week 24 (2020): venturing out

After all this time, we finally ventured out. We have been maintaining a lot of social distance, and being careful so far as unnecessary trips and gatherings, and we were so glad for the break. Especially me, seeing as I had been mostly homebound even before the pandemic began.

Sunday – 3.1 miles, walking

Despite the miserable weather, little man and I went out for a nice walk. Did it rain on us? Of course it did. Why wouldn’t it?

And then we settled in for another chill day. Mr PugRunner cooked on our Big Green Egg, and we just watched movies and hung out. After getting soaked, I was in zero mood to do much else.

Monday – 3.72 miles, walking

There was no skipping Monday, and I felt great for this walk. I am still trying to run the rainbow, and wanted to show off the orange flower in my succulents along with my orange tank top.

Tuesday – Couch To 5K Week 8 Day 1 (total of 4.15 miles)

This was the sort of run where if it could go wrong, it did. Little man joined me on the scooter, but he was not helpful about it. I accidentally hit the wrong button on the Cto5K app and it didn’t record my efforts. Ugh.

I did get to put my new SNAP ring to work for my post-run selfie, though. And, oh yeah. I did run for 28 minutes straight. And Luna got to attack my running socks.

Wednesday – 3.48 miles, walking

I had a selfie to commemorate this solid walk, but clearly, this is much better than a picture of me.

We had a chill rest of day, packing and prepping the pugs for the sitter. It was off to bed early for a pre-dawn wakeup call.

Thursday – rest

My only exercise on Thursday was sitting in a car for eight hours en route to our socially distant cabin vacation. We planned this trip with friends sometime last year, and had been watching and waiting to see if it would be a go. Happily it was.

I will share all the fun details later this week, but it was just so good to get away.

Friday –  2.68 miles, walking

Mistakes were made. Huge mistakes.

I (wrongly) assumed that mountain running would be ok. That I could just take my time and it would all work out. What I did not anticipate was an elevation gain of 500 feet in 1.5 miles. I came thisclose to calling for a ride but I stuck it out.

The fun didn’t stop there. While our plan was to spend time with friends and enjoy the amenities of the property were we rented our cabin, I wanted to go to the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain. The last time we were here, it was winter and the bridge was closed, but now, it was open to limited visitors, and I really felt I needed to take on the mental challenge.

Little man and I ended up crossing the span of the bridge (Mr PugRunner is afraid of heights), but I couldn’t comfortably scramble to the small summit just beyond. I was so proud for handling the bridge, and so disappointed in what I couldn’t do.

Saturday – rest

I was so absurdly sore after my run attempt on Friday that I took the day off from planned activity. Much as I hated to bail, I just couldn’t handle it.

That didn’t mean we weren’t active. We checked out a local farmer’s market, visited some of the great fields and activity areas, and paid a visit to an alpaca farm!

In the evening, we hoped to go to a concert at the local amphitheater, but the rain gods were not on our side, so it was back to the cabin for s’mores and wine and a long night of chit chat and mountain life.


While I am so happy to be spending time with some people I love very much in a fairly remote location, this was very hard for me on the fitness side of things. I have been very accepting of current limitations, but the last few days have been a straight up struggle.

Granted, I have zero abilities with elevation, but it’s so hard to admit defeat with hiking and getting around. Little man and his buddies climbed to a cave and I couldn’t join them because while hiking up might have been ok, there is no way I could have gotten down. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get to the summit on Grandfather Mountain, and sad that I have done zero running over the last few days because it’s so steep and high.

Of course, I’ll rally, but it stings.

In other news, I finally read The Hate U Give. It was a book I received at Christmas, but with all the medications from my surgery, I couldn’t focus on written words. I have seen the movie, but the book is even more powerful, and I highly recommend it.

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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12 Responses to week 24 (2020): venturing out

  1. Elevation is no joke! Try not to take it so hard. But I know what you mean. Great job on the 28 minute run though! And I’m glad you were all able to get away!

  2. Coco says:

    You really can judge yourself with that elevation — it really makes everything 1000 times harder. Yay on that 28 min run — that’s huge! Your getaway sounds perfect for the times. I struggled the first time I tried to read The Hate U Give, but like you tried again when I had more time to focus and then didn’t understand what my issue had been. I still think about so many aspects of that story.

    • runswithpugs says:

      So much harder. 5000 feet isn’t THAT high, but coming from sea level? It’s a change.

      I finished the book in a matter of hours. Flat out devoured it. It was so powerful – I was so angry and sad and confused as to why people won’t let themselves SEE.

  3. Catrina says:

    I’m not sure I would have crossed that bridge!
    Well done for taking up the mental challenge. Scrambling up the small summit isn’t necessary – don’t be disappointed.
    Don’t worry about missing out on running – it will be there for you when you get back. Sometimes the body needs a rest!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I didn’t know if I could do it. Mr PugRunner just stood there in silence while we waited in line and finally just said “Nope. I’ll wait here.”

      The view at the top would have been amazing. I wish I could have that memory, but I had to play it safe.

  4. Michelle D. says:

    I’m so glad you were able to get away! Great job taking on crossing that bridge – the swinging part would have unnerved me a little.

  5. Wendy says:

    Looks like an amazing getaway! Don’t beat yourself up about the hike-like you said, you’ll rally back!

    Have a great week!
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  6. When I went hiking in Colorado last summer, I was amazed how the altitude hit me. I would not beat yourself up about that one. You have made serious progress that you should be quite proud of

    • runswithpugs says:

      I couldn’t figure out why I was so shaky and ravenously hungry all the time! Because I was working harder to do everything! It’s crazy!

      I’m trying not to let it bug me, but it was humbling.

  7. so lucky to get away.

    It has not even been a year and you’re hiking….just think about it. Of course, it’s hard for you!!!!!

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