I made my escape from my parents last weekend, went back early Monday with the intention of leaving Wednesday morning after taking my mom to her doctor’s appointment on Tuesday — an aid came to work on Tuesday and although she’s an aid for the house and not a nurse, and doesn’t drive as we were told she would, she’s still a big help.
Unfortunately, but fortunately, we were finally able to get her a primary care doctor’s appointment late Wednesday afternoon, so I had to stay over another night. Doctor appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours to get the aid set up. Visiting nurses, physical therapists, and oh, learning how to use a glucometer. Fun times.
My weekly mileage is not at all where I want it to be — I was going to run some recovery miles today, but after my sweatfest Saturday I knew it wasn’t happening. I need to squeeze in a whole lot of miles and a bunch of other stuff into the coming week, including an 11 mile run on Friday (no time for it on the weekend).
I do think I’m doing enough to get by, but it seems ironic that I’m not injured at all, and I’m still struggling to get my runs in!
In some ways this week it was even more challenging to stay active, but I did my best. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.
- Monday: quiet labor day with my parents, after the 90 minute drive early in the morning
- Tuesday: 5 miles “easy” in the evening, only time I could get out
- Wednesday: 3 easy miles, Pahla B Stretch and Strengthen yoga
- Thursday: Pahla B Beginner Dumbell Workout, drive back home after super stressful day
- Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B 5×5 Core
- Saturday: Maddie’s Mark 5k + 5 miles later in the day (too late!)
- Sunday: Dogwalk
Mileage: 16.1 (-.5)
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Between setting up the aid and my mother’s doctor appointment, it was a long day. So naturally I left for a run at the time I would normally be eating dinner.
It was warm and humid, but not terrible, and lots of cloud cover. I set off thinking I’d do 3 miles through Vassar College, and then ended up running to Arlington, the town on the other side of Vassar — a total of 5 miles. I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to run again.
They were slow, and hot, but not too terrible, and yes, I saw my friends the doe and its fawn again.
With the aid there, I went for a run in the morning. It wasn’t as humid and there was a slight breeze. Still slow, but I was encouraged a little bit that it was better at least. Oh, I’d meant to bring my small Flipbelt water bottle (Amazon affiliate link) with me (it fits into a Skirtsports skirt pocket), but of course forgot it — as in totally forgot to bring it with me from home.
No worries, I had my large handheld Camelbak water bottle (Amazon Affiliate link) with me. Probably a good thing — no worries about running out of water!
In the morning I ran Maddie’s Mark 5k with my friend and neighbor. It’s one of my favorite 5ks and I usually do quite well at it, but they keep moving it earlier in the year and it was a hot and humid day. I’ll recap it Tuesday, and while it was fun, it was also my slowest finish time for this particular 5k.
Around 3 pm I set out to finish up my miles with 5 miles. I didn’t look at the weather, and that was probably a good thing — by the time I finished, it was 86 degrees, feels like 91. That run ranks right up there with ZOOMA Annapolis last year, but thankfully it was only 5 miles.
I didn’t bring enough water with me (about 10 ounces), but thankfully I had peanut butter pretzels and some Gogosqueez with me.
I tried to tell myself that all these hot, miserable runs at odd times are going to make me stronger for my half in October. Then I tried to think about the 9/11 survivors, who went through things so much worse than I can even imagine.
It didn’t help.
I had to stop three times and walk around in the what little shade there was until I cooled down. I’ve never done that before. But it helped me get through the run without fainting or heatsroke!
Seriously, it was that tough
Favorites of the week
Getting home — and hopefully staying home until next weekend; that is probably my favorite thing about this week. It was definitely another hard week, y’all. Probably just one in a long string of hard weeks coming. The only good thing to come out of this is that it is clear to myself and my sister and brother that it is way past time that my parents move out of that house, and it’s going to happen. And I’m pretty sure it ain’t gonna be pretty.
Meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a while at the 5k, and going to it with my neighbor, who has her own issues going on but kindly drove us (thank you, Mary Jane).
Getting at least a couple of nights of good sleep — finally!
Baking. It’s my other therapy.
Bandit is still coming along. I picked him up this weekend — which may not sound like much, but trust me, it is. I just decided to go for it.
At one point I was sitting with him in the kitchen and Gizmo decided to jump the gate and then stayed in there with us. I’m assuming that that means Gizmo feels more comfortable with Bandit, too, but who knows? Bandit gave him the whale eye, but he didn’t move or growl at him.
And that’s a wrap 😔
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