~ Runfessions ~
A collection of statements admitting
that one is guilty of a variety of running crimes…


It’s time again to join in on the fun and clear my conscience of recent running, biking, fitness, nutrition, and life in general faux pas. I know I’ll feel better when I’m done, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll give you a laugh or two in the process!


I runfess: It has been seven months since my last runfession.


I runfess: I’ve had a dilemma on days when I don’t run before the sun comes up. Do I run in the sun tempting fate with my propensity to grow skin cancer faster than the mushrooms have been popping up with our recent rain; or do I run on the canopy covered trail and risk oak mites dropping from above and chewing my body into bits? What are oak mites, you ask? Apparently, oak mites love eating cicada eggs and since we had an abundance of amorous cicadas in May and June, the trees are full of cicada eggs and now oak mites. Those oak mites drop from the trees on unsuspecting humans walking, or in my case running. Believe me, I know. The bites are huge, and red, and cause a large red circle around the entire bite. They are tender to touch, but luckily, mine didn’t itch all that badly.

The solution? Run before dawn and on non tree lined streets.


I runfess: I used to be pretty consistent with practicing yoga and then it fell by the wayside, and well, you know the rest. I have, at least, replaced yoga with some stretching and currently don’t allow myself to run without following it up with 10 minutes of stretching and 10 minutes of foam rolling. It’s a start…


I runfess: When cleaning out my desk drawers I came across this pace wheel. I haven’t used it in years because I use this online pace calculator instead. But guess, what? I can’t bring myself to throw it away. I was raised by depression era parents so what can I say?


I runfess: I used my Garmin running watch (affiliate link) as a backup when I rode in the Reston Century last month. Purchasing a new Garmin had been on my to-do list for several months and of course I never got around to ordering one. I was afraid that my battery wouldn’t last for 100 miles so I got the great idea of turning on and tucking my Garmin running watch in my bike bag as a backup. My bike Garmin didn’t die, but only had 2% battery remaining when I finished my ride. Two weeks after the century, Bill surprised me with this fancy new bike Garmin (affiliate link)!


There you have it, my most recent runfessions; and you can bet that it feels good to get another set off of my chest! See you next month in the runfessional.


  • Questions:
  • • Do you remember using an old fashioned pace calculator or are you too young?
  • • What unusual insects do you have to watch out for when running?
  • • What are your runfessions?




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.


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