Ugh, the vacation hangover. That awful feeling when you return to the real world from vacation and nothing is ever quite the same. I grappled with this condition all week, and only the current three-day weekend seems to be helping.
Sunday – Animal Kingdom
With the conference over, we planned for a family day in Animal Kingdom, with Meghan. We checked out of our hotel and headed over to the park. I was so exhausted and sore from the days before that I broke down and asked to rent a wheelchair for the day. It ended up being the right move for my health, especially since we had a two hour drive home.
Again, I was sad to miss out on the good rides, but Mr. PugRunner, little man and Meghan had a blast on Avatar Flight of Passage and Everest, and I was happy for them.
After a great morning and a nice lunch, we said our goodbyes and got on the road for home.
Monday – physical therapy
Physical therapy right after a three day weekend in Orlando was probably not the best of my ideas, but there we were. It was an exhausting session, and I struggled with the balance exercises, but I remained determined.
I wanted a nap desperately, but I also didn’t want to mess up my sleep later that evening, so I powered through the day as best I could. I missed Disney and all the wonderful women I met along the way. The vacation hangover was real.
Tuesday – pt exercises
It was Tuesdayest Tuesday to ever Tuesday. Seriously. I alternated work and PT exercises all day long, and tried really hard to stay on track, even though my focus was all over the place. Some days, it’s just hard to keep it together.
Wednesday – pt exercises
Yay for the middle of the week!
That evening, my friend B and I went to the newest movie theater to open in our area. It’s gorgeous, with assigned, heated, recliner seats, gorgeous screens, and a full bar and dinner menu in addition to popcorn and theater snacks. I was in heaven.
Thursday – pt exercises
I have been making a concerted effort to really go through four to five circuits of stretches and exercises every day. It’s challenging and inconvenient, but my hope is that it will just serve to make me stronger and get me to my goals faster.
In the evening, some girlfriends and I celebrated Galentine’s Day with waffles and mimosas.
I highly recommend it.
Friday – physical therapy
Happy Valentine’s Day! We started the morning with a grueling session of PT. I spent a few minutes discussing my opinion on my plans to return to running, and while my therapist said there would be no guarantees, it felt like he put me straight to work. We had lots of balance work, seated squats, and lunges. It was straight up exhausting.
I had a quiet day of work until the boys got home, and then we had a low-key dinner together. Mr PugRunner made a delicious parmesan-garlic risotto that was a huge hit with all of us. We are lucky that he’s a great cook and has been able to fill in for me until I can manage.
Saturday – gym (bike, elliptical, core)
Saturday was a big day. The boys headed out for a five mile hike for Scouts, and I was left to my own devices.
My plans for the morning involved driving myself to the gym and taking on the bike and the elliptical.
Did I do it? Yes, yes I did. i added in some weighted squats and core work.
I felt fabulous after my adventure, if not pretty hungry. Fortunately, the boys were happy to bring me lunch on the way back from their field trip, and afterwards, I took a great nap. I miss napping.
Despite the vacation hangover, it was a productive week. of course, I missed being at the conference and enjoying Orlando and the theme parks, but it was also good to be back home with the pugs and hedgehog.
I confess to being a little worn out. We were busy this week, and the weather wasn’t great: I can feel when it’s raining in my ankle now, which is an unfortunate and unwelcome side effect of this whole thing. However, I have big plans for the weeks ahead (I will share more on Wednesday during the Runners’ Roundup), so a little rain can’t keep me down.
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How was your week in training?
Do you ever suffer from the vacation hangover?