Today I’m linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice for her monthly Runfessions linkup.  Be sure to check out her blog and those of the other great bloggers linking up, too.


Runfession –
a formal statement admitting that one is guilty
of a particular running crime.


As usual, I’m adding a fun little twist by making this a group effort, and this month I invited my Cruiser friends to contribute.  Here are our runfessions…


Terri runfesses:  I once got passed in the Marine Corps Marathon by another runner who was wearing full firefighter gear including boots and oxygen.

Jerome runfesses:  I changed my shoe brand and style during marathon training. Big mistake!

Deb runfesses:  My running friends are equally impressed, jealous, and grossed out at my ability to blow snot rockets.

Terri runfesses:  If another runner passes me on the last mile of a long run, I secretly swear at them in my head.  I have also been known to swear at bikers who get too close when they pass.

Beth runfesses:  I almost got passed by a Juggler at mile 24 in Richmond in 2013.  I saw him coming up to my left and said out loud (so he could hear as well), “Oh No, I will not get passed by a juggler!” So I pushed myself to run through to the finish and enjoyed all spectators cheering for him those last two miles!

Jerome runfesses:  Sometimes I run in the same direction as the traffic.

Beth runfessesAt the Army 10 miler, I’ve placed myself at a much faster pace at the start in order to avoid the crazy dodging that happens if I started at my normal pace – I cannot stand dodging runners/walkers in a crowded race.

Kat runfesses:  When I need to blow my nose while running, I find a large leaf and use it for a tissue!

Terri runfesses:  While an avid runner with even a few marathons under my belt, I naively wore underpants with my running shorts until someone (Deb) told me that’s what the running shorts liner was for!

Beth runfesses:  At a DC Rock-N-Roll marathon with Bill (and possibly Chuck) we sneaked into the VIP bathroom line by pretending to be VIP’s.

Rich runfesses:  When running my first marathon (Cleveland), the start was rainy and 37-degrees…  and I was wearing a long-sleeve cotton shirt. Not aware of NipGuards or Glide, by the 18th mile I was exhibiting two red blotches through the white shirt. Men spectators that I passed seemed not to notice… but women knew instinctively what had occurred and would grimace and wince as I passed by.

Chuck runfesses:  It’s not uncommon for me to to push the last quarter mile or so, with an all-out sprint at the end of a distance run to gain a few positions. I am proud to say, I past a few runners with my speed and I confess I passed a few by scaring them out of my way. Because, it is also not uncommon for me to get sick to my stomach on hot days, when I push too hard. Fellow runners scatter as they hear and see me getting sick, as I have learned to continue running, while barfing my guts out. I did this at the end of one of my legs at Ragnar a few years ago, too.

Jerome runfesses:  I ran up and down my little street 5 times to get to a completed mile on my Garmin.


  • Questions:
  • What are your runfessions?
  • Who is racing this weekend?