Another month of 2018 is coming to a close. I runfess I’m really sad that this summer has flown by in the blink of an eye. August, I’m gonna miss you. Join me for my August Runfessions!
No month would be complete without a proper running blogger send-off — the monthly Runfessional hosted by Marcia. I have some grievances this month so grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair.
August Runfessions: Police Blotter, New Goals, and Getting Inked
1. “False alarms on Amazon driver, cable guy”
Once a week on Facebook I see some absurd headline posted by the local PD which of course makes me want to click the link to the police blotter. This week? “False alarms on Amazon driver, cable guy.”
This one had me laughing out loud. But I runfess if I saw a white van pulling in and out of driveways with the driver getting out to walk around, you better believe I’d be calling the cops, too. Same with the cable guy sneaking around yards to repair lines.
GUYS. If you don’t want the cops called on you, perhaps you should consider putting some sort of identification on your vehicle?? I understand why Amazon may not want to advertise their delivery vans but by this point I think we all pretty much know an unmarked white van is an Amazon delivery driver.
Or a murderer.
Which is why people like me call the police… #sorrynotsorry
2. It took me a while to get over my race deferral.
I sadly runfessed last week that I deferred my entry to the Marine Corps Marathon this year. I was bitter and really sad about it for much longer than I expected. I finally made my peace with it a few days ago — after a lot of back and forth with my coach. It still stings but I’ve got different plans now and something to focus on which has definitely helped a bit. Plus I think I’ll really enjoy my workouts going forward which always helps. And, if things go well, maybe I’ll still consider tackling a marathon in November (Indy, I’m looking at you).
3. Don’t let the scale rule your world.
I runfess I have not been following my own advice. Over the winter when I was sidelined with hamstring tendinitis, I tried my hardest to stay in shape and be active. But without the high calorie burn of running, I inevitably gained weight. Once I started running again I figured the weight would come right off. The fat might have but the weight is still there. And I don’t feel lean and fit like I should. I runfess that even though I know I’m working out and building more muscle, I still can’t help but jump on the scale and see the number not budging. And I runfess it still gets to me even though I know it shouldn’t. I also runfess that I vow never to have a negative conversation about weight between me and my daughter.
4. I finally found the mountain biking trails near me.
I knew we had mountain bike trails nearby but I’ve never seen them in person until last weekend. Now that I know where they are, I runfess I’m itching to go! I hope to get out there next week sometime.
5. It’s been so hot and humid and I’m getting really mad about chafing.
I runfess that heat and humidity really doesn’t bother me. In fact, I kinda like it. What does bother me, though, is chafing. First of all, it hurts like a MOFO. Second, it’s really annoying and a little gross. But third, and most importantly, it irritates the hell out of me that my expensive running shorts are the ones that are causing the issues. And they’re supposedly 100-mile ultra tested. I beg to differ. I think what burns me up about it most is that I actually really love the shorts. But I can’t wear them for more than four or five miles at a time without major chafe. And the worst part of all of this is that I lube up SO MUCH and EVERYWHERE — and I still chafe!!
I blame the shorts.
6. I’m itching for a new tat.
You’ve probably seen my running tattoo I got a couple months ago. I love it. And I runfess I’m itching for another one. (Among the many reasons why it took me so long to get one in the first place.) But I’m trying to be somewhat fiscally responsible and not spend money on something ridiculous. The question is, when has that stopped me before?
7. Kids Run the Nation starts next week!
Our third season of coaching Kids Run the Nation starts next week. I’m equal parts excited and exhausted. Excited because it’s going to be super fun and I can’t wait to see a lot of familiar faces and plenty of new ones. Exhausted because none of the scheduling for this season has been easy with the rec department. It seems like everything’s been a battle with them and I runfess, I’m over it. I just want to coach the kids and show them that running can be a healthy, fun, lifelong sport. Is that too much to ask? Grownups make everything too complicated…
Thanks for joining me for my August Runfessions. It might sound like a bunch of whiny bitching, but guess what? IT IS!!
Happy long weekend, everyone!!
Tell the truth: do you call the police on suspicious activity in your neighborhood?
Got any tips for a first time mountain-biker?