It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for — runfessions is open! Check out my August 2019 Runfessions. Spoiler alert: running ultras and getting inked.
I know the Friday Five has kind of died off, but in all honestly I’m still pretending like it’s still there. After so many years of making a list of 5’s on Fridays, it’s kind of a hard habit to break! Speaking of the Friday Five (and other linkups), I do have some things to Runfess…
August 2019 Runfessions | Running Ultras and Getting Inked
1. I’m still on cloud 9 after my ultra last weekend.
Although I’m still a bit tired, I’m still really dialed in to what transpired last weekend. I’m so incredibly proud of myself. It’s all seriously such a blur. I feel like I met so many amazing people through trail running and training for this race in general. I runfess I’m kinda sad it’s over.
If you didn’t get a chance to read my recap or have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.
2. I was nauseous for two full days after my race.
One thing I failed to mention in my recap was that I was oddly nauseous for a few days after the race. It was such an odd sensation because it almost felt like it started in my feet and then traveled up to my belly. I was never vomiting or anything like that, nor did I ever feel the urge to. At first I thought it was lactic acid in my calves but I think maybe I had really low blood sugar. I found it really difficult to eat. Nothing really sounded good so I was kind of forcing myself to eat and drink the next day.
By Monday I was downing BCAAs and as much protein as I could. I did feel better eventually. But I also runfess that it’s now Thursday afternoon and I’m still feeling fatigued in very odd ways. I was initially planning on a short run this weekend but I think I’m going to take several more days off to recover.
3. I volunteered for a position on the executive board of the PTA — and now I’m regretting it.
This is unrelated to running but I have to vent. I love volunteering and helping out, and I used to work in marketing and communications. So when PTA was filling the communications position, I offered to help out. Well… I’m seriously regretting that decision. My plate is extremely full with my own business, high school athletics, my children, and other family commitments. The vast amount of work needed to be completed for PTA is overwhelming. You should see my inbox. It’s exploded with PTA.
It’s a 2-year commitment but I runfess I’ll be lucky to make it out of year one with my head on.
4. I wish I could do more with the cross country team.
I runfess that while I’m just a volunteer coach for cross country this season, I wish the coaches would better utilize my experience and expertise to better the team. As it is now, I’m really just a body there with no real role to fill. I’m struggling with whether I should even keep going to practices to be honest. It’s a lot of time and effort (and money because I have to pay a babysitter) for me not to be doing anything on a daily basis.
Having said that, I really enjoy our track days because I feel useful (sometimes). I just love being out there.
5. I miss hosting linkups but I’m probably too busy to be a good hostess.
As I mentioned, it’s hard for me to break the habit of the Friday Five list. And after posting blogs for the last several weeks, it does seem like blogging has kind of dipped off of Fridays all together. Not only in the amount of blogs posted but also the hits I personally get on Friday posts. What happened? While I would love to step up as a linkup hostess again, I just don’t know that I have the time to do it. Between coaching, fitness classes, PTA… it might just be a little too much. But I runfess that I’m still considering starting a new linkup.
August 2019 Runfessions
6. 2019 was oddly one of my favorite years.
And one for good luck — I’ve come to the conclusion that 2019 is oddly one of my most fulfilling years in recent memory.
First, I coached track in the spring. It kept me incredibly busy and for that I am grateful. It was challenging and SO COLD!!! but my kids were amazing and it was a really great experience.
Second, my dad moved here in May. He wasn’t so keen on it, and he still tries to escape back to Arizona, but I just love having him nearby. It’s so nice for my kids to spend time with him and we get to do family dinners and all sorts of fun things we’ve never been able to do before.
Third, I’ve met some incredibly cool people through 2019. From my fellow track coaches and athletes, to all sorts of running and training partners, and of course to my fellow bloggers at Empower Camp — this has been one heck of a fulfilling year. I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with so many amazing people. I hope 2020 will continue to be as fulfilling.
7. I got inked!
Okay I lied — one more for good luck. I runfess I got a new tattoo! And I freaking love it. As with my first one, this one has been years in the making. I don’t take tattoos lightly (since they’re permanent after all). But I am so completely thrilled with how this one turned out. Eventually I think I’ll add a few more trees and make it a mini forest, but I’ll wait a little while on that. Because I runfess — that shit hurts!
And that, my friends, is my August 2019 Runfessions.
I wish you a wonderful holiday weekend. Enjoy those airshows, picnics and BBQs, races, and whatever else is on your schedule for the weekend. Enjoy!
What’s one amazing thing that’s happened to you so far in 2019?
Are you inked up? How many tattoos do you have? What are they?