School’s out for summer. It’s pandemic week 10. Twenty one weeks of 2020 gone. How many times can I say this is so surreal? The hours, days, and weeks are all blended together. There are days when I breathe easier, and then days when I feel crushing anxiety. With most of Florida two weeks into its reopening, we are starting to venture out a bit.
Sunday – 3.15 miles, walking
Sundays are typically for my slowest, shortest walk. It’s kind of become a reward for completing another week of Couch To 5K, and gives me a little breather before the next week.
I also always seem to feel my most worn out on Sundays, so II took it e say until later in the afternoon, when we had a virtual surprise shower for my friend M. She is getting married in a few weeks and I am so glad we were able to celebrate, even if it was over Zoom. We all shipped her gifts to her house, and one of the hostess mailed and delivered custom cookies to the guests.
Toss in a can of rosé, and we had a lovely afternoon!
Monday – 3.59 miles, walking
Another Monday. Monday doesn’t even seem to mean anything anymore. All the days are so much the same.
Tuesday – Couch To 5K Week 5 Day 1 (total of 4.09 miles)
I went into this week of Couch to 5K feeling nervous. I had three segments of five-minute runs, split up by three-minute walk intervals. To be honest, it went well, although exhausting, and I thought it would be no problem to continuer the rest of the week in the same vein.
We had a day of meetings and appointments. I attended our final PTSO General Meeting of the year, via Zoom. I wasn’t planning to return to my board position, but due to lack of volunteers, it looks like I’m going to come back.
Little man had clarinet, Scouts, and karate, and we also got to participate in a birthday parade for my running buddy and friend. We haven’t run together in ages for obvious reasons, but I was glad to celebrate her!
Wednesday – 3.58 miles, walking
I felt super off kilter on Wednesday, and it took a solid walk to get myself back in line. To test that, I went ahead with a balance check after my walk, and was pleased to see I have so much more strength in my right leg. I can even see some of my muscles returning, which is so incredible.
Little man wanted to check to see if he had any live conferences left (some teachers canceled outright, while others hadn’t said), and then we drove to the school for the 6th grade pickup/dropoff. My heart. We checked in with the dean and deputy at the start of the parking lot and then drove through the appropriate stations. First, little man had to turn in the textbook and library book we still had, then a teacher brought out a paper grocery bag with the contents of his locker and his yearbook, and we passed the hotspot/laptop return on our way back out.
And so, how’s that for a “school’s out” farewell?
Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 2 (total miles
Guys, I got quite a shock on Thursday’s Couch to 5K. I was totally fine with the three five-minute runs, but when I got going this time, it seemed I had a seven minute run and an eight minute run instead. I’m sorry, what? It was probably better I didn’t realize this in advance. I might not have been quite so positive in my review of the first half of the program.
I also went for another balance check. Nailed it.
Again, little man checked in for any final conferences, as well as any last minute assignments. It seemed like he was good to go, but it was all very anticlimactic.
We had a bit of a date night as well, which was nice. Little man did a great job taking care of Luna so we could get some time together at an appropriate social distance.
Friday – 4 miles, walking
I took a nice walk, as usual.
And then I took a quick drive to the outdoor mall to pick up a curbside order. I haven’t really shopped much, but little man was in need of a few things, and this seemed the best way to handle it.
The rest of the day was dedicated to puppy care. Luna is a delight, but also a handful, and needs so much attention. I love it, but man, she wears me out.
Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 3 (total of 4.01 miles)
And finally, the big day: the last day of Couch to 5K for the week. On the schedule? Twenty minutes running straight through. Gah. I dressed in all my patriotic clothing for the Team Sparkle Virtual Run and got out there. There was one pause at an intersection, but other than that, I proved up to the challenge! Not going to lie: I was pretty proud.
My parents came over for an early lunch in the driveway, and we did some tie dye crafts.
It’s been hard finding fun and creative things to do, especially for the tween set, but he really had fun, and his shirt came out awesome! We will be doing more on Monday with another batch of colors.
I confess to being incredibly proud of myself. In a million years, I never expected I would ever run an extended period of time like that again, and it happened. Crazy! This week is going to be even more challenging, and I hope I am up to the task.
In honor of my progress, I will be joining up with the Best Damn Race Florida 1000K and 300K Challenge. It’s virtual, of course, but it sounds like tons of fun, with swag and bling and everything that makes Best Damn Race great. I’ve been looking for just the right virtual challenge, and I think this is the one.
Luna is doing great. She has pretty much learned how to sit, and we realize she is scary smart. I want to get her a puzzle toy or two to help keep her stimulated. I am just so happy to have her in our family, and I adore our snuggles.
And for little man, school’s out, though not officially. The last real day is this Wednesday, but he doesn’t have to check in or do anything else. It’s just so… weird. It doesn’t feel like summer, and I’m not sure what we are going to do with our days from here on out. Mr PugRunner is back in his office (alone), and someone needs to be with the puppy so most trips that are longer than two hours are off the table. My brain just isn’t in “fun director” mode quite yet, and I need to get on that.
How was your week in training?
What are you thinking about doing with your time if school’s out by you?