Out of Sorts

I’ve been out of sorts all week.

There, I said it! I’m usually full of pep and energy with a glass half full attitude, but not this past week. Perhaps it was post-vacation reentry, or the fact that our usual five-and-a-half-hour drive home from visiting my mom took three hours longer than usual last Sunday leaving us exhausted for work on Monday, or that our FIOS cable got cut on Monday and we had no internet or TV and had to deal with that, or that my head cold continued to bother me; but whatever the case, my wheels spun all week and I had trouble transitioning back into the real world.

On a positive note, with traffic so backed up on I-81, we took the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway for part of our way home. It’s out of the way and normally much slower, but these beautiful views certainly beats looking at the back end of idling tractor trailers.


Back at My Dermatologist’s Office

It also didn’t help that I had an appointment with my dermatologist to have another basal cell carcinoma removed on Tuesday. I’m diligent about seeing my doctor twice a year for full body skin checks now that skin cancer has become a regular part of my life and all too often, he finds something that needs to be removed.



Something that certainly helped make transitioning back into the real world better was having Pablo stay with us for the past several days. Daniel and Jess are in Florida and we’ve been watching Pablo since Wednesday. They come home later today and will pick him up tomorrow.

Pablo loves exploring the creeks and trails in our neighborhood and makes the cutest little whining sounds when he sees another dog. He went nuts when we walked past the Newfoundland who lives up the street, but the lack of a smile or even a nod from the dog’s owner kept me from asking if Pablo could say hello.

Photo credit: Bill

Photo credit: Bill

Pablo’s zoomies have become a thing after his evening walk and crack us up every time!


Seen on My Run

During Monday morning’s run, a deer standing right next to the street startled the heck out of me. A lap or two later I saw it (I assume it was the same one) standing right next to one of the windows at this house. Luckily for the homeowners, it ran away from the house and didn’t jump through the window as I ran by.


On Wednesday’s run, I saw this little skunk in our neighbor’s yard as I ran back toward our house. I’ve seen it several times during the past few years, but never on our side of the neighborhood. I recognize it because it has a much wider white stripe than most other skunks I see.


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



As I mentioned above, both Monday’s and Wednesday’s early morning runs in the dark were highlighted with seeing wild animals, yet last week when I ran in the country I didn’t see anything other than cows.

Saturday morning’s run was a little later than I’d planned, but I couldn’t go until after I’d fed and walked Pablo. While running, I saw a bunny which made me three for three on the week for spotting wild animals.



Since we were watching Pablo, I took several walks with him. It was pretty hot and humid so I wasn’t inspired to go for longer walks.



I’d hoped to fit in a bike ride before Tuesday’s surgery, but I couldn’t fit it in on Monday after I realized our FIOS cable had been cut and I needed to contact Verizon to repair it.


Strength Training

It felt great to get a good strength training workout under my belt on Monday after being away from home and my gym the previous week. Wednesday’s and Friday’s workouts were limited to my lower body so I wouldn’t pull on my stitches.



I also restricted my yoga poses to those that wouldn’t put any stress on my left arm. Pablo tried to teach me how to do a proper downward facing dog, but I still can’t master his perfect form.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Do you see wild animals while on your runs, walks, or bike rides? 
  • Have you had your skin checked recently? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!