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July Runfessions

Happy Friday!

These months are flying by…it’s hard to believe summer is nearly 2/3 over! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the long weekend!  But, before we get into the weekend festivities… I’ve got to come clean on my July runfessions .

I RUNFESS…

It’s a steam bath in Houston now, I know that complaining about the heat doesn’t make it any bettter, but whoa! I’ve been doing most of my training runs on a treadmill at the gym… I can’t imagine trying to do anything but easy runs when the “real feel” is already at 102 at 9:30 am.

July runfessions

These treadmill runs have me going to the gym to do it… in the morning… early.  While I have been enjoying being able to get them done first thing and am loving my free evenings! I am not a morning person by any means, and by the time Friday gets here, it’s all I can do to stay awake all afternoon.

July runfessions

I got my first calf cramp at a trail race earlier this month. Wow, did that hurt… I seriously thought that I had broken something and was seriously considering a DNF.  I probably should have DNF’d, but after massaging it… I was able to run… a little.  I ended up walking most of the 2nd half of the 21k. It was a beautiful course and the volunteers were stellar, especially the one at mile 12ish… she had a cooler of ice water we could dunk our hats in.

July runfessions

I took a couple days off from running after the calf incident… that week it just felt a little tight, not sore.  Stretching and rolling seemed to help.  However, on my long run the pain came back at around mile 7… I kept at it for another 1.5 miles until thoughts of really messing it up got in my head.  I called an Uber to take me home.

July runfessions

I have a small problem… it’s buying running shoes when they are drastically  marked down.  I just noticed I have 4 new pair in my “under my desk” stockpile at work, and I have another new pair at home in my office closet.

July runfessions

What do you have to runfess?   


I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup and with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.

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7 Comments

  1. fairytales and fitness

    I think it’s funny that you have a shoe stockpile at work!
    Thanks for linking up with us!

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  2. Kimberly Hatting

    I have a stockpile of shoes under my bathroom sink …a few are shoes that need to just get donated because they no longer fit/feel right.

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  3. Coco

    I can’t stockpile shoes because then I get confused over which I bought when and how many miles they have. Yikes on the calf cramps. That’s one reason I wear compression socks during races – whether they really help or not they seem to.

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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      I just go by feel on tracking my shoes, I run in about 4 different pair depending on distance/workout… I’d need a spreadsheet to keep up! The crazy thing is I wore compression socks during this race.

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  4. Marcia

    Try Hot Shots for calf cramps. It’s a spicy drink I chug before I run when it’s hot/humid. I swear it works! Kudos to you for getting to the gym for mill time!

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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      I will definitely check those out! Thanks!

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  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    You might be buying lots of shoes, I am buying too many clothes!
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