Happy Friday! As usual, since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions. Let’s get this party started!
I runfess that I desperately need a staycation
I am definitely feeling like I need a staycation soon in order to avoid work burnout. It feels like things have been running at full speed all year. I think that things may slow down this summer since most people will probably use up vacation time (unlike last year). Also I don’t want to wait until the end of the year to try to use up my vacation time so I think I’m overdue to take a week off.
I runfess I’m on the fence about going back to OTF
Currently my account is frozen until June 16th. As of last week they are running some mask required, full capacity classes. I don’t see the point of the mask if you’re in a small room with 30+ people….just seems odd. The “limited capacity” classes will be mask optional, but setup will be how the classes have been the past few months with every other station being empty. My dilemma is that although I’m vaccinated, my mom isn’t and she can’t get the vaccine right now. We have gone to classes together since starting at OTF, and we were going to the limited capacity, mask required classes for months and felt safe. I’m probably overthinking it, but I’m just hesitant on taking any unnecessary risk just to get in a workout. We would both most likely wear masks in the limited capacity classes but I’m like 90% sure we would probably be the only ones. As of now we’re probably going to try it out for a month and see how it feels. If it feels unsafe then I’ll just have to see if I can do a long-term freeze on my account.
I runfess that I have no plans for Memorial Day weekend
We may grill food on Monday (if it doesn’t rain), but other than that, my only plan is to go to Target. These days, I prefer when I don’t have crazy busy holiday weekends. Sometimes it’s nice to have some free time to just relax.
That’s it for this month – thanks for reading my runfessions! I hope that you have a great weekend!
Do you have anything you want to runfess for May?
I’m also linking up with Darlene, Michelle, Renee, Jenn and Zenaida for Fit Five Friday!
I totally understand your reservations about OTF.
My older daughter went to Target the other day while I was driving Thing 2 somewhere and I got a little ticked because I wanted to go! Haha! Gotta love a good Target run! Thanks for linking!
I’m actually looking forward to my Target run – I’m glad someone else understands my excitement, LOL.
Darlene S. Cardillo says
The weather for the weekend is going to suck. So much for our boating plans. Even more important is my race on Sunday.
That’s too bad that your mom hasn’t been vaccinated. Tough decision.
Today it was pretty chilly and it’s been pouring rain for the past few hours – definitely not a great start to the holiday weekend but hopefully it gets better!
OTF is a tough decision. I wouldn’t trust myself on feeling safe because I’m prone to putting it out of mind if everyone else is OK with it. But, I’m still wearing a mask to the grocery store. That said, I’m eyeing the Cyclebar schedule even though they are lifting mask restriction— but I haven’t activated my account yet. If I were you with a new Tread+ at home, I’d probably stick with Peloton. 😉
Don’t get me wrong, I love working out at home and I definitely feel like I get a great workout with the Peloton instructors but there is just something about OTF and working out in a group atmosphere that I do miss. Sometimes it’s nice to have a coach in-person to push you a little bit harder 🙂 I feel silly that I’m still so hesitant about this since I’m vaccinated but I’m just not ready to be around a lot of unmasked people yet.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
I hope you schedule that staycation! We were fortunate to be able to carry over additional vacation time last year due to the circumstances, so now I’m planning to take off as much time as possible, starting with a trip to Vermont in a couple of weeks!
We were going to grill on Memorial Day but we’re supposed to get washed out this weekend so I’m not sure what we will do! I’m just glad to have a 3 day weekend!
Unfortunately my job didn’t allow us to carry over any vacation time so I ended up doing a lot of 3 day weekend toward the end of last year, lol.
It’s pouring rain now so not a great start to the Memorial Day weekend, lol. I’m hoping that Monday will be okay but the forecast isn’t looking great at all.
I agree that’s a tricky decision on OTF since your mom isn’t vaccinated. It brings up the debate of, are we opening things up too soon when not everyone is vaccinated? It’s a tough one.
i hope you get your staycation!!! I had to laugh at your Memorial Day plans of going to Target. I also have no big plans for the weekend. Just relaxing would be good!
I do wish that the gyms would have kept the mask requirement, but I can understand why they dropped it. My main issue is that they are depending on the honor system for people telling them that they are vaccinated and not requiring proof. I do think that some people will lie and say they are vaccinated when they aren’t so that’s going to be a problem.
Deborah Brooks says
I can understand your reluctance about returning to OTF bc of your mom. I am not sure what I would do,. However, if you are feeling entertained enough w all of your Peloton, I might stick w that. I hope you do take some time off this month ahead. You deserve it!
I love my Peloton workouts and the instructors are so great, but I do miss the atmosphere of the group workouts. Sometimes it’s nice to have an in-person coach to push you to workout just a little bit harder, lol.
Kimberly Hatting says
A staycation sounds lovely 😉 As I was just driving home for lunch, it occurred to me that all I really want to do tonight is stay home (after work) and order in LOL We used to have dinner with a group of friends all the time (up until a year ago), and we haven’t quite resurrected that routine yet. We’re all fully vaccinated, but it’s nice to just not go anywhere. The OTF does sound a little iffy. Like with everything else this past year, I say you have to go with what feels comfortable for you. We all have different levels of fear and anxiety (not just with Covid), and this year has taught me that we all have to respect (and not judge) others for what they’re comfortable doing. Gosh, I’d love a Target run with my #KimTwin 😉
Totally agree with you about ordering in. We usually get delivery about once a week – it’s nice to have the break from cooking! Yeah with the OTF thing I’m just going to have to play it by ear. I will probably go for a month and see how it feels.
Pencil me in for a Target run when I visit Iowa, hopefully next year!
If wearing the mask makes you feel safe then wear it even if you are the only one. I know how much you love your OTF classes.
I have to work Memorial Day this year but we using just hang out at home. I rather not deal with crowds.
Such a good point about the crowds this weekend. Now that everything has opened back up, all the beaches and parks will probably be packed for the holiday.
I think you should definitely take a week off, Kim. I hope you get your staycation soon. Sorry about your OTF dilemma. I have a similar situation with our local rec center. I have been going to virtual Body Pump classes in the afternoon, and I like it because I am the only person in the class. In-person instructors are so much better than pre-recorded videos, though. I think I am ready to go back to regular classes. I just have to make the move.
Sometimes I feel silly that I’m still so reluctant because I’m vaccinated so in theory it’s “safe” but mentally I’m just not ready to be in classes with people unmasked. I know I’ll get there eventually but it will take some time.
Michelle D. says
As someone who is fully enjoying a staycation right now, I say take some time for yourself, like yesterday!
I can completely understand your reluctance to return to OTF. I ended up canceling my membership, but admit I feel the tug every time they send a promotional email.
We actually decided years ago to take a hard pass on traveling during the holiday weekends – it’s nice to avoid the crowds.
Definitely! I left a note for myself on my work calendar to put in for my staycation time next week.
100% agree with your travel ban for holiday weekends. Years ago I traveled for July 4th weekend and I said never again, lol. The traffic is just insane.
I understand why you’re reluctant to go back to OTF. Yesterday I was at the vet with Cocoa, waiting in the foyer for her (they still don’t let us go in) and an unmasked guy came in. Even though I’m vaccinated, I was so uncomfortable! It’s still too soon.
Right?! I feel silly that I’m still hesitant but mentally I’m just not ready for everything to be so “open”.
Renée @runlaugheatpie says
I think with everything that’s happened over the last few months with your dad, plus the pandemic, you really SHOULD take a staycation to take care of yourself!
Going back to any gym classes I think would be a difficult decision. Especially if your mom isn’t vaccinated right now. Our gyms just reopened and even if I wasn’t doing something to keep me from the gym anyway right now, I don’t know that I would go back right away. Ron is thinking about it. He misses real, proper strength training. We get our vaccinations soon as well.
We had two holidays that created long weekends this month and did nothing! There are enough people doing things and making places crowded so we are happy to keep hibernating for now. Besides that, the weather hasn’t really been friendly for BBQ’s and the like.
Thanks Renee. I think you’re right – the events of the past few months are now catching up with me and my brain is like “please give me a break” lol.
I’m so happy that both you and Ron are able to get your vaccinations soon. It’s such a hard decision with the gyms because technically yes, we can workout at home, but sometimes having that extra push in a class atmosphere is very beneficial.
We’ve had nothing but rain here since Friday so even if I had Memorial Day plans they would have been canceled.
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
You know I’m all about caution when it comes to my loved ones at higher risk, so I understand. Whatever decision you make, it only matter that you’re comfortable with it.
We had plans to go to my moms Monday. They were doing a picnic outside and allowing visitors to attend. She was SO excited about it. Unfortunately if it rains and they have to be inside, the visitors are not allowed to eat with them.
It may not be rainy later in the day, so I’m crossing my fingers & hoping we can still go (and bring Bandit, that was the plan).
Whatever you do, Kim, I hope you are able to relax and enjoy!
Thanks Judy. My mom and I both agreed to try a few classes and see how it feels. I’m hoping that she’ll be able to get the vaccine later on this summer or early Fall. The issue is that is she gets it, she’ll need it to be in 3-4 doses instead of 2, and that’s not an option just yet.
The rain has been relentless this weekend 🙁 So sorry that your plans may get canceled tomorrow.
Zenaida Arroyo says
No plans for Memorial Day weekend except to relax and finish grading some assignments. Haha, I had 4 grades to get them done and am now waiting till the last minute. 🙂 Do the staycation!
Sounds like a lot of us don’t have any plans this weekend which is A-ok in my book!
Running With Fireflies says
Stating home and bbq-ing sounds excellent to me and exactly what I’ll be doing on Memorial Day, along with hopefully some hiking. I consider the 3 day weekend a mini staycation. But taking a longer break from time to time is really beneficial! I think it prevents many health issues down the line.
It may rain tomorrow so I’m not sure if we will be able to bbq – the rain has been relentless this weekend!
I totally get your hesitation. Going places without masks feels weird, and I don’t know if I would love it in your position either. I think you’re being smart to see how it feels.
We have limited plans this weekend, too. I’m feeling ok, but I can’t eat so I tire easily, and that makes it hard. We are going to try to see friends tomorrow and I want to take a separate car so I can just leave without ruining the boys’ time if I need to. Ugh.
Thanks Jenn. I just think it’s going to take a little bit longer for me to feel more comfortable. I’m waiting for the vaccination switch to go off in my head, lol.
I’m glad that you’re feeling okay and I hope that you’ll be able to eat better soon.