weekly recap x 2: 6.5 – 6.17

I have to apologize for last week’s hiatus. I don’t usually go silent, but sometimes, you just need to sit back, stop speaking and listen.

However, I am back at it and ready 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!

There were a lot of lofty plans for working out this summer, but things have been coming up, so I am doing the best I can with the time available.

Sorry for the length, but I will try to run through the next two weeks as quickly as possible.

Sunday – 90 minutes SUP yoga

This is my favorite. The water was a little rough and I was on a different board, so this class was extra challenging, but sometimes, that’s all part of the fun.

We had a full class, with lots of newcomers, and that made it great, too.

Afterwards, I met the boys at the beach, and we passed a really nice afternoon until the storms rolled in.

Monday – rest

There was an impending tropical storm that made quite a mess of my plans for the day. Fortunately, we got away with just some wind and rain.

Tuesday – 4 mile run

I wasn’t able to meet up with my group, but the weather was nice enough for four miles.

While I was at work, Mr PugRunner called to tell me that Molly had had some sort of accident and was bleeding from one of her toes. Fortunately, it wasn’t anything too major. The vet wrapped her up and instructed us to come back on Friday for a follow up.

Wednesday – 60 minutes cycling, 30 Day Shred Level 3

I hadn’t been out on the bike in a while, so I kept myself to about an hour. It wasn’t as hard to come back as I expected. Obviously, maintaining cycling fitness is way easier than maintaining running fitness.

Since I hadn’t had a strength class in a while, I decided to round out the day with an at-home workout: Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred – Level 3.

Thursday – 3 mile run

Another Thursday, another solid run.

Friday – rest

Molly’s follow up to the vet trumped body circuit. We were thrilled to get the all clear, because we were heading out for a joint vacation with three other families.

We packed up the car and headed down to the Hammock Beach Resort.

This was pretty much our life for the next three days.

Saturday – 3 mile beach run

I wasn’t planning to run on the beach. I just wanted a picture of the sunrise and then I was going to return to the sidewalks.

However, once I got out there, in the beautiful breeze, and saw all the hard-packed sand, I decided to go for it. I took my time and had a lovely, easy run.

We spent the rest of the day parked at the resort’s pools. The weather was perfect and the kids had the best time.

Sunday – rest

Another pool day. I’m pretty sure I’ve never spent so much time by a pool in my life. R&R is usually not my thing, but I ended up really enjoying myself.

Monday – rest

After breakfast and checking out, we went back to the… you guessed it… pool. Two of the four families had left so the remainder of us spent the morning together, got lunch, and parted ways. Leaving was hard – it has been really nice just relaxing and hanging out in the sun and water, but it was time to get back to the real world.

Tuesday – 3 mile run

The first run back home was a little tough, probably due to dehydration from the weekend.

But I got it done, and went about my day. I was really starting to miss my group runs and was hopeful to get back to it on Thursday.

Wednesday – 60 minutes cycling, 30 Day Shred Level 2

The steamy weather made me not want to do anything, but I finally dragged myself out for a ride,

and followed it up with 30 Day Shred Level 2. I really don’t love the at-home workouts, but  I was really missing my body circuit classes and had to do a little something.

On a really positive note, Mr PugRunner and I finally booked our 10 year anniversary vacation to Antigua! I cannot wait. We have a few months until the big day, but I have already started researching excursions and things to do.  We wanted a place that neither of us had visited, that was a combination of lazing away on the beach or by the pool (for him) and active, adventurous things to do (for me).


I cannot wait to SUP on that water.

Thursday – 3 mile run

I was finally back with my group! We had a beautiful run and I was so glad to see the ladies again!

With the trip booked, I want to do a little bit of toning up. I do what I consider to be a decent amount of training for the average person, but I can always streamline my process. I decided to incorporate a few 30 Day Challenges into my routine: planks, arms, thigh slimming and squats. I found a series of free apps for the phone, which offer several levels of experience, and then give a daily workout. Together, they take no more than 20 minutes, and I can break them up throughout the day, so it seemed like a pretty reasonable thing. I could always use more core and upper body strength, I like to keep my glutes working well after this year’s injury and if there is anything that can happen in my thigh area (they are strong but will probably never be dainty), then I’m all for it.

Friday – 60 minutes body circuit, 30 Day Challenges

And back to body circuit! We worked the heck out of our arms, which was great. Afterwards, I followed up with my round of challenges.

Saturday – 5 mile run, 30 Day Challenges

I had to get up early for my five mile run. Once again, this was my longest run since I’ve been back in running action. It went well. I played it very conservatively, but I ended feeling strong.

And then it was off to the dojo! Little man had his orange belt test! He had a lot of skills to cover, and he rocked it!

I am so blown away every time I watch him break a board. This time, he had to use a side kick, which is one of his weaker skills, but bam. Right in half.

We celebrated with a late breakfast, and then spent a kind of lazy rest of day as it started raining. Mr PugRunner and I went to Jacksonville Sharks game that evening. They played the Orlando Predators, and the vibe of support in the arena was really wonderful.

And there you have it. Two weeks, done and done. Thanks for sticking with me!

I’m fairly pleased with the direction everything is heading. While the times of my runs have been frustrating me, I know it’s summer, I know I’m pretty newly back and I know I have to be patient. Right now, I am focusing on getting my miles up in time for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia, and then I will switch my goal to speed for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah and the Space Coast Half (my goal race).

Are you planning to run RNR Philly or Savannah? I would love to see you there, and if you use the following code, you can also save on your race registration!

How was your week in training?

Do you ever participate in fitness challenges? What kind of results do you see?



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43 Responses to weekly recap x 2: 6.5 – 6.17

  1. Kristen says:

    I LOVE Hammock Beach! It’s so great.
    Your weekly recaps are so motivating! I need to start keeping track of my workouts like this.

  2. Carmy says:

    I don’t like fitness challenges mainly because I suck at following through!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I used to be the same way, but now that these are apps on my phone, and I get to check off the exercises and days as I do them, I’m a little more motivated. I’m only 4-5 days in, so we’ll see if I can keep it up.

  3. Great job with all of your workouts, consistency is key and you’ve got it in spades! I like the 30 day challenges even though I usually fall out of them. Planks are always great to add during the day, right? It looks like you had some relaxing days on the beach and at the pool…I’m so jealous! I’ll be in Philly for RnR…still on the fence of whether I’m going to sign up for the half but will definitely do the 5K on that Saturday. It’d be great to meet!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m trying hard to be consistent, but life does happen, and it makes it hard.

      I don’t know that I’ll be doing the 5K (I kind of started thinking about it, but the friend I am visiting might slap me upside the head if I try to take up more of our visit with running LOL!). Keep me posted and we will see what we can do!

      Planks are great. I always thought the challenges were about trying to add time to each day of planking, but the challenge I am doing mixes up all different kinds of planks with different times focusing on different things. It keeps it a little more interesting.

  4. That resort looks awesome, Antigua sounds amazing, and I’m so glad Molly is feeling better! I wanted to do RNR Philly, but my boyfriend and I are going on a big vacation for our anniversary then :).
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I cannot WAIT for Antigua.

      Yay for anniversary vacations! Mr PugRunner is none too thrilled that I will be running RnR Savannah on our anniversary weekend, but I think a few days in the Antiguan sun will make up for it.

      Molly is doing great. I’m so glad it wasn’t anything more serious.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Great job on keeping up with your workouts during your vacation. I love the pictures it looks like you had a great time and what a beautiful beach!

    • runswithpugs says:

      There was a gym on site but all of the classes started on the later side and I wanted to be done with my workouts and at the pool as soon as possible. So a nice run did the trick, although I would have loved for them to offer a beach yoga class.

  6. I really want to do some more SUP this summer. I always do it when we travel but I know we have it here if I can brave the yucky water of Potomac river
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    • runswithpugs says:

      To be honest, I am so rarely in the water that I don’t think it would bother me too much. My favorite SUP company travels for our yoga class, but their regular launch spot is in a creek where there are definitely gators and snakes and other unsavory critters. So many people go out from there and I am trying to work up my courage to do the same. After what happened last week with the gator, I’m a little less bold.

  7. Debbie says:

    How exciting to go to Antigua for your anniversary! That sounds like so much fun. Your weekend at the beach looks pretty nice too. Great job on your workout weeks.
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  8. I got to try SUP for the first time last year, and really enjoyed it. Just trying to keep yourself balanced on there is a great workout, for sure!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s great for the core. It’s been coming pretty easily for me, although I haven’t been brave enough to actually go out in the ocean. Those waves would take me down for sure.

  9. The water in Antigua looks amazing!
    I still have SUP on my list of things to try – hopefully soon!
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  10. I almost always have some sort of monthly fitness challenge going….it’s short enough that it doesn’t get too “routine,” but challenging enough that one can usually see some results. I’ve done daily push-ups, planks (grand total of 200+ monthly minutes), squats/lunges, etc. I have to keep mixing things up and NOT always be doing the same thing LOL That pic of Antigua looks heavenly….
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    • runswithpugs says:

      While I am doing four at once (overkill, much?), it’s still under 20 minutes a day and it’s no big deal if I have to break it up. I figure if I can get some nice tone out of it, it will be worthwhile. I love the challenges on the apps: every day, there is a new set of exercises – who knew there were so many planks???

  11. It is summer! Don’t you just feel like some mornings you are running thru yuck? I perk up when my app shouts average speed 10:15 cause I feel like I am going 12:15! Enjoy that resting and relaxing, I swear we don’t do enough of it!

  12. Coco says:

    I really want to try SUP. I need to find a nice calm lake.
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  13. I’d love to try SUP sometime. It looks so fun! I love to do challenges, but sometimes I suck at finishing them. When I really stick with it, I often see good results.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I think I will do better with the challenges because I can tick off the completions on the app. If I’m just doing it on my own, I think I would fall out of it faster.

  14. Pam says:

    Hammock Beach looks absolutely gorgeous. I have never tried SUP Yoga, but I do like just SUP. I’m trying to get a group of girls to go sometime next week. However, we sometimes have very windy days, so we may have to have a plan B. Your anniversary trip to Antigua sounds lovely. Hopefully you can find some fun excursions and things to do.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a great time. We never do “resort” vacations, and this was perfect.

      Wind is the worst for SUP. I hope it calms down for you so you can get out there.

  15. Your vacation looks wonderful. And you have Antigua to look forward to…

    I love SUP and am hoping to get some in his weekend as I head to Wisconsin! But my SUP partner is still healing his broken leg…
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am very much looking forward to it. It’s not my usual thing, but it’s ok to be different and try something new. The excursions they have look so fun. If I can convince Mr PugRunner to leave the pool.

      Poor guy. I hope the recovery goes quickly.

  16. Annmarie says:

    Yay for Antigua! That looks like it will be a beautiful place to rest and relax 🙂
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  17. Hammock beach resort looks lovely. I have never done SUPyoga sounds challenging.
    Poor Molly. Hope she is doing better!
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  18. Sounds like a great two weeks! Excellent job keeping your mileage up while on vaca!
    I spent a few days away too, and even managed to head out for a run! FINALLY!
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  19. Even with how busy you were, you had a great two weeks of workouts. Happy early anniversary to you and your hubby. Antigua is on my bucket list.
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  20. I’ll be starting my weekly recaps again now that I am marathon training. And wow 90 minutes of SUP yoga?? I have never done SUP but I do want to try it!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Well, by the time you paddle out and tie off, do the yoga and then release and enjoy the inlet, it’s 90 minutes. But you’re moving the whole time! Can’t wait to catch up on your training!

  21. I’ve always wanted to try SUP yoga! SUP is hard enough on its own so I can only imagine how challenging the yoga poses must be. Poor Molly! I am glad she got the all-clear at the vet. Your vacation sounds like it was fabulous. Speaking of which, you are going to love Antigua. Happy 10th anniversary!!!
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  22. Looks like an awesome week. I have always wanted to try SUP yoga, looks pretty amazing. Happy Anniversary!
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  23. HoHo Runs says:

    Hammock Beach looks lovely. Sometimes, it is perfection to just lounge by the pool! How cool is it going to be to SUP in Antigua? I still haven’t done that anywhere and I really want to! It is nice how the cycling seems to come back to wherever you left it. I know you must be enjoying you new bike! One of our sons is a blackbelt. I always loved the board-breaking testing. We have all those broken boards dated and signed by the master. Thanks for linking with us Jenn!
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