August Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month and that means…Runfessions…or so I hear! I must runfess, I’m a little intimidated by the whole thing. I’ve loved reading these posts on everyone’s sites for a number of months, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to do or how to participate. So here goes nothing! I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice as I make this first attempt.

runfess I have been quite lax in my marathon training the past few weeks, as any of you who have been reading my weekly recaps knows. Much of the time I’ve had some pretty legitimate reasons for not getting my runs in, but I’d bet it was sheer laziness on my part for equally as much of the time. It doesn’t help that I’ve completed several marathons without much training in the past. I run/walk/run/walk/run my marathons and as long as I finish, I’m happy. Seriously, I finished the 2015 Chicago Marathon just 3 minutes under course cut-off time and I was as happy as a clam.

I’ve been working extra shifts for the past couple of weeks to help cover a colleague’s medical leave of absence. I must runfess I’m liking the extra hours, and not just because of the extra pay. I’ve been in my current job for 30 years, and I love seeing so many faces that I often miss because I am part-time. It’s been loads of fun catching up with some of my work friends that I sometimes don’t see for several weeks because our schedules don’t match up.

The future bride and groom

My eldest son is getting married three weeks from tomorrow. I runfess that I am super-excited about it. I can’t tell you how many of my friends are not looking forward to their son’s or daughter’s upcoming weddings. I am so very happy for my son, and I absolutely love his fiancé and her family. We are very blessed! And for those of you who have been following along…I finally found my shoes!!!

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, please.




Like many of us, I waited anxiously to see the eclipse. I have to runfess, it was a little lackluster from where I stood. It was very overcast in Chicago, and lots of clouds rolled by just when the eclipse happened. I snapped a few pictures of the eclipse, but the best picture I captured was of half the hospital staff standing outside looking up at the sky. It was a lot of fun, but there wasn’t much for us to see.

I’ve been incorporating cycling into my marathon training and I runfess I have had the thought on more than one occasion that I may actually like biking more than I like running. I’ve been tossing the idea of a sprint triathlon around in my head for quite a while. Now for that pesky little issue of learning to swim. I can swim enough to save my life, but that’s about it.


I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five.

So there ~ I did it! My virgin Runfessions and Friday Five post! How did I do? How has your month been? What do you have to runfess?


  1. Cycling is a great cross training activity to running. I teach a spin class but that is the extent of my cycling. Congrats to your son! That is so exciting!

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      I’m really liking the cycling, and we already have an indoor trainer, so I can keep up with it year-round. Yes, we are all so excited for a fun wedding!

  2. I think you did a great job on your first runfessions post!

    The eclipse was pretty uneventful here. It was kind of cloudy which made it hard to see anything.

  3. You did great! I love that all the hospital staff went out for the eclipse. I did a combo of watching from my deck and running in to watch Tom Skilling cry in Carbondale. Heck I’m excited for your son’s wedding. Glad you found shoes too!

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      Thanks! I’m telling you, the shoes were a major coup! Of course they have 4 inch heels, but they are beautiful, and actually match! They’re not horribly uncomfortable, and I’ll switch to a more comfortable pair for dancing at the reception.

  4. Your Runfession was top notch…seriously, this was your FIRST time? I’m with you on teh swimming and a potential tri someday (in the very distant future). I could probably save myself from drowning, but it would not be very pretty. I have a phobia (?) of water getting in my nose (and of being splashed on the face by another source other than myself).

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      I don’t have any fears at all, I’ve just never been into it. I’ve never taken lessons, but I did teach myself. I can do the regular stroke and am actually better with the backstroke. I just have to get in a pool and practice and work on the muscle strength.

  5. Fun! I keep meaning to do it but I totally spaced on it this week (Runfession virgin over here too). You did great!

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      Thanks! I think I got it figured out! What a fun way to meet other runners and bloggers. Yes, the shoes were a major coup this week…and of course the biggest coup is the great future in-laws!

  6. Yeah to finding your shoes for the wedding! This week, week 9 out of 12 was my best week of training (so far).

  7. You have a great runfessional. 🙂

    So glad you found shoes!!! Woohoo!

  8. I have come to love cycling but I still don’t swim. You could look for a duathlon — I still want to try one. That wedding day will be here before you know it!

  9. How exciting about your son!!! I am sure the wedding will be BEAUTIFUL!! Congrats to them. <3

  10. When I trained for my last 3 marathons, my coach incorporated lots of cycling into my plan and I loved it! Even tho it felt wrong. I need to get over my fear of the road and get back on the bike. I miss it!

  11. How exciting that your son is getting married in less than a month. And yay for loving his fiancee. I cannot imagine marrying into a family that didn’t like me. That just sounds like torture for everybody involved.

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      We are all so excited for the wedding. I don’t get the families who don’t welcome people in. The person would have to be really nasty…and why would someone marry them?!

  12. Congrats about your son, that is exciting. I actually love training and have trained pretty well for both my marathons, I can’t imagine not training well…good luck with our training.

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