week 44: time for the holiday season?

Now that Halloween is in our rearview mirror, the rest of the holiday season is upon us. I do usually love these last few months of the year, but there is so much uncertainty that it’s just one more thing we have to get through. For A’s sake, I’m really trying to get myself together to give him a great holiday season.

Sunday – 3.25 miles, walking

Halloween and falling back meant no one was getting up with an alarm. We all slept in and then I wandered out for a bit of walk.

I am not ashamed to admit we were LAZY for the rest of the day. Super, super, super lazy. We ate leftovers and candy and watched tv and that was that.

Monday – 4.08 miles, walking + 100 pushups

I felt a bit more “with it” on Monday. I popped up and headed out for a good walk, and then started my Abvember Challenge: 10 pushups an hour for 10 hours.

I still hate the early sunsets, but each day it gets a little easier. We go through this every year, and I don’t know why it always comes as a shock.

Tuesday – 4.51 miles running + 1.92 miles, walking + 100 sit ups

Tuesday was Election Day. I had already voted, so J and I headed out for our run to work out some of the stress. It was actually pretty chilly out, too, which made the run so much more pleasant.

It was a fabulous morning, and for Abvember, I worked on situps.

Mr PugRunner and I had dinner out while A did some leadership training for Scouts, and then we settled in with wine to watch the results. We lasted until 11PM, before giving up and calling it a night.

Wednesday – 3.85 miles, walking + 10:00 of planks

Happy anniversary to Mr PugRunner and me! On Wednesday, we celebrated 14 years of marriage. Hurray!

He went to the gym, and I headed out for a walk.

For lunch, we went to Congaree & Penn, a local farm that offers delicious food, homemade cider, and tours. After our lunch, we wandered around to see the animals and enjoy the property.

In the evening, we went out for a family dinner. It was nice to share the time together.

And yes, in between all that, I still managed ten 1:00 planks through the day! Go me!

Thursday – 4.60 miles, running + 2.00 miles, walking + 100 pushups

Even though we were out late, I still managed to get up for another run. It was sticky and humid, but we slogged it out.

In the meantime, A went to the skate park with his friend. He loves those mornings, and he’s getting more comfortable with some of his tricks.

And back to pushups. My abs were feeling it, for sure.

I had a monthly call with A’s homeroom teacher – we review his progress and discuss how he’s doing. It was a short call. He’s doing really well, and we are all looking forward to the end of the virtual semester.

Friday –  3.15 miles, walking + 100 sit ups

TGIF! First up? A walk! I had to dodge the raindrops, so that wasn’t fun.

From there, I snagged a holiday beverage from Starbucks and went to get my hair done. My stylist is taking me lighter over a few appointments to keep everything healthy, but I do really love how it’s going. I want to end up with some ashy highlights, but it’s taking some time to get there.

The Hurricanes played that night, but I was just worn out and found myself in bed by 8:30. I just couldn’t handle anymore stress and uncertainty. On the plus side, they won!

Saturday – 13.1 miles, running + walking

And then, it was Saturday. I had registered for the Team Nuun Ambassador Half Marathon a few months ago, and was really working hard towards it. However, my confidence was shaken and I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be able to complete the miles.

In the morning, I went out. My plan was to run my intervals for eight miles, and see how I felt. My nerve pain was acting up and the ground was slippery from all the rain, so I took it nice and carefully. J came out to join me for about 6.5 miles of that distance, and then we switched to walking.

I was almost home when we ran into Mr PugRunner. He was out doing the Alzheimer’s Virtual 5K walk and I asked if I could join him. That would put me super close to 13.1 miles, and there would be no excuses not to finish.

It wasn’t pretty, but I did it!

I don’t think I moved much the rest of the day. I was very happy to snack and snooze. We’ll call it recovery.


So, holy moly! I did a half marathon! It wasn’t quite how I wanted it to be, but considering I didn’t think I would be able to do it at a all, I’ll take it.

Abvember is also progressing smoothly. My abs are angry about it, but I think that’s kind of the point.

There is a hurricane moving towards Florida tomorrow morning. While we aren’t expected to get the bulk of it here, we may see the backend – it has a bit of a bizarre path, which makes perfect sense because 2020. I hope everyone stays safe.

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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