Happy November! Or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. I think we have all struggled with keeping a positive mindset this past year, but I keep trying to talk myself into it.
Sunday – 2.62 miles, walking
After eight miles on Saturday, I wanted just a bit of a walk. That’s exactly what I got.
Then I worked on trying to get the house back together. It feels so great to have purged so much, and now I’m taking my time with accent pieces, framed photos and wall decor.
Monday – 4.20 miles, walking
I woke up feeling very energized. I headed out for a brisk walk, got A all set up with school, and then headed out to vote.
Early voting was open in my county, and everything went super smoothly. No lines, no wait, and the volunteers were incredible.
I usually take A with me, but I really wasn’t sure what to expect this year. I did get him a future voter sticker, though, which promptly found a place of honor on his longboard.
We have talked a lot about this election, and the importance of voting. I hope it sticks with him.
Tuesday – 4.50 miles running + 1.71 miles, walking
Tuesday’s run was hard. The company was great but my leg was angry and it was so humid. Yuck. This called for lots and lots of iced coffee.
That afternoon, A’s friend came over. They were both going to make dinner, working along with the FLVS virtual Cooking Club. The club had a Disney chef lead them through a Thai Red Curry, and the end results were delicious. They are now inspired to make a three course dinner for both our families, and I am absolutely here for it.
Wednesday – 8 miles, cycling
I thought that trading up some walking for cycling would be absurdly smart, but I very much regretted that decision. The ride left me bored and annoyed.
Cycling just isn’t my jam, I guess.
Mr. PugRunner had a late meeting, so A and I were on our own for the night. It was nice to spend some time with him, doing the evening activities.
Thursday – 4.50 miles, running + 1.36 miles, walking
Another tough run. It’s frustrating when you want to go, but outside factors make it so much harder. Humidity and heat can be a runner’s worst enemies, but we pushed through as best we could.
Friday – 4.26 miles, walking
Finally, we had a drop in the temps, and I had to wear long sleeves for the morning’s walk. It was heavenly.
A finally carved our jack-o-lantern in the likeness of “the child,” right no time for the season premier of The Mandalorian. I helped with some of the smaller details, but he did the rest.
We also made a run by IKEA for a few essentials. Our front living room is finally taking shape. I’m still looking at armchairs, but so far, the improvement is incredible.
Later, I made a drive to Sykes Family Farm to pick up our race packets. While they did offer race morning pickup, I wanted to make sure we had everything and didn’t have
Saturday – 3.1 miles, running
And so the big day arrived: Cottonmouth 5K day! We arrived at around 7:20 for a 7:45 start, and were able to keep our distance from the other athletes until the start.
I’ll share a complete race report this week, but it felt so good to be out there. I had some nerves in the beginning, and again at the end, but I was able to shake them off and enjoy the run.
We celebrated with brunch and then it was home to get ready to celebrate Halloween. Even the pugs got in on the action.
It was a quiet evening – we shared it with some neighbors and friends. There was some trick or treating, and god for and drinks, and plenty of laughs. I think we all needed that.
Running-wise, this was a fabulous week. I ran my first 5K in 11 months, and it was truly as good an experience as I could have hoped for. I didn’t get in as many miles this week, because of my dabble into cycling, but it was still a crazy productive week.
With the coming of November, I’m hoping we can kind of immerse ourselves in holiday magic, and forget about everything else.
It’s going to be a long and emotional week, I can feel it. So I’ll hold on to running and everything that’s important and do our best to get through it.
How was your week in training?
Did you have a nice Halloween? Are you ready for the rest of the holidays?