Resting is truly an art, and it’s one that certainly does not come easily to me. With one week to go before 26.2 with DONNA, I had to take resting as seriously as possible, to make sure I was ready.
Sunday – 3.35 miles, walking
I started the morning with a walk to stretch my legs.
I had the pleasure of joining a virtual book club with some truly welcoming and lovely women. Our book was Hour Of The Witch by Chris Bohjalian, which I devoured. I was also thrilled when the author himself joined our Zoom call to offer deeper insight into his work. It was such a treat.
A spent the afternoon with his buddy which was nice – they got lots of fresh air, while I tried to watch a little football with Mr PugRunner.
Monday – 3.56 miles, walking
Happy Monday and happy walking. I had a busy morning planned, and had no time to spare.
Nothing fun to report for the rest of the day, except A was invited to take part in the Musical Assessment Performance Band. He will have four after-school practices, culminating in an adjudicated performance with a stage concert and sight-reading test in about a month. Not only that, but his teachers asked if he would switch from clarinet to bass clarinet for the event. I’m so proud and blown away.
Tuesday – 5.00 miles, running + .5 miles, walking
J and I went out for an easy, chilly run.
Mr PugRunner and I had a breakfast date.
In the evening, A’s Scout Troop had its Court of Honor. I don’t have any photos, but we were able to recognize some scouts and adults, as well as appoint a new Scoutmaster (our former Scoutmaster will continue in another role). A earned his Life rank (officially – he got it a few weeks back), seven (!) merit badges, and a Messengers of Peace award. Mr PugRunner also earned the same award. It was a big night for our household.
Wednesday – 3.33 miles, walking
Temperatures began to increase, and I was glad to be out in shorts again.
That evening, we checked out Tijuana Flats at the preview dinner for their new shrimp menu. Tijuana Flats always takes great pride in their new food options and we are always so glad to get a first taste.
Thursday – 4.5 miles, running
Last run before DONNA, and dang it was hot. Some days it’s impossible to keep track of the weather swings.
I was lucky enough to have a full morning of self-care: hair and nails back to back.
I also got to try out my new outfit from MomSquadClothing. I love the faux leather leggings, and the knotted dress is so cute and versatile.
Friday – 3.13 miles, walking
Yes, it was straight up hot. Ugh.
I spent the day working on trying to pack for the weekend, as well as get ready for a day of fundraising for Scouts.
We had dinner with my parents for dad’s birthday, and enjoyed a nice evening together.
Saturday – 2.67 miles, walking
Another quick stretching of the legs.
I got the car packed and took A to a local storefront for a show and sell for his camp cards. It was straight up freezing, and I was glad I only had to stay for a few hours. After all I had to get home and pack.
J and her oldest daughter picked me up and we headed to the expo at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. It twas J’s first ever expo, and we found so many cute things.
Then it was off to the Jax Beach Margaritaville Hotel for the night. We thought it would be easier to stay 1/2 mile from the start/finish line rather than deal with a super early morning and parking.
The weather deteriorated as we settled in and we ended up going to Target for some more layers. Originally, I planned to run in shorts with a tank and a rain jacket but ended up switching to leggings, with the jacket, tank and a long sleeve shirt. I never run in that much, but it was freezing, raining, and so windy. Ugh.
We shopped, ate dinner, had a glass of wine, and then called it a night.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
By this time, I am home with my feet up, having completed my first half marathon since I broke my leg. I will share the full report on Wednesday, but it went well, considering. No, I didn’t PR, but I did kick the negative voices in my head, and I finally feel like I am back in the game.
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How was your week in training? Did you race this weekend?
Yay! Can’t wait to hear all about the race. You really had some extreme weather swings this week! I guess cold is better than hot for 13.1.
Congrats to A for all his accomplishments! You had a busy “rest” week. And congratulations to you for getting back out there!
OMG! We got all the way up t 80 and now we are dropping back to the 30s! What? Why?
Congrats, Jenn!!! Excited to read your recap. Hopefully, that cooler weather helped?
What a busy week for you, as usual. I’m always tired for you when I read your recaps.
Ehhhh. The cold and damp doesn’t behave well with my hardware. I was definitely uncomfortable the whole time, but today everything feels fine (a little stiff, but that’s to be expected).
Haha. It’s just anxiety that keeps me busy.
Congrats on your first half back! That is HUGE and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Sorry the conditions weren’t better. Cold rain and wind are the worst.
Congrats to A as well. Such an exciting time for him!
He’s really making a splash. We are so proud.
I was glad it wasn’t hot (originally, it was supposed to be in the 70s), but the wind and rain were just unnecessary.
Can’t wait to read about your Half Marathon!!! I remember so vividly those weeks and months were you were fighting to get back and stay positive during that difficult time. And now here we are – a Half in the bag!!! Also big congrats to A for always making you both so proud!
I remember those too! It felt really good to be able to do this. It was slow, but with the weather and slick streets, and not knowing what my foot and ankle would do, I have to be at peace with that.
Kimberly Hatting says
Congrats on the race! I know how fulfilling it is to rally back and finish a big race after an injury/recovery period. Your race day weather sounds a lot like what we batle here in the early spring…definitely NOT a fun scenario!
Not fun at all. I need a redemption run where I can be more comfortable!
Congrats Jenn! I’m so excited for you and look forward to reading your recap! Sorry to hear the weather didn’t cooperate.
Big congrats to A on all of his accomplishments!
MCM Mama says
Congrats on getting back out there! I’m jealous of shorts weather – it’s been colder than normal here lately and I’m completely over it. Can’t wait to read your race report.
Congrats on your half! I’m sorry the weather didn’t cooperate; that’s always a bummer, especially since it’s been so long!
Finishing = winning
How did J fare?
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Debbie @ Deb Runs says
How great to get your first half marathon post broken leg behind you so you know you can still do it – congrats! It sounds like you and your friend had a nice little race getaway!
It would have been so much better with decent weather. I feel like I need a do over!