week 39: hitting the 10k milestone!

It’s hard to imagine that I could be speechless every week on current events, but here we go again. I literally have nothing productive to say or add regarding anything outside my little bubble.

Sunday – rest day

Typically, I am not into rest days, but for whatever reason, it felt right to sleep in, put on daytime pajamas and be one with the couch. Emotionally and mentally, I was pretty wiped out and needed the day to recharge. This is how we do it.

We also had a bit of fun making a “breakfast board.” Boards are where it’s at these days, and I am looking forward to creating a few different variations.

Monday – 4.07 miles walking

Ok, Monday. Let’s do this!

We had a nor’easter last week that left the temperatures almost fall-like. This definitely boosted my spirits and my energy.

A was also in good spirits, and he had a decent day of school.

I took a break midday to have lunch with A’s good buddy’s mom. She and her family are embarking on a cross-country RV journey. We had margaritas to celebrate/mourn their departure.

Tuesday – 4.06 miles running + 1.81 miles, walking

There’s just something exhilarating about getting out in non-muggy, non-humid air. J and I had a fabulous run. Four miles is starting to feel “normal” and I am loving it.

That evening, while A was at Scouts, Mr PugRunner and I went to the new Ford’s Garage for a date night. Not only was it fabulous to have something new, but the food and drinks were really good. We loved the patio dining and the chance for a nice night.

Wednesday – 4.13 miles, walking

Wednesday was just a BEAST of a day. A could not or would not focus on class. He ended up working until almost 8PM, just to get himself caught up. None of it was particularly hard or time-consuming – he just got himself stuck and couldn’t see his way clear.

I was grateful for my morning walk, but I needed Luna to help brighten my photo.

Thursday – 4 miles, running + 3.01 miles, walking

Another fabulous run! We got word that a new bear had come to live at the nature preserve by our house, so J and I restructured our route to swing by the property. Along the way, we were treated to fun scenes like this.

We also saw lots of horses and a zebra. Good times. Lots of miles. Yay!

I had a meeting that night, but the boys went to say one last goodbye to A’s friend. While it’s super sad, the positive isi that we live ii a time of technology, where they are just a FaceTime call away from each other. It’s a small solace in a sad situation.

Friday –  3.43 miles, walking

For some reasons, I never feel incredibly motivated on Fridays. I don’t want to get up, and I don’t want to go walk. But I do it.

A and I had a really, really rough week, so I wanted to make Friday special. He was finished with all his assignments for the week, so I told him to grab his skateboard, and we went to a new (to us) skate park in Jax Beach. He loved it. I need to look into lessons for him – he’s doing great, but he needs a knowledgeable push to try some more skills.

When Mr PugRunner finished with acupuncture, we went on a family to Ford’s Garage. Yes, it was twice this week, but it was so good. I had the most delicious chopped salad.

That evening, we planned to watch a Halloween movie with popcorn, but A changed his mind halfway through, so we moved on to a less spooky flick. It was still fun.

Saturday – 6.2 miles, running + .84 miles, walking

Moment of truth. It was time to bump up to the 10K distance. I got a bit of a late start, but it was cool(ish) and overcast so that was ok. To help me out, I dropped my intervals down to 2:1, crossed my fingers and went for it.

And friends? It was great! My mindset was that there was no rush. I just needed to take my time and be present in each mile. To my delight, there wasn’t much pain in my ankle at all – the most discomfort was in my right toes (and they are fine now after a good stretch and some rest).

I don’t think I could be happier.

For the rest of the day, we ran errands, grabbed lunch, finished decorating the front of the house, and then watched Tremors. It’s fun catching up on some of those cheesy old horror flicks.

Goal-getting

This was a huge week in miles for me. It feels so exhilarating to be able to increase my long runs and feel good afterwards. We are closing in on the one year anniversary of my tumble down the stairs, so the extra validation that things are ok is so helpful right now.

We have some fun things planned for this week. I need to somehow managed another 10K for the virtual Global Energy Run (I got my dates confused and thought I could use Saturday’s run, but not so much). Oops.

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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29 Responses to week 39: hitting the 10k milestone!

  1. Kim G says:

    I feel the same way as you – each week I’m more surprised at the sh*tshow that we call American politics politics. It’s unreal.

    Awesome job on your Saturday run! I know it must have felt so great to hit that distance again!!

  2. Wendy says:

    Thank goodness for running, right? We are living in the most chaotic times. Every day I wake up and wondering what to expect. I almost feel disappointed when there’s nothing earthshattering, lol!

    Congrats on that 10k! It had to feel mentally so good to hit that number!

  3. I am so very happy for you! Huge congrats on hitting that 10K mile marker. I am hopefully right behind you! thanks for linking up

  4. Congrats on your 10K! Glad you took it easy and took your time.

    What a week! I know what you mean and I know you know what I mean. 🙂 But I am glad you had a fun week with your family.

    Hugs to you my dear friend.

  5. Cari says:

    WOOHOO, so proud of/happy for you.
    I feel you on the Friday lack of motivation. I’m calling it self care adn sleeping/resting when my body says I need it.
    Hope week goes better school wise this week

    • runswithpugs says:

      I didn’t get a ton of sleep last week, so I’m sure that added to it.

      So far, we are off to a solid start. He finished a lot of his assignments on his downtime this weekend. Fingers crossed.

  6. Coco says:

    Woohoo on the 10K! Great idea on skateboarding lessons. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but they must be a thing!

    As for the rest of the world, what can we say, really? :-O

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you!

      There was actually an instructor there – kind of roaming the park. We were getting ready to leave, so I didn’t have a chance to ask if they are affiliated with a skate shop or how that works, but when we go back, I will investigate deeper.

      We can’t say a darn thing lol.

  7. I love the 10k distance so dearly. “Anyone” can do 5k but not everyone can do a 10k. Have fun with the 2nd one! As soon as I get through this half I’ll be back on the 5k/10k circuit.

    One of my stepsons is really struggling with concentration right now and is having a heck of a time…so A. is not alone. It’s just plain hard sometimes.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s honestly my favorite. I hate 5Ks – I’m not a sprinter, and while I run plenty of them, I will usually choose the 10K.

      It’s so hard. These poor kids have really been through the wringer. I’m not sure what else we can expect from them.

  8. That’s so awesome that you made it to 10k! Your consistency has really paid off. I ran 38 miles this week which is my highest mileage in years I think. (Maybe like 5 years?) So glad you are getting to enjoy some cooler weather too!

  9. Marcia says:

    Congrats on hitting that 10k milestone. That’s a huge accomplishment in a short amount of time and you definitely earned it. The burst of cooler weather had to feel great!

  10. Huge congrats on the 10K!! Your rally-back has been so inspiring to witness 😉 Keep on keeping on (#fistbump)

  11. First, Luna is so cute. Second, you’ve definitely got another 10k in you — congrats!

    I am all for rest days, but the truth is I don’t get too many of them anyway. So much to do!

    Cooler, non humid air makes all the difference!

  12. Liz Dexter says:

    YES! I saw the 10k pic on your Insta. So well done! Whee!

  13. Laurie says:

    That breakfast board looks yummy and beautiful. I am going to have to try a board. You inspired me. Congrats on the 10k! Your running is going so well. Happy cool, low-humidity running!

  14. Awesome job hitting 10K!!!
    And I’m really glad you all chose virtual school for A this year.

  15. Michelle D. says:

    Wahoo! So happy for you! Congrats on your 10K! Your hard work has paid off – definitely inspiring 🙂

  16. Awesome that you are running 10Ks now! What a great comeback. Sorry about those school struggles. It’s such a tough time to be trying to learn but not being with the teachers. Hope the good schooling days are the norm in the future!

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