Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate!
It’s another Sunday in semi-quarantine. In Florida, we are seeing things look very close to normal. Tomorrow, nail and hair salons and barbershops will open, which will be interesting. Again, I’m not making any moves. Our family will continue doing our thing as best we can. It’s both hard and exciting to see things returning to “normal”, at least in “Before” terms.
Sunday – 3.4 mile walk
No matter what, I wanted to get in my walk, and headed out to do so. I was super proud to be able to do some yoga stretches when I returned. Yay!
With everything going on, I wanted to go to the beach before restrictions ended. I thought we could take a nice walk in the sun and salt air, and maybe get some ice cream from one of the local shops. It wasn’t crowded and we ended up having a much needed family day.
Monday – 3.5 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)
Oh, Monday! May the Fourth Be With You! I have to say that quarantine has not made Mondays any more exciting or palatable. But, I did my walk and some arm strength, and that was a good way to start.
Monday also started Teacher Appreciation Week, so I helped a little with spreading messages of thanks and gratitude to the teachers and staff at little man’s school. They have done such an amazing job, and we are so grateful for all teachers who have worked so hard during these days of crisis learning.
Last, but not least, we had Front Porch Project photos with my friend Megan. I know I showed off a few the other day, but I am just so in love.
Megan even asked us to bring out the pugs, which was really cool.
The guys HATE getting dressed up and doing pictures (yes, this is dressed up for them), but because they didn’t have to leave the house, travel anywhere, or be up and ready to go at sunrise, they cooperated for the 20 minutes.
Tuesday – Couch to 5K W3D1 (3.64 miles total)
Happy Cinco De Mayo! We are getting our share of celebrations this week!
I started with Week 3 of Couch to 5K. This time I warmed up for five minutes, cooled down for five minutes, and did two 1:30 run/1:30 walk/3:00 run/3:00 walk intervals in between. It was hard. Since I use the Galloway interval method, running 3:00 at once is way out of comfort zone, even without my injury. However, I have said that I am going to see if I can at least run a 5K straight out, with this “comeback” so I opted to trust the process.
For dinner, we got a huge platter from Tijuana Flats.
And my sweet friend dropped off some blood orange margaritas! Yum and thank you!
Wednesday – 4 mile walk
First up, a long, four mile walk. It felt fabulous.
Then the real work started. Mr PugRunner had a two hour drive to pick up our new surprise! While he was gone, I had to scrub the house, and the hog,
oversee school, and go out to pick up a few supplies.
And then, Mr PugRunner was home. With the sweetest, snuggliest bundle of puppy joy ever.
We definitely do a lot of rescue, but my heart has been hurting so badly for a puppy, and when the opportunity arose? We had to take it.
Obviously, the rest of our day was flat out consumed with getting this little girl accustomed to her new home. The big pugs are very wary, if not scared of her. They both have poor eyesight, and Luna is fairly hyper and bouncy (as puppies are), and all she wants to do is play with them. It will all work out, but it will take some time.
In the meantime, this is kind of the best.
Thursday – Couch to 5K W3D2 (3.23 miles total)
The morning was pretty chilly (for us), but I got in my second session of Week 3.
And then it was home for a long day of puppy love. This is literally all we want to do.
In the evening, I got to listen in to a BSA launch meeting, regarding upcoming programming. While there are many ideas for what’s to come, it seems we are still in a very “wait and see” mode.
Friday – 3.61 mile walk
Peace out, sleep. Luna was awake at 5:30, and ready to rumble! She had a great first night and a not so super second night, but we found the secret is tiring her out before bed so she falls right to sleep, just like a baby.
Today’s walk was extra special. I joined so many members of the running community, honoring the life of Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down in February while out for a run. The men who shot him walked free until this week, when the video was leaked. I wish I had the right words to do justice to the situation, but all I can say is that love is always greater than hate. Racism is the ugliest of things, and it has to stop.
Saturday – Couch to 5K W3D3 (3.72 miles total)
Happy birthday to me! I kicked it off with morning playtime with sweet Luna, and then off for my final day of Couch to 5K for the week. This was not my favorite run. My leg and ankle have been super tired from puppy-chasing, but I got it done.
My parents brought coffee and donuts (and cupcakes) so we could have a little birthday breakfast in the driveway. Of course, Nana and Papa Bear were thrilled with their newest grandpug. It was so nice to see them and spend some extra time with them.
The St. Augustine Moms hosted a virtual tea party with some really incredible activities and giveaways. I grabbed my coffee to go so oI could join in on the Facebook live!
The rest of the day was pretty quiet. I read and napped and loved on Luna. In the afternoon, before he picked up dinner, Mr PugRunner asked me to come outside for a surprise visit… from Taco!
I spent forever just loving on him. He spent forever grazing. It was perfect. And then we ate Italian takeout, I watched Knives Out (amazing), and had frozen custard cake.
Obviously, with the arrival of little Luna, all goals were out the window. We are figuring out our new routines, especially since Mr PugRunner has been down with a bit of a sinus issue (he hasn’t been able to go to acupuncture with the pandemic going on, and it’s definitely showing).
On the plus side, Luna is almost totally potty trained. She sleeps fairly well through the night and other than the normal puppy quirks (piranha teeth, anyone?) , she’s fantastic. I’m so glad she’s ours.
My leg and ankle are taking a beating with the constant playtime and going out for potty, so I’ve had to ice a few days. It hasn’t stopped me from running or walking though, which is nice, but I am being more conscious of listening to my body.
This week, I need to get back on the cross training bandwagon. I fell off pretty hard and I can feel the difference. Additionally, I did re-up for the Uncanceled Project Part 2. This is such great virtual series, and I have been in it every week since it began.
How was your week in training?
Any special celebrations this week? What are your plans for May?