Usually, 4th of July is a fun holiday, full of friends and fireworks and celebration. It’s honestly a highlight of summer, and we do look forward to it, whether we stay home and catch the local fireworks or travel to try something new.
This year, there is a bit of a solemnity to the day. For one thing, the pall of COVID-19 falls over the celebration, ensuring a need (for me, personally) to stay outside and socially distant). For another, the recent protests, tensions, and unrest leave me sad for the state of our country.
My hope is that this Independence Day can be a rebirth. That we can see our flaws, admit our shortcomings, learn, grow, and be good to each other. It’s my 4th of July wish.
Sunday – Couch to 5K Week 9 Day 3 (4.29 miles, total)
Finally, it was time for my last session of Couch to 5K. Ridiculously, I was nervous, but it had to done.
Monday – 3.66 miles, walking
I was all about getting in a nice walk on Monday. Mr PugRunner was back at work and little man had to get back on his schedule.
Tuesday – 3.11 miles, running + 1.22 miles, walking
Tuesday was supposed to be a crazy busy day, but somehow, my whole schedule got changed around. I did my very first standalone 5K, and earned my Starlight Bridge 5K medal and shirt for my efforts!
The boys went out on the water for the day, and so I worked on cleaning and organizing at home.
Wednesday – 3.91 miles, walking
After my walk,
I picked up Dunkin and went to a friend’s house for a socially distanced coffee date. Little man and her daughter sat in another part of the yard and chatted as well, which was great for them. We talked about school options, our community, running, and everything in between. The interaction was so good and so needed.
Thursday – 3 miles, running + 1.76 miles, walking
With the heat and humidity as awful as it is, I made the executive decision to drop from straight running to 4/1 intervals. It’s still way more than I ever used to do, but it just wasn’t worth feeling sick or pushing too hard when there’s just no getting away from the summer.
It’s also worth noting this is the first time I ran with a buddy since November. I was nervous and embarrassed, but it ended up being absolutely fine.
Then it was time for some pool time with a friend and her kids. We spent a nice morning chatting from six feet apart while the kids swam.
That night, I sat in on a Zoom watercolor class with the St. Augustine Moms contributors. It was a lovely way to spend an hour.
Friday – 3.82 miles, walking
I was super excited because Hamilton was streaming on Disney+ and I had my whole day planned around this momentous event.
First, a nice walk.
Then it was into the kitchen to make our themed meal. I planned Sausage (Made In The Room Where It Happens), Apple Salad with Cider Vinaigrette, Colonial Corn Pudding, and Hamilton’s favorite cream puffs. And wine. All the wine.
I fancied it up with our wedding china and crystal, and then sang (quietly-is) for the next two and a half hours. Even though I’ve seen the show and often listen to the music, watching it on screen really inspired me. We have to do better.
Saturday – 3.11 miles, running + 1.53 miles, walking
Normally, on 4th of July, I’m up early, heading off to a patriotic 5K in the broiling summer heat. Not so today. I did put on my red, white, and blue and took my runfie with a flag.
I started too late and practically melted, but I laid out another 5K with 4/1 intervals. I’m satisfied with that.
In the evening, we grilled out, enjoyed some 4th of July cocktails, and lit a few sparklers.
So, on the running front, I’m just going to chill at the 5K mark for a week or two, to settle in. Once I feel really comfortable, I’ll start adding to it. I miss going out for six or seven miles at a time, but that’s a future goal.
My partner and I DID cross 120 miles for our Best Damn Race Virtual Florida Challenge, and earned our Daytona Beach digital badge! Whoo hoo!
I am also working on something called Hadrian’s Wall Challenge with Conqueror Events. I’ve completed 38.5 of the 90 required miles, and having a blast doing so. Of course, I love the bling.
How was your week in training?
Do you have any plans for the 4th of July weekend?