week in review: 10.11 – 10.17

We are halfway through October, and I am in awe as to how many miles I have been running each week. This training plan is kicking my butt (in a good way) – there’s definitely more purpose and direction to the runs I am logging, which is making me feel productive.

Sunday – 10 miles

Once I sorted out my socks, this was a solid run. I had a ton of bug bites on my feet from the Keys, and the socks I had selected were rubbing them miserably. I changed out at about five miles and finished strong.

That being said, I was tired, and very glad that we had no other plans than to see Pan (decent) in the theater and hang out the rest of the day.

Monday – rest

This was a rest day for activity, but I did have to go to work, so I was up and at ’em, anyway. It was nice knowing that I would have the end of the week to myself, so I was ok with it.

Tuesday – 4 miles, bridge work

Speed work on the bridge is… well. It’s a necessary evil. I don’t love it, but I respect it. And I appreciate what it will do for me in the long run. This workout was pretty tough with speed intervals actually going up the incline rather than on the flat. I was worn right out when this was done.

It is starting to be time for long sleeves. The morning’s temperatures were in the high 50s and low 60s.

On the plus side, this was our night sky. It was absolutely stunning. I love our views.

Wednesday – body circuit, 1 hour

Since my schedule was all screwy this week, I had to do a body circuit class on my own. I realize that I miss the camaraderie and accountability of the group, so it wasn’t quite as awesome as usual.

I did have this pretty girl checking in on me while I did my ab work, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

Thursday – 6 miles, body circuit, 1 hour

This was a busy, busy day. I woke up to log 3.2 miles before my group run,

three miles during,

and then after I got little man on the bus, I rode the bike to body circuit.

Whew. I was exhausted. And a little sore.

Also, it was National Pug Day. It’s rare to get a picture of the grumble altogether, so I was pretty pleased with this.

Friday – rest

And by rest, I mean REST. We are talking staying in bed until 7:00 and hanging out in PJs all morning. It was heavenly. Sure I did some cleaning and tidying, but that’s about it. It’s been quite some time since I had this kind of day.

Our niece came from Chatanooga to spend the night, and we had a lovely time eating pizza, watching the sunset and making s’mores by the fire. I had to turn in early, but Mr PugRunner and she had some quality time to catch up.

Saturday – 8 miles, yoga

There wasn’t really a great time to fit in this eight-miler, so I got up at 4:30 on Saturday morning to get it done. It was hard – I don’t use music in the dark, and I kept repeating streets to stay close to home – but I felt really good when it was over.

Everyone was still sleeping when I got home, showered, and headed back out to work. We were hosting a yoga event that morning, and I was glad to be able to get some stretching in.

When my morning was up, I met everyone for lunch and said goodbye to our niece. We had one more errand to run: picking up the packet for little man’s Zombie Chase on Sunday. And then it was time to relax and chill out for the rest of the day.


I am starting to feel tired. The super early mornings and high (for me) miles are definitely starting to get to me. I’m managing ok, trying to keep up my vitamins and water intake, but I am also looking forward to the end date, when it comes. Obviously, I will continue training, but I’ll be able to step it down a little and be just slightly less serious. What keeps me going is the progress I’m seeing and feeling, and that’s worth just a few more obscenely early mornings.

How was your week in training?

What do you do when the effort of training starts to really wear you down?

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35 Responses to week in review: 10.11 – 10.17

  1. You’re at the point where you have to run on tired legs. It’s all part of the process–it’s called cumulative fatigue. It’s tough but will give you mental strength to draw on during the race!
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  2. Marcia says:

    Great week! It’s SO hard when it all seems to build to a crescendo and it feels like you just can’t train anymore. I seem to hit that spot right before taper then it feels SO good to cut the heck back!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      But tapers are awful too! Ack! I actually do a get a bit of a break this week, and the weather is cooling down, so those o’dark thirty wakeup calls will become less and less necessary. I hope. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. I love your big smile in all those selfies! Hang in there you got this
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  4. Maureen says:

    Hang in there! You are doing a great job! 🙂 Love the sky shots!
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  5. Awesome job logging all those miles AND cross-training! Your pugs are fantastic. I love the photos! Can’t wait to hear about Little Man’s Zombie Race!
    Ok, are you sitting down? I’ve started running again! I hopped on the treadmill twice the week before I went to finals. Then this weekend I ran a 5K Sat AND one on Sunday. And now I’m exhausted. Ha! But the shocking part? Saturday’s race I ran in 31:43 and Sunday’s was 32:30. Kind of crazy considering how out of shape I ought to be, right?
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  6. Cristina says:

    Wow. Totally impressed at how you get up to make it happen. I have lost my motivation to go that extra length so people like you remind me to not to be upset about results I didn’t get with work I didn’t do!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Part of it is that I’m just not a night time runner. I think we all have times of day we like more than others. Granted, 4:30 AM is not my favorite part of morning either, but when I have commitments for the rest of the day, it has to happen. I think I’ve always worked hard, but never quite as hard as this. There are definite benefits, but I can’t see this being the way I do things at all times.
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  7. Sounds like you had a great week of training! Upping the mileage can get tough, but the sooner you up it, the sooner you can taper, and the sooner you can get to the starting line!
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  8. Your dogs are adorable! Looks like you had a great week of training!! I’m starting Piyo this week and really looking forward to the accountability and routine in my fitness.
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  9. Running when you’re tired really helps make you physically and mentally strong for the latter miles. The key though, is to be smart about it and not risk injury. It’s like knowing the difference between an injury and a growing pain. Sometimes, yes, you really need to rest. Others you need to push through.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      My body feels good. The PF niggles me but it’s nothing to worry about. It’s more the general exhaustion when I stop moving for the day – I sit down at 8:00 to do some work and watch some tv, and I can’t keep my eyes open. I am going to have a few days of later mornings over this week, so hopefully that will get me back to normal(ish).
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  10. Keep up the great work! You’ve got this!
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  11. Ariana says:

    Wow you had such a strong week! Props to you for your 4am wakeup call!! Those are tough mornings, but they sure do feel good when they’re done 😀

    I had a great week of training as well! I’m looking forward to a bit of rest before my final race of the year on Sunday.
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  12. great job on those miles! Very impressive!!!!
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  13. I’ve been where you are, the tired feeling all of the time. That’s when I usually skip a few workouts and recharge and it usually helps!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m just worried about losing the gains I’ve made. Everyone’s different, but I feel I lose fitness faster than they say you should. Also, I’m trying to look at it as a one-time thing: this level of training isn’t my norm, and I’m not going to operate at this level year-round. Might as well give it all I have, you know?
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  14. jill conyers says:

    You’re at a tough part of training. Keep up the great work and miles!
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  15. Angie says:

    Keep up the great work!
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  16. rachel says:

    Putting in the work. Putting in the miles. Keep going strong! 🙂
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  17. Good job on getting all the runs in! I refuse to get up that early to run LOL.

    When I start feeling totally wiped, I take an extra rest day. I’d rather rest and revive than continue to push if it feels like i need a break.
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  18. Hollie says:

    That is a lot of miles. Good job!
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  19. Haley says:

    I’m so jealous that you have a bridge close by to train on. That’s the one thing I really lack in my training is hill repeats. It’s so flat where I live, and the nearest bridge or overpass (that’s safe enough to run) is 30+ minutes away.
    Great job on the recent progress.
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