january in review

Happy Groundhog Day, all! It seems Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning and we will be facing six more weeks of winter.


For us, this isn’t horrible news, but I hope the colder regions of the country get a break from the snow and icy weather.

In other news, January was a fabulous month. The year is starting strong and I am excited for where it’s going. I feel good and healthy and like things are progressing nicely. My 2015 race calendar is looking solid, too, although I do have some tweaks in mind for the summer.

I took some recovery time after the marathon. While I didn’t really want to, it’s recommended and honestly, the smart thing to do. I came through 26.2 miles without injury and it would be short-sighted to incur one by not giving myself a sufficient break for my troubles.

I also made good on my promise to start cross training for real. I found a boot camp class I really like and that will work with my schedule. I plan on attending two times a week, in addition to my running. Hopefully, the additional strength will help me out with some of my other goals.

For the month of January, I logged 57 running miles and four hours of cross training.

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Not too shabby!

Here’s how last week broke down.


Sunday – 3.1 miles

I wanted to go for a run with Mr PugRunner, but his knee was still sore so I went out on my own.

Afterwards, we ran errands and then I had to go out to a photo session. We had a lot of fun, and I came home to a delicious family dinner of grilled chicken sandwiches, courtesy of Mr PugRunner. It was a great way to end the night.


Monday – boot camp, 60 minutes

6:00 AM boot camp class. It’s been a while since I’ve made myself get up this early for a workout, but I loved it. This particular class was a bit more rough on me – there was a lot of shoulder and back work, and quite frankly, I have strength in neither. I hung as best I could, though, and prepared myself for the knowledge that I would not be lifting my arms for the rest of the week.


Tuesday – 3.1 miles

Another beautiful day and a great run. It was pretty windy, which slowed me down, but I didn’t mind.

Even better? I finally finished the Serial Podcast! I’m not really sure how I feel about the “conclusion.” Obviously, we are never going to know the truth, and it’s hard to grasp that there is, and will never be, no back and white ending.  I can only help that everyone involved finds what peace they can.

That evening, little man had his first “big boy” karate class. Since he is approaching the age of seven, the owner wants him to start transitioning from the shorter, under-7, play/game based classes, to the longer, 7-and-up, skills classes. It was definitely a change, but he hung in there and really seemed to enjoy it. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to learn next.


Wednesday – personal training, 60 minutes

So this happened. Ack.

I had a free personal training session at a new facility. The idea is that clients take ten one-on-one sessions, and then, when they are deemed ready with good form and technique, graduated into group cross-fit classes.

Love the idea. Not so sure how I feel about the individual attention.  We will revisit this.


Thursday – rest

I was sore this morning. Really sore. I planned to take little man to his dentist appointment and then run, but my quads were feeling shaky, and I decided to take it easy.

We had lunch with my parents at a new BBQ place, and that was pretty yummy. It was also great to get to see them mid-week.


Friday – rest

I met up with S to drop off a tailgate tent and get my shirt and bib for tomorrow’s relay. This would be my first and I was incredibly excited about it. I did want one more run before the big day, but it was more important to let my quads recover (they were still trashed) and I didn’t want to push it.


Saturday – 3.1 miles

Relay day!

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I was so excited to be part of Team Elsie for the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay. It was something that just didn’t work out last year due to timing and injury, but there were no such issues this year. It was a wonderful and inspiring event and I loved running with such great teams.

I arrived in time for our 8:00 AM start time (I was the second leg on my team), and I was able to stay for a bit to watch some of my teammates.

I headed out at around 11:00 so that I could get home and get the house straightened up for visitors. Our good friends were passing through town on their way home from vacation and would be spending the night. We were all super excited, especially little man since he would be having a sleepover with their kids.

It’s the little things.

We grilled, drank some wine and stayed up late chatting. It was a fabulous way to wrap up the day and it was so nice to see them.


How did 2015 start out for you and your fitness goals?

What did your week in training look like?

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14 Responses to january in review

  1. Not too shabby indeed! What a month! I am super impressed that you have your entire race calendar largely filled already! I think it’s so cool how many races you and your family do. I rarely race but as much as I run, I feel like I should do so more often, even just for fun!
    That’s awesome you found a class you love so much. Your shoulders will be crazy strong in no time! 🙂

    Love that you are raising money for Wolfson’s! I still vividly remember my visit in high school. What an important cause.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Our schedule is pretty crazy, so it helps to have the races filled in, especially since we do so many as a family. It’s something we can all do together and it’s certainly healthy 🙂

      I am already seeing the start of some muscles on my shoulders. It’s about time!

      Wolfson Children’s is amazing. We have personal experience with their NICU and I was so glad to be there in honor of such a wonderful facility.
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  2. Stacie says:

    How did you like the relay? I think they’re super fun, I would love to do another one sometime soon!
    As for my training… the only “athletic” thing I’ve done so far is shovel snow. Seriously. Ugh. I just ordered myself a treadmill though, so no more excuses! (Unless I fail at putting it together… Could happen!)
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  3. You are off to a great start for 2015 girl! Love it! I like that there is a lot of balance in your lifestyle, lots of running and exercise but lots of time for family, friends and wine! You all are the reason I am on this Serial podcast kick- I talk about it today on the blog! Don’t tell me anymore! I will listen to #3 tonight!

  4. Great month and good last week. You are doing amazing.
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  5. oohhhh CrossFit?? I loooove it! Individual attention is never a bad thing! I hope you enjoy! Looks like you had a great month!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s been pretty awesome!

      Sometimes, the individual attention is a little much for me. I push harder than what might be considered reasonable and feel like I have to prove something, when I’m really just looking for some additional boosts.

  6. Angie says:

    It sounds like you had a good month! I think you will have that 5K time down to where you want it pretty soon.I need to do more cross training, but I am afraid of aggravating my calves even more. I feel stuck right now.
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