weekly recap: 1/18 – 1/24

Things are getting back to normal. It was good to have a some downtime, but my legs have been itching to run. I skipped a weekly recap, simply because I didn’t have much to report in the fitness arena, but now we are back in the game.

First things first.

I needed new running shoes. I love the Mizuno Wave Inspires, and have been wearing them pretty religiously since my first serious fitting, but there was no way those purple ones were going back on my feet. They served their purpose, carrying me through the back end of marathon training and the final 26.2 miles, but after that little arch rub issue, they were toast.

It didn’t hurt that Mizuno had released the new 11s. Rumor had it that the 11s are a bit closer in style to the 9s, which were my favorites. I was excited to see if that was true.

Plus, the 11s come in all kinds of pretty colors.

Fact. Pretty colors make you faster.

With that task accomplished, I felt better about running again. Despite the rule “nothing new on race day”, my new Mizunos debuted at the ZOOMA Florida 12K, and I was pretty darn happy with them. They fit just a little more comfortably than the 10s, and there was no arch discomfort.


Sunday – rest

I got up extra early to catch sunrise on the beach. I wanted to take some photos of all the shoes that got me to the Walt Disney World Marathon.

My mom and I had been hoping to do a bit more shelling on the beach, but the tide wasn’t cooperating, so we decided to head out. I asked the valet for a breakfast recommendation and he told us to go to the Parkway Grille. He suggested that we get the pancakes, because they were big and fluffy (“proper pancakes” was the direct quote), and if we had to deviate from that, to get the egg sandwich, but on a croissant, not a biscuit. He was quite emphatic about that.

The pancakes were huge, so we opted for the egg sandwich. On the croissant.


I dropped my mom at her house and then trekked home to mine. It was so great to see the boys and the pugs, and I was happy to just hang out for the rest of the day.


Monday – rest

Little man had the day off so we hung out around the house in the morning, and Mr PugRunner took him to a trampoline/laser tag place in the afternoon. Unfortunately, Mr PugRunner tweaked his knee while jumping in the basketball enclosure, so he put himself back on rest.

We all met up for a nice dinner at a new (and yummy) Italian place and then came home to get little man in bed for school and get ice on Mr PugRunner’s knee. Never a dull moment.


Tuesday – rest

Back to school and back to reality. Laundry, grocery shopping, errands and cleaning. So dull, but it had to be done.


Wednesday – rest

I decided this was going to be my last day of sitting around and posted on Facebook about ideas for cross training. One of my friends invited me to the small, specialized gym near our houses to try my hand at boot camp. I was in one of those “What the hell” moods and said ok.

At the same time, I started reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.

Santa had brought it for Mr PugRunner for Christmas, but he had gotten caught up in American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, after seeing the movie, so I snagged Unbroken from his nightstand.

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like, so it’s good to get back into it.


Thursday – boot camp, 60 minutes

I was a bit nervous about trying boot camp, but it’s certainly not the craziest thing I have ever done, so I had nothing to lose. Now that I have a few classes under my belt, I will post more about it this week, but I did enjoy it.

Later that day, we had little man’s first baseball practice of the new season. He has a new coach and a lot of new teammates, so we are excited to see how he has grown and developed since the fall and what he will do under the tutelage of a different crew of coaches.


Friday – 3.1 miles

The weather was too perfect not to run: clear and crisp.

It was good to get out and stretch my legs.


Saturday – rest

The most important thing to note is that it was Princess Molly’s 10th birthday. We celebrated with scrambled eggs for breakfast and a burger for lunch.

Then she got lots of cuddles and snoozes. Her favorites.

In the meantime, it was off to karate and then to the grand re-opening of a local gymnastics center. Little man was supposed to have baseball practice, but heavy rain had rendered the fields unusable so we took him to Nana and Papa Bear’s for a sleepover instead.

We capped off the night by going to dinner with friends, and enjoyed a little out time.


It’s good to be back in the regular swing of things.


How was your week in training?

What book(s) are you reading now?

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10 Responses to weekly recap: 1/18 – 1/24

  1. Darlene says:

    I like the Mizuno Wave Rider 18s (not the 17s). I have them in 2 colors now. Yes, pretty shoes make you run faster.
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  2. Stacie says:

    I just don’t understand why I didn’t get Mizuno’s sooner. They are like magic sneakers. I broke the rule and used a pair out of the box for my Halloween race (they matched my costume better than the pair I had been using) and they felt great. I’m telling you, MAGIC SHOES! And pretty colors totally make you run faster. No doubt.
    Sounds like you all had a fun filled week! I’m just anxiously awaiting spring time up here… SO MUCH SNOW today! Ugh.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, no! Did you guys get pounded? Are the pugs on potty strike?

      The Mizunos are amazing. I am so glad that you love them, too. And I love that you chose your shoes based on your outfit!

  3. You are 100% correct, pretty colors absolutely make you faster 🙂

    I’m sorry Mr. PugRunner hurt his knee, but I must say, a trampoline park/ laser tag place sounds beyond incredible!

    I am planning to finish “Alone in a Kitchen with An Eggplant” tonight! After that, it’s on to a Tedy Roosevelt bio! Are you on Goodreads?

    • runswithpugs says:

      I am on Goodreads! I have a widget on the sidebar of the blog and I think we can connect that way. I don’t keep up with it as well as I should, but I try. 🙂

      It’s a chain called Rebounderz – you might have one near you or coming near you.

  4. You are correct, pretty shoes do make you run faster! Sounds like a great week! I am enjoying my week at home tryng out new recipes, working on my smoothie concoctions and blog reading. Slow & easy 🙂
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  5. jan says:

    I think the best part of a break is how awesome it feels when you start running again! I’m glad you gave yourself some R&R though. Cool pic of the shoes on the beach!
    jan recently posted…Pre-Run vs. Run FeelingsMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t know. It’s hard for me to get going once I stop. I feel that even a few days off sends me right back to the beginning. Probably all in my crazy head, but it’s tough LOL.

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