Friday Five

Friday Five, in no particular order

I haven’t done a Friday five post in a while, so in keeping with my effort to try and get back to blogging more frequently-here goes!!  (Written on Thursday night, but it still counts, right?)

1. I did it.  I bit the bullet and signed up for another full marathon, the Rockford IL full marathon on May 22nd, 2016.  I swore I’d never sign up for another full, more so due to the fact that training for a full marathon is TRULY exhausting.  But I decided the reward is well worth it, and I’d like to really push myself with this one and see what these old legs can do.

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2. Winter running gear.  I said it.  WINTER.  Colder temps have arrived, which means it’s time to pull out my gloves, ear warmers and long sleeves.  Cry.  I like COOLER temps, but breaking out the gloves always makes me sad.  I pray I can run longer outside this winter.  The last couple winters have done me in completely.


3. Diet and menopause. Both my arch enemies.  But I am REALLY trying to drop a few lbs, as in researching what my “racing weight” should be, it looks like I need to drop 10 lbs.  I’ll be honest, I am not sure I can do it…but I really have been trying. I’ve learned the hard way after trying them all that there are no magic pills, wraps, shakes or diets that work in my opinion. For me it’s watching my caloric intake, to include wine consumption.  I’ve been tracking my food religiously for 2 weeks, and am proud to be down 1.5 lbs.  It’s not a ton, but including the 4 lbs. I’ve lost previously, it’s at least a start.  I’ve got 10 to go, but I’ve decided I’ll be happy if I can at least lose 5 lbs. before I start training for Rockford.

Just Get off your Ass4. Shoes.  I LOVE my Brooks Launch 2’s, and am still using the 2 pairs I rotated for my last marathon.  A big no-no after all the mileage I’ve put on them, but they will get my through my next half marathon at least-which is NEXT weekend, ACK!!!

I see these happening possibly in the near future....:-)
I see these happening possibly in the near future….:-)

5. Running vs. Racing.  This is a tough battle for me, as I am very competitive with myself. I often say going in to a race that I am not “racing it” yet I always push myself during an event I’ve committed to and trained for in end.  Next weekend I have the Prairie State half marathon that I signed up for a few weeks ago mostly because I needed a swift kick in the tail. Six weeks off from distance running was enough rest. My guess is that I can hold a 10 mm pace, but I’ll just have to see how it goes!  I am going to try my best not to push myself to injury, because that would just suck.  LOL


At the end of the day, it truly is all about what works for you…in all aspects of life!

What brand of shoes is your go to?  Do you have problems running vs. racing an event? What’s your take on fad diets/pills etc.?

Have a great weekend, y’all!!  I’ve got 8 miles on deck tonight so I’m a bit nervous but plan on having an awesome weekend with my family!


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Today I am linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for some good ‘ole Runfessions!  This is my first time participating, so sit back, and relax for my monthly confessional in regards to running and all it entails.


Winter has officially killed my love for running, temporarily I know, but enough to give me a heavy heart.  No matter how blessed I SHOULD feel for having a treadmill and access to indoor running, I found myself in tears again last night after my 2.5 miler on the ‘mill. Why is it so hard for me to enjoy a good dready run?  I’ll tell you…

Running is my escape from the real world.  I wouldn’t say I am running away from life.  On the contrary.  I am running towards a better me.  Because running outside allows me to clear my head, and leave the work stress, parental drama and chaos in general BEHIND me. 

Yet when I am running in the basement of my own home, on a hamster wheel treadmill with the dog clawing at the basement door or perched happily on the couch staring at me the entire time, I find it hard to ‘let go’ of all my stressors.  Oh, and the kids fighting upstairs usually can be heard around the block, so the basement is of little escape or solitude. 

BUT…I keep reminding myself that despite the snow and sub zero temps in the 7-day forecast spring IS on it’s way…



Oh…and my new Brooks Launch 2’s are the BOMB.  They feel like I am running on clouds, and I can’t wait to take them for an 8 mile spin on the indoor track tomorrow with my friend Janel!!  We haven’t ran together in ages, and this will be my first long run on the track!  Wish me luck!!


What runfessions do you have this month?  What is your longest run indoors?

Keep Movin’ Forward, y’all!!

❤ Michelle