Weekly Recap: Channeling Grief (2/5-2/11)

Moving Forward

First, I want to thank everyone who expressed sympathies via blog, Facebook, and Instagram comments, texts and phone calls for the loss of my sweet Meadow. She was one in a zillion and I'll never find another like her. This week has been hard. But I've also channeled some of that grief into other projects. Meadow had a strong spirit, and she'd want me to keep moving through the pain, just like she always did. 

I've also been doing things to remember her, including finally catching up on old blog posts, like our Disney race/vacation from November where she came along: 

Race (and Vacation) Recap: Disney Wine & Dine 10K

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I didn't realize how much of my time (and brain space) was taken up by caring for Meadow, until I didn't have her anymore. To be clear, I don't regret that time and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. And I'd much rather have her here and be shuttling her from place to place, worrying about her, petting her, feeding her, paying her massive vet bills - but she's not here and that's my reality now. I'm learning to live with it. 

On that note, I'm doing some small things to get myself back on the right track in many aspects - blogging, working out, side projects, life. In workouts, I'm still trying to find the right schedule and routine, but I'm getting there. 

My husband was out of town last week, so that always presents some scheduling challenges for me, and last week I ended up missing Monday and Wednesday because of that and my own work schedule, but in general I'm doing okay. 

A few highlights from my workout week:

I got into side crow for the first time ever! I've had regular crow for several years, but I've never practiced yoga consistently enough to get much beyond the basics. Now that I found a studio I love and I'm practicing more, I'm able to do new things, like side crow!  

I ran a new run route from our new house. Rather than looping around our neighborhood because I didn't want to get too far from home, I ran farther out to the sound. I'm so stoked for that new route. It's peaceful and beautiful and good for logging lots and lots of miles.

Running views - That's the Sound out there (it was low tide)

Running views - That's the Sound out there (it was low tide)

That was also my longest run since December. Only 4 miles, but I'll take it as I rebuild from illness and injury. And it was an okay pace, especially considering the 100% humidity and all the time I've taken off. I'm on my way back!

I got in 2 strength workouts, which is my goal for the week. And I was able to lift heavier last week than I have the past several weeks. My muscles are bouncing back and remember that they've done this before. (The number on the scale is also dropping.) 

All good things, all good things. 

Workout summary

Monday Off
Tuesday 3 mile run @ 9:23 pace
Strength training at F45
Wednesday Off
Thursday Strength training at F45
Friday Yoga
Saturday Off
Sunday 4 mile run at 9:10 pace
5 mile bike ride
Totals 2 runs/7 miles
1 bike ride
1 yoga
2 strength

I also tried to take Autumn Beagle out for a run with me. We didn't get very far before she got distracted by the smells, but she does like to run, so I'll keep trying. She and Lucy used to run short runs with me when we lived in Charlotte, but I got out of that habit. Old lady Lucy is a bit too long in the tooth now for that, but Autumn is still spry, so we'll see how she does. 

Running with Autumn (sort of)

Running with Autumn (sort of)

Other than that, I had a relatively uneventful week (thank goodness for that after the past few weeks I've had!) and I've been enjoying the Winter Olympics. And I totally bought Hulu Live just so I could watch the games. 

Up next: Putting it all together and attempting to get in at least 3, maybe 4, runs plus yoga and strength. 

How was your week? What's your favorite Olympic event?


As always, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap series.