week 13 (20): cancel culture

Cancel culture is really the only way I can think of to define what is happening in our world right now. Pretty much everything is cancelled. That which isn’t cancelled is limited to essential operations, which translates to “no fun.” I’m not complaining: it’s just an observation, and I am very grateful to the men and women who go out to work in those essential services in this uncertain time.

Sunday – 2 mile walk + PT Exercises

I am proud to share that my daily walks are going well. Some days I am more tired and sore than others, and I’ve determined that I need to do a couple of days for distance in between days reserved for “speed.” It feels so good to be out and moving that I just want to push harder every day, and that’s unwise.

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Monday – 2 mile walk + PT Exercises

Who would have guessed that walking two miles would make me so happy? Such is the nature of this cancel culture, I guess.

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Mr PugRunner had an awful Monday, so I told him to call it a day at 5PM. We opened a bottle of wine, made some bagel bites and popcorn, and introduced little man to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Was it my finest parenting moment? Nope. But it did the trick.

Tuesday – 2.1 mile walk + PT Exercises

Tuesday promised to be a better day. I walked.

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Little man had some fun by participating in a “Chalk Your Walk” obstacle course, complete with T-Rex costume.

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And we tried out remote clarinet lessons.

That night, I had a Zoom wine night with a group of good friends. It’s been so long since we’ve been able to get together, so it was a blessing to have the time to chat and see each other’s faces.

Wednesday – 2 mile walk + Day 1 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

I finally had to set an alarm for the first time in what felt like months, so that I could get out the door early enough.

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After my walk, I had a Zoom coffee chat with some of the St. Augustine Moms. I was NOT going to miss it.

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I also joined my friend Anna Louise for this ridiculous Two Week Core Challenge! Every day, you choose three – four of the suggested activities and execute them for 30, 45 or 60 seconds. Please feel free to join in at any time. I hate suffering alone.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds
  • Russian Twists: 60 seconds
  • Flutter Kicks: 60 seconds

Thursday – 2.95 mile walk + Day 2 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Mr PugRunner left the house early to get to the store, and surprised me with an iced coffee. Missing Dunkin iced coffee is another side effect of this cancel culture. He also insisted on driving me home, and asked if I would go out with him for a walk later to make up for it. Between the two walks, I almost hit three miles.

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Day 2 of those core workouts also complete. I’m feeling it.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Scissor Kicks: 60 seconds
  • Superman: 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds

That night, we all sat down for a family movie: The Rise of Skywalker. They went to see it in theaters when I was housebound with my leg, so this was my first time. I sobbed through most of it (it wasn’t a great movie, but it was the end of an era for me).

Friday – 2.4 mile walk + Day 3 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Friday ended up being a super busy day. I walked and did some of my PT outside.

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Core work completed.

  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Toe Touches: 60 seconds
  • Straight Leg Sit Ups: 60 seconds

Little man made cupcakes.

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And we started to get the barrage of information from his teachers in preparation for distance learning. Our district will start tomorrow. It’s going to be an interesting journey.

Saturday – 2.84 mile walk + Day 4 of 2 Week Core Challenge + PT Exercises

Happy Saturday! I pushed a bit on my distance, and did a few little tests of my abilities. First, I tried a few steps of a sadly shuffling run. It felt awkward and terrible. When I got home, I did a heel raise on my injured leg with no support. That went somewhat better.

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  • Scarecrows (5 lb weights): 60 seconds
  • Front Plank: 60 seconds
  • Russian Twist: 60 seconds
  • Toe Touches: 60 seconds

I also got to lay out a Flat Runner for the first time in forever. Sparkle Athletic is offering free, themed virtual runs to help get through these days of cancel culture. On Sunday, I will go for three miles, dressed in mermaid gear.

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Goal-getting

Friends, I think I am on track. I think. Most days I feel pretty good. My ankle is definitely stiff, but I don’t struggle with pain. Three miles has been my mental milestone, and once I manage to hit the distance, my plan is to work on speeding up, until I feel safe with the Couch to 5K program.

Now, more than ever, fresh air and physical activity are playing a huge role in staying mentally and physically well, and so the entire family is doing our best to stay on top of that. With so many things cancelled, shut down and closed, it’s hard to stay hopeful, but we are doing our best to be creative and positive.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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How was your week in training?

How are you handling this cancel culture?

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41 Responses to week 13 (20): cancel culture

  1. Wendy says:

    You had such a great week and your excitement is infectious! I’m so glad to see you making your comeback and what a great time for it. We need all the positivity we can get!
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  2. Laurie says:

    You are doing awesome with the walks. I think your progress seems to be going so quickly but I’m sure it must feel like molasses to you. Your little guy practicing his clarinet is so cute! And that T-rex costume! 🙂
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  3. OMG! Love the T-rex costume!! Happy to see you had a great week with your walks. I hope it goes well with the distance learning. I know it is a new experience for teachers and for parents.

  4. Jessie says:

    So glad your walks and PT exercises are going well!

    Love the sidewalk chalk event 🙂 How sweet!

  5. Kim G says:

    It definitely seems like everything is cancelled these days. It’s been a hard adjustment but knowing that it’s for the best kind of makes it a little more bearable, just a little!

    LOL to the ‘Chalk Your Walk’ event! I love the T-Rex costume.

  6. SO glad to see all your progress!! When I was rallying back (not yet running, but walking all.the.time.), I thrived on getting outside everyday. The fresh air is such great medicine 😉

  7. Congrats on the walks! It’s good to see you each day on Insta.
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  8. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    I must say that I am jealous that you are not bundling up when you walk. Still cold up north.

    You’re doing great. And you are so patient.

    Can’t wait to hear about your virtual race.

  9. You are making so much progress with your walking! It’s such a weird time right now. I’ve also done some video chats with family and friends this week and it helps to feel a little more connected to others. The whole virtual learning thing is so crazy. Ours starts next week and the staff is getting trained this week. Not sure what to really expect with all of this!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      So weird.

      Our virtual learning is ok. The middle schoolers already did a lot through their Schoology app, so that wasn’t a big deal. The problem is that the system can’t handle the volume, so it keeps crashing or lagging. Again, it’s fine, but when you want to get things done, it’s frustrating.

  10. Shathiso says:

    It’s been heartwarming to watch all your progress on insta and seeing your whole week in totality on this post is just brilliant! So happy for you and glad there’s no pain (even if there’s still a bit of stiffness).

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m glad the pain is mostly gone, but I wish it were stronger and felt more normal. Sometimes I get really down on the fact that it’s just not normal, but maybe it will get there.

  11. Coco says:

    Glad your recovery is giving you a mental boost- that’s critical these days! Love the “chalk your walk” — I saw some great chalk art in my ‘hood this week. I am fine with brewing my Starbucks at home but was glad to be able to bring my mom a chai latte yesterday — the grocery starbucks are still open.

  12. Catrina says:

    Haha, your mermaid gear looks so cute!
    Great progress with all the walking.
    I think it’s a good idea to prioritize activities outside for the whole family. It really helps to stay sane .
    Have a great week!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Anything to make this fun, right? Getting out and about is really helping everyone. Little man is not always on board – he wants to do things independently, but now is not the time for it. It’s just been hard on everyone.

  13. Chaitali says:

    That’s great news that the walks are going so well! And that Monday evening sounds like a great way to deal with a bad day. I felt the same way about Rise of Skywalker, not the best movie but a lot of emotional connections since it was the end of the saga.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Sometimes, we just need those nights where we let it all go and get some laughs. It was the right call.

      Rise of Skywalker destroyed me. I wanted to love it more, but it was just the idea that this is the saga I’ve been following my entire life, and now it’s just over. I tried to turn it off halfway through because I didn’t want it to end.

  14. So glad you’re feeling better. With everything going on, it has to feel good to have something going right!

  15. Look at you making so much progress this week! When races are back on you will be there too

  16. How exciting! Another week of great progress. The weather looks so awesome there. I can’t wait until it’s capri weather around here. And the next week it will be warm enough for tank tops and shorts. haha!
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  17. Marcia says:

    It makes my heart happy to see you and yours doing so well! Way to go on the walks and workouts. The chalk the walk idea is so fun and creative. We are immersed in virtual learning and music lessons here as well. I’m pretty sure my daughter’s flute recital in May will end up being virtual at this point. Send some of that warm weather up this way!

  18. You are so close to that 3 mile mark — you’re going to break it soon!

    Little Man is too funny in that TRex costume. 🙂

    Sounds like a decent week, all things considered. It’s still mostly cold & dreary here, which is kind of a drag, but is what it is.

  19. De Bolton says:

    Everything is canceled. I had a Fitness competition I was prepping for that was canceled and just found out last night my back up date was canceled too. Cant wait until thing resume again.

  20. Cari says:

    I wish “cancel culture” didn’t have such negative connotations, because that’s the perfect description. Ace Ventura is an A+ parenting moment.
    Congrats on all your prpgress and I totally hear you re: fresh air. Trying to get it as much as possible
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  21. Angela says:

    Glad to see that you are recovering well and getting out for walks! The core challenge sounds great, I need to do something like that right now! I am loving the mermaid outfit!!!

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