weekly wrap: 3.12.2017 – 3.18.2017 + publix savannah women’s half marathon training week 6

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!

Obviously, when blogging, I prefer to share the positives and the highlights. I don’t like to dwell on the negatives or focus on the bad times. I mention when I have a bad run or training session, or when I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing my goals, but that’s about all the time I like to devote to it.

This week, however, was bad. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how bad it was. There was a perfect storm of causes: the time change, a sudden plummet in temperature, a really awful interaction that left me shaken and off-kilter. I couldn’t get myself together. I barely wanted to get out of bed, let alone run or workout. I was hoping to start boot camp this week, but I didn’t. I didn’t eat well (or much), and I certainly didn’t hydrate properly. I didn’t want to socialize, blog, or even go outside.

It was ugly.

I had two opportunities to race this weekend, and I skipped both of them. I didn’t feel like getting up. I can argue that maybe my body needed the rest time, but I can also argue that I was deep (DEEP) in the throes of some blahs (the conditions are perfect for a bout of seasonal depression) and needed a big ol’ kick in the booty to get back to right.

So. Here we are.

Today, I am feeling better and stronger, and more hopeful. Waking up in the dark is still very much not my favorite, but it has to be overcome.

Sunday – rest

After the Gate River Run, a date and the time change, we were all pretty happy to stay in bed and lay low. It was freezing and even a little dreary, and no one was much motivated to do anything.

We met my parents for a late lunch – we had planned for little man to spend a few days with them until I closed out my work week.

Monday – rest

I had a very long day of work, and by the time I got home, I was spent. Mr PugRunner had come home early and made a really delicious lasagna, but I could barely eat it. I went to bed early, couldn’t fall asleep and laid awake most of the night.

Tuesday –  rest

I had promised myself that I would get up for boot camp or running or both, but I didn’t. In fact, I probably didn’t get out of bed until about 30 minute before I had to leave for work. It’s very unlike me and I felt awful about it.

My parents dropped little man off when I got home. We didn’t have any special plans for the night, but were looking forward to doing a few fun things on my days off.

Wednesday – 4.2 miles, running

It wasn’t an early morning, but I did manage to get in 4.2 miles. Even though it was cold out (in the 30s), I wasn’t feeling it much at all. Plus, I missed having a buddy, but since it was Spring Break, not many people were around.

Once I got showered, we went to our local trampoline gym to meet up with some friends. The kids bounced for a while and we had lunch, before we had to leave for some errands. Little man apparently has discovered a new love of wings (no sauce).

Mr PugRunner didn’t get home until later in the evening, after meeting with our accountant (yay tax time), so I didn’t get to the gym then either.

Thursday – rest

Mr PugRunner got invited to Orlando to go watch some of the NCAA games in a suite, so he left pretty early in the morning. Little man and I met up with another friend for a day of laser tag, bowling and arcade games. The kids had so much fun and the other mom and I were able to chat while they played.

Friday – rest

When I woke up, I felt dizzy and a little nauseous. It wasn’t pleasant, and while I wasn’t really sick, my body just wasn’t happy.

I had told little man we would go to the movies, but I asked him if we could postpone to Saturday until I was feeling better. He was ok with that, and I focused on feeling better so we could help Mr PugRunner celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (it’s his favorite), first with lunch at an Irish pub and then a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner at a friend’s house.

Saturday – 5 miles, running

I had been thinking about getting up early to do a last minute 5K at the Vilano Bridge, but when 5AM rolled around, I was more than happy to roll back over and go back to sleep until a little later, when I completed a pretty nice five miles.

In the afternoon, we finally went to see Beauty and the Beast. The boys enjoyed it, but I was really disappointed. I am fairly certain I am the only one who felt there was so much missed potential, and while it was artistically beautiful, I was just left feeling flat.

Lunch and our first frozen custard of the season helped make up for it.


I guess we can just call it a lazy, cutback kind of week. I know I haven’t lost much in terms of fitness, but motivation is a little harder to reclaim. I can tell you that I came back in a big way yesterday and I am vowing to work onward from there. I have too many goals and plans to give up.


How was your week in training?

Do you ever just find yourself unable to get yourself out of a funk?

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35 Responses to weekly wrap: 3.12.2017 – 3.18.2017 + publix savannah women’s half marathon training week 6

  1. Marcia says:

    I think I spent most of January in a funk similar to what you describe. Glad you’re feeling better!
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  2. It sounds like you rallied back…running those 5 miles!
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  3. this was the first time that the time change did not bother me! Hope you have a better week this week
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  4. Rachel says:

    Oh man, I’m sorry you had a bum week. I hate when that happens. I go through bouts of SAD too. I can’t wait for summer.

    As for Beauty & the Beast — I TOTALLY AGREE. I was expecting so much more. And there was a TON of missed opportunity. Can we talk about the chandelier/ballroom scene? The iconic one from the cartoon? I don’t want to spoil it so that’s all I’ll say but I think we probably agree there.

    Hope this week is better for you!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      OMG YES WE AGREE!!!!!! I also don’t want to spoil it for anyone but there were so many great moments that just fizzled or missed. I have a feeling we are right in sync in our feelings. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite animated movies, and I also loved the Broadway production, so I was stunned that this didn’t do it for me.

      I hate having bouts of sad. It’s just so not me 🙁

  5. Gina says:

    Sometimes it’s ok to have an off week! You still got out there with the motivation you did have so kudos!!
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  6. Sorry you had a rough week, but Im glad you are feeling better and ready to get back at it. The time change and cold weather definitely made this week a struggle.
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  7. Sometimes you just have to give in. I’m right there with you. I’m happy to be away, in Florida, with no one to worry about but me.

    Feel better.
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  8. Ivanna says:

    I had a pretty good week. Rested today back on it tomorrow. I’m all about taking those rest days when needed.

  9. Sorry to hear you had a bad week.

    It sounds like you have got some motivation back though after your 5 miles. I hope this week is much better for you.
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  10. Kimberly G says:

    The time change was a little weird for me – I felt tired all week!

    Sorry that you had such a rough week 🙁 Sometimes we just need to listen to our bodies and take a break and it looks like you have your motivation back so that’s great!
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  11. Nicole says:

    Yum custard!!!

    I totally think it’s normal to have “off” runs, or even “off” weeks. But it sounds like you bounced back better than ever!
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  12. Jenny says:

    I think we all definitely need to have weeks where we just let ourselves deal with everything and not focus on running. You still got some great runs in there though!!
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  13. I love that your bad week still included 9.2 miles of running… Try not to be so hard on yourself. Maybe your body really did need a break. I took last week off from running too. Was feeling the same sort of malaise. Not sick, but kind of achy and very low energy. But I hit the reset button Sunday morning and am back at it!
    Glad to hear you’re feeling better and ready to work on some goals!
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  14. Sometimes it does our bodies good to get much needed rest! I know it’s hard when there are so many fun races going on to take a Saturday off, but glad you got some sleep! We had such a non-stop busy week, I only taught 2 workout classes and ran 12 miles. Spring forwarded and pageant week for my daughter was exhausting. Hope this week is better for you!

  15. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I was struggling with motivation at the beginning of the year, but it has come back! Sometimes all you need is one good run to turn it around!!

  16. I’m sorry that you had a difficult week. It sounds like a lot of us struggled with finding motivation last week. Hopefully this week is a much better one for you!
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  17. The time change usually affects us but for some reason this time we were good! Last week was our March break so it was a little challenging being at home all week with the girls but we tried to get out and stay busy.
    right now, I’m feeling like I’m finally getting out of my no running funk which is good! Just hoping I keep running 🙂

  18. First of all that custard looks so tasty. Secondly, sometimes your body just tells you its time for rest even though it feels hard to sit down and actually do it. Hopefully things look up 🙂
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  19. Renée says:

    oh, wow. I’m so sorry you had a bad week. I totally understand. I try to be positive but lately I just feel like a negative, cranky old lady. I’m in a funk. So much so that my manual therapist suggested this morning that I talk to a sports psychologist. I’m not upset about that at all, it makes sense… but yeah, I do get that funk feeling.

    I hope your current week is going better!

  20. I didn’t feel good either and everything has been a struggle. Today was the first morning I felt ok. I wonder want it is- but trust me, you weren’t the only one! Cheers to a better week my friend !
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  21. I’m so happy when other bloggers post about their bad weeks – that sounds bad, but it makes me feel more normal! The blog world can be very highlight-reel with only staged pictures, and I just appreciate a little dose of reality. I’m sorry you had a bad week, but I’m glad you shared it with us!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I really dislike posting a lot of negative stuff – not because I’m trying to keep up the highlight reel image, but because I feel guilty to complain about things like training time or a bad day. Sure, they are important to me, but I sometimes feel like I need to suck it up and be more grateful. Maybe it’s silly, but I feel guilty when I complain 🙂
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  22. Jessica says:

    I go through this depression every winter until Spring or Summer. Then it starts again. I’m thinking of changing my diet during these times maybe or going to a tanning booth. Not sure. Feeling better now that the sun is out.

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