April Showers, Flowers, And Runfessions

I don’t usually punctuate blog post titles, but when I do, I use an Oxford comma. I’ve always been prone to include that last comma in a list, and this recent court decision will keep me punctuating. It also shows there is no such thing as too much attention to detail when you’re a lawyer.  Now that I’ve gotten through my nerdfessions, let’s move on to the Runfessions that Marcia encourages us to make every month.

April Runfessions

I’m also joining the Friday Five 2.0 linkup hosted by Rachel and Lacey and Miranda

 Yoga Runfessions

Last week I rearranged my workout schedule to give my cranky knee a rest before the GW Parkway Classic. (If you missed my recap, make sure you check it out here!) While I usually don’t run the day before a race, I didn’t want to miss yoga on Friday, so I put off my one and only run of the week until Saturday. Who would have thought this runner ever would be making yoga a priority?! 

Raining Runfessions

April showers bring May flowers, but they couldn’t get this girl to run on her treadmill. When I woke to rain last Saturday, I didn’t even think about staying inside. Luckily the rain was light, and our neighborhood already is bright with flowers.

Stretching Runfessions

I am bad about stretching after a run. Although I usually take a few minutes to stretch after my weekend long runs, that’s probably because I’m also checking my Garmin data and selecting a picture for my FitSnap photo. I almost never stretch after my weekday runs, and I’m even worse about stretching after race. I don’t think I stretched at all after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (although I did take a post-race ice bath), and unless you count the few stretches we did at the end of indoor cycling class on Monday, I didn’t stretch until the Tuesday after the Parkway Classic–and only then because I was glued to the last few minutes of Big Little Lies. Maybe that’s why I need to make yoga a priority!

Work Runfessions

This week I had a business trip to Chicago that I could have gotten out of, but who would want to miss running along the Chicago lakefront a day of firm leadership meetings?

Yes, running was the highlight of this trip, although the sparks that flew in some of the discussions kept things interesting.

When the forecast for my one morning in Chicago called for rain, I was annoyed, but not deterred–I added my light rain jacket and hat to the running gear already tucked into my suitcase. It did start raining Wednesday night, but Thursday morning the Weather Channel App lured me outside with this window of opportunity.

It was drizzling when I left my hotel, and outright rained for about 1/2 mile, but then it cleared up and turned into a lovely morning,

So lovely!

Blogging Runfessions

I am really struggling with my blogging mojo. I still LOVE the friendship and sense of community, I still love reading about what YOU are doing and what’s on YOUR mind, and there is still plenty I want to write about, but I just don’t have as much time as I’d like to spend on blogging it is just not my top priority lately. I’m not closing up shop yet, but I’m trying to let go of the pressure that makes me feel stressed when I choose puttering, reading, or napping over blogging.

Since we still have a few more days left in April, the May Ultimate Coffee Date link up isn’t until next weekend–May 6th. Please come back to join us!

Did April showers force you onto the treadmill?

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34 Responses to April Showers, Flowers, And Runfessions

  1. Luckily it only has been raining at night here for us. I got all my “walks” in rain free! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Kimberly G says:

    It has definitely rained A LOT in April! I think we had more rainy days than dry days, but hopefully May will be better! I probably used the treadmill for half of my runs in April, but it didn’t bother me too much.
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  3. There is no place better to run than that Chicago lakefront!

    I feel you on the blogging mojo. Sometimes I’m on a roll–and others I run out of things to write about. But as long as I’m running, I’ll keep writing. I enjoy reading your updates!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions over CoffeeMy Profile

  4. Take your time with blogging. I have found that link ups keep me motivated and help me find new blogs to inspire me!

  5. I have not been to yoga in a few weeks and I am feeling it. Need to get there next week for sure. I go in and out of blogging slumps as well. I think it’s normal!

  6. Darlene says:

    I get it. I hate the TM and will run in the rain rather than get on it.

    I wish my job would send me to NYC again because I love running there.

    Blog mojo. I’ve lost mine too. What else do I say? Who wants to hear me whine? I guess I continue because it’s keeps me connected to other runners and keeps me accountable with my running.

  7. Lesley says:

    I beat the rain on Tuesday with my run, but the cold air with the front moved in, and I had dressed for what it was at the beginning of my run. I was quite chilly when I ended my run and went into the house. Within half an hour it was pouring.

  8. Marcia says:

    I’m glad you got a chance to hit up the LFP. So beautiful there, especially when the weather cooperates. I hear you on blogging mojo. I think I may be scaling back this summer. We’ll see.
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  9. Shathiso says:

    I’m awful about stretching – I am okay after my normal training runs but I NEVER stretch after my races! Too excited! Blogging and running and life is hard! I am new to the blogging world, but just getting 1 or 2 blogs up a week takes time! So I hear you – but love reading your updates so please don’t disappear on us (no pressure!).
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  10. Blogging love comes and goes, no worries I say! When I relax about it I seem to enjoy it more! I’m glad you got to run in Chicago- you know how to make the most out of a business trip!
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  11. Glad you aren’t dropping blogging. I hear you about the time, though. And honestly, napping > blogging, every time.

  12. I haven’t touched a treadmill in a while despite the rain here too – I’d just rather be outdoors.

    I’m glad you’re going to keep blogging – I’ve been feeling a bit of a slump myself plus I’ve been so crunched for time.
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Sleep like a RunnerMy Profile

  13. We had alot of rain here but I wasn’t really running much anyway. It did keep me from getting outside and walking though! I was on a treadmill when traveling a few weeks ago. I don’t think it’s all that bad as long as I don’t have to use it all the time.

  14. Debbie says:

    I have always been terrible about stretching after races. There just seems to be so much going on that it gets pushed back…until the foam rolling comes the next day because my body is so sore!
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  15. Ana says:

    You made me laugh with the “We already have flowers” comment! I was thinking the same… let it rain when I’m at work, just not when my run is about to start!

    Blogging takes a lot of work!! I’m with you there!

  16. I’m with you on the blogging. I love it, but when I get “empty-minded” and have nothing to say (or write), I take a couple days off. My blog is not meant to be a day-to-day “Kim’s life” thing anyways LOL And the treadmill? I have not had any time with ‘Milly in a LONG time (and I’m alright with that).
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  17. megan says:

    I have to admit, I’ve been running on the treadmill during these rainy days. I don’t mind the rain as much as the wind/rain mix. Lately, it’s been 40 degrees, raining, and 20-25mph winds. Not a combo that I wish to run in (I’m wimpy!)

    I love running in Chicago and can’t wait until my next work trip 😉
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  18. I love running along Lake Michigan when I visit Chicago. I’ll be back in June and of course I’ll be hitting up Lakefront Trail! I was so bad about stretching after my runs, but now that I’ve added yoga back into my life I feel like I’m doing much better on the flexibility front.

    I’m all about the Oxford comma and I’m looking forward to popping over and reading the article you linked.

    I hear you on the time commitment on blogging… I’m glad you’re not closing up shop yet.
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  19. Zenaida says:

    Let me know next time you’re in Chicago. 🙂 Yes, we have been having some crazy weather weather here. I don’t mind too much running in the rain but then it gets to a point that you just want it to S.T.O.P.
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  20. We’ve had so much rain lately! I was tempted to do some indoor runs but couldn’t make the time on the treadmill due to busy days at work…and I think that was for the best!

    I am working on making foam rolling a habit after all of my runs and I think it has helped! I live for yoga during the week to get that good stretch!

    Blogging definitely builds up a ton of pressure, at least for me! I’ve been trying to cut back only to find myself writing more frequently, go figure!

  21. Chaitali says:

    Ugh, I’ve been feeling the same way about blogging recently. I love the community and reading other people’s blogs but it’s just been pushed down the priority list this year. I’m bad about the stretching too but I definitely feel it if I haven’t foam rolled and stretched for a while.
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