week 33: first day of school + new normals

And after six months, little man is “back” to school. In some ways, it is a huge relief: we have some routine and some structure in our lives again, and he has another productive way to spend his time. However, we are also figuring out new normals in their very bizarre year we are having. It’s all just a big round of “take it as it comes.”

Sunday – 3.00 miles, walking

I started the week with a quick walk.

And then we packed up our things and headed to the beach. We found a new-to-us spot, which was so secluded and beautiful, and we ended up spending most of the day just relaxing there.

Wellness Month Day 16: DIY a beauty treatment from your kitchen. I ended up whipping up this brown sugar and coffee scrub. It’s a little stronger than I would like, but it exfoliates well, and definitely gives a bit of a pick me up to my skin.

Monday – 3.71 miles, walking

What’s that saying about “never miss a Monday?” Well, I got right out there. And even dropped a plank.

It ended up being just a rainy day at home. We worked on organizing things for the first day of school, and I made some rainbow shortbread cookies in honor of the big day.

Wellness Month Day 17: Tame Your Mane. Well. This didn’t happen. I thought back to days when I could get my hair cut, and then picked out a color and style I think I might want when I do go get it done.

Tuesday – 3.7 miles, running + 1.84 miles, walking

Hooray for good runs! We actually overshot our distance by a bit, and didn’t realize it until we were almost to four miles. Whoops!

Wellness Month Day 18: Practice Meditation. Meditation is 100% not my thing, but I put in the effort. I sat outside, closed my eyes, and just tried to focus on nothing. It was weird.

Before I went to bed, I set out some back to school goodies on the desk. It’s always nice to have a little surprise on a big day.

Wednesday – 3 miles, walking

Happy First Day of Seventh Grade! I took a quick walk so I could get home for his first session.

And got home just in time for his first ever online morning announcements. He got about 40 minutes of overall instructions on procedures and how to get ready for Monday, and…. that was school for the day.

Actual classes will start tomorrow. So that was that. We went geocaching, and grabbed lunch while we were out.

By request, I made ramen for dinner. This boy loves ramen and is totally excited for this new ramen restaurant that is supposed to be opening near us.

Wellness Month Day 19: Light A Candle or Diffuse Some Essential Oil. I am not a candle person, but we do use Scentsy warmers on the regular. Easy peasy.

Thursday – 3.5 miles, running + 1.62 miles, walking

We managed to keep things on track this time around, and another super strong run and cool down walk.

Right after my shower, I had to go to the dentist. I was pretty sure something was wrong, and since I am terrified of the dentist, I really had to work myself up to the appointment. Turns out nothing was wrong (????), but I did schedule a cleaning for a few weeks from now.

That evening, my friend came over so we could do some painting. Paige Payne Creations offers watercolor tutorials on her IGTV, and so we wanted to give it a shot. We drank wine and worked hard on the orange blossom project we selected. Part of me wants to do it again, while part of me thinks it’s a framer.

Wellness Month Day 20: Watch A Documentary or TED Talk. Does Shark Week: Naked and Afraid count? Because that was something else! I’ve never seen any of the Naked and Afraid shows, so this was quite the experience.

Friday –  3.53 miles, walking


We packed up the car and picked up our friends and returned to our secluded beach spot. It was just a perfect day. The currents were crazy strong, but the kids boogie boarded, and we just enjoyed a breezy, overcast day. Afterwards, we went out for lunch and ice cream, and honestly, it was just wonderful.

Wellness Month Day 20: Share Your Wellfie Selfie. I don’t think it gets more wellfie than this.

Saturday – 4 miles, running + 1.47 miles, walking

Yay for four miles! I was kind of dreading this run, but it ended up being pretty great.

It was kind of a rainy day, so I read and napped, and then in the evening, we had BBQ with some of our neighbors on their huge back patio. Again, stayed up way too late, but had lots of great conversation.

Wellness Month Day 22: Go On A Wellness Date With A Bestie. Well, my wellness date was with myself. A nice run followed by a nice shower and nap. I’m not complaining in the slightest.


Once again, weather has been a factor in everything we do. The storms generally start around noon, and that just kind of ruins the rest of the day. We have a few tropical storms brewing into hurricanes, so we need to keep an eye on those.

The Wellness Challenge for August is still on. Are you playing along?

Mr PugRunner handled his own protein bowls again. I don’t know our plans for the rest of the week, but I’m sure we will figure it out as we go.

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?

What are some of your new normals?

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