weekly wrap: 8.21 – 8.27

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


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Sunday – rest

In all honesty, I’ve been looking forward to our Sundays – they have been lazy and low-key. We clean, run a few errands and hang out at home. With the craziness of our weeks, it’s really ben quite perfect. On this particular Sunday, we made a trek to the big outdoor mall to pick up little man’s Cub Scouts uniform and have lunch. He was really excited to get his gear.

Afterwards, we had to make a little stop in the McDonalds drive-thru. We had to celebrate Delilah’s Gotcha Day, and that pug loves nothing better than Chicken McNuggets.

I cannot believe this girl has been with us for a year. She has just fit into our family so seamlessly, and we are so glad we were able to rescue her (Don’t worry, Molly and Bentley got nuggets, too).

Monday – body circuit, 60 minutes

I wasn’t in love with this round of body circuit. For some reason, the exercises just weren’t doing it for me. I’m sure each station had its purpose, and did something for me that I didn’t realize, but I wasn’t feeling particularly accomplished when it ended. Oh, well.

Tuesday –  5 miles running

I decided that this would be the day to finish my Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Run Race Series. With just 3.1 miles, I earned my Lead Singer medal.

AND the big Making A Band bling!

I cannot wait for all the medals to ship in September!

For the morning, I had five miles

And I did it all in new shoes! You know how I love new shoe day!

As a reward, I treated myself to a movie. I have been wanting to see Star Trek Beyond for a while, and finally had the chance.

I practically had the theater to myself, too, which was incredible.

Wednesday – rest

Because of scheduling, I haven’t been able to meet up with some of the ladies from my running group. I was really missing D and so I asked her if she could meet for coffee. We ended up spending several hours chatting and catching up. It was fabulous. I’m not always great at initiating get togethers, so I’m glad I went outside my comfort zone.

Thursday – 5 miles running; spin class, 50 minutes

Another sunrise five miler.

And then I got the crazy idea to try a spin class. I haven’t been out on my bike for a while (it’s been too hot and too dark in the mornings), and I figured I would give it a try.

I never knew I could love something and hate something so much at the same time. I loved the dark room and disco lights and great music. I hated feeling so awkward. The instructor told me it would take about three weeks to strengthen my ligaments enough to be able to stand and pedal effectively, but I was doing well.

When class was over, all I wanted was to sleep. And eat. In any order.

That night, Mr PugRunner took little man to his first Cub Scouts meeting. Actually, I should say “their first” Cub Scouts meeting. Little man was absolutely over the moon about attending and he was ready well before his dad.

He came home so excited about new friends, and the camp outs and activities to come.

Friday – rest

I met another friend for coffee in the morning and then just puttered around waiting for little man to get home. His new sparring gear had arrived, so Mr PugRunner wanted to take him to karate to give it a test run.

We got dinner and then we went to his school for Movie Night. It’s always a fun time with blankets and camp chairs and popcorn. Little man sat with some of his buddies instead of us and so we were able to hang with some of our friends, as well. It was a nice way to end the school week.

Saturday – 12 miles running

It took everything I had to get up with the alarm. With 12 miles on the schedule, I knew I had to be out long before the sunrise if I wanted to stand a chance in the heat. Looking back, it was the right call. Mentally, I prepared by dividing the run into three blocks of four miles. For some reason, it was much easier on me to work through it that way. And it was a good run. My knees were still a little tender from spin, so I took my time and worked my way through it, a mile at a time.

It felt good.

Little man had a playdate with his BFF, and so we took them to lunch and the movies (9 Lives – I can’t recommend it but the kids LOVED it), and they played Minecraft together. They always have a blast, and it’s nice to listen to the sound of them laughing and having fun.


I felt a lot more productive this week, which is a big boost to ye olde confidence level. I am looking forward to my last long run for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon next weekend, and then it will be taper time. Whoo hoo! I am going to definitely try spin a few more times to see if I can’t get the hang of it, and I’m glad to have something else to add into the cross training rotation.


How was your week in training?

Have you ever done a spin class? Does it get easier?

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41 Responses to weekly wrap: 8.21 – 8.27

  1. Another productive and very full week for you! Nice work getting so much exercise in!
    I love that you got Delilah chicken nuggets for her gotcha day. That photo is perfect!
    I’ve not tried spin, but I think it would be something I might want to try one day. I like the idea of a dark room where no one really notices you working.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Delilah loses her mind for chicken nuggets. She’s like Hooch, from Turner & Hooch. It’s ridiculous.

      I loved that the room was dark. Loved loved loved. I felt so awkward and ridiculous on that bike and it was good to not have to worry about it.

  2. I had a 12-miler over the weekend, too – woohoo go us! Little Man seems like he has a lot of awesome activities lined up!
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  3. I absolutely love having scheduled rest and do nothing days in my week.

    Spin is my favourite, I love how hard it is.
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  4. I’ve never done a spin class but would love to! I just have to find the right time and location and get my butt there!
    Training is on hold for me right now due to injury.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Since I did the class after a 5 mile run, I think it’s clear that the schedule was bad for me LOL! Huge mistake! But this week, I found a drop in class that will work and give me a bit of a break between runs.

      Sorry about your injury. That’s always miserable and I hope you are able to heal and get back to it soon.

  5. Nice job on your Make a Band medal! I need to get moving on my Lead Singer. I never did get the snafu fixed with my entry, but I will at least have a drum solo and lead singer!
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  6. OMG! That photo with Delilah & the nugget is adorable!!! I feel the same way about chicken 😀

  7. Running in those new shoes must have been exciting! Glad they didn’t need too much breaking in.

    • runswithpugs says:

      New shoe day is always awesome. I have never needed much of a break in period with my shoes, as long as they are my usual make and model. Running shoes are grand that way.

  8. Great medals. Aaaand yeah, I do NOT like spin classes. At all.
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  9. San says:

    A rest Sunday sounds just perfect. Look at all the miles you logged the rest of the week… and that nice bling 🙂

  10. The RnR virtual seems fun. I did not get in on the action this time. How cute is your son in his karate gear?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He’s a little nervous about sparring: he’s not particularly aggressive by nature and he doesn’t want to be hit. I think he’ll get the hang of it after a few rounds, and he’s excited about the equipment. Fingers crossed that it goes well.

  11. Ivanna says:

    Sounds like you had a solid week. I love when the movie theater is mostly empty also.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Going to the movies by myself is such a nice treat. I know it seems so antisocial, but I love just getting to absorb the film without any other distractions. and I love that I don’t have to share my popcorn.

  12. Last winter when I did my bike training, I did some spin videos on my bike trainer. Obviously, I couldn’t stand up in my pedals–I was on my bike, not a spin bike and I was battling PF. I don’t think I missed out. What’s the worst thing that could happen if you don’t stand up at spin class? I say just do the best you can. I wonder what standing up does for you anyways…
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I think it’s core work. I think. I’m also pretty sure that it would build up strength around my knees. Not that I have issues with my knees at the moment, but a little more strength couldn’t hurt. To be honest, sitting down most of the time was a hell of a workout in itself. We have no hills here, so having the resistance dialed up gave me a really good idea of what it would feel like to have to climb.

  13. I have a love/hate relationship with spin. It really doesn’t get easier. It’s such a tough workout and you want to die or kill the instructor but I always feel so accomplished afterwards.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I think all my energy was focused on the dying. Maybe next time, I will hit the other emotion LOL! I did feel like a huge bada$$ when all was said and done. It’s definitely something I will continue.

  14. I have done two R’nR races, and really contemplated dong the virtual series…but opted to let it pass (my bad). The medals look great (and I would not expect any less from them). Ahhh…the Cub Scout uniform 😉 How I remember those days!
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  15. Great job on your 12 miles. I struggle to get out the door that early too. Rock n roll even have cool medals for their virtual runs.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thanks! Once I’m up, I’m fine, but it’s really hard disentangling from the pug who sleeps in our bed (more specifically curled up in my neck), and going out in the pitch black. But if I want to avoid the sun, it has to be done.

  16. Darlene says:

    I’ve never tried spinning but I don’t belong to a gym. I have thought about – seems to be a great workout.

    I had a hard long run and looking for to a half on Sept 18 and then another on Oct 9.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t belong to a gym either. This spin class is drop in. I may pay a monthly rate if it goes well and I stay consistent with it, but that’s about it.

      I’m doing a half on the weekend of the 18th too! Super exciting!

  17. Your little cub scout is too cute!

    I love that Garmin! It has been sitting on my Amazon wish list for months. How long have you had it?

  18. Coco says:

    I have new Mizunos too – must be that time of year! I hate when an exercise class leaves me feeling meh, but you’re right, it probably benefited you more than it felt. I fell in love with spinning after my first class. You definitely will get used to standing climbs, but I still don’t like “jumps” when you alternate sitting and standing for a few strokes at a time.

  19. Spin classes scare me- so kudos to you! I can remember cub scout days with my son- great decision! Hopefully we have a dry rest of week- I know we are both are watching the weather! Cheers to a great week lady!
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  20. Thanks for the reminder about needing to finish up the RnR virtual series. I need to get out there for my last 5k.
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  21. HoHo Runs says:

    I love new shoe day and those are my kind! I haven’t taken a spin class (except 10 mins once before being kicked off a reserved bike). I don’t think I would be very good at it (I can’t stand up!). I love my outdoor rides, which — yes — are starting in the early morning dark now. Gotta love all those lights. 😉 It sounds like you had a great training week and are absolutely ready for that half! Thanks for linking, Jenn!

  22. I love spin classes! I actually hated it at first but once I got the hang of it I really enjoy it for the reasons you mention (loud music, dark room).
    I’m going to be getting new mizunos soon too!
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  23. I’m still playing catch up from this weekend trip.
    I still have FOMO on those Rock n Roll virtual races, the medals are just awesome!
    This reminds me I need to get back to a spin class even if it’s a couple times a month!
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