I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t stay out too late chasing early Black Friday deals. For some reason, I bet most of us in this corner of the web prioritized turkey trots over midnight door-busters. I also wonder how many of us will be runfessing how many miles we would have to run to burn off all the stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie? I like math, but not that kind!
My first runfession is birthday related–so maybe I’m already exonerated. One of the things I did on my birthday was go shopping for new running shoes. I went to the running store planning to get a fresh pair of Mizuno Wave Riders, but since my plantar fasciitis is still hanging around, I thought I might need a bit more support and tried on Mizuno Wave Inspires. After testing out both models, I decided I didn’t have to choose!
I plan to use the Wave Riders for shorter runs and OTF,
and the Wave Inspires for long runs.
That brings me to my second runfession. About that plantar fasciitis. I know I should stop running and let it heal completely, but it’s not bad enough to make me give up my weekly OTF class or my weekend long run–or even to keep me from thinking about adding in a short run during the week. My chiropractor seems to be content to keep
enabling treating me even if we’re mostly maintaining the status quo, although it is better to the point that if I weren’t already in treatment, I probably wouldn’t bother.
Speaking of weekday running, I runfess that I have no motivation whatsoever to run in the dark. I’m torn between adding another OTF workout to my schedule and running from work after it’s daylight. At least for now I should be able to get a few miles in before 7 am, and still make it to my desk by 8:00 without sacrificing my Starbucks time.
My fourth runfession is family-related. My Mom broke her hip last weekend (thanks for all the thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes) and as we made plans for her discharge and the possibility that I would stay with her for a few days, I runfess that I was looking forward to running in her neighborhood, which is near the Mount Vernon Trail.
We got to her house quickly, but decided to let the professionals transport her.
The paramedics, ER staff, orthopedist, internist, and nurses all were wonderful.
My fifth runfession relates to my November plank challenge. I decided to up the ante and charge myself $1 for every minute I miss, to be donated to a charity. So far I missed three days (5 min x 3 = $15) and decided to make a donation to So Others Might Eat through Heather’s fundraising page.
Why aren’t they getting easier?
I’d like to end with a new category–a rungression. During the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, someone was running with music playing via the speaker of their phone. I may be the pot calling the kettle black since I have a tendency to disregard “no headphones” rules, but at least my headphones keep my music in my ears. His music was so annoying I wasn’t too disappointed when my paced dropped off just enough so I couldn’t hear it anymore.