weekly recap: 4/3 – 4/9

This week, I’m linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin for the Weekly Wrap!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers. I love the added support, sharing and accountability!

It was the first full week of purposely not running, while filling in with other activities. I was fairly certain I would be bored and not feel quite as fulfilled, but I have surprised myself with how productive I have felt.

Sunday – 60 minutes Yoga on the Square

As part of the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K weekend, New Balance hosted a “Yoga on the Square” event at 9:00 on Sunday morning. Led by an instructor from Savannah Power Yoga, we enjoyed 60 minutes of moderate flow. It was one of the best practices I’ve had to date.

My mom and I checked out of the hotel and spent a little more time wandering around Savannah before we had to head home. On the down side, my windshield got cracked on the drive home by an errant rock that bounced up. Fortunately, we were both ok, and it would be easy to have the glass replaced, but it caused a little added stress on the ride.

Monday – 60 minutes body circuit, 5 miles cycling

Apparently, it was arm day. The ladies at Empower Fitness & Coaching worked us hard with a series of curls, rows and extensions. I was absolutely feeling the burn and loving every minute of it.

When we were done, I hopped on Mr PugRunner’s bike. I’ve been dealing with the beach cruiser for a while and wanted to see how a road bike handled. It was night and day. I flew through five miles like it was nothing, and, I will admit, I may have gotten a taste for cycling.

Since I had been away, I had laundry and cleaning and food shopping to catch up on. Not the most fun, but it was good to be home. Oh, and I also had to get Miss Molly to the vet for some help getting her weight and measurements. She had a big surprise coming this week.

Tuesday – rest

I took full advantage of my rest day. My arms were (and would be) a little sore, so I was glad that I just had work and hanging out with the the family for the day.

Wednesday – 60 minutes cycling, 60 minutes yoga

After getting little man on the bus, my neighbor texted met to ask if she could join me for my bike ride. I was glad for the company, and told her that I was planning on doing 10 to 12 miles. She was totally game, and we had a blast. It’s amazing how much faster the miles fly by when on a bike as compared to running.

We ended up with an even 11, and it felt great.

That evening, I was really excited to get to yoga. I really want to start working more on my crow and my wheel. To be honest, my arms were still too sore from Monday to press up into wheel, but my crow is sooo close!

Thursday – rest

When we were all home, we get a delivery to the front door: Molly’s new wheels from K9 Carts!

It was very lightweight and incredibly easy to put together. It didn’t take us any time to get her into it, and with a little bit of encouragement, she was cruising!

Of course, her favorite thing seemed to be running over my bare feet, but whatever works.

We were able to take her for her first walk in forever, and she really seemed to enjoy it. I am so happy that we were able to help her get some of her mobility back.  It’s going to make all the difference in the world for her.

Friday – 40 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit

I piggybacked my workouts: 40 minutes on the bike, directly followed by body circuit.

My big cycling goal for the day was to get in the actual bike lane on the actual road. This is something that has been terrifying me, but I had to get over it.

And I made it! Only for one stretch of road, and I was absolutely unable to cross the street, but it will come.

I logged an exhilarating nine miles, and then really pushed myself in class. It was great.

We didn’t have plans for that evening, but my friend texted to see if little man could come over for a playdate with her child, and that works out great. The kids are such good buddies and have a blast together. It warms my heart.

Saturday –  rest

Since we have been going and going and going, we decided that we would play this weekend cool and low-key.

First, little man had a cooking class at the Publix Cooking School. He has been a huge help around the kitchen, so we thought he might like learning some new recipes in a big, fancy kitchen. With the rest of the class, he made five different dishes, and loved taste-testing them.

Then we zipped over to his karate studios so he could have his annual photos taken. I can’t wait to get our prints!

We ended the night with pizza on our patio. The weather has been gorgeous and we are taking full advantage!


Even though I didn’t log one running mile, it felt like a solid, great week. And I am excited to see where cycling goes. I am really hopeful that it will help build up my base so that when I am ready to run again, I won’t be quite such a breathless, wheezing mess.

How was your week in training?

Have you been able to enjoy the spring yet?

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23 Responses to weekly recap: 4/3 – 4/9

  1. I’m always amazed at how much easier cycling feels on my road bike than on my “mom” bike. I think it’s great that you are cycling while you give your legs a break from running! You know I’m all about that “active” rest. There’s so many things you can do to keep your endurance. Your legs and feet will thank you for the time off.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      The difference is night and day!

      I was working hard with the wind today – hopefully all the extra effort will show itself next week when I try to start running again!

  2. Sounds like a great week and “rest” from running. It always amazes me after all my running that I can get just as great of a workout by doing other activities. I think our bodies often “forget” how to use other muscles when we dedicate so much of our time to running.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon Training Log – Week 10My Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I totally agree. Also, running is such a tough workout so I think I feel like I’m getting more done for myself, when in reality, other things work just as well. I’m trying got see this all as a positive.

  3. I can’t wait for the weather to be nice enough to start riding my bike to work again. I used to be terrified of riding on the roads, as well – but practice and be careful, and you’ll be good!
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  4. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful week! I don’t do any cycling at all but my hubby and I are wanting to start adding that in, I’m sure the roads are tough to get used to riding on, I would be nervous too!
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  5. I’m ready to break out my bike too. I usually use it more for recreation than training but I do enjoy it! Savannah, ahh I can’t wait to go back and really visit this city.
    Jenn we’d love to have you in the Weekly Wrap link up, this post would be perfect. 🙂

  6. A road bike makes all the difference in cycling it’s like night and day. I am waiting for it to get less windy and warmer to take my bike out. I can’t wait!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Citrus Kale Spring Salad with Honey Lime DressingMy Profile

  7. I have not been on a bike since last fall…I’m not crazy into cycling (yet), but I do like doing it for something different. I also LOVE doing arm work. That hurts-so-good feeling is awesome 😉
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  8. Jessica says:

    I need to start doing more piggyback workouts!

  9. Carmy says:

    Miss Molly does not look too impressed to be at the vet haha. Mine always has a look of betrayal on his face.
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  10. Glad both you and Molly are enjoying your respective wheels! Great work getting so much exercise in without even running!
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  11. Great job keeping active even without running. I find that so hard when I’m injured – it’s just so easy to get out running and everything else seems to take real planning…
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Words of advice to a newbie runnerMy Profile

  12. HoHo Runs says:

    You are a wonderful active week without running! My road bike was a life saver when I was injured. It’s fun too! I’d like to try a bike race, but feel a little intimated. What do you do? No clue. I need someone to show me the ropes. It’s great to hear Miss Molly went on a walk. I love her wheels. Thanks for linking with us Jenn!
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