week 12 (20): spring has sprung?

Spring has sprung, officially. What does that mean? I haven’t a clue. Seriously. The weather is beautiful. Humidity is low. We were technically on Spring Break. But we’re pretty locked down and isolated right now, so it feels a little less like spring and a lot like… well, a lot like my last few months.

Sunday – 2 mile bike ride

I think we all just unplugged on Sunday. My Garmin wasn’t charging, which left me feeling fairly empty as a runner. The bike ride went ok, although I was pretty exhausted afterwards, and had a hard time holding my balance to dismount. Blah.


Monday – 1.2 mile walk + PT exercises

Monday morning was hard. I opted to cancel PT. As I mentioned, my location services a lot of older people and when it’s busy, we are absolutely not six feet apart. While I want my leg to be better, it’s not worth catching or passing something.

Did it break my heart to come to this realization? Yup. Was I ok right away? Nope. But more on that another day. The only thing to do was go for a walk and do my exercises at home.


I kept incredibly busy with the St. Augustine Moms for the rest of the day. With so much changing so rapidly, we were all hard at work collecting information to share to help parents and kids get through the weeks ahead.

Tuesday – 1.2 mile walk + PT exercises

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This has promised to be such a fabulous day: I was taking over the St. Augustine Moms Instagram account, and we were going to have so much content, from the holiday to our first family theater experience to see Hamilton.


We made the best of what we had. I went for a great walk,


while Mr PugRunner picked up coffee and donuts to go with some green scrambled eggs.

In the afternoon, little man made Lucky Charms Treats.

We also got word that school would be out for students until April 15. Teachers would be expected to report on March 23, to start making preparations to teach online, and virtual learning would starting March 30.

We had shepherd’s pie for dinner with green beer (green water for little man) and I listened (and sang along) to the Hamilton soundtrack. Was it the same? Hell, no. But we made the best of it. PS – check out the tips, tricks and resources on St. Augustine Moms. There’s not of great info for families as we navigate the weeks ahead <3

Wednesday – 1.5 mile walk + PT exercises

On Wednesday, I had a bit of a chat with the Garmin. I wiped off the contacts again, and really clamped down with the charger. And what do you know??? It worked!!!! I finally felt like we were getting somewhere! Like a family walk! Hurray!


Thursday – 1.5 mile walk

No one wanted to join me out for this walk, and that was ok. Little man has been sleeping and playing way too many video games, but right now his world is pretty upside down, so I’m allowing it.

Since my foot has been feeling more normal, I tried my Adrenalines again, and found that the supination issue is going away! YES!


Since I had all the time in the world, I decided to attempt to remove my own SNS manicure. I don’t have a nail drill, and going into a salon is a bad idea right now, and things were getting a bit raggedy. I had to use sandpaper to crack through the glossy finish, and it took a few rounds of acetone, but I finally claimed a victory! Home manicures are not my jam, but here we are.

Friday – 1.75 mile walk + PT exercises

I had held on to this last scheduled PT appointment, in a desperate Hail Mary of sorts, but I ended up cancelling. My recovery is now my own.

Mr PugRunner joined me for this walk, which was nice. He has moved his office home and I know he’s stressed trying to keep his business on track through this time, so I’m glad when he can take a break.


Saturday – 1.75 mile walk + PT exercises + shoulders

I’ve been really dedicated to all my stretches and adding in strength, since I’m on my own. It takes a lot of time, but time is what I have right now.

And just because things aren’t insane enough, our older car broke down when Mr PugRunner made the trek to a different grocery store to attempt to get our weekly groceries. We had to have it towed back to the house. The positive? I had to pick him up which meant my first time driving on the highway since November.


First, I would like to address my food/leg/ankle. Guys, it’s good. I probably could have stayed on my medication another month because there is still some residual tingling, but I’m sleeping and the weaning-off process went well, so it’s fine. My ankle is still tight, but not uncomfortably so. I am barely swelling at all anymore, even after my walks, and this is a huge victory in my book.

From there, we are ok. Obviously, things are tough. Little man is having a really hard time with everything and we are working so hard to reassure him and keep him feeling safe. I hate this for him, more than anything, but it’s going to be ok. We got another update from the district, which stated that teachers will NOT be returning to campus this week, although they will still work on preparing online work for March 30.

Heartbreakingly, some of his teachers have started messaging the students through our school app, asking how they are and to please check in. I don’t know why, but that really got me in the feels.

Last, but not least, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram for a $35 gift code to be used on the ROAD iD website. Head on over there if you’d like to enter. It ends at midnight ET on March 24.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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30 Responses to week 12 (20): spring has sprung?

  1. Progress being made every day! Keep up the great work!

  2. Jenn, make no mistake, your recovery has been your own since day one and that’s why you’ve progressed so well. I love seeing all of your family walk selfies, we need to start doing that.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s really so kind of you to say. <3 Little man was used to getting in a good bike ride to and from school every day, so we need to keep him moving. It's a lot less fun without his buddies, though.

  3. Jessie says:

    I’m so glad you’re to a point in your PT that you can do it at home and have that option! It’s amazing how your recovery has gone- shows how diligent you have been! Way to go.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I am so very lucky. I feel so behind compared to other recovery stories, but then again, now the pressure is off to make it back for a particular race, and I can just focus on me.

      Diligence is my middle name!

  4. Glad your progress is continuing! You have an arsenal of PT exercises/stretches, so it’s great that you can continue with all of that at home.

  5. Wendy says:

    It’s so great to see you finally hitting–yep, I’m going to say it–your stride! All that hard work is paying off. Yay!

  6. Kim G says:

    I kind of felt the same way about Spring finally arriving this week. I was kind of like “that’s great, now what?” lol. I guess because we’re all stuck indoors we don’t really care about the weather right now.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      The weather here is just ridiculously beautiful. The humidity has been so low, and that’s just unheard of here. Not that we can enjoy it much, because oh, yeah, self-isolating. Ugh. It’s for a good cause and it will be worth it in the end, but ugh.

  7. Laurie says:

    Oh, man! Donuts and green scrambled eggs? That’s even better than green beer! My grandson’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day. He kind of got shortchanged this year but we tried to make it a good birthday.

    Good for you for sticking with the stretches and PT exercises so faithfully. I haven’t been doing my stretches lately. You just inspired me to do mine right now!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a good day LOL.

      I’m sorry about your grandson. My son’s birthday is coming up next month and we had to tell him that we will celebrate with him at home but it’s not going to be anything grand. We will make it up to him later.

      Even if I can’t be there at PT, I’m going to continue as best I can. I want to be 100% better and I can’t get there without doing my PT.

  8. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    I remember having a hard time getting off the bike.

    My ankle is still stiff. But I’m used to it.

    You’re doing great. Proud of you.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was fairly awkward LOL.

      I’m noticing little improvements. Like I can push things with my foot. Or I can take off my left shoe with my right foot. Small victories.

      <3 Thank you for all the support and encouragement.

  9. I am glad to see you walking and making progress each week. No one wants to go on my walks w me either but I kind of like my alone time out there. on a lighter note-We were just trying to figure out what to do about our nails too. I hope that is our biggest problem

    • runswithpugs says:

      I do like the alone time but I also like having someone to chat with. It’s a tough choice.

      True story about the nails. I as honestly more concerned about getting them off than getting them done again, just because the edges were starting to lift and things were getting caught. I can polish them at home, but it is what it is. Now that the SNS is off, I’m not worried about it.

  10. Steady progress with your walks! That’s great! I’m so glad I had my hair cut and colored just recently, so I’ll be good for 12 weeks… and hopefully this will all be done by then. Ladies are going to be getting really creative with their hair soon though 😉
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Hair, nails, brows and lashes. I’m glad that I’m not super high-maintenance. I do color my hair and get my nails done, but I can live without it, too. I have’t worn makeup in weeks LOL.

  11. I’m glad that you had pretty much graduated PT at just the right time!

    I think this probably hits the hardest on kids (although as a kid, I still probably would have been ok, I loved to read & draw & not move too much, LOL!).

    I guess it’s a good thing that I often let my hair get far too long, but at the same time my heart goes out to my hairdresser.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I would have liked it to a point (total introvert bookworm over here), but it’s the whole no going out to eat or to the movies or those little things to make the time at home more special that would have gotten to me (and I now it’s getting to him).

      I’m not super worried about my hair. I’m tall enough that no one sees my grays when they come in, and I don’t cut it frequently anyway. When this is over, it will be time for a big splurge.

  12. Michelle D. says:

    Jenn, you have been working so hard – it’s great to see all the progress you have made!

  13. It sure has been a crazy couple of weeks! I definitely feel bad for kids who are having their whole lives turned upside down and just don’t really understand the larger impact of what is happening right now. My son won’t remember this and for all he knows life is just going on as usual…except I am home with him more! Sorry you cant go to PT anymore but it sounds like you are in a pretty good place with your recovery.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am lucky that I am this far along in my recovery. I can’t imagine having to do this on my own.

      Love to you and your little guy. Each age has its own struggles with this situation. <3

  14. I’m glad to hear that you’re walking comfortably and doing your PT homework. It’s got to be tough not being able to go into the office to finish out your sessions.

    Of course I had to pick a dark brown polish when I got my nails done (gel polish) two weeks ago. It’s good to know that you were able to remove it on your own because that’s what I’ll be doing soon. I texted my nail tech yesterday to see how she’s doing. Our governor closed all nail salons, gyms, theaters, etc. My nail tech and her husband own the salon and have two sons in college. I feel so badly for them.

    Virginia’s schools were also closed for the remainder of this academic year. It’s getting real and it’s scary!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I heard that about Virginia. I get it, but it’s so hard to fathom.

      I’m glad I had light pink this last time – it definitely helped with removal. But you will get your polish off, too, even if it’s not perfect. I am going to love that first manicure back, though. I hope all the salons come through this ok.

  15. I am happy to see you’ve made so much progress! It is rough right now. I can imagine how tough it must be for your son. I miss my kids and can only communicate with their through Google Classroom. However, Most of them have not logged in. Since I am home I’ve been catching up on various shows. So far so good!
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    • runswithpugs says:


      We got preliminary instructions today and will have more details on Friday. We use Schoology so it's a little different, but we are going to give it our best shot and see how it goes.

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