March Runfessions

Oh jeez – I can’t believe that it is Passover/Easter this weekend! Where does the time go? My month has been insanely busy, and I can’t believe Boston is in about two weeks. Oy vey. Here are my “runfessions” that I want to get out off my chest to end the month, and hopefully start April off a bit better for me.

I runfess training for Boston has not be a priority in my life
Sometimes you kill training – sometimes, not so much. This month has been absolutely craziness for me. My husband and I found a house we absolutely loved and are in the process of closing on it. I also started a new job in early February, which has taken its toll on me as well. Training for yet another marathon just has not been the priority in my life.

I runfess I need a break from marathons
Besides the 101 things going on in my life, another piece of the puzzle is that I am just NOT enjoying these long runs lately. Going out the door to run for the next 3+ hours has just not been exciting for me, but a source of dread. While I still love running, I think I am just feeling burnt out jumping from Philly Marathon, to the Dopey Challenge, right back into Boston. I just need a break from super long runs, I think! I hope by the time fall rolls around, I will feel more refreshed and ready to take on the New York Marathon.

From Ironman 70.3 AC to New York City Marathon in 2015 – hoping for the same plan in 2018!

I runfess I cannot wait for triathlon season
On the heels of being burnt out from long distance, I think I am ready to run a little less and swim and bike more! Every time I see photos on Instagram with other triathletes on their bikes, I get serious FOMO. Swimming – eh, not so much – but I know it is good for me. After all, you can’t swim-bike-run if you don’t swim!

Here’s to another great tri season with the bestie!

I runfess my diet needs serious help
With the craziness of my life, my diet has slipped into some serious bad habits again. I am hoping after Boston I will have a more time and I can try and refocus. After all, tri season is coming up, and those suits are SO not forgiving.

I runfess my pace has gotten considerably slower
Due to all the reasons above – training not being a top priority, myself being spread a little too thin (and seriously stressed), and my diet being out of whack, my pace has currently slowed down from where I was when I finished Dopey in January. Fitness ebbs and flows, so I am trying not to beat myself up for it. In the past two years, I have come out triathlon season as a stronger and faster runner, so I am hoping the same thing happens this year, too!

I am linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions this month.  I am linking up with Lacey from Fairytales and Fitness and Rachel with Running On Happy for the Friday 5 2.0.

22 thoughts on “March Runfessions

  1. Even though your training for Boston is not you ideal, at least you are doing it so good job! I can’t imagine coming off a strenuous training cycle as Dopey and jumping right back into another one. I wouldn’t beat myself either. You are doing the best you can!

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  2. Wow, it sounds like you are very busy! But buying a house is so exciting. Are you looking forward to moving in, decorating, etc? My pace is much slower right now because I am just running for “fun” you know what I mean? I haven’t been racing or doing speed training.

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    1. rach

      Decorating the house is a little intimidating – so much more space and I don’t want to mess it up! I really need to get back to speedwork

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  3. You know I totally relate to what you mean about marathon training. I agree – I really can muster up any excitement for a 20 mile training run, lol. I’m happy with the half marathon distance for now!

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  4. It’s probably good to take a break from long runs, I think that will help alot! I also feel like its easier to clean up my eating when Im not running a ton. Good luck with the house stuff!

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  5. I can’t imagine marathon training, house hunting and getting used to a new job at the same time – you deserve a break! One thing that keeps me from tri-ing is my lack of interest in swimming.

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    1. rach

      Thanks! Yes – swimming is by far my weak spot in triathlon. Learning to swim was super tough at first, but I do find it relaxing, once I get over the initial hump of “ugh, I have to go swim now”

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  6. Whenever I was training for a marathon, there were some significant life events that always threw me off! Marathon training definitely takes over your life, that’s for sure. I think it will feel good to take it easy after Boston. You’ve been killing it!

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    1. rach

      I think I just did too many marathons! But yes – I love tri season in summer. Particularly when it’s 90 degrees and a swim day lol

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  7. I’m getting “all the feels” for everyone running Boston! I even pulled out my Boston T-shirt the other day. 😀 I can imagine you’d be pretty fried with all those marathons. I know when I was doing 2/year that was more than enough for me. Congrats on the house! So exciting!

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    1. rach

      Thanks!! Yes it’s hard to believe I will be running Boston so soon, despite the burn out. I think you’re right 2/year is the way to go!

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  8. I’m sure you’ll get your pace back after the swimming and biking! That sounds like a great way to step back from long-distance runs and marathon training. Best of luck in Boston!!

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