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Well, we did it! We survived back to school and all that came with it! I was mostly worried about oversleeping or forgetting something, but everything went along pretty smoothly, which was a relief.
Sunday – rest
On Sunday morning, little man and I went to my Webelo co-den-leader’s house for a planning meeting/playdate. We were able to work through some rough ideas in advance of our upcoming leadership meeting, and of course, her kids got to play with mine.
In the evening, we did a little hot dog and s’mores cookout to celebrate the end of summer. The kids on our street played with water balloons, enjoyed running around and even submitted to having ice water dumped over their heads for an impromptu ALS ice bucket challenge. It was perfect.
Monday – rest
Little man went to spend the earlier part of the day with his best friend and I went off to work. Since camps are over for the summer, he was going to have much more fun with a buddy than at the office with his dad, so it worked out perfectly.
Tuesday – 4 miles, running
I had to get back on an early schedule, so I made sure to be up and out before sunrise. It was a little odd running in the dark again, but that’s how we do it during the school year.
Little man had an incredibly fun day at the beach with our friends, and when I picked him up, we had to do some driving around to pick up some last minute things for back to school.
In the evening, it was time for a scouting conference call, to sort out some details for upcoming events.
Wednesday – rest
Finally, it was orientation day, and the first day of being able to actually explore our new school. Eek!
Since I had work, I helped my fellow PTA parents set up the membership and spirit wear table, and when Mr PugRunner, little man and my parents arrived, we set off to find his classroom, drop off his school supplies and meet his teacher. The classroom was incredibly welcoming, we already adore his teacher and the new school is amazing.
With that done, my parents took little man to do a little shopping and get his hair cut and we all met back at the house.
Little man wanted Japanese for dinner, so we all went to his favorite place for sushi and hibachi chicken and rice. It was a great meal to end the summer and we all turned in at a reasonable hour.
Thursday – 3.75 miles, running
I earned my second medal of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Strides Summer Series with this one. If you’re not signed up, you are missing out! (and remember – code RNB15 saves you on select Run Rock ‘n’ Roll events!)
We had pancakes for breakfast, packed lunch, and it was off to the first day of school. We got little man settled in his classroom, chatted with his teacher for a few minutes, and then I helped some of the other teachers and PTA members direct students to their classes (since everything is new, it’s easy to get turned around and some needed assistance finding their way).
Mr PugRunner and I had a lunch date and then I baked cookies and made a mac and cheese casserole for after school snack and dinner, respectively.
Little man got off the bus all smiles and had a fabulous first day! I know it’s going to be a great year!
Friday – Tour De Pain, 4 miles
Day 2 of our new routine, and all was going pretty well. There were a few things I needed to pick up for the weekend and when I got home, Molly was having a really hard time breathing. The vet was able to see her that afternoon. She is 13 years old, and we have been very lucky with her health, but sometimes she scares me. Fortunately, the vet said she was doing great, considering, but that she had an inflamed and irritated soft palate. She got a shot of cortisone and a sedative and we were able to go home and cuddle.
With that weight off my shoulders, I was able to make the trip to Jacksonville Beach for the first part of Tour De Pain. Four miles on the hard packed sand at 6:30 PM. It was absolutely brutal, so hot that my phone actually turned itself off due to overheating. Yikes.
I left directly after the race, drove home for a shower and a salty burger, and got myself in bed.
Saturday – Tour De Pain, 3.1 + 1 miles
This was my craziest day to date. I had to be up and out the door at 5:30 for the second part of TDP: a 5K road race at 7:00 AM. Done and dusted.
I hustled home, showered and changed, and went into work to cover one of my teammates for a special fitting for a local moms fitness group. It was a lot of fun and everyone was really happy and excited to continue their training.
Then it was off to meet the boys at a birthday party for one of our dear friends’ sons at a trampoline/jump park.
Obviously, it was tons of fun and we even carried the party over to Whit’s Frozen Custard, a place I have been desperate to try.
Ice cream before a sprint is never a great idea but I decided to take the risk, even though I still had the Tour De Pain Mile Sizzler. I had no regrets.
I was hoping the boys would join me at the race, but it had been a long day for them too, so they went home and I went on for my final mile.
I was VERY happy to get home that night.
Lots of miles, lots of smiles and lots of great times this week. It feels great to be back in a routine, and now it’s time to get geared up on some of my long run miles. Apparently, November is coming one way or the other, and I have some half marathons to think about.
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How was your week in training?
Are you ready to start ramping up your miles?