Readers, I am riding that struggle bus. Hard. For the past week, I’ve been off my game. I’m fine. Really, I am. But I’m also not 100% at my best, which causes a bit of a spiral into self-loathing. I don’t like it here, and I need to dig my way out.
Sunday – 1.72 miles, walking + core challenge day 7
Happy Galentine’s Day! My knee was really bothering me, but Meghan and I went for a walk anyway.
On our return, we set up for a few friends to have waffles, fauxtatas, and mimosas.
It was just such a relief to have that time with some people that I adore. And it was nice to snag this photo of me with A in decent outfits.
In the evening, we switched to comfy clothes, and watched the Superbowl. Sort of. I haven’t been invested in football for a while, but I rocked out to the halftime show.
Monday – 2.5 miles, walking + core challenge day 8
Happy Valentine’s Day! Meghan and I went to one of my favorite breakfast spots, and then we said our see ya’ laters.
I took a midday walk, which is very out of character, but the weather was good so it worked.
Also, my core challenge changed from crunches, leg lifts, pushups and planks to coffin sits ups, leg lifts, pushups and planks. It was nice to have something different.
Since it was Monday, we didn’t celebrate too grandly. Instead, we exchanged some small gifts, and one big gift for A (you all are going to be so surprised!) and had heart-shaped Chicago pizzas for dinner. It was nice.
Tuesday – 2.81 miles, walking + core challenge day 9
J and her pupper joined me for a slow walk. She is still recovering, and the pup was a nice way to get some air but also get some fitness.
Yes, Luna helped me plank.
Something was starting to bloom and by evening, my sinuses were on fire. Ugh. I hate allergies.
Wednesday – 3.11 miles, walking + core challenge day 10
Once I got home from my walk, I felt super gross all day (not to worry – all tests negative), and just didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I pumped myself up with allergy meds and just tried to sleep through it. Blah.
Thursday – 3.37 miles, walking + core challenge day 11
I actually bailed on meeting J, and slept in. By the time I finally dragged myself from bed, my sinuses had emptied (although my voice was gone). It felt good to move, so I did.
A had an appointment with his orthodontist, and then he made us dinner. I shared on Instagram that he is now responsible for family dinner one night a week. He is doing great with that. The point of this is to show him what goes into making a healthy, balanced meal for multiple people when you’re on a schedule. A is a great kid, and a good cook, but this is giving him a deeper look at what it takes to be a deeper part of the family team.
We also got the news that we need a new car. Our older SUV has had some A/C problems, which has been fine through the winter, but is a deal breaker going into Florida summer. At this point, we are better off replacing it than starting the slide into pricy repairs, so Mr PugRunner and I decided to opt for a reliable sedan. In the back of my mind, we will have a new driver in the house in two years, so my thought is to get the fuel-efficient, lower insurance vehicle now, and then we can take our time to pick something we like when A gets his license.
Friday – 3.4 miles, walking + core challenge day 12
That smile was fairly genuine. I’m still not ready to run, but my walks are feeling better.
Mr PugRunner headed off to the dealerships. He has two vehicles in mind and both were fine with me. Car shopping is my least favorite thing to do, and he loves to haggle and negotiate. Yuck. And this will end up being his primary vehicle for right now, so whatever he wants is fine.
That evening, A headed off to camp, and I sat at home at celebrated National Drink Wine Day and watched Promising Young Woman. It’s a hard (and triggering) watch, but I think it is important for both men and women to see.
Saturday – 4.09 miles, walking + core challenge day 13
J and I were back in action. We even saw an otter in the pond! No pics, but I was so happy.
Mr PugRunner wheeled and sealed and came home with our new vehicle. He actually got us a great deal.
And then we had a little dinner date at a new to us place. It was yummy with great drinks.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
This week, I will make decisions about the Gate River Run in two weeks. I was very excited, but I don’t know if it’s a smart move. We will see.
I am also going to take some time to work on content and networking. Content is usually not a problem, but networking is. I’ll get there.
Here’s a Luna photo, just because today is National Love Your Pets Day. How could you not love that face.
How was your week in training? Did you watch the Superbowl? Love or hate the halftime show? How do you make hard choices about races?