friday five 2.0: five winter running rants

TGIF!

We are ending the week with the Friday Five 2.0, hosted by Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.

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Be sure to link up with your own posts, and visit our hosts and other bloggers in the group!

On this February 17, we are talking about

FRIDAY FIVE 2.0-3

Ok. In all fairness, living in Florida means that I don’t really have room to rant too much about winter. Our coldest night this year saw temperatures in the very high 20s. We’ve had a light first. The heat has been on. But that’s about it. However, Florida winters do come with their own list of minor annoyances, and in the spirit of the link up, I’m going to share mine.

Pollen.

I don’t know what’s blooming (or why), but allergies and sinus infections are at an all-time high. The cars and patio furniture are coated with yellow and green dust. Running is hard enough, but not being able to breathe properly makes it even more challenging. It would be really nice to have a break from it.

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Storms.

Even though hurricane season is over, we still have some nasty storms. We have had torrential downpours, lightning, power outages, strong winds, and more tornado warnings than I care to count (including one touchdown not too far away from my house).

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Northeners avoid going out in snow, Floridians try not to head out in the rain. It’s just the way it is.

Humidity.

While we’re on the topic of weather… Humidity seems to have become a year-round complaint. We expect it in the summer, but winter humidity is its own beast. For some reason, humid cold is colder than regular cold. Ironically, it seems to make you sweat more, which ends up making you even colder, and it’s just a huge mess. Not a fan.

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Short days.

Our days probably are a little longer than in regions north of us, but I still don’t like late sunrises and early sunsets. It messes with my body clock and my emotions. I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who gets down from the additional darkness. I feel like I’m always running in the dark, and it would be nice to benefit from some of our beautiful sunrises, and get to see more of the sights along the way.

Jealousy.

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I confess to missing snowy winters. I mean, the fresh, crisp, new-fallen snow. Not the sludgey, mucky old snow that’s been driven on.

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There’s a difference.

I know it would get old fast, and my toes would be soggy and frozen, but there is something about the shine of a new day on the crust of a fresh snow. The air seems cleaner, and possibilities seem endless.

 

I really can’t complain too much.  At least not until July, when the sharks start migrating close to the coast, the love bugs start loving  and the air is so thick you can cut it with a knife. We’ll need to reprise this with a “Five Summer Running Rants” at that point.

What are your winter running rants?

Do you prefer winter or summer for fitness?

 

 

race report: daytona beach lap the track 3.1 {2.5.2017}

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon and 3.1 Mile Lap the Track  came across my radar a few years ago, when I saw the event being promoted at a booth at an expo. I thought it sounded really fun and unique (that whole running on a NASCAR racetrack thing), the bling was pretty awesome, and the theming was cool.

For a host of reasons, scheduling never really worked out, until this year. Mr PugRunner wanted to do a 5K as a family, heralding his return to running (yay!), but the one he chose was the same day as little man’s Pinewood Derby.

I was more than happy to save the day by announcing that the 3.1 Mile Lap the Track event was the day after Pinewood Derby, only an hour away, and not super early… wouldn’t it be perfect????

And so we registered.

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Since we didn’t want to make two trips to Daytona, we elected to pick up our packets on race morning. Even though the 5K didn’t start until 10:30 AM (there was a half marathon that started at 7:30, with the 5K immediately following for those who wanted to run both the races for a Speedway Challenge), we agreed to arrive around 9:15, in case of traffic and parking. I was also hoping to meet up with Jaime to run some miles with her as she completed her half that morning.

We hit no traffic and were directed to a spot in the infield. Packet pickup was easy as pie (the only “problem” was that they were out of shirts for little man and gave him a choice of a larger size of the cotton shirt, or the correct size of the tech challenge shirt).

We pinned on our bibs and I set out to try to find the end of the half marathon route while the boys hung out at the finish line to cheer.

I ran about two miles through the infield of the Daytona Speedway, before realizing there was pretty much no way out for me. I texted Jaime to let her know that I was stuck, before rejoining the guys.

We wandered around a little to shake out our legs, even climbing to the top of the racetrack. I had no clue how steep it was!

And then it was time to go.

Little man kept saying he wanted to run ahead, so I told Mr PugRunner that I would stay with him. I wanted him to focus on his own race without worrying about his knee.

And then we were off.

It was REALLY cool to lap that track. Most of the 5K took place right there on the Speedway, with maybe 1/2 – 3/4 of a mile as an out-and-back loop outside the track. It wasn’t necessarily interesting, but it was unique and fun.

But back to little man. Traditionally, he starts his runs very strong with great enthusiasm, and then fizzles out quickly. There are a few 5Ks he’s asked to do, only to have us get to the day of the race and insist he really didn’t want to do it, which doesn’t make for a fun time for anyone. I don’t ever want to push him, but it’s a fine line between providing encouragement, honoring commitments and keeping patience.

He sprinted out hard, and I kept him in sight. In his runs with us and at school’s run club, he knows run/walk intervals, and we had talked about running until the crowd thinned out a bit. I just followed his lead until he slowed, and then I suggested we run a little, then walk a little. We fell pretty quickly into a groove, and we went about two miles enjoying the event, which was unprecedented for him.

In the last mile, he started a bit of complaining. He had a side stitch, and those can be completely uncomfortable. That being said, we didn’t break our intervals, and kept pushing forward. Usually, when he’s had enough, he slows down to a crawl, but this time, he kept going. I confided to him that my foot was hurting me, but I wasn’t complaining. He asked me why I was still running and I explained because I wanted to, because I wanted to finish this race for myself and for him, and because I can run when so many people can’t. That running can and does hurt sometimes, but it makes us strong, too. That we had a choice to let the discomfort drag us down or we could choose to dig deep and finish this thing.

I don’t know if he was entirely convinced, but he did stop the negativity and we reentered the track for the finish. At that point, things got fun. I kept him running to the pre-finish photographers, and then I leaned super close to him and said “let’s beat all these people to the finish.”

He couldn’t resist taking off.

This kid? He PR’d by five whole minutes!!!!

And Mr PugRunner finished strong, too!

We collected our bling and found Jaime. I was so happy to give her a huge hug. And then we started making plans for next year’s race.

Post-race offered free beer for runners and there were concessions and food trucks available as well. We opted to take the short drive to Red Robin for burgers, instead.

I loved this race. It was well-organized and well-executed. Volunteers and staff played into the theme wearing pit crew jumpsuits and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Everything from the bibs to the shirts and medals was excellent quality, and I loved that half marathoners also got a beach towel, and challenge finishers got an extra medal and a jacket.

I am fairly sure that next year, Jaime and I are going to take on the Relay Challenge. Neither one of us is up for a February half, but it would be fun to get some more of the Daytona sights on our run.

This was the perfect family race!

Have you ever run on a Speedway?

What’s the most unique venue you’ve ever raced?

tuesdays on the run: stuff i love about running

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For the past few years, my traditional February 14th gift has been an entry to the Space Coast Half Marathon. 2017’s event will be the fifth and final year of the Big Bang Series (I get the Atlantis AND the Intergalactic Finisher medals!), so Mr PugRunner will be thrilled to know it’s time to look for a new race to gift 🙂

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I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

Today’s topic is in honor of Valentine’s Day:

So, this running thing. It’s hard, and it hurts. It demands dedication and sweat, and has been known to cause heartbreak.

What’s to love?

I’m going to tell you.

The endorphins.

There is a feeling after you run: the high of all those neurotransmitters firing like crazy, filling you with a general, indescribable … bliss?  There’s really nothing like it, and it’s a rewarding way to end a run session, no question. No matter how awful the miles seemed at the time, I am 99.99% sure no one has ever actually regretted a run, and I chalk that up to the great way you feel after a workout.

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The realization you can do something you never thought you could.

I was pretty sure I would never run farther than a mile. Even when I registered for my first half marathon, I was pretty positive there was no way I could finish. I struggled hard during the marathon distance, but I crossed that finish line on my feet. Who knew??? While I don’t know that another marathon is in the cards for me, I love the idea of a 30K, and maybe some more Ragnar events. Because now I know I can.

The adventure.

Running has opened so many doors for me. I’ve met incredible people, gone to beautiful places, and tried some really cool things. Had I not started running, I feel like I would have missed out on so much.

The confidence.

Running has given me an incredible gift: confidence. First, it was the confidence to wear shorts in public. Then it was the confidence to run in the daylight. And it’s evolved from there, growing into the confidence to do hard things. Things like SUP. And rock climbing. And even aerial work.

A few years ago, these aren’t things I would have even attempted. Now, I’m eager to see how I can challenge myself next!

The community.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I have made the most amazing friends through running. People who are supportive and encouraging. People who get up at the crack of dawn to help you through rough miles, and cheer for you at the finish line. People who talk you through your anxieties and offer advice. People who believe in you and want you to succeed.

I have so honored to have made friends in other cities, states and even countries. The connections are truly incredible. I never knew anything like this running community existed and it’s something to which I always want to be a contributing member.

What’s some stuff you love about running?

What’s your favorite Valentine’s gift?

weekly wrap: 2.5.2017 – 2.11.2017 + publix savannah women’s half training week 1

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

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Guys, this week was SO much better. Of course, having hot water makes things so much more manageable, so my outlook was considerably improved.

Sunday – Daytona Half Marathon Lap The Track, 3.1 miles (+ 2 miles)

Of course, I will post a full race recap at a later date, but this was absolutely amazing. I did NOT love the 10:30 AM start, but the weather was decent, so that helped.

After a delicious and well-deserved lunch, we went home for a quick nap before hitting the road again to attend a Superbowl party. I was a little worried that little man would be too worn out to enjoy himself but we all ended up having a blast and I’m glad we went.

Monday – rest

Monday, Monday.

It was a  pretty uneventful day, which was fine by me.

Tuesday – 7.2 miles, running

Five early morning miles

and then another two at Run Club with little man. Mr PugRunner showed up and surprised us, too, which was really nice. While it is definitely hot and sunny, the kids don’t complain much, so it’s easier to manage.

We went home, hoping for a chill evening.

As we were finally heading to bed, a nasty storm whipped up. The sound of it all hitting the house was pretty alarming, and Mr PugRunner decided to pull things under cover on the patio just in case. The power went out and somehow, I ended up falling sound asleep (probably just exhausted). The storm brought with it an EF1 tornado that touched down in a neighborhood about five miles from ours, causing major damage to several dozen homes.

Wednesday – rest

It wasn’t a great day. Just one of those days where I thought I left one of the pugs out of his crate (he doesn’t respond well to that), forgot my lunch, was behind on errands and all that. Mr PugRunner helped me out by getting little man from the bus so I could take care of everything else.

I was glad to be done that night.

Thursday – yoga, 90 minutes; 4 miles, running

K bailed on our morning run and asked if we could do it later in the afternoon. I had been thinking about four miles this day and two miles on Friday just to shake things out, but figured four miles at night would have to suffice.

Instead, I went to yoga,

grabbed coffee with a friend and had lunch with Mr PugRunner.

After dinner, the boys went to cub scouts and I laced up. It was a really, really tough run. I just don’t enjoy nights, and my feet were hurting. Even with the wonderful company, the miles dragged.

Friday –  rest

First up? Little man’s Honor Roll Ceremony. He works hard in school, and he is always so proud of his accomplishments.

I gave him a kiss goodbye and drove to Jacksonville for the 26.2 with DONNA expo. I needed to collect the team packets and get them distributed to our runner. L met me there, so that was one down.

This is such a great expo, but I get so overwhelmed by all the vendors and booths. I ended up not buying anything, but I did sign one of the big posters on behalf of our team.

Saturday – rest

Saturday was a day of absolutely nothing. I did deal with a nasty fire ant infestation (victory was mine), while the boys went to get some supplies for an upcoming camping trip. We had a nice takeout dinner and watched a movie, and that was about that. I had to get a good night’s sleep for DONNA Day!

 

There are eight weeks until the Publix Savannah Women’s Half on April 8. I am confident in my base, and this week, I got in just over 16 miles, with an hour of cross-training. In the upcoming weeks, I’m going to be hitting it harder, and with more purpose. It’s going to mean some more early mornings, but I’m not afraid!

Will you be joining me there? Now, code PUGS will save you $15 on your registration to the half or 5K!

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How was your week in training?

Do you ever have those days where nothing seems to go your way?

friday five 2.0: five reasons to LOVE ready.set.glow 5k!

I am a partner with Ready.Set.Glow 5K. In exchange for my promotion of the event, I will receive complimentary entries for my family. All opinons are my own.

TGIF!

We are ending the week with the Friday Five 2.0, hosted by Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.

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Be sure to link up with your own posts, and visit our hosts and other bloggers in the group!

Today’s topic is LOVE, so let’s talk about

The second annual Ready. Set. Glow 5K will take place on March 31, starting at 7:45 PM at the Ring Power complex in World Golf Village. This event is a group effort between three local schools, with all funds raised going to benefit those institutions.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K raises money for some amazing schools!

In its first year, the Ready. Set. Glow 5K raised $4000 each for Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle Schools. These neighborhoods love their schools, and this event is geared towards the students, teachers, staff and administration who make those schools so great.

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READY. SET. GLOW 5K brings families together for fit fun!

A nighttime run with music and all the glow in the dark fun you can handle? What’s not to love? I’m not typically a fan of nighttime running, but surround me with neon lights and I am totally on board.

Oh. The kids love it, too!

READY. SET. GLOW 5K supports the local community!

With sponsors from the World Golf Village area, and a race directing team made up of members of three different PTAs and the ladies from Empower Coaching, this event boosts the businesses that help the area thrive. It’s a wonderful thing when communities can help each other out in such a positive way.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K is the only nighttime, glow-in-the-dark, timed 5K in the area!

Where else are you going to get this kind of experience in your own backyard?

You have to admit – this is a sight to see. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K is fun for all ages and abilities!

Ready. Set. Glow 5K is open to runners and walkers of every age. With a one mile fun run and a timed 5K race, there is something for everyone.  Last year, race organizers hoped for 500 participants and were thrilled when 623 people crossed the finish line. In March, the race hopes to see 750 registrants donning glowsticks and hitting the course!

Click here to register for the 2017 Ready.Set.Glow 5K on March 31! The price will increase on February 20, so get in before entry fees go up! All runners will receive a bib, t-shirt, and finisher’s medal.

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For additional information, visit the official Facebook page!

For sponsor inquiries, please send an email!

We’ll see you there!

Have you ever run a glow run?

race report: wolfson children’s challenge ultra relay {1.28.2017}

This year was the third time I have participated in the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay.

When he was born, little man was transported from our hospital to Wolfson Children’s Hospital because of concerns with his heart. He spent 10 days in their NICU, and while it was terrifying and stressful, we are forever grateful for the care he received while there. (Needless to say, he had grown into the most amazing kid, and has a clean bill of health), and I am always happy to support the hospital.

Empower Coaching put together the team this year, running for Mason and Elsie (who was one of Wolfson’s 55 this year).

There are several categories for runners: a 55K Ultra, 55K Relay and a 30K Ultra, namely. The course is one 5K loop that runners repeat until finished. Runners are welcome to bring their own support crews, and can set up their own drop stations with all the fuel they may need throughout the day. We, with a team of 10, were most decidedly in the Relay category.

We arrived nice and early, and made our way to our tent. The first runners would start at 7:30, and while I was scheduled for the third leg, I was going to help pace our second runner, too. If I was feeling froggy, I was going to go out for three more miles after that was done, for a long run of 9.3.

It was freezing, which seems to be the case for this event. In addition to a camp chair, I had gloves, an ear warmer and even a blanket. I had brought a change of clothes for later, but it really never warmed up so I stayed in capris all day.

At 7:30, we sent off our first runner

And settled in for the wait.

The course changed a little this year, for the better. Last time, we spent a ton of time running alongside Everbank Field and through the stadium’s parking lots. This year, we skipped that altogether and ran through the streets of Jacksonville. There was even a little running along the river, which was nice.

A beautiful sunrise always helps the miles pass more quickly.

My first 6.2 miles went really well. I wasn’t ever able to feel really warm (at one point, I shed my ear warmers, but I had to hold on to the gloves for quite some time).

I’m not sure what was so amusing, but we were laughing about something.

I took a small break after two laps of the course. After a drink and a bathroom break, I headed back out to bring some fuel to one of our teammates. While I was up and moving, I completed the rest of my miles around Everbank Field (not the most scenic, but there were lots of sidewalks and space to run).

And then it was time to enjoy what the venue had to offer. I heard the announcers report that there were record numbers of runners this year, and everything seemed really organized and well put-together, so that was good.

There were plenty of vendors, bounce houses and photo opportunities.

Different local musicians took the stage to provide entertainment for runners and spectators.

And there were plenty of characters out and about. This storm trooper even let me hold his blaster (not a very Storm Trooperly thing to do, in my opinion, but I was absolutely giddy about it!)

We posed for photo booth pictures in Tin Can Photo Lounge, and all of us got a complimentary photo strip, which was such a nice touch.

4Rivers was on hand with a food installation, and a brisket sandwich with macaroni and cheese seemed like the perfect complement to the runner’s free beer.

Before we left, Elsie and her parents came to say hi! She was doing great and we were all so happy to see her! She is such an inspiring little girl.

I was sorry to have to leave before the rest of the team finished, but next year, I am in it for the long haul (to the point that I even mentioned to my friend Stacey that I think I might be up for the 30K!).

Another great year in the books! I can’t wait to do it all over again!

Is there a cause for which you particularly love running?

Have you ever participated in an ultra relay like this?

tuesdays on the run: (florida) winter scenes from my run

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

This Tuesday, we are talking about….

(Florida) WINTER

Yeah.

So.

Running in the winter in Florida? It’s kind of the same as every other day in Florida.

Of course, these sunrises are stunning and inspiring, but a little lacking in winter wonderland quality.

Don’t get me wrong. The temps do sometimes dip into the 20s and 30s. And it’s pretty awful because we aren’t acclimated to it and  for the most part, I don’t have the gear to make those cold-morning runs more tolerable. But it’s nothing like what people in the north and other, more wintery parts of the country face in the month of January and February.

I did have the opportunity to run in snow one time. It was in Savannah last April, and it absolutely flurried on me while I was out for a few miles.

It didn’t stick. There was no accumulation. But somehow, it was one of the most magical runs I’ve been on. I would really enjoy the opportunity to do it again!

What does winter look like in your part of the world?

Do you prefer having an actual winter or do you like the idea of spring/summer year-round?

 

 

weekly wrap: 1.29.2017 – 2.4.2017

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!

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{Deep breath}

This was a bad week. A very, very, very bad week. Pretty much nothing went right for the first few days and therefore the last few were spent trying to get caught back up.

Sunday – rest

It was time for a nice family day. I did the weekly grocery shopping and then we went to lunch and to see the movie “Sing.” It was really cute, although not one of my favorites.

We all desperately needed the down day.

Monday – rest

I thought about getting up early to run the bridge before Mr PugRunner left town, but I wasn’t feeling incredibly motivated. Boo on me.

We had a relatively normal morning, until we left for work and school. There was an odd smell in the garage. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it but it smelled like burnt plastic.

Before leaving for the airport, Mr PugRunner called me at work to let me know that the smell hadn’t dissipated and that he also saw a mouse in the garage. He advised me to call the fire department when I got home to see if they could send someone over just to check things out.

Not at all how I was envisioning my day, you know?

I made the call when I got home, reaching out through the non-emergency number. Dispatch told me they would send someone over shortly. Five minutes later, I heard sirens (the fire station is about two miles away), and was pretty embarrassed when two full trucks, the paramedics and I can’t even tell you who else showed up.

The firemen were awesome and totally sympathetic. They smelled something too but they couldn’t find the source. They went through the whole house, completely decked out in their hazmat gear, but found nothing, other than that the smell seemed to come from the hot water heater (but nothing was reading hot on their equipment). Their suggestion was to call an electrician and go from there.

In the meantime, one of my neighbors had taken little man to her house (she saw he was getting really upset) and promised her husband would come over later to check things out. He is an aircraft inspector, and she said he was pretty good at locating problems.

It took him about 20 minutes to get to the bottom of our situation.

I about lost my mind. Fire is one of my greatest fears, and to have something burning under my own roof was pretty upsetting. My neighbor turned off the fuse to the heater, while Mr PugRunner worked on his end to get our home warranty company to get us a plumber to correct things.

Biggest downfall: no hot water until the mess was remedied.

Tuesday – rest

I begged off my run because I could handle a quick cold shower, but really didn’t want to wash my hair if I didn’t have to. For little man, I heated water in a huge pot on the stove. We were totally pioneering it.

It was just an awful day. I was stressed, out of sorts and worried. I channeled all of that into shopping for big pots and plants for our outdoor patio – we have a beautiful area, but we never really “dressed it up” short of the grill and the table and chairs, and it seemed like a reasonable thing to do.

Wednesday – rest

The plumber was scheduled for right after I got home from work. He walked into the garage, took one look at the hot water heater and made a call to the warranty company to let them know we would be needing a new one, stat. I love having the warranty company because it makes these huge repairs much less of a financial burden, but I was really annoyed that it meant one more day without hot water.

My parents had come over to have lunch with little man at school (he was being such a trooper but he was really out of sorts), and stayed to help with the patio.

It was Papa Bear’s birthday and they had dinner reservations, but they suggested we join them for a more casual meal and use the shower at their house. I really didn’t want to go anywhere, but at the end of the day, it was easier than trying to put something together at home and dealing with heating up more pots.

Thursday – rest

WATER HEATER DAY!!! The plumbers arrived around 11:00 and by lunchtime, we were good to go! I was beyond ecstatic, and when the tank filled up and the first hot water came through, I was beyond happy. Be. Yond.

Of course, that meant it was time to do laundry and run the dishwasher and all that fun stuff, but I didn’t care.

Little man had one last dinner out and then I took him to Cub Scouts. I don’t often attend these meetings, and it was fun to see him in action.

And then, by 9:00 PM, Mr PugRunner was home.

Friday – 6.7 miles, running

And I could finally run again! Glory hallelujah! I got in a lovely five miles in the morning,

and then went out again with Mr PugRunner and little man for just under two in the afternoon. It was heavenly.

I had some work to do for an article I was writing, and then had a “ladies lunch” with a few friends who work in the area.

That evening, I had agreed to take some photos for the Daddy Daughter Dance, and it was a pretty crazy event with tons more kids than expected. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, though, so it went well.

Saturday – rest

Saturday was Pinewood Derby Day! Mr PugRunner took little man to the venue to weigh in his car, named Flash, but then renamed Blur, while I ran some errands. I met my parents at the house and we drove to the race together.

I have never seen a Pinewood Derby in action, and it was crazy! We had a long talk with little man about doing his best, but that there were a lot of kids and dads who had been making these cars and racing for years, so even if he didn’t win, the whole point was that they had fun and cheered on his den-mates. Mr PugRunner really isn’t very handy (he’s got hundreds of great qualities, but building isn’t one of them), so we really didn’t know what to expect for poor Blur.

My heart pretty much stopped when little man’s car came up on the leaderboard. And I about passed out when Blur won all three of his heats! How did that even happen???? Little man was thrilled and shocked all at once!

He came in second place in his den and went on to the final round, where he didn’t place. He was a little disappointed about that, but we pointed out how awesome he did on his first try. While it’s hard to watch them be upset, it did bring out a little edge of competitiveness we never knew he had. Usually, he just shrugs things off, but this time he said “I know exactly what we have to do next year” and jumped right on his iPad to look up derby car designs.

Well, then.

We celebrated his wins and Papa Bear’s birthday with a delicious early dinner and headed home.

 

I am pretty wrung out after this last week. It was a great deal of stress and upset and anxiety, with absolutely no outlet for me. I was cranky, and miserable, and I really needed a break. And hot water. Definitely hot water.

PS. We never found the mouse.

So. Onward and upward, right? This week is going to be great! I’m going to make it that way!

How was your week in training?

Do you ever have weeks where everything seems to go horribly wrong.

january wrap + february goals

It’s Groundhog Day – six more weeks of winter – and time to see where we are at.

January ended with a bit of a whimper. We had a bit of an emergency at home, which took precedence over pretty much everything, so my training came screeching to a halt.

I was really hoping to score 85 miles for the month, which would put me on track for a whopping 1000 miles in 2017. However, I am 12 short, which really grinds my gears.

I also fell off track with my cross training. The start of the month was all systems go, but my calendar filled up pretty quickly, and with Mr PugRunner not feeling well for so long, I was getting run down and worn out, myself. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping things together, but it didn’t work out like that this time.

Planking was going great, until January 28, when things unraveled a bit. Certainly, I’m not proud of myself for allowing the derailment, but the best we can do is shake it off and move on.

What’s the plan for February? I have a few things in mind.

Running – 

  • 90 miles. That should compensate for my deficit and also be pretty good for my base for some of my longer upcoming races. I really want running to become more comfortable and second-nature, and I think the only way to manage that is by adjusting mimics to allow for it.
  • Time to resume bridge training. While it’s a little later than I would normally start for Gate River Run, I’ve just been incredibly conservative about my training and feel comfortable pushing myself again.
  • Maaaaaybe add in an extra day of running, dedicated to shorter speed workouts? Maybe.

Cross Training – 

  • I am starting back to boot camp on Monday. I promised my running buddy that I would get my butt up at 4:15 AM to meet her for class and I am committed to it.
  • I want to go to yoga at least once a week. There is a Thursday morning class I can usually attend, and they have added a sunrise Wednesday class that I can snag otherwise.
  • Francine the Bike needs to get some fresh air. I already scheduled a long ride with another friend, and now that the weather seems to be warming up a little, getting out on that bike seems way more feasible.
  • I am back in the plank challenge and I plan to plank every dang day.

Nutrition – 

  • I’ve been slacking on my water consumption, and I need to dial that in immediately.
  • I plan to continue being consistent with my protein intake and trying to bulk up on fruits and veggies while watching carbs and sugars. Nothing too strict, but awareness is good.

I love staring down at a clean slate, and I hope that I can get back to feeling like forward progress is happening.

What are your goals for February?

How did you end things with January?

tuesdays on the run: spring race plans

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

This Tuesday, we are talking about….

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I am REALLY excited for this Spring. It’s always crazy race season, and I feel like I missed out on so much last year because of my injury. But I’m back and raring to go!

March

Best Damn Race Orlando – 10K – 5K Challenge – March 4

First up? A total of 9.3 miles in downtown Orlando. I’m not entirely sure how two races back-to-back like this came to be, but I do know it’s going to be an incredibly blingy day.

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I missed out on BDR Orlando last year due to my hip flexor, so I am really happy to give it another go.

Gate River Run 15K – March 11

Ah, the Gate River Run – largest 15K in the United States, with a field of over 24,000. This is the race for which my region is known, and while it is incredibly difficult with a bridge in the first mile and an even bigger bridge at the last, it’s one I love.

Vilano Bridge 5K – March 18

I’m not 100% on this one. It’s close to home, and, pre-injury I used to run this bridge all the time. So it would only make sense to actually race it. It would also be a nice way to come down from the Gate River Run the week prior. I haven’t registered yet, and it may end up being a game time decision, but it would be fun. And if I’m doing a training run anyway…. Well, you see how these things happen.

Ready. Set. Glow 5K – March 31

This one is for the schools. I’m not really a huge fan of night runs, but it’s for a great local cause, and doing it with the family will be a really nice experience.

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April

Publix Savannah Women’s Half – April 8

I have a score to settle with this race. Last year, I had to drop myself from the half marathon to the 5K due to injury, but this year? Nope! I’m taking on the full 13.1, and I’m going to own every single mile!

This race is truly a bucket list event. Historic Savannah is the backdrop for a small and intimate race with a finish line right near the famous fountain in Forsyth Park. In addition to some beautiful bling, participants will receive this gorgeous, expandable bangle.

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(Remember – you can save $10 on your registration with code “PUGS”)

The Ultimate Tri – April 23

I said I would do it. And this might be the one.

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It’s a triathlon with a pool swim instead of an open water one. The big downfall is that I would have to get back in the water before things start really warming up, but that’s not the end of the world. Everything is lining up to make this “the one”. So I think I need to rise up and face the challenge.

May

The Corporate Run 5K – May 4

This is a work-related 5K, but it’s fun all the same. Since my colleagues are spread out through the region, this is a great way to have everyone together for some chatting and some running.

Memorial Day 5K – May 29

The fifth anniversary of my first 5K? You know I have to do it.

This is just a familiar, comfortable race, and I don’t think my spring would feel right without it.

 

An ambitious season? Yes, I think so. Spring always seems to be the busiest for me, but I just can’t turn down some of these great events. There are a few races in there just as training runs – if I’m going to be out there anyway, I might as well get a fun shirt and be surrounded by a great community.

How is your spring looking?

Do you have any bucket list races on your calendar?

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