weekly wrap: 6.18 – 6.25

Happy Monday! Let’s get to it with the Weekly Wrap 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!

This week was “eh” in terms of training. I just don’t feel like I did anything consistently or enough. Which is technically fine. Every week isn’t going to be crazy intense, nor should it be.

Sunday – rest

I took the day off to celebrate Father’s Day with the family. Mr PugRunner and Papa Bear are both such wonderful influences in our lives, and I am so grateful to have them both, and to be able to celebrate this special day with them.

We went to a lovely brunch in historic downtown, and then it was off to our community pool for some swimming.

Finally, we all went back to our house for some appetizers and drinks. It was such a nice, low-key holiday and we all had a nic

Monday – 40 minutes body circuit, 60 minutes beach yoga, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

This day was a bit of a rush. If I planned properly, I would be able to get in most of my body circuit class and still make it to the beach in time for yoga. I flew through most of the class circuits and zipped off to the beach.

It was so windy but so glorious. I wish there were more classes to attend, because there is something so peaceful and moving about beach yoga.

Tuesday – 3 miles running, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

I really appreciate the morning group runs with the ladies. Even on days when I’m really not feeling it, they motivate me to get up and go. Especially nice was that we had a break in the weather: the temps were in the low 60s when I left the house. Perfect.

We also decided to give up our three milers, and start pushing for more. Of course, this means that we will need to start a little earlier in the morning, but it will be worth it for the feeling of accomplishment.

Since it was International Yoga Day, I practiced my Warrior III. It’s looking (and feeling) pretty good).

Wednesday – 4 miles running, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

While I don’t love the back-to-back runs, I had to run on Wednesday instead of Thursday. As promised, the group did four beautiful sunrise miles.

We also chatted a little bit about the 30 Day Challenges I have been doing, and we even planked together.

I spent the rest of the day at work, which was a little out of the ordinary. It ended up being a really productive day.

It was also my mom’s birthday. Mr PugRunner was out of town, but after camp, little man and I met up with my parents for dinner and cake. It was a nice evening and we were glad for more celebrating.

Thursday – rest, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

Since Mr PugRunner was gone, I couldn’t get out for any running or cycling, but I did keep up with my squats, planks and other challenges.

After work, I picked up little man and his friend from camp and we went to the pool while we waited for Mr PugRunner to return from his trip. The boys had fun, and I think we tired them out pretty well.

Friday – 9.75 miles cycling, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

I was on camp car pool duty, so no body circuit for me again. I wanted to go cycling on a certain trail I had heard of, but I couldn’t find the parking lot for it, and had to go home. However, Mr PugRunner was able to come home for the weekend after lunch, and we were able to go out for a nice, long ride.

We never get to work out together anymore and it was really nice to have that time.

After camp, little man had his first class as an orange belt. I had the privilege of watching and was so impressed by how quickly he has picked up his new routines and moves. I am excited to see how he develops, and he’s excited to get his sparring gear and add another layer to his training.

Saturday – 6 miles running, challenges: squat, plank, toned arm, slim thighs

It’s been nice taking my time getting back, but I am also at a point where long runs are becoming necessary. I woke up a bit later than planned for my six miles – the first 3.1 miles were dedicated to the Orlando United 5K (since I wasn’t able to be in Orlando for the actual race, I registered for the virtual).

I am getting back to a point where I need to manage fuel on a run, and that was a bit of a challenge for me. However, practice makes perfect, and I will get back to a good place again.

The rest of the day was a whirlwind. We had a bunch of events and parties going on, and it was just craziness.

The night ended at my friend’s birthday party, with margaritas and Cards Against Humanity. I have never played and need to order a set for myself immediately.


I’ve been staying strong with my challenges, and the pugs are offering support where they can.

The positives from this week is that I am definitely feeling stronger, especially in my core and my arms. I took some “before” photos last week, but I’m not entirely comfortable sharing them, quite yet. Maybe if there is some huge improvement at the end of 30 Days of Plank/Squat/Arm/Thigh Challenges, I will, but no promises.

Here’s hoping this week is more productive in miles!

How was your week in training?

Do you use before/after photos to chart your progress?


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40 Responses to weekly wrap: 6.18 – 6.25

  1. Way to go with the plank challenge! And yes! Cards Against Humanity is SO FUN!
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  2. Bri says:

    I definitely use photos for progress, but am always so reluctant to share publicly! Well done with the challenge!
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  3. I jumped back on the plank challenge. I forgot how much I can really feel them when I do them consistently. Looks like you had a great week!
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  4. Carmy says:

    That sunrise! What a view! Well worth a back to back run!
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  5. Great job on your workouts, sounds like you’re making great progress. So jealous of your Warrior 3…you make it look so easy! It’s great to have a group to run with for accountability, and now you’re pushing each other to go farther. Awesome!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      That comment makes my day! I was looking at that picture and debating if I should even post it because my head should be lower and my leg should be straighter. I need to stop being so critical! I guess never thought yoga would be something I would take to.
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  6. I love that game – it’s hilarious fun! Wow, it’s beautiful where you live. I love the warrior by the lake shot!! Great week of workouts. Enjoy the week ahead Jenn!!

  7. Can you link up to the challenges? I wouldn’t mind slimmer thighs!
    I registered for the Orlando virtual run too, but haven’t yet completed it. That’s the nice thing about virtual races, you can be late!
    Sounds like a great week with plenty of time celebrating family! Hope the week to come is great too!
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  8. looks like a very nice well balanced week to me! A little bit of everything going on! The planks and push ups are amazing- I got off track with my trip to New Orleans but I am getting right back on it!
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  9. I didn’t realize you were doing all those challenges! Good for you. I like to take pictures when I do my poses because they really show me what I need to work on. And I don’t mind sharing my fails because I like to keep it real (plus I don’t take it all too seriously!). You can laugh at me as much as you want! 🙂
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I just started 11 days ago (according to my apps, LOL!). I figured that even if I didn’t get to a strength workout, I would have something going on, an you can never have too many planks or squats, right?

      I am very good at laughing at myself, but not sure if I want any sports bra pics of myself out there. Yet. We’ll see. I’m generally not too vain, but it will be a leap of faith to publish those things, unless there is some dramatic improvement.

  10. Gorgeous photos! I like to take pictures of my progress because I think it’s a way for us to visually see things working even when we think they are not. Sounds like it was a great week and wishing you another successful, productive week!

  11. Your Warrior 3 looks fierce (but also peaceful). That’s one of my favorite poses….it was SOOOO tough to do for so long because my balance was pathetic. But now? I can hold it quite a while…and it feel great for my hamstrings!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      That needs to be my new shirt! FIERCE! (but peaceful).

      I have pretty good balance, but I need to work on my flexibility. I have my eye on baby grasshopper, but I’m not quite there yet.

  12. Coco says:

    Looks like a great week! I really enjoy cycling with my husband. We try to go every weekend but sometimes life interferes. Planks can be tedious but they do make you stronger!

  13. The views for your sunrise run are just gorgeous. Getting up and out the door early to run is never easy, but being rewarded with a beautiful sunrise always makes it worth it.
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  14. I am sooooo envious of your beach yoga! Wish I had that available to me — it must feel incredible (although sandy mats?).

    I haven’t run anything over 4 miles in quite some time, and I have a couple of more weeks before training begins to pick up again. So I’m working hard at that cross training while I can!

    I mostly forget about the before/afters, but they can be really motivating.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I usually use a beach towel instead of a mat. Not going to lie – I get sandy as all get out, but for some reason, it doesn’t seem to bother me.

      Good luck with all your cross training and take your time before your serious training starts. Those rest periods are so good!

  15. I always love challenges, and those sound great. Good job keeping up with it! I ‘ll look back through your posts but I’m curious what the toned arms & slim thighs challenges are. I need both!

  16. You are doing awesome with your challenges. I am the worst about doing them for like a week and then quitting.
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  17. Darlene says:

    What a full week. So jealous of your scenic photos. Congrats on your planks. I just can never remember to do them.
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  18. one of these days I’ll wake up for a sunrise run lol
    I’m going to myrtle beach in a few weeks, beach yoga sounds like an amazing idea!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Fun! I bet you can find a class on the beach through your hotel or a drop in studio. Or create your own flow! it’s hard getting up early, but the rewards are priceless!

  19. HoHo Runs says:

    I’m jealous of your sunrise miles and your beach yoga. Both are very pretty! Our middle son went through martial arts training, eventually receiving his black belt. It is amazing what they learn and how confident they become! I’ve heard others rave about Cards Against Humanity. I need to check those out. Ha — I love the pug’s plank! Thanks for linking Jenn.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I would love for him to earn his black belt. Right now, karate is probably his favorite physical activity and he has been incredibly consistent with it. I guess we will just have to see where it goes.

  20. Awww a group run with friends with temps in the lower 60’s, say it ain’t so!!!
    You’ve done great in your challenges and staying so active. I know it’s harder for you to see a difference but I bet it’s there. Keep up the great work!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      You would have laughed. I almost ran back inside for a jacket, and made the drive to our meeting place wrapped up in a beach towel with the heat on. Florida people just can’t hang!

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