Can you believe we are marching on into March?! We are coming up on the one year anniversary of our country grinding to a halt due to the pandemic, and I just can’t believe we’ve made it to this point. I am choosing to take some deep breaths, and keep my head down for the next leg of this journey and whatever is to come next.
Sunday – 4.02 walking + Balance Challenge Day 21
We woke up, ready for a fabulous Sunday!
A came home from his weekend camping trip with incredible news: he and two of his Troopmates had been nominated for Order of the Arrow, which was something he really hoped to achieve. There are some tasks he has to complete before he is accepted to the program, but we are all so happy for him.
Monday – 4.06 miles, speedwork/walking + Balance Challenge Day 22
Back to the bridge! I was debating between two locations this Monday, but the bridge won. I’m glad I made the decision, because I ended up seeing a small pool of dolphins in the marina on my way, which was just so special.
I also had the chance to try out some of the new Nuun Energy (in Watermelon Burst), and it’s quite fabulous. I loved the flavor, the fizz, and the kick of caffeine.
Tuesday – 5.01 miles, running + .89 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 23
While J finds her groove again, I run three miles on my own and pick her up for the last two. It’s a technique that’s working for us, and hopefully, she will be back for the full distance, soon.
A also had Cooking Club this afternoon, so we stood back while he made dinner: savory and sweet crepes. He had turkey with bacon and avocado for dinner and nutella with strawberries for dessert. Yum.
Wednesday – 4.47 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 24
I felt a little bit of a twinge in my hips and lower back this morning, so after my walk, I spent some time stretching it all out. It’s so important to stay flexible.
Thursday – 5.01 miles, running + .86 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 25
Another good run. The temps have definitely shifted, so it’s getting warmer and more humid. I will miss the winter.
There was also the great news that I am back on Team RoadID for a second year.
I love the added level of safety that RoadID brings to me, as a female runner, and I am thrilled to share that Luna will be joining me as in spreading the love. She wears a DogID with her name and our contact info, and will soon be sporting a new Rock Solid Collar ID. Want to save on your own RoadID? Hit the VIP sale with up to 50% off until midnight tonight, or use my code RUNSWITHPUGS for 25% off during non-sale times!
Friday – 2.88 miles, walking + 2.8 miles, hiking + Balance Challenge Day 26
I started the day with a few quick miles to warm myself up. Sometimes, I need to get the leg moving to have a more comfortable day.
Then I packed a drink and a snack and took myself to the GTM Research Reserve to get my hike on. It wasn’t my first choice, but it was close to home, and popular enough that I wouldn’t be all alone. I haven’t been since A’s 3rd grade field trip, and I absolutely loved the trail system and views. It was so good to be back out in nature.
Meanwhile, the boys went to the nearby driving range.
That evening was Food Truck Friday, which was wonderful as usual.
Saturday – 10.01 miles, running + 1.08 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 27
Saturday was probably our most “normal” day in a year. It started with a 10 mile run.
Then we watched A’s friend play her first soccer game of the season. Things are just starting to warm up around here, but the weather was perfect. From there, we celebrated a birthday dinner with the same friend at an outdoor restaurant, before having cake and an outdoor movie in their backyard. It couldn’t have been more lovely.
I am wrapping up February with 143.5 running/walking miles, and another challenge complete!
The Balance Challenge is complete, and I feel so much stronger on my right side. This means, for March, I am going to create my own challenge. This will be incorporating strength training into my daily workouts. I want to re-join a local gym, but I think I want to try to get myself started to prove I’m committed before I spend the money. Wish me luck.
I finished seven books this month, and tried to focus on authors of color for Black History Month. With International Women’s Day next week, my next books will come from female authors, and I’m excited for that, as well.
Getting back to my hiking was so restorative. I loved being outside, taking in all the beauty of the estuary and marsh at the GTM Research Reserve. The welcome center and facilities were all closed, but I got plenty of enrichment on my own.
How was your week in training?
Any big plans for March?