Thursday, May 24, 2018

Friday Runfessions (May)

It's the last Friday of the month and you know what that means...

It's time for Runfessions!  Let's get right to it.


I Runfess...

My bike is still sitting on the trainer.  I love to cycle outside.  I do!  But for fear of crashing or blowing up an ankle tendon (which inexplicably happens too often on outdoor rides) I won't take it out until after my upcoming race.  


I Runfess...

I have a hard time getting rid of old running shoes.  They are memories.  But, this pair held the bad memory of a stress fracture and Chicago Marathon DNS.  Mizuno made some senseless changes to this generation of Inspire; namely the hard unyielding frame above the laces. So, I donated the gently used pair to help raise funds for a mission trip.    I heard they sold like hot cakes.  I hope the bad juju wasn't transferred to the new owner.


Good Riddance


I Runfess...

I'm embarrassed I didn't think of this sooner.  As our summer heat kicked in way too early, the thought of sipping hot liquids on long runs was nauseating.   'Cause, when you leave your bottles in a black metal mailbox on a sunny day - they'll practically boil.  Anyway ... A Cooler.  I looped back to my house whenever I needed a fresh, frosty bottle of Tailwind.  I did fret about someone stealing my hydration left too near the street, but I chose a brown cooler and stashed it in the pine straw.  Heck, I had trouble finding it myself!

I swear, it wasn't me!

I Runfess...

It can get a tad chaotic around our house.  I've learned to let a lot of things go and a run certainly helps reduce that stress.  With six dogs running around on some weekends, you have to breathe deep and smile.  Our latest adopted old dog is digging holes in the yard to stay cool.  {Smile}.  He has also hidden two dead baby raccoons inside our house.  {Smile Bigger}.  It's sad, and he was guarding them not eating them, but I was simply relieved they weren't the massive rats they first appeared to be.



Near the REVEL Rockies marathon start line (from REVEL website).

I Runfess...

There's a song in my head at all times.  It's why the radio is always playing...to drown it out.  It's also why I don't sleep well at night.  Can you guess what I've been singing for weeks now?   Hint:  It is associated with my upcoming marathon.  Or better yet, give me another song to sing in my head related to my upcoming marathon. 




What would you like to runfess?



I'm linking with my friend Marcia today from Marcia's Healthy Slice.
Please stop by and join in with your own Runfessions!




I'm also joining in on the Friday Five 2.0 linkup
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34 comments:

  1. Oh gosh...once I get a song in my head, it's on auto-play ALL DAY. It doesn't even have to be a song on the radio...something will trigger a memory or a weird phrase or a key word...and a song will pop in my mind and take up residence (until another song pops in to replace it). Great idea on the cooler of water!

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    1. The song on repeat can be such a curse. One of my kids has the affliction and my sister has it bad too like me. My husband thinks we are crazy.

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  2. Good idea to put your water bottles in a cooler! I wouldn't want to drink hot water during a run either.

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    1. I'm still not sure why I've never tried this before. I have a CamelBak but the liquid gets warm pretty quick with that too in our heat and against my hot sweaty body.

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  3. I don't have songs in my head but I do have ringing in my ears. That keeps me up at night...as would that thought of dead animals in my house!

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    1. The first raccoon disturbed me because he had been shut up with it for a long time. The second one we found quickly. We may find another Cooter Critter.

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  4. Dead raccoons in your house, and you have a big smile? Wow! You are Wonder Woman! I love the idea of stashing your drinks in a cooler. We usually stash drinks for our long runs, but just in a plastic bag. Next week, I'm gonna try the cooler idea. Of course, they will be more difficult to hide....

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    1. I used to put bottles in a plastic bag inside my mailbox, along with GU and anything else I needed. Even with ice in the bottles, they warmed quickly.

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  5. OMG now the incessant piss on the carpet (thanks Ozzy) here suddenly doesn't sound so bad. Yikes! Looping around for chilled running beverages is nirvana. Wheee! I'm so excited for your upcoming mararthon....probably moreso than you are. ; ) Thanks for linking!

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    1. I runfess, we also have a diapered dog. Get Ozzy doggie diapers. They come in assorted colors (in fact he wore his formal black one at a recent party). They are AMAZING.

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  6. The drinks get way to hot in my car so I started leaving them in a cooler. I also put a small towel w ice in a baggie ah so nice after a hot run

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    1. I use a cooler in the car when driving somewhere for a long run, but it's not often I do that. You'd think that would have triggered the idea to do it in my own yard. Duh.

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  7. Oh you already know how I feel about the Mizuno sneakers. If only they could go back to making the 10s again :)

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    1. The last few Inspire generations I've been happy with. The worst was years ago when they changed the heel to be super stiff. That almost crippled me.

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  8. I used to save shoelaces from important races! Perhaps that would save you some space?

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    1. Brilliant! I'm stealing that idea.

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  9. I runfess I am the same way with shoes. I literally have 6 pairs at the moment YIKES!

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    1. My husband says I have 50 pair. I'm afraid to count them and prove him right. LOL.

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  10. Songs have kept me up if they get stuck in my head. A lot of times it's the melody since I don't know the words.

    Have you tried Tervis Tumblers? They're insulated and are meant to keep hot liquids hot and cold liquid cold. When they started making water bottles, I jumped at one.

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    1. I have the normal Tervis Tumblers and use them out by the pool a lot. I haven't tried the water bottle ones. I have a good insulated bottle I won at a race, but it only works for a short while. I cycle with it mostly.

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  11. Sometimes I freeze one water and put ice in the other of my Nathan hydration waist pack. I ran out of water on a 20 mile run and had to have the girl at Jack in the Box fill my waters for me. I like your idea, but I would be tempted to stay home if I had to run by. ;-)

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    1. That's why I put the cooler so close to my street. If I even go into my yard (much less the house) I mentally would throw in the towel.

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  12. Oh that dog, so mischievous. I do not think I would be smiling if I saw those...haha. I am one that throws shoes out like nobody's business...too much clutter.

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    1. I'm just smiling to keep from crying. I don't think he killed the raccoons. He is a big ol' softie. That distinction belongs to one of my other dogs.

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  13. Oddly I don't have any problems donating my used running shoes. Now, actual clothes -- that's a bit harder!

    Have you ever seen the pack-it bags? They have built in gel packs (like the walls are actually gel packs). I keep a couple in the freezer year round. They keep things cool for hours & they'd fit right into your mailbox (I have already done this). I've bought mine at Marshalls, Homegoods, or TJMaxx.

    Gizmo has brought in countless animals, dead and alive -- ever had a bird flying around in your house? NOT a pet bird? Yup, more than once. But he doesn't guard them. And since I wised up and don't let him out early, the flow of animals virtually stopped.

    I wouldn't be smiling at the dogs guarding a dead animal. :( Thankfully they are not good hunters, although Mr. Judy says Bandit actually got a vole once (and damn those things are creepy!).

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    1. I'll have to look into the pack-it bags. They sound perfect for the mailbox. In regard to the dead raccoons, I was smiling to keep from going over the edge. I don't believe he killed them though. That would probably be Mini or Mojo (the little dogs).

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  14. Having 6 dogs in your home, there must always be something going on...but those raccoons would have scared me to death, lol!

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    1. Thankfully, this only happens when everybody is home on a weekend. My college pre-vet kid is usually fostering dogs and that adds to the base numbers. LOL

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  15. That cooler is such a smart idea! OMG to those tricks your old dog is doing. lol

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    1. I'm almost afraid to find out what he'll do next!

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  16. I had no idea you had 6 dogs! Wow!

    Good idea on leaving your drinks in a cooler. I will admit i did laugh when you said that you couldn't find it yourself!! :-)

    So which song is it?

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    1. Only 6 dogs with kids and the dogs they foster.

      Rocky Mountain High...Colorado. (John Denver)

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  17. OMG on the raccoons! I would need a marathon's worth of endorphins to smile at that!

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    1. Seriously, I was so happy they weren't huge field rats! I think one of my smaller dogs was the culprit and the big dog was guarding the bodies.

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