How’s that for a vague blog title? Friends, this week was full of rage and anger and “what the hell”s. l’ve spent what feels like the last year and a half stuffing down my feelings to deal with the world around me, and this week, I was done. I mean. What is going on?
Sunday – 4.11 miles, walking
It was a somber Sunday. I walked.
And then I watched a lot of the Hurricane Ida footage. These storms can be so devastating for everyone involved.
Monday – 5.11 miles, bridge repeats
The bridge and the beach are really saving me these days. There’s just something about that salt air. I also think the uneven sand is helpful to my ankle and foot, even though I am usually sore afterwards.
From there, I did some work. It’s been quiet without Delilah, and Luna is extra snuggly. A had a good day at school, and its really falling into the swing of things.
Tuesday – 5.01 miles, running + 1.58 miles, walking
We had a good run, and I scored a little bit of a longer walk. I just didn’t want to go home and start my day.
A had his chair test for clarinet. He has done really well with private lessons the last two years (his instructor is his elementary school music teacher and her husband is the high school band teacher/marching band coach), so it’s different being part of an actual band. I often struggle that he doesn’t seem incredibly passionate about too many things, but clarinet is something he truly loves and for which he gets excited.
The second thing he loves is Scouts. I don’t know if I mentioned, but last week, his Troop elected him Senior Patrol Leader. This is his second try at SPL (the first time was sort of a promotion because of someone’s else’s demotion and he didn’t have a ton of support or mentorship, so he is excited to try again with more positive forces around him). I am so proud of his commitment to leadership.
Wednesday – 4.5 miles, walking
My walk was slid and I got home just in time to beat the rain. Yay. It was also a good time to put my new handheld protection through its paces.
Mr PugRunner wanted to take me out to breakfast. He knew I was having a hard time and thought it would cheer me up. We had a nice time, even if it did start storming.
When A got home from school, we headed straight to the orthodontist. The appointment was supposed to take two hours but the doctor finished in about 90 minutes. He did great, and looked great, too. We celebrated with some soft serve ice cream.
Since he was a little too sore to attempt karate, we went to the home opener for his school’s football team. He has a few friends who play and some other friends who are cheerleaders. The games are played on an open field and not super crowded, so it was nice. And we won!
Oh, and A earned third chair clarinet! For his first attempt at a chair test, we are so proud.
Thursday – 5.00 miles, running + 1.38 miles, walking
I woke up to some alarming news, and I was glad that J and I could meet up and run it all out.
I hoped the day would improve, but I had a volunteer meeting that evening that led to even more aggravation. I don’t know what is going on with people, lately. They have really forgotten how to behave in polite company. Also, is it me, or is there just this certain subset of people in the world that just feels the need to talk AT everyone? Loudly? Ugh.
Friday – 3.28 miles, walking
First, I did the miles.
Then I made the lemon bars. After all, if I am going to be ragey, I might as well be productive about it.
Mr PugRunner worked a bit from home, and we just all sort of popped in and out throughout the day. The boys picked up dinner from a food truck and I went to bed early. Super exciting.
Saturday – 10.04 miles, running + 1.95 miles, walking
After last week’s disaster of a long run, I was thrilled for these ten miles. In fact, I intended to quit at nine, but found one more deep down. Yay!
From there, I delivered some lemon bars and assorted surprises to a few friends who needed their day brightened and to be celebrated, respectively. We also put together a few quick snacks to watch The Miami Hurricanes play. To be honest, I couldn’t make it past the first quarter, but it was fun to wear the colors and cheer for a minute. My afternoon nap was just a little more tempting.
I would like to point out that I am drinking (for me) A LOT of water. If you know me, you know I just struggle so hard and stick to Nuun or Buble. But I am making a huge effort to just hydrate more.
I have been bad about reading. I’ve watched a few movies, but that’s about the limit of my cultural enrichment. I need to do better.
Sleep is out the window. I am so upset about things like rising COVID numbers in our schools, all these bizarre and random shootings in our nearby areas, and the general bad behavior of the very people who should know better. I’m enraged because it’s all so unnecessary and we are all suffering for it. Ugh.
I did register for a Labor Day 5K on Monday. And I have a lot of crafting to do this week. I’ve been putting it off because I’m a procrastinator like that. 🙂
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Oh, Jenn, I am sorry for all the frustrations this week. It’s hard not to get caught up on all the news (Ida…Texas 🙁 It all can be too much, and on top of that, you’re still going through the grief of losing Delilah. I’m so sorry. Sending virtual hugs and glad running and that salty air is there to help.
And now Hufflepuff. Ugh. I need a break. 🙁
Kim G says
I 100% understand how you felt this week. There’s just SO much sadness and horrible things going on in the world, and sometimes I’m just like “when does it end?”. I also think people have forgotten how to act in public since coming out of lockdown last year. I’m noticing a lot more rudeness in everyday interactions – it’s frustrating for sure.
On a positive note, congrats to A! He had a very exciting week. I hope that your 5K goes well tomorrow too!
Sooooo much! And no. No one can behave. The cashier in Publix (our grocery store) apologized PROFUSELY to me because I had to wait for like four minutes in a line. Seriously? That’s ridiculous. Who needs an apology for having tt one in line? Ugh.
A is doing great. I’m so proud of him.
Well, the good news is that it sounds like your son is doing great! Band is a GREAT activity, and next year he can play in high school. He is going to love it, and will have the nicest group of friends.
Yes, a lot of frustrating things going on. i try not to get too caught up in the news, which I know is not necessarily the answer. Sometimes I can only deal with so much.
You’re doing everything right- running and walking will keep you healthy and sane. Hang in there! I hope this is a better week for you, and good luck in your race!
He is doing well, and I hope he does continue it. Especially now that we own his clarinet LOL.
I am trying to compartmentalize. It’s only working to a certain extent.
Darlene S Cardillo says
Good luck tomorrow on your race.
I am a procrastinator about some things but not about races lol
I just can’t find my motivation any more.
Sorry for another tough week. It seems like every one is on their last nerve and taking it out on others. Luckily my cycling group is a breath of fresh air with people just supporting each other and having fun.
Congrats to A!
My nerves are shot. For sure.
I just want you to know that you inspired me to make lemon bars today. It’s been a long time since I made them and when I saw that you had made some, I thought Why not? I tried a new recipe this time, from the Pioneer Woman. So.Good.
So while I feel you on all the outrage and nonsense in the world, I’m going to just say that what works for me is a reminder that I can only control how I react to all the BS going on around me. We are living in a strange time. Thank goodness we have running.
Maybe I will try her recipe. I don’t like lemon bars, so I wasn’t sure which recipe to use.
That’s the way my hubby deals with things. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. Right now, I’m in a period of “doesn’t.” 🙁
Deborah Brooks says
I feel so much better when I really pay attention to hydration. Hope you have a fun time at your race tomorrow!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures says
I hope your race goes well! Sorry about all the anger and frustration you’re feeling this week. I do often wonder the same thing about people! It’s great that your son got 3rd chair. I would think those band tests can be so stressful. He did awesome!
I hope your race today brought some good endorphins!
I’m sorry it was such a hard week/time. I know you’ll be back to your usual self soon, but it’s so important to feel your feelings & take a time out when you need. Losing a beloved furkid is never easy & so much harder with everything going on. I was so thankful last year that they allowed us to be with Lola at the end (yes, it’s almost a year & she’s still so often in my thoughts).
Hugs, Jen & hopes for a happier week this week. I’m glad you shared though. Many feel they shouldn’t share the bad stuff on their blog, but I always think keeping things real really helps everyone.
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Michelle D. says
I understand your frustration and sadness – some days with all that’s going on it really feels like too much. I try to focus on what I can control…doesn’t always work, but I try.
Congrats to A on making 3rd chair!
I hope today’s race was fun! Wishing you a more peaceful week ahead.
Kimberly Hatting says
I hope your race goes well! I have really improved my hydration game in recent years, but it took awhile to get in the routine of drinking water round-the-clock. I even went through a seven-month period of drinking plain water ((gasp!)) all the time when I was doing the Invisalign treatment. Ha! Stranger things have happened 😉
Jenn I am so sorry for another tough week. I’m glad you have running to lean into and help your mood. Congrats to A on all his accomplishments and all the best with the braces. Thing 2 got hers off in January. I can’t believe we are doe with that chapter. Hang in there my friend!
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Sorry it was a tough week! There are so many things going on, I have found I don’t even have the space to be upset about all of them at the same time, if that makes sense. Good thing we have running. So glad to hear that A is doing so well!
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
How fun that you ran in a race yesterday. I hope it went well and that you had fun! Keep up with the hydration – you’ll feel so much better for it.
Good luck with the braces, A. And Congrats on Scout Patrol. *HUGS*