what’s up, wednesday?

This week has been nothing short of insane. I can’t exactly pinpoint what’s made it so incredibly hectic, but I imagine it’s mostly because we are counting down to a lot of things: the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, the Space Coast Half, and oh, yeah. Little man’s first day of Kindergarten.

Hold me.

This week, we got his teacher assignment, a welcome call from the principal and we have orientation. I have spent the last few weeks collecting the items on the school supply list and completing his wardrobe. He’s been in a uniform the last two years, so he needed a few extra pieces of clothes. We organized a carpool, got his hair cut, picked up his first day outfit and selected new school shoes.

I also sharpened 36 pencils. Always a party in this house.

Exercise-wise, I’m doing great. On my non-running days, I have been committing myself to power yoga, and even though the fronts of my shoulders and my core are incredibly sore, I am keeping at it. Even though I don’t love it (and don’t think I ever will), I know I’ll see some benefits at some point. As promised, I called the nearby gym and am all set to go in next week for my first official class. The owner was incredibly nice and assured me that no one would make me cry in bootcamp, that everyone is really supportive and helpful.

I kind of suspect he might be fibbing. Stay tuned.

Race scheduling got a little hairy. Mr PugRunner and I both wanted to run a Labor Day 3.5 miler, but it starts super early – a little too early to arrange for childcare. I was disappointed, but I told him to take the race and I would pick up a 10K virtual race over the weekend. I should hit 6.2 miles on Friday or Saturday, so might as well make that mileage the goal, rather than 3ish. However, I told him that I was going to text him when I was about 10 minutes from home, so he could draw a chalk finish line, and be waiting for me with the camera, a cold beer and maybe some confetti. I want it to be as official as possible.

In the meantime, I signed up for an amazing group called Who I Run 4. It’s an organization where runners and athletes are matched with people who are physically unable to run for themselves. In a few weeks, I will be matched with someone to whom I will dedicate my miles. I will be able to share pictures of races and training sessions with my match and I hope they will share their journey with me. I can’t wait to find out for whom I will be running in the upcoming weeks.

All work and no play isn’t good for anyone, and so, to distract myself from all the day-to-day obligations, I have been gorging myself on books. I discovered the Mortal Instruments series and am devouring them at the rate of a book a day. I’m currently on City of Glass and it’s so hard to put down. In fact, as soon as I finish this post, I’m going right back to it. I’m trying to ration myself, but I just need to know what happens, and I love the framework of angels and demons and all kinds of fantastical creatures.


courtesy of Amazon

And if you’re in a movie-watching frame of mind, run (do not walk) to see The Way, Way Back.Β Β It’s a wonderful coming of age story that follows Duncan, an awkward 14 year old, as he finds himself while on vacation with his divorced mother (Toni Collette), Β her boyfriend (Steve Carrell) and his snooty teenage daughter. The story is touching and poignant, the characters flawed and real and the casting is just perfection. I wanted to stay and watch it all over again.


courtesy of IMDB

And that’s where we’re at. Poor Molly doesn’t know what to do with herself with all the chaos.

I think it goes without saying that she disapproves and would prefer more cuddle time and treats.

What are you up to this week?

Any great books or movies that you’ve read or seen lately?

PS. Don’t forget! If you live near or will be in the Jacksonville Beach area on September 7, you have until Monday, August 19, 2013 to enter to win a spot in the ZOOMA Inspired Yoga + Run session. Click here for details!

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26 Responses to what’s up, wednesday?

  1. Ok, 1) I love the Mortal Instruments Series – though after a few books I got a wee bit bored, but you reminded me to try again! Great taste in books πŸ™‚ 2) My little guy is only 2 so I’m not ready to think about Kindergarten…you must be so proud though! 3) I need to look into who I run for, it sounds very cool!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’ve been reading some stuff that was both heavy and horribly pretentious, so I needed something that was guaranteed to perk me back up. Mortal Instruments has been doing that for me, tenfold.

      Two is a great age. I am very proud of little man. I think he’s going to do great, and I’m excited to see what he does with this new challenge.

      Definitely check out Who I Run For. It seems fantastic.

  2. Matilda says:

    Who I run for sounds like a fantastic idea. I should check out if they have something similar here.

    I hear you with the school thing. Miles Has another transition to (big) school in a few weeks. After his first one (last week), he was like “i don’t want to go back to kinda school, I want to go to big school”. Too cute.
    I only got on to the Mortal Instruments this year. I’ve been listening to the audio books. After I finish the audio book I’m listening too now (breath) book 4 is next on my list. I’m looking forward to the moving coming out for sure.
    At the moment I’m reading “she’s come undone” which btw I see ->>>>>>>> you have read. I’m not too sure how I feel about it yet. I’ll keep you posted.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It really does seem like a great organization. I believe it’s international. The majority of the sharing seems to be via their Facebook page, although some people do mail things back and forth, so as long as you have a FB account and access to posting things, you can totally participate.

      Aw, good luck to Miles!

      I just finished the third Mortal Instruments book last night. There’s a wee bit of redundancy but I’m enjoying the writing and the concept so much more than a lot of the other YA stuff I’ve read. We’ll have to compare notes when we see the movie!

      She’s Come Undone is, hands down, one of my most favorite books, and Wally Lamb one of the greatest authors. Now, I will confess, I don’t really like happy, light books where everything works out tied up in a neat, little bow, so keep that in mind. I was blown away that a male author could write something from a female perspective the way he did. I have also loved every other book he has written or published (he teaches creative writing at a women’s prison and helped edit and compile an anthology of the prisoners’ work, which was amazing). His writing itself is superb, and he’s not afraid to make the reader uncomfortable, which I appreciate.

      Are you on Goodreads? I kind of lost interest in it for a while, but I got in a book slump, so started back up. It’s dangerous for me. LOL!

  3. Tammy says:

    I want to see the way way back! Looks awesome.
    That’s so awesome about the chalk line, love it.
    Who I Run 4- never heard of it, must check out.
    And this week is similar to yours, ready for Kindy! Meet and Greet tonight- wow!
    Running wise, it’s a 52 mile week, hold onto your sneakers. LOL
    Enjoy the last days o’ summer!

    • runswithpugs says:

      You need to go see it. Steve Carrell and Allison Janney (who is a favorite) were just so good. I always liked (he’s funny but I never loved him) Carrell, but I’m starting to appreciate him as an actor more and more.

      If there isn’t a finish line, it’s not official. πŸ™‚

      52 miles! You are such an inspiration to me. Seriously. I am so excited to hear about how you dominate that ultra in a few weeks.

      And can’t wait to hear how your meet & greet goes!

  4. YAY for Kindergarten! I’m sorry I know I’m a little too excited about this but as a Kindergarten teacher, I can understand all of the emotions that go into the first few days/ weeks of school. I love it, it’s so precious and I want to freeze the moment for all of the parents πŸ™‚
    I LOVE Who I Run 4! I actually just got matched yesterday! I was so excited to get that message in my inbox…hope you get matched soon! πŸ™‚
    Karen @karenlovestorun
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I love enthusiastic teachers! I’m excited, too. I really am. It’s just very bittersweet. He’s so ready to be going to K and I am so glad he is, but…. he’s my baby. Sob. Sob. Sob.

      Oh, so excited that you got your match! I don’t mind waiting a little. It just means that there are lots of people who need runners and lots of people who want to run. It’s a good problem πŸ™‚

  5. It seems like just yesterday that I was getting my two little guys ready for kindergarten! Good luck to Little Man on his first day!

    I totally hope that your hubby draws the chalk line and has a beer waiting for you. Now that you’ve written about it, he kind of has too or he looks bad! πŸ™‚ This spring when our oldest son went out on a long run and then called us to say he’d be back in about ten minutes and would have finished 26.2 miles at that point, my husband and I ran out and waited for him to finish his first marathon and took pictures! πŸ™‚
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m going to let him know that the pressure is on and my readers need their chalk line. I may let him off about the beer because it will be about 7:30 AM. However, it’s football season, so tailgating rules apply. πŸ™‚

      How awesome were you guys to photograph that special moment for your son?! Love that! <3

  6. I love that you and Mr. PugRunner are so good about switching off who gets to run races, or who runs first or second in the mornings. It’s so great to hear about your awesome teamwork!

    And I am definitely considering picking of the Mortal Instruments books, especially with the movie coming out. It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in and completely devoured a book series!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We try. He’s a little more flexible about his morning training than me, so he kind of lets me have my pick of week schedules. He also knows that I’m training for longer distances than he is, so I need the time. I just hate being left out of the excitement of an actual road race. Oh, well.

      The MI series is only 4.99 per book on Amazon. I usually buy hard copies, but I wanted them NOW, so I downloaded to my iPad. Not too bad, if you want to get started.

  7. Haha this post cracks me up. I wish I was closer and I’d stand at the end with a mojito for ya πŸ˜‰ I can only imagine how much I’ll cry that first day of school. I’m already crying just upgrading from size 3 to 4 diapers! Have a great weekend!!
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  8. jan says:

    Aww, your pup looks so sweet!! The “I run for” group sounds cool. Always nice to feel you’re running for someone else too. As for movies, I haven’t seen a movie in quite some time! I am horrible about watching them.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      She is awesome (all three of them are, really, but she is the best for pictures). Oh, I love movies so much. I was a film/screenwriting major in college, and even though that degree has clearly NOT gone to great use, the passion has stuck with me through the years.

  9. It has been one crazy week! I thought maybe it was a full moon, but I guess not. I wish I made it to yoga this week…I could use the strength training. I just started a book called Past Imperfect by Jullian Fellowes that I think will be great. He is the writer of Downton Abbey. I’ll let you know if it’s a must read : )
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I have no idea what was going on this week. I didn’t even look at the moon, but that could definitely explain it.

      Please keep me posted on that book. I just read the blurb on Amazon and it’s one that seems to fall on the line of something I might like.

  10. Andrea says:

    I am a HUGE bookworm. I’ve had a book blog for several years (although I’m started slacking on it since I’ve started the running one.) The Mortal Instruments series was good!

    And Kindergarten…such a bittersweet moment. I’m a Kindergarten teacher and I think it’s harder for the parents than it is for the kiddos. We just had our Meet the Teacher tonight and it was so fun to meet my new kiddos. Monday will be here before I know it!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      About to download Book #4. I generally don’t love series, but this is right up my alley.

      Awww! I hope you have a great school year! We had a wonderful time at our orientation last night. It’s just so hard to believe that our little guy is going off to a big kid school with all new friends and new responsibilities. Eek. It’s definitely harder on us than them. DEFINITELY. His first day is on Thursday. Next week is going to FLY.

  11. Nicolasa says:

    I’m a teacher so the first day of school has a different meaning for me! I’m pumped for this year as I have a new theme in my classroom: animal print aka safari fun! I’ve been enjoying picking out new things for decor of course it costs $$ so this theme will be my “new” theme for a couple of years now!

    I’m in the Who I Run 4 group! It’s awesome! I’m so glad you signed up. I can’t wait for you to be matched! Enjoy!
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  12. Two things: 1. 36 pencils is IMPRESSIVE! 2. That Who I Run 4 organization sounds so empowering! Go you for signing up! I might have to look into it, it sounds like it would be very rewarding.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I had to end up buying an electric pencil sharpener. A manual one was NOT doing the job. At all.

      Definitely check it out. I think it will be good to have that extra inspiration and motivation.

  13. I only wish I were as dedicated to yoga as that!
    Haha, I love the idea of making your 6.2 so official, I mean, why the heck not?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Why the heck not is right! If I’m going to put in those miles, I might as well walk away with something shiny! LOL! I can’t wait to share my recap of the run on Monday!

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