I runfess that I haven’t done a runfessions post since August! Not sure what exactly happened in September but it’s kind of disappointing because I didn’t miss any other months this year. Lately things have just been so busy that it’s usually hard to get up a Friday post, so I guess that’s my excuse. So let’s see, what do I have to runfess now that it’s the end of October already?
1. I’ve stopped looking at my watch
Now that I’ve been wearing long sleeves for many of my runs, I’ve kept my watch hidden under there and I try not to pay attention at all when its buzzes at each mile marker. I know that my paces are slowing down, and even though I don’t care, I also don’t want to see just how slow they are and try to force myself to speed up. The only problem with this plan is still making sure I’m back home in time to get ready for work! I usually estimate that my average run will be at around 11 mins/mile. Most of the time they are just under that but it gives me a bit of a cushion.
2. Dressing for runs this time of year is a struggle
Even though I shared some tips for adjusting to running in cooler weather, this has still been a struggle for me. I like to set out my clothes for my run the night before but usually I wake up, check the temperature, and then pick out something different. I feel like often times the weather app just doesn’t appropriately reflect how it feels outside.
3. It’s hard to get out the door for weekend runs
When the weekend finally rolls around all I want to do is curl up on the couch (sometimes with the fireplace on) with a cup of (decaf) coffee. Unfortunately there always seems to be something on the weekend agenda which means I need to get out the door at a certain time if I want to get in a run. It sort of feels easier to get out during the week when I just wake up and get out the door immediately.
4. I still haven’t committed to a race
I mentioned that I would like to run a race while pregnant, if the timing worked out. Now it’s finally cooler but the weekends have just been so busy. I’m getting slower by the day so I should probably find one over the next few weeks if I still want to make this happen. Preferably, I’d like something very inexpensive since I won’t be “racing!”
5. Running makes me happy
So I know this one doesn’t really sound like a runfession, but hear me out. Last weekend at childbirth class the instructor was talking about ways to distract yourself in early labor (when you first start feeling contractions but it’s too early to go to the hospital). She insisted that we do whatever makes us happy during that time. Of course, the first thing I thought of was running! Then she went on to give the example of going for a walk. But also pointed out not to overdo it because you need all the energy you can get for the rest of labor. So I guess going for a run is not the best idea…I’ll need to come up with something else!
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What do you have to runfess this month?
Do you ever hide your watch when you don’t want to see your pace?
Are you having a harder time getting out the door this time of year?