week 13 (20): cancel culture

Cancel culture is really the only way I can think of to define what is happening in our world right now. Pretty much everything is cancelled. That which isn’t cancelled is limited to essential operations, which translates to “no fun.” I’m not complaining: it’s just an observation, and I am very grateful to the men and women who go out to work in those essential services in this uncertain time.

Sunday – 2 mile walk + PT Exercises

I am proud to share that my daily walks are going well. Some days I am more tired and sore than others, and I’ve determined that I need to do a couple of days for distance in between days reserved for “speed.” It feels so good to be out and moving that I just want to push harder every day, and that’s unwise.

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Monday – 2 mile walk + PT Exercises

Who would have guessed that walking two miles would make me so happy? Such is the nature of this cancel culture, I guess.

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Mr PugRunner had an awful Monday, so I told him to call it a day at 5PM. We opened a bottle of wine, made some bagel bites and popcorn, and introduced little man to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Was it my finest parenting moment? Nope. But it did the trick.

Tuesday – 2.1 mile walk + PT Exercises

Tuesday promised to be a better day. I walked.

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Little man had some fun by participating in a “Chalk Your Walk” obstacle course, complete with T-Rex costume.

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And we tried out remote clarinet lessons.

That night, I had a Zoom wine night with a group of good friends. It’s been so long since we’ve been able to get together, so it was a blessing to have the time to chat and see each other’s faces.

Wednesday – 2 mile walk + Day 1 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

I finally had to set an alarm for the first time in what felt like months, so that I could get out the door early enough.

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After my walk, I had a Zoom coffee chat with some of the St. Augustine Moms. I was NOT going to miss it.

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I also joined my friend Anna Louise for this ridiculous Two Week Core Challenge! Every day, you choose three – four of the suggested activities and execute them for 30, 45 or 60 seconds. Please feel free to join in at any time. I hate suffering alone.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds
  • Russian Twists: 60 seconds
  • Flutter Kicks: 60 seconds

Thursday – 2.95 mile walk + Day 2 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Mr PugRunner left the house early to get to the store, and surprised me with an iced coffee. Missing Dunkin iced coffee is another side effect of this cancel culture. He also insisted on driving me home, and asked if I would go out with him for a walk later to make up for it. Between the two walks, I almost hit three miles.

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Day 2 of those core workouts also complete. I’m feeling it.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Scissor Kicks: 60 seconds
  • Superman: 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds

That night, we all sat down for a family movie: The Rise of Skywalker. They went to see it in theaters when I was housebound with my leg, so this was my first time. I sobbed through most of it (it wasn’t a great movie, but it was the end of an era for me).

Friday – 2.4 mile walk + Day 3 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Friday ended up being a super busy day. I walked and did some of my PT outside.

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Core work completed.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Toe Touches: 60 seconds
  • Straight Leg Sit Ups: 60 seconds

Little man made cupcakes.

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And we started to get the barrage of information from his teachers in preparation for distance learning. Our district will start tomorrow. It’s going to be an interesting journey.

Saturday – 2.84 mile walk + Day 4 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Happy Saturday! I pushed a bit on my distance, and did a few little tests of my abilities. First, I tried a few steps of a sadly shuffling run. It felt awkward and terrible. When I got home, I did a heel raise on my injured leg with no support. That went somewhat better.

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  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds
  • Russian Twist: 60 seconds
  • Toe Touches: 60 seconds

I also got to lay out a Flat Runner for the first time in forever. Sparkle Athletic is offering free, themed virtual runs to help get through these days of cancel culture. On Sunday, I will go for three miles, dressed in mermaid gear.

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Goal-getting

Friends, I think I am on track. I think. Most days I feel pretty good. My ankle is definitely stiff, but I don’t struggle with pain. Three miles has been my mental milestone, and once I manage to hit the distance, my plan is to work on speeding up, until I feel safe with the Couch to 5K program.

Now, more than ever, fresh air and physical activity are playing a huge role in staying mentally and physically well, and so the entire family is doing our best to stay on top of that. With so many things cancelled, shut down and closed, it’s hard to stay hopeful, but we are doing our best to be creative and positive.

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How was your week in training?

How are you handling this cancel culture?

runfessions: march is the longest year ever

Is it just me or has the month of March felt as long as a year? I can’t believe we still have about a week to go! We need to move on already! Of course, what better time to open up the Runfessional?

Let’s join up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice and talk it out in our March Runfessions.

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I runfess…

That recovery is going ok. I have good days and bad days. Usually, my positivity takes over and I feel like everything is going to be mostly ok. Then I have days where I don’t want to get out of bed and I think I will walk with a limp forever and never run again. The current global situation plays a huge role in that, I’m sure, but I’m trying to keep my head up and my smile bright!

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I runfess…

That I miss PT. Even though I am fine (ish) on my own, I really liked being in the office, interacting with my therapist. It was comforting to know when I was “cleared” to do certain activities and when I could try to move on to harder things. For example, walking is fine. But when should I try hopping? How far should I force things when my ankle is stiff? It’s hard to know the right answer.

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I runfess…

That I am struggling with my role in the house right now. With all of us here and facing different stressors together, my job always seems to be that of cheerleader. Usually, I am the voice of positive reason, but that makes it hard to make time for my own feelings. I’m not prone to depression, but there are days where I really struggle to get up and be productive. Additionally, I love my boys (and pets) to the moon and back and we will all get through this.

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I runfess…

That I am so proud of so many people for coming together in this time of isolation and distancing. Coaches and gyms are offering free training and classes online, educators are making coursework available on line. Even if we can’t be together, solutions are happening all around. Check out little man getting his clarinet lesson via FaceTime!

I runfess…

That I have no idea where my ankle brace is. I put it down somewhere, and… poof. Gone. Good news is that I really don’t need it, haven’t been using it, and quite frankly, hated it. But weird how it just… vanished. Darn the luck.

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And that’s it from me.

Has March been the longest month ever for you?

What do you have to runfess?

great tips for socially distant running

With the current situation, socially distant running is the new name of the game. Fresh air and exercise are both considered great ways to help stay healthy and keep up the immune system, but it can be discouraging to train alone and without a goal race in sight.

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Set A Goal

Having a goal is the name of the game. Whether you are running alone or in a group, it’s important to have a focus. Maybe it’s time to start running for the first time, or tackle some speed work, or adjust your form. Now is the time. Use your treadmill or get out in the neighborhood (making sure to give others a wide berth) and get to work!

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Do Your Best With Gear

Shoe fittings and gear shopping may be a bit limited for the time being. Many local running stores and big box athletic retailers have closed during this time of COVID-19, or are offering call-ahead orders and curbside pickup. This makes it tricky to get properly fitted for shoes and apparel. If you CAN get in for a fitting (and feel comfortable doing so), it really is the best way to get in the appropriate footwear. However, there are a few virtual and online options you can utilize for the interim.

Please note that none of these take the place of a personal fitting with a human being, so please make sure you are aware of different retailers’ and brands’ return and replacement policies before ordering.

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Join An Online Group For Accountability

Motivation can be hard to come by when you’re alone, which makes socially distant running a special challenge. When you can’t join in on group runs, or when runners are recommended to stay six feet apart, what can you do? Take it online. Strava offers all kinds of challenges on their website and app to help keep you accountable. You could also look up local running groups on Facebook and join in there. Moms Run/She Runs This Town is a great option for finding local running groups. Heck, you could even just text or call a friend and each agree to complete miles on certain days to keep you on track.

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Don’t Forget To Cross Train

Cross-training is a critical part of any running training plan, but it seems to be the thing that most runners neglect. Working other muscle groups helps keep runners strong and minimizes injury. Again, it’s hard to get involved with a cross-training program when you’re on your own, but so many coaches and programs are offering free or low-cost training at home that it’s easy to try a variety of systems to see what works best.

  • Yoga with Adriene – FREE yoga videos for all levels of practice.
  • One Peloton – FREE 90 day trial of the Peloton app (no bike or treadmill required).
  • CENTR – Six weeks of FREE access to Chris Hemsworth’s training program
  • YMCA 360 – Your favorite Y classes for all ages, wherever you are (FREE)

Register For A Virtual Race

So you’ve set your goals and handled your training… now what? We have no idea the next time a live race may take place again, so if you want to go the extra step, it might be time for a virtual race. Virtual races range from free to about the same fee as a regular vent. Some offer nothing more than the chance to submit your run on social media with a hashtag, while others will ship you a shirt, bib, medal and other swag. You choose the distance and the course, and complete the miles on your own terms, and on your honor. There’s something for everyone.

  • Gone For A Run Virtual Race Series: Gone For A Run hosts regular virtual events for holidays and/or causes. Races come with or without a shirt, but include a bib and medal.
  • Hot Chocolate 15K/5K: This Virtual Run consists of a 5k and 15k option, just like with the regular race series. Run (or walk) your chosen distance wherever you want. They’ll ship the goodie bag and medal right to you, along with your very own Chocolate Finisher’s Kit for a taste of our delicious chocolate.
  • Florida Race Day Timing: This Northeast Florida timing company offers the CoRUNa Virtual Race as a free, virtual option. No swag, but you can submit your time, which will be
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courtesy of Gone For A Run Virtual Series

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what’s on my spring bucket list?

Normally, my spring bucket list would be full of really fun races and travel. April is always a great race month, and I would probably have one scheduled for every weekend. You know, if things were normal. Which they are decidedly not.

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So what’s on my Spring Bucket List, other than races?

Help Get My Family Through This Difficult Time

We are entering our second week of the COVID-19 situation and we are struggling. I am trying very hard to hold everyone together. Mr PugRunner’s business is definitely taking a hit. Little man is beside himself without his regular activities and interactions. Last week was his Spring Break, and this week is in limbo. We shall see what happens with online learning next week, but I’m hoping to let him just have as much fun as he can to deal with the uncertainties and anxieties. We miss my parents, but we have decided not to see them due to their age and not wanting to put them at risk.

ReStart Couch to 5K

I am giving myself a month to feel ready for Couch to 5K, and then I am going to go for it. In preparation, I am working on my leg strength and ankle flexibility. I don’t know if it will ever be perfect, but I will get it as close as I can. Couch to 5K is a great program – I’ve used it before and I think it will be a great way to ease back into running.

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Write Something Publishable(?)

At the end of the day, I’m a writer. I’ve had the rough bones of several books rattling around in my brain, and just never had the time to do anything about it. Maybe now is the time? I don’t know. It’s hard to work with all the background noise, but what if this is the time to pump out something worthwhile? What do I have to lose?

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Purge and Organize the House

Now is the perfect time to clean out the closets and get rid of things we no longer need. The trick for me is managing to navigate the heavier boxes and bags, as I’m still not back to 100% with my leg. I’m not in a huge rush. I was hoping to renovate our office but that’s dropped to the bottom of the priority list with everything going on. It’s not a bad idea to start with cabinets and drawers, and go through all the clothes and items that no longer fit or we no longer use.

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What’s on your spring bucket list?

week 12 (20): spring has sprung?

Spring has sprung, officially. What does that mean? I haven’t a clue. Seriously. The weather is beautiful. Humidity is low. We were technically on Spring Break. But we’re pretty locked down and isolated right now, so it feels a little less like spring and a lot like… well, a lot like my last few months.

Sunday – 2 mile bike ride

I think we all just unplugged on Sunday. My Garmin wasn’t charging, which left me feeling fairly empty as a runner. The bike ride went ok, although I was pretty exhausted afterwards, and had a hard time holding my balance to dismount. Blah.

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Monday – 1.2 mile walk + PT exercises

Monday morning was hard. I opted to cancel PT. As I mentioned, my location services a lot of older people and when it’s busy, we are absolutely not six feet apart. While I want my leg to be better, it’s not worth catching or passing something.

Did it break my heart to come to this realization? Yup. Was I ok right away? Nope. But more on that another day. The only thing to do was go for a walk and do my exercises at home.

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I kept incredibly busy with the St. Augustine Moms for the rest of the day. With so much changing so rapidly, we were all hard at work collecting information to share to help parents and kids get through the weeks ahead.

Tuesday – 1.2 mile walk + PT exercises

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This has promised to be such a fabulous day: I was taking over the St. Augustine Moms Instagram account, and we were going to have so much content, from the holiday to our first family theater experience to see Hamilton.

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We made the best of what we had. I went for a great walk,

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while Mr PugRunner picked up coffee and donuts to go with some green scrambled eggs.

In the afternoon, little man made Lucky Charms Treats.

We also got word that school would be out for students until April 15. Teachers would be expected to report on March 23, to start making preparations to teach online, and virtual learning would starting March 30.

We had shepherd’s pie for dinner with green beer (green water for little man) and I listened (and sang along) to the Hamilton soundtrack. Was it the same? Hell, no. But we made the best of it. PS – check out the tips, tricks and resources on St. Augustine Moms. There’s not of great info for families as we navigate the weeks ahead <3

Wednesday – 1.5 mile walk + PT exercises

On Wednesday, I had a bit of a chat with the Garmin. I wiped off the contacts again, and really clamped down with the charger. And what do you know??? It worked!!!! I finally felt like we were getting somewhere! Like a family walk! Hurray!

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Thursday – 1.5 mile walk

No one wanted to join me out for this walk, and that was ok. Little man has been sleeping and playing way too many video games, but right now his world is pretty upside down, so I’m allowing it.

Since my foot has been feeling more normal, I tried my Adrenalines again, and found that the supination issue is going away! YES!

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Since I had all the time in the world, I decided to attempt to remove my own SNS manicure. I don’t have a nail drill, and going into a salon is a bad idea right now, and things were getting a bit raggedy. I had to use sandpaper to crack through the glossy finish, and it took a few rounds of acetone, but I finally claimed a victory! Home manicures are not my jam, but here we are.

Friday – 1.75 mile walk + PT exercises

I had held on to this last scheduled PT appointment, in a desperate Hail Mary of sorts, but I ended up cancelling. My recovery is now my own.

Mr PugRunner joined me for this walk, which was nice. He has moved his office home and I know he’s stressed trying to keep his business on track through this time, so I’m glad when he can take a break.

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Saturday – 1.75 mile walk + PT exercises + shoulders

I’ve been really dedicated to all my stretches and adding in strength, since I’m on my own. It takes a lot of time, but time is what I have right now.

And just because things aren’t insane enough, our older car broke down when Mr PugRunner made the trek to a different grocery store to attempt to get our weekly groceries. We had to have it towed back to the house. The positive? I had to pick him up which meant my first time driving on the highway since November.

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First, I would like to address my food/leg/ankle. Guys, it’s good. I probably could have stayed on my medication another month because there is still some residual tingling, but I’m sleeping and the weaning-off process went well, so it’s fine. My ankle is still tight, but not uncomfortably so. I am barely swelling at all anymore, even after my walks, and this is a huge victory in my book.

From there, we are ok. Obviously, things are tough. Little man is having a really hard time with everything and we are working so hard to reassure him and keep him feeling safe. I hate this for him, more than anything, but it’s going to be ok. We got another update from the district, which stated that teachers will NOT be returning to campus this week, although they will still work on preparing online work for March 30.

Heartbreakingly, some of his teachers have started messaging the students through our school app, asking how they are and to please check in. I don’t know why, but that really got me in the feels.

Last, but not least, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram for a $35 gift code to be used on the ROAD iD website. Head on over there if you’d like to enter. It ends at midnight ET on March 24.

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How was your week in training?

What are you doing this spring to keep yourself distracted from the COVID-19 situation?

running in the time of covid-19

The last week has been surreal. Almost nightmarish in scope. I’ve stared at this screen for hours, trying to figure out the words to make sense of what is going on in our world, and I’m coming up so very empty.

Now, more than ever, I need my community. This running community that has built around me over the past years. The mom community we now have to keep at a six foot distance. I’ve actually been socially distancing since November, when I broke my leg, before it was the thing to do. But now that I’m ready to be back out in the world, it’s all shutting down and I find myself having to find a new path.

So what am I going to do?

Breathe

If you know me, you know I don’t breathe. Not when my bones snapped. Not when I get a massage. Not when I was in labor. Not in yoga. I fully admit there something is wrong with me when it comes to the whole inhale-exhale thing, but when the going gets tough, I apparently hold my breath. With everything spiraling so very much out of my control, I am focusing on taking those deep, centering breaths to stay calm and connected. It’s horribly unnatural, but it’s a small thing I can control. As an introvert home with two extroverts, I need to master this calming technique.

Exercise – Keep Running!

So I have stopped going to PT. My location treats a lot of older and elderly people and there is no way we are able to keep six feet apart. I don’t want to catch anything, nor do I want to unknowingly spread anything. It may sound selfish, but I have been working so hard to get back to normal, and that may never happen, through no fault of my own. However, I know the exercises. I know that it’s ok to start testing things (riding a bike outside for example). So I will do my PT at home. I will continue with my walks, and my stretches and my strength. And then, I will just try to run.

No matter what else, fresh air and exercise are still some of the best ways to keep yourself healthy. Practice social distancing (solo runs/cycling outings), and just do what you can.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Right now, my whole family is home. Mr. PugRunner has closed his office and works from home. Little man is out of school until at least April 15, and online learning, however that looks, won’t start until March 30. We are not setting alarms to get up. There are no more bedtimes. Meals are whenever. Right now, there are screens and junk food. Things are insane and scary, especially for a child, and while I do expect him to practice his clarinet and do one educational thing every day, things are hard enough without cracking down.

Manage The Disappointments

As I mentioned above, I’m pretty upset about the loss of my PT. We have a few birthdays coming up and I had to explain to little man that I will absolutely make him a cake and we will have a nice day together, but we probably won’t be having a party or a weekend trip. Heck, with Amazon shutting down, I don’t even know if we will be able to get presents. And in the scheme of things, none of that even matters, as people are getting sick or dying, losing their jobs and health insurance, getting quarantined and so much more. It’s a whole new world out there, and while it’s ok to be bummed and angry when we lose out, we have to remember the positives and our gratitude.

Set Goals

With events and races pretty much cancelled or postponed through the next few months, I’ve got to set some goals of my own. My comeback race is on hold, but I still have my virtual shirt and bib from the Starlight 5K I couldn’t run in December. I am already walking 1.5 miles, so shooting for 3.1 isn’t too far off. Lots of runners are continuing to train for their events, even if they are no longer occurring, to keep their focus off the state of things and on a specific goal. I see no reason not to do the same.

How are you running and coping?

We will get through this. It’s not going to be easy or without stressors, but we are in this together.

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week 11 (20): the world turned upside down

So, COVID-19 is here, the world turned upside down, and it looks like we are in it for the long haul.

As a Floridian, the idea of unexpected time off, closures, and cancellations isn’t new. We have hurricanes often enough that stocking up on supplies isn’t a foreign concept. It’s annoying, inconvenient and expensive, but we know the drill. Except for the toilet paper hoarding. I don’t get that (in hurricanes, we hoard bread, milk and eggs for all the French Toast we suddenly feel the need to make).

The social distancing is new. During major storms, I think we work hard to reach out and forge connections, so holding back feels unnatural and wrong. We are happy to do our part and staying in as best we can, but it isn’t easy.

Sunday – 1 mile walk

After a super late night at a neighbor’s house, coupled with springing forward and losing an hour, we all slept in and had zero motivation. Little man had pizza for breakfast, that’s how unmotivated we were.

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However, later in the day, we decided to go out for a bit of fresh air. We had lunch, and then little man and I hunted some Pokemon on a walkway around a little lake.

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Once we made one loop, I told Mr PugRunner I wanted to try to go a second time, without all the pauses and stopping. He stayed at my side and I completed a (painfully) slow 1/2 male lap. It was simultaneously encouraging and discouraging.

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Monday – physical therapy

I tried the new PT at our office and it went reasonably well. She was nice enough, but we had a bit of a learning curve getting in sync. Additionally, she did not approve of my not wearing my shoes for certain balance moves. Fact: I hate shoes and go barefoot all the time.

For all that, I did manage to hold my balance on my right foot for almost 30 seconds, which is a huge victory.

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Tuesday – 1.2 mile walk

Instead of going to the gym, I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and take a walk. It’s just over 1/2 mile to our neighborhood’s amenity center, so I decided to walk there and back. Whoo hoo!

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Wednesday – PT exercises

Wednesday was a weird day. I had a PTSO meeting in the morning, our last one before Spring Break. We talked about a lot of future plans, but I had a feeling that we wouldn’t be coming back to school after Spring Break. I asked Mr PugRunner to pick up some extra food at the store (just some pasta, rice and beans type of things).

I did some PT exercises and spent most of the night awake, reading Twitter.

Thursday – 1.2 mile walk

It was supposed to be little man’s last day of school before break but Mr PugRunner decided to keep him home. There wasn’t much going on, so I decided it wasn’t worth arguing.

I took another walk. Again, it went fairly well, and I was glad.

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Friday – physical therapy

I was back with L on Friday and it was another great session. I mentioned that I was nervous about going to the gym in light of all the COVID-19 concerns, and she was absolutely on board with me walking. I also asked if I could ride my bike (not fast, and not with clips), and she said that was fine, too.

Look at my ankle turn! I might be able to some yoga soon!

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Mr PugRunner ended up taking little man back to school. All the kids were instructed to bring home their binders and textbooks, so we wanted him to have his.

That evening, we joined our friends at the soccer field so the kids could play. I wasn’t planning on going but I brought a book and a blanket and took advantage of the fresh air. It was the right call.

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Saturday – PT exercises

Saturday wasn’t my favorite. Through the whole week, we had been watching the scroll of world news and local cancellations. It was hard to get out of bed, hard to get through the day, and hard to sleep that night. While we remain healthy, so far, it’s been hard to explain things to little man and hard to swallow the feelings of despair.

Goal-getting

I don’t know what the next days, weeks, and months will bring.

My comeback race has been postponed, so I will continue to work towards that as best I can. Maybe when it comes time, I’ll be able to run for real.

Everything is closing. Little man is out of school until March 31, at least. Events are cancelled. Races everywhere are shutting down or postponing.

We are choosing to practice social distancing. Mr PugRunner has shut his office and will work from home. Little man is allowed to play outside with the local neighbors, but no playdates or big crowds. We have stopped going out to eat, and making unnecessary trips. I only hope it has the desired effect of flattening the curve and making this virus manageable.

Perspective is important. We have weathered some big disappointments, but we will get through them. This is going to be a defining time in many of our lives, and the world has turned upside down, but I have faith that we will be able to right things again.

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How was your week in training?

How are you holding up?

walk before run: a progress report

Walk before run: it’s the natural progression of things. Before running was ever a blip on my radar, I walked. I enjoyed getting out there for brisk strides around my neighborhood, and I always liked walking in cities or downtown areas or even parks for the air, movement and change of scenery.

Now, with my mind and rehab focused on running, walking is back on the table, and I am here for it.

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walk before run

When I had my last appointment with the surgeon, he told me I was clear for the (non-spin) bike, the elliptical and swimming. I was, by no means, to attempt walking for exercise.

As the weeks passed, however, the idea of walking at all became easier and more reasonable. I was able to walk without crutches, then without a boot, and now I can even walk around without my brace. Some days, it’s just incredibly uncomfortable and I feel stable enough without it, so I skip it (the surgeon said that was ok, too).

My PTs and I are working on some fundamentals, but the treadmill hadn’t made an appearance in my sessions yet. I know it’s important not to rush things, but walking has been on my mind.

In order to graduate to a place where I can walk before run, I’ve been spending lots of time on my dorsiflexion (as I’ve mentioned), strength, and balance. I repeat exercises at home to reinforce what I’m learning in therapy, and build as often as I feel comfortable.

On Sunday, we took a family trip to a nearby venue to hunt for Pokemon and get some fresh air. There is a half mile path around a beautiful lake, and Mr. PugRunner forged ahead while little man and I caught critters, visited gyms, and did battle. After one lap, I told Mr. PugRunner that I wanted to go again, but this time, with purpose.

I turned on my Garmin, for the first time in forever, and we set out.

The effort was not entirely in vain. While my pace was dismal, I didn’t get winded (which has been a concern), and paid close attention to taking even steps and not limping or dragging my injured leg. At the time, I was not wearing my brace, so I had to be extra mindful of rocks and twigs. All in all, it was a solid effort, and I felt decent when I stopped my watch.

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On Monday, I shared with the PT what I had done, and she said that was just fine. I was extra motivated and felt like I doubled my efforts that day. I pressed more weight on the shuttle, and I finally balanced on my right foot for 23 seconds (they are looking for 30, but 15-17 has been my limit).

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Tuesday morning, rather than going to the gym and griping at the elliptical, I decided to try again. I picked a goal landmark and hit the road (brace on, this time). Again, I focused on even weight distribution and not dragging. I could feel my efforts just slightly on the inside of my ankle, as well as in my right hip and my right glute.

But, oh, when I was finished… I can’t quite describe that happiness. I totaled 1.2 miles for the outing, and it was about the best day since the surgeon took off my boot.

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Things feel rather real now. I am going to keep this up, as best I can. I’m almost halfway to my goal distance, but I don’t want to neglect the rest of my leg. The atrophy has left it a little weak. There’s an opportunity to relearn my running without some of my bad habits (limited strength training, lack of attention to my weak hip, etc) and I want to take advantage.

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week 10 (20): women’s day edition

Happy International Women’s Day! March 8 is the day of equality and empowerment, and I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a tribe of absolutely incredible women.

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Of course, my Women’s Day hero is my mother. She is just beyond incredible and we are so lucky to have her.

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Sunday – gym (bike, elliptical, weighted squats)

I woke up Sunday, feeling fairly refreshed and ready to take on the day. The gym was quiet, and I put in time on the elliptical and bike, then did some weighted squat.

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Sundays are for laundry, grocery shopping, and getting ready for the school and work week, and so that’s how we spent the rest of the day.

Monday – physical therapy

I felt super strong at physical therapy. There is a lot I can do on my own, but L pays attention to my form, and then starts adding therabands, or new equipment to keep me progressing. Dorsiflexion is the name of my game right now, so she showed me some moves I can do at home to work on my flex.

Tuesday – gym (bike, elliptical, arms)

At the gym on Tuesday, I had this genius idea to start with the elliptical rather than the bike. For whatever reason, I’m stuck on this idea that I have to warm up on the bike, but honestly, I don’t. I was able to get to 20 whole minutes on my nemesis, and felt so much better than when I do it second. So yay!

I also worked on lunges, as instructed. I’m supposed to do these every day.

Wednesday – gym (bike, elliptical, weights)

I repeated yesterday’s routine and it’s definitely making such a difference. After I finished a total of 40 minutes of cardio, I spent some time with the free weights, and did some inverted rows and deadlifts. My arm strength has lapsed a little, because I get so tired after spending so much time on my lower body, but I’m trying to balance it all.

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Thursday – rest

For some reason, I felt awful on Thursday. My ankle was tight and pinched all day, and I just didn’t want to do anything. Delilah snuck upstairs before I got out of bed, so I just snuggled with her sweet self for an hour or so, rather than being productive.

To compensate for my lack of energy, I did my PT moves at home, while the pugs did their best to distract me by whining for food from the kitchen.

In the evening, I stepped up to attend a meeting for Scout leaders. I’m back on that leadership team for little man’s troop, and I am finally in a place where I can get myself to a monthly evening meeting.

Friday – physical therapy

TGIF and happy PT day. While I don’t have any photos of it, I got to do lunges on the bosu ball, which felt like a big reward. Also, I’m starting to track my calorie burn and workouts again.

Since I was feeling great, I did try to do a bit of spring cleaning. Every few months, I like to scrub all the walls with white vinegar and hot water, and mop all the floors with the same. I’m not able to really get down and dirty with the closets and drawers, but I could at least do this. So very glamorous.

Saturday – gym (bike, elliptical, weighted squats)

I had a fabulous gym session. Not only did I manage to go for 20 minutes on the elliptical again, I also increased the resistance a little. It’s these tiny gains that are going to start adding up to something great, I know it. On a side note, the gym was fairly crowded for a change, so it helped me get through some of that anxiety working out with people.

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Oh, and little man made waffles for the whole family.

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The weather was so gorgeous but we weren’t super motivated to do too much, until little man’s friend invited us over to watch a movie outside that evening. We brought all our warmest clothes and blankets, and had pizza and rosemary popcorn with wine. The kids wanted to do an 80s movie, so we ended up with The Lost Boys. Sigh, memories of the two Coreys. Oh, and the kids thought it was cheesy and hilarious. We are absolutely making it a thing.

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Goal-getting

I’m pretty proud of this week. There were ups and downs, for sure. I am almost finished with the medication for my nerve pain, and that’s definitely changing the way I feel just a little bit, but not enough for concern. It’s just something else I need to adjust to.

Beyond that, I don’t have much new to report. This week will be busy as Spring Break kicks off on Friday and we are looking forward to a fun weekend and break!

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a super lucky ultimate coffee date

And so we head into March, holding on to all the luck we can. This is probably the first month where I’m starting to feel hopeful about things really looking up. It’s taken a while to genuinely get to this point, and I am very grateful.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to our coffee!

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have registered for that “comeback” 5K. I believe this is going to be a walking situation, and I’m ok with that (it’s a race that benefits Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, and is friendly to all abilities). I’m fortunate to have some really incredible support with me for the event, and it’s lucky that the timing for this one worked out so well.

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Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I’ve been doing really well committing to real life things again. Injury is very isolating, and I’ve been the hermitiest of hermits for months. Last night, I went to my first Roundtable meeting for Scouts (it’s meeting of the key leaders in the local troop sand Packs) – after some time off, I’ve stepped up as Committee Chair and it’s time to really start doing my (volunteer) job.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I’m thinking about a YMCA membership. We have a great community gym, but I’ve kind of exceeded its limits at this point, and I’m at the point where I definitely need some more equipment (hello, leg press). My membership at 9Round has been on hold, and much as I hate to admit it, I think I’ll be ready to run long before I’m ready to kickbox again. Little man has asked to start going to the gym (he’ll be 12), and it’s lucky there’s a brand new facility right by our house, so it might be something we can do together.

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Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I finally got a Shamrock Shake! I kept seeing them on Instagram, and couldn’t hold back! Lord knows why I love them so much (what IS that flavor anyway?), but I have one every year. I’m so lucky that Mr PugRunner was kind enough to swing by the drive-thru for me.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I am so grateful for this space and the support I’ve had from so many amazing bloggers through the years. I know I’ve had some bouts of whining and sadness, which is never fun, but I appreciate everyone letting get it out and work through it. It’s not my nature to be incredibly negative, but sometimes life has other plans, and I’m lucky to have somewhere to be open about emotions and fears.


Join us for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date. After reading here, head on over to visit Coco and Deborah, our awesome link-up hosts.

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What would you tell me over coffee?

Have you been lucky lately?

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