I’m finding it hard to put together a cohesive post on the events of the past week. There was a lot of heartbreak. This is generally a running/fitness blog, but in the past week all of the fitness details seem to be silly compared to what was happening in my life.

Mon – 4 easy miles, treadmill. Since it was MLK day, it was a day off work for me. I ran on the treadmill and then focused on putting Christmas stuff away. As I mentioned last week, my cat Zoe has not been doing well. I tried many things to get her to eat today, and even gave her subcutaneous fluids (IV bag) hoping that would help her out. Not much progress. Here’s my other cat Luna helping with decorations.

Tues – 5 miles with fartleks. I was tired after this one, but it felt good.

Shortly after I started working remotely from home I got a call from my Mom. My Dad had passed away. The rest of the day was spent with my Mom. My Dad has had medical issues in the past few years and even spent Christmas 2022 in the hospital, but since that time he has been home. In fact, my Mom said he had a good day on Monday. So his death was unexpected. He passed away in his sleep in the early morning, just 15 days before his 86th birthday. As you can imagine, it was a heartbreaking day. This was the last picture of him I have, from Dec 29th. It was a good night and the family was all together.

As if this wasn’t enough for the day, my daughter got in to a minor car accident in the evening. Her car was scratched when someone turned into her car. Luckily everyone was OK, but it was stressful.

Weds – Just when I thought I had no more tears to cry, we made the tough decision to put Zoe to sleep. Her breathing had changed over the night and she refused to eat and drink. Again, another very painful, heart breaking day. She was 14 years old. Zoe was mostly my daughter’s cat, and we all took her to the vet that morning. A tough thing for anyone to go through, even more so seeing my daughter hold Zoe as she passed peacefully.

The rest of the week was kind of a blur. I spent most days wondering what day it was! Final arrangements were made. I’ve spent a lot of time looking through old pictures getting ready for the visitation at the funeral home. My dad used to take us all over the country camping when I was young. Now you know where I get my sense of adventure! He also taught me the value of a dollar and instilled a strong work ethic in me.

I will miss his weekly calls asking for my assistance with his computer and to chat with me. Although his travel was limited in the past few years, he did join us for camping last year. He regularly looked for webcams to view the places I was traveling to, and give me a report on the weather and news about what was happening there. I’m pretty much still in shock from the events this past week. I can’t believe this has all happened. 😢

I hope you have had a better week than us.

29 thoughts on “Weekly Workout – darkest of days”
  1. OMG… so sorry to hear all your bad news. Hugs to you and your family.

    It doesn’t come close but my cat (1 1/2) got out Dec 4. and hasn’t come back. We are now looking for another to keep my other cat company.

    My ankle is slowly healing and but it is FRIGID here!!!!!!!!

  2. Oh gosh I am so sorry for you and your family. I know how it feels to receive an unexpected loss of a loved one and how in shock you must be. I also know there is nothing I can say to make this less painful for you so I will say, I am sending all my love and support your way for you and your family. Xoxo
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  3. Oh Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing away so unexpectedly. So sorry also about the tough decision with your kitty, and thankful your daughter’s accident was minor. Sending lots of hugs and love your way!

  4. Oh, Lisa. I’m so, so sorry to read about this. What a horrible week for you. My dad passed away in his sleep for (then) unknown reason when I was 19. It is a terrible thing when it happens. It’s terrible enough when it’s expected although you can never truly prepare for it. When I read about your dad it sounds he was a lovely man who gave you some wonderful things in life!
    And then your kitty on top of that. Sending you tons of hugs!

  5. Lisa… what a terrible week for you. I’m so, so sorry about your dad. It’s unbelievably hard to lose a parent. I will say that passing peacefully in his sleep was probably what he hoped for- but that doesn’t make it any easier for the rest of you. Having been through this, I can tell you that it will be a long time before you feel “normal” again. Honestly, I still feel sad when I think about my parents- it’s in the context of an overall happy life, but it took me a while to get there. Grieve as much as you need to, and know that you’ll get to a better place… in a bit.
    And I’m so sorry about Zoe! So sad that you had to go through both these things at the same time. Sending you hugs and good wishes this week. <3
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  6. Oh Lisa, what a heartbreaking week you had and I am so very, very sorry. I know that there really are no words that will heal any of it, but you and your family are in my thoughts and sending you so much love and virtual hugs.

  7. Oh Lisa, I’m so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. I am thinking of you and sending you strength during this difficult time. Grief is wild and just reading your post brings me back to June 2022 and I remember exactly what you’re feeling. I am so so sorry. And then to have to put your cat down as well…wow. I am impressed that you have the concentration to write a post! But I want you to know that even though we don’t know each other in person I am thinking of you and here if you need anything. Hugs to you and your family.

  8. Oh Lisa, I am so sorry about the loss of your dad, as well as all the other things that transpired this week. You are right, all the fitness details seem so trivial, but it is kind of nice to have those distractions.

    I hope you are enjoying looking through all the photos and being reminded of what a great guy your dad was. As painful as it can be, there’s just something healing about those memories. I know you’ll miss him. Sending love to you and your family.

    1. Thank you Wendy. I’ve also enjoyed hearing stories from my mom about the pictures and learning new things! It’s been a wonderful bonding experience for us in the middle of this sadness.

  9. So sorry, Lisa…what a week, and so much to deal with. I hope you can find comfort in reliving all the fond memories of your father. I’m sorry, as well, on the loss of Zoe. Sending you hugs and prayers for strength and peace through this difficult time.

  10. I am just so sorry for your losses. What an awful week. Please be gentle with yourself over this next season, and know that we are here for you.

  11. Oh Lisa I’m so sorry about everything. January just keeps hitting so hard. I totally can relate to how a fitness seems so frivolous by comparison. Sending prayers and healing light your way. Hugs.

  12. I’m so sorry to read all this hard news. And I apologise for coming to it late, as I’m behind with blog reading being in a bit of overwhelm at the moment. I am sending you my condolences, even though they’re late, and hope you are getting through the days reasonably OK.

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