Last time I posted, I was getting ready to have a monster week of emotions and events, and was fighting off a cold.  It’s been a great week celebrating my son. It’s weird to think of how many things in our lives are coming to an end with our youngest graduating high school. I’ve been involved in many school groups and I will miss all of those activities, friends, and even the emails! It’s a big change for all of us, and I’m glad to have running and being active to keep me balanced. My glute/hamstring issue has been improving all week although I haven’t had the energy to do any PT work. Having a cold was holding me back more than pain was! I ran 21 miles this week. With the start of summer for me now that school is out, it’s time to think about a training plan!

Sunday – I got some pretty pink Vans from my family along with being spoiled by them all day. And, at night I got to have dinner at the band banquet. A great Mother’s Day!

Mon – Nothing. Being the positive person that I am, I set out some running clothes and my alarm was set for 6am, but I quickly changed it to 7am and went back to bed.  I was feeling a bit better during the workday, but took a big nap when I got home and was feeling crappy the rest of the night.  One very emotional thing happened today – my son got a letter from his 1st grade teacher, along with a letter he had filled out back in 1st grade.  OMG.  Reading that letter hit me HARD. 

Tues – 3 miles running.  Thanks to a good night’s sleep, I felt so improved this morning! This started out as a “this is great, I’m going to run 4 or maybe 5 miles!” but turned into “oh, maybe this cold is stopping me a bit” after a half mile.  I just ran/walked 3 miles and it was fine.  No, it was actually pretty wonderful to be out exercising again.

I was happy to be feeling good enough to go to the gym with my husband and daughter.  Getting swole! 😉 

At night it was the Band BBQ and Concert. A casual band concert along with a chicken dinner. It was a bit of bummer when my son came home and was upset about the band performance.  At first we couldn’t understand why because it sounded great to us!  We honestly didn’t hear anything wrong.  He said they played terribly and he personally had missed several notes.  But then he told me something relatable – “it’s like telling someone who ran a horrible marathon that they did a great job”.  So true. It depends on your perspective.  I’m sure the band wanted to go out with a perfect performance (which it sounded like to us), but they thought it wasn’t their best.  

Weds – Rest day.  Another fun night of volunteering at our band event.

Thurs – 5 miles, brrr!  It was only 38 degrees this morning when I started my run.  Glad I didn’t put my running gloves away for the season yet!  

Today was a really fun picnic for the seniors.  The highlight of this day is usually the slip and slide, aka a big slippery piece of plastic with bubble liquid making it fast!!  They also had some fun blow up battle balls.  The kids got pretty rough playing with them, but luckily no one got hurt.  It really made us so happy to see the kids just having fun being kids!!

Fri – 9 miles, long run! My day started with a 6:40am donut pickup for the senior breakfast.  We got to treat the seniors before they went to graduation practice.  I picked up 900 donuts!!

I got home early enough to take advantage of great weather.  This week I made it 9 miles.  I am happy with my increase in mileage each week.  

Sat – Graduation day!! It was a really nice ceremony and fun to see all of the kids I knew as little kids all grown up.  My son graduated Summa Cum Laude and I couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments.

We went out to dinner with my parents to a hibachi grill.  If you’ve ever been to an hibachi grill, you may have asked to try and catch food in your mouth! Our chef was super insistent on me catching one, so I probably had 10 chicken pieces tossed at me before I caught one.  Here is a super funny picture of me getting ready to catch it and my Mom’s look of delight.  Hilarious!

Sun – 4 miles running, pickleball, yard work!  Phew, a very active day!  4 mile of running went well, until I got home. The last few days I have had an odd pain.  It’s more of a very intense uncomfortable feeling which radiates from my hip in the front, to along the side and back upper area.  It feels so uncomfortable that I can barely sit still when it’s flared up!  But then it goes away.  When it’s not happening, I can’t recreate it, so it’s really odd.  It has been disrupting my sleep too!  

After a few hours there was no odd feeling and I even played pickleball.  This was our first time playing.  We weren’t awful, but we do have a lot to learn.  We were the youngest pair there (shocking, I know). Then I spent the whole afternoon ripping up some overgrown landscape. Hopefully this won’t lead to my annual poison ivy rash, but if it does, we’ll know where I got it [again].

We’ll be saying goodbye to our last two fosters (Dora and Punky) of this litter in a few days. The other two have successfully moved to their forever home and I’m sure these cuties won’t have long before they also find a new home.

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

Q: Do you have any graduation parties on your calendar this summer?

Ours will be in June. It’s never too early to start getting the yard and house in shape for a party!!

20 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – grad week”
  1. WOW, 900 donuts! Congrats to your son, Summa Cum Laude nonetheless! I haven’t played pickle ball in awhile, but the rules were so confusing! I love racket sports, I found pickle ball really tough to “get the hang of” so I kind of bailed, LOL

    1. My car smelled really great while driving those donuts around! 🍩 I agree, there are a lot of rules in Pickleball! Then we heard some guy yelling “pickle” and had no clue why. We need to research that more 😂 We only tried to hit the ball back and forth, so with that goal in mind, it was a successful first try.

  2. Congratulations to your son and you all! Graduations are so emotional for sure. I have not tried pickleball yet although some friends are trying to get us into it. Hope you are feeling better this week

    1. The Pickleball courts are always busy, and everyone was enjoying themselves. We even got an offer to join another pair! I spent very little $ on the paddles so hopefully that wasn’t a mistake. Not sure how “good” the better ones are.

  3. Congrats to your son… and the kitties.

    My kids are grown up… no parties.

    Pickle ball is everywhere… I still haven’t tried it. Am I the only one?

    1. There’s more running around than I expected! Well, that’s probably because we weren’t playing doubles, but still, my shots were going all over the place 😆

    1. Thanks! The kitties found a wonderful home!! I’m sure they are living their best lives already. We’ll probably get another litter in June. There’s no shortage of kittens who need a foster home right now!

  4. What a week! I’m getting teared up just reading about graduation… that letter from the first grade teacher must have been something. My daughter has middle school graduation this week. Not quite as momentous as high school, and we don’t have any parties planned.
    Glad your hamstring/glute is feeling better, and yay for a nine mile run. I’ll miss the kitties (I hope you get some more soon!)

    1. That’s interesting – we only had a “bridge” ceremony when the kids went from 4th grade (primary school) but no other graduations in between. Someone told me years ago that high school flies by, and yes indeed, it really did! The graduation was really nice and I think the seniors were celebrated all through the end of the school year. It was a nice send off!
      We put kitten fostering on hold for a few weeks, but we’ll get a new litter soon enough I’m sure! I need a little time to enjoy my sunroom without stepping in kitty litter. haha!!

    1. Pickleball seems more complicated than it needs to be, but I’ll be fine just knocking the ball around. You can only score when it’s your turn to serve, and I couldn’t remember if I had just served on most plays. yikes!

  5. I’m sorry the cold knocked you out for a bit — and definitely hope that that weird pain is gone!

    We didn’t have any band dinners (or senior breakfasts) when I was growing up. 900 donuts? Wow!

    It does sound like mostly you had a good week & congrats to your son (and your fosters, LOL!).

    1. The weird pain is gone! It lasted several days and made sleeping and driving uncomfortable, but then it went away just fast as it had come. Go figure! (and good riddance!!

  6. Congratulations to your son! How amazing! I imagine you are s proud, but also going to miss this chapter.

    These musicians are hard on themselves, for sure. A will be super upset about his playing sometimes, and I get it, but as long as the audience doesn’t know, it’s a win.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and hope you can get some rest!

    1. We were really thrown off by his reaction to his concert. Luckily he was fine the next day, although I didn’t bring up the topic again. It will be quite a different chapter of life now. I’m looking forward to the new experiences, for all of us!

  7. congratulations to your son! what a way to celebrate the students too. we never had any breakfasts or parties (or maybe I wasn’t invited haha) when I was in high school! sorry you were not fully fit again at the beginning of the week but hope things are much better now.

    1. Honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve graduated high school that I don’t remember if we did anything like this stuff! 😂 I forgot to mention the kids got up early to watch the sunrise too. Fun times!

  8. Congrats to your son on such a successful high school career – he’s got a very bright future ahead of him!

    I know you’re going to miss your last two kittens, but I bet there will be more to foster in your future. 🙂

    1. There’s never a shortage of kittens who need a foster home in the summer! I took a break for a couple of weeks but I’m sure they will be contacting us again as soon as we’re available. This litter was so, so cute. I’m sure they will find homes super fast.

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