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A slightly scary moment and thinking back on what used to be. . .

Last night, I had a slightly scary moment while out with a co-worker in the French Quarter. (Everyone is safe so don’t worry!) We’d wandered around the French Quarter as a group for about 30 minutes before going to eat dinner at a restaurant called St Lawrence, which is a small but tasty little place. We were seated at a tall table and had dinner and a drink. I had a strawberry Abita, but my friend had a mixed drink that was pretty strong. When we got up to leave (a group of 11 of us), I noticed my friend stumble and actually fall to the ground when we got outside the restaurant. I’m glad I noticed what was happening as I was able to brace her a bit to keep her from truly falling! Instead, I sort of helped guide her against the window and to the ground. She didn’t pass out but was definitely disoriented for about 45 seconds and it took a few minutes before any of us felt like she should try to get up. I think it was just a mixture of not enough water, a potent drink and sitting at a tall table where her legs were in a weird position, screwing up blood flow a bit. She was able to get up and walk, slowly, after a while and seems fine today, so there’s no lasting damage done.
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Aside from being worried about my friend, this had me thinking back to a fear I had back when I was overweight. I was always so worried I’d fall and hurt myself (a real risk given the klutz I am) or that I’d pass out or something and no one would be able to pick me up. I know, in any of those situations, that embarrassment would be the last thing I SHOULD be worried about and yet it would consume a part of my brain any time I did anything with the remote-ist possibility of that happening. It kept me from going out with other people and kept me from trying things where I might get hurt. The enormity of that fear of humiliation if I fell on someone or if no one could lift me or move me was almost smothering. I would seriously pray that I’d be unconscious if that ever happened so I wouldn’t have to be aware of the embarrassment.

My friend is a larger person. I don’t know if that fear was anywhere in her mind before or after this episode, but it definitely triggered those memories and those fears for me. I called my husband as soon as I left the group to tell him about this, both because he knows and likes this co-worker and because I needed someone to distract me from the urge to binge that was brought on by this old, recalled fear. It’s amazing how some things stick in your mind. Even now, when I logically know that I’m liftable (albeit heavier than I look), I still have that fear of “what if someone had to pick me up.”

Do you have irrational fears that just stick with you? Send good thoughts and prayers for my friend. While she seems fine today, I’m still worried about her.

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Favorite & Least Favorite Weight Loss Mantras

Today, I found myself spouting one of my favorite bits of weight loss advice, “Don’t give up anything to lose weight that you aren’t willing to give up forever” which had me thinking about some of my other favorites.

  • Don’t give up anything to lose weight that you aren’t willing to give up forever is an important reminder, for me, that this is a lifestyle change and something I want to be able to live with forever in order to stay healthy. From a practical, scale-based perspective, I also know that if I give up something to lose weight, I’m probably going to regain weight when I try to reintroduce it. The forbidden also becomes really tempting and finally giving in to that temptation can make me feel like a failure. You have to set yourself up for success in order to stick with changes in your diet – this is hard enough without setting yourself up for failure. If you can’t give up all sweets or all carbs or all whatever, think long and hard before you choose that as a weight loss strategy.
  • Make the next good choice is useful when we do stray into that sense of failure. Just because one thing goes wrong doesn’t mean everything else has to. We’re human. We’re going to make lots of mistakes. Learning how to pick ourselves up and move on is a crucial survival skill! It doesn’t have to be perfect – just make the next choice you make a better one than the one before. πŸ™‚

You know my least favorite weight loss mantra? Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. TOTALLY not true for me. I’ve been at a normal BMI, which is as “skinny” as I’ll ever be. It felt good but you know what? LOTS of things taste better than that felt. Food is GOOD.
Mr Bs bistro

My dinner last night absolutely tasted better than skinny feels, for me. That’s a spinach strawberry salad, with crab-topped grouper and a scrumptious lemon ice box pie at Mr. B’s bistro. All delicious!

Overall, this trip is so far going much better than Memphis. I’ve made better food choices and the indulgences I’ve had were totally worth it. I feel in control. I even skipped a beignet yesterday because I wasn’t hungry! Totally different than my Memphis trip, for sure. I’m posting my food on Facebook or Instagram to keep myself honest and have healthy choices in my bag in case of emergency. I’m ready for this!

What are your favorite and least favorite weight loss mantras?

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TotR: Dream Running Sponsor

Today’s Tuesday’s on the Run topic is your dream running sponsor which made me laugh when I first read it on the list because I am fairly sure no one is ever going to sponsor this mid-to-back of the pack mother runner unless maybe it is the folks at my local coffee establishments who keep me upright and going!
Coffee yum

Side note: Sitting in New Orleans currently having just finished a divine iced coffee from PJ’s Coffee. Holy yum! I’ll definitely be bringing some of this coffee home with me.

Thanks to Patty, Marcia and Erika for hosting the link up as always. I was entertained to see that several people have mentioned airlines as their dream sponsor. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

My job and the need to avoid conflicts of interest mean I wouldn’t be able to accept any kind of ambassadorship or sponsorship, but based on the things I find myself talking to people about the most, I’d be sponsored by:

  • SparkleSkirts: LOVE LOVE LOVE them and it’s been over a year since I got a new one. I’m overdue! I seriously sing their praises when I’m at races and people ask about my skirts. I’m usually doing a little tour of the pockets and chafe-proof leggings in the back of the pack while the front lines are warming up! πŸ™‚
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This white skirt was my first Sparkle Skirt and still a favorite for races! It’s held up well for over two years and lots of miles – totally worth the investment!

  • Feetures Socks: May nothing else ever be on my poor runner feet! Seriously, I’ve been blister free since I started investing in these and as sweaty as I am, that says a lot about their quality because I used to be super slip-slidey and blistery.
  • Village Inn: I know they aren’t a running sponsor, but they keep my family running as our go-to “I don’t feel like cooking” dining option. (It’s an IHOP like diner for those of you in places without Village Inn) We’re literally there 2-3 times a week. They’ve watched Oliver grow up and helped him grow up since we’re comfortable enough there that we let him practice things like paying for food and asking a hostess for a table when things aren’t busy.
  • Vionic Orthaheel Sandals: I used to have trouble with plantar fasciitis until I got these and now (knock on wood!) PF is finally in my past after YEARS of trouble. I got them for my mom for Christmas sinceΒ  she also has trouble with PF and she told me that I could continue to get her those for all of her future gift giving occasions and she’d be perfectly happy. She’s in love too! I always bring these with me to wear after races and wear them on the weekend after long runs if I’m not wearing a pair of sneakers. They’re life savers! If Darrell and I go through with our cruise-post-marathon plan, I’ll definitely be wearing these on the ship every day.

 

Have I mentioned that plan? My lovely husband has suggested that he comes with me for marathon weekend next January and that we go on a Disney cruise the Monday after the race. What?! In our previous discussions, we’d decided that I would go to the race alone because O would be in kindergarten and it wasn’t worth pulling him out of school for the travel time. Apparently my usually-very-frugal husband has done some thinking about things since those discussions and come up with a very good, very nerve wracking plan. You see, we haven’t been on a trip without Oliver. We had one weekend back when O was 14 months old where my mom came up for a night and we went to Kansas City to go to the Renaissance Fair. That’s it. This would be a real vacation without our kiddo (who was immediately miffed at the idea that we’d go do something fun without him), which makes me nervous and excited all at the same time. Recovering from a marathon on a cruise ship, with no parenting responsibilities sounds LOVELY and we already know how excellent the service is on the Disney cruise.We’d love to be able to indulge more in the adult only offerings than we have been able to before this! Still, could I relax enough from the mom guilt of being on Mickey’s boat without Oliver to enjoy myself? Regardless, this is definitely a good motivation to take the plunge to run a marathon!

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Have you vacationed without your kids? Did you struggle with any mom/dad guilt?

Who would be your dream running sponsor?

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up: 4 more long runs to go!

I like keeping a running countdown of how many more long runs I have to get done before a race. After yesterday’s ten miler, I’m down to four more before race day! I’m entertained at how much more “loosely” I’m taking my training plan this time that I did for my last two half marathons. I’ve got enough other stuff going that I can look at a 20 mile week, with hills and a long run, as a good week instead of focusing on the tempo run I didn’t get in. I guess I’ve gained some wisdom after 5 prior half marathon training cycles. The biggest challenge for this half marathon in mid-May is not going to be the number of miles I’ve gotten in during my training cycle, but rather the fact that all of those training miles were in winter weather as opposed to the near-summer weather I’ll run the race in. It’s definitely a dose of reality to temper my expectations!

Workouts

Monday Strength training, yoga and a walk to rest my brain. It’s running ragged these days!

Tuesday Hills X 8, with warm up and cool down for a total of 3 miles. This is going to be a really hilly course so I’m definitely going to err on the side of hills for my Tuesday workouts for the rest of this training session.

Wednesday Rest (and my legs appreciated it after hill day!)

Thursday 3 miles running in the dark, plus some walking during the day. I was supposed to run a tempo run but didn’t leave work early enough for it. I’m glad I at least got back out for those 3 night time miles!

Friday I woke up early for my tempo run, only to be greeted by my small person who was inexplicably awake at 5:30 am and wanting to have breakfast with me. As I’m going to be leaving town next week, I decided this was a day that “mother” won over “runner” and had a good time chatting with my kiddo. I still ended up with over 8,000 steps this day!
Breakfast

Don’t you love that bed head?

Saturday 4 miles, split over two runs before and after a trip to the Children’s theater. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do to get the miles in! It takes a special kind of mental strength to haul myself out to run again a second time just to pick up an extra mile, so I consider these split runs a special kind of workout.
Sunday Ten miles in the morning, where I got to see Easter eggs in lots of yards waiting for kiddos to wake up and find them.
Easter eggs
I forgot to charge my Garmin overnight but thankfully it didn’t die until I was close enough to know how far I had left to hit ten miles! It still sort of amazes me that I can run ten miles and more.
Dead Garmin!
I’m grateful for time spent with my own little egg hunter on Sunday. I carried on my dad’s tradition of hiding the eggs in totally age-inappropriate-difficult places for Oliver. He told me at one point that “The Easter bunny doesn’t know how good I am at this” when he thought they were hidden too easily. I fixed that by adding some nice, challenging places like inside the bird feeder πŸ™‚Egg hunting

My good deed this week was nominating a helpful librarian at work for an award. She was lovely and came all the way across campus just to help me with a computer problem, so for that and years of expertise that they readily give us, she totally deserves recognition! It only took a few minutes to fill out the nomination form and made me feel so good. I should definitely do that more often to recognize other people!

My NSV this week is avoiding a second breakfast on Friday when I had a work breakfast meet and greet. I’d eaten at home, but was worried about resisting the urge to have something more than coffee. I confess, the universe helped me out by making the mini-bagel I’d picked up have mold spots on the bottom (ew!), but I’m still counting this as a NSV!

I’m packing up tonight to head to New Orleans tomorrow. Wish me safe travels! What’s a good iconic New Orleans thing to bring Oliver as a souvenir? Maybe a toy alligator? I’m definitely bringing pralines for my office staff!
Thanks as always to Tricia and Holly for hosting our link up!
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Prepping for a smoother trip

I leave on Tuesday morning for New Orleans and I’m determined that this trip is going to go better than the last one! That means lots of planning. I’ve recovered from going off track in Memphis and my weight is going back down, so I don’t want to lose this momentum!

  • I went shopping for snacks, not just for my flights but also to get through the meeting days themselves. At these all day conferences, there are frequently lots of pastries out with the coffee at breaks. Hopefully there will be fruit or yogurt too, but if there isn’t, having a healthy snack bar option in my bag will be helpful.

Choices

  • Get breakfast at the hotel to start the day on the right foot. I’ve never been to this particular conference before, so I’m not sure if breakfast will be provided. Just in case there isn’t a non-bagel or pastry option, I’m planning on eating breakfast in my hotel, which has both a breakfast buffet down in the restaurant and room service. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast a) means at least some of my food choices are good ones for the day and b) in my experience, sets me up for success in food choices for the rest of the day. Somehow, starting a day with a bagel and cream cheese, even though they’re within my calorie boundaries, makes me feel like I might as well let the rest of the day slide too.
  • Find times and places in the schedule to get my workouts done. Running is a great way to see a city and I’m looking forward to getting some runs in while I’m in New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite cities to wander around, but I’ve never been there as a runner. Anybody have any suggestions for routes? I’ll be staying around Canal Street in the Quarter. Sticking to my workout schedule gives me a bit of a release from the networking that stresses me out at these meetings and helps me stay in the right mindset.
  • Plan for those worth-it indulgences. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde are a must for me, because that is such a New Orleans feeling for me. Once while eating beignets on that patio, Carol Channing (THE Hello Dolly) stopped by to sing Hello Dolly with the band set up outside the cafe. It was such a surreal, New Orleans kind of moment. πŸ™‚ I love the food and the people watching here. Similarly, there’s a place with fantastic po boys and gumbo on Jackson Square that I’ve eaten at and loved every single visit to New Orleans. Ironically, while I love that place and will definitely go there, I have no idea what the name is. Other than those two must-dos, I’ll try to keep my choices as healthy as possible. Having a couple of indulgences to look forward to makes it easier to say no to the other little things along the way.
  • Be careful about alcohol. When I have to socialize, I tend to drink more than usual to get over the introverted-edge. Not only are those calories I don’t need, the lack of inhibition can lead to other poor choices and all of it makes it harder to wake up early for workouts and a healthy breakfast. No more than one drink in a sitting! Also, I’m going to stick to wine or beer rather than mixed drinks. I love a hurricane as much as the next person, but I don’t really need one.
  • Track, even if it isn’t pretty. I’ll also be tracking with photos in Instagram, like I did in Italy. It really helps to keep me honest to know anyone can see what I’m eating.

I’m looking forward to this trip. I haven’t been to New Orleans in 6-7 years and I miss the people and the people-watching. Any suggestions for must-do things that are new in the last few years? Where should I run?

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Tuesdays on the Run: Shirts and other running rules

Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic Race Shirts: To wear or not to wear on race day? Thanks as always to Patty, Erika and Marcia for hosting!

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This is one of the race “rules” I was actually aware of before my first race, weirdly enough. It also helped that my first race was in the dead of winter and yet they gave us a short sleeved t-shirt so wearing it wasn’t a temptation. πŸ™‚ As a beginning runner, being aware of this “rule” to NEVER wear the race shirt to a race, I always religiously avoided wearing the race shirt to a race even when it would have been the perfect attire for the theme and even though I always see tons of people wearing the race shirt. You know what? There’s never any pointing or laughing at people wearing the race shirt. It actually always makes me smile to see people excited to be running the race. I say wear the race shirt if you want to and you know it’s a shirt that won’t chafe. Avoiding chafing is important so be careful about trying new a shirt style for a big race!

Once, I wore a race shirt to the race but it was because the organizers specifically requested it. They wanted all of us in the blue tanks to show solidarity for the fallen police officer the race honored, which I thought was really cool. I’ll confess – that’s the one and only time I wore that shirt.

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I tend not to wear old race shirts to races either, because I don’t want someone to make the mistake of thinking I know what I’m doing just because I’ve run the race before! I have to say, though, that I like Patty’s approach in her post today. She sees wearing the former year’s shirts as a way to reassure new and slower runners that all kinds of people can successfully finish races. Very cool perspective.

A couple of other running rules I’ve been fuzzy on:

  • Start at the back of the pack if you’re slow or not sure about your speed. While I came across the “no race shirt on race day” rule before my first 5K, somehow I missed this one and lined up at the very front of the 5K. Oops! Thankfully, it wasn’t a huge race so I don’t think I disrupted flow too badly.
  • Is it okay to pass someone at the very of a race? I love to challenge myself to finish strong, but if it means I’ll overtake someone else at the very end I always hesitate because it somehow feels rude.

What do you think? Is it okay to wear the race shirt on race day? Is it okay to pass someone at the very end of the race when you’re a back of the packer and not really racing for a prize?

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Weekly Wrap-Up: An active rest week

I was on call for work all week and I always plan my training around these weeks. I never know how much availability I’ll have to get a work out in, much less the energy since my job can be draining on these weeks. Instead, this week I set the goal to get 10,000 steps a day and 10 flights of stairs a day. A lot of that comes just from running around from place to place where I’m needed, but having a set goal also means that I hauled myself out of bed at 9:30 one night when I realized I was only at 9 flights of stairs. Goals keep me moving! I also did a couple of family walks at the end of the day, which was a great way to chat with my guys and get those steps done.
Sunday playtime

Sunday afternoon we played catch and took a nice long walk to the playground to enjoy the sun. This was especially appreciated since it snowed on us all day Saturday. Gotta love spring in Nebraska! I’ve got to plan this week’s training around two days of snow in the forecast. Even though I didn’t have a chance to get in a run, it was definitely a very active week and I feel good about it all around. I did strength training on three days in addition to all of the walking and stairs, so it was a nice win of a busy work week.

Choices

I did well with my choices for the rest of the week, including grabbing fruit instead of pastries when I was tired but going to boring early morning meetings (even if they’re the same calories, the banana is definitely a healthier choice!). My NSV is the fact that last week’s goal of ten flights of stairs carried over to this week since I’ve already taken the stairs twice this morning even though this is a back-to-normal workout week and I don’t need those extra goals to keep me moving.

I feel like my good deed has to be all of the times I gave lost people directions. Work weeks like these have me running all over and leading lost souls to the correct location definitely adds to my step counts. Something about a name badge makes people think you know where they should be going. πŸ™‚

I’m grateful today for Monday and the passing off of the pager so I can work on other things that fell to the wayside last week. I’m also grateful for getting back to running! I have 5 long runs left between now and taper time, which always feel like it’s time to get “serious.” Of course, I’m supposed to run 10 miles this weekend and it’s going to snow on Sunday. I usually do my long run on Sunday but am not sure about this weekend. On the one hand, I have a ton of stuff on the schedule Saturday. On the other hand, Sunday is Easter and snow. I think I may have to suck it up and wake up early Saturday.

When my alarm went off this morning, I was dreaming about sneaking bites of frosting off of a cake (you know, scooping a bit off and smoothing over the dent?). My husband says that means I need to stop watching Pioneer Woman before bed but I think it’s just a reaction to a stressful week of work. Do you ever dream of cake?

Thanks as always to Holly and Tricia for hosting our Weekly Wrap Up link up!

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Why do we read motivational stories?

This month’s book for the Taking the Long Way Home book club isn’t a running book, but rather Diana Nyad’s story of her life and her endurance swimming adventures. Thanks as always to Wendy for hosting!

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In September 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage.Β  She was a competitive swimmer in the pool when she was younger, but while she was good she recognized that she wasn’t elite and so she shifted her focus to endurance swimming events. This included swimming around Manhattan and swimming from the Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida. She attempted the swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West many times before ultimately succeeding and this book outlines many of those attempts.

Find a Way

My favorite parts of this book were the descriptions of the endurance swims and the training for these, which is so far outside my realm of experience. I’d never imagined the kind of support required for this kind of endeavor, but there was a large support team. The book includes photos to illustrate the huge undertaking this was.

That said, there’s a lot more to this book than just the Havana to Key West swim. It rambles over a lot of her childhood, other swimming events and other aspects of her life before the Havana swim. Her writing style is very over-the-top, sports writer cliches, which gets a little exhausting for me. The story also wanders a lot, so you never know exactly what you’re going to be reading about next. I wasn’t very familiar with her story other than the swim, so I was caught off guard when I was suddenly reading about childhood sexual abuse. Be aware of that if that’s a trigger for you, as it shows up early and very matter of factly.

In addition to this book, she’s done a lot of motivational speaking about the importance of not giving up on goals, no matter the circumstances. She stuck with the goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida over half of her life, finally completing it in her 60s, which is impressive. We really can do amazing things if we have the will and can muster the resources.

While I didn’t love this book, it did make me think about why we seek out motivational stories and why we tell our stories (like I do here). There can be a lot of comfort in reading about someone who overcame tremendous odds, when you are struggling with something yourself. That can be even more powerful when it is someone “like you” which is why I think it is so important for a wide variety of us to tell our stories. If all success stories looked the same, it might limit who can reach. We’re all different and our definitions of success can vary, but all of those things speak to someone whether we realize it or not. My definition of success will never be swimming from Cuba to Florida – just swimming the entire length of the pool at my gym would be a win! However, I can still take inspiration from Diana Nyad’s determination to never give up on her goal and from all of your stories that have motivated me as well.

Go forth and conquer today! Do you like to read “motivational” stories? Are you a little turned off sometimes by over-the-top-motivational spiels?

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What are your foundational good habits?

Foundational might not actually be a word. I have a right to make up a word, right?

I got a little down about seeing no results with Weight Watchers for the first couple of months of the year and then even more down on myself when I went to Memphis and made many not-so-good food choices. When I got home, it was definitely time to re-center a bit. I’m not a big cleanse person, but I appreciate the value of getting back to basics. Looking back at the last two weeks, which have gone really well in terms of healthy choices, I realized that I always come back to the same 4 things when I need to “get back on the wagon.”

  • Drink more water: For some reason, when I’m making the rest of my good choices slide, I drink more coffee and more diet soda and less water. Conversely, making the choice to drink water instead of that other stuff through the day reminds me in a little way over and over again that I’m “putting good stuff in.”
I definitely gravitate to Diet Dr Pepper when I'm straying from healthy choices.

I definitely gravitate to Diet Dr Pepper when I’m straying from healthy choices.

  • Eat more vegetables: I love fruit, so I never really have to worry about trying to eat more fruit (and in fact have to think about snacking TOO much on fruit as we’ll talk about in a second). However, I tend to drop off on my veggies when the going gets rough and that’s exactly when I need to get them back. Making a conscious effort to eat more vegetables helps me to a) stay in a healthier mindset just by making that active, healthy choice and b) eat less unhealthy food because the veggies crowd them out. It’s a win-win!
  • Take 10K steps a day: Weirdly, I find setting a step goal more motivating in terms of feeling like I’m living a healthy lifestyle than running. I know running burns more calories while I’m doing it, but I can get into spells where I go for my run and then sit for the rest of the day. If I have 10K step a day goal, it keeps me moving all day long and I find myself getting lots of extra movement in all day. That does wonders for my mindset all day.
  • Rein in snacking: My two biggest problems with snacking are on the way home, when I’m bad about stopping to buy a sugar-laden granola bar or a giant cup of grapes to inhale on the way home, and snacking at bedtime. Snacking isn’t inherently bad, but I have a habit of snacking because I can – not because I’m really hungry and not on the healthiest stuff. That whole “If you’re not hungry enough for an apple, you’re not hungry” thing doesn’t work for me because I like fruit too much, but if I sub in “broccoli” I find that I’m suddenly not that hungry after all. When I’m going off the rails, I need to remind myself of that self-check more often.
I can put away a lot of grapes.

I can put away a lot of grapes on my short car ride home.

For the last two weeks, I’ve been working on the first three of these things (as well as more sleep like we discussed last week) and it has really made a difference in my mindset. I feel more centered and in control again. True, the scale hasn’t quite cooperated yet, but it’ll catch up. I’m patient. I’m tracking, making good choices and feel like I’m back on the path that makes me feel good. If the scale doesn’t start to edge back down (still in the 180s), then I’m going to tackle that 4th snacking item, but that’s always the one I have the hardest time sticking too which I know means it is the one I need to work on the most!

What are your back-to-basics habits that help you get back on track?

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The Hardest Part about Running . . .

Last week, we talked about all of the things that were great about running but this week, we’re looking at the down sides. It seems appropriate since I’m looking out the window at a gloomy day. Thanks as always to Patty, Marcia and Erika for hosting our Tuesdays on the Run link up. Be sure to check out everyone else’s lists. I’m betting chafing is on lots of lists, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

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  • Hands down, the first mile remains the hardest part about running. Every time I head out, those first few steps make me think “Why do I think I’m a runner?” Never trust the first mile.
I ended up okay with this race, but seriously thought I'd have to drop out at the beginning. Never trust the first mile!

I ended up okay with this race, but seriously thought I’d have to drop out at the beginning. Never trust the first mile!

  • Leaving a warm house in the winter (or an air conditioned house in the summer) to head out in miserable weather always makes me question my sanity, no matter how well prepared I know I am gear-wise.
  • Chafing. You’d think by now I’d have a fool proof Body Glide game plan but I can still be caught off guard by new places to chafe.
  • Icy patches – I love running in snow, but those sneaky patches of ice under the snow or black ice hiding in the darkness can make a pleasant run painful in an instant!
I always worry about running on roads like this when I have a race on the horizon. Injury is real!

I always worry about running on roads like this when I have a race on the horizon. Injury is real!

  • Bathroom emergencies. I actually have a friend who says she’s never run more than 3-4 miles because she’s afraid of being out that far/long without a bathroom catastrophe. πŸ™‚ Gotta love post-baby bodies.
  • Inexplicable weight gain rather than weight loss when you’re running regularly – so annoying!

I will say that I am apparently very optimistic about running, because for every one of these my mind countered with a “but this really good thing about running” which totally defeats the purpose of a “hard things about running” kind of post. Really, that’s the point for me though. Right now, the good outweighs all of these bad things and thus I’m looking forward to this weekend when I get to hit the road again. πŸ™‚

What’s your least favorite thing about running?

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