weekly wrap: 5.15 – 5.21

Happy Monday! That means it’s time to share the Weekly Wrap time with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Sunday – rest

Mr PugRunner surprised me by telling me that we were going to look at bikes! We didn’t have a chance to go on my actual birthday weekend, so I was beyond thrilled.

I had already done a lot of my research, so it was more a matter of getting the correct size and learning some maintenance details. It was a great experience and I am so thrilled with the new addition to our garage.

Monday – 35 minutes cycling, 60 minutes body circuit

I couldn’t wait to take Francine the Bike for a spin. As son as little man was off to school, I slapped on a helmet and hit the road.

It was wonderful! I felt like I was expending about the same amount of energy as when I ride Mr PugRunner’s bike, but I was going so much faster. The ride was easier and more smooth, too. It’s amazing the difference the right tools can make.

Body circuit went well. The morning temperatures are starting to heat up, and I had to make a mental note to start applying sunscreen before each session.

I used the rest of the day to catch up on household things before I had to get little man and do all the after-school things. The week was off to a great start.

Tuesday – 3 miles running

I met up with my running group, intending on a really solid three miles. Unfortunately, about a mile in, I had a wee little bit of an accident. More of a random gravity check (not to worry; everything is working just as it should!). I took a misstep and completely wiped out.

Can we say embarrassing? I almost cried – not because it hurt (although it did), but because I was mortified.

The ladies helped me get up and cleaned off, and I decided I wanted to finish the run. I was muddy and bloodied, but nothing was broken or twisted, thank goodness. My next two miles included a couple chunks of walking, just because I was sore. It was more than a little disappointing.

However, it was also a great lesson in overcoming.

Wednesday – 60 minute cycling

This was the first time I was actually nervous on the bike. The scrape on my knee was tight and I was really scared of falling. I’m not entirely sure how falling while running correlated to falling while cycling in my head, but it did.

I took a new route, which I enjoyed, and really focused on trying to enjoy the ride.

Little man had a great karate class, and we found out he will be testing for his next belt (which will get him into the sparring class) next month. he has been working pretty hard, so I know he is excited.

Thursday – Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown, Corporate Run 5K

I woke up early to do a yoga workout at home. While I don’t generally love video workouts, I wanted to have some kind of stretching done before the Corporate 5K that night.

After work, I collected my running things and met up with Tammy for the drive to the race site. This would be my first official 5K since I had to start over almost two months ago, and I was pretty anxious about it. My scrapes were still pretty raw, it was a night run, and our area was being hit with some pretty wicked storms.

In fact, the heavens opened and it poured on us for the first mile. The thought of bailing did cross my mind, but I stuck it out. Because that’s what runners do.

I will provide the race report later this week. It wasn’t my best, but it did boost my confidence in that I know I can go out there and complete the distance without my hip jangling.

Friday – 320 yard swim, 60 minutes body circuit, 30 minute cycling

I was pretty tired on Friday  morning, but I wanted to get in all my workouts. I decided to swim first, simply because I feel like my swims are always an afterthought and then I feel like I’m really struggling. This time, I got in the water first, and churned out some nice laps.

I dried off and changed in the pool bathroom and then joined up with my body circuit class. It was a strong workout, and I loved it.

I had to meet Mr PugRunner for lunch, so my bike workout was cut a few minutes short. Which was fine, because it was hot as blazes and I was rather exhausted at this point.

Mr PugRunner was planning on a night out with his buddy, so I invited my parents to come see Angry Birds and get dinner with me and little man.

We all had a great night, and the movie was really cute.

Saturday – 5 mile easy bike ride

We had been planning to spend the majority of the morning at little man’s triathlon, but due to the week’s inclement weather, the whole event was postponed. Yes, we were bummed, especially since we won’t be able to make the rescheduled date, but it did make for a much more relaxing weekend.

I decided to give myself a little break and skip a run on Saturday morning, but then we all rode our bikes about 2.5 miles each way for lunch, which was really special. I love being able to do that, and it was a great way to spend time together.

That evening, we all went to the Jacksonville Sharks game.

It was Military Appreciation Night and the arena was hopping!

The Sharks ended up crushing the Portland Steel, so it was a fantastic night, even if it meant we all did get to bed a little on the later side. Totally worth it.

And now we are almost through May. I hadn’t really set too many goals for this month, and I am reminding myself to try to be kind and patient with myself. I am keeping my eye on taking my time and rebuilding, and trying very hard not to worry about “being where I was.”

I am going to start setting some bigger goals for June. I think I’ve given myself enough room to get comfortable, confirm that my injury is 100% gone and start pushing the limits.  Summer is going to be the perfect time for it and I will be interested to see where the next steps lead.

How was your week in review?

Are you as incredibly graceful as me when running?

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36 Responses to weekly wrap: 5.15 – 5.21

  1. I’m so sorry about your fall! I hope you are healing up and feeling better. I’m so excited for you and your new bike! Looking forward to hearing about the 5K.
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  2. Congrats on the new bike! I hope you enjoy it. I have not been out as much as I would like yet bc it never stops raining! Have a great week
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  3. I love your quote about finishing your run after falling…”it was about overcoming.” That’s powerful!!! (and, I’m pretty lanky and clumsy myself…..I’m really good at tripping and stumbling. I usually can stay vertical…but it ain’t pretty!)
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I have never gone down like this. It seems to be a year full of firsts for me, and not the pleasant kind. I’m hoping I can start getting gone the road to recovery without any more setbacks.

  4. Lois says:

    Hurray for a new bike – so exciting and a great addition to you fun and fitness too!
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  5. Love the bike! It’s so funny, you don’t realize what a difference it makes to have your bike properly sized and fitted for you. It looks like you did a great job with your workouts and your race. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! I need to give myself some more aggressive goals for June so that I don’t keep slacking off on my runs. Have a great week!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      No, you really don’t. It’s so easy to fall backwards. I need to start pushing after Monday’s race so that I can get my miles back up. I just have to remember that I was hurt and had to start all the way over. It changes things, but I am still hard on myself.

  6. Always difficult to come back after injury. Little by little you’ll get there !

  7. congrats on your new bike!! I saw your Insta post on the fall – so sorry! but don’t be embarrassed, it happens to the best of us. Just glad you’re doing ok!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Fit Foodie Race Weekend Recap #RunEatDrinkMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      You know, it was ok while it stayed dark, but when the sun came up and people driving by could see me… Well, I just kind of wanted to shrivel up and sink into the earth. I felt really stupid 🙁

  8. Look at those muscles in your legs on the stability ball! Nice work, mama!

    I love that you enjoyed the speed and ease on your new bike. I always marvel at how “easy” cycling feels on my road bike! Even after all these years!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Running Down the WeekMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thanks! I have been working hard and it’s nice that others can see some results. I know that I’m stronger just because I can lift more and do more things I couldn’t before, but I don’t really see any external changes. Weird.

      Love the bike. Love love love. It has made a huge difference to my cycling.

  9. Congrats on the new bike! I’ve never wiped out on a run but ironically enough I have wiped out on my bike. It was on a bike path and a bunch of elderly people saw me and came over to try to help. It was so sweet!

  10. I like the Garmin watch but i LOVE the friendship bracelets! Or at least that’s what they remind me of 🙂 Great recap.

  11. I feel so lazy reading your posts lately! Awesome job once again getting so much done!
    I already told you about my fall at the 5K before the Boston Marathon. I fell another time too. I was out on a group run with my friends before work on morning. We were running along at about the 2.5 mile mark when I turned around to say something to the other girls and I tripped over a bump in the sidewalk. From what I told, I actually bounced on landing. Sheesh.
    But you know what they say, fall down 8 times get up 9. Hope the ego bruise heals as quickly as the others!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Don’t feel lazy! You are riding a lot! I wish I was getting to play with the ponies.

      Ugh. Falling stinks. I’m feeling better about it, but I do wish my knee would heal up a little faster. It’s in the worst possible spot and is taking FOREVER.
      runswithpugs recently posted…wednesday word: freedomMy Profile

  12. I have tripped once while running over a bunch of rocks and I have also crashed once on my bike. I think my tire got stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. It’s on at trail that we run on so now every time we pass that spot, my husband feels the need to make fun of that little spill. #notcool lol I am glad you were able to pull off your run even in the downpour! Congrats on your new bike – that is so cool and fun especially having family bike rides.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Boo to your hubby! There is no mocking the one who fell!

      I really, really, really wanted to bail, but that wouldn’t have looked so good for me. I wasn’t happy, but I did feel pretty hardcore, going for it in the downpour.
      runswithpugs recently posted…wednesday word: freedomMy Profile

  13. congrats on that new bike, you look speedy! I hope all your scrapes are healing! I fell when I ran in Venice and it is rather embarrassing but it happens! looks like you all are having fun with those sharks games too- good times!
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  14. I have only face planted twice while running — on the same damn run! Same thing, I wasn’t seriously hurt, but yes, it’s mortifying. I don’t bike because of the fear of falling (not to mention it’s not really bike friendly around here).

    The right gear makes ALL the difference!

    Good job facing your fears and getting out there for your 5k. It’ll get easier — just remember, it’s never as hard as actually starting to run! There’s some muscle memory.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, no! Not on the same run! That’s awful!

      There is some muscle memory, but I just feel like I have to work so much harder. It’s frustrating, but not everyone is going to be great at running, and I just have to remember to be great for me.
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  15. Wow, you had a great week. And yay for a new bike!
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  16. HoHo Runs says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your fall but thank goodness you were not seriously hurt! I know you are enjoying Francine. I was amazed when I switched from my old mountain bike how much faster I could go. I was on my bike this weekend for the first time in a while. I enjoyed it. Congrats for completing your first 5k since injury. It’s must have been great confidence builder. Thanks for linking with us Jenn!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I was very, very lucky. I am so aware of that.

      It was definitely good for me to finish that 5K. Granted, it wasn’t a very good 5K for me, but knowing that I was able to get out there and get it done without my hip dragging or any other serious issues was a big deal.
      runswithpugs recently posted…wednesday word: freedomMy Profile

  17. I am so sorry that you fell! I have fallen during a run before and it hurts and you feel so embarrassed (even though you shouldn’t). Your bike looks so awesome and you got in some great workouts this week!!! I need some swim mojo – please send some to me!! 🙂
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  18. That is super exciting to have a new bike! It does sound like you’ve done your homework. I think all the research is just about as much fun as picking it out what about you?
    I wouldn’t be able to wait either to jump on and test her out!
    On the accident, girl we’ve all been there! Glad nothing was hurt!
    Solid week for you and I too am looking forward to seeing what the summer holds. Thanks for linking up!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      The research is pretty stressful, but I am pleased with my decision. It’s not the very best bike, but it’s exactly what I need at this point in my life, so I’m good with that.

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