Happy Friday! Since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.
This year has been flying by, but I really feel like this was the fastest month yet. It was a pretty busy month with a lot of work projects, Mother’s Day, my dad’s birthday, the AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon and the start of marathon training. I think the month flew by because I wasn’t focused so much on the days, but all of the things going on this month! Nevertheless, it’s time for my May runfessions.
I runfess that I enjoy fundraising!
Sure, it’s a little awkward asking for money, but I’ve found that people are more than willing to give when they know it’s for a great organization. Also it’s important to let people know that large donations are not necessary to make a difference. All donations, no matter how small or big, add up and make a difference!
I’m still fundraising for Bennett Cancer Center and will be participating in the Hope in Motion 10K race next Sunday! There’s still time to donate and get raffle tickets (prizes listed here)! Remember that each raffle ticket is only $5!
I runfess that I am nervous about Marathon training..
I know, I know…this sounds crazy because I ran a marathon last year. I think I’m nervous about this training cycle for a few reasons:
– I’m doing a 20 week plan vs. a 16 week plan. I know this will be good for adding in tempo runs and hill repeats, I just hope my body can handle it!
– I really want to PR. Chicago is a MUCH flatter course than NYC, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can PR because I wasn’t thrilled with my marathon time last year.
– I’m running Chicago as my goal race and running NYC again “for fun” – let’s hope I make it! LOL
I’m sure the nerves will subside by next month, but right now I just need to work through all those feelings.
I runfess that I’m totally in love with the running community
Okay, okay…this isn’t anything new, but I have just really been feeling the love from the running community all this month – more so than usual! I had some tough training runs this month and then I pretty much crashed and burned in my goal race. May definitely didn’t go as planned when it came to running, but all of you with your kind words and insights made me feel a lot less bummed. For all of that I say,
Runners are really some of the kindest people on the planet. It’s probably because we understand how running can be so fickle – your best friend one minute and arch enemy the next. It’s nice to hear from people that know EXACTLY what you are going through.
I runfess that I hate summer running
I am already dreading running in the summer heat! Last week we had a few 90 degree days and all I could think about was how much I the running in that weather. I sweat a lot under normal circumstances, but add in heat and humidity and I look like a swamp monster, seriously. I know that running in the heat will get better after I do it for a few weeks. It might get better, but it never gets easier.
Ice, water and cooling towels are my best friends in the summer! Thankfully I also have tons of Headsweats visors and thin tank tops/shirts to also keep me cool in the summer.
I runfess that I’m happy I don’t have any races in July or August
Okay, so hear me out on this one. This is kind of aligned to my whole “hating summer running”. While I LOVE races (my Fall racing schedule is packed), I don’t like running races in the summer. If at all possible, I want to enjoy myself whenever I race. It’s hard to do that when I’m sweating like a pig and hating the Sun, lol. I usually don’t have many races during July/August anyway, so this is nothing new (although I will miss doing RnR Chicago in July).
I’ll also be able to focus mainly on Marathon training during these two months. New York Road Runners (NYRR) hold “long training runs” in Central Park in July, August and September for only $10 bucks. I will be participating in these long runs. They are not actual races, but there is course support such as pacers and water/Gatorade stations. Plus it’s a great way to train with a bunch of other runners as well (doing long runs solo can be lonely sometimes)!
Do you have anything you want to runfess for May?
Have a great long holiday weekend!