week 23 (2020): almost halfway

We are almost halfway through 2020 at this point, and the hits just keep coming. From the pandemic, to police brutality, to protests and political and racial tensions, to earthquakes, tornadoes and tropical storms. The pile on continues.

Sunday – rest

When morning came, I just didn’t feel like doing much of anything. We had plans to be at the beach, and rather than get up even earlier, I just figured I would walk on the sand and call it day.

The salt air was really just what we needed, and we enjoyed a nice lunch out on the water, as well.

Monday – 3.72 miles, walking

Happy June! In addition to everything going on, it is now Pride Month. Our MRTT group is celebrating with a Run The Rainbow initiative (every day, we wear a different color of the rainbow for our workouts, cycling through ROYGBIV for 30 days). Sometimes, my shorts are the right color, and sometimes it’s my shirts.

Luna was also happy to share her rainbow love.

And the boys made all the moms on our street milkshakes as bribery – they wanted us to take them to the beach. Confession: it was just a bit too full of candy and treats to consume.

Tuesday – Couch To 5K Week 7 Day 1 (total of 4.28 miles)

Despite the threat of rain showers, I had a decent morning to start Week 7 of Couch to 5K. We are up to 25 minutes of running and it’s going well. Who would have guessed?

And we did go to the beach for some sun and boogie boarding.

On a more serious note, Delilah had to go to the vet. She has been super grouchy, which i attributed to the new puppy, but then she suddenly started grinding her teeth. Verdict? A double ear infection and bladder infection. She is always so stoic so it’s hard to know when she isn’t feeling well.

Please keep her in your thoughts, though. We have to do another urine test, but the vet did have some concerns about some of her levels. Super hopeful that it’s all just a residual from the infection and clears up with medication.

Wednesday – 3.74 miles, walking

Happy Global Running Day! I didn’t have a run on my schedule, but I was good for almost four miles of walking (in yellow shorts).

I was also pleased to welcome home this new Rollga foam roller. I will post more details later this week, but it’s doing wonders working the kinks out of my hips and glutes.

Luna had her first bath. To my surprise and disappointment, she hated every second of it, and practically climbed me to get out of the sink.

Unfortunately for her, she also loves rolling and splashing in puddles. Outside water is good while inside water is clearly lava. It’s going to be a rough road keeping her clean.

Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 7 Day 2 (total miles 3.11)

This was truly not the week for running. The rain was in and out and you all know how I feel about running in the rain. But I can’t not go, especially not with the end of the program so close!

I may have worn green, but I came home to blue pancakes, courtesy of little man.

Friday –  4.11 miles, walking

Oh, look. Another rainy morning. Boo. Little man joined me for the miles, even though we did get stuck in the sprinkle.

In the afternoon, I had to take a trip to Target. Even with the Phase 2 opening, the store wasn’t crowded, for which I was grateful.

Also, check out this new gadget: The Snap Ring. It’s a ring that acts as a mobile camera remote, and can also post to social media, and stream music and podcasts, all from your finger. It’s the coolest!

Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 7 Day 3 (total of 4.03 miles)

Happy Saturday! Despite the rain (again), I went for my last 25 minute run, and earned my fastest mile. The crazy thing is that this day marked exactly six months since my surgery. Can you believe it?

expecting surgery
xray of foot

Despite all my plans, I had so many doubts. I am pretty sure I thought I would never really run again, no matter how many times people told me I would. I still can’t believe I am almost to the 5K distance, and feel so much more hopeful about gettin got the half marathon again.


Things are just moving along. It’s been hard to focus on much because of the state of things, but I’m doing my best.

The rain isn’t helping my ankle feel great. I’m a bit more swollen than normal, and feel al to more pinching and aches than normal. I would like the storm season to pass any time.

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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How was your week in training?

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32 Responses to week 23 (2020): almost halfway

  1. Oh sheesh, I think I’ve doubted myself for every single goal that I’ve ever had, that’s just human nature. But I never doubted that you would run again, right from the start you put in the work and kept building the foundation. And now you get the reward! Good luck going into WEEK 8!!!! And everything that comes after – you’ve earned it!

  2. Catrina says:

    You’re at 25 minutes of running and got your fastest mile?! WAY TO GO!!
    Amazing how the body recovers and soon gets used to running again. All that conscientious PT has finally paid off.
    Love the “Run the Rainbow” idea with all the different colours during the week.
    Looking forward to that foam roller review!
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  3. It can be so hard to imagine a comeback when you’re in the thick of an injury, especially one like yours! Its been amazing watching you get back to running over the past few months. I hope you get a break from the rain this week!

  4. I’m so happy you’re doing so well with running! You’ve worked really hard to get to this point, and I hope you’re feeling ridiculously proud of yourself!

  5. I love that Run the Rainbow initiative!!

    You’ve come a long way since your injury. Great work!!

    I checked out the foam roller. While I don’t need another one, I do want it. Looking forward to your review.

  6. Kim G says:

    2020 could stop throwing things at us at any time, seriously! The fact that we’re not even half way through the year is also scary.

    That snap ring looks very interesting – It’s so small but can do so much!

  7. wow that is a gigantic foam roller! Looking forward to hearing more about it. You sure are crushing this comeback plan. Nice week!

  8. Bummer on all that rain. Still, you did a great job getting it done. Your rally-back has been so exciting to watch 😉 Keep it up!

  9. You are doing an awesome job getting back to being active!!!! Great job.
    Hope your pup feels better soon. And that ring, so cool!

  10. Oh no, I hope Delilah feels better soon. Poor girl! And Luna is just the cutest!

    Congrats on your great progress with C25K! You’re doing great!

  11. Debbie says:

    Awww, poor Delilah. I hope she is feeling better! I love that you’re wearing the Pride rainbow for the month. It’s kind of sad that there aren’t a lot of Pride activities going on this month due to, well, everything.

  12. Wendy says:

    Did you pick up that snap ring at Target? I swear, I find the most interesting things there. I finally went back for the first time since the pandemic started. They made everyone wear masks but interestingly, the workers had them down below their noses. (eye roll)

    I hope Deliliah feels better. Poor thing. Luna–i can’t even….

    • runswithpugs says:

      No. You can get it online at thesnapring.com. I am testing it out for the company. All the workers at Target wear masks, but most people going in do not. I did.

      I hope Delilah feels better, too. Luna is a mess LOL.

  13. Wow that’s a crazy x-ray! To actually see the pins in your ankles is so weird looking! do you feel that when you run?

    sorry about the pup hope she gets to feeling better soon and nothing else comes up!

    I know several people who have struggled to run with this crisis. It does feel very heavy sometimes with more and more crazy stuff going on in the world.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Isn’t it insane? I can feel something going on in there. It’s super stiff, and there’s all kinds of pinching and jabbing and whatnot. It’s not awful, but it’s something.

      Everything is so heavy. It’s just… hard.

  14. Coco says:

    Yay on the 25 min run – that’s a lot! I hope Delilah is feeling better and her test results are good. It’s hard when they can’t tell us what’s wrong. LOL on not being able to drink that milkshake. I like my sweets, but not too sweet.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, it was awful. Froot loops, chocolate covered pretzels, sprinkles, chocolate syrup… Fortunately the boys hadn’t thought to make milkshakes for themselves, so we were happy to turn our drinks back over to the cause. 🙂

  15. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    Told you so!!!
    So happy for you. I can’t run 25 min. Straight these days.

    I want the snap ring!!

  16. Marcia says:

    You’ve made amazing running progress! I hope that helps bolster your confidence. Injuries are physically, yes, but what they do to our mental state is possibly worse. I hope sweet Delilah is okay. Maybe bath time will grow on Luna. Little Man is quite the chef!

  17. Wait, what? Too much candy in the ice cream? I’m just not seeing it. LOL! That Snap Ring is really cool. Sorry the pup doesn’t like indoor bathing. What a cutie! Glad you caught that something was going on with Delilah. Hope everything is OK super soon!

  18. Renée says:

    I am so missing the beach 🙁 Only one month to go as long as our numbers haven’t spiked!!

    great running! I bet the hardware doesn’t help when the weather is rainy…

    poor Delilah – hope she is better now. I really want a pug. I wonder if they get along with cats? Like I need more pets here but …

  19. How is Delilah doing? I’ve had that happen too many times, when there’s something really going on but you just can’t tell from the way they act. It’s how they survive in the wild. 🙁 I hope she’s feeling better.

    I have never had a dog enjoy a bath, but in general, they are pretty good about it.

    That photo of you & Luna is precious!

    The ring looks cool. I’ve never heard of that.

    Congrats on strong running!

    I was able to get to your blog from the desktop today, btw.Weird!

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