Salvaging summer vacation is really all we can do at this point. While we were away, reports of increasing COVID-19 cases reached us in our remote location. Things that had been open before we left started closing back down. Every day is an emotional roller coaster and I feel the urge to start hermiting again.
Sunday – 2.02 miles, walking
A rest day was just the thing my sore hips needed. My walk was much better after that.
The weather was off and on, so we hung out in the cabin for most of the day. None of us were super comfortable going out to eat, so we made our way over to the mostly deserted Great Lawn with takeout from our favorite BBQ joint for lunch. Those views are unbeatable.
Monday – 1.88 miles, walking
Today was the first day for Teams for the Best Damn Race Florida Challenge. I really wanted to throw down bigger numbers, but there was just no way. (PS: there’s still time to register if you want to join the fun! affiliate link)
We spent the rest of the day packing and tidying, and then stayed up late with our friends. A blazing fire, funny movies and lots of wine made for the perfect end to our trip.
Tuesday – rest
All good things must come to an end. As much as we hated to go, it was time to say goodbye. We packed up the car, gave the cabin a final once-over, and hit the road. Eight hours later, vacation officially ended as we pulled into our driveway.
On the plus side, it was so good to see all the puggies!
Wednesday – 4.02 miles, walking
Even though I wasn’t thrilled at getting up with the alarm again, it felt fantastic to get out for a walk on flat ground! I sped through my four miles and felt fabulous! Nothing like a good stretching of the legs, right?
Thursday – Couch to 5K Week 8 Day 2 (3.74 miles, total)
After a week of no walking and far shorter walks, I had a lot of concerns about Week 8 Day 2. The cooler weather helped me immensely, and I was able to side right back into the program. Yay for small victories!
Luna had her third vaccine appointment. She gained a whole pound while we were away! (We also got great news that Delilah is fine – the meds cleared up any concerning numbers in her urinalysis and she is back to her normal, judgy self)
Obviously, the reward was another Starbucks Pup Cup. Yes, she shared with the others.
For dinner? Food trucks and Mr. Softee! I love supporting our local food trucks and few things make me happier than Mr. Softee cones.
Friday – 4 miles, walking
Mr PugRunner joined me for the four mile walk, which was nice.
While out, he complained of some pain from his shoes, and we decided to treat ourselves to new Brooks. I know I wanted to get back in for a fitting, but the Adrenalines continue to feel fabulous, so I am confident ordering a pair without double checking. Even more exciting is they are Miami Hurricanes colors!
Saturday – Couch to 5K Week 8 Day 3 (4.36 miles, total)
I was the first one up and raring to go to complete my final day of Week 8. Another 28 minutes done and dusted. The humidity made it a bit challenging, but I sucked it up and got it done.
After a shower and quick bite to eat, we loaded up the car to take little man to his summer Scouts camp. Long story short, his official camp was not canceled, but was heavily restricted for obvious reasons. Rather than travel eight hours, the Troop leaders created an epic plan for an alternate camping trip, including lots of fun and socially distant activities. I am so grateful to them for helping to make something happen for the kids.
Saturday night was date night. We ordered this grazing board from a local company, and it was absolutely divine.
We watched Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was fantastic, and enjoyed some downtime.
Salvaging summer vacation has been the name of our game. It’s been hard to figure out what’s safe and advisable in our new normal, and it’s a challenge.
We have determined that outdoor activities with lots of space are way more in line with our comfort levels. To that end, we will still avoid unnecessary shopping and indoor restaurants. I am ok with takeout and pickup, but not so much eating inside an establishment, especially when PPE is not required for staff.
Additionally, we are looking at school options for 7th grade. Ideally, we would all love for little man and the rest of the students to return to school as normal, but that may not be the way things go. We continue to weigh the pros and cons of regular school (in whatever iteration it takes), homeschool, and virtual school. Fortunately, these are all options available to us, but we want to make sure we make the best decision for our family, especially little man.
Oh, and in just one week, I will be a second-time graduate of Couch To 5K! Who would have believed it???
How was your week in training?
How are you salvaging summer vacation?