weekly recap: 11/16 – 11/22

This was a week that did not quite go as planned.

The running was fine. Good, even. Perhaps not as frequent as I would have liked, but I will focus more on quality over quantity. Good miles are better than junk miles, any day. Unfortunately, a sudden and lingering illness put a damper on Mr PugRunner’s training, so we are dealing with that right now. While little man and I have remained healthy, it’s been draining and our routine has certainly shifted a bit as we all deal with it. He is on the mend, which is good, but adjustments had to be made.


Sunday – rest

Mr PugRunner was out of town for a football game, planning to return later in the day. Little man had spent the night with his grandparents. They were going to bring him home around lunch time so that I could squeeze in a photo shoot, and then get ready to take little man to his end-of-season baseball party. After that, I had another shoot (tis the season!) and by then, I hoped that Mr PugRunner would be home to help me out. It was a long and busy day, but little man had a blast with his baseball friends and I was able to get a lot done.


Monday – 3.1 miles

It was FREEZING out – I actually had to run to Target to pick up some gloves and other cold-weather essentials, because we were absolutely not prepared. When I got home, I bundled right up for this morning excursion.

Absolutely miserable, but absolutely worth it!

I am still in disbelief when I look back at these splits. How did this happen?


Tuesday – rest

Mr PugRunner had come home from his trip with a bit of a sinus issue, and it was going downhill quickly for him. He camped out in the guest room to try to recuperate, so I took the time to start some Christmas shopping and errands. When little man got home, we went to karate (he was so happy because he finally got to wear his uniform jacket over his t-shirt. It’s the little things).


Wednesday – rest

Since Mr PugRunner wasn’t improving, I couldn’t really get out for a morning run. I was a little edgy about it, but I was also kind of glad to stay home since it was so cold. I’m a bit of a sissy that way.

After little man got home from school, I set him up with a movie and headed off to my second to last photo shoot of the year. I’ve had a lot of fun working with my friends on their pictures.


Thursday – rest

Another day where I wasn’t able to get out. This time, because of volunteering. After I dropped little man at school, I spent a few hours helping with teachers’ projects with the PTA.

And after that? I pulled some cafeteria duty. The lunchroom was serving Thanksgiving dinner, and there were some extra parents in the house. More hands were needed on deck, and I was asked if I could spare some time.

Surprisingly, it was kind of fun, and the women who work in the cafeteria were warm and lovely. I didn’t love the hair net, but I would certainly help out again, if needed.

I had just enough time to run home for a quick bite to eat before heading back to school for Resource Day. The kids have five different resource subjects, and the school offered a chance for parents to sit in on those periods to see what the students are learning. We were lucky enough to have World Of Science on that day, and it was awesome. Little man always talks about the cool things he does, but I didn’t realize that he had a lab notebook and that the class performed experiments, and recorded their observations and collated data. So. Freaking. Cool.

On that day, the class was about hot air balloons. The teacher talked a little bit about hot and cold molecules, and then she walked the class outside for the practical application.

Putting on his “observation goggles.”

A tissue paper “balloon” goes up with some help from heat from sterno cans.

Afterwards, the kids returned to their lab notebooks to record their findings. It was great.


Friday – 5 miles

S asked me if I was up for a long run this day, but I kind of was only feeling five or six, so we agreed to meet after school drop off and go for it. The cold air was tough for me, and we were dressed all wrong (started out in the 40s, but I think it jumped to the 60s while we were out). But, we got it done, and it was probably a 5 mile PR for me.

Thank you, S. You are pushing me to things i never thought I could accomplish. <3

In other news, Mr PugRunner went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a nasty sinus infection. He started on meds, and was advised to take it easy for the next week. We will see what this means for his first half marathon on Sunday. Fingers crossed hat he is well enough to run. 🙁


Saturday – rest

Errands, errands and more errands. I did our Thanksgiving shopping, as well as some more holiday shopping. Afterwards, I took little man to a get together at a friends’ house. It was great to get out for a bit and little man had a blast playing with his friends. I hit bed on the early side, debating whether or not to run on Sunday morning.


I am flying high after this week. I feel strong and solid, which is helping me immensely with my confidence. I am hopeful that this will get me through the next month and a half.

What is something that gives you a huge boost in your training?

What’s something you did this week that falls out of the norm?


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6 Responses to weekly recap: 11/16 – 11/22

  1. I’m so impressed with how many different things you can fit into one week! Love that photo you shared too of holding hands. Adorable!
    Your runs are going great! I’ve finally gotten back out a few times, and well… it’s slow going. But hey, gotta start back somewhere right? I’m not a fan of the cold either, but I did get to run in shorts twice this week! It’s crazy, shorts this morning, but it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Oh New England… My friend posted on instagram the other day: “Weather… You’re drunk, go home!” Sums it up perfectly.
    And a side note, us riders wear hairnets under our helmets, so I totally didn’t even notice you wearing it! Ha, the weird things you get used to…
    I hope Mr. Pugrunner is feeling well soon. And that he can get his half done and feel good doing it! My experience is once you’re on the meds a couple days, you feel so much better (as long as they’re the right ones). So hopefully that’s the case for him!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, our weather is a mess here. In the 30s last week, up to 80 yesterday and a cold front coming in tonight or tomorrow. Good times!

      Hair nets are obviously quite fabulous!

      He seems to be doing much better, but I worry about his blood pressure. It will be a game time decision, so we will see what happens!

  2. You are a master juggler. I am scared out of my wits for when the time comes for me to seriously get back to training. I just don’t know how I’m going to manage all my different hats. It’s tough work. I wish there was more hours in the day to do everything.
    Good luck on the rest of your training. You’re doing great!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I, too, wish there were more hours in a day. It would be nice to sleep a little more LOL! On the other hand, I’m one of those people who function better the more I have to do, so I try to stay as busy as possible. You’re going to do great when you get back to training!

  3. Wow, great job on the PR. Maybe you were born to be a cold weather runner:)
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I can deal with high 40s. Anything lower is a struggle for me with my throat and breathing. But, you have to do what you have to do, right? I’m glad it’s gotten easier as time goes by.

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