September Runfessions

After a whirlwind reunion with Major Hub’s return from his deployment, I’m finally feeling like things are settling down a little at the Bird House. It’s Friday, there’s a touch of Fall in the air and I have the day off from work …the perfect motivation to join in this month’s Runfessional to catch up with all of my blogging friends!Screenshot_20180928-163240.jpg

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that Major Hubs and I took a post-deployment trip to London earlier this month. While we had an absolutely fabulous time, I runfess  (or more appropriately, I travelfess) that the older I get the less tolerant I am to international travel. Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting other countries, I’m just not fond of the 10 hour flights and long lines in passport control …and let me tell you, the line in London’s passport control was insane! It was a 3 hour process and just about pushed my patience over the edge. If only I could pull an “I Dream of Jeannie” move and just blink myself there! Some of you young readers have no idea what I’m talking about …google it!Image result for i dream of jeannie gif

As much fun as it is to see the world, it’s always good to be home and get back into a normal routine again. I was thrilled to meet up with my trail running group to get back to training for my upcoming 25k. If you haven’t figured this out by now, let me just be very clear …..I runfess that I am absolutely in love with trail running! Why in the world have I not tried this sooner? I may never go back to road running ….okay, that’s not true, but dang it’s addictive!

I have embraced just about every aspect of trail running ….the scenery, the slower pace, the challenge of not falling, the adventure and even the critters. As our mileage has increased, we’ve been running the same trail system lately because it provides more miles. However, it is also more technical, meaning more tree roots and rocks to traverse which in turn, can wreak havoc on the toes. I runfess that, in a sick twisted kind of way, I am proud to show off my hard-earned black toenail. Yes, it’s ugly but it does make me feel like a total badass as well as an official member of the trail running society. Black toenail runners unite!Screenshot_20180928-165653.jpg

I runfess, the one aspect of trail running that I am finding it difficult to embrace is the insane indulgence of junk food they eat in the name of ‘fueling’. Every Saturday when we meet, there are bags of potato chips, cookies, sausage and biscuits, etc…. While everyone else is shoving cookies and M&M’s in their face, I’m off to the side eating my GU’s and energy chews. Guess you can take the runner girl off the roads, but you can’t take the road running out of the girl!

I gymfess that I really haven’t been hitting the gym much since I started training for this 25k. However, now that the hubby is home, we’ve been trying to get back to our regularly scheduled strength training sessions. One of the things I really enjoy about the gym is people watching. Seriously guys, there are some interesting people at the gym. This guy I snapped a picture of a few weeks ago ….honestly, no words for this.20180928_164831.jpg

….and on that note, I’ll end this long overdue Runfession session. I’m linking up with Marcia, our Runfession guru who graciously hosts this link-up each month and  actually takes the time to read each and every one of them ….bless her heart! Be sure to check out her blog and show her some love and appreciation.

Do you like to people watch at the gym? What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen? Ever gotten a black (badge of honor) toenail from running? 


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15 thoughts on “September Runfessions

  1. After traveling so much this summer, I agree traveling is not what it used to be. It’s really exhausting! I wish we could just blink ourselves places. The young kids do like to eat junk food in the name of fueling. It’s hard not to join in!


  2. I love how much you love trail running! You’re smart to be careful of that fuel though! I’m sure there’s a portion equivalent to gels, but it’s easy to over do it! a 3 hour passport line is insane! We breezed through in Amsterdam.

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    • I agree regarding the junk food vs gels ….there has to be more sugar in the junk food.

      I’m not sure what was going on in London. It didn’t take long at all to get through customs in France or Italy …although that was 6 years ago. Guess security has tightened a bit lately.


  3. 3 hours in passport control in London?? Ouch! When we were there en route to Dubai they pulled apart my bag. It was a-okay to leave board the plane at O’Hare but not so much to arrive in London. I swear I am a freaking search magnet. Ok you reminded me of the guy at the gym. He’s about 5′ tall but super duper muscular. He wears black toenail polish and a thong so brief at the pool I swear its nothing more than a pouch, if you get what I mean. Grossss!


  4. I think I may have only had one black toe nail, ever, but I do get a lot of “white” (?) ones from the way I grip my toes (my theory).Somehow, I get blisters under part of the nail (as the nail dis-attaches)and on the tips of my toes.They are clear, not blood blisters, but are rather strange looking LOL I have tried everything (bigger shoe sizing, different socks, Body Glide on the toes, etc etc etc.)…and my only conclusion is that it has to be just my reality. Don’t be jealous 😉 So glad to see how much you’re enjoying the trail running!!!

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  5. I am actually quite proud that so far, knock on wood, I’ve kept all my toenails. It was seriously one of my goals for my 18 mile race!

    Maybe I would’ve fallen more in love with trail running if I had a crew like you do.

    THREE HOURS????? That’s insane. It’s been a really long time since we’ve been to Europe. I still definitely have countries there I’d like to visit.

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  6. I’ve had a few black toenails and I don’t like them! Once they fall off, I’m left with a naked toe! Good thing it’s never been my big toe.

    I don’t see anything too interesting at CrossFit since it’s a small place and everyone pretty much know each other. But there is a guy who lifts without his shirt and it’s pretty distracting…until you look at his skinny legs! LOL

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  7. I’m so glad you’re loving trail running and I had to laugh when you were talking about fueling. I’m on team Teresa as well. 😉 And yes, I remember I Dream of Jeannie, but then I’m older than you so of course I remember her!

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