Fit Five Friday – June Runfessions

24 June, 2022 12 By Renée
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Runfession #1 – maybe not so much a runfession as many of you already know, but I’ve been sidelined again – this time with the corona virus.

Yep, even though I am normally very careful and I still try to limit my exposure, I have been doing more things lately. A couple of weeks ago I had a jam-packed week. I had the following

  • Day at the office (train, office (so loads of people)
  • RPM class at the gym (kissing my RPM instructor)
  • Homeowner’s Association meeting (just one other person)
  • Elton John Concert (obviously thousands of people) with 2 friends
  • Lunch out with a friend
  • parkrun + coffee afterwards with about 15+ people
  • Nacht van de mode – Street party was with about 10+ people

I did not have symptoms that indicated to me that I had corona. I woke up on the Sunday with a bit of a scratchy throat and just thought I had had a bit too much fun the night before at the street party (was out til 2am and drinking). The next couple of days I felt like I just had a bad cold but was testing simply because I was supposed to go to the office (decided I didn’t feel well enough anyway and stayed home) and then on Thursday I tested because we had PLANS for the weekend, y’all… that’s when the test turned positive.

Of course I didn’t isolate from Ron because I didn’t think I had corona, and now he’s sick. As soon as I tested positive I contacted everyone I could think of – that was really upsetting to even think I may have gotten someone sick. Thankfully, no one else has come back to me saying they got the virus.

I’m fine now for the. most part and went for a “run” on Thursday, but it was tough. Not so much breathing but it literally felt like I was starting over again.

Training begins again

Runfession #2 – I booked our flights for Chicago, but I runfess, I already don’t have a great feeling about the marathon. Now I know that thinking and eminating positivity is part of success. But seriously, injury, illness, hormonal weight-gain… it’s not really a recipe for success.

I will start training again properly next week. The half-marathon in Stavanger, Norway is happening. The marathon in Chicago is happening. No matter what, I’m toeing that line.

What about Shoes?

Runfession #3 – I have been raving about my Hokas for a long time. After coming out of Altras I thought Hokas were the Holy Grail of Running Sneakers. But now I feel like I’m having issues again, having more pain with my shoes again, that I may be forced into a new shoe. On Thursday’s run I actually got blisters. WITH my toe socks. HOW?

Having messed up feet doesn’t help when trying to find the perfect running shoes. Sadly I can’t just wear Brooks or Asics or Nikes. Sigh.

I need a break

Runfession #4 – After months and months of stress at work and then being sick, I realised I really need a break. It’s not a summer holiday, but a short week away, I runfess that I’ve booked us 5 nights in Basel, Switzerland to at least get a bit of a vacation feeling. It’s nuts, but only when researching parkruns in the Run the Rhine challenge did I realise that Basel is only 1 hour longer in the car than driving to Berlin or Paris. So, what the heck.

Yes, I very nerdily planned a little break based on a parkrun. We are staying about 6KM from the parkrun (which is actually across the border in Germany) so my coach has planned a “long run” for me that day, which will be running there, doing the parkrun and then running back. Exciting and terrifying at the same time to already have a 17KM run on the books 4 weeks from now.

What would you runfess?

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