week in review: 12.6 – 12.12

The year is winding down, and so is my training. I’ve given myself permission to relax a little more, just because I don’t have an impending goal.

Sunday – Divas St. Augustine Half Marathon & 5K, 3.1 miles

The Divas St. Augustine Half Marathon & 5K seems to be under a bit of a weather hex. Last year and this, we experienced rain, wind and somewhat cold temperatures.

It was a little discouraging, but at least the rain cleared long enough to run and I earned my second fastest 5K time, despite the 30 mph winds.

I couldn’t stay long – we had lunch plans with my parents and I had a small holiday photo shoot later in the afternoon. I was very grateful for a hot shower and some good food, and even more glad when it was bed time.

Monday – body circuit, 60 minutes

I loved being back in class. We had lots of weights, which is my favorite. I’m proud of myself for making body circuit a consistent part of my training.

Tuesday – rest

I did plan to get up early and run with my group, but when I woke up, I had a nasty headache. I felt awful about bailing, but an extra 90 minutes of sleep did wonders for me. I guess I needed it.

I think Delilah spoke for all of us.

Wednesday – 3,1 miles

The weather was gorgeous, if not cold, so after little man went to school, I made up the run I skipped the day before. I kept my intervals at 1:00/:15 and got within seconds of a sub30. I don’t know how my goal is going to go: I still have a few half marathons coming up, so speed usually gives way to distance. We shall see.

After work, I got little man from soccer and went straight to karate. He will be testing for his next belt in a week, so these classes are crucial. He did great, and Mr PugRunner met us at the studio. We got pizza for dinner, picked out our Christmas tree, and then I went to pick up some things for Mr PugRunner’s upcoming trip while the boys went home to watch holiday movies together.

Thursday – 3.1 miles

It was great to be back out with the girls. We had a really nice run through the historic district (back at 2:00/:30), with a beautiful view of some of the lights. It was nice to change up the route and take in all the holiday beauty.

I was pretty excited for little man to get home. I had heard about a free coding workshop for kids from a friend, in honor of the week long celebration of the Hour of Code. I signed up little man at our Apple Store, and I am so glad I did. The hour was Star Wars themed, and the kids used iPad minis to create a sequence of instructions for BB-8 to get out of a maze.

Afterwards, we had dinner with our friends. It was long overdue and mommies and kids all had fun catching up.

Friday – rest

I had EVERY intention of working out this day. I really, really did. But then, I was able to make an appointment to get my hair done, and that kind of took precedence.

My hair has been flat out neglected. I don’t think I’ve had it professionally touched since late August, maybe early September. It was painfully overdue.

I had it in my head that I wanted to do a chocolate-brown-to-purple ombre, and we set to work. Four hours later, I had exactly what I wanted. It was awesome, and I loved the end result.

There was just enough time for a quick lunch before little man got home from school. One of his little friends was coming over for dinner and a movie, and we had to tidy and get everything set up.

It was a great night. After they ate and watched approximately 10 minutes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they took off to play video games and build Lego. They came back long enough to make some Christmas ornaments, and then we were off again. It was so great and I hope we can do it again soon.

Saturday – rest

Some Saturdays are great for lounging around and some are all about getting things done. This, unfortunately, was the latter. Before lunchtime, we had started laundry, gotten breakfast, did huge shopping trips to three stores, changed sheets and made a couple of holiday crafts.

We also made a trip to WhoVille.

Productive days are great days.


After this week, it’s time to start getting serious again. The Glass Slipper Challenge will be here before I know it. I also have the Publix Savannah Women’s Half (code RUNSWITHPUGS10 saves you $10 on the half!) not long after that. I haven’t had a real long run in a while, and it’s time to start building back up again.

How was your week in training?

Have you finished racing for the year?

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6 Responses to week in review: 12.6 – 12.12

  1. Hair ALWAYS takes precedence haha!

    That’s so cool that that apple had that Kids Who Code event! I have never heard of that before but as someone who works in the Digital space but doesn’t have technical skills, I think that is the best!

    I am coming home on Friday for the holidays an cannot wait to run downtown, a long run from the Island there is my absolute favorite!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      They apparently have all kinds of cool camps and workshops. They don’t really promote them, but my friend’s husband is an employee and I got the heads up.

      How long are you in town?

  2. LOVE the purple in your hair! So fun! I’m toying with the idea of doing an oil slick look for the winter (google it, so cool!) but I can’t decide if I’m too old… On the other hand, I’m not sure I care if I am!
    Great work with getting so many workouts in despite “taking it easy” this week.
    Little man looked like he was completely focused on his coding despite that little girl trying to steal his ideas 😉 So cute!
    And lastly, I’m still dying to get to a diva run! Looks so fun!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      OMG I love that oil slick look! It’s so cool! I say if you love it, go for it. Our tween neighbor loved it. I think it was the novelty of seeing a mom with purple hair LOL!

      He loved the coding. I hope we can get him into another course soon!

  3. Darlene says:

    I schedule my hair appts every 5 weeks for the whole year.

    Love the hair. I’m not that bold but it looks good on you.

    You’ve had a busy week. Congrats on your race!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s probably a good plan. But then things happens and come up, and I get distracted.

      Thanks! I am sure it’s a holdover from never being allowed to do manic panic in my hair when I was a teenager. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments though.

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