race report: beson4 corporate run 5k {5.19.2016}

It has been a long, long, LONG time since I’ve had the pleasure of writing a race report. I had planned on the Beson4 Corporate Run 5K as a  kind of pre-return: not quite a comeback 5K, but a warm up to the real thing.

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The Corporate Run is a fun way for companies to bring employees together to participate in physical activity. There are teams based on a variety of industries, with men’s, women’s and mixed divisions, as well as a CEO category. Teams are awarded points based on their top four runners, and category winners are then decided.

I don’t love that Corporate Run is a nighttime event.  I have never been a strong night runner, and after a day at work, I’m pretty generally spent. The weather forecast was also pretty ominous. The race had already been pushed back from 6:30 to 7:00 PM and if the lightning continued, there was a possibility it could be delayed even later, if not canceled altogether.

Tammy and I drove up to downtown together. It was nice to have a buddy for the ride. We were able to score free parking in the Everbank Field lot, directly across from the start line, so that was a huge plus. We found our team tent and got our singlets..

I love the color.

Since the weather looked like it was clearing, we headed over to the start line. I found a comfortable spot and started getting myself set.

As the National Anthem concluded, the heavens opened. Ugh ugh ugh. If I don’t like night running, I don’t like rainy running even more.

There was a group of young ladies lined up next to me. They checked the sky, exchanged glances, and then exited stage left. I really wanted to go with them, but I was committed to the next 3.1 miles, and tried to ignore the fact that I was getting soaked, and would have to do this thing with no music because I didn’t want to waterlog my iPod.

When we started, I was pretty annoyed to discover that I had screwed up when I set my watch for intervals – I wanted to try :60/:15 but somehow, I had pressed :60/:30. That was way too much walking for me, so I just went ahead and started ignoring the intervals, running by feel, rather than timer.

The rain continued through my first mile, and I was kind of pleased that I ran through most of that. Unfortunately, after that, things didn’t go quite so well. The course was crowded and puddle-filled, and I got stuck behind larger groups more than a few times. It reflected in my pace, and I wasn’t really thrilled with my finish.

That being said, it was a relief to know that I was able to get through a 5K without my hip dragging and without all the doubts and insecurity. It wasn’t a victory as far as time, but it did incredibly positive things for my mindset.

I made my way back to our tent to hang out. However, even though the rain had cleared up, the bad weather was still lingering.

We enjoyed a few post-race drinks and watched the clouds roll in.

It started raining again, and we finally decided it was time to head out. We were starving and we joined up with several other teammates for a late night dinner. It was a nice way to end the evening, even though we wound up being out way past my bedtime.

And so I guess it’s safe to say I’m back. I’m not particularly displeased with how the night progressed, and I’m looking forward to Monday’s 5K as a way to better gauge my progress (morning run with better weather). The one nice thing is that, since my injury, I’m not feeling the same self-imposed pressure I used to. Maybe because I’m starting to mix activities up a bit so running isn’t the central focus. It’s definitely not a bad thing.

Do you race better in the morning or evening? In torrential downpour or mild weather?

Has your outlook on running and racing ever shifted dramatically after an injury or a break?

wednesday word: freedom

It’s time for the Wednesday Word! We will be linking up with Deb Runs  for the fun and you can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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The word of the week is…

This word comes at a pretty appropriate time. After tomorrow starts our summer freedom!

Ok. Mr PugRunner and I still have work, but we are talking no more school, no more sports, no more activities and no more bedtimes.

It’s pretty exciting.

Little man and I are pretty devoted routine and schedule people. We both operate best when we know what to expect and when things don’t deviate from the plan. However, the freedom summer brings is a welcome change and I am looking forward to what the days bring.

In the past, I’ve hit up Pinterest and hunted through the boards for all kinds of creative and fabulous ideas to help us fill our days.  I made schedules and calendars of things we could do, and I created elaborate methods to help make everything more fascinating.

This summer, I am also declaring freedom from all that. Instead of photo-worthy crafts and projects, I want to try to be spontaneous. I want to go where the wind takes us. Random evening swims with no regard for dinner time. Breakfast at the beach for no reason at all. Movies on a Wednesday and just-because bike rides.

Sure, there will be some weeks of camp, just because it’s always good to meet new friends and try new things, and some travel, because we love to, but the rest of the weeks will be us, just doing whatever comes to mind when we feel like it. I think it will be good for all of us to learn how to just sit back and enjoy what comes.

While we are going to miss the heck out of second grade (and the best teacher anyone could ever ask for), we are really looking forward to the freedom of the days ahead.

Do you get a summer vacation?

Are you a planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants?

weekly wrap: 5.15 – 5.21

Happy Monday! That means it’s time to share the Weekly Wrap time with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

WeeklyWrap

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Sunday – rest

Mr PugRunner surprised me by telling me that we were going to look at bikes! We didn’t have a chance to go on my actual birthday weekend, so I was beyond thrilled.

I had already done a lot of my research, so it was more a matter of getting the correct size and learning some maintenance details. It was a great experience and I am so thrilled with the new addition to our garage.

Monday – 35 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit

I couldn’t wait to take Francine the Bike for a spin. As son as little man was off to school, I slapped on a helmet and hit the road.

It was wonderful! I felt like I was expending about the same amount of energy as when I ride Mr PugRunner’s bike, but I was going so much faster. The ride was easier and more smooth, too. It’s amazing the difference the right tools can make.

Body circuit went well. The morning temperatures are starting to heat up, and I had to make a mental note to start applying sunscreen before each session.

I used the rest of the day to catch up on household things before I had to get little man and do all the after-school things. The week was off to a great start.

Tuesday – 3 miles running

I met up with my running group, intending on a really solid three miles. Unfortunately, about a mile in, I had a wee little bit of an accident. More of a random gravity check (not to worry; everything is working just as it should!). I took a misstep and completely wiped out.

Can we say embarrassing? I almost cried – not because it hurt (although it did), but because I was mortified.

The ladies helped me get up and cleaned off, and I decided I wanted to finish the run. I was muddy and bloodied, but nothing was broken or twisted, thank goodness. My next two miles included a couple chunks of walking, just because I was sore. It was more than a little disappointing.

However, it was also a great lesson in overcoming.

Wednesday – 60 minute cycling

This was the first time I was actually nervous on the bike. The scrape on my knee was tight and I was really scared of falling. I’m not entirely sure how falling while running correlated to falling while cycling in my head, but it did.

I took a new route, which I enjoyed, and really focused on trying to enjoy the ride.

Little man had a great karate class, and we found out he will be testing for his next belt (which will get him into the sparring class) next month. he has been working pretty hard, so I know he is excited.

Thursday – Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, Corporate Run 5K

I woke up early to do a yoga workout at home. While I don’t generally love video workouts, I wanted to have some kind of stretching done before the Corporate 5K that night.

After work, I collected my running things and met up with Tammy for the drive to the race site. This would be my first official 5K since I had to start over almost two months ago, and I was pretty anxious about it. My scrapes were still pretty raw, it was a night run, and our area was being hit with some pretty wicked storms.

In fact, the heavens opened and it poured on us for the first mile. The thought of bailing did cross my mind, but I stuck it out. Because that’s what runners do.

I will provide the race report later this week. It wasn’t my best, but it did boost my confidence in that I know I can go out there and complete the distance without my hip jangling.

Friday – 320 yard swim, 60 minutes body circuit, 30 minute cycling

I was pretty tired on Friday  morning, but I wanted to get in all my workouts. I decided to swim first, simply because I feel like my swims are always an afterthought and then I feel like I’m really struggling. This time, I got in the water first, and churned out some nice laps.

I dried off and changed in the pool bathroom and then joined up with my body circuit class. It was a strong workout, and I loved it.

I had to meet Mr PugRunner for lunch, so my bike workout was cut a few minutes short. Which was fine, because it was hot as blazes and I was rather exhausted at this point.

Mr PugRunner was planning on a night out with his buddy, so I invited my parents to come see Angry Birds and get dinner with me and little man.

We all had a great night, and the movie was really cute.

Saturday – 5 mile easy bike ride

We had been planning to spend the majority of the morning at little man’s triathlon, but due to the week’s inclement weather, the whole event was postponed. Yes, we were bummed, especially since we won’t be able to make the rescheduled date, but it did make for a much more relaxing weekend.

I decided to give myself a little break and skip a run on Saturday morning, but then we all rode our bikes about 2.5 miles each way for lunch, which was really special. I love being able to do that, and it was a great way to spend time together.

That evening, we all went to the Jacksonville Sharks game.

It was Military Appreciation Night and the arena was hopping!

The Sharks ended up crushing the Portland Steel, so it was a fantastic night, even if it meant we all did get to bed a little on the later side. Totally worth it.

And now we are almost through May. I hadn’t really set too many goals for this month, and I am reminding myself to try to be kind and patient with myself. I am keeping my eye on taking my time and rebuilding, and trying very hard not to worry about “being where I was.”

I am going to start setting some bigger goals for June. I think I’ve given myself enough room to get comfortable, confirm that my injury is 100% gone and start pushing the limits.  Summer is going to be the perfect time for it and I will be interested to see where the next steps lead.

How was your week in review?

Are you as incredibly graceful as me when running?

runlites: a review

I received one pair of half-length RunLites for my personal use for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Living in the South, almost year-round high temperatures make running early in the morning or late at night a physical necessity.  Locals are used to 90+ degree heat, but combined with 100% humidity and blazing sun, intense exertion becomes a dangerous thing.

Unfortunately, there are dangers to be found running or cycling under cover of dark. Not only can poor visibility lead to unfortunate trips and falls, but the darkness can also make runners and cyclists virtually invisible, putting them at risk of being tragically struck by motor vehicles.

Whether I am alone or with my group on my early morning runs, finding just the right lighting situation has been a challenge. Blinking lights clipped on my shirts, shorts or shoes are great to make others aware that I am there, but don’t really cast any illumination, but carrying a flashlight or wearing a headlamp can be cumbersome.

RunLites provide a great solution.

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These full-length and half-length gloves give the early bird and night owl athletes the ability to illuminate their activities and make themselves more visible with a super bright, rechargeable light unit contained in the glove itself.

 

The gloves are available in a run of different sizes, based on the measurement of the circumference of the dominant hand. With my hand measuring at just over 8.25″, I selected a Medium, which fit snugly and securely.

A velcro strap on the top of the wrist holds them firmly in place and makes it easy to take them on and off. The USB cord is included for recharging the batteries (which are good for up to 48 hours). The lights can be turned on and off via a convenient button located near the top of each unit.

Another nice feature is the cross-crossed bungees, good for securing things like an iPod, ID or keys against the palm.

Since my running group has been heading out before the sunrise, and we run in an area with somewhat questionably paved sidewalks, I knew I would have the perfect opportunity to put these RunLites through the paces.

How bright are they? You have your choice of 40 lumens or 80 lumens for each unit, or, as I put it “Hey! Don’t shine that in my eyes!”

Even at the lower intensity of 40 lumens, we had a really light on the path ahead.

I have no doubt that oncoming traffic saw us, just as well as we were able to see the ground ahead of us.

I confess, I felt a bit like Iron Man, and may have been making those arc reactor “pew pew” noises in my head (or maybe out loud) as I ran. I couldn’t help myself.

While the fabric was reasonably lightweight, I did find even the half-length gloves to be a little warm on a humid Florida morning, I appreciated that part of each glove was made of a terrycloth-like fabric, which was fantastic for wiping away the sweat. It all balanced out.

I also loved the hands-free aspect of the RunLites. I hate carrying anything in my hands, so knowing that I can get the benefit of great lights without any effort is huge for me.

Additionally, as I get more comfortable with my cycling, having RunLites will give me the flexibility to go out earlier or later in the day as necessary. It will almost be like having headlights on the front of my bike: not only will it be safe, but it will give my hands a little extra cushion on the handlebars, so it’s a win all the way around.

For more information or to order your own pair of RunLites, please visit their website here.

Do you do your workout activities in the early morning or the later evening?

How do you stay visible and safe in the dark?

wednesday word: encourage

It’s time for the Wednesday Word! We will be linking up with Deb Runs  for the fun and you can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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The word of the week is…

 

Oh, how I love this word!

I believe the ability (and willingness) to encourage is truly one of the best qualities a person can possess. To be able to reach out to another human being,  in some way and say “I believe in you; you can do this” is one of the greatest gifts we can give.

Even better, it works both ways. To be on the receiving end of genuine encouragement is absolutely amazing. To know that someone else is out there, believing in you, supporting you and invested in the outcome of your endeavors can be an incredible motivator.

In my (admittedly limited) experience, encouragement is the backbone of the fitness and running community. For years, I shied away from group classes, or any activity where anyone would see me, convinced that people would look down on me for being too heavy or out of shape or weak. I was terrified of being judged or ridiculed or shamed. It took a long time for me to realize that everyone has to start somewhere, and there was no reason to feel badly about that.

When I finally got over myself and put myself out there, I was astounded by the encouragement I received. from family, from friends, from strangers passing on the street: there was an overwhelming message of “You will not fail. You can do this. You will do this and we will be here with you.”

Because of that, I went from a girl who could barely walk a mile in high school, who never allowed herself to try something new for fear of failing, who would sit on the sidelines and live vicariously through others who were out there chasing down their dreams, to a woman who has completed a marathon,

zip lined over an alligator tank,

SUP’d in the Atlantic,

and is currently learning the ropes for a triathlon and counting down the days until our 10 year anniversary trip so we can snorkel with stingrays and maybe kayak through some uncharted waters.

I’m incredibly proud to report that through the encouragement of those around me, I am forever changed.

And now, even more than hitting my own PRs or overcoming my own challenges, I love to spread the same message that has been consistently shared with me. I don’t want anyone to feel the self-doubts that plagued me and prevented me from trying new and difficult things. I want to encourage the people I care about (and even those I don’t know – that stranger on these street, for example) that it doesn’t matter what anyone says: they can do the things they never believed were possible. Maybe it’s starting out with running or cycling, or trying a new yoga pose, or signing up for a studio class, or maybe it’s writing a book or starting a new business venture. Whatever it is, anything is possible.

And someone who cares about you has got your back.

How do you encourage those around you?

What are some things that other people have encouraged you to do?

weekly wrap: 5.8 – 5.14

It’s Weekly Wrap time with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

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If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

First up? The BIG news.

I got my birthday present!!!!!!!!!

Isn’t she lovely? I have named her Francine.

I cannot wait for our first real test ride.

Coincidentally, I’m writing about National Bike Month on the St. Augustine Moms Blog. Check it out here!

But enough of that… Time to review the week!

Sunday – rest

After all, it was Mother’s Day, so we got to sleep a little and then it was off to brunch with my parents. It was very quiet and low-key, and they surprised me with an ice cream cake and some incredibly generous gifts for my birthday.

I adore my gorgeous mom and I was so glad to be able to celebrate together.

After brunch, the boys went swimming and I hung out chatting with a friend who happened to be there. It was a really nice way to spend an afternoon.

Monday – 45 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit

Happy birthday to me! I turned 39 and I was ready for the day!

I kicked it off with a bike ride,

and followed that with body circuit. I was going to get in the pool but then decided against it. Mr PugRunner wanted to go out to lunch and I still had to go the grocery store for some things I had forgotten on our last food shopping.

When little man got home from school, we headed to downtown for a BBQ dinner and a birthday sundae. I don’t really like cake: ice cream is my jam.

Tuesday – 3 miles running

It was well past time for me to get back to my morning running group. I confess that I have been nervous and embarrassed of my current condition to feel comfortable being back out with them.

I did deviate from the Couch to 5K plan so I could hang with them. And for the first time in a long time, I was able to complete three whole miles! It wasn’t fast or pretty, but it was done and I was quite pleased.

To celebrate, I showed Danielle how to do the crow, and we practiced a little twinning on the sea wall.

After work and helping little man with his homework, I had to get dressed and ready for a night out on the town! Some good friends had organized a May Birthday outing to Hamburger Mary’s, and I was ready for dirty bingo and the subsequent revue.

It was a total blast! We had a delicious dinner, and laughed ourselves almost sick. We closed the place down, and I loved every second of it. Granted, I was up way past my bedtime, but it was totally worth it.

Wednesday – 60 minutes cycling, 280 yard swim

I was tired in the morning, but otherwise fine, so I was more than happy to ride with my friend, who had gotten a new bike and wanted to break it in. She did great and we got in about 10 miles.

And then I grabbed my goggles and jumped in the pool for some laps. I struggled this time. For whatever reason, I felt like I was taking in water every time I turned my head to breathe. It was annoying and I was really glad when the workout was over.

Little man didn’t have much in the line of homework, so I thought we could have a little spontaneous fun. While I was waiting for his karate class to be over, I texted Mr PugRunner and asked him to meet us at the pool with a pizza. Little man was thrilled that he got to swim on a school night and have a picnic, too! And we all got in some extra swimming as a family, which was even nicer. Sometimes, you just need to forget about bedtimes and schedules and have some fun!

Thursday – 3 miles running

This run was even more fun, because I had new shoes, courtesy of my parents! (Brooks Adrenaline 16, Kaleidoscope print, in case you were wondering).

They may have made me faster, too!

I do very much love these ladies, and am so grateful for their support and encouragement.

Friday – 45 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit, 160 yard swim

I was all set for a busy day, and I went at it pretty hard.

After the bus stop, it was 45 minutes on the bike.

Then it was time for the hottest, sweatiest body circuit to date! We were all soggy messes by the time the last ab circuit ended.

Which meant it was a great time to hop in the pool. I was a little bummed after how my swim went earlier in the week, so I took my time and focused on my form. I also happened to meet a new friend, and we kind of got distracted and started chatting more than swimming. Oops.

I felt great, but a little tired and grouchy through the rest of the day. We had an event at little man’s school where the parents get to see their childrens’ artwork and projects displayed in the halls, followed by a basket raffle (or tricky tray) and some musical performances by students and teachers. To be honest, I wasn’t in the mood to go. It was rainy and I just wanted to snuggle up at home.

However, my parents were going (my mom loves her some tricky tray) and so I sucked it up.

I’m kind of glad we did. Between us, we won a huge art supply basket (mom said we could have the art supplies if she could keep the actual basket), a tailgate basket (with folding chairs, tailgate tent, collapsible wagon, snacks and different sports balls), and an all-about-town basket (with hotel nights, zoo passes, local water park passes, dinner for two, movie tickets and a few other goodies).

I never win anything, so to get two of the bigger packages was a serious coup!

In all fairness, it was a really wonderful event, and I love supporting our schools. The teachers did a fun lip sync battle and I’m glad I ended up going.

Saturday – rest (ish)

So I’m not sure if I can call this a rest day, since I spent the day at Universal Studios, with my fellow Best Damn Race Ambassadors. Obviously there are miles of walking (and skipping) when in a theme park, so we’ll say this was an active day.

I left the house at 5:30 to be able to meet everyone at the gates when the park opened. It was a hot, but beautiful day and we had the best time.

More on that later.

In the meantime, don’t miss out on low prices for Cape Coral and Jacksonville Best Damn Races! And code RUNPUGS saves you $5 on any distance in these two cities!

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Bam. Another week. For those playing along at home, here are the stats

  • Cycling – 31.9 miles
  • Running – 6 miles
  • Swimming – 440 yards
  • Body Circuit – 2 hours

And a partridge in a pear tree!

Not too shabby!

How was your week in review?

Do you get lucky with winning things at raffles and similar?

wednesday word: dilemma

Another Wednesday, another Wednesday Word! We will be linking up with Deb Runs  for the fun and you can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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The word of the week is…

The nice thing about these Wednesday Words is that they really require me to do some soul-searching.

I do have some dilemmas going on right now. I don’t know that the alternatives to any of them are undesirable, but my choices are perplexing and I’m not always sure of the appropriate solutions.

What’s been on my mind?

Should I train and register for a triathlon. Do I, or don’t I?  I just don’t know. I’m incredibly intrigued by the idea, but at the same time, it’s just so far out of my element and my comfort zone. Would it be the craziest idea or would it be the natural progression of my training? Do I really want to invest? Triathlons are ridiculously expensive in terms of tools and fees and hours. Since my injury, I have done my best to make the most of my free hours (I work part time and little man is in school) so that I’m not taking away from the family. Would taking on a triathlon be pushing too hard? It’s kind of becoming a bucket list sort of thing, but I’m not sure if the cost outweighs the benefits.

How should I approach my new running strategy? Since I restarted running (from scratch) about three weeks ago, I have been pretty diligent about sticking to the Couch to 5K plan. This is different from my former method of using the Galloway Run Walk Run method, in that, well, instead of Run Walk Run, I’m doing Run Run Run. It’s been going ok. Obviously, starting over is never simple, but I think I’ve been falling comfortably into it. I am wondering if, after the program is completed, I should go ahead and see where continuous running takes me, or if I should go back to what I know and resume with the intervals. I want to be smart and be able to build back up to my half marathon distances, but I am also wondering if I shouldn’t see where the new training goes.

And that’s where I’m at. I have some things to figure out in the upcoming weeks, but I guess that’s all part of the ongoing journey. I am confident that I’ll find solutions to everything, but these are the things that are swirling around in my head for the time being.

What dilemmas do you face with your fitness goals?

weekly recap: 5.1 – 5.7

It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

WeeklyWrap

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and today is my birthday! With everything going on, it’s been challenging to squeeze in my workouts, but I’ve done my best. Here’s how everything shook out last week.

Sunday – laps

I was really hoping to get in some stand up paddle boarding at the resort, but it was windy and the waves were huge, which put a damper on that plan. However, there was still the pool, and we spent several hours just swimming to our hearts’ content. I even convinced little man to do some laps with me, which is great considering he has his second triathlon coming up.

Too soon, it was time to say goodbye, and we headed home to the pugs and reality. It was a great birthday weekend for little man, and we had so much fun celebrating.

Monday – 60 minutes beach yoga, 45 minutes cycling

My body circuit coaches were out of town for a marathon, so I was on my own for Monday’s fitness. Fortunately, a friend of mine has started yoga classes on the beach, so I decided to head out and give it a try. I am so glad I did. It was absolutely revitalizing, and I am looking forward to fitting in more classes this summer.

When I got home, I hopped on the bike and knocked out my 45 minutes. It was a little later in the day than I would have liked, so it was hot, but that was ok. I got through it.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 1

I’ve really missed the mornings sunrises on my runs, and so it is good to be back to them.

On this day, after my warm up, I was scheduled to run for five minutes, walk for three, run for eight minutes, walk for three, run for five again and then cool down. It went pretty well, and I felt pretty accomplished when I headed off to work for the day.

Wednesday – rest

I was supposed to do two hours and thirty minutes on the bike and then some laps in the pool. Unfortunately, the weather had taken a bit of a turn, and we got some nasty rain and thunderstorms.

I ended up making it a rest day, just because it was one of those lazy days where the only useful thing to do is nap, read books and watch movies. Sometimes, you just have to go with it.

Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 2

The one benefit to the storms was that it cooled everything down dramatically. The runner in me really can’t complain too much about that.

I had to run for two ten minute blocks with a three minute walk break in between. It wasn’t horribly difficult either, but I was worried about Saturday’s “long” run. However, there was no point in dwelling on what was to come: it was happening one way or another and no amount of anxiety would change that.

Friday – 30 minutes bike ride

I was scheduled to work, so after little man got off to school, there wasn’t a ton of time for a serious workout session. I figured I could get in a quick ride, and managed 30 minutes on the bike.I was glad to have done it.

And I was also feeling brave, and decided to see if I could do a solid tree pose. I struggle with getting my foot above my knee joint. Bingo.

Mr PugRunner texted me to see if I wanted to go to the movies when little man got home from school, and of course, I was all for it!

We got tickets to see Captain America: Civil War, and it was phenomenal! Probably one of my favorites of the Marvel extended universe flicks so far.

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It was pretty long, so little man wasn’t as enamored with it as we were, but he still enjoyed seeing all of his favorite characters on the big screen.

It ended up being a bit of a later night than I would have liked, but we had fun and it was a great way to end the week.

Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 6 Day 3

I was finally feeling strong enough to join in with my Moms Run This Town group for their Saturday group run. I knew that my 22 minute continuous run probably wasn’t going to mesh in with anyone else’s plan, but it was really nice just to have other people around. They tend to run a little later in the morning than I prefer, so I won’t be on hand for all the runs, but it’s a nice option from time to time.

When I got home, Mr PugRunner and little man had picked up sandwiches and packed the car. We were going for a hike and a picnic lunch at one of the nearby state parks. It was incredibly thoughtful of them and I was so thrilled for some time exploring with them. The trails were actually really “woodsy” with hills and roots, rather than wide flat paths. I can’t wait to go back, maybe even to try some running.

After a nap, we dropped little man with his grandparents so that we could go out to dinner with friends for my birthday. We had a great time, even if we were up way past my bedtime.

 

And so ended the week.

I still have to make up Wednesday’s long ride, and I am also waiting for the weather to warm up again so I can get back in the pool. I was thinking about it today, but the water is still cold from the lower temps last week, so it will have to wait.

I am just about ready to sign up for my comeback 5K. I’m a little nervous about it, but those feelings are going to be there until I cross the finish line, so I just have to deal with it. I am also thrilled that I am signed up for my first SUP yoga class of the summer. I was able to order a really cute SUP outfit, too, which I can’t wait to try out.

School is getting ready to come to a close, too and I am looking forward to the adventures the summer will hold. We are trying to fill in all the gaps in our calendar, and it’s going to be fun!

 

How was your week in training?

What’s the next big fitness thing you are looking forward to?

 

wednesday word: fearless

Another Wednesday, another Wednesday Word! We will be linking up with Deb Runs  for the fun and you can be part of the action, by checking out her page and linking up, too!

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The word of the week is…

This word actually comes at a pretty opportune time.

You see, I am working (very hard) at being fearless.

I try to be confident in my life, but I do have fears. Clowns. Zombies. Confrontation. Talking to people on the phone. Chupacabras.

Failure.

As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I am realizing that existing with a fear of failure is no way to live. We all fail. It’s how we learn and how we grow. Messing up is part of what makes us human and it’s what we do with those failures that defines us.

So I’ve been trying to release the fears I have and face them head-on.

Sometimes, it’s hard to measure the progress of that. However, yesterday, I got a physical sign that my attempts at fearlessness are paying off:

For over a year, I have been trying to conquer the Crow pose.  Sadly, it always seemed out of my reach. Part of the problem was my lack of upper body strength (after all, you have to have strong arms to support your body), but the bigger part was fear. I was terrified. Of failing. Of falling on my face. Of making a huge fool of myself.

A few weeks ago, I decided it didn’t matter. If I fell, then I fell. If I made a fool of myself or looked ridiculous, I would laugh with anyone who laughed at me. If I failed, then I would just try again.

I got stronger and more determined and less afraid and then yesterday? Bam.

Now that I know I can be fearless, where will it lead?

How do you try to overcome your fears to accomplish your goals?

weekly recap: 4.24 – 4.30

I’ve gotten a bit behind this week. The last week of April and first week and a half of May are always pretty hectic: little man’s birthday falls right at the end of April, and my birthday and Mother’s Day follow right behind. I’m not complaining – it’s wonderful, and there is so much celebration – but things do get backed up. I didn’t even write a blog post for little man’s big day on Friday, because, quite frankly, we were getting everything ready for his birthday festivities and I just back burnered it.

So let’s get this Weekly Wrap on the road with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

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If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Sunday – rest

We had a birthday party in the afternoon for one of little man’s friends, and that was about it. I enjoyed having a big rest day, with nothing on the agenda, and it was a great way to get my head in the right place for the rest of the week.

In fact, Sunday’s highlight was the return of Game of Thrones. I don’t watch tons of TV, but this is my favorite show (favorite book series, as well).

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It was worth the wait.

Monday – :45 cycling, :60 minutes body circuit, laps

I had the best bike ride yet. It all just came together for me, and I really enjoyed the 45 minutes.

Rather than taking the beach cruiser to body circuit, I drove. I have gotten this crazy idea about possibly giving a triathlon a shot, so I wanted to try some laps in the pool after I was finished.  Class was great, and the pool went well.

It’s hard to time myself without a swim-specific watch, so I will have to see what to do about that.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K, Week 5 Day 1

Time to step things up. This week’s workout included a 5:00 walking warm up, followed by 5:00 running, 3:00 walking recovery, 5:00 running, 3:00 walking, 5:00 running, and 5:00 walking cool down.

The longer intervals were challenging, for sure, but I stuck with it.

I had a full day of work, so I was out of the house until almost 7:30. It made for a long day, but it doesn’t happen often. I zoned out with some TV and hit the sack early.

Wednesday – 1:50 cycling

It was time to get brave. I charted a course that would involve several serious roads: the kind with speed limits of 55mph, packed up some fuel and headed out. The first hour was fabulous. Yes, I was stressed, with the cars sometimes riding uncomfortably close to the bike lane, but I pulled off 15 miles in that first hour, before stopping at a park to have an apple sauce pouch.

I was supposed to complete a full two hours of cycling, but I only made it to an hour and fifty minutes. I felt like I had hit a wall, and on top of that, it felt like I was riding uphill, into the wind, through mud, the whole way home. I know that’s not even possible, but that’s where I was at. As I was getting closer to home, I kept trying to push myself, but finally, I just called it.  I didn’t feel safe being out there any longer.

I’m a little disappointed in how it all went down, but I think it was a fueling issue. I didn’t have anything to eat before I went out , and I think that was a mistake. I’ll try to rectify that next time.

A nap would have been ideal, but I had lots of last minute errands to run for little man’s birthday weekend. I slept like a rock that night.

Thursday – Couch t0 5K, Week 5 Day 2

Good news! After all that time on the bike, I was expecting to be in rough shape for my run, but I wasn’t having any pain, aches or soreness whatsoever. Winning!

The run was good, too: 5:00 warmup, 8:00 running, 5:00 walking, 8:00 running and 5:00 of cool down. I thought my lungs would just about explode on that second running block, but I kept pushing. “Push” is going to be my new mantra.

Since I had work, Mr PugRunner went to little man’s school at lunchtime to help hand out birthday cupcakes. The kids didn’t have school on Friday, his actual birthday, so this was his chance to celebrate with his school buddies.

When I got home from work, there was a super cool gift in the mail for me, from the Rock ‘n’ Blog team and from Eagle Creek Gear: the Pack-It Sport Fitness Locker, Pack-It Sport Shoe Locker and Pack-It Sport Roll Top Sac.

These are going to be great for my future racecations, and I can’t wait to try them out.

Last but not least, I finished a little something for summer. We don’t do a lot of screen time around here, but it happens and it can get pretty consuming. One of my friends posted this checklist and it’s something we are implementing around the house, especially on weekends and in the summer.

The best news is that we are usually so busy, that by the time he gets done with the list every day, there won’t be too much time left for him to play video games or watch tv.

Friday – rest

I wasn’t planning this to be a rest day, but it was little man’s birthday, and hanging out with the family took precedence. He wanted a birthday donut, and then we presented him with part of his big birthday surprise: we would be spending the weekend at the Sawgrass Marriott!

The kid LOVES hotels. Loves them. Hotels are his favorite part of any trip, and we found a great rate on this particular property. It wasn’t far from home, and there were plenty of things to do onsite. He was so excited.

We packed and headed out. We wanted to meet my parents for lunch and cake before the weekend got into full swing.


Saturday – Couch to 5K, Week 5 Day 3

I was able to get in Week 5, Day 3 of Couch to 5K before the day began. It called for 20 minutes of straight running, which was… well… it was something, all right.


When I was all cleaned up, I hopped in the car, and went to pick up little man’s best friend. The second part of his surprise was tickets to see Marvel Universe Live with a buddy. I will post full details in another post, as this one is already long enough, but it was phenomenal.

One more bit of great news…. The folks at Best Damn Race have announced the half marathon medal for Cape Coral, and it’s gorgeous! Right now, you can save $5 off any distance for the Cape Coral and Jacksonville BDRs with the code RUNPUGS! Don’t miss out on the fun!

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And there you have it!

It was a pretty solid April, and I am feeling like I have reached a good balance between returning to running and my cross training. Of course, we shall see if I am able to keep it up through the summer, but I have high hopes.

How was your week in training?

Game of Thrones: yay or nay?

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