We have entered the last full week of January! I cannot even believe it. On the one hand, I would love the year to fast forward to the normal part. But here we are, and we should appreciate the moments and not rush our lives away.
But about this different kind of 5K? I hit 5,000 followers on Instagram! I’ve been working on building my social media accounts for a while, so this was a nice milestone!
Sunday – 2.74 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 17 (panther)
A chill and quiet Sunday, that started with a walk and panther planks.
Sundays really seem to be our “reset” days, where we just putter around and get prepped for the week. It’s nice to not have to feel super motivated or “on.”
Monday – 4.56 miles, speedwork/walking + Plank Challenge Day 18 (side plank rotation + leg lift)
Martin Luther King Jr Day. It wasn’t really a day us for us – A didn’t have live lessons, but he still had work to do.
The morning began with speed work, running five 1/4 mile repeats with a walking warm up, cool down, and 1/4 mile recovery breaks in between. It started off feeling fine, but my ankle felt very tight in the last segment. I attribute some of that to the effort, and some to the cold.
Once I was home, we got a special visitor: Ollie! He would be staying with us for the week! Yay for puppy shenanigans!
Tuesday – 5.25 miles, running + .35 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 19 (plank reach)
I ran a little extra thanks to a watch malfunction (user error), but I wasn’t mad about it at all.
The rest of the day was school, school, school. A needed to catch up on a few bigger assignments. Time management is an important skill, and sometimes he struggles, but I’m here to make sure he is on track.
Wednesday – 3.74 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 20 (side plank hip dip leg lift)
Happy Wednesday and Happy Inauguration Day! I started the day with a fabulous walk.
Have I mentioned these planks are getting crazy? It’s even worse with a pug in your face the whole time!
A put aside his schoolwork so we could watch the inauguration together. I’ve said it before, but it’s been quite incredible that he has civics this year, and can follow along with so many current events. I loved sharing this moment with my child.
That evening, we were invited to a local Tijuana Flat to try out some new menu items. I was so grateful for a date night, and even more grateful that the restaurant had so many protocols in place for social distance, sanitization, and overall cleanliness.
Thursday – 5.01 miles, running + 2.19 miles, walking + 1.47 miles, hiking + Plank Challenge Day 21 (moving panther)
I am really loving our Thursdays, lately. We started the day with a nice run.
A had a bit of school to work on: this semester is much more challenging, and he’s not entirely back in his groove yet.
But in the afternoon, we drove out to Mayport for my favorite hike yet at the Dutton Island Preserve. We are having so much fun discovering new places. I had no idea this place even existed, and it was truly a joy to experience the trails and the views.
Friday – 3.54 miles, walking + .54 miles, hiking + Plank Challenge Day 22 (Friday Flow)
Friday dawned rainy and gross. I dragged myself out for my morning walk.
At 10, A had his Virtual Honor Roll ceremony on Zoom. Not only did he score All-A Honor Roll, he also earned the Growth Mindset Award for marked improvement and determination to overcome struggles! We were so proud.
As the day dragged on, we ran our errands and spent way too much time in front of the TV. It happens. We ordered Chinese food for dinner, and caught the third episode of WandaVision, which is fast becoming a favorite show.
Saturday – 9 miles, running + 1.82 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 23 (triceps push up rotation)
Up early for long run Saturday! As mentioned, I plan to stick with nine miles for a few weeks, to give my body a chance to adjust. I ran two on my own, and then met up with J for the remaining seven. It was damp and chilly, but for the second week in a row, I felt strong. The only snafu was that I couldn’t open my almond butter pouch when we stopped to refuel, so I just had to suck it up, drink a little extra Nuun, and finish without.
In the evening, we enjoyed another date night at a waterfront restaurant. I am so grateful we have so many outdoor dining options, and the weather to enjoy them. Even if it’s cold, we can always bundle up and most places offer heaters. We appreciated the time we had.
Another great week!
All these miles and exercises helped me score the Nuun Conquer Quitter’s Day badge on Strava. Eight hours of activity in two weeks? Done.
I finally treated myself to my next race, the Superhero 8K. I’m not sure if I’m going to go into it with an actual Superhero theme, or a Galentine’s Day theme, since it is on February 13. Only time will tell!
On tap for this week is more running and planning. I am trying to figure out my February challenge (open to suggestions!). Also, the cabinet cleaning is real, and i have already taken care of our cleaning cabinet under the kitchen sink, and one of our junk cabinets, with all our vitamins, first aid, and medical supplies. It feels so good to empty things out and make sure everything has its place.
I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!
How was your week in training?
Any ideas on my next challenge? Do you like plain planks or fancy planks?
Isn’t it so much fun discovering all these new places? I swear, that is the silver lining to the pandemic. It has just been such an eventful time. I keep telling my boys (and my patients) that they are living during a time that will be retold in history books for years to come. Thankfully, we’ve come out on top. Whew!
Congrats on 9 miles!! You’re killing it!
Agreed! And thank you! It’s been quite the uphill climb to get here.
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Great job this week and congrats on 5k followers! I don’t do planks too often. When I do, I keep them pretty simple and don’t do them for too long otherwise I feel like I lose my form.
They’re just terrible LOL!
WOW- 5,000 followers! that’s amazing, definitely something to celebrate! Great job on your 9 miler. You’re putting in all the miles!
<3 Thank you!
Zenaida Arroyo says
Congrats to your son for all of his achievements! I know it hasn’t been easy but he is doing great. And congrats to you on your 9 miles. I’ve been struggling with my long runs due to the weather. I just want it to be “nice” out there. 🙂
It will start to be a struggle once things heat up again. It’s funny that I go in reverse from everyone else. This is great running weather for us, and I wish it would last!
Kimberly Hatting says
Great week for you! I’m eager go up my long run distance, but am holding out until after my (final?) podiatrist appointment.
OOooh! I hope it is the final appointment!
Oh yes- those side planks with a leg lift are challenging! Funny how your dog hangs out with you during planks, because my cat does the same thing. Maybe they think because we’re on the floor we’re going to play with them!
Sounds like you had a great week of hard work balanced with relaxation- have fun with your puppy shenanigans this week!
I absolutely support taking plank breaks to play with pets. So much more fun than the actual planks!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures says
Organizing and purging are so freeing! Good job on the workouts this week. You are coming back strong to running! Congrats on the IG followers. That’s amazing! I bet it’s a bit crazy having a Pug playmate over 🙂 Such cuties.
I love having the extra pup. Luna loves to play and Delilah just isn’t into her. It gives Luna something to do and A earns a little bit of extra money. Everyone wins.
Beckett @ Birchwood Pie says
Pug planks should be the next hot fitness trend. Our dog usually doesn’t bug us while we’re working out but on weekends she gets very excited when we finish because she knows that she’s getting a bonus walk afterwards for our cool down. Sometimes if I’m later than usual in starting my run she’ll start to pester me. Congrats on “5k” and on all of your miles this week!
Seriously. I used to have a pug who would latch on to my leg like a koala bear whenever I tried to work out. Good times.
Kim G says
Woohoo! Congrats on hitting 5,000 followers on Instagram. Looks like you had some cute company for one of your planks this week, lol 🙂
I love the graphic for the Superhero Run so I bet that will be a blast next month!
Thank you! I have cute company all the time. That puppy is ATTACHED to her mama. I’m excited about the race.
Deborah Brooks says
wow that’s fantastic that you are already back up to 9 miles! You have come so far. Congrats on your IG 5k. I had a new milestone on Pinterest that was excited about. The little things! Have a great week
Congratulations on 5K followers – that’s fantastic! And look at all your long runs — do you wish you could go back and tell your last-year self that you would heal and come back strong? <3
Maybe? But then maybe I wouldn’t have felt so motivated to work as hard!
Darlene S Cardillo says
Congrats on IG. I have no idea on my # of followers. I’m not into that at all.
Love that you are so goal-oriented. I only have one – get outside once a day!! Even that is a challenge lol.
I too am discovering new places. I wonder what took me so long. I doubt it will continue once there is socializing and movies, etc. But I’m sure enjoying it now.
I mean, getting outside is a fabulous goal! I will probably ease up when summer comes. Hiking in Florida summer means humidity and swampiness and BUGS. And snakes. And gators. So… it’s a lot less appealing. But we will see.
Michelle D. says
Such a great week for you! It’s great to see your running going so well.
Congrats on your big 5K milestone!
I’m so happy it’s going! It could have really been ugly for me.
Congrats to A!
I’m looking forward to the day when we can eat outside again — unfortunately many months away.
You are doing great with your long runs. Sorry about the pouch that didn’t open. But congrats on 5k followers! That’s a lot of work.
Renée @runlaugheatpie says
you’re kind of nailing it, Jenn! ;-). seems like A is as well though I can imagine sometimes it’s a struggle with time management and such. Tijuana Flats sounds and looks amazing. How great that you guys could have date night as well! Filed under: Things I’m Looking Forward To! Is your race virtual or in person?
<3 <3 <3
For right now, the race is in-person with wave starts and social distancing, but of course, they reserve the right to change things if need be. Understandably.
We shall see what the future holds.
Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder says
Haha animals can never leave you alone when you work out. I went to lay back for sit ups the other day and my head hit my cat. He was laying right on my mat.
I do believe YOU were laying right on HIS mat, ma’am.
Congrats on reaching the 5k follower milestone! I love planks in any form I can get them. Fancy ones are fun! I’m jelly of your indoor dining. Things still are not open here and the tent options are pretty cold when it’s in the single digits. Ha!
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I don’t like indoor dining at all anymore. Our patios are open and I am all about al fresco.
I had a good week, too. But I’m jealous of your warm (even wet) weather! It’s winter up here, which means snow, cold and ICE so I had to stay inside some days.
I mean, it’s winter here, too, but our winters are just … not snowy. We do get ice and frost though!
Stacie E Seidman says
Congrats on 5K! That’s a big deal! I just broke 1K… but I put forth zero effort honestly… Lol!
One social media network at a time. Up next? Pinterest 🙂
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
Congrats to A on all of his successes. It’s got to be so tough and he is finding his way. You have every reason to be proud!
Congrats also on 5K IG followers. That’s amazing!
When I was little and complained about being bored and wished that it was summer vacation or Christmas, or something like that, my mom always told me not to wish my life away. I’m taking that approach with this pandemic – as much as I want it to just be over, I’m not going to wish my life away (especially since I’m 63 LOL).
My mom ALWAYS used to say that. And one of my best friends ALWAYS uses the analogy of enjoying things right away and not saving them for “that moment.” Because you just don’t know what tomorrow will bring. It’s hard to hold that perspective, but it’s so true.
Liz Dexter says
Well done on all your lovely photos, no wonder your picture stream is doing well! And great work all the family as always!
Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!