Happy Friday! February sure flew by, and since this is the last Friday of the month, I am compiling a list of my top 5 February Runfessions. I will start by saying that the beginning of the month was rough in terms of running (or training in general for me), but fortunately, it is ending on a positive note!
Here are my top 5 Runfessions for February:
Runfession #1: I hate running on the treadmill! We have some rough winter weather here in Maine, which forces me to run inside for safety at times. This month has been rough and I have had to do some long runs on the ‘mill, which were particularly mind numbing. I really struggled at times getting on the treadmill, then off, then back on…. I had to talk myself into many of the runs, which was mentally very tough.
Runfession #2: I love running on the treadmill! It is a true love-hate relationship here. As much as doing the long runs on the treadmill are soul sucking, I know that without it, there are times I would not be able to run at all. I can curse at it as much as I want, but it has been a lifesaver when it comes to marathon and ironman training. It is actually great in the winter because my bike is on the trainer right next to it, which makes bike/run bricks very convenient to do!
Runfession #3: I have had second thoughts about Ironman Lake Placid. This is a biggie… I have been struggling so much with motivation over the post few months that I really began to question whether or not I should I do this huge race. I signed up for it last Summer and it has been a dream of mine for years, however, my family life has been so busy. However, after some serious soul searching at the beginning of the month (combined with my son’s hockey season coming to an end 🙂 ), I am ALL IN for this race and feeling very excited now!
Runfession #4: I can run in circles and circles. I have had a few times this month that required me to get creative to fit it all in. One of those times was running in a parking lot for 45 minutes while my daughter was at birthday party! It was a big parking lot, but I ran 4 large circles around it to squeeze in my run. This week, I had a 10 mile run on my schedule, but my kids were off from school. I don’t like leaving them alone for very long, so I ran 4- 2 1/2 mile loops around my neighborhood to get in my long run while staying close by. Yes…my neighbor’s think I am crazy!!
Runfession #5: I love running in new places! I did get a break from winter last week as my family and I went to St. Thomas for a wonderful week long vacation. It was beautiful and warm there! I really enjoyed running along the beach and soaking up the sun. I absolutely love running in new places as there is so much to see and running is a perfect way to take everything in!
How was your February? Do you have any “Runfessions” to share? Do you run while on vacation? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.