It’s the last Friday of the month and I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! It’s been a long month, but I still can’t believe it’s almost over! Let’s head on over to the runfessional and see what I’ve been up to this month, shall we?
I runfess that with two marathons scheduled two weeks apart in October, I did not train half as hard as I should have over the summer. Of course that’s no surprise to anyone who has followed my progress and even less of a surprise to everyone who knows what a procrastinator I can be. Still, I survived them both and had some fun along the way.
I must runfess, there was method to my madness. My very first race was the 2013 Chicago Marathon. I had never run in my life, did some distance walking as my pseudo-training, and somehow ran the entire thing (albeit slowly) with the help of the most amazing pacer ever. At the time he was running his 259th marathon. He has now run over 400. While we were chatting before the race, he told me he was a Marathon Maniac. I thought that was just what he called himself. As it turns out, it’s a thing! A thing with a branch-off called Half Fanatics. I found out what it took to qualify and made it my goal. I qualified as a Half Fanatic by doing back-to-back half marathons in 2016. Running The Chicago Marathon and The Marine Corps Marathon just two weeks apart gave me entry into the Marathon Maniac Asylum. Introducing Marathon Maniac #14,100. Nice to make your acquaintance!
I runfess that I have been working a ton and between that and these races, I have papers piled up to my ceiling. I may have missed a few deadlines and been a little late on a couple of bills. Oops.
I have to runfess that with the marathons over, I am having some serious FOMO for all the fall races coming up. I want to run the Chicago Hot Chocolate 15K this weekend, but it is virtually impossible for me to make it. I want to do the RnR series! I want to sign up for all the races! I wanna go to Miami !!! Oh wait a minute, I am! I’ll be running the South Beach Ragnar next month, a 200-mile relay race starting in Melbourne Beach, Florida and ending in Miami. I’m literally twice as old as everyone else on my team, so we’ll see how that goes!
Last, I runfess that with my birthday coming up on Halloween Day next week, I feel the need to schedule some serious pampering. I am in desperate need of a pedicure after the two marathons (but with all toenails intact, thank you very much), so I will be spending much time next week rewarding myself for a very busy month. My youngest son is my birthday buddy and will be turning 21. We just booked a December trip to Vegas to celebrate with him and his brothers and hopefully my daughter-in-law Holly. We are very much looking forward to another fun family trip!
How has your month been? Do you have anything good to runfess? Any fall races or fun trips coming up for you?