December Runfessions

Whew, what a month! For that matter, what a year! I know I say this every year, but seriously, the older I get, the faster the years go by. It’s been a wonderful year filled with miles of running, exciting vacations and some super fun blogger meetups. But before moving on to 2018, I feel the need to cleanse the sweaty sole with Marcia’s Runfessional …because it does feel better to get a few things off your chest, or feet!


What December “Runfession” would be complete without a holiday over-indulgence confession? Oh yeah, I runfess that I indulged and have no regrets! I baked more than usual this year and like any good cook, I had to taste test everything. The hubs and I had an agreement that we would enjoy the holiday ‘eats and treats’ without guilt and on December 26th, we’d get back on the clean eating wagon. The 26th marked 30 days until our marathon and we’d both like to arrive at the starting line with a few less pounds to haul over those 26.2 miles.


Speaking of my upcoming marathon …I have to admit that throughout all of my years of running, I have never experienced any chafing of any degree in any place …until now. My first run longer than 13 miles not only brought me calf cramps, but also gifted me with my first hair-raising, post-run shower squeal from the pain of hot water finding my secretly hidden chafed spot! I immediately scoured the internet to see if, in fact, it was ‘normal’ to chafe in this area and if so, what would be the best product to prevent this from ever happening again. In my search, I ran across this blog post from Eat, Drink, Run that, not only made me feel perfectly normal, but also had me rolling on the floor laughing. Whether or not you’ve ever experienced this, you should definitely give it a read …for the entertainment value, if nothing else! I runfess that I will never again attempt a long run without my ‘butt lube’ ….ever!


This cracks me up, but I don’t think I could just cut a hole for my problem area! Lol

In an attempt to try all things caffeinated to help me through those rough spots during my long training runs, I decided to give this Run Gum that everyone seems to be raving about a try. I runfess that it was much like chewing on mouthwash flavored cardboard with little to no energy boost. Perhaps I used up all of the energy it gave me on simply trying to chew it? I don’t know ..but I do know that my jaw was sore for at least an hour!


Humbly, I also admit to raising an eyebrow, or two, at runners who say they have a hard time losing weight while training for a marathon. I’ve always thought that is was just an excuse to eat more and a lack of discipline …that is, until now. While I’ve heard of and even thought I’d experienced being ‘rungry’ occasionally, I now can say that I’ve truly experienced this uncontrollable, insatiable phenomenon. While running my 17 miler, I was so freaking hungry that I seriously would’ve gone in a convenience store I was running past to grab a bag a Cheetos if only I had some cash on me. Hmmmm ….puffs or crunchy? Seriously though, being ‘rungry’ is no joke and will cause you to consume massive amounts of food in an amazingly short amount of time!



Last, but certainly not least, there’s the elusive ‘taper’. On one hand, I’m already anxiously awaiting its arrival so that I can actually get my life back, while on the other hand, I runfess that it scares the heck out of me.



I mean, seriously, what if I forget how to run! Just kidding, of course. But geez …menopause already causes many of these symptoms, I don’t know if Major Hubs will be able to live with me through the taper. Heaven help that sweet man!

Well, now that I’ve gotten all of that out in the open and feeling much better …you should hop on over to Marcia’s blog to see what she and other runners are Runfessing this month. I’m also linking up with Rachel, Meranda and Lacey for the Friday Five 2.0. Be sure to show them some love as well! Thanks to all of you fabulous ladies for hosting these weekly and monthly link-ups as I know it is truly a labor of love!



Any advice on handling the taper? For that matter, any race day advice for a first time marathoner? If so, feel free to post a link to any of your blog posts …I’m a marathon sponge at this point! Lol


Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one runfession at a time!


30 thoughts on “December Runfessions

  1. Darlene says:

    Never run one ( a marathon this is) so can’t be much help. But if I ever do, I am sure that your experience will be helpful.
    I get rungry when I run and I don’t even run that many miles. I can’t imagine what I’d do.
    Can’t wait for your marathon. You will be awesome.

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  2. I’m sorry you didn’t like the RunGum 😦 I think it depends on the flavor too. I much prefer the mint and fruit flavors vs the cinnamon!

    I had a very similar experience to you with chafing and I ended up buying Body Glide the very next day.

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  3. Oh, the chafing! It’s always when and where you least expect it. The gluteal crease is the worst! I cannot chew gum and run, so I won’t be chewing run gum. As far as the taper goes, I have no advice except to keep reminding yourself that it’s all about resting before the big event. The hay is in the barn, so to speak…

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  4. Ooooh the dreaded crackular chafing. That’s the tech term so to speak. For me the taper is divine. You just rest up and eat and stuff. No worries. You’ve totally got this.


  5. Karen @ Fit in France says:

    I personally look forward to the taper. By that time I have kind of had it with running. I haven’t had issues with chafing either, yet. To avoid any blisters on my feet I put cream on every night. Keeping the skin soft & supple will avoid blisters, maybe it is the same thing with chafing ? Don’t wait until the night before to put on some kind of cream or lube anywhere, the idea is that the skin is prepared a long time in advance. Putting it on the day before does nothing. Advice for a first marathon ? Enjoy and don’t worry about the time. Make sure you have a positive experience. Being able to say you ran a marathon is so empowering and 99% of the people you talk to won’t know if your time was fast or not. My first was 5:11 and I finished with the biggest smile on my face. Just finishing, without suffering, made me so happy. You’ll do great. Happy New Year !


  6. You’ll do great! You’ve got an awesome coach and your training has been solid. I actually enjoy the taper… the worst part for me is getting phantom aches and pains when run during that period.


  7. Tapering is the best part of marathon training (in my little ever-so-humble opinion). It’s scary to scale back the mileage…but your body will thank you on race day. I’m not a routine gum-chewer, but the energy gum I have tried (a couple different brands) has actually worked for me. Maybe it was the novelty? I’m so excited for your big 26.2 day!!!


  8. I sometimes think that I’m the only person who loves going into my taper (well, back when I ran marathons, that is). Trust the hard work you’ve done and let your body rest in preparation for the big day! You’ve got this!


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