That’s right! We are on winter break! On Thursday, A took his last midterm of the virtual semester, and I am proud to share that he earned straight A’s for the first time ever (usually, he’s AB Honor Roll). Talk about overcoming all the challenges this school year threw his way!
Sunday – 6.75 miles, running
We started the day at the Sandy Claus Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K (race report here). You already know that we got turned around on the course and went a little long, but we had a blast, and enjoyed knocked out this holiday race.
That afternoon, we enjoyed some hot cocoa with friends, in lieu of driving to the Daytona International Speedway for their light show. We would come back to it.
And A made these awesome reindeer brownies, so that was quite the win.
Monday – 2.67 miles, walking
I took a quick walk, giving my legs a break, but still starting the week on the “right foot.”
We had a crazy morning. First up, Mr PugRunner had to drop Delilah at the vet for her dental. This is always a stressful procedure, but we know she is in good hands at Dr. R’s.
A had to complete his two-part math exam. It went really well, and I was proud of him for taking his time and working through the harder problems. Pre-Algebra is no joke.
From there, our friend brought over her puppy. A had his first dog-sitting job, and this adorable French bulldog would be spending an entire week with us! Yay!
And Delilah’s procedure was a success. She did need some teeth extracted, but she is now back too 100% and doing great.
Our Christmas Countdown assignment was to donate to an animal shelter. Instead, we donated to a friend’s foster doggy, who is need of some medical treatments.
Tuesday – 4.75 miles running + 2.21 miles, walking
Our puppy guest had a good night, and everyone pitched in to handle walks, feedings, and medications (for Delilah). We are a well-oiled machine, when we try.
The weather was glorious, making for a fabulous run.
I had my last conference call of the semester with A’s homeroom teacher. All in all, we are very pleased with his progress, and had no concerns. I love his teacher and I love that protocols require them to check in, but I hate having these calls. I’m just not a phone person.
Next mid-term? Advanced Science. I was the most worried about this one – the science class is awesome, but the exams are always tricky. He did great, though, even with the addition of a writing portion.
We spent the afternoon making ornaments. He’s getting a bit too old to love crafting with his mom, so I just did some vinyl cutouts that he got to burnish on to glass balls. They came out great, and were so timely.
Wednesday – 3.67 miles, walking
This cold weather was really sticking with us, but that was no excuse to stay inside! Nope, I got out there and snagged more miles.
A had Language Arts that morning. The first part was pretty much a snap, but the second part involved a pretty big essay portion. It took a bit, but he kept himself on track and finished strong!
And then we made Paracord Survival bracelets to send to Operation Gratitude. These will be sent out to soldiers in care packages. Each one uses 7.5 feet of paracord and can be used in case of emergency. They are super easy to make, and the organization accepts donations year round. Click here for details.
A enjoyed making these so much, he made an extra for himself.
Thursday – 4.75 miles, running + 1.75 miles, walking
Oh, I needed this run. Badly. And it was everything I hoped for and more. Yay for the great runs.
And yay for puppy love.
One more midterm was on the docket: Spanish. Spanish has been a tough class to manage, virtually. This is A’s first big exposure to the language, and there’s just not the conversational piece you would get in a live class. He’s pulling through, though, and the test went quickly. We were able to call it a wrap on school!
Of course, we would have loved to celebrate Hanukkah with my stepdad, but COVID… So we will wait until Christmas, when we can do some a socially distant visit outside.
Since we didn’t have plans that evening, I suggested we make up our night in Daytona. The Magic of Lights display was at the race track, and it was a drive-through experience. For $25 per car, we could drive through a stunning lights display. It took about 30-40 minutes to get through it all and it was just so well done. Totally worth the late night.
Friday – 4.19 miles, walking
TGIF! It was a bittersweet day, as our house guest would be going home. The pugs all had such fun while he was here.
I got in a good, long walk. The cooler temperatures make it easier to get out and stay out.
Our four-legged friend went home that afternoon. We were so sad to see him go, but A did amazing with his first real job. Pet-sitting and dog-walking could certainly be an option for him.
We “elf”d some neighbors with bags of hot chocolate and peppermint bark as our holiday countdown activity.
And for dinner, we stretched our legs with a family walk to Food Truck Friday for tacos and more “Elf Poop” ice cream (chocolate with red velvet dough).
Saturday – 8.0 miles, running + .38 miles, walking
I wasn’t really looking forward to my long run. I was going to be alone and that can be hard to absorb, mentally. But the weather was decent, and I told myself I had to run a minimum of six, that seven would be desirable, and eight would be straight-up goals.
To my surprise, I was able to hit the goal! I felt great, and was so proud of myself for getting it done!
A surprise delivery of matching family pajamas showed up under the tree. We need to take a family photo with them on, but the lighting has been awful this whole weekend, so we will come back to it.
We decided to make it a movie night, but not before we snagged an early dinner from a second round of food trucks. Mr. Softee was there, showing off some festive sprinkles. These were the cutest, and so delicious!
Whoo hoo! I felt like I was on fire this week! My ankle didn’t really hurt too much, in spite of the cold, and the extra miles, which was a pleasant surprise.
About a month ago, I signed up for the NYRR Season of Light Virtual 5K, with Carianne and Darlene. We completed it this week, and were very proud of ourselves!
Holiday countdown is going strong! We had to shuffle a few things around, but we will get it all figured out.
This week, I am looking forward to more decent weather, more great runs, and more holiday fun! And don’t forget to check back in on Wednesday to link up with the Runner’s Roundup! We are having a special theme this week, talking about our Year of Running! We’d love to have you!
How was your week in training?
What are you looking forward to this week? Any great runs?