It’s the monthly runfessional! Today I’m talking October running dreams, coaching decisions, and general life upheaval. What to do! Join me for more…
Happy Friday, my friends! And welcome to another week of the Friday Five 2.0! Today we’re lucky because we also get to link up with Marcia and runfess our secrets for the month. I’ve had some things weighing on me, especially in the last week. Let’s discuss…
Are My October Running Dreams Over? September Runfessions
There’s so much crazy going on in my life!
I runfess there are so many balls in the air right now in my life that it’s starting to give me anxiety. One thing giving me anxiety is Kids Run the Nation and the bureaucracy around it. I’m trying to plan a spring session through my local school district and all the hoops I’m having to jump through to please the grownups running the rec department is kinda killing my mojo. It’s stressful enough trying to teach, engage, and encourage 15-20 elementary kids, but then dealing with workplace politics just adds to the stress. The crazy thing? I’m considered an independent contractor — I don’t even work there! I just wanted to bring an amazing running program to my local school…
I wore a race shirt before the race.
There, I said it. I runfess!!! I wore my shirt for the Iron Horse Half Marathon before the race. But know what? I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE WEARING IT. I’ve been spouting Iron Horse love for the last five years to anyone willing to listen. So darn it, I deserve to wear the shirt!! Plus…
October is my busiest race month in a long time — and I might not even be able to run!
I runfess I have three races in October — one of them being Iron Horse. And I’m not even sure I’ll be able to run any of them. I sustained a calf strain last week and haven’t run on it at all since last Thursday. I went to the doc on Monday and she confirmed the strain. She encouraged me to try running on it over the weekend but I’m terrified to try. What if I try and I feel the same excruciating pain I felt when it happened? Or what if I try and it’s not the same pain but it’s a dull, achy pain? Am I more scared of the pain, or am I more scared that my October running plans may be decimated?
My training has been spot on. I’ve felt amazing and strong. This has definitely been one of my better training cycles from a physical standpoint. And normally I wouldn’t be too upset by having to take some time off from running. But this time’s different.
I runfess that I’ll be crushed if I can’t run this October.
I also runfess that one of my October races is Marine Corps Marathon. Remember that one?
NOW Immersion, here I come!
I runfess that I’m going to the NOW Immersion next week but I’m super duper terrified. I’m terrified because I don’t know a single person going! It’ll be a lot of fun and I’m definitely looking forward to it. But still — not a single person! I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t know the other attendants. Eek! #anxiety
I think as the next couple of weeks go by I’ll have more of an idea of what I want to do with Kids Run the Nation. And I know I’ll have an idea of what my calf is up to in the next few days. Fingers crossed I have no pain and my calf magically heeled itself. I’m not ready for my October running to be over before it’s even begun.
ICYMI: If you’ve got marathon training questions, I’ve got answers. Even to some of the sillier face-palm inducing questions. Check out my answers here!
No questions today — tell me what’s on your mind!