Runfessions – February

Gather together, runners. Let us runfess the running sins we have accumulated over the course of this long, dark, cold month. I am joining Marcia’s Healthy Slice for our monthly Runfessions.

Meditations in Motion

Last week, I wrote about my very successful visit to an orthopedist, who gave me stretches, exercises, and a new diagnosis to help combat my hamstring injury. He told me when I could stretch so that my raised leg is straight and at a 90-degree angle with my body, I would be ready to try running outside again.

In that post, I described how I almost cheated on my doctor’s orders and ran, even though the angle is slightly over 90-degrees. Dear Readers, this week, I must runfess that I actually cheated and ran outside, even though the angle is still a little bit over 90. What can I say? I am weak.

I also must runfess that I am not remorseful in the least. My hamstring feels good, even great. More to come on that topic in a future post.

Meditations in Motion

Buoyed by that unexpected success, I must runfess when my Marathon Maniac friend Nancy called me and asked if I wanted to run the Marine Corps Marathon with her again this year, I was intrigued. Now, I have a rule that I don’t run a specific marathon more than once. There are a lot of good marathons out there and I like to try new events rather than repeating the same ones over and over, but I am considering breaking my own rule.

The reason Nancy wants to run MCM again is that we have a mutual friend, Dennis, running this year. Dennis has run MCM 30 times. Yes, he has run 50 marathons, 30 of them the MCM. Seven years ago, he swore he would never run another marathon, but the siren call of the marathon is irresistible, and it eventually got to him. He’s back. Nancy envisions us crossing the finish line together with Dennis.

Both Dennis (who is 76 years old) and Nancy have run the race so many times, they have an automatic entry to the very popular “People’s Marathon“; I do not. I would have to enter the lottery and take my chances, unless…

Unless I enter and run the Marine Corps 17.75K race held near Quantico next month. Finishers of this race get automatic entry into MCM. 17.75K is a little bit over 11 miles. The only time I have run this distance since I ran the 2018 version of MCM in October was in the Phunt 25K Trail Race in January, and that was more of a run/walk than an actual run. You know I signed up for the race, right?

The 17.75K race looks like a lot of fun. I love the distance. It’s mostly on a gravel road, which I enjoy. I figure this gives me a month to make up my mind about the marathon. Moving on.

Meditations in Motion

My final runfession involves breakfast. The picture above is not my typical breakfast. Usually, I eat yogurt, fruit, black coffee and maybe a handful of granola. Lately, however, I have been doing a fasted workout most mornings. That means I go into the rec center, workout on the elliptical for a while, maybe take a Body Pump class, shower and come home before I eat breakfast, usually around 11:00.

I must runfess that this schedule is at least partially due to some unwanted pounds that have been showing up around my middle. When I described my schedule to a friend, she exclaimed: “Oh, you are doing an intermittent fast.” Yesss…that is exactly what I am doing, an intermittent fast. I am inadvertently doing something that has an official title. I thought I was just trying to eat less food in the most painless way I could imagine.

I have two more pounds to go, then the intermittent fast is history. Until the Lenten season. I wrote last week about a Lenten fast I will be doing each Friday. Maybe you will read about my Sundown Lenten Fast foibles in next month’s version of Runfessions.

Thank you for witnessing my runfessions, friends. See you next month, when we will once again unburden our running souls.

 

I am linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5

 

 

 

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49 comments

  1. I am glad that your outdoor run went well this week!

    I have heard about a type of Lenten Fast at my church but I’m not sure if I could do it – it seems so restrictive! I usually just give up something for Lent, like junk food, meat or pizza.

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  2. I tried the IF for a while last year. Honestly just did not have the energy to run without eating anything. I could do the elliptical but I did not stick with it. Do you think it’s worked for you? Yay on the hamstring feeling better!

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  3. I have been doing the fasted cardio for some time (going on two years?), but it’s only in the past year that I realized it had an actual name LOL All I know is that it works well for my schedule and the fat around my waist is melting without really any extra effort on my part (other than rising and shining early in the morning). Obviously, not everyone’s gig, but I’m glad it works for me (and you, too).

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  4. Intermittent fasting has some good science behind it with respect to vitalizing the immune system – it’s more or less a way of life for me. Congrats on finding it via trial and error and a good dose of intuition! Our bodies know what we need if we take time to stop and listen. The stopping and listening is the challenging part for many 😆

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  5. Ugh to the middle poundage. I am suffering from the same malady. I’ve been really watching what I eat and that seems to have helped. I know if I gave up wine, I’d be much better off, but come on, man!

    Glad you’re back at it–good luck at 17.75. I hear it’s fun but it’s hilly? I know you’ll share the details.

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    • Same here. I should give up wine, but I need to live it up sometimes. Staying slim gets more difficult as we get older, unfortunately. If you can wear those Inkburn tops that you do, you are doing great!

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  6. You will love the 17.75k! It’s such a great race and the course is really nice. The Marines do a really good job! And it’s a great way to get into the MCM. That’s exciting about running with Dennis and Nancy.

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  7. I’d collapse, weak and hungry, if I didn’t eat breakfast Laurie – maybe because I have always eaten breakfast before going out to work, walking or even on errands. Sometimes I come home after a long walk, especially in Winter time, and my oatmeal is in my toes!

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    • I know what you mean. I used to have to eat immediately upon waking up. I’ve been training myself to wait, mostly to try to lose a few pounds. Every pound I lose is one more that I don’t have to lug around a race course! 🙂

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      • Maybe I ought to try that Laurie – it has been a habit for decades to get up, have coffee and oatmeal as soon as my eyes are open. We have 45 mph winds right now – sounds horrible out there – hoping I don’t lose power.

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      • That’s horrible Laurie. I was worried when I saw some damage that was shown on the weather station I follow online – a woman’s patio awning was ripped from her house – I held my breath for that as I have a patio awning in the back yard and another one over the side door. We had 39 mph winds a few years back and it took my metal shed, blew it across the yard and it crumpled apart. My neighbor called – I had just heard the wind velocity before she called. Her pear tree split in two at the same time.

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      • The shed broke off its moorings and tumbled across the yard. I did not replace it, though it makes a huge gaping hole in the yard and I now see into the neighbor’s property – not a nice sight. I never went into the shed in years as there were spiders and big webs, but it was painted the same color as the house and I had the handyman shore it up a few years before, I repainted it then and it was in good condition to look at it. Then I had a difficult time getting rid of the metal. A neighbor makes his living as a “scrapper” and I asked him if he was interested – he said “not my kind of metal.” (Okay … I thought metal was metal.) I asked my homeowners insurance agent if he knew a reputable company that would haul away a metal shed because I knew a larger company would not show up. He was no help. So I went onto Craigslist and found a local guy who happily showed up and used the outside electrical outlet to cut it up. It took two weeks to find someone and he was there about 20 minutes and done. He wanted to pay me for the scrap metal and I said it was fine, I was happy to have it hauled away. Our 55 mph was on Sunday around 3:00 p.m.

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      • Oh, glad that handyman worked out well for both of you. Sounds like a win-win. My son is going to have to do something about his fence. Right now it is propped up, but another good gust of wind will blow it over. Bill said he would help our son put up a new fence when it gets warmer. I think I would just remove the fence but their neighbors have a dog and my DIL doesn’t want the dog coming into their yard, which I understand.

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      • Yes, you’ll have to wait until you can dig the holes to put the fence posts back in and likely your ground is frozen solid. My next-door neighbor got a privacy fence about five years ago on one side and the back (she deals with the same backyard as I now have to look at, but she had two poodles and the house behind at that time had two Rottweilers and a pit bull and they were barking at her two small dogs). Anyway, she had several panels on my side (don’t ask me why) and the backfence, and decided to get fence to fill in the gaps and make it go all the way around. The City inspector said it could not be done as the City had changed how far the privacy fence needed to be from the existing property line. So you might want to check if there are any changes if it is a big job or any of the fence got damaged in the wind. I would want a fence too if the neighbor has a dog. The neighbor on the corner has a doberman – I have to cross the street and won’t go by it – it rushes the fence and bares its teeth at me. I’ve never had issues with dogs – it is either the dog or the breed.

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      • Yikes! I would steer clear of that Doberman too! I will ask Bill to check with the township authorities before they begin installing a fence. You are right – the ground is now frozen. They could not dig fence post holes.

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      • Yes, Cha Cha defends her turf well. I always go over to the opposite side of this cross-street as I have no doubt she could jump the fence – I forgot it was a female. If you’re just putting the fence back up, it shouldn’t be a problem, just if it was damaged and a new one installed – our City of Lincoln Park is really picky, however, … when they installed her 25 feet of privacy fence, they tore down 25 feet of the chain-link fence to make new post holes They filed a permit with the City saying I had okayed it – I did not okay it. I was never told they were pulling down this “joint fence” and I told my neighbor to have the Lowes’ subcontractor reimburse me for the new chain link fence – it looked bad with 1/2 the fence missing. She said it was not her fault and wanted no part of “my problem” so I had to have the handyman put up a new fence – $250.00. I called the City to have the building inspector come out before I had him install the missing fence – my issue was they granted a permit to tear it down without an original signature (I checked the City code) … the building inspector looked me in the eye and said “your shed is on the easement – it’s not supposed to be on the easement.” My father set it up there in 1966 when we moved here. He just stood there and I was so angry – no recourse with the City due to the shed. I liked the shed and had just had it shored up/repainted as I mentioned yesterday. Then the shed blew over the following year.

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      • I love the name “Cha Cha”! The dog next to my son’s house is a big Doberman too. Yikes! That’s a shame about the fence. Your neighbors sound like they are not good neighbors! Ugh! Maybe they will move away.

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      • As to the neighbors … one can always hope Laurie. We used to have friendly neighbors on all sides, and, even though we did not run in/out of one another’s houses, we knew the names of family members and even their pet’s names. It is not the same as years ago sadly. “Cha-Cha” belongs to Juan and he assured me she is a barker but not a biter. Um – you could have fooled me when she bares her teeth and lays back her ears at me. I usually like dogs, but this one has me very wary.

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      • I was bitten once by a dog while running. He was on a leash, but the little girl holding the leash couldn’t control him. Her parents chastised her, but I think it was obvious that she could not have controlled the boxer. He weighed more than she did! He tore my running shorts, broke the skin, and left me with a huge bruise. Now I am very wary of strange dogs and give them a wide berth!

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      • That would be so scary Laurie! They say “no dogs” on signs around Council Point Park, but people bring them, leashed, anyway. I was there one time and there was a large pit bull with a pre-teen girl on the other end of the leash. Same deal as with you – if this dog would have sensed I would harm this girl and lunged at me for any reason, she could not have controlled it at all. My friend Ann Marie was walking home from the Park when she still lived here in this City and two pit bulls were wandering around the street. She called the police as she had her phone and they had to the animal control officers and a few more police showed up – that worries me a lot as I walk through neighborhoods too.

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      • Yes, that was the exact scenario with me and the boxer. I never had a chance to react. I was past him by the time he bit me. He didn’t growl or bark or give me any type of warning. Just, chomp! Do you carry our phone with you when you walk?

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      • Very scary Laurie – yes, I do carry a phone, it’s just a flip phone. I rarely use my cellphone as I work from home and I never use the phone when I am out and about. I should turn the phone on though when I am out because it takes so long to boot up. So many things to worry about when you’re out enjoying a walk or a run … two-legged as well as four-legged predators. I carry pepper gel and my “Storm” whistle as well, though I know in an emergency I may forget to use them as I’d be scared.

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  8. So you got into 17.75? I hear that alone was a feat with computers crashing! I don’t think my hamstrings ever get to 90 degrees. Pretty sure they’ve even been stuck at 75 before I started stretching more.

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  9. I laughed at how you cheated. I would have done the same.

    I ran yesterday. The chiro said 4 or 5. Well I heard 5.

    I cannot do anything fasted. Glad it worked. I don’t look at the scale but for some reason I have been hungrier since I stopped running. And in a bad way.

    Need those long runs. For my waist.

    I don’t repeat half marathons. Some are tempting especially for the ones where it rained and I couldn’t enjoy the views.

    Wish I lived closer to DC for Mcm 17.5

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    • I think most runners would do the same as you and I did! I need the long runs for my waist too. Working out on the elliptical just isn’t the same as running outside. I am looking forward to the 17.75k. You will probably hear about it sooner or later! 🙂

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  10. I find when I’m training hard I wake up hungry. And because I’m not training hard right now — not so much. So I have been eating breakfast later (although not as late as 11). But that’s funny that you did it without know it was a thing!

    Good luck with the 17.75. MCM always sounds intriguing, but right now I’m just not into long distance training. Have I mentioned recently how much I detest training in winter? And how tired I am of being cold?

    30 MCMs though. Wow!

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    • Yes, I agree. If I was running big miles, I couldn’t do the fasting I am doing now. I am too hungry all the time! 🙂

      I am ready to run in warmer weather too. We are supposed to run with friends tomorrow. Hope the wind dies down before then!

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