weekly wrap: 12.18 – 12.24

Happy Monday!  It’s time for 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!

Sunday – rest

On the agenda? A day at Top Golf with friends. Top Golf is new to our area: a golf entertainment complex, which proved to be incredibly fun. It’s almost like going to a bowling alley, but with a multi-tiered driving range. I’ve never done anything but mini golf before and we all had a great time.

In the evening, we ordered pizza and then took a ride to the drive-through Christmas lights display near our neighborhood. The display increases every year and it’s really quite a sight.

The event also offered a hayride, hot cocoa, cookies and lots of photo opps.

Monday – rest

I had to work, but Mr PugRunner went to school with little man for his holiday party. There was a pancake breakfast, painting, crafts and a book exchange. I hated missing it, but was also glad that the boys had some time together.

Tuesday – 5 miles, running

K and I went out for a nice, predawn five miles. It was nice to start back into a groove and I missed having a buddy.


Wednesday – rest

It was little man’s last day of school, and he got to wear pajamas and bring in his favorite book for a day of reading by the “fireplace.” I was thrilled to pick him up at the bus stop after work and get our vacation started.

I was also excited to go out with some girlfriends that night. We were planning to go to our downtown area, but at the last minute, we all came to our senses and went to a bar closer to home (and farther from the crowds). We had a lovely few hours chatting and catching up.

In my absence, little man decorated gingerbread cookies, in the likeness of Captain Man from Henry Danger. He was incredibly proud of them.

Thursday – rest

First things first. Little man and I had to go shopping for Mr PugRunner. We just hadn’t had a chance to go out together and make it happen, so we took advantage of our early bird tendencies and made the rounds.

We were home before noon, and able to make it right back out to a gingerbread house decorating party.

It had been a long day, so I “rested my eyes” (aka napped) for a while, and then we were out again. Mr PugRunner wanted to take us to the movies: Rogue One.


Due to reviews, we had been on the fence about taking little man, but in the end, it was fine for him (I covered his eyes once). He didn’t love it – too much plot and not enough light sabers – but I was blown away (and gutted).

Friday – 4 miles running, 4 miles cycling

Last morning of running before Christmas. K was a few minutes late, but we were able to work it out and get in a nice run.

Afterwards, we drove about 40 miles to a chicken and donut shop in the next county. Rumor had it that Farmhouse Chicken and Donuts was amazing, and it proved true. We tried an assortment of fresh, hand-rolled donuts, a chicken and donut sandwich, and even brought some home for later in the weekend. Divine.

I worked on cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast,

and then we did something a little different: I wrapped our bikes with battery operated lights, and we took a ride around the neighborhood, checking out the light displays.

We ended our ride at our community’s Food Truck Friday, and enjoyed some tasty barbecue before cycling home.

I do think it will be a new family tradition.

Saturday – rest

I was invited out for a group run, but the boys wanted to spend the morning together, so how could I refuse?

We had a nice breakfast, and then started working on last minute Christmas Eve/Hanukkah things. We had donations to drop off, more cinnamon buns to make, and cleaning to do.

I even got an early Christmas present: a lovely box from Rock ‘n’ Blog, with a gorgeous logoed jacket, some hats and other goodies. Thanks so much to them! I love being part of the team!

For dinner, we invited my parents and another family, and I ordered a huge Chinese food buffet. It was brilliant – everyone loved it and I didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. While the grown ups chatted, the kids put on their jammies and watched Christmas movies on the big air mattress.

After our goodnights, we set out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and the reindeer, sprinkled reindeer food on the lawn (a mix of oats, sprinkles, cereal and cocoa powder) and read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”

We couldn’t wait to see what Santa would have under the tree for us!


So, the miles are coming back, slowly but surely. And I was really happy to have a lovely week with the family.

How was your week in training?

What kind of unique holiday traditions do you have?

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12 Responses to weekly wrap: 12.18 – 12.24

  1. Kateria says:

    Seeing your weekly roundup makes me so happy! First off, your family is beautiful and I wish you a happy holidays! I knew I was missing something during this season..I actually didn’t make cookies and regret it, maybe on New Years? lol I am jealous of your sons gingerbread men they look fantastic! What a festive and creative idea with lighting up your bikes? How fun 🙂 Great job keeping up with your miles, it’s the holidays and you are doing great.
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  2. I can honestly say that bike riding won’t become a tradition here–or maybe it will! It was 54 today and all the snow melted. Crazy.
    Looks like you guys had a wonderful holiday!
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  3. Merry Christmas! Love the gingerbread men & the lights on your bikes!

  4. Coco says:

    Your son did a great job on those gingerbread! And his pancake snowman is awesome! Looks like you had a great Christmas and Hanukkah!
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  5. Gosh…the lights on your bikes …. killer cool! It was a very non-traditional Christmas for us this year. The oldest daughter is now in Pennsylvania, and our usual big family get-together with my mom’s family (she has three sisters) got cancelled due to weather. So….there ya go LOL I made a lot of “candy-type” of treats this year (and not as many cookies)…talk about a sugar coma!
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  6. OMG, I am exhausted after reading this. Kudos to you for accomplishing so much the week before Christmas !
    And so many fun things too… love that your son got to go to school in his PJs, what a great idea. + girls night, baking cookies, exercise… go girl !
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  7. I love the Top Golf- it is so much fun! Great for the family too(if you skip the unlimited Bloody Mary bar 🙂 – looks like you had a beautiful Christmas week and still got in your workouts- impressive! Cheers!
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  8. Darlene says:

    So much variety in your week – you got it all covered.

    I want one of those donuts!!!
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  9. Such a great week! Little man’s cookies look delicious! I’m dying to see Rogue One!
    My brother bought out a theater the second day it was released (not literally, in that friends paid him back for their tickets. He’s generous, but that would just be crazy!). But my sister-in-law had her cookie swap the same night. I wound up skipping the movie in favor of cookies, since I can still see the movie another night. But it would have been fun to see it with all friends in the theater.
    LOVE the idea with your bike tour of the lights! So fun!
    Looks like Santa was great to all of you! Happy Holidays!
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  10. HoHo Runs says:

    Your festive and event filled week looks so fun! Your new tradition of riding your bike all decorated with lights — to look at lights — sounds delightful! My sister gave me some lights for my bike wheels and I can’t wait to try those out. I’m impressed with your cinnamon roll making skills. I used to attempt them years ago and never got the hang of it. Your gift from Rock ‘n Blog is so cool. Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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