While it’s nice to have things back to normal and to be getting back to a routine, I miss being on vacation.
Sunday – Castaway Cay 5K
Quite frankly, I can think of no better way to kick off Mother’s Day than with a 5K on a tropical island, to be followed up spending the day with family.
I will post the race report this week, but it was pretty darn hot. Probably the hottest race I’ve ever run.
We spent the rest of the day out on the beach and finished up the night packing to disembark the ship.
Monday – rest
After a very early breakfast, it was time to return to reality. Boo. We left the Disney Dream, pretty convinced that we would be back.
It was a pretty simple process of collecting our suitcases and catching the shuttle back to our hotel, but as we were grabbing Starbucks for the ride home, my friend told me to rethink our plans. There had been an awful accident en route and the interstate was shut down for hours.
We decided to detour to Daytona Beach to spend time on the beach and get lunch to give things time to clear up. It was good to get home.
Tuesday – rest
I had to work on Tuesday, so nothing was really quite done around the house. It was a productive day anyway, and I got through the bulk of the laundry. That’s always a relief (I can’t stand laundry).
That being said, we had to go to school – little man won the Character Counts award for the month! His classmates and teacher voted for him for the character of Trustworthiness and we were so very proud.
We got to hear some of the things his friends and his teacher had to say about him, and we both got pretty choked up. He was called loyal and a good friend and a leader. They said he does what he says he is going to do and has a positive impact on his classmates through his word and actions. Parenting can be a pretty hard job, and moments like this really make me feel like we’re doing something right.
Wednesday – 3.1 miles
All good things must come to an end, and it was time to get back on the pavement. I was having some pain because of stepping down hard into a cement hole on the beach on Sunday – my arch was hurting and I could feel a tender knot in my calf that needed a lot of rolling and massaging to work itself out.
It was ok, though. A good run helped me stretch my legs and things started feeling better shortly thereafter.
I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious.
Thursday – rest
I got some awesome news! I found out that I am part of the Best Damn Race Ambassador Team! Whoo hoo!
If you’ll recall, I was running the WDW Marathon when BDR came to my hometown last year, but I ran the virtual version of the race so I could get the inaugural Jacksonville bling. And then I went ahead and joined Meghan to run BDR Orlando.
Now, it’s my goal to run all four events!
If you want to run with us, be sure to use the code RUNPUGS for $5 off any distance in any city!
Something else new? I finally got to use my new Paderno Spiralizer. It was time for my first attempt at zoodles!
We topped them with some mild Italian sausage sautéed and combined with red sauce and it was a really nice pasta alternative. The spiralizer was easy to use (little man actually made the zoodles) and easy to clean, and I have a feeling we’ll be breaking it out a lot more this summer.
Friday – 2.78 miles (fartleks)
Most importantly, it was Bentley’s birthday!
That laser-like focus is on birthday treats.
We got Bentley almost eight years ago. His former owners weren’t kind to him and it took us a long time to earn his trust and help him find his place in our family. He was edgy and nervous – for the first six months, he panted nonstop and wouldn’t allow himself to relax. Now, he’s quite at home with us. He’s unlike any dog I’ve ever had and we had to work hard to overcome his challenges, but I can’t imagine our lives without him. Happy birthday, sweet boy.
I am always pretty meh on speed work. I know it’s good for me and I know it leads to results, but I get lazy about it, especially in the warmer weather. I was feeling kind of bored, so I decided to whip out my old standby of running for 6:00 at about a half marathon pace, then doing a walking recovery for 3:00 (or half the time), run 5:00 at a faster pace, walk 2:00, all the way down to 1:00 as fast as my lungs could tolerate.
It went better than I expected.
Since I’ve been doing shorter intervals, I really haven’t been running for more than a minute straight. Running a comfortable six minutes at a 10:10 pace is a pretty big victory for me. obviously, things got harder the faster I went, but I felt great about the whole exercise.
In not so great news, Miss Molly had to go to the vet. She was exhibiting a little bit of discharge and it turns out that we caught a very early stage infection in her anal glands. So glamorous. She got a nice shot of antibiotics and seems to be in the clear.
As you can see, she’s not particularly happy with us, and has been showing her teeth quite frequently. Deep down inside, she thanks us. I know she does.
Saturday – rest
For the first time in forever, we had nothing planned in a weekend. Whoo!!!! We went to little man’s karate class, and then had my parents over for some chicken on the grill. It was lovely.
Now that things have settled down a little, I am making a commitment to get back to boot camp. It’s been kind of difficult to finagle with my new schedule, but now that we are home from our trip, I feel more confident that I can make it happen. I think it will be one more piece of the puzzle of my improvement in running.
How was your week in review?
Do you prefer your weekends to be fully scheduled or do you like when you have nothing going on?