Friday Five: Winter Runfessions

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0. The last Friday of the month is a “free” day, so I’m doubling down and linking up with Marcia for January “Runfessions,” too! Runfessions are running truths or “where runners bare their souls and soles.”

1. I runfess… I’m strangely a bit sad that the temps warmed up. I felt like kind of a bad ass running in the frozen low temps at the beginning of the year.

Very cold New Year’s Eve 5K!

2. I runfess… I mostly ran outside in the beginning of the year for the Lululemon 40/80 Challenge with Strava. I did it last year before the Lululemon ORD retreat. They gave out unexpected prizes (running shirt and shorts) to all runners who ran 80 KM outside in the first two weeks of January. This year it was much colder, but I was pretty into it despite needing more running gear like I need a whole in the head.

I finished 5 days early!

3. I runfess… I was a wee bit disappointed that the “runner prize” for running 80K in the challenge was a 25% off coupon at Lululemon this year. But I’m still glad that got out there and got my fresh air and Vitamin D. So, you can count me in for next year, too.

Where I’ll be in November!

4. I runfess… I signed up for the NYC Marathon on the first day the application was open. Despite having a very tough time in 2017 (recap), I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be on the first Sunday in November. Plus guaranteed entry means I can.

5. I runfess… I may have signed up for a bunch of races this spring including a marathon. I reserve the right to cut back to the half so I’m keeping quiet on that one for now. More to come!

Do you have anything to runfess? Please tell me in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. I was disappointed in the Strava prize too. I can’t afford Lululemon even with 25% off so I just gave away my prize on FB to a friend who wanted it. I only ran the 40K tho. I think those who ran 80K should have gotten a better prize as well.

    You look like a total badass running in the snow!

  2. Marcia says:

    Going from a 2-pc outfit to a 25% discount is quite a leap. Good on your for getting out in the tundra. I’ve been a bit of a wimp this winter. Yay for NYCM!

  3. Erin R. says:

    Haha! Your prize is that you get to spend money! Lots of money! (head shaking)

    But good job on 80K.

  4. Shathiso says:

    Good job on the 80k but yeah… that’s quite disappointing about the prize! New York Marathon sounds epic and after a tough race in 2017, I think it will be great for you to do it again.

  5. Deb E says:

    Good attitude on the “prize” and I would feel disappointed too. Achieving that goal though–priceless! Great job!!

  6. Yea, I never think it’s fair when a prize is a “coupon”, unless it’s a coupon for something free. My dad won first place in his AG at a race and won a gift certificate to a local running store and within a few months the store went out of business before we could use the certificate!

  7. Rachel says:

    I’ve heard a lot of people are angry about the Lulu prize. I didn’t take part in the streak otherwise I’m sure I would have been disappointed, too.

    Can’t wait to hear what spring marathon you’re racing!

  8. Wendy says:

    Oh, I”ll do the challenge again too–but just for the challenge of running 80k in the first 2 weeks of January. It’s a great way to kick off the new year!

  9. I did the 80K and completed it in the frozen tundra we call home. I’m like you–I love Chicago winters, but unlike you am born and bred 🙂 Looking forward to your journey to NYCM. I was tempted to try for the lottery, but already have 3 marathons on the calendar for 2018. Maybe next year!

  10. I was annoyed about the prize too (only completed the 40K) but am glad that it “forced” me to get out and run. I am glad that it got warmer for running. I guess I did feel badass running in the cold weather but all of those layers was not fun. How exciting about the NYCM!!!

  11. Renee says:

    I runfess that I’m signed up for a half in May but reserve the right to change it to a FULL. I’m just going to train for the marathon and see how it goes!

  12. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I know i would have been less than thrilled about the runner up prize myself. At least you had a good race!

  13. Allison says:

    I runfess (<– love that, btw) that I feel the same way in the winter, even though I runfess that I will always wear too many layers 🙂

  14. Karen Bayne says:

    I think the Lulu challenge was kinda a disappointment for many this year especially if they received clothing last year. I feel like it should have been a larger discount! I think more folks would have purchased something for 50% off 🙂
    Enjoy NY!

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