I know there are plenty of places in the country that would really love to have some rain, but we are getting hammered. The rivers and canals ae flooding, our historic downtown is swimming, the yards and fields are soggy with standing water. With several storms still spinning out in the Atlantic, I don’t see it drying up any time soon. The gross weather is also wreaking havoc on my ankle and leg, so extra yay.
Sunday – 4 miles, running + 1.17 miles walking
Since I didn’t run on Saturday, I had to make it up on Sunday morning. It went well, and I was pretty proud of myself.
I was also thrilled to have finally completed the Best Damn Race Florida Virtual Challenge. My friend, L, and I jointly logged 1000K to run virtually from Amelia Island to Key West. Victory!
Monday – 3.4 miles walking
Back to a five day week. Obviously, it started with a nice walk.
A had a little lighter day as his Civics teacher catches up with conferences, which really set the tone for the week.
I also started making these salads with spinach, peaches, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic, pepper and salt. So fresh and delicious.
Tuesday – 3.78 miles running + 1.44 miles, walking
J and I went for our morning run. Friends, the humidity has been nothing short of suffocating. Everything is just so wet.
On our way home, I pointed out the alligator on the bank of the canal to my friend. It was slightly obscured, and then we saw flapping wings. At first, I thought I mistook the gator for a bird, but no. The gator WAS EATING IT!!!! I have lived in Florida for 22 years. I have seen my share of (terrifying) wildlife. However, I have never seen an alligator consume its prey in the actual wild! Not cool.
After our “wild America” morning, I headed up to the Sweet By Holly Store too pick up our packets for the Cupcake Run benefitting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida. You may recall that this was going to be my comeback 5K. As it was, I said hello to the awesome staff, who were maintaining all mask and social distancing guidelines, and grabbed our bags and cupcakes.
I also scored this adorable zombie hand toy for the pugs. Delilah wasn’t into it. Luna fell in love.
We enjoyed another date night while A was at Scouts. There aren’t too many restaurants around, so we always end up at the same one, but that’s ok. It has a patio and it’s great for dinner and a glass of wine.
Wednesday – 3.82 miles, walking
Another walk, another gator sighting. This time it was eyeing up a crane. Fly, crane, fly!
All the rain has made me super stiff this week, so I paid a bit more attention to my stretches.
Thursday – 3.75 miles, running + 2.02 miles, walking
This run was drizzly, windy, and so humid it was hard to breathe. Sometimes, it really does feel like we are inhaling jello. Ugh. Coming home to puppies helps.
Even though the rest of the day was disgusting, the evening was lovely. The boys went out to get A new kneepads and wrist guards for his skate park adventures. He is getting far more innovative out there and needs a little extra protection.
Friday – 4 miles, walking
It threatened to pour on me the whole time, but I kept on going. I made it back to the house right before the heavens opened. The bummer was that A was done with school for the week, but we were rained out of anything fun.
Here’s some fun news: Mr PugRunner’s acupuncturist sells masks in the waiting room of his office, handmade by one of his patients. Mr PugRunner shared with him about A’s Mask Lanyards 4 U and the doctor invited him to set up a little station where he could sell his lanyards, as well! To date, he is thisclose to $400 in sales, which is pretty incredible, in my (maternal, unbiased) opinion.
Saturday – 3.1 miles, running + 35 miles, walking
Despite the threat of rain, I absolutely had to get out to run the virtual Cupcake Run 5K benefitting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida. My plan was actually to run five, but that wasn’t to be.
As it was, the rain started coming down when I hit Mile 2. I turned down two rides homes and made it back to the house to reveal my gorgeous new medal and celebrate with a cupcake.
The rest of the day was for lounging. We watched some college football and its was nice to get some “normalcy.” It was also nice to see the Miami Hurricanes win!
I know I complain a lot about the rain, which can seem insensitive when part of the country is on fire, but precipitation brings its own challenges for a sea level state. Our canals and rivers are flooding. There is a sinkhole opening up in my neighborhood. The storm drains in historic downtown are backing up into the streets. And there are still several tropical storm systems churning away in the Atlantic. It’s not a great scenario and we are so hopeful for a few days of sun so this can dry up.
In running news, I registered for the Team Nuun Half Marathon on November 7. At the time, it seemed like a great idea, but now I’m super nervous. I wasn’t able to hit my week 2 training goal, and have spiraled into some negative self-talk about the whole thing. I can walk forever, so worst case is I run what I can run and walk the rest. No matter what, it will be the farthest I’ve gone post-injury and that’s a win, right?
How was your week in training?
What’s next on your race calendar?