Random Thoughts Thursday

-Y’all I need to get my life together. I’m not sure why I’m sitting around acting like I do not have two 600+ mi virtual challenges that I need to complete by the end of December. Last week kind of took me out with running and working out in general. But, I’m back!

-I would like to lose about 15-20 pounds by the end of January. With my lifestyle, I know this may be a tall order, but I’ll take it week by week and see where I’m am in January. Dreamers should dream, right? Oh, and haters, like me, should hate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

-January is key because I am planning to travel to Puerto Rico. However, with the way things are going with COVID, I doubt that will happen. Knowing my luck, this trip will not happen because I just sent my share of the money for house rental.

-Starting today, I am restarting intermittent fasting, doing Whole 30, trying my hardest to eliminate late night snacking, getting back on my Insanity workouts. I guess that I should add in cutting back on gin sodas. Of course, all of these activities are in addition to finishing my virtual running challenges.

-Eek, It looks like I have some work to do for my NY One Cares challenge. If I was staying consistent, the challenge was supposed to be run/walk 6 miles per day. Now, I’m at 8.54 mi a day for completion.

-I think going forward that I am going to do my daily 6-7 mile runs and try to incorporate an hour walk during my lunch break or after work. That should get me close to the 8.54 mi/day needed to complete the challenge. Also, I’m planning to sprinkle in a couple “fake” half marathons over this period.

-As some might remember, one of my 2020 resolutions was to run a half marathon every month. Hey, I was doing well with that resolution until this stupid pandemic hit, and pretty much all races after Mar were canceled. My last real half-marathon was in March.

-Lantern Run, March 7, 2020 (Race report’s link: ***)

Sixteen miles?! Oh, yeah. I was training for Madrid’s Marathon in April.

-So I guess that I’ll change this to completing a virtual half marathon once a month for 2021. But, there’s nothing wrong starting this resolution in Nov. (errr Dec.) rather than in Jan.

-Thinking about it, I need to check and see if I was refunded for all of those d*mn races I signed up for from Apr. to Jul.

-I have not read this Runner’s World article, “Early research suggests that masks donโ€™t hinder your performance” (article link: ***), but I’m already looking side-eying it. Once my mask is soaked with sweat, it’s more or less a wrap for me because I feel like I’m being waterboarded. Maybe the article is talking about runners who use special, fancy masks.

-Cool, I made it through this edition of Random Thursday Thoughts without going off about Election 2020. Maybe, I’ll save my rant for Twitter and/or Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Questions of the day:

If you run with special running masks, do you have any recommendations?

What random thoughts are on your mind?

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  1. I don’t run with a mask, just a balaclava (tubular, sport tech-ish material) and i just pull it up a few times if i’m actually passing close to someone. I run with my glasses so the fogging challenge is real. I’ve purchased a few masks from Zensah that have double straps that would stay on but they fog the glasses. so running i have to decide to see or mask up. luckily i’m not in a very populated area.

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  2. Sounds like a lot going on – best of luck on the miles cram before the end of the year! I hit my little goal already of 2020 miles in 2020 LOL so now I’ll just shoot the shit and slack off. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. I don’t know how much I would trust the science on that mask statement. I know that if you can breathe better it means that less is being blocked. I’m not even sure how likely you would be spreading or catching COVID while running in an open trail.

    Anyway. I hope you can find that inner voice that keeps you on track. Even if you fall off, just get back on.


  4. It’s funny because that Runner’s World article, while having a photo of two runners wearing masks, is about cyclists wearing masks on stationary bikes. It seems to me that people have forgotten or maybe they didn’t get the news about the fact that it’s nearly impossible for someone to get COVID if they’re outside, especially if they’re moving away from others (like you would when you run, bike, and walk). You have to be less than 6 feet away from someone, inside, for at least 15 minutes, with no masks, and of course one of those people has to have the virus. When I’m running I don’t wear a mask for that reason. I keep my distance and will go further away from them if I see someone, but that’s it.

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