And here we are: April. Things are going to be a little different this month, with a change of attitude and some fresh goals.
Let’s take a look at the past week.
Sunday – rest
Since the weather wasn’t cooperating, we all agreed to a very, very low-key Easter. My parents and cousin came over, we split up the menu, and just spent the afternoon chatting.
Little man even learned how to play chess! I’m kind of excited about that. I technically know how to play, but I could definitely use some practice.
Monday – rest
Monday was little man’s last day of Spring Break. We had a few errands to run, but we had a nice lunch with Mr PugRunner and then it was time for the one thing that little man was most excited about: making donuts.
The Easter Bunny had delivered a donut pan and cookbook with little man’s basket, and little man was absolutely jumping to get going. He pored over the cookbook until he found a recipe he wanted to make (vanilla cake donuts with chocolate glaze), and then he went for it. I supervised and helped pull the pan out of the oven, but other than that, it was all him.
The end result was awesome. The donuts were a little dry, but we have never made them before, so we can certainly experiment some more.
Tuesday – 3 miles
I wanted to give the leg a little workout, and went out for three very slow and easy miles. It all felt pretty good, and that was encouraging.
We spent the day trying to get back into the swing of our normal routine. I think little man was pretty happy to be back at school with his teacher and friends.
Wednesday – yoga, 60 minutes
I was really excited for yoga. I realize now how much I’ve missed it and so I was looking forward to unrolling my mat and getting in some deep stretches. The class was intense! I was dripping sweat – almost more than when I run! It was incredible and I felt really energized when it was over.
Thursday – 3.1 miles
This run was just for me: I wanted to do it alone. And I could see a little more progress. Every little bit helps.
Friday – rest
Travel day! After getting little man on the bus, I packed up the car and went to pick up my mom for our trip to Savannah! It would be her first time in the city and I was so excited to show her around.
Traffic was absolutely nasty, so it took us a little longer than planned, but we were checked into the Hilton Desoto Savannah by lunchtime and had the rest of the day to explore.
The weather was also really threatening. Thunder and lightning and tornadoes were all predicted, and I think all the runners and race organizers were a little nervous about the conditions.
In the meantime, we enjoyed a wonderful evening. More on that to come.
Back at home, little man was running a race of his own: the Ready. Set. Glow. 5K. This would be his second 5K, with proceeds going towards technology at some of the local schools. Since Mr. PugRunner hasn’t been running, my friend’s daughter planned to stay with little man an make sure he got to the finish line. I felt badly that I hadn’t been able to train him sufficiently, but he held his own.
He scored a two second PR.
Saturday – 3.1, Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
Small spoiler alerts: the rain held off, and I wasn’t able to complete the half marathon distance. I will share more details of that all in a separate post, but the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K was pretty incredible, regardless.
I was kind of emotional throughout the morning, once I realized that my hip wasn’t going to allow me to do what I wanted to do, but tried hard not to let it ruin my day.
Of course, I was getting all kinds of texts from home.
Little man started his day at the Junior Jags combine. For the first time, the event was held inside an arena, making the conditions much more pleasant than if it was outside in the Florida heat. He got to do lots of drills with some of the coaches and hung with the cheerleaders.
Afterwards, the boys went to Collective Con, his very first comic con. He. Loved. It.
I wish I had been there to see some of the crazy cosplay outfits, but we will definitely do it again, as a family.
For all of us, it was a busy week.
My promise to myself was to take a break from running after Savannah. I will go into further details in my race recap later this week, but I think I am ready to do just that. I am frustrated and sad, and I am desperately need to regain confidence, strength and endurance. I know that a reset will do me a world of good and I’m kind of excited to see where intense cross training and strength building leads.
How was your week in training?
Have you ever had to just take a break to go back to basics? How did it work out?