The rhythm is back, and we are moving and grooving and putting in the work. With the DONNA half marathon the first weekend of February, and the Gate River Run (15K) exactly one month later, it’s time to really see the results of our training.
Sunday – 3.33 miles, running
When I tell you I was up and out of bed on Sunday morning, I mean it! I had things to do and places to be. But first a nice walk.
Friends! We had a date! At the Alligator Farm! To see the sloths!
Our amazing, incredible St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park offers animal encounters. Guests can add on packages to get up close and personal with some of the park’s VIP animal guests, including Galpagos tortoises, alligators, and the Hoffman two-toed sloths, Teddy and Grizzly.
We arrived at the park, and I was so excited I was shaking. A was excited, too. We signed our waivers and the staff gave us the cutest sloth masks to wear for our encounter. After a quick briefing, we entered the habitat, and I may have cried. Grizzly and Teddy were the most adorable things. Since the weather was nice, they were actually awake and active, and very happy to accept snacks from us.
The encounters are participatory for the animals, meaning that guests may offer snacks and pets on their back, but few are not allowed to hold them, if the sloths do not wish to eat or prefer to sleep, then so be it. I highly recommend any of these encounters.
Monday – 5.04 miles, walking
Again, I skipped the beach. The weather was iffy and I had a busy schedule. I got in just as many miles without the drive time. Of course, things weren’t as pretty, but what can you do?
Tuesday – 5.3 miles, running + .8 miles, walking
And just like that, we were back to our regular running schedule. It was cold again, so I picked tights over shorts. It’s a rare thing.
Taco had the day off. I wanted to go groom him, but Luna had a vet appointment. She needed her bordetella dose, in advance of her trial day of playcare. See you next week, sweet pony.
Mr PugRunner and I had a lunch date at Carolina Jax for Yelp Elite Week. Sometimes, you just need a solid, tasty burgers and these were divine.
In the evening, A earned his Life Scout rank, I didn’t get to see him receive the patch, but I did snap this picture after the meeting. He has to earn six more merit badges and complete his Eagle project to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. He has two incredible projects in mind, so we will see how it works out!
Wednesday – 4.59 miles, walking
And warm again.
Wednesdays are always weird. A has a short day of school, but he usually gets to hang out with his buddy who attends a different school. I love his for them. However, the day itself always feels lopsided, because he gets home before 1PM. Oh, well.
Thursday – 5.00 miles, running + .15 miles, walking
Run, run, run!
I had to scramble because Luna was going to play care! Thanks to a certain pandemic, it’s been difficult to get her officially socialized. She’s usually ok with dogs she meets on our walks, and she loves her Ollie friend, but I wanted her to get used to other dogs. We also need some other options for boarding in the future. This particular place is near the house and so many friends raved about it.
Check in was great, and I got the full tour. The facility was spotless and the staff super sweet. She was nervous, but I checked in on her via webcam, and after about an hour of confusion (not hiding, just unsure), she fit right in.
Also, I got my nails done.
That evening, we were supposed to attend a high school showcase. In our district, rising 9th graders have a sort of choice. They can go to their zoned schools, or they can apply for dual college enrollment or specific educational academics (medical, technological, business, etc). Both of the latter are by lottery and may involved going to a school out of zone. The event was canceled for safety reasons (which I totally understand), but again my heart breaks for our kids because they are missing out on so many enrichment opportunities, but still expected to perform at a high educational level.
A decided to attend our zoned school (it’s basically brand new, smaller, and close to the house), and will join the marching band there. We are fine with that decision.
Friday – 3.94 miles, walking
I went for a my morning walk, but my heart wasn’t really in it.
Mr PugRunner and I had a breakfast date, and then it was back to working on some things. I signed up for the Zooma Run Club, and am having a blast tracking my miles for another great year! (You can join for FREE without swag or upgrade to get all these great things!)
That night, we watched The Eternals, which was amazing. I highly recommend it.
Saturday – 11.62 miles, + 1.67 miles, walking
Did we crush 11 miles? Yes we did!
I spent the rest of the day reading and lounging. A went to volunteer for his friends Eagle Scout project and then Mr PugRunner and I went out to dinner. It was a nice night out, although I was tired.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
First, a lot of you asked me about my coffee making and I finally did something about my lack of skill. Stay tuned for the announcement of how you helped me kick my Dunkin habit. And yes, I’m still drinking at least a little water every day.
This past week, I finished A Court of Frost and Starlight and Hour of the Witch. I just started The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, which was an impulse buy, and OMG it’s so good. Not my usual reading fare, but it’s hitting right. I attend my first book club meeting on Thursday, to discuss Finding Dorothy.
In other news, I am so proud to share that I am part of the Honey Stinger Hive AND Be Inspired Brands (Zooma, Skirt Sports, and Momentum Jewelry). These are all incredible, supportive, and inclusive running and fitness communities, and I finally feel like I am getting back to myself after a few long years of injury and isolation. I can’t wait to share more with you on all these fronts!
How was your week in training? How are you feeling about everything this year, so far?