?

What do you regret doing before a race?

What do you not regret doing before a race?

Wouldn’t you like to get some runfessions off your mind? Come join us


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


5 Ways to Streamline Running


Running hacks. I’m no coach, I thought, what running hacks do I know? Food, of course; I’m a foodie. Is it any wonder that my idea of running hacks is mostly related to food?


Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to talk about ways I make my running easier.

Baby, it’s getting hot in here
I am often so tempted to skip a warmup when it’s freezing (or below freezing) outside. One of the purposes of warming up is to warm up your muscles — so you don’t do things like strain them; a warm muscle is a flexible muscle.

During the winter, if I’m running from home, I change into my running clothes and I do my warmup inside. Maybe everyone already does that, but if you don’t — to me, it just makes sense. I’m also more likely to take a little longer with my warmup that way.

Coaches, please don’t tell me that’s a bad thing!

Bare feet is good for the soles
But maybe you don’t want to go out and invest in minimalist shoes. Or maybe you’ve tried them before and they just weren’t for you.

I think I had an aha! moment again. Coaches, again, please don’t tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, have I mentioned that I’m not the best housekeeper (tongue firmly inserted into cheek). So walking around barefoot in my house on a day to day basis might not be the wisest choice. Especially considering those 12 paws that like to dirty up the floors.

But I have toe socks. Because I like to workout in bare feet. But I also like my feet to be a little protected. And they’re good for doing yoga when it’s cold, too. And of course, the “experts” say you shouldn’t be walking around in your shoes inside anyway (part of why I have outside shoes & inside shoes).

I got the bright idea the other day to walk around — all day — in my toe socks. Inside, of course. I have to admit, my legs seemed kind of tired after that. Let’s hope it’s actually improving my foot strength, since apparently I need help in that department.

Salads & Soups prepped in Mason Jars

Meal prep
Life has been busy lately. I’ve had to meal prep more than usual. When you’re tired and hungry, it’s easy to grab food that won’t help fuel your exercise — or recover well. Unless you meal prep.

Mason jar salads. Instant soup in a mason jar! Home made instant oatmeal. All of these will get you fueled and help you recover with just some time (an hour or two) spent on a day that isn’t so busy or a weekend day.

This mini crockpot has been a lifesaver!

Kitchen tools to make your life easier
There’s my mini crockpot. I’ve traveled with it — you can reheat leftovers, you can warm up food overnight, and it’s great for a couple of servings of oatmeal.

A rice cooker (Amazon Affiliate link) is kind of the same concept, really, and yes, you can make oatmeal in it, too. It’s larger, though, so you can make several servings. You can also make quinoa in it. Because of its size, I’ve never traveled with it. But it’s a workhorse in our kitchen and it’s really much simpler to make rice using it.

A regular crockpot is great, too. Throw some ingredients in it the night before or in the morning, and you can come home to a delicious warm meal. And of course I hear a lot about the Instant Pot (Amazon Affiliate link) these days, although I don’t own one (yet). Apparently it’s a pressure cooker, crockpot, rice cooker — but wait, there’s more!

I have had crockpots forever — I go through periods where I use them, periods where I don’t, but I can’t say there’s ever a year that goes by that I don’t use them at all. I used to have a big ole pressure cooker. I used to can tomato sauce, jam . . . we donated it a while ago.

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Smoothies are easy if you’ve made a smoothie pack ahead of time

Smoothie packs
I’ve gotten back into green smoothies a bit recently. And the reason I’ve gotten back into them is because occasionally I actually make up some smoothie packs: throw some fruits and veggies in a small mason jar and put it in the freezer.

When I want a smoothie, all I do is take my mason jar out and let it thaw a bit. Then add any add-ins (milk, water, chocolate chips, whatever), then give it all a whirl in the blender.

Did you know you can actually blend up everything except the liquid and freeze it like a muffin? Then do the same — thaw a bit, add liquid, and blend.

So let me know in the comments:

What gets you out the door faster?

Do you have an Instant Pot? Thoughts?

What is one thing you’re loving lately?