weekly wrap: 9.16.18 – 9.22.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – rest
Monday – 1.6 mile hill workout + strength training
Tuesday – 5.5 miles, running, 1 mile treadmill running + strength training
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – rest
Friday – rest
Saturday – 6 miles, running + High Fitness aerobics class, 60 minutes

The theme of this week is “derailed.” There just no other way to say it, unfortunately. Ugh.

Sunday – rest

I was able to take a break on Sunday. We did the usual shopping and errands, and then little man had a birthday party. It was a drop off situation, and the mom actually let him stay another 90 minutes or so to play. We spent the evening watching the Jaguars beat the Patriots with our neighbors, and I felt like the week was off to an incredible start.

Monday – 1.6 mile hill workout + strength training

This was the week of our big school fundraiser run, so I was prepared for all kinds of insanity. I did some time in the gym, running hill intervals and working on my legs and glutes.

Otherwise, it was a perfectly quiet and ordinary Monday.

Tuesday – 5.5 miles, running + 1 mile treadmill +strength training

Had a fairly nice run, although it was a little shorter than I would have liked.

However, we had little man’s conference so Mr PugRunner and I both had to be at school bright and early. We had a great report and he is doing very well in 5th grade. His teachers agreed that he is an incredibly pleasant and helpful young man, which made us so happy to hear.

Afterwards, we were off on our separate ways: I went back to the gym to finish another mile of running and do some strength training. Mr PugRunner went to work.

Little man had his first day of after-school chorus, and I am very excited to see his holiday performance.

Wednesday – rest

I woke up at 2:30 AM feeling MISERABLE. My head, neck and lower back ached and I was alternately burning up then freezing. I was fairly convinced I had the flu. I tossed and turned four hours, just trying to get comfortable, and when the alarm finally went off, I told Mr PugRunner that I just couldn’t get myself together. He was quick to to take over.

And I spent most of the day in bed or on the couch. The feverish feeling left, but I was still pretty foggy. I think it was just exhaustion and a day of doing pretty much nothing was hugely helpful. I planned to get up early and get right back on track, but my running buddy and Mr PugRunner both told me I was making a bad choice and to just give myself a break.

Thursday – rest

We had a bit of an upset when Delilah woke up in the middle of the night with breathing issues. Bad breathing issues. Mr PugRunner had gotten her calmed down but she started up again and we agreed she needed immediate treatment, so off to the emergency vet they went.

It was a rough morning – as our youngest pug, we were absolutely not expecting issues with her, as we deal with Molly’s old age and Bentley’s ear and “seizure” episodes. After and IV, X-rays, bloodwork and some time spent in an oxygen crate, she was diagnosed with a collapsing trachea (common to the breed), but would need to be seen by our regular vet. Mr PugRunner made the transfer, and the two professionals worked as a team to find answers.

The X-rays turned up a slight chance of heart enlargement. She was scheduled for an ultrasound on Friday.

Mr PugRunner stayed home with her while I went off to handle my first den meeting of the year. We have several new scouts this year, so it will take a little bit to get in a groove again, but I’m excited.

Friday – rest

It was the day of our annual fundraising run! This is our school’s biggest money-maker and we had been working quite tirelessly to get it together. S and I arrived at 7:00 AM to  get the setup finalized, and by 8:50, we were ready to run.

Besides the heat, it was a wonderful day. Everything ran perfectly smoothly, and the kids had a blast. Mr PugRunner was among the volunteers helping, which was nice, and little man did an awesome job with his laps!

At some point, the bullhorn got handed over to me – I despise public speaking but an MC was needed, so I took over the job for several hours and tried to make the most of it.

I was so happy to get home, get a shower and get some food. We will still need to collect the remainder of our pledges, but so far it seems like it was a very successful fundraiser, so mission accomplished.

On a sidenote: Delilah’s ultrasound came back clear, but she did have to get an EKG. We are still waiting on those results. We are currently treating for a bladder infection and have moved her to a special diet to lose weight. The trachea is what it is. Hopefully that will be the end of it. She’s over it.

Saturday – 6 miles, running + high fitness aerobics class

I wasn’t planning on running, but when I woke up, I really felt the need to stretch my legs, so I went out for six miles. And made a new friend.

Afterwards, I met my friend L at her community fitness center. She had invited me to take part in a High Fitness aerobics class. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but whew. What fun! It was great music, high energy, and felt great. The calorie burn was absolutely insane, and it didn’t even feel like an hour went by. I loved the instructor and would love to take more classes.

The rest of the day was spent just chilling out and watching NCAA football. I didn’t have the energy for much else and it was good to have a break.

 

I did hate that I was knocked on my butt this week. It’s so hard to mentally come back from sickness and exhaustion, and I struggled with telling myself it was ok. I felt like I had been working so hard to be so consistent and then it all went out the window. That being said, I desperately needed a few days of nothing (and quite frankly, with all the running around I did on Friday, it was probably just as effective as an actual workout, so I didn’t miss all that much). Onward and upward is going to be my motto to get me through the rest of this month!

How was your week in training?

Have you ever tried High Fitness?

 

5 ways to avoid being “that girl (or guy)” at the gym

I know. I’m new-ish to the gym scene. My experience level is nowhere near what one might consider high.

In the last few months, our community built and opened a brand new gym. It’s around 1000 square feet and has a serviceable combination of machines and free weights. Membership is included in our HOA fees, and it’s a two minute drive (or five minute jog) to get there.  I’m thrilled to have access to  this brand new and convenient facility  and love taking advantage of equipment I don’t have at home. Cross training has become so much more accessible to me and I’ve felt great about how I’ve stepped things up this month.

With that out of the way, I never expected this to be a post I would need to write. That I would even be qualified to write. But I’ve seen some things in this local, neighborhood gym over the last few weeks, that lead me to believe that people need a refresher course in common sense.

Sharing is NOT caring!

I’m not a germaphobe by any stretch of the imagination, nor am I afraid of little colds or bugs.  I believe in perspiring out toxins and if I’m under the weather, often feel much better after a good sweat session. However, dragging your sick self to the local gym where you proceed to liberally hack all over the equipment in an enclosed space is pretty uncalled for.

If you’re sick but feeling well enough to work out, more power to you, but do it outside in the fresh air or in the privacy of your own home. Skipping a few days until you’re in better health isn’t going to make much difference to you but will make a world of difference to the people who weren’t interested in catching your cough, cold or flu.

Clean the equipment you use!

On the days I have been at the gym with other people, I have noticed a disturbing trend: despite the availability of wipes, NO ONE CLEANS THE EQUIPMENT AFTER USE! I just can’t even understand it.

It’s inevitable that working out will lead to sweating, which leads to some form of bodily fluid getting all over handles, grips, seats, rests and other parts of the machines and equipment. I didn’t think much of everyone’s clean up routine until the day I noticed the wipes were out. I ended up borrowing wipes from a mom at the adjacent pool to wipe down after myself, and decided to keep a small container of Lysol wipes in my gym bag for emergencies. Imagine my surprise when the next time at the gym, a gentleman asked to share dumbbells and refused the wipe that I offered him.

WHAT???

Of course, now I wipe down everything before and after I use it, but it’s a little disheartening to see people just walk out without regard for the condition in which they leave the space.

Be considerate with your selfies.

Obviously, if you don’t post your gains to the gram, they don’t count, but that doesn’t mean everyone in the room wants to be insta-famous. If you’re going to snap selfies, be discreet and make sure the only subject is you.

Hey, if you happen to be lucky and you’re the only one in your community gym, go crazy with the solo photo shoot and Facebook live feeds, but if the gym is packed, restrain yourself.  Your neighbors will appreciate it. (And I hope it goes without saying that photos should never be taken in a locker room or to shame or mock your fellow gym goers).

This is my dance space. This is your dance space.

Obviously, in a community gym, there’s probably not much empty floor space, so we all have to make the best of it. The current layout is pretty reasonable, and the dumbbells, tension straps and swiss and medicine balls can all be moved to other parts of the gym.

If one person is lifting weights on the incline bench, there is absolutely no reason for a second person to come over and set up shop with the tension bands within six inches of said bench. Grab the bands and a mat and find another part of the floor nearby. I promise you, the first person will be done soon and would rather focus on their lifting form than avoiding elbows and sweat in her space.

Be flexible.

So you get to the gym, ready for sprints on the treadmill, only to find all the units are occupied. Bummer.

With limited equipment, getting shut out of your preferred activity is a frustrating risk. However, there’s no reason to cop an attitude. Instead, warm up on the bike, do some stretching or foam rolling, or even get in a light dumbbell routine while you wait. If you are on the clock, hop on the elliptical instead and come back later. It’s a much more productive way of spending your time and some workout is better than no workout.

On the flip side, if you are working out and notice the gym is busy, try not to hoard equipment. It’s unreasonable to expect to reserve the treadmill between squat reps when other people want to use it. Work through one machine or station at a time, even if it means your order of routine is altered. It’s just the considerate thing to do.

And did I mention, wipe down your equipment when you’re finished?

What bad behaviors have you experienced from fellow gym goers?

What are your gym pet peeves?

 

weekly wrap: 9.9.18 – 9.15.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday –8 miles, running
Monday – back + bicep workout
Tuesday – 6.25 miles, running + leg/glute workout
Wednesday – 1.5 miles, running (hill intervals) + shoulders/standing core workout
Thursday – 5.9 miles, running
Friday – rest
Saturday – 8 miles, running

I feel like every time I say things are going to settle, they just don’t, so obviously, I need to stop saying that. It’s not working well for me.

Sunday – 8 miles, running

I took off on a somewhat later solo run. And I managed to get to 8 miles, even though the sun did its worst. I was ok with the tradeoff of getting a little extra snooze in.

While out there, I had a huge craving for a lobster roll and when I got home, asked Mr PugRunner if he would be down for it. Cousins Maine Lobster had opened in the vicinity and all the photos on IG looked so delicious. Bonus: it was a business featured on Shark Tank, which is Mr PugRunner’s favorite.

My meal was phenomenal and I can’t wait to go back to try the bisque. Say yes to the Whoopie Pies.

Monday – back + bicep workout

I was able to get in a fairly rigorous session at the gym. I would have liked to have spent more time on the elliptical (I just used it for a small cool down), but my body just doesn’t seem to move that way.

Tuesday – 6.25 miles running + leg/glute workout

We had a solid morning run as a group.

The humidity is unreal.

I did some writing and editing work during the day and in the afternoon, met up with S so we could stick cups in the fence at school. The glamour is real, friends. Since we are a newer school, we have not yet accumulated things like fence decorations, so we were finally able to get the name of our mascot stuck in the fence.

Living the dream:

Yes, it was burning hot and we were both sweaty messes by the time it was done. However, the fence looks awesome and we now know we are fully qualified to install cup art.

Another bright spot in the day is that Best Damn Race revealed their Jacksonville medals. Check out these beauties! I can’t wait to earn mine! Join me on January 12 and use code RUNPUGS to save $5 on this or any other Best Damn Race city or distance!

Wednesday – 1.5 miles, running (hill intervals) + shoulders/standing core workout

I took to the treadmill for some hill intervals. I don’t love them, but it’s a good workout and a great way to warm up for my strength session.

After that, it was on to the shoulders and my core. I found a workout that encompasses weighted side bends, woodchoppers, core stabilizers and bow and arrow moves, where you never have to even get on the ground. It’s still pretty rigorous and didn’t take very long at all.

S called me from the school and I went up to join her to try inflating our new event arch. We will be able to use it for our fundraiser run, but then also for our carnival and other school events. It’s a bit of a monster, but it’s going to be very impressive on the morning of our event.

Thursday – 5.9 miles, running

Thursday’s run was great, but I had to cut it short – my stomach had had enough and I barely made it home in time. Who’s been there?

Oh, and adding insult to injury – we have a new neighbor. This has been identified as a baby panther, which seems to live under a magnolia tree in a part of the neighborhood that touches a preserve area. It’s a bit unsettling and I hope we don’t bump into him.

It took me a little while to start feeling better, but I probably could have benefited from a bit of a nap. It wasn’t meant to be, as we had more meetings at the school: one with the principal regarding some future plans and one with the PE Coach about our fun run. I love being part of the planning process and I am so hopeful this year is hugely successful.

In the evening, we welcomed our new Scouts and leaders to our Pack. It was nice to meet the new kiddos and their parents. I will have five new scouts in my den this year, and while that’s a few more than I was expecting, they seem like fabulous kids and it’s going to be a great year.

Friday – rest

I really don’t have much nice to say about Friday. It started out nicely enough with a breakfast with another Scout leader, but quickly deteriorated. Mr PugRunner ended up at the Minute Clinic with suspected pinkeye (he was diagnosed with conjunctivitis, which may or may not have been contagious and may or may not have resulted from allergies). This led to me coming home to bleach, scrub and sterilize every surface in the house.

On the plus side, my friend had planned to take little man to her house for the night, and she is absolutely not as squeamish about pink eye as I am, and said that as long as he came home from school without symptoms, she was fine having him. It was a huge help to me, and the best news is that little man and I remained completely unscathed.

Needless to say, my only exercise for the day involved carrying loads of sheets and towels up and down the stairs.

Saturday – 8 miles, running

S was gracious enough to join me for eight miles. It was the hottest day of the year, and we could feel it. Regardless, it was good to bank those miles, even though I chafed miserably from my shorts (they were soaked by the end of the run).

After a shower, I treated myself to an iced coffee and picked up little man. We watched the Miami Hurricanes beat Toledo State and then he went off to play while I handled a second round of deep cleaning, just in case (by this point, he had been on his meds long enough and no one else was showing signs, so we were pretty much in the clear).

The icing on the cake of the day was Bentley had another semi-severe episode. It broke my heart to see him disoriented again. Hopefully, the vet will have some more answers for us this week.

I crashed in front of the The Greatest Showman with a beer and a bowl of popcorn, and that was how my day ended.

 

I was just incredibly run down and defeated this week. I work really hard to stay positive and brush things off, but there are days and weeks where I just don’t have the enthusiasm for it. I am feeling myself withdrawing a lot, which happens from time to time, but I need some down time to recharge. That’s going to have to be a priority this week, or else I’ll probably start hiding under the kitchen table.

Onward and upward (but hopefully far from that big baby panther!)

How was your week in training?

Do you share a community with a baby panther or similar wildlife?

How do you pick yourself up when things gets to be a little much?

weekly wrap: 9.2.18 – 9.8.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday –7 miles, running
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 6.2 miles, running 
Wednesday – 1.6 miles, running (hill intervals) + ultimate arm workout
Thursday – 6.17 miles, running + tone, torch & tighten workout
Friday – 3 miles,  running
Saturday – core workout

I struggled this week. Not in workouts – I seemed to have those dialed in. However, the rest of the week was a terrible scramble. There were many awesome highlights, but we had some tough times as well.

Sunday – 7 miles, running

It was a bit of a lie start to my morning miles, but I managed to stick it out for seven. Yay!

I tried to have a chill rest of the morning, because the day was going to be hectic. First up, a baby shower for a dear friend. Her (for now) youngest son and little man met in pre-school and have been buddies ever since. It was a lovely afternoon, celebrating the newest member of their family.

And then it was home for the Miami Hurricanes season opener. We had a few people over and though the game didn’t end quite as we would have hoped, we did have a great time with our fellow fans.

Monday – rest

Normally, I run a Labor Day 5K, but I skipped it this year. We had a late night with the game, and little man had a friend sleep over.

It felt weird not being part of a holiday race (you know how I love those), but it was also good to spend time with the family.

Tuesday – 6.17 miles, running

It was nice to get back on the road after Labor Day.

When I got home, I started to get the pugs fed and things moving for school, but there was a bit of a problem. Bentley ate his breakfast and then started falling. He couldn’t seem to get his feet under him, couldn’t hold his head upright and his eyes were twitching back and forth so badly. It was terrible and we felt so helpless.

Mr PugRunner was able to get him a morning appointment at the vet, where we were told that he most likely has vestibular disease, a glitch with the nerves in his inner ear. The vet was fairly certain it was a one-off, triggered by his ear infection, but we needed to keep an eye on it – continuation of the symptoms would mean something far more dire 🙁

Wednesday – 1.6 miles, hill intervals + ultimate arm workout

I have found some really great workout cards on Pinterest, and am finding they fit in beautifully with what the neighborhood gym has to offer. This time, I did a nice hill workout on the treadmill as my warm up, and then finished up with a circuit of raises, presses, curls and rows.

Thursday – 6.2 miles, running + tone, torch & tighten workout

We had a sluggish 6.2 miler. My upper body was on fire and I was tired.

Later, I took on a workout that focused a bit more on the lower body with some squats and deadlifts, but still gave a nod to raises and curls. Ouch.

I had to help out at the school in the afternoon, and could not wait to get home to get my hands on my brand new Brooks Bedlams.

These are a stability shoe – very lightweight, very flexible, with a new cushioning system that is both soft with lots of pop and energy return. While I love my Adrenalines, the Bedlams have a lower drop (8mm vs 12mm) and seem to be a bit more in line with some other shoes I love. I was excited to give them a go.

That night, we had our Sign Up Night for Scouts. We had lots of interest and plenty of new families joined us to register their kiddos and see what we are all about.

Friday – 3 miles, running

This was just a quickie run to try out the Bedlams. It wasn’t an entirely fair test. My muscles were all burning from my gym time this week, and it was hard to get moving, but from what I could tell, I loved them. I am excited to put them through their paces on a longer distance this upcoming week.

Afterwards, we had a PTA meeting, followed by a Teacher Tailgate. I was able to stay through most of the luncheon, but Bentley was having more episodes and after his vet visit, we wanted someone to be home with him.

We still don’t have super clear answers. It could be old age (he’s going to be 13 soon). It could be a tumor (this is the last possibility, so we’re trying not to think about it). It could be side effects of his ear infections, or drainage or a reaction to something. We are ruling out things, keeping him well-loved and under close observation and hopefully, we can get a handle on it without it being too serious.

Saturday – core workout

I was in no mood to do much of anything on Saturday, except sit back and relax.

Mr PugRunner took little man to his friend’s house (which ended up turning into a sleepover) and I caught up on streaming some movies on Amazon Prime. They have a fantastic selection.

I did manage to get in a rigorous core workout, full of crunches, bird dogs, side crunches and one legged kettlebell deadlifts. I was glad that I felt motivated to get it done.

 

And so ended the first full week of September. The Atlantic is currently brewing with tropical depressions and hurricane potential. We have several huge fundraisers going on at school and in Scouts.

I’m crazy worried about our sweet pug and I’m starting to get a little anxious about some of my deadlines coming up. I know it will all get done (it always does), but I go through these swings of needing to work it all out in my head (including all possible scenarios, positive and negative) first.

 

How was your week in training?

If you live near the Atlantic Coast, are you ready for the upcoming storm season?

race report: tijuana flats summer beach run {8.25.18}

One of the longest-running (see what I did there) races in the Northeast Florida area is the Tijuana Flats Summer Beach Run 5 Miler. It’s part of the local Grand Prix series, and is, as advertised, five miles on the sand of Jacksonville Beach.

And before a few weeks ago, I had somehow managed to never run it.

My usual August race is Tour De Pain, but I was out of town when that rolled around, and the Summer Beach Run, rescheduled to the end of the month, was a suitable replacement. Even though I didn’t know anyone else running, and it was an evening event in the dead of summer, I went ahead and registered.

As race day approached, I considered blowing it off. I don’t know why I felt jittery. I’m generally fine doing runs by myself, and the distance certainly wasn’t an issue. I just wasn’t feeling it.

The day of the race was spent almost entirely standing outside manning a popcorn table with the Scouts, so my legs were certainly tired and I was probably not hydrated or fueled properly. As I was getting ready to leave the house, a nasty storm passed through, and I let Mr PugRunner and little man off the hook for coming with me. They opted in, however, and Mr PugRunner said that the rain would absolutely stop.

Which was good, because we all know how I feel about running in the rain.

Mr PugRunner let me out of the car at the Seaside Pavilion to collect my shirt and bib while he went to find a parking spot. I was able to snag my stuff and use the port a potty before they joined me. There was still some time before the start, so we wandered around the booths and listened to the live music. I tried to balance drinking my Nuun and not having to use the bathroom, but I wanted to stay hydrated in the heat and sun of the afternoon.

At the appointed time, I headed down to the start line on the sand.

There was some great music and Orange Theory was on hand to do a warm up. Mr PugRunner advised me to keep an eye on the tide: it was coming way up on the beach, and the boys got out of the way of the runners.

After the National Anthem, it was go-time.

Even though this race was comprised of all the things I don’t love (sand, evening, August heat and humidity), I really enjoyed it. The sand was flat and firm enough that I didn’t have any jangling in my hip. It was kind of interesting to have to dodge around the people who were actually there relaxing on the beach with their towels, chairs and umbrellas, but it kept me focused for the duration, and people tended to stay put and out of the way as best they could.

There was just enough of a light breeze to make the heat tolerable, and it remained overcast so the sun was never a problem.

I even got to run alongside the Navy for quite a bit, which was nice because they were running in cadence and made it pretty easy to follow.

The course was fairly easy: 2.5 miles south on the sand, then looping around to return. With about 2/10 of a mile to go, the course cut up through the softer sand and on to the paved walkway along the beach. While the soft sand was no picnic, that final sprint on asphalt was lovely.

It was one of the strongest runs I’ve had in a while.

The afterparty was rocking. Tijuana Flats was handing out tacos and chips and salsa. There was live music and free beer for runners, as well as ice cream trucks lined up for cool treats. The boys and I had dinner plans, so I grabbed a beer rather than a snack.

I loved scoring some bling again, too!

With all said and done, this was just the race event I needed. It was a bit of a confidence boost, and I loved feeling how all my summer training miles have paid off. I wouldn’t think twice about doing this one again in the future, but I also loved trying something new and being so pleasantly surprised.

Would you take on an August evening beach race?

Are you Team Taco after a big race?

weekly wrap: 8.26.18 – 9.1.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – rest
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 4 miles, running + arms
Wednesday – 5 miles, running
Thursday – rest
Friday – 7 miles, running
Saturday – rest

This week looks super light as far as miles are concerned. The Saturday night race right before it started ate into the overall totals. That being said, I ended August with a grand total of 94 miles so it can’t be too bad, right?

Sunday – rest

I was really tired and just wanted to chill on Sunday. However in the morning, I was scheduled for a second popcorn Show + Sell for the Scouts with little man, this one lasting two hours. It’s for a fabulous cause but it makes for a long day.

When we wrapped up, we had plans to meet friends at the pool. Due to some earlier rain, we had the entire area to ourselves, and everything was going beautifully, until little man bit wrong on a chip. With the amount of blood and carrying on, we thought he may have cracked it, so we moved the party back to our house and tried to keep an eye on his mouth.

Monday – rest

It was another morning where I struggled to get up. I let the run plans go and just focused on things I had to do. I had volunteered to help out with school pictures, and so spent the entire morning at the school, organizing the lines of kids. It went fairly smoothly and it’s good to be able to help out.

Little man was still complaining about his tooth, and even though he had a scheduled appointment in ten days, I made another appointment for Tuesday to get him checked. I didn’t want him to be uncomfortable, especially with a holiday weekend coming up.

Tuesday – 4 miles, running + arms

In the morning, thunder and lightning derailed my run plans. Ugh. I was really feeling edgy about it, so I decided to check out the new gym in our community.

While I do typically hate the treadmill, I was able to do a nice hill interval workout, good for almost two miles, followed by 25 minutes of arm work, and wrapped up with another two miles of running. In all that, I didn’t have to use any walk breaks, which was kind of nice and encouraging.

In the evening, I had to report back to school for the first of two Open House nights. Tuesday’s event was for VPK through second grade parents, and attendance was pretty high. The PTA sold memberships and spirt wear and it ended up being quite successful.

Wednesday – rest

After getting little man off to school, I had the rest of the morning to focus on some work. at 12:15, the PTA had a meeting regarding our upcoming fundraiser run, and some communication work. It was a productive day.

Thursday – 5 miles, running

Thursday was a bit of a tough day.

When I got back from my run, little man was having a tough time with some wheezing. Allergy season is back, but the wheezing made us nervous, so we kept him home and got him in to the doctor. The good news is that it wasn’t croup or the start of any other respiratory issues – she prescribed us another course of meds for his nebulizer and he was good to go. I hate feeling like I’m overreacting, but I don’t tend to mess around with lungs.

That night, we had the second Open House for the older grades. I worked the PTA table for the first shift and then sat in on the 5th grade session to see what they would be learning and doing this year. I love little man’s teacher (actually both of them – he has a main instructor for homeroom, math and science and then switches to the reading, writing and social studies teacher) and it sounds like they’re going to have a great year.

Friday – rest

Things returned to normal on Friday, and I was glad to have a quiet day at home. I attempted to send Mr PugRunner out with one of his buddies to catch a band at a dive bar near our house, but that buddy turned around and invited him and little man to a Mini Kiss concert at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.

The kids needed up having a blast at the show and little man wants to attend more concerts.

I sat this one out – I was just feeling ridiculously exhausted and worn out and needed a night on the couch. I ended up watching Deadpool 2 while I did some work, and had a great night in.

Saturday – rest

I vaguely considered getting up for a run but staying in bed was pretty darn nice, too.

Little man had a buddy come over for the afternoon while Mr PugRunner met with our HOA President regarding a fall event they will be organizing for the community. I did a bunch of cleaning and a little bit of shopping, and it was nice to just have nothing major on the agenda for the day.

 

This week was rough. I wasn’t feeling 100% and I wasn’t getting good sleep. Our oldest pug had some pretty restless nights (she goes through phases of wakefulness) and I think it all just added up for me. I would have like to see some more miles, but I think it was ok to cut back a little bit. I choose to give myself a break on this one.

How was your week in training?

Do you ever have those weeks where you are just completely overwhelmed and need to decompress?

 

august runfessions

I haven’t had too many runfessions lately, but I think it’s time to join up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice and give it a go.

I runfess….

It’s been a hot hot hot summer, and it’s shown up in the slowness of my miles. My runfession is that the slowdown hasn’t really bothered me as much as I thought it would. After all, I can close the books on August with about 94 miles for the month and 699 for the year so far. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, and I actually feel like I have been enjoying my runs much more than in the past.

I runfess…

I am really glad to have a new gym in our neighborhood. I runfess that I have only been one time since it opened, but my runfession is that I have been a super slacker with my cross training. I don’t know how much it’s negatively affected my performance, but I need to be better about not neglecting the other parts of my body to focus on running.

I runfess…

I was thunder and lightning-ed out of a run the other day so I sucked it up and got on a treadmill. Usually, I despise the treadmill, but for some reason, this one was ok. I didn’t have any pain or discomfort in my hips at all (usually, I get some kind of jangling feeling that last with me for a few days), and even with the hill interval setting and a few extra miles, I was able to run straight through without my Galloway intervals. I’ll try it again.

I runfess…

I’ve struggled with blogging lately. I love this blog and I love writing but I have been spread very thin and sometimes it’s just so hard to sit down and make it happen, especially when I’m writing and doing social media on contract. I commit to be better and to manage my time properly so I can continue my writing here.

 

What would you runfess?

weekly wrap: 8.19.18 – 8.25.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – rest
Monday – 4 miles, running
Tuesday – 7.2  miles, running
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – 7 miles, running
Friday – rest
Saturday – Summer Beach Run, 5 miles

Well, the wheels fell off the arm challenge bus this week. I just didn’t have the energy. There were a few times were I started to do the pushups, but I couldn’t rally for much more. I think I can pick up where I left off this week, and made more of an effort, but sometimes, those great intentions don’t work out.

Here’s what DID work out.

Sunday – rest

We can probably call this more of an active recovery day. Some friends and I got up early and went to the Beaches Go Green clean up in Neptune Beach with the kids. I have been making a huge effort to give back as much as we can, and this was a great event for the kiddos.

Unfortunately, I was slammed with PTA work (our first big fundraiser is right around the corner), so I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening at home with the boys went to an impromptu play date. I hated to miss out but I knew I wasn’t going to have much chance to get things done once Monday came.

Monday – 4 miles, running

I had a terrible night’s sleep, and finally just decided to go for a quick run to clear my head. It was rough but I felt better about things, so it was worth it.

At 7:30, S and I had a meeting with the new principal and the PE Coach regarding said fundraiser. They both just needed to be brought up to speed on how everything would work, and it seems like everyone is on the same page and eager to get started.

And then it was karate and homework and normal Monday things.

Tuesday – 7.25 miles, running

We had a group of three for this run. Now that school is back in session, I do end up going out a little earlier to accommodate one of the moms who needs to get her kiddos out to school before I do. This leads to me running a little bit more without realizing it, so I don’t mind too much.

Tuesday was pretty exciting because the PTA President and I got to go boulder shopping. The new principal wanted a Celebration Rock for the school – people can rent it and paint it with birthday or congratulatory messages and it’s supposed to be a huge hit. That being said, one has to select just the right boulder for the occasion.

After much discussion of size, available painting surface and price, we finally made a decision and made our purchase.

It was kind of a life highlight, if I’m being honest.

Wednesday – rest

In the morning, I helped proctor one of the early rounds of testing. I had plans to stick around the school to wait for the boulder delivery and was thrilled that it arrived pretty much right when my shift ended.

Perfect timing.

For dinner, I made another crack at SkinnyTaste’s zucchini “meat” balls. They are quickly becoming a favorite.

Thursday – 7 miles, running

Another seven mile run in the heat and humidity. Will it ever end?

S and I ran to a few stores to get painting supplies for the boulder, and then we spent several hours actually decorating it. In full sun.

Not one of my better ideas.

That night, we had our back-to-Pack Scout meeting. This was for all the Scouts continuing from last year and their parents, and we went over all the fun things we will be doing this year, as well as handing out all the patches, trophies and awards from the summer activities. Little man ended up earning pretty much everything there was to earn, which was pretty cool.

Friday – rest

On Friday, we had our Room Parent and Volunteer Information meeting at the school. This was a breakfast meeting to go over rules and expectations, and we had great attendance. We ran a little long, and I was incredibly happy to get home afterwards.

Saturday – Summer Beach Run, 5 miles

In the morning, little man and I joined two other Scouts for a popcorn Show & Sell. The Scouts have a popcorn fundraiser and for the first weekend of sales, we try to set up and sell product outside a grocery store or place of business. It ended up being a great sales day and the kids were so encouraged by and grateful for all the people who were happy too support them.

And then… I raced! I raced! While I am trying to get in at least one race per month, my last showing was all the way back on 4th of July, so there was a big, two month space between the two. I really missed being out there.

I had never done the Summer Beach Run before, but I needed that August race so five miles in the evening on the sand it was.

I’ll get to the full race report this week, but I really had a fabulous time – much better than I thought I would.

And yay for some bling!

 

With my slacking on the arm challenge, I am going to definitely make more of an effort to get into the gym this week. I’ve got several meetings and events going one, so I don’t know how my energy levels will hold up, but all I can do is try.

 

How was your week in training?

How does five miles on the sand in the late afternoon sound to you?

weekly wrap: 8.12.18 – 8.18.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – 8 miles, running + arm challenge
Monday – arm challenge
Tuesday – 6 miles, running
Wednesday – arm challenge
Thursday – 7 miles, running  + arm challenge 
Friday – 6 miles, running
Saturday – rest

Still going strong with the arm challenge, even though the increased numbers are getting a bit daunting. Also, this was another solid mileage week. I’m looking forward to some kind of break in the temperatures, but we all know how that goes around here.

Sunday – 8 miles, running

I’ve been feeling like a bit of a slacker with my long runs, so we pushed for eight on Sunday.

When I was finished, and handled the grocery store, I went off to the movies with some girlfriends (take two of The Spy Who Dumped Me), while little man went to see The Meg with a friend and his dad. Shockingly, he loved it.

I got home from the flick to pouring rain and an impromptu, back to school BBQ set up in the driveway. It was a nice way to end the day.

Monday – arm challenge (18 pushups, 25 tricep dips, 50 curls, :35 punches)

I took a bit of a rest on Monday, sticking to the arm challenge and then handling PTA memberships before karate and a Scout leader’s meeting. Our first meeting for returning scouts is soon, so we are trying to make sure we have all our ducks in a row.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running + arm challenge (20 pushups, 30 tricep dips, 55 curls, :40 punches)

I was tired from being up late, but was able to get in six miles of running, along with the scheduled circuit of arm stuff.

Wednesday – arm challenge (22 pushups, 35 tricep dips, 60 curls, :45 punches)

Arms! Ugh. Upper body is not my favorite. I confess to being a little envious of those who have a little more natural strength up top. My power has always been in my legs, so it’s easy to neglect my weaker spots.

At school, we had our Boo Hoo or Yahoo Breakfast, welcoming parents of new Kindergarteners, followed by a PTA meeting.

There are lots of faces, both new and familiar, and everyone seems very excited about what we have planned for the year. Hopefully, that shows in the assistance we get at our events.

S and I had a few things to discuss regarding an upcoming fundraiser, so we opted to go to lunch. I have been wanting to try the Smoked. Southern BBQ joint at the Fountain of Youth, so off we went. My only regret is that I didn’t have enough room to eat one of everything on the menu.

Thursday – 7 miles, running + arm challenge (25 pushups, 40 tricep dips, 65 curls, :50 punches)

This run felt really good and I was glad to reach seven miles.

Friday – 6 miles, running

And finally, it was Friday. Yay, Friday! First, we ran.

I ran some errands to pick up things for the evening, because little man was having a sleepover with one of his buddies at the house. At this age, they can pretty much entertain thesmselves, so I didn’t make too many special plans. We grilled (the boys helped with that) and then Mr PugRunner took them to the park to play basketball and check out the playground. While they were out, we had a pretty lengthy power outage, but the lights (and air conditioning!) came back before they returned.

Saturday – rest

I had played with the idea of getting in a few more miles, but I had gone to bed and woke up way too early anyway, so decided to skip it.

After our guest had breakfast and got picked up, we went on with the rest of our day. Little man had a pool party and then Mr PugRunner asked if we could go to dinner and the beach. I had a ton of work to do, but figured I could put it off for a night out.

I’m still catching up, but it was worth it.

 

And so there it is. We are almost to the end of July and still going strong! I am hoping to   complete this arm challenge and start adding in yoga again. There’s just a bit of an adjustment to the new school year, and fitting things in, but it’s going fairly well. I’m always looking for that rhythm and groove, and I think I’m right about there.

How was your week in training?

How long does it take you to adjust to a new schedule?

 

 

weekly wrap: 8.5.18 – 8.11.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – 4.91 miles, city walking
Monday – arm challenge (5 pushups + tricep dips, 10 curls + punches)
Tuesday – 8 miles, running + arm challenge (8 pushups + tricep dips, 15 curls + punches)
Wednesday – arm challenge (10 pushups + tricep dips, 20 curls + punches)
Thursday – 6 miles, running
Friday – arm challenge (12 pushups, 15 tricep dips, 30 curls, 25 punches)
Saturday – arm challenges (15 pushups, 20 tricep dips, 40 curls, 30 punches)

I am writing this blog post from the comfort of my big armchair. Little man is at school. Mr PugRunner is at work. I have a few pieces to write and social media graphics to design, and I would like to check out my new community gym. But that’s about it.

A blogger could get used to this.

Sunday – 4.91 miles, city walking

And we bring it back to DC. A is an unapologetic breakfast lover, so we had epic brunch plans. Even with call ahead, we ended up waiting almost three hours for our meal (which was good, but not three hours good). I had snagged half a bagel at the house, but was feeling terrible and nauseous by the time we got food in front of us. Ugh.

Before we had to go to the airport with two of our group, we parked near the National Mall and did a few hours exploring the Smithsonian Museums.

They all offer free admission, so it was really a no-brainer. We wanted to try the Museum of Natural History, but the line was around the block, so we opted for the National Art Gallery instead.

Can you guess why this was my favorite painting?

We also walked through the National Art Gallery Sculpture Garden and even took a moment to visit the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in the National Archives.

The whole day was just breathtaking and overwhelming. To be in the presence of so much beauty and history is nothing short of a privilege. I cannot wait to return with the family.

Monday – arm challenge

We had an early morning flight, and made it home right around lunchtime. It was so good to see my boys again.

Of course, we got home and resumed normal operation again: karate, helping out neighbors and the like. I also got in my arm challenge of five pushups, five tricep dips, ten bicep curls and ten seconds of punches. I always think these challenges start really easily, and consider skipping ahead to the bigger numbers, but figured I would try to start at the beginning and make it through 30 days.

Tuesday – 8 miles, running + arm challenge

It felt so amazing to run that I just went for the eight. M tagged along for the last two miles, and while we complained, we were both glad we did it.

For the arm challenge, I moved up to 8 pushups and tricep dips, 15 bicep curls and 15 seconds of punches.

Little man and I went to the school for “Helping Hands” – it’s a service our PTA provides to teachers to help with things like laminating, cutting, collating, and doing small projects. We do it weekly, but we also offer it before schools starts to help with their classroom setup. It took us a few hours, but we got it all done.

That evening was kind of a big deal. Little man and one of his denmates had been asked to give a speech at an awards dinner hosted by the BSA.

It was a last minute request, but they rose to the challenge. It was a long night since they had to be at the venue early to practice and then be a part of the evening’s festivities. I may be biased, but they did an amazing job at something that was way out of both their comfort zones. Not to mention, it was great public speaking practice.

Wednesday – arm challenge

Before heading out, I hit my obligation of 10 pushups and tricep dips, 20 bicep curls and 20 seconds of punches.

We had a date with a friend and her daughter to go to a sea turtle lecture at one of our local state park. The park offers these talks fairly regularly, included with your admission/parking fee.

It was very educational, and we ended the morning with some time on the beach, enjoying the sun and the tide pools.

Afterwards, it was time to get school on the mind. I had helped drive boxes of tshirts and swag over to the school to get set up for orientation the next morning. It was going to be a long and busy morning, but we got as much of the prep done on Wednesday night so we would be ready.

Thursday – 6 miles, running 

S and I got up extra early to fit in our run before Orientation. We were at the school at 7:00 AM to get the final details handled, and by the time the doors opened at 8:00, we were ready. The PTA staffed tables signing people up for memberships, as well as selling field trip shirts, spirit shirts and things like car magnets, bows and other kinds of swag.

In the meantime, little man would take over the Cub Scouts recruitment table with a couple of the other leaders in another part of the hall. I am so proud of how much he has matured over the summer and how he is so reliable stepping up to help where needed.

Before that, however, Mr PugRunner and he took the school supplies up to his new classroom to meet his teacher. We are so excited for this year, and know that he will have a great one.

When Orientation was over, little man had a Safety Patrol meeting to check in and get his post for the first month of school. We then had to go on a whirlwind trip around town: we had to pick up cake pops, grab some last minute outfits for school, have lunch, and treat ourselves to one last summer dessert.

Friday – arm challenge

It had arrived: the last first day of elementary school for my son. Nope. I didn’t cry. Not at all.

I got to the school early to set up the welcome committee and Mr PugRunner followed with little man to get him to his post on time. He was also tapped to bring out and hoist the American flag with another patrol, which was so amazing to watch.

Once the kids got in position, the ladies and I took up our spots near the exit of the parking lot: we had gotten a generous donation from Dunkin and were handing out donuts to the parents leaving after drop off. It was a huge surprise for them, and mostly everyone loved it!

I wanted nothing more than to go home and nap, but I had to do my arm challenge (12 pushups, 15 tricep dips, 30 curls, and 25 seconds of punches). I was glad when it was over. When little man got home, the boys wanted to go to the pool, so I agreed to join them for tacos at Food Truck Friday and then get home to finish up some work. I was grateful for that little bit of family time, but even more grateful for bed.

Saturday – arm challenge

S and I had planned to run, but when the alarm rang, we both agreed to postpone to Sunday. I couldn’t get over how tired we were! The arm challenge had to go on, though, so 15 pushups, 20 tricep dips, 40 curls, and 30 seconds of punches. Done.

We had our Cub Scouts end of summer pool party, and while I was still tired, we ended up having a blast. The pack provided pizza and drinks and parents brought desserts, and we splashed and chatted and hit up the water slide and generally had a great time.

That evening, we rented Ready Player One and snacked on leftover pizza on the couch. Perfection.

 

Guys, this has been a crazy summer. I’ve loved every second of it, but I am really in need of some of the routine that the school year brings. It’s bittersweet that little man is a fifth grader now and ruling the school, but we are so proud of how he has grown and of the young man he has become. I definitely feel like we might be doing something right.

Workouts were good. I didn’t get in as many running miles as I would have liked, but the addition of the arm challenge was a good move for cross training, and I think I am still tracking well for the 1000 in 2018 challenge I have set for myself.

I also need to get a race on the books for August. We were hoping to run the Stadium Challenge this past Saturday but time got away from us and I just didn’t want to squeeze in one more thing. I have another race in mind, but it would be out of the comfort zone. That being said, it’s one I haven’t done before, so what the heck?

How was your week in training?

Do you prefer races that are familiar, or that test your limits?

 

 

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