And so we end 2015 and move into 2016.
January is going to be incredibly busy, with three races and a weekend trip, but I am so looking forward to all of it. A new year means new opportunities and new plans, and I am prepared to take it all on!
Sunday – 6 miles
S told me that she wanted to do some long runs together, and so she drove up to my neighborhood for six. We will be running together at the upcoming Glass Slipper Challenge, so it’s very helpful to log the distance as a team.
And it ended up being a great run!
Little man had a birthday party at a trampoline center, so that was our next stop. It was a great afternoon, and the poor thing was falling asleep in the back of the car. We came home to watch a movie and then call it a night.
Monday – body circuit, 6o minutes
Mr PugRunner had to do some work, so I went to a 5:45 AM body circuit class, instead of 9:30. Afterwards, little man and I built some legos, and colored, and then we went out to lunch and to a park.
Little man had a date with his new skateboard.
I think we were all a little nervous, but after a few minutes of hanging on to Mr PugRunner, little man let go. He did so great and really seemed to love it.
Unfortunately, he did have a couple of little tumbles, and ended up with his first case of road rash. He was a trooper about the whole thing, and we were even able to get him back on the board before we called it a day.
Tuesday – 3.3 miles
There was a group run in the morning. We tried a new route and it was a really nice change of pace.
I had to work, but Mr PugRunner took little man bowling and then to see the new Chipmunks movie. This has been a pretty epic and fun-filled spring break for him!
Wednesday – rest
Little man had a big playdate with one of his classmates. The mom planned to take the kids to lunch and a different trampoline park (this one with an American ninja warrior obstacle course), and THEN back to her house to play. So our day was pretty much free.
Our first order of business was shopping for Mr PugRunner’s birthday. He is really difficult, if not impossible, to buy for, and I was really struggling for ideas. We’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, with more trips on the horizon, and there weren’t any games or concerts coming up. I had gotten him a massage gift certificate for Christmas, and so I was just stuck.
He told me that he had made the decision to give up running for a while. His knees have been bothering him, and while his doctor told him it was just joint discomfort and nothing major, he’s been very hesitant to lace up. He wanted to look at bikes and ellipticals instead, and so that’s what we did.
Much as I hate to lose him as a race buddy, he was very happy with his final choice (not to worry: I’m holding his new helmet while taking this picture).
After dinner, we picked up little man from his playdate, and once again, he was worn right out. He had a phenomenal day, and both kids can’t wait to do it again!
Thursday – 3 miles
This was the last run of 2015. I wanted to go a little longer, but we all had to get back.
The sunrise was gorgeous.
And I am so grateful for these women.
Our New Year’s Eve schedule was packed. First, we had a late-morning end of year party with our friends. The kids celebrated an early countdown with noisemakers and flutes of sparkling apple cider.
And then we picked up my parents for an early dinner out on the town.
It was nice to get out and home before the party crowd started. Little man spent the night at my mom’s while we went home and I made a valiant effort to stay up til midnight (I gave up around 11).
I didn’t feel too bad. When we were in New York, we got up close and personal with the “16” that light up when the ball dropped.
And we also got to write our wishes for the New Year on pieces of confetti that would be released at the end of the countdown. It was totally unplanned but it was such a cool way to be part of a major event that we wouldn’t get to see in person.
Friday – rest
Happy birthday to Mr PugRunner! We had a date at my mom’s pool to see little man engage in his second-ever Polar Plunge.
As luck would have it, the temperatures were in the 70s, so it wasn’t too cold. And of course, jumping into a pool is always better with friends.
Nana and Papa Bear had put together a yummy brunch at their place in celebration of 2016 and the big birthday. We also had some extended family there, so it was extra special.
Mr PugRunner wanted to celebrate at a restaurant almost an hour from home, but it was raining and the weather was getting colder, so he decided he would rather take a nap and go to a sushi place closer to home. No arguments here! It was a really wonderful day, and he had a great birthday.
Saturday – 5 miles
I had NO desire to go n this run. I hadn’t slept well, and I was a little dehydrated. However, rain was on the calendar for the next few days and it seemed a total shame to waste the cooler temperature. After Mr PugRunner got back from a test ride on his bike, I laced up and went out.
At first I planned to do eight, which I then adjusted to three, and then to four. However, I lost track of time and ended up doing five. Oops.
The rest of the day was spent running errands. Granted, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it was nice to get back into the swing of normalcy after the busy holidays.
I’m not looking forward to the next week: we are expecting lots and lots of (unwelcome) rain. I have to get through my training for the week, and then on Saturday, I’ll be running my first trail race. I have absolutely no idea what I’m in for, but I’ve heard such great things, so maybe it will be ok.
I also have to start back-to-back training runs to simulate the Glass Slipper Challenge experience. I usually give myself a day or two between runs, so it will be interesting to see how this shakes out.
How was your week in training?
How did you ring in 2016?
Any advice for a rookie trail racer? I’m open to any and all suggestions and tips!