When it rains, it pours, a while I’m absolutely not complaining, Florida did get more than its share of soaking rain this week. It’s nothing compared to the devastating snow and ice Texas and the rest of the country faced, but we do deal with our own issues from oversaturated ground and eroding beaches. That being said, our hearts and thoughts are with our friends in the Lone Star State, and we hope they recover quickly.
Sunday – 3.77 walking + Balance Challenge Day 14
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Even though it was a drizzly Valentine’s Day, I still wanted to get out for a bit of a walk.
We made a brunch board for our breakfast. Next time, I will make sure we have some avocado, too.
From there, we just lounged about. The weather was gross so we watched tv, read, napped, and for dinner, we enjoyed beer cheese fondue and cupcakes.
Monday – 4.43 miles, speedwork/walking + Balance Challenge Day 15
There was enough of a break in the weather for me to finally get out to the beach and bridge for speedwork. I’ve been promising to go for several weeks, but being up on the bridge in the wind is pretty terrifying, so this was the first chance I safely had.
I wanted to head over to the beach, but the tide was almost all the way up to the walkover! Maybe next week.
Technically, it was a holiday, although A still has schoolwork to do. Since it was rainy, he didn’t mind so much. For dinner, we tried that tomato/feta cheese/pasta creation that is all over TikTok, and we all loved it. Say what you will about TikTok, but they have some solid recipes.
Tuesday – 5.25 miles, running + 1.46 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 16
Things were warming up, but I was still able to get a nice run. I also started bumping that five mile mark up a tiny bit to see if I might like to go for longer distance during the week. The jury is still out.
A had his last conference assessment for the school year (they get one for each class per semester), so he is moving right along.
Wednesday – 4.23 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 17
Wednesdays always seem somewhat dull. I walk. A does virtual school. He has karate. And done. Oh, but on the bright side, he did tell me he thinks he will be ready to test for his Second Dan in December. So amazing!
It was also National Kindness Day, so we started painting kindness rocks to hide in our community, once the rain takes a hike.
Thursday – 5.01 miles, running + .87 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 18
I ran with J for the first time in a while, and that was just so wonderful. It’s great running alone, but it’s also great running with friends. The sun actually made a strong effort to show itself, but its would go back into hiding as the day went on. Boo.
A got to spend a little time skateboarding that evening, for which I was very grateful. The bad weather has made it hard for him to get out there, so I’m glad he had a chance to brush up on his skills. He will be starting private lessons soon, and I can’t wait to see how he grows!
Friday – 3.05 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 19
I slept in a little bit, and managed to get in this walk between the raindrops. It only really started raining on me in my last mile, which wasn’t fun, but it could have been worse.
The rest of the day was fairly busy. As the temperatures dropped, A packed up for his weekend camping trip, and Mr PugRunner brought him out to the venue. Camping weekends are always fun and hectic, but at least the rain finally cleared up.
Saturday – 10 miles, running + 1.08 miles, walking + Balance Challenge Day 20
Saturday was the moment of truth: I planned to run 10 miles, no matter what. I had been sitting at nine for a few weeks, took a bit of a cutback with the Superhero 8k a week ago, and it was time.
Friends, I felt really strong and fabulous. The weather was exactly right (in fact, I switched to tights from shorts at the last minute and didn’t regret it for a second), and I was able to get through the distance and feel great. So happy, and finally feels like it might be time to pick an in-person half!
Mr PugRunner and I went out for a beachfront lunch date. He loves this one Italian place, with outdoor seating, and the best flatbreads around.
It’s always freezing when we go, but the food makes it so worthwhile.
Goals were smashed this week for sure.
More books, more movies, and more balance were all themes this week.
This week, things should be dry enough to hike, even if I have to go by myself. That’s really all there is to that.
I am looking forward to another great session of speedwork, and another solid long run, too. It just keeps getting easier, and I appreciate that. After this long recovery period, it helps to not have to fight for every step along the way.
How was your week in training?
How’s your weather? Any good book suggestions?