may runfessions: keep on running

It’s time for our May Runfessions, and my theme is just to “keep on running,” There is so much insanity in our world, and I feel like I have to keep pushing forward in order to see my way clear.

Let’s join up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice and talk it out in our May Runfessions.

I runfess that…

I was stunned that the Boston Marathon announced it was going virtual in 2020 (they are also offering refunds to participants, as well as some other options). Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the decision, and I know it wasn’t an easy one, but it just seemed like we were seeing light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Obviously, this could still be the case, but there are so many logistics in play that the mayor of Boston clearly felt it wouldn’t be safe to hold this as an in-person event. My heart goes out to all the athletes who will not be able to run these 26.2 miles in 2020.

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I runfess that…

Having a puppy is no joke. Luna is a good girl, and is really doing great with her sleeping and potty training, but holy moly, does she has some energy. She is into EVERYTHING, she’s crazy smart, and I always have to keep an eye on her. I’m not complaining: puppies are freaking amazing, but it has been a super long time and I am out of practice. It’s all worth it, for sure, but I am tired!

may runfessions

I runfess that…

I’m glad the school year is over. Little man did great work, and his teachers and school were on point with the crisis/distance learning, but it was stressful and truly not how the year should have been. Of course, I can also runfess that these first days of summer have been challenging: even little man said “we had so much more to do when I was younger.” Sure, because he still loved crafts and activities that I put together. Now, he has his own idea of how he wants to spend his time, and I assure you, it’s not on the cute projects I unearth on Pinterest.

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I runfess that…

Couch To 5K has been so good for me. Every time I look ahead on the program, and tell myself I can’t do the next session, I get out there and surprise myself. While there is zero reason that I couldn’t have just gone with my Galloway intervals, I would love to see what I can do, with this opportunity of restarting my training from scratch. Even on the worst days, I’m really just so proud of how far I’ve come.

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I runfess that…

In spite of the previous runfession, I’m a little disappointed to still have a limp as the day wears on. I don’t want to say I’m in daily pain, exactly, but I am stiff and uncomfortable quite often. People have said that it takes over a year to get back to “normal” and I hope that I will feel that normal one day soon. It’s discouraging to not be able to do certain things, and to think I might never do certain things again. I am hopeful that I can just keep moving forward and one day things will be a little easier. Fingers crossed.

I runfess that…

Even with my above disappointment, I am super, absurdly excited for the Best Damn Race Florida Challenge! My team is the QuaranTeam Queens and my friend L and I will start logging our 1000K on June 15. I wish we could start sooner, but the race director wants to give the solo runners/walkers and cyclists a few extra days. Do you want to join me? Register through my referral link and be part of this incredibly fun event!

What May Runfessions do you have to share?

What do you think about the Boston Marathon announcement?

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24 Responses to may runfessions: keep on running

  1. Boston was a big surprise…and then again not. I feel bad for all the heartache those runners must be feeling. You have made such great progress! Remember (like you’d forget LOL) you broke more than “just” one bone, and both were in a high-maintenance place. Keep up the great work!

  2. Kim G says:

    I don’t know why the Boston surprised me as much as it did, but I was instantly heartbroken for the runners. Offering a virtual option is nice but I don’t think I could ever run a virtual marathon.

  3. While Boston was a huge disappointment, I really wasn’t surprised. I am just curious to see how they will register people in 2021. I am really wondering when we will do big events like that again. I am starting to think it may be a long way off…

  4. Laurie says:

    Awww…your puppy is so cute! What a great picture of him. good for you for crushing C25K. That is awesome. You must feel so good about yourself. It takes strength and commitment to make a comeback the way you did.

    I feel bad for the Boston runners too. I think there will not be any big races on the schedule any time soon. Smaller races may come back this summer or fall but even they will probably be modified in some way.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I do feel pretty proud and strong. There was a lot of “Ok, but you know you might not ever be the same?” talk and it got in my head a little. I guess I won’t be the same, but it’s ok because I’m making so much headway.

      We just had a local race take place here this morning. It was small with staggered start times, but it was unnerving to read about it happening. And also filled me with a bit of FOMO.
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  5. Marcia says:

    I don’t really understand the virtual Boston option…because who on earth wants to do that?? But I do think Boston should have cancelled sooner. I hate that some people started training for Boston twice this year. That’s not fair. I assume Chicago will be cancelled and I’m wondering about NYCM too. Such a shame.

  6. I’m so happy that your C25K is going so well!

    I wasn’t really surprised by the Boston announcement and I suspect that most fall races will follow suit. It’s such a bummer.

    My brother just got two puppies and he says his shoes haven’t stayed tied since he got them home. I can’t wait to meet them, but by the time we’ll be able to get together they will no longer be puppies.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Luna loves shoelaces. And string. She also loves my husband’s shoes, but she just sticks her head in them and then wags her tail and wiggles all around. She’s a weirdo.

  7. Farrah says:

    haha, awww, puppies get into everythinggggg! I’d love to adopt a dog someday, but realistically speaking, I’m probably going to have to adopt an adult dog. 😛

    I’m glad your son did well with distance learning + that the Couch to 5K program is working well for you!

  8. Wendy says:

    I never thought Boston would cancel. I feel so badly for all the qualifiers who have to give up their dream! I hope they will be able to run it next year.

    When we got Cocoa, I kept saying how much work a puppy is. I love her to death…but I would seriously consider getting an adult/rescue next time. Having a puppy is not for the weak!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Me, either! It’s insane! And the first time. I totally get it, but definitely a tough call.

      I love rescuing, but I miss the actual raising of a puppy. It’s a different kind of challenge, and I’m so glad we’re doing it.

  9. Coco says:

    It’s a good thing puppies are cute, right? Are there any summer activities for your son? I heard that some camps “can” open in Maryland now, but most are choosing not to. So glad C25K is going well, but sorry to hear about the soreness. Hopefully it will fade away soon.

    • runswithpugs says:

      OMG such a good thing.

      So, camps are somewhat open in our area. He was scheduled for a week of Scouts camp in the mountains of Georgia, but his Troop voted to cancel. The camp was open, but they were so restrictive in all their activities that it just wasn’t worth the drive or the money. No white water rafting (which is the camp’s signature activity), or offsite field trips, limited shooting and aquatics time, no campfires, no mess hall, limited merit badges, etc. Our Scoutmaster has a huge property and so he and some of the leaders are working on putting together a comparable camping experience with a little more spacing but just as many opportunities.

      If all goes well, we may do something like send him to surf lessons or something more private. Other than that, he’s just home with me.

  10. I’m not surprised one bit that C25K has gone well for you…it’s all of the hard work that you put in this winter that kept you strong. Yes, Boston was a bit of a bitter pill. My local marathon has put out a lot of hype that the race in late September will be a go and it’s nice to have the possibility to look forward to, but I can’t see it happening.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      There was a race here this morning! I was stunned! They made it a 5K (from a 5K and half) and did staggered start times – 15 people at a time from 6:30-10:30am. Bizarre.

      I hope September is a go for you.

  11. Catrina says:

    I can’t see any races happening this year. I think we’ll have to wait for the magical vaccination first. Or the virus fizzles out by itself somehow. It’s sad, but one day we will be back to racing.
    And you will be super-ready for the 5k! Well done on all your progress!
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  12. Michelle D. says:

    While I’m not surprised Boston is not happening I am surprised that they would offer a virtual option. To me, the thought of running 26.2 miles as a virtual is so unappealing. I feel bad for everyone who has worked so hard to get there.

    It’s been so great watching your progress with C25K – I knew you would crush it!

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