This week has made some things very, very clear to me in terms of my running and overall fitness. It’s been a good breakthrough for me and I’m excited to share more about it!
Sunday – rest
We didn’t have anything planned for Sunday. It was just a day of hanging around, cleaning up and getting ready for the week. Sometimes, those down days are just the thing.
Monday – 5 miles
My original plan was to go to boot camp, but Mr PugRunner wanted to run four miles around 8:00 AM because of how the day’s weather was shaping up and I asked him to wait for me to get home from carpool so we could go together. He was a little concerned about our different paces, but I was happy to adjust and work with his intervals for the chance to spend those miles together.
I planned to do five, and we split at just over three. For the first three, we did 2:00/1:00 intervals, and when we went our separate ways, I returned to my regular 2:30/1:00s. It’s been a long time since I completed five miles in under an hour.
It felt great!
I pushed it hard towards the end, but it worked out well.
And I loved running with Mr PugRunner. It was a nice way to spend some time together and I hope we can manage it a little bit more.
Tuesday – rest
This was a me day. I haven’t spent any time taking care of myself, and my hair was in desperate need of attention. I needed a trim and shaping, highlights and I was also in need of a huge change.
Loving this subtle touch of magenta. It has faded a little, but my stylist is going to touch it up for me. It’s just what I needed and I can’t wait to try other colors in the future.
Wednesday – boot camp
I was so ready to be back at boot camp. And it was a great class. The instructor mixed in a bunch of great exercises on a variety of machines, and I fell in love with doing hyperextensions. It was one of those things where I thought there was no way I was coordinated enough to pull it off, but I was wrong. Yay!
In the afternoon, I took little man to a playdate, while Mr PugRunner brought Molly to the vet. Our little 10 year old pug is getting older, and since her birthday, her age has been more evident. She has some struggles getting her hind legs under her and sheDr R wanted to see her for a physical so he could make appropriate recommendations for ways to help her.
Diagnosis? Some arthritis, along with the thinning of a few of her vertebrae. She is not in any pain, but there are some minor neurological effects from the aging of her spine. Primarily, the reflexes in her back left leg are not quite as on point. She will be getting a course of Adequan injections to help build up some cushion in her joints, as well as periodic laser therapy.
So far, she’s not impressed.
Thursday – 3.1 miles
I decided to switch things up a little and move my intervals to 3:00/1:00. It was pretty tough, but there were results.
I have to wonder if it’s the cooler weather or just the extra motivation that’s leading to this, but I’ll take it.
Friday – rest
TGIF! I had some plans that fell through, but that’s ok. It was the day of little man’s Valentine’s party and we were going to volunteer. Little man chose these word search Valentines (free printable from Amazing Mae) with attached pencil.
We helped the kiddos make their Valentine’s Day mailboxes and I even read a story to the class before dismissal.
I also got a very special delivery from my boys: custom ice cream from ecreamery.
Ice cream is my favorite.
Saturday – rest
I got up early to pick up heart-shaped donuts for the family.
Mr PugRunner took little man to karate so that I could pre-register for my third year of the Space Coast Half Marathon. This year, I am eligible for the Milky Way Challenge medal, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Little man was invited to test for his orange belt this month, so we are looking forward to that.
Afterwards, we went to a gourmet taco place for lunch and then it was on to the baseball fields for practice.
It was a long, wonderful, busy week. I am feeling incredibly strong and capable. The goals I have in my head seem well within reach, and I love that feeling. In a lot of ways, marathon training left me feeling defeated and drained, and now that it’s all over, I feel rejuvenated and enthusiastic again. It’s a good place.
How was your week in training?
What’s the craziest thing you ever did to your hair?