Happy Friday! Since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.
Does anyone else feel like March just kind of flew by? Every Sunday I would think, “Is the week really over?” March was good month for me because I started training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I was really lazy in January and then in February I spent the whole month building up my base. I finally feel like I have a great workout routine and training has been going very well. Although a great month, I do have some things to get off my chest.
I runfess that I’m really loving Champion sports bras!
Two weeks ago I did a little bit of Spring cleaning, and that included getting rid of about half of my sports bras. They just weren’t supporting the girls anymore and I noticed a little extra bounce in my runs (lol). While I love the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra, it’s a little expensive at $60. I only buy that sports bra when it’s on sale, but lately I can’t find it on sale in my size! Enter the Champion High Support Racerback Sports Bra!
I stumbled upon this bra a few months ago and I really like it. It keeps everything in place and it’s very durable. I have washed these sports bras more times than I can count and they still look like new. They are also really affordable as well. I think it’s a good buy for sure.
I runfess that I’m surprised my half marathon training is going so well!
After living the boot life for most of November and some of December, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to train well for the Brooklyn Half. To be totally honest I do not have a goal in mind for this race, so I’m not really paying attention to my pace during the runs. I’m more focused on getting in quality runs and making sure I run enough miles. Running three days a week has been great. Granted I’m still in the early weeks of training, but I’m very happy with everything so far!
I runfess that Instagram is driving me bonkers!
Ever since Instagram changed from a chronological timeline to the new “algorithm”, I have pretty much hated it. I always feel like I miss posts, and that’s frustrating because I want to show support to my fellow runners and friends by liking their photos and engaging with them.
Last month I joined two Instagram pods. Basically an Instagram pod consist of 8-10 people that have similar interests (so for me it’s fitness and running). These people like your photos and comment on them in order to increase engagement on Instagram. The more your photos are “liked”, the more they show up in news feeds. I like these pods because it’s more about engagement and not about just gaining new followers. But even with these pods and trying to interact with more posts, I’ve noticed a decrease in my engagement. I don’t think people are seeing my posts, which might mean that Instagram changed the algorithm again – ugh! I really wish they would go back to the chronological order! I mentioned this to my friend Lora during dinner this week and she told me about “shadow banning“. She shared that post with me and it’s a really interesting read!
I runfess that I had a great time in Minneapolis this week!
I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Tuesday-Thursday of this week for a conference. This was my second time visiting Minneapolis and it was just as great as I remembered. It’s a really nice city with tons to do and do and the people that live there are very friendly.
While there, I finally got to meet Lora in person. It was such a fun time and I really enjoyed talking to her and getting to know her better. I love when running/blogging friends become friends in real life, and the food was super yummy too!
The conference was an all day event, but I was able to find a small window of time on Wednesday where I was able to get in a 5 mile run. It was nice to run through Loring Park and by the Walker Art Center. I love exploring new areas through running.
I runfess that NYRR pissed me off last week.
New York Road Runners (NYRR) puts on TONS of races every year. Since 2014, I have paid and run in 18 of their races (please keep this in mind while you read on). So back in December I registered for the NYC Half because I had guaranteed entry. I thought that I would have enough time to train, but by the time I felt well enough to start training, there wasn’t enough time. Since I had already paid, I still went to the Expo to pick up my bib and race shirt. On my way home I had the idea that since I had the bib, I would run the race virtually sometime in April. I emailed NYRR and explained all of this and asked if they could mail me the medal. I even offered to pay for the shipping of the medal. A week after I sent the email, I received a one-sentence email back basically saying “No” and wishing me luck with the virtual half.
Soo…I think what annoys me the most is that I have done numerous races with the organization, including some pretty expensive ones (umm…$200+ for the damn marathon), and they couldn’t do this? I know of other race organizations that would have done this. In addition, if I had deferred my entry to next year, I would still have to pay for the race again! I’m sorry but I’m not paying $130 TWICE to run a half marathon, that’s insane. Don’t get me wrong, NYRR is a very organized and well-run race organization, but this still annoys me. Okay, rant over, but it just really irked me!
So that’s it for my Runfessions! I’m looking forward to April especially since it’s my birthday tomorrow – yup, I’m an April Fools baby 🙂
Do you have any runfessions for March?
I hope you all have a great weekend!