It was another fairly busy week, with some more followups and keeping things together. I’m not saying things are great. But we are where we are and we have to move forward from there.
- Cardio: 7.81 miles, cycling (e-bike)
Sunday marked the end of our weekend away. Mr PugRunner wanted to do a bike tour, and I suggested we head back into Jacksonville for an Art Bikes Tour. I have wanted to do this FOREVER: the company offers guided and self-guided tours on e-bikes, hand painted by local artists.
This was my first experience on an e-bike, and it was a little learning curve, but by the end of the two hour journey, I was zipping along just fine. We traveled through Riverside, Avondale, Brooklyn, and more, checking out the parks, architecture, green spaces, and public art, and learning even more about the history of our city.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat at cafe with outdoor seating, and then headed to pick up A from my parents.
- Cardio: 6.22 miles, running + 1.44 miles, walking
It’s always hard to come back from vacation, but the show must go on.
- Cardio: 4.09 miles, walking
The weather has been nothing short of bizarre, but Tuesday was gorgeous. I needed to walk out a lot of feelings. So I did.
In the evening, we were invited to try out Marco’s Piano Bar in historic downtown. Marco’s provides an upscale dining and entertainment experience, with delicious tapas and small plates, sustainable, small vineyard wines, and piano accompaniment. It was nothing short of lovely.
- Cardio: 6.66 miles, running + 1.11 miles, walking
- Strength: Full Body (supine hip flexion, reverse lunge to core rotation, renegade row to pushup, kneeling single arm press, pulse plie squats, knee side plank leg raise – @kimrunsthemitten)
Another run day. I really just needed this day to sort of absorb everything from the past week. Running helps.
Enough is enough. I am back to strength training. Period, the end.
- Cardio: 4.36 miles, walking
- Strength: Arm Day (single arm straight arm lat pulldown, tricep pushups, stability rows, stats glute bridge skullcrushers, side plank hip dips – @KimRunsTheMitten)
I dragged a bit on Thursday, but there were things to be done. Walking, first.
Then some weights. Because it’s good for me.
For right now, I’m opting out of the gym, and doing what I can at home. It’s working out alright.
Luna ate a (huge) grape and had to be rushed to the vet to see if they could get her to vomit and to take blood work. Apparently, 10% of dogs won’t throw up. Guess what percentage Luna falls into. They watched her for a while, and then sent her home, with her first set of blood work clear. She would need another test on Friday.
In the evening, I drove to UNF for the gallery opening of Dustin Harewood’s solo show, “I Feel It Fading.” My amazing friend J collaborated with him by creating the video wall in the gallery, and I was so proud to support her and an incredibly talented local artist.
- Cardio: 6.71 miles, running + 2.88 miles, walking
- Strength: Full Body Workout (single leg hip flexor raise, pulse sumo squat, heel elevated single leg bridge, alternating rows, close grip DB pushups, single arm push press – @KimRunsTheMitten)
Yes, it was tough getting up and out in the morning, but onward and upward.
Luna’s second blood draw was also clear. I’m grateful but that was excitement I did not need.
That evening, J and I had tickets for goat yoga. And of course, the heavens opened. What else is new? J and I went anyway, and arrived just in time to get rescheduling info.
There were about 20 hungry little baby goats in need of bottles. Do you see where this is going?
Please note: I am an excellent goat feeder. And snuggler. In case there were questions. So is J. We were born for it.
- Cardio: 4.12 miles, walking
- Strength: Leg Day (side plank leg lifts, bulgarian goblet squats, elevated heel back squats, single leg RDLs – @KimRunsTheMitten)
Today was forecast to be rain, rain, rain, all day. It was so bad that I completely bailed on signing up for a February race because I didn’t want to be drenched. I slept in a little, and by the time I went for a walk, I had a clear window of weather.
Aside from lunch, the rest of the day was dedicated to work. I have been going, going, going and really needed a day off from the outside world.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
I’m going to say it was a productive week. I wish things were better personally, but I can’t dwell on that. Instead, we just need to make the most of the way things are. I think we are going to play things very low-key on Valentine’s and for the Big Game, and just try to get through each day.
On the health side of things, I have scheduled with a new Primary Care doctor. I also made some big changes since Mr PugRunner has been home. I have increased my water intake to about 96oz a day, and decreased my Diet Dr Pepper intake quite a bit. I haven’t a Starbucks since he came home from the hospital. Obviously, our sodium intake is way down and we are joining him in that journey. However, I’ve also cut back on my alcohol (I was having a glass of wine every other night with dinner, and now it’s once or twice a week), and switched my snacks from processed foods to more healthy options. While he doesn’t need us to eat how he eats, it makes it easier if we are on a similar path, so here it is.
And that’s the week!
How was your week in training? Have you made any major wellness shifts in your habits?