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.
How was your week in training?
Any ideas on my next challenge? Do you like plain planks or fancy planks?