week 38: pugs + ponies + phase 3

In case you missed the news, Florida has moved into Phase 3. That means pretty much everything is allowed to open and function as “normal.” So, I guess that’s that? I don’t even know what to think anymore. one more bit of crazy in the insanity that is 2020? Who even knows?

Sunday – 3.39 miles, walking

Sundays should be rest days, but I felt like getting out for a walk.

With the ugly weather, we didn’t do much else but lounge around the house. A got to a paintball course with a few friends. Birthday parties have definitely changed, but we figured it was outdoors and spread out, and the kids all had to wear face coverings, so…

I am looking forward to some of the upcoming fall activities. Silly as it sounds, something like an outdoor pumpkin patch would do wonders to lift spirits around here. I need to get on that.

Monday – 4.02 miles walking

I was determined to start Monday on a high note. I got in a great walk, and A did awesome with school.

When he was done with his work, I treated him to lunch and we made a lanyard delivery. He loved the freedom and flexibility of sneaking out during the day for something fun.

Tuesday – 4 miles running + 1.45 miles, walking

On Tuesday, J and I had a fabulous run: four miles, our new weekday goal! Whoo hoo!

A completed the Cupcake Run 5K at the gym with his dad.

I thought things were going to be great, but it was a day of big feelings. Tuesdays are usually math days, which are normally fairly easy for A, but he got bogged down by emotions and we spent the whole day weeding through that. That’s just not my favorite. I felt like a huge failure as a mother and it’s just not a good feeling.

Wednesday – 4.07 miles, walking

With everything that happened the day before, I didn’t have the highest hopes for this day. I walked (and jogged) out a lot of negative self-talk, which I needed.

I made the big field trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up a bunch of things for a charcuterie board the next day, and then we settled in for another afternoon of rain. Blah.

Thursday – 4 miles, running + 1.6 miles, walking

With the lower humidity, this run was just flat out lovely. Again, J and I talked out a lot of vents and concerns and I love that a good run can solve so much!

That evening, we went to J’s family’s house for the TEDxFSCJ event (J is on the board and actually had a hand in designing the artwork for the event). It was a streamed, virtual panel, instead of a “real-life” event, but the message (Not The Enemy) was no less powerful.

I put together a huge charcuterie board (I ran out of room, so the crackers and breads and dips are on another board LOL) and they supplied cocktails and wine.

We then dug into a few hours of listening to several members of the arts and learning community discussing their experiences with racism and how they use their platforms and activisms to combat those injustices. It was eye-opening and heart-wrenching, and we all learned so much.

Friday –  3.86 miles, walking

Ooooh. It was hard getting out for a walk. None of us woke up with the alarm because we stayed out late, and A didn’t have any schoolwork to do. Kid loves those three day weekends.

We had a low key day around the house, and I didn’t mind it one bit.

Saturday – 5 miles, running + .81 miles, walking

Saturday. The moment of truth. The day I planned to run five miles.

Fortune was very much on my side. At around two miles, I bumped into my running buddy who was walking her dog. That sweet pupper wanted to stretch his legs so they joined me for a few miles, which made everything so much more pleasant. And I did it!

When I got home, I showered and leashed up the pugs. My neighbor had invited us to the World’s Largest Pet Walk (virtually), and so we gathered a total of five dogs and and a mini horse for a little stroll.

Delilah regretted her excitement to go out on the leash pretty quickly, so only Luna got her photo with Taco.

We settled in to watch the Hurricanes take on FSU (and dominate!). It’s been a really long time since I’ve enjoyed a football game.


And there you have it. This week, I ran a total of 13 miles over three runs, which is just so huge. I’m not quite ready to add in a fourth day of running, but maybe soon. Jumping to five miles was scary. I can wait.

That being said, I have a virtual 10K on Saturday, so the doubt is creeping back in. I just have to take it one step at a time, rely on my intervals and not let my brain get the better of me. Easier said than done, but I think I’ve got this.

I have a few posts I need to revisit. My office tour got set to the side when school started and things were so much crazier than anticipated. I’m also looking at a post on planning the perfect mountain vacation. You can tell where my heart is right now, huh?

Oh, and Halloween is happening. We are playing it low-key of course, but there will be candy and a spooky movie and it will be the best we can make 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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28 Responses to week 38: pugs + ponies + phase 3

  1. Congrats on the 5-miler!!! Crazy how much rain you’ve had. Halloween? Our youngest turns 21 on November 1, so we’re scheming a costumed family outing on Halloween (which is a Saturday) and then ringing in the new year (for her LOL) at midnight.

  2. Wow, I had no idea that FL was going fully open. Yes it’s scary but fingers crossed that everything works out. And can we just talk about….FIVE MILES!!!! How exciting! You are going to rock your 10k!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, yeah! It was quite a surprise Thursday afternoon announcement. Just a fine, out of the blue, statement. All I do is cross my fingers and attempt to go along for the ride.

      The five miles were pretty exciting. I can’t believe it happened.

  3. I don’t think a decision was made about trick or treating in our area. I’d be for it. I think it would be good for everyone. I give you credit for the online schooling. You are doing your best 🙂 My son asked if I knew anything about precalculus. haha, um, No. And LOL, I didn’t recognize you with your hair down! Very pretty hair indeed. Good job on the progress with your running. I hope your 10K goes well!!

    • Jenn says:

      Precalculus? No, thank you! That will mean a tutor in this house!

      No one in our state or county will try to put a stop to Trick or Treating. It just depends on who does it or not. Things change so frequently, so we are just playing everything by ear.

  4. 5 miles!!! Yay! You are on your way. 13.1 is around the corner.

    Now that Fla is opening up maybe my Feb half in FLL will happen.

    • Jenn says:

      It depends on the area, honestly. I know some big races in early 2021 have been sent to virtual, but things are changing every day. Fingers crossed.

  5. Wendy says:

    Congrats on your 5 miler! You are definitely on the comeback trail.

    I’m seeing so much turmoil and anxiety in my practice with the kids. I don’t know what the answer is. Do we send them back to school and risk getting everyone sick? It’s just such a tough call right now.

    • Jenn says:

      We aren’t seeing terrible spikes from the schools, but the schools are also self-reporting and the data is kind of hard to interpret. I know a few kids who have been quarantined for coming in contact with a COVID positive classmate, but have not contracted the disease. It’s just so hard to know the right answer.

  6. Awesome job hitting the 5 mile mark again!
    Funny how Phase 3 in Florida means everything is open like normal… Phase 3 here in CT only slightly opens things a bit more. I’m terrified I’ll have to go back to the office though. Ugh. Don’t wanna.
    Anyway. Glad you’re getting all these miles in and that A’s mostly doing well with virtual school.
    LOVE that Taco pony joined in your dog walk! That’s the best!

  7. Marcia says:

    I’m so ready for fall, but Halloween is a big question mark here still. Our younger daughter will be away at a friend’s lakehouse that weekend and I doubt there’ll be any trick or treat this year due to Covid. My daughter in Atlanta told me FL was totally open now. Does that mean no masks??
    Congrats on getting 5! That is no small task!

    • runswithpugs says:

      They haven’t canceled Trick-or-Treating here. I think some will stay home and some will go out. I’d be more nervous about the Trunk or Treats or busy festivals, I think.

      I don’t know about masks. I think that it’s up to each business. So far, a lot of people are still wearing them, but I imagine that will start phasing out.

  8. It’s so challenging for parents w younger kids right now. On line school and now Halloween issues. They are discouraging it around here. Florida is a little wacky sometimes! The teen years can make the best of us feel challenged as mothers. Sounds like you were there for your son when needed you most. You got this!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Florida is nuts. And the level of nuttiness depends on where you’re at in the state. No one has discouraged Halloween at all, and there are many who say they are holding “peaceful protests on 10/31, so wear your mask and come ready for candy.” So there’s that.

  9. Sorry it sounds like it was a tough week, but you worked your way through it and it sounds like you ended on a high note!

    We used to take part in some “world’s biggest dog walk” back in TX. And we used to do another walk here. Who could guess you wouldn’t be able to do these things soon? Even virtually, sounds like fun!

  10. Liz Dexter says:

    Well done on your long run, so glad your friend was there for you just at the right moment. Also: mini-horse. You look like a great mom from over here. There are so many people struggling with home schooling, I’ve seen so many cartoons (as in decent and meaningful ones) about it. Sending strength to you!

  11. Shathiso says:

    Sorry to hear about the emotional day for your son. But you’re not a failure as a mum – we might not always have all the answers or not what to do. Sometimes just being there is what they need. Hope this week is a better week.

  12. You’re doing a great job coming back from injury! No reason to rush back into another day of running, take it one day at a time. Maybe add in another day on a week you feel great and see how your body responds.

    I’m with you on Florida. I have no idea what our governor is doing. It’s nuts. The panhandle was completely acting as if no pandemic ever existed. Back home things are still pretty distanced and masks are still being worn but that could change at any minute. Hillsborough county has said they are keeping the mask mandate in place despite the overall Florida mandate being removed.

    • Jenn says:

      I was really nervous too see how packed the restaurants are inside. I won’t go in – outdoor dining only for me. The whole thing is weird. Our county never implemented a mask mandate (????) but most businesses and the city did.

      I found a track workout from one of my blogger friends, where you run a loop on a track and then do a small HIIT circuit. I might try something like that. Just to mix things up.

  13. I was like, “Wait, our Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell art supplies.” Until I saw the picture, I mistakenly read that you’d gone to TJ’s to buy caricature supplies. LOL

  14. I am sorry to hear about your son. Ugh, I know school is tough for so many kids. You are NOT a failure as a mom. You are amazing and wonderful!!!

    I saw the news about what the Governor said and could not believe it. I mean I do and then I don’t. Yikes!

    So great to see you run 5 miles. Good luck on your virtual 10K! I am sure you will do well. Take it easy and enjoy it.

    • runswithpugs says:

      <3 I appreciate that. I wake up so hopeful for a good day and it just spins out of control.

      I don't know what's right or wrong anymore. We are just going to continue doing what we always do, and hope for the best. It feels like our only option.

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