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What a week! I hope you’re ready for some photos, because I have a ton this week! The holidays are in full swing, and we are enjoying them as much as we can. From Halloween through New Year’s, we are always up to something and having fun.
For me, this is the beginning of a whirlwind of running and racing and traveling, so I am keeping my head down and powering through as best I can. I hope I can keep up with everything!
Sunday – 8 miles, running
I made plans to meet up with K for our run. She needed to do five miles and I needed to do eight, so we were at least able to keep each other company for a bit. It was freezing – frost on the cars and everything. It was a good run, even if we did have a scare with a pretty angry dog (he charged towards us but didn’t leave his property, although that was close enough for me).
Little man had one of his playdates again with his bestie. We took the kids to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and we all loved it (with the exception of Mr PugRunner, who can’t seem to stay awake for anything Harry Potter). They spend the rest of the afternoon playing.
Monday – rest
It was shaping up to be another busy work week, so I got right to it.
Little man had his first karate class as an orange/black stripe belt and he did amazing. He has been quietly practicing his new forms all over the house, which is great to see. He really seems to have found his way with his martial arts and I am looking forward to see how that works out.
Tuesday – 4.5 miles, running
K and I met up once again – she wanted to do five miles before leaving on her Thanksgiving vacation, and I wanted to do between four and five. We were able to have a nice strong run together before biding each other goodbye for the holidays.
And then the boys and I hit up the new Dunkin Donuts for breakfast.
Once little man got home from school, it was time for fun – he was off for five days and was thrilled to get in extra playtime and no official bedtime. We went to Night of Lights in historic downtown, for dinner and to see the beautiful holiday lights before the big crowds start coming to town.
Wednesday – rest
The boys spent the morning picking up more yard decorations and final Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. and met me at work so we could have lunch together. I snagged my Thanksgiving race day packet, and when I got home, I got to work cleaning and prepping. It seemed like our menu was a little reduced this year, and I didn’t have a lot of advance work to do. That being said, I was glad to get the apple pie baked.
And see the house decorated. This is our first year of the projection lights. Confession: I don’t love them. I don’t think they are bright enough by far. But Mr PugRunner doesn’t want to get up on the ladder and we have a lot going on, so I’m going to let it slide. This year.
Thursday – Thanksgiving Distance Classic 6K
The Thanksgiving Distance Classic is always a favorite of mine. The 6K starts incredibly early (6:50 AM!) and I can be home in plenty of time to get the turkey in the oven and start cooking.
I was thrilled to get to see some friends
and meet up with Tricia from Misssippi Piddlin! She was just the sweetest thing and we had a great time catching up before we had to go our separate ways. Yay for blog friends!
On my way home, I stopped for bagels, and by the time I made it back to the house, Mr PugRunner had made an urgent care appointment for little man. He had developed a rather nasty cough overnight – he is prone to respiratory ailments, usually not contagious, but in need of treatment. The hot again/cold again weather caused a bit of a flare up and he needed an albuterol treatment and new prescription for his nebulizer. Poor guy 🙁
My parents arrived and we watched the parade while we cooked. Delilah guarded the oven.
Little man was in good spirits by the time the guys got home, and we were almost ready to dig in to our meal.
After we stuffed ourselves, my mom, Mr PugRunner and I went for a walk around the neighborhood. The weather was gorgeous and the fresh air wiped me out. We probably covered another three miles, and I was almost too tired to eat pie when we got back.
Friday – 3.5 miles, walking
Our Black Friday tradition involves sleeping in a little, and then going to the outdoor mall around lunch time to see Santa, have lunch and do some light shopping. It’s usually at a break, when all the midnight shopping warriors are ready to get a nap. We were able to easily breeze through everything without much hassle and things were just picking up again when we were ready to leave.
Shopping leaves me a little frazzled, so when little man begged for these, I just said ok – he was in need of a pair of slippers. I probably could have done without gorilla feet slippers, but he was happy so…
When we got home, we discovered something in a tree in our back yard: Sparkle, the Elf had returned! It looked like she had tried to use a Target bag to parachute into our yard with a pair of PJs and her suitcase, but got blown off course.
I’m so glad we rescued her before it got dark! Anyway, she’s here until Christmas Eve, and will be watching over our family for the time being.
Saturday – rest
Mr PugRunner took little man to see The Polar Express at the IMAX while I finished packing for Space Coast.
I kept wavering between nervous and excited: my usual big race feelings. I really wanted to excel, and I was nervous because Stacey was going to be with me (we were traveling together, but we hadn’t really discussed how race day was going to go down), and I don’t always hold it together well under pressure.
However, I kept reminding myself that this is the race I love and it was going to be great, regardless.
We left around 1:00 PM, got through the Expo easily
and checked into our hotel. The room wasn’t ready yet, so the hotel comped us drinks at their tiki bar. I’m going to be honest. I usually have a glass of wine at dinner before the race, but that mid afternoon Jack & Diet was the best thing I’ve ever done. I was incredibly mellow, the glass of pinot sealed the deal, we were in bed by 7:45 (for a 3:30 AM wake up), and I slept like a boss.
Stay tuned for the full recap of my tenth half marathon!
How was your week in training?
If you were celebrating the holiday, did you enjoy? Any great Black Friday traditions?