Hello, friends. Welcome to another edition of Runfessions, the monthly link-up hosted by Marcia’s Healthy Slice where we share our transgressions, running and otherwise, to receive absolution from faithful readers. Step into the runfessional and let us begin.
This is what trail runners look like while grocery shopping.
I runfess, I don’t understand why so many trail races are giving away a buff as a premium lately. Well, let me take that back. I think I do understand.
Many trail races are one step above fatasses (free runs with no amenities). Race directors for these very inexpensive trail races cannot afford to give tech shirts as a premium but an inexpensive buff fits their budget. For trail races with a higher registration fee, a buff is a nice low-cost add-on to combine with a shirt.
Either way, I have a lot of buffs from recent trail races. This is a photo of the hubs and me on our way to the grocery store. Face coverings are now required while in public in our state. We are wearing our buffs from my favorite trail race – Phunt.
Oh, Phunt, is there anything you can’t do? Now you even help protect us from the Coronavirus!
I runfess I am a fidgeter. I was probably less safe while wearing this buff due to the many times I touched my face to adjust the buff.
I don’t want to brag, but…
I runfess, I have some serious Grandma bragging to do.
My youngest son recently began running (after a few years of me dropping some not-so-subtle hints) and I am very proud of him for taking those first steps. His youngest son has caught the running bug too.
The May 17 race which was to be my son’s 5K debut hasn’t been canceled yet but I’m assuming it will be. We looked for a virtual race to do instead and found the You’re Not Alone Social Distancing Race.
The race is free, so the price is right. There are many distances to choose from. When my grandson, who just turned six, informed us he wanted to race too, we selected the 1K option.
He ran the 1K race with his daddy, decided he wasn’t done running, and ran an additional 2K after the race.
I runfess, I am thinking: future running partner!
Running a virtual race is like getting a virtual hug. It’s nice, but just not the same.
Hubby and I have been running some virtual races of our own. We ran a virtual half marathon in place of a real half marathon we had registered for in Asheville, North Carolina, and some free virtual 5K race series.
I runfess, while the virtual half just seemed like a training run, I am enjoying the virtual 5Ks. We run one each week. This is the final week of the series. They are good speed workouts. I can’t push myself to an all-out race pace without an actual race but we have been running fairly fast and it feels good.
And finally, some encouragement from a wise woman.
Thank you for joining me for April Runfessions.
See you next month for another installment. Until then, stay safe and #PlayOutdoors!
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