The only benefits to returning to the real world this week were seeing the puggies and hedgehog, and getting back to running. Even though we had the best time on our trip, I missed all of those things. Badly.
Sunday – rest
All good things must come to an end, and it was time to leave. Boo.
We packed up the cars, tidied up the cabin, and hit the road. Going home always seems to take longer, especially when you’re leaving
Monday – 3.88 miles, walking
Oh, this felt so good. Even though we had been busy, nothing quite takes the place of a more structured activity.
It’s always hard to come home after vacation. There’s food shopping, laundry, unpacking, and, oh, yes. School. A was NOT on board with getting back to work, so it was quite a challenge to get him on track.
Tuesday – 4.0 miles running + 1.66 miles, walking
This run went very well, considering it wasn’t the beautiful weather of the mountains. I loved stretching out my legs and getting caught up.
We had another rough day of school. A didn’t get the best grades on his work, and while it didn’t really bring down his overall average, he got the message that he needs to put his head in the game if he wants to maintain straight As for the semester. Natural consequences for the win.
His virtual school offers a really nice variety of virtual clubs, and A is part of the Cooking Club. This week was his first cooking session, and the group made chicken and cheese quesadillas.
Next Tuesday, they are making a Thai Red Curry, with the help of a former Disney chef. Love that they are trying some more adventurous options!
Wednesday – 4.15 miles, walking
Happy National Pug Day! I know, I know. It’s always National Pug Day in our home. But still. Yay.
The girls got lots of extra love and snuggles.
The week finally started to settle down, a bit. A was back in the groove of school. We were going to make it through.
Thursday – 4.10 miles, running + 1.78 miles, walking
Another great run. I am really enjoying these mornings. J has also indicated she would like to start pushing further, so I think we will make our week runs 4.5 miles and then she will see how she feels on a long run on Saturday.
In the evening, I wanted to surprise Mr. PugRunner with a little Oktoberfest. We got some fall beer, and then I roasted a pork loin with pickled red cabbage and made some beer cheese dip with soft pretzels. We finished it off with homemade apple pie. Yum.
Friday – 4.0 miles, walking
I don’t know what we did to deserve such gorgeous weather. Being outside has been a straight up pleasure, especially for exercise.
Saturday – 7 miles, running + .76 miles, walking
Seven miles! Done! I actually felt really great, and almost pushed for eight, but I didn’t have any kind of fuel plan so decided to quit while I was ahead.
I didn’t have much time to celebrate, as I had a few big things to tie up that morning. I don’t know if it’s something I will get to share, but I hope so.
In the afternoon, we went to a local pumpkin patch with some friends. I was super excited to see the sunflowers and get more of that “fall feeling.”
For dinner, we had some delicious sushi takeout, which was really just what everyone needed.
Such a quiet week, really. Of course, the main victory was the long run. Oh! And I registered for an in-person 5K!
It’s small and it’s local and it’s going to be a fresh start. I’ve never run the Cotttonmouth Quarter & 5K before, so I think it will be a good place for me to begin the return. I had planned to run a different 5K, but it was a point to point, with a shuttle ride to the start. I didn’t feel good about that bus ride.
Up next? We are getting the house painted! Now that Mr PugRunner loves the office color, he asked me about doing the rest of the house. Since the ladder is hard for me to manage, he asked our old neighbor to come in and take it on. We will do our living room/dining room, family room, stairwell, loft and main bedroom. Of course, I immediately started looking at furniture. We used to travel so much that I didn’t care much about the handmedowns and “project” furniture, but now that we are home so much, it would be nice to take some care.
I’m not going too crazy because that new kitchen is still dangling out of reach, but it’s time to start trading up everywhere else.
How was your week in training?
Do you ever do big home renovations?