May Runfessions

ย Please join me as I runfess three running sins.

Not As Impressive As It Might Seem

So…my husband and I ran a little 5K race in mid-state Pennsylvania earlier this month.

We were supposed to run it with our son. He was dealing with an injured Achilles, however, and could not run. We originally signed up for the race as a family outing – a very low-stress, low expectation affair. When my son bowed out, I had no excuse not to run the race as an actual race.

I decided my strategy would be to run fast (relatively speaking, of course) but not breakneck fast.

Bill and I lined up at the start. I looked ahead and saw a whole lot of “up“. The first mile and a half were mostly uphill on winding country roads. I struggled to maintain a respectable pace.

At the midway point of the race, runners did a little out-and-back loop before heading back into town. As I watched the runners ahead of me returning, I saw only two females.

Extremely surprised to be in third place, I concentrated on catching up to the second place female. Luckily, the race featured a downhill finish, and I was able to pass her.

I finished the race in second place overall. My prize was a bucket full of Easter candy and a light-up vest.

I runfess, at the awards ceremony, I discovered I was the oldest woman in the race. I also found out the young woman who beat me was 11 years old. Yes – eleven!

That took some of the wind out of my sails.

Why Do They Do That?

I runfess, one of my pet peeves is when shoe manufacturers redesign a running shoe that I love and make it into a shoe I do not love.

My running shoes of choice have long been Nike Air Pegasus. These shoes are light, flexible, and responsive. The owner of our local running store recommended them to me years ago. I have been a fan ever since.

Not having to decide which running shoe to buy has been a relief.

I go into the store, try on the latest version, and hand over my credit card. (Actually, I ask Bill to hand over his credit card since I rarely travel with my wallet anymore. But still.)

When I ran for the first time with the Air Peg version 37s, I was dismayed to discover they were much more padded, less flexible, and more clunky. Ugh! I felt like I was running with big wooden boxes strapped onto my feet.

Now I am in the process of hoarding all the remaining pairs of the 36s I can find. My 37s have already been relegated to knock-around shoes.

Why, Nike? Why?

London Is A Yes

My last runfession is a doozy.

Unless it is canceled, I will be running the London Marathon this fall.

There are three ways to gain entry to the London Marathon

  1. Win the lottery. Non-residents of the UK have a 5% chance of getting into the race through the lottery. Yes, 20 times more people try to enter as there are spaces. I tried the lottery this year. I did not get a space.
  2. Run for charity. This is either a very expensive proposition or you must ask your friends and family to donate to the official charity of the race. I don’t hold it against anyone who enters races this way, but this option is not for me.
  3. Register with a tour company. This is also an expensive way to gain entry into the race, and it takes several years to move up on the tour company’s list until you get a space.

I did none of the above.

I lucked into an entry when a friend who is also running the marathon asked me if I wanted to go. Uh…yes!

When she signed up for the 2020 race (which was canceled, of course) through a tour company, her husband had to pay full price even though he is not a runner.

When she deferred to the 2021 race, a few race registrations became available because of fewer participants due to COVID. She switched her husband’s reservation to my name and I just had to pay the cost of the race registration.

If the pandemic allows and the race is actually held, I will be traveling with my friend, her husband, and Bill to London this fall.

Thank you for joining me. I hope to see you again next month for coffee and confessions.

You can find the places I link up here.

99 comments

  1. So exciting to be going to London for a race, Laurie! Yes, you truly lucked out with that one. And yes, it’s so irritating when you find a shoe you love only to have the company redesign it down the road. Hope you’re successful in “hoarding” the ones you like.
    Blessings!

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  2. Congrats on that 2nd place, Laurie!
    I love that you and the 11-year-old got the first two places – what were all the other women between 11 and 50 doing?
    And what happened to your shoes in the first photo? Did you run in the 37s and ditch them?

    I would love to do the London marathon one day. I’m so happy you get to do it!

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    • Thanks, Catrina. Yep. I ran for a week in the 37s, then bought a pair of 36s. Then another pair of 36s, because…eventually I won’t be able to find them. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      I hope you get to run London someday too.

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  3. You need to bask in your glory, forget about anyone else, no matter how old, who beat you. You are a champion. And as for London, how cool is that? What stories you’ll have to tell after that run.

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  4. I’m going to enter my request to the universe that you and Bill get your fabbo trip to London this fall — and that you show those Brits how Yankee women run! And kudos to you on being the most senior woman in the 5K and beating the pants off all the rest of them. Except, oops, the 11-year old ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. You put it out in the universe that you were thinking about London but didn’t think you would get in through the lottery…and sure enough you were right! Congrats!!!

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      • A guidebook would have lots more recent info. See if you can find one geared to your interests. Knowing you have been church-goers, I’d recommend going to St Paul’s or Westminster Abbey for a service on Sunday or evensong when the choir of men and boys will be singing. When we used to go, we’d be a little early and were allowed to sit in the choir area where we could see the boys singing. They might not do that any more. I enjoyed seeing the crown jewels, but you’d need to check on that for times and dates. Going on the London Eye is something a friend always does with her guests. That was built after we left. Do you already have a list of things you want to see?

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      • We do not have a list, Anne. We don’t even have our flights yet. I am afraid to do too much planning because COVID might force the cancellation of the marathon. If that happens, we will not go until next year. Thank you for the suggestions!

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  6. London Marathon!
    I am so excited for you!
    And I sympathize with the agony of shoe redesign. Argggh! I wear a hard to find size, and have actually had the change be so drastic that the “new and improved ” shoe didn’t even fit!

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  7. I, personally, think you should be proud of your finish in the 5K race. Some of those youngsters are really fast and have unlimited energy. I know you aren’t “that” old, but being the youngest and oldest females finished 1st and 2nd is neat, in my opinion.

    I too like being able to go to the shoe that I like. Sorry Nike made changes that don’t work for you.

    YAY!!!! Congrats on scoring a spot in the London Marathon! Hope it’s a go. If not, maybe you can defer to next year.

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  8. Laurie, I am ecstatic for you!!!! I remember when you mentioned this possibility–and I was so gung-ho then. Now, though?! Well, I’ve lost all train of thought for the other comments I was going to leave. I’m so excited for you! (I did want to say I’m sorry to hear about your son’s Achilles. Did he need a repair? Hopefully not. Those are brutal. Let’s hope he can strengthen it so it never comes to that. Best wishes to him!) And congrats to you on your #1 and #3!!

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    • Thank you, Carolyn. I am excited about London. Keeping my fingers crossed. My son is still babying his Achilles. I am hoping he doesn’t need surgery. He just started a new job.

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  9. Awww, Laurie, how wonderful you get to (Lord willing) run in the London marathon! Will you be able to stay and do some touring while you’re there? I’m sorry your Air Pegs have been altered. That must be so disappointing! As always, I enjoyed your runfessions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Wow so cool you a youngin & a even younger youngin were winners. It is so frustrating when a company so called improves a product that has really been fine for years. So Teach, mathematically calculating the amount of runs you do & how often you go through the shoes, how many pairs would you need till your 101yrs old & I’m sure still running? lol. I be praying you & your hubby get your run fun trip to London. Have a brilliant weekend.

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  11. I love the shoe hoarding! Jason and I did the same thing when we discovered we didn’t like the feel of Brooks Ghost 13s when we tried them on… The toe box felt shorter and more narrow and this is coming from someone with narrow feet! I still have an unused pair of 12s under my bed, unfortunately Jason’s last pair will probably be maxing out in a month or two… We’re hoping the 14s are better!

    That’s so cool about going to London!

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  12. Nike Air Pegasus were my first running shoes back when I was wearing version.. 12, maybe? LOL I wore them for several years. Then Nike changed them and yeah, I had to find a new shoe. Asics did the same thing to me with the Pegasus a few years ago. It’s really frustrating when they make a major change, isn’t it?

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  13. Wow on London! I hope it works out. I know the U.S. is ahead of a lot of Europe with vaccinations, but I think England has been doing well.

    We actually pushed the coffee date to next weekend, so feel free to join in again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  14. You always win first prize in your category Laurie because you run like the wind. Hmm – she’s much younger, so maybe that’s why, but don’t fret. Your day will come again soon, or hopefully in London. What a great opportunity – I hope it works out for you.

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    • Thank you, Linda. I think it’s probably because most women our age have more sense than I do. There aren’t usually too many in my age group anymore. I am keeping my fingers crossed for London!

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      • You should be proud that you’re still competing and able to beat women younger than you – forget the 11-year-old girl … that’s likely a fluke right? I hope you get to London for the race and some vacation time with your friend and both your spouses.

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      • I felt fine on Saturday, then on Sunday was so tired all I wanted to do was sleep. This morning, I woke up with a headache but took some Tylenol and it went away. Took a nap again this afternoon. Hope I am back to “normal” now.

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      • I hope you’re back to normal by now Laurie. That fatigue from the shot is amazing isn’t it? I wonder if the second shot side effects weren’t as bad for Pfizer as for Moderna? As of today, I am fully vaccinated … 2 weeks after the last shot and today I read a story that they might consider a patch for a booster shot or making a combo flu-COVID (booster) shot. That would be interesting. Was Bill okay too with no side effects? I have heard people who had COVID already have the worst side effects from the first shot and my neighbor confirmed that. I was talking to him over the weekend and he said “I was as sick as a dog” for shot #1, not sure I want to go back for a second shot.! I told him the second one’s better from what I heard (watch me be wrong). He got COVID at the plant where he works. One woman’s husband had it and she didn’t tell anyone and came into work and she was sick, just no symptoms and every employee got it at the same time.

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      • I am pretty much back to normal. I get a headache every now and then. Nothing too bad, but I notice it. Bill had no side effects at all, other than a little arm soreness. I think his immune system is better than mine. Mine is still stressed from all the years of teaching! I got everything that came down the pike in those years, including Swine Flu.

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  15. Congrats on placing in your race! Young kids can be FAST! I ran a local 5k a few years ago and in the pics approaching the finish line there are kids passing me. Yay for running London! That’s so exciting!

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  16. Congrats on the London entry! The universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways. I was just smiling at all the London marathon pics that came up on the 2-year anniversary since i ran in. I’m still so grateful. I hope the trip goes off without a hitch!
    Ummm coffee is next week… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. Congrats on winning your race! I think you should be proud that you beat all the younger women. So fun that you are running London. I was supposed to do the London Landmark Half last year and then this year, now I am deferred again to 2022. Fingers crossed! Sorry for the confusion, the coffee date is next week

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    • That’s right – I remember reading that your London race was canceled. I am not sure whether the race will really happen this year. If not, I will defer until 2022. Sorry about the mix-up with the Coffee Date!

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  18. Oh, how exciting that we will be going to London! You can meet Liz (maybe, I know that’s hard)! Congrats!

    Why would you feel bad that someone 11 years old beat you? Those kids are really fast! Be proud that you came in second to her! Laurie, you’re fast. Not just for your age, you’re just fast. I do wish I could so easily run at your paces — mine are probably your walking paces!

    Every runner hates when the company switches up their fav shoes — I’m so sorry!

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    • Those kids really ARE fast! They are amazing.

      I switched to Nike years ago when Saucony changed my favorite shoe. The next time I need shoes, I will just have to talk to the shoe store guy again and see what he recommends. He is my age and knows a lot about running shoes.

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  19. Wow, a race in London! I confess that it is one of my favorite places to visit. No matter what type of Nike shoes I try, they just never work for me. Brooks is my choice. Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend.

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  20. How exciting to be going to London to run, Laurie. Congratulations on your win. That’s an amazing feat or feet in your case. You did it with your clunky shoes? Have a great week. Glad to read of all your successes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. One of my biggest pet peeves is when sneaker companies change the mechanics of sneakers. This has happened to me so many times and was the main reason I had to switch from Mizuno to Brooks sneakers.

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  22. LONDON!!!!!!!!! Oh wow…curious, do you need an extra friend to come along, and help with your luggage? Just asking ๐Ÿ˜‰ I totally hear you on the shoe thing. I love the Brooks Adrenalines, but it seems like every-other model isn’t as great as the previous one. One such model (the 18’s) were perfect, though. I bought a pair in April of 2018, another in September (at a discount, because the new 16’s were coming out), a third pair on Black Friday (even better discount), AND a fourth pair just after the new year. SO, I was able to enjoy that model for upwards of two years ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Ha! I think I DO need a friend to help with my luggage! Know anyone who is available? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You were smart to get so many pairs of the shoes you like. I have only bought 2 extra pairs. So far!

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  23. Oh how exciting! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that London happens this year. I think it is fantastic that you came in second place. I hate when a shoe I have always loved changes and then that always has me questioning if my feet changed or the shoes changed….

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  24. Well done on your second place. How frustrating Nike have changed the Air Pegasus. It was my favourite shoe when I was running. Exciting news about the London marathon. Isnโ€™t it great to have something to look forward to again.

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    • I am hoping that Nike changes the Air Pegs back again. I think a lot of runners like well-cushioned shoes, but I liked them because they were so light and flexible. It IS great to have something to look forward to again.

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  25. Congrats on London, that should be an amazing experience!! And congrats on your 5K, that is awesome!! I have been beaten by many pre-teens in races, lol, so I’m used to it!

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  26. Oh, London! How exciting! What a fabulous opportunity!

    Sorry about the Pegs. Every so often, that happens, I guarantee the 38s or 39s will be wearable again. Shoe companies learn fast.

    Congrats on your race! That’s amazing!

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  27. Hi Laurie – what a fun thing to look forward to. We often say in our family that anticipation is often better than the gift/event itself. So if you get to go it will be fantastic, and if you don’t, you’ve had all those months of planning and anticipation to enjoy.

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  28. How exciting Laurie! Hope it all goes to plan for you!

    I actually find that with most clothing items, we find some article that fits & wears perfectly, then when we go to get more they’re either not made any longer or changed entirely! Ugh!
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  29. I donโ€™t recall ever being able to run 5kms. I could probably have swum it. It not run it. Recently though Iโ€™ve started doing a little bit of treadmill just to keep for though ๐Ÿ˜Š. Impressive to earn a second place (though Iโ€™m sorry about your sonโ€™s injury I had an Achilles injury that plagued me for about 2 years – that embarrassingly was as a result of a late night bathroom trip (spot the pun ๐Ÿคฃ)

    All 4 my daughters would beat me at any running race and their ages range from 15 to 9.

    Anyhow before I write a blog for you here. Well done and good luck for whatโ€™s coming still!

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    • 5K is a long way to swim! I used to swim a mile before school 3 mornings a week, but 5K would have taken a lot of practice for me. Ha! Love the pun.

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    • Thank you, Michelle. I hope it happens too. I think I am going to buy another pair or two of the shoes I like. Then I don’t have to worry for a mother year or 2.

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  30. Hi Laurie, How cool to land a slot like that. I hope we are able to travel freely by then and this trip works out for you. I trust we can look forward to hearing details in a later post about how you placed.
    Cheers

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  31. Great job on your finish, and getting to run the London marathon…whoo hoo. I know what you mean about shoes. I don’t run, but when I like a shoe I want it to stay the same or not be discontinued.

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  32. I have to disagree with you right off the bat, Laurie …. it IS IMPRESSIVE!!!! that you ran a race, persisted uphill and didn’t turn back! Congratulations on placing (never mind these young ‘uns!)

    I hear you on shoe woes. It has just happened to me as well. My favourite shoe for a while has been the Saucony Freedoms. Just found out a month or so ago that there have made major changes …. sigh. I don’t understand why they do this as well.

    Hurray for London! How very exciting! Looking forward to cheering you on and hearing all about it!

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  33. Oh Wow! I watch the London Marathon every year (well, apart from last year) I understand your frustation about the running shoes, it must be a real pain when the style you love changes. Well done on second place though, that’s amazing. #mmbc

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