celebrate global running day 2020

Global Running Day has come around again.

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Honestly, with everything going on in the world right now, I am grateful for these little reasons to celebrate. Brights spots lead to hope and hope leads to better days. The very point of Global Running Day is joining people together through the activity of running, and we could desperately use some togetherness right now.

During the pandemic, so many turned to running as a way to deal with fear, stress, anxiety, and loss. The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other became a respite, and it’s beautiful to see so many new athletes joining our ranks.

So how am I commemorating the day?

Join a Virtual Event

For Global Running Day, there are plenty of Virtual Events, especially since there are so few actual ones. You can pledge to run any distance through the initiative itself, or you can sign up for something bigger, like the Best Damn Race Florida Challenge (affiliate link).

Encourage A Friend

Now is a great time to introduce new people to the joy of running. In many places, we can’t run together, but we can hold each other accountable and partner up in spirit. Reach out to someone who you know might like to give running a try had have them start today, Global Running Day. If you can be together on the road or trail, do it. If not, text or call each other before, during, and/or after your miles. It’s not the same but it’s something.

Treat Yourself To Some New Gear

New socks, new fuel, new whatever it is to motivate you and keep you moving. I already picked up this gorgeous new Road ID from the limited Cobalt Collection (snag a Road ID of your own and save 20% with code RUNNINGWITHPUGS20),

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and I’m expecting a new Garmin Forerunner 235 any day now. It’s not my dream Garmin, but it was on sale and it had a gift card, and my beloved 735XT is limping its way to a painful finish. I will not be hitting a triathlon any time soon, so this will serve.

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courtesy of Garmin.com

Honor The Run

Cheesy as it sounds, I mean it. Enjoy. Be aware of your strength and your power. Respect the discipline you have shown through your commitment. We may not be racing right now, but every single one of us is stronger for the experiences leveled at us in 2020, and that deserves to be honored.

Join the Runner’s Roundup!

Link up each week to post your favorite running tips, experiences, race and training recaps, workouts, gear, and coaching ideas. Join your hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Organic Runner Mom each week for the Runners’ Roundup linkup! Your link must be running related. Unrelated links will be removed. You must link back to your hosts — it’s common courtesy and a lot more fun! Spread the link-up love by visiting at least two other #running bloggers! Leave a comment and find new blogs to read! Use hashtags #running and #RunnersRoundup to stay in touch and promote your content!

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How are you celebrating Global Running Day?

week 22 (2020): the one with no title

Another week has gone by and things just seem to be spiraling into madness.

Sunday – 3.40 miles, walking

Sundays have been our chill days. Mr PugRunner had some recipes planned for the Big Green Egg, and I just wanted to hang out at home after a nice, easy walk. The humidity is back with a vengeance and I am not here for it. Not one bit.

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Monday – 3.69 miles, walking

For the first time in almost seven years, I missed out on the Memorial Day 5K where it all began. There was a virtual version of the event offered, but I knew I wasn’t 5K ready, so I took a pass.

I did go for a long walk and reflect on those who gave their lives for our country.

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By the time I got back, the rain had really kicked in, and it continued to rain all day long. We were planning to have a culdesac gathering that evening with neighbors, but it was a rather soggy affair.

On the plus side, I made this delicious drink with UV raspberry vodka, raspberry sherbet and Sprite. It was a hit.

Tuesday – Couch To 5K Week 6 Day 1 (total of 3.65 miles)

Week 6 of Couch to 5K promised some varied workouts. The first day was the typical five minute warm up and cool down, and included three running segments (five minutes, eight minutes, and five minutes) with walk breaks in between.

The run was a mess. I got caught in the rain, my app kept skipping because I had my phone in a holder, and I ended up having to wing most of it.

Needless tot say, I was soaking wet and quite miserable by the time I made it home.

When the weather cleared, we worked on Luna with her leash skills.

Wednesday – 3.85 miles, walking

Another walk on Wednesday. I was thrilled to be able to wear my new Road ID, from the limited edition Cobalt Collection. Safety first! My whole family wears their Road IDs everywhere now, and I’m going to be purchasing a dog ID for Luna shortly (Once she grows into a regular sized leash and harness. She’s so bitty.)

The boys took a drive down to Daytona, hoping to snag a spot on the beach to watch the shuttle launch. The launch was scrubbed but they had a nice afternoon together, anyway.

Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 2 (total miles 4.1)

I got up earlier than normal so I could scoot out for Week 6 Day 2. This time it was two ten minute runs, and it actually went really nicely. I was super happy.

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Luna had her appointment for vaccinations, so little man and I took her to the vet. Again, it was curbside drop off, which worked out – I hate seeing animals and kids get injections. As a reward, we went to the Starbucks drive-thru for coffee and her first pup cup.

She shared with her brother and sister, too.

Friday –  3.73 miles, walking

Another morning walk.

And then we spent some time teaching Luna to ride a skateboard.

That evening, even though I wanted to do nothing more than lay on the couch, we found a Mr. Softee and got some of the yummiest soft serve.

Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 3 (total of 4.23 miles)

Moment of truth: 22 minutes of straight running. Followed by this (super awkward) jump of joy.

Fairly iffy weather made Mr PugRunner not want to venture down for another go at the launch, but that was ok. We had a nice rest of day together, which is always needed.

Goal-getting

This week, I will just keep on keeping on. I’m not really sure what else we can do right now. My heart is broken for George Floyd. And for Ahmaud Arbury. And for so many countless others who have been killed before them. Something has already given, and the floodgates are open. We must do better and be better. We have to listen, hear, see, and stand up. There’s just no other way.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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may runfessions: keep on running

It’s time for our May Runfessions, and my theme is just to “keep on running,” There is so much insanity in our world, and I feel like I have to keep pushing forward in order to see my way clear.

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

I runfess that…

I was stunned that the Boston Marathon announced it was going virtual in 2020 (they are also offering refunds to participants, as well as some other options). Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the decision, and I know it wasn’t an easy one, but it just seemed like we were seeing light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Obviously, this could still be the case, but there are so many logistics in play that the mayor of Boston clearly felt it wouldn’t be safe to hold this as an in-person event. My heart goes out to all the athletes who will not be able to run these 26.2 miles in 2020.

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I runfess that…

Having a puppy is no joke. Luna is a good girl, and is really doing great with her sleeping and potty training, but holy moly, does she has some energy. She is into EVERYTHING, she’s crazy smart, and I always have to keep an eye on her. I’m not complaining: puppies are freaking amazing, but it has been a super long time and I am out of practice. It’s all worth it, for sure, but I am tired!

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I runfess that…

I’m glad the school year is over. Little man did great work, and his teachers and school were on point with the crisis/distance learning, but it was stressful and truly not how the year should have been. Of course, I can also runfess that these first days of summer have been challenging: even little man said “we had so much more to do when I was younger.” Sure, because he still loved crafts and activities that I put together. Now, he has his own idea of how he wants to spend his time, and I assure you, it’s not on the cute projects I unearth on Pinterest.

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I runfess that…

Couch To 5K has been so good for me. Every time I look ahead on the program, and tell myself I can’t do the next session, I get out there and surprise myself. While there is zero reason that I couldn’t have just gone with my Galloway intervals, I would love to see what I can do, with this opportunity of restarting my training from scratch. Even on the worst days, I’m really just so proud of how far I’ve come.

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I runfess that…

In spite of the previous runfession, I’m a little disappointed to still have a limp as the day wears on. I don’t want to say I’m in daily pain, exactly, but I am stiff and uncomfortable quite often. People have said that it takes over a year to get back to “normal” and I hope that I will feel that normal one day soon. It’s discouraging to not be able to do certain things, and to think I might never do certain things again. I am hopeful that I can just keep moving forward and one day things will be a little easier. Fingers crossed.

I runfess that…

Even with my above disappointment, I am super, absurdly excited for the Best Damn Race Florida Challenge! My team is the QuaranTeam Queens and my friend L and I will start logging our 1000K on June 15. I wish we could start sooner, but the race director wants to give the solo runners/walkers and cyclists a few extra days. Do you want to join me? Register through my referral link and be part of this incredibly fun event!

What May Runfessions do you have to share?

What do you think about the Boston Marathon announcement?

let’s run the bdr florida challenge (virtually)!

The BDR Florida Challenge is the virtual challenge I’ve decided to conquer as the weeks of social distancing continue. Best Damn Race always puts on stellar events, and this virtual challenge promises the same top-notch experience.

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The BDR Florida Challenge starts June 1 (or June 15, but read on), giving runners, walkers, and cyclists the opportunity to take on the entire length of the east coast of Florida, in a virtual and socially distant way.

I’ve been hesitant to join in a big challenge like this, as I have been doing well without any additional pressure on myself, but I feel like this is a reasonable way to make my way back into having a large goal. As it stands, Memphis doesn’t look like it’s in the cards for a variety of reasons, so having something like this might soften the blow.

Two Distances.

The BDR Florida Challenges offers a 1000K and a 300K option for this event. Runners, walkers, and cyclists have until October 31, 2020 to complete their preferred distance, but I love not feeling pressured to take on something that might be bigger than my abilities at this point in my rehab. For the 1000K, runners will virtually start at Amelia Island and travel (again, virtually) to the Southernmost Point in Key West. That’s a lot of kilometers of virtual Atlantic coastline, and it’s going to be fantastic!

Team Effort? Lone Wolf? We’ve Got You.

You can go the distance under your own steam, or you can work in teams of two or four to cover the distance. Both solo runners and teams can log their miles on the BDR Florida Challenge page to tally their miles for the duration of the challenge. Solo runners get to start June 1, while teams and cyclists don’t begin until June 15. I’m excited to take on 1000K with a friend – there’s just no way I could do it alone right now, so this is my favorite option!

Earn Your Motivation Along The Way

As you run, walk, or bike your miles, you’ll log them and earn virtual checkpoints to keep you on track. Look out for digital badges via email when you hit Daytona Beach, the Space Coast, South Beach, and ultimately, Key West.

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All The Best Swag

Best Damn Race always brings the swag, and the BDR Florida Challenge is another way to reap the bling! All participants will receive a gender-specific race shirt,

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and this gorgeous medal,

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1000K Finishers will also score this really cool patch!

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I’ve never received a patch as a race perk before, so I’m kind of excited about that.

Best Damn Race Always Does It Right

I have been an Ambassador for the Best Damn Race series for years, and I am proud to say that every race I’ve ever attended has been on point. While I’m definitely going to miss out on the awesome, in-person aspects of a BDR event, I’m happy to be participating in a BDR event again. Are you going to join me? Register here! (this is an affiliate link)

Join the Runner’s Roundup!

Link up each week to post your favorite running tips, experiences, race and training recaps, workouts, gear, and coaching ideas. Join your hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Organic Runner Mom each week for the Runners’ Roundup linkup! Your link must be running related. Unrelated links will be removed. You must link back to your hosts — it’s common courtesy and a lot more fun! Spread the link-up love by visiting at least two other #running bloggers! Leave a comment and find new blogs to read! Use hashtags #running and #RunnersRoundup to stay in touch and promote your content!

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Are you partaking in a big virtual challenge like the BDR Florida Challenge?

What’s next on your running agenda?

week 21 (2020): school’s out for summer

School’s out for summer. It’s pandemic week 10. Twenty one weeks of 2020 gone. How many times can I say this is so surreal? The hours, days, and weeks are all blended together. There are days when I breathe easier, and then days when I feel crushing anxiety. With most of Florida two weeks into its reopening, we are starting to venture out a bit.

Sunday – 3.15 miles, walking

Sundays are typically for my slowest, shortest walk. It’s kind of become a reward for completing another week of Couch To 5K, and gives me a little breather before the next week.

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I also always seem to feel my most worn out on Sundays, so II took it e say until later in the afternoon, when we had a virtual surprise shower for my friend M. She is getting married in a few weeks and I am so glad we were able to celebrate, even if it was over Zoom. We all shipped her gifts to her house, and one of the hostess mailed and delivered custom cookies to the guests.

Toss in a can of rosé, and we had a lovely afternoon!

Monday – 3.59 miles, walking

Another Monday. Monday doesn’t even seem to mean anything anymore. All the days are so much the same.

Tuesday – Couch To 5K Week 5 Day 1 (total of 4.09 miles)

I went into this week of Couch to 5K feeling nervous. I had three segments of five-minute runs, split up by three-minute walk intervals. To be honest, it went well, although exhausting, and I thought it would be no problem to continuer the rest of the week in the same vein.

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We had a day of meetings and appointments. I attended our final PTSO General Meeting of the year, via Zoom. I wasn’t planning to return to my board position, but due to lack of volunteers, it looks like I’m going to come back.

Little man had clarinet, Scouts, and karate, and we also got to participate in a birthday parade for my running buddy and friend. We haven’t run together in ages for obvious reasons, but I was glad to celebrate her!

Wednesday – 3.58 miles, walking

I felt super off kilter on Wednesday, and it took a solid walk to get myself back in line. To test that, I went ahead with a balance check after my walk, and was pleased to see I have so much more strength in my right leg. I can even see some of my muscles returning, which is so incredible.

Little man wanted to check to see if he had any live conferences left (some teachers canceled outright, while others hadn’t said), and then we drove to the school for the 6th grade pickup/dropoff. My heart. We checked in with the dean and deputy at the start of the parking lot and then drove through the appropriate stations. First, little man had to turn in the textbook and library book we still had, then a teacher brought out a paper grocery bag with the contents of his locker and his yearbook, and we passed the hotspot/laptop return on our way back out.

And so, how’s that for a “school’s out” farewell?

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Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 2 (total miles

Guys, I got quite a shock on Thursday’s Couch to 5K. I was totally fine with the three five-minute runs, but when I got going this time, it seemed I had a seven minute run and an eight minute run instead. I’m sorry, what? It was probably better I didn’t realize this in advance. I might not have been quite so positive in my review of the first half of the program.

I also went for another balance check. Nailed it.

Again, little man checked in for any final conferences, as well as any last minute assignments. It seemed like he was good to go, but it was all very anticlimactic.

We had a bit of a date night as well, which was nice. Little man did a great job taking care of Luna so we could get some time together at an appropriate social distance.

Friday – 4 miles, walking

I took a nice walk, as usual.

And then I took a quick drive to the outdoor mall to pick up a curbside order. I haven’t really shopped much, but little man was in need of a few things, and this seemed the best way to handle it.

The rest of the day was dedicated to puppy care. Luna is a delight, but also a handful, and needs so much attention. I love it, but man, she wears me out.

Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 3 (total of 4.01 miles)

And finally, the big day: the last day of Couch to 5K for the week. On the schedule? Twenty minutes running straight through. Gah. I dressed in all my patriotic clothing for the Team Sparkle Virtual Run and got out there. There was one pause at an intersection, but other than that, I proved up to the challenge! Not going to lie: I was pretty proud.

My parents came over for an early lunch in the driveway, and we did some tie dye crafts.

It’s been hard finding fun and creative things to do, especially for the tween set, but he really had fun, and his shirt came out awesome! We will be doing more on Monday with another batch of colors.

Goal-getting

I confess to being incredibly proud of myself. In a million years, I never expected I would ever run an extended period of time like that again, and it happened. Crazy! This week is going to be even more challenging, and I hope I am up to the task.

In honor of my progress, I will be joining up with the Best Damn Race Florida 1000K and 300K Challenge. It’s virtual, of course, but it sounds like tons of fun, with swag and bling and everything that makes Best Damn Race great. I’ve been looking for just the right virtual challenge, and I think this is the one.

Luna is doing great. She has pretty much learned how to sit, and we realize she is scary smart. I want to get her a puzzle toy or two to help keep her stimulated. I am just so happy to have her in our family, and I adore our snuggles.

And for little man, school’s out, though not officially. The last real day is this Wednesday, but he doesn’t have to check in or do anything else. It’s just so… weird. It doesn’t feel like summer, and I’m not sure what we are going to do with our days from here on out. Mr PugRunner is back in his office (alone), and someone needs to be with the puppy so most trips that are longer than two hours are off the table. My brain just isn’t in “fun director” mode quite yet, and I need to get on that.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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How was your week in training?

What are you thinking about doing with your time if school’s out by you?

reflections on couch to 5k: the halfway mark

As of today, I am about halfway through the nine-week Couch To 5K running program. This is my second time through the system, and it’s been a decidedly different experience than when I first tried it, over seven years ago.

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Why I Chose Couch To 5K

Couch To 5K is a solid program. It lasts nine weeks, with three sessions per week. Each session consists of a warmup and a cool down, with alternating segments of running and walking in between. Things start easily enough, as the weeks pass, the walking parts get shorter and the running parts get longer.

  • Week 1: 8 x 1:00 run/1:30 walk
  • Week 2: 6 x 1:30 run/2:00 walk
  • Week 3: 2 x 1:30 run/1:30 walk/3:00 run/3:00 walk
  • Week 4: 3:00 run/1:30 walk/5:00 run/2:30 walk/3:00 run/1:30 walk/5:00 run
  • Week 5: 5:00 run/3:00 walk/5:00 run/3:00 walk/5:00 run
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Simple enough.

Using Couch To 5K gives me some decent structure. I like the feeling of hitting goals without doing too much too fast. It’s also helpful too be able to check off (or log) my workouts as I go, so I can actually see my progress.

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How I’m Feeling, So Far

To date, I feel good. Not great, but good. Obviously, running on two bones that were once broken, and are now held together with a healthy amount of metal is nothing short of nervewracking. The first running segment for the past four and a half weeks seems to be the worst, as far as evenness of stride and flexibility in my foot, but things ease up after that. A few times, I have had to stop during that first interval due to a buzzing feeling in my lower right leg, but it has passed and no longer troubles me.

Another victory is that I usually don’t see a lot of swelling after my runs. There is some, and will probably always be some, but it’s not terrible. I’m tired on my run days, and my leg definitely feels that exhaustion, but it’s manageable, for sure. I will spare you photos.

It’s also worth nothing that I am able to keep up, even as we start into run intervals of five minutes or longer. Since I’ve been a pretty dedicated Galloway runner for years, this has been both tough and surprising. i keep telling myself “You can do anything for three/four/five minutes” and so far, it’s held true.

Those are days when I feel on top of the world.

The Challenges I Face With The Program

For me, the hardest part of Couch To 5K is that it’s not a Galloway program. Since my tonsillectomy seven years ago, I have struggled with breathing and swallowing issues, and it shows in my running. The Galloway Run Walk Run Method was always great because it gave me the opportunity to swallow any buildup and catch my breath (so gross). I figured that since I am starting from scratch, I might as well see if I could try something different.

Now that my run intervals are up to five minutes in duration, I am running into a bit of trouble with swallowing. My hope is that I can get through it, at least for the 5K distance. So far, all things are pointing in the right direction.

My Hopes For The Rest of Couch To 5K

I am trying not to look too far ahead, but I am hopeful that the last four and a half weeks go as positively as the first. Every day is daunting, but I have promised myself to stick with it. For one thing, I have nothing else going on, and it’s not hurting; for another, I’m happy to have at least some sort of training plan to keep me moving in the direction of racing again.

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Honestly, I do recommend this program for beginning runners, or for runners, like me, who are coming back from injury. It’s challenging, but not too much. I am using the Active.com version (which is free, and features a Runincorn “trainer”).

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Link up each week to post your favorite running tips, experiences, race and training recaps, workouts, gear, and coaching ideas. Join your hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Organic Runner Mom each week for the Runners’ Roundup linkup! Your link must be running related. Unrelated links will be removed. You must link back to your hosts — it’s common courtesy and a lot more fun! Spread the link-up love by visiting at least two other #running bloggers! Leave a comment and find new blogs to read! Use hashtags #running and #RunnersRoundup to stay in touch and promote your content!

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week 20 (2020): wrapping up 6th grade + puppy love

It’s maybe the ninth week of pandemic times, and I have lost all track of everything. Our days are so turned around upside down and I feel like we are in some bizarro limbo world. I have lost all sense of time, dates, and urgency. It’s probably a good thing for me, because I can be a little rigid, but it would be nice to have some normalcy again.

Tomorrow, Florida enters the end of its Phase I opening. That will give us gyms, salons, and greater capacity at restaurants. Also, professional sports are invited to start training again. I’m hopeful that things go well, but no one knows what to expect.

Sunday – rest

Happy Mother’s Day!

I ended up taking a complete rest day. The weather was awful, and some of the dads had planned a really sweet, socially distant Mother’s Day brunch for the moms in our culdesac. We got sprinkled on a few times, but we also had shots so it was ok.

My big request for the day was a photo with little man and the pugs. Hufflepuff the hedgehog was not interested in joining us.

Monday – 4.11 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)

Another Monday. Is anyone else feeling like groundhog day? It’s just wash, rinse, repeat. I got out for an extra nice walk to make up for Sunday.

Little man has been jonesing to make “pancake cereal” (thank you, TikTok), so I gave the ok. Our mornings have been a little chaotic with the puppy and trying to stay on top of everything, but he was so happy to give this a try.

He liked it, but said he preferred making (and eating) regular sized pancakes. So now we know.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K W4D1 (3.62 miles total)

I was super nervous about starting Week 4 of Couch to 5K. On Monday, I stepped in a hole in the front yard with my injured foot. I didn’t hurt myself, but I also wasn’t feeling great, either. I decided to just take my time and not worry.

It ended up going fine. Not great, but fine.

I was glad for that, and also very encouraged.

Wednesday – 3.5 mile walk

After a nice play session with the sweet puppy, I went out for my walk.

And then it was time for Luna’s first vet appointment. Our (amazing) vet is still doing curbside so we weren’t with her for her first exam, but they got a photo of her for me. They rock like that. Official diagnosis? Pawfect. Obviously.

We got home just in time to hear some of little man’s live school conferences. It seems that this was the last week of learning and graded assignments. This upcoming week will be completing anything outstanding and retaking any tests to bump up grades, if they so choose. It’s so sad the year is ending on this note.

Our local theater set themselves up as a drive-in establishment, so I suggested the boys have a night out while I stayed home with Luna. They got dinner and then parked for a showing of Sonic the Hedgehog.

They played the movie on the exterior wall of the theater, with an early, family movie and a later “mature” selection. Popcorn, candy and bottled drinks are available for purchase and it seems like a really solid idea for a night out.

Thursday – Couch to 5K W4D2 (4.16 miles total)

We all slept just a wee bit later after staying up til after 11 the night before (think 6AM). I felt really good a after my run.

A friend of mine dropped off this adorable shirt she is selling, and which I am proud to wear.

And we celebrated Bentley’s “Gotcha Day.” We believe he has to be around 14 – he was about a year when he came to us, and then was with us several months before we moved to this house 13 years ago. He is such a good old man and we spoiled him with pizza crusts to celebrate.

Friday – 4.52 mile walk

This was the warmest morning we had in a while, and so I struggled with this walk a bit. It’s hard to get out much earlier right now, especially with a new puppy in the house.

Mr. PugRunner’s acupuncturist started taking appointments in a different location (farther away), but his allergies are out of control and we all needed this. The results of just one session after all this time were fairly miraculous.

Luna got a special delivery from her beagle cousin in South Florida: her first Bark Box (it’s a subscription dog box that comes with size-appropriate, themed toys and treats). Her reaction was pretty hilarious, and she spent quite a while attacking Scooby Doo (who is about as big as she is). She also shared her treats with her brother and sister.

It was Food Truck Friday in our neighborhood, so we walked up to the trucks. Fresh BBQ for dinner and even fresher mini donuts for breakfast the next day. Yes, please.

Saturday – Couch to 5K W4D3 (4 miles total)

For some bizarre reason, the third day of each Couch to 5K week is always my hardest. I always want to end the week on a triumphant note, but it never feels quite like victory.

We had a super lazy day. It’s hard to really do anything because I’m not ready to leave Luna for very long quite yet. In the afternoon, I had a Zoom call with blogger friends, and that was fabulous.

Since it was a gorgeous night, we set up our projector to show a movie on the garage doors, and a couple of the kids tent-camped in the yard. I love that they are being so creative with ideas for things to do and at least having a little fun.

Goal-getting

This week, I need to focus on PT exercises again. I’ve gotten a little lazy with them (they are so boring), and I don’t want to end up reinsured. Boo.

I also need to get my diet in check. With the puppy, I’ve been super lazy about mealtimes, and end up grabbing a bowl of cereal at 3PM, calling it brunch and having done with it. Mr PugRunner didn’t have much of an appetite this week either, so that made it easier to just slack in the kitchen. We meal-planned a bit and have some yummy options for the upcoming week so that should solve the problem.

Coming up this week we have our final school pickup/dropoff. The staff will open all the lockers, clean them out, bag the students’ belongings and we all go pick up that bag. It’s not how locker up should be, but there it is. Little man swears he didn’t leave anything questionable (and I have his PE clothes and lunchbox, so hoping nothing nasty is in there for teachers to find).

We are hoping to also get out on some kind of family excursion this week. Not sure what we can swing, but even if it’s an hour at the beach, it will be good for us.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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What’s going on in your world? How is normalcy looking for you?

rest and running: permission granted

Rest and running are two activities that go hand in hand. It’s funny to think of “rest” as an activity, even hard to classify it as such, but without participating in rest, runners deprive their bodies of much-needed recovery time. That being said, this week, I learned about granting myself permission to engaging in both rest AND running.

rest and running

How I Avoided Rest

Once I was cleared for “walking as exercise”, I committed to doing so every day. My rationale was that I could speed or power walk three days a week, and then go for more of a stroll the rest of the days. It felt like a reasonable plan, and as long as my leg and body could tolerate the activity, I wouldn’t be doing any harm. After all, what could be better than walking out in the fresh air? I added in some strength training and continued my PE exercises, all in the anemic of getting stronger and pushing to my end goal. When I got there, I would schedule rest and running (walking days interspersed with running days) and not pay it another thought.

walk before run

Overcoming Disorder

I confess, this attitude towards rest and running might be considered a little disordered. It’s something with which I struggle. Being sidelined has been difficult: I don’t want to lose fitness and gain weight, and therefore I push harder in exercise. I talk a big game about taking it slow and being prudent, but on the inside, I want so badly to be back out there, pushing to the next step. Smart? Nope. But that’s the truth and if I am going to make anywhere close to a full recovery, I need to be honest with myself about the ways in which I can go too far.

rest and running

Learning To Be Ok With Rest

On Mother’s Day, I planned to start my morning with a walk. I got up, took care of Luna, and prepared to head out, only to be faced with a torrential downpour. I knew we were having brunch around lunchtime, so I figured I could scoot out during a break in the weather and no harm done. That break never came, so I thought I would go out later in the day when things were more clear. And when that time came, I had eaten food and had a mimosa and a Mother’s Day shot, and the only things I wanted to do was take a picture with little man and the pugs, and sit on the couch. So I did.

rest and running

And the world didn’t end. I didn’t spontaneously combust. It was ok to just sit and be still.

Rest Is Not The Enemy

In fact, rest and running are very much friends. Rest makes you stronger. It gives your muscles time to heal. I promise, taking time to rest will make you a better athlete, minimize injury, and allow you to reach more of your goals than pushing and overtraining. Grant yourself the permission to take those days off and to let your rest and running work together to make you more well-rounded.

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week 19 (2020): sliding into may and mother’s day

Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate!

It’s another Sunday in semi-quarantine. In Florida, we are seeing things look very close to normal. Tomorrow, nail and hair salons and barbershops will open, which will be interesting. Again, I’m not making any moves. Our family will continue doing our thing as best we can. It’s both hard and exciting to see things returning to “normal”, at least in “Before” terms.

Sunday – 3.4 mile walk

No matter what, I wanted to get in my walk, and headed out to do so. I was super proud to be able to do some yoga stretches when I returned. Yay!

With everything going on, I wanted to go to the beach before restrictions ended. I thought we could take a nice walk in the sun and salt air, and maybe get some ice cream from one of the local shops. It wasn’t crowded and we ended up having a much needed family day.

Monday – 3.5 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)

Oh, Monday! May the Fourth Be With You! I have to say that quarantine has not made Mondays any more exciting or palatable. But, I did my walk and some arm strength, and that was a good way to start.

Monday also started Teacher Appreciation Week, so I helped a little with spreading messages of thanks and gratitude to the teachers and staff at little man’s school. They have done such an amazing job, and we are so grateful for all teachers who have worked so hard during these days of crisis learning.

Last, but not least, we had Front Porch Project photos with my friend Megan. I know I showed off a few the other day, but I am just so in love.

Megan even asked us to bring out the pugs, which was really cool.

The guys HATE getting dressed up and doing pictures (yes, this is dressed up for them), but because they didn’t have to leave the house, travel anywhere, or be up and ready to go at sunrise, they cooperated for the 20 minutes.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K W3D1 (3.64 miles total)

Happy Cinco De Mayo! We are getting our share of celebrations this week!

I started with Week 3 of Couch to 5K. This time I warmed up for five minutes, cooled down for five minutes, and did two 1:30 run/1:30 walk/3:00 run/3:00 walk intervals in between. It was hard. Since I use the Galloway interval method, running 3:00 at once is way out of comfort zone, even without my injury. However, I have said that I am going to see if I can at least run a 5K straight out, with this “comeback” so I opted to trust the process.

For dinner, we got a huge platter from Tijuana Flats.

And my sweet friend dropped off some blood orange margaritas! Yum and thank you!

Wednesday – 4 mile walk

First up, a long, four mile walk. It felt fabulous.

Then the real work started. Mr PugRunner had a two hour drive to pick up our new surprise! While he was gone, I had to scrub the house, and the hog,

oversee school, and go out to pick up a few supplies.

And then, Mr PugRunner was home. With the sweetest, snuggliest bundle of puppy joy ever.

We definitely do a lot of rescue, but my heart has been hurting so badly for a puppy, and when the opportunity arose? We had to take it.

Obviously, the rest of our day was flat out consumed with getting this little girl accustomed to her new home. The big pugs are very wary, if not scared of her. They both have poor eyesight, and Luna is fairly hyper and bouncy (as puppies are), and all she wants to do is play with them. It will all work out, but it will take some time.

In the meantime, this is kind of the best.

Thursday – Couch to 5K W3D2 (3.23 miles total)

The morning was pretty chilly (for us), but I got in my second session of Week 3.

And then it was home for a long day of puppy love. This is literally all we want to do.

In the evening, I got to listen in to a BSA launch meeting, regarding upcoming programming. While there are many ideas for what’s to come, it seems we are still in a very “wait and see” mode.

Friday – 3.61 mile walk

Peace out, sleep. Luna was awake at 5:30, and ready to rumble! She had a great first night and a not so super second night, but we found the secret is tiring her out before bed so she falls right to sleep, just like a baby.

Today’s walk was extra special. I joined so many members of the running community, honoring the life of Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down in February while out for a run. The men who shot him walked free until this week, when the video was leaked. I wish I had the right words to do justice to the situation, but all I can say is that love is always greater than hate. Racism is the ugliest of things, and it has to stop.

Saturday – Couch to 5K W3D3 (3.72 miles total)

Happy birthday to me! I kicked it off with morning playtime with sweet Luna, and then off for my final day of Couch to 5K for the week. This was not my favorite run. My leg and ankle have been super tired from puppy-chasing, but I got it done.

My parents brought coffee and donuts (and cupcakes) so we could have a little birthday breakfast in the driveway. Of course, Nana and Papa Bear were thrilled with their newest grandpug. It was so nice to see them and spend some extra time with them.

The St. Augustine Moms hosted a virtual tea party with some really incredible activities and giveaways. I grabbed my coffee to go so oI could join in on the Facebook live!

The rest of the day was pretty quiet. I read and napped and loved on Luna. In the afternoon, before he picked up dinner, Mr PugRunner asked me to come outside for a surprise visit… from Taco!

I spent forever just loving on him. He spent forever grazing. It was perfect. And then we ate Italian takeout, I watched Knives Out (amazing), and had frozen custard cake.

Goal-getting

Obviously, with the arrival of little Luna, all goals were out the window. We are figuring out our new routines, especially since Mr PugRunner has been down with a bit of a sinus issue (he hasn’t been able to go to acupuncture with the pandemic going on, and it’s definitely showing).

On the plus side, Luna is almost totally potty trained. She sleeps fairly well through the night and other than the normal puppy quirks (piranha teeth, anyone?) , she’s fantastic. I’m so glad she’s ours.

My leg and ankle are taking a beating with the constant playtime and going out for potty, so I’ve had to ice a few days. It hasn’t stopped me from running or walking though, which is nice, but I am being more conscious of listening to my body.

This week, I need to get back on the cross training bandwagon. I fell off pretty hard and I can feel the difference. Additionally, I did re-up for the Uncanceled Project Part 2. This is such great virtual series, and I have been in it every week since it began.

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the perfect mother’s day for this runner

Well, friends. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it’s going to be a bit different.

While restaurants and other locations are opening up, I am not feeling quite ready to venture out for brunch and activities. No judgment against those who do, but I just think I would be pretty anxious the whole time. In the same vein, we won’t be seeing my mom this year. We are planning to do a huge celebration when all this is over, and we are holding out for that.

Here are the things that would make this mother runner’s Mother’s Day truly special (actually, the whole Mother’s Day weekend, since my birthday falls on Saturday).

Running

I know you’re shocked, but yes, I want to run this Mother’s Day weekend. My training plan has me down for Couch to 5K Week 3 Day 3 on Saturday morning, so I will stick to that, with a long follow-up walk on Sunday. I don’t want to get up crazy early to complete those activities, unless weather dictates. This should be a wonderful way to kick off the celebrations on both days.

Family Photos

It sounds silly, but I love family photos. I try to schedule them every year, but it becomes challenging with schedules and willingness from the two other humans members of the family. As luck would have it, I had them scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving, but that was the same weekend that I fell and broke my leg. I couldn’t get in regular pants, let alone down the stairs, so we canceled. In the midst of the current situation, so many photographers offered Front Porch Sessions, so we took advantage. This was the perfect Mother’s Day gift and I am so happy with them.

Megan Soto Photography

Mimosas + Brunch

So brunch is not my favorite meal, but I do love the idea of it. And even though we won’t be going near a restaurant this weekend, I hope to enjoy a delicious brunch at home. Mr PugRunner is working on something with the neighbors, to surprise all the moms, and I know it’s going to be pretty epic, especially if mimosas are involved. Confession: I prefer cranberry juice to orange, but either way will work.

Relaxation

When the rush of morning activity is over, it will be time to rest and relax. I want to watch Knives Out on the couch, with some snacks. Maybe I’ll blog. Or maybe I’ll work on my cross stitch project or do some reading. I’m not sure, and that’s ok.

New Shoes (or at least a rain check for them)

And so we circle back to new shoes. The good news is that my “old” pair of running shoes was brand new when I broke my leg, so they still have some decent life in them. However, I do still need a fitting of some kind. Our local running shop is offering virtual fittings, so I’m thinking about emailing them to see what that’s about. I need confirmation that I am still in the correct shoes. Everything seems to have loosened up enough that I’m not experiencing the same difficulties I was when I first started weight-bearing again, but it can’t hurt to double check. These would make an incredible gift.

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How do you plan to spend the weekend?

Do you choose to workout on holidays and special days, or make those your rest days?

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