Happy Friday! As October winds to a close, I definitely have some things to get off my chest, or “runfess”. It’s been a crazy busy month but luckily things are starting to settle down a bit.
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 started!
I runfess that I feel the need to blast a race organization
Okay, so I RARELY do this (if ever) but I’m going there today. Back in December of last year my mom and I signed up for the inaugural Wilmington Women’s Half Marathon in Wilmington, DE. I’m usually VERY skeptical of inaugural races, but they were offering very low prices for registration (I paid $25 and I believe my mom paid $15). Fast forward to this summer and we realized that we haven’t received ANY information from the race (zero emails), so I start trying to get answers from them on Facebook. Again, no answers at all. This went on until September and then they finally started posting some stuff on their Facebook page, but still no emails. Finally this past weekend runners started flooding their Facebook page with questions since there had literally been no formal communication at this point. On Monday I was pretty pissed and decided to call the city of Wilmington to see if there was even a permit for this race. They finally got back to me on Wednesday and said that yes there was a permit, but that the Wilmington Police Department would be cancelling the race due to the upcoming storm we’re expecting on Friday/Saturday (very high winds and temps in the 30s). Honestly I knew the weather would be bad but I was prepared to run since I’ve done races in worse weather. About 2 hours after I received that email, the race organization put out this post on Facebook saying that the race was cancelled. Luckily I was able to cancel my hotel so I’m just out the $25 bucks I paid for the race. It’s funny that the only emails we received from the race organization was the confirmation email back in December and the cancellation email on Wednesday. Apparently this organization has done races in other cities but I would definitely NOT recommend them at all (I just found out they cancelled an event in Philly too). I’ve never seen such a lack of communication and organization for a race – it was extremely frustrating!! Okay – rant over.
I runfess that my afternoon lunch walks have been hit or miss lately
Although I try to get out for a walk, I’m averaging 2-3 days a week. Between my travel and crazy weather on some days (either rain or super cold/windy), I’m not able to get in my afternoon walk breaks as much as I would like. I’m going to need to figure out the best way to handle this as the weather gets colder. I can deal with the cold but not the crazy wind! I think I’ll start keeping an extra pair of gloves and a sweatshirt at my desk so that I can safely, and warmly, get in my walks as the temperatures continue to decrease. I have to admit I really enjoy the 30 minutes that I have to myself in the afternoon as it’s a great way to recharge and then take on the rest of the day!
I runfess that I’m already in the holiday spirit
Is it too soon? I’m not a huge Halloween fan but I love Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s just my favorite time of the year because of the food and drinks, gatherings with friends and family, the decorations, and of course, holiday music!
I runfess that I’ve started looking at races for 2019
I’ve signed up for two 2019 races so far, but this past weekend I started looking at some of the bigger races for next year. Just a few that I’m considering include the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon, RnR New Orleans Half Marathon, Miami Half Marathon and RnR Seattle Half Marathon just to name a few. Nothing is definite yet and I still have to figure out if I want to do a marathon next year. Ahh decisions, decisions!
I runfess that my hip is feeling a lot better
It was a bit of a struggle there for a while, but after weeks of doing consistent PT/hip strengthening exercises, my hip is feeling better! I still have some pain twinges and stiffness every now and then, especially during long runs, but it’s SO much better than it was before. I’m hoping this continues!
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 October?