Is anyone else really confused that it’s about to be April? I think a late March snow storm really threw me off. I feel like it’s still the middle of winter. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to turn the calendar to April and I hope that it brings some warmer weather!
It feels like it’s been awhile since the last round of runfessions, probably since March is kind of a long month. I actually looked back on my February Runfessions and so much has changed since then! I was still ok with winter, wanting to run in the snow, and questioning if I should do a 5k. (In case you missed it, I ran a 5k a few weeks ago!)
So what do I have to runfess this month? Let’s get started.
1. Treadmill Enjoyment
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m really enjoying running on the treadmill. It saves me time, makes it easier to get dressed and takes less mental energy because I don’t have to think about where to run. The less decisions you need to make at 5am, the better.
I also think running on the treadmill has given me a new appreciation for the runs that I do outside. When I get out on the weekends or on a warmer morning, it just makes me so happy.
So I guess my runfession is that this runner who swore off the treadmill for years has changed her ways.
2. Running Outfits
When I run on the treadmill I don’t care what I wear. I could wear the same thing every day and it would be fine. Except that I have a feeling it would be weird to post running pictures on Instagram where I’m always wearing the same thing. Knowing that the Instagram world may see what I’m wearing pushes me to actually change up my running outfits. Besides, it’s good to get some use out of just more than pair of shorts and tank top.
3. Race Hesitations
After my 5k last month I’m not sure what I want to do about races moving forward. Initially I was planning to do more 5ks so I could get more comfortable with the distance, but I’m not ready quite yet. I’ve really enjoyed the past week of doing easy runs and whatever types of runs I wanted.
I’ve debated an April 10k but I’m not really to commit to that either. Now, we already know I have commitment issues with races, however I’m not even ready to commit to speed work again. I’m sure I will get the itch again soon but it’s just not there right now.
That being said, my strength training workouts are going to be speed based so I’m thinking a few weeks in I can start adding in speed workouts again once my body has adjusted and I’ll see what happens.
4. Running Shoes
Once again I have a running shoe confession, but this month is different. I’m trying to figure out what to do about my next pair of shoes. I’ve been doing great about tracking my shoe mileage and am in the mid 200s for both my Pure Flows and Levitates. I know they both still have plenty of life left but I want to buy a new pair when they hit 300 miles so I have them on hand and can start breaking them in when I am ready.
So here is my issue. I’ve been running in the Pure Flow 6s which they no longer make. The 7s are not on sale yet. The Levitates are not on sale either and are a more expensive shoe ($150- I got my first pair for my birthday last fall.) I’m trying to hold out until something goes on sale but I’m worried I won’t be able to find a pair in my size before they release the new models. I feel like I finally found shoes that work for me and I am worried that I won’t be able to replace them!
I guess this isn’t really a runfession, it’s just a complaint! Or I’m runfessing that these are the things that keep me up at night.
5. Foam Rolling
One of my goals for March was to foam roll 5 days a week. I actually think I’ve been doing well with this. However, my problem is I’m not keeping track of it! I could guess that I foam rolled 5 times this week or try to count by memory but it can be really hard to remember. In general I have been terrible about writing in my training journal. I always stop around this time of year for some reason!
But back to the foam rolling, it’s really helped to do it before some of my workouts. Then a few times a week I try to pull it out later in the day or at least use the Roll Recovery. I think what counts is that I’ve been feeling good and using the foam roller when I need it. Although it would have been nice to have actually kept track so I could have something to look back on!
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Does running indoors make you appreciate outdoor runs more?
Are there any running outfits that you tend to wear all test time?
Do you write down your training? Do you keep track of things like foam rolling?