weekly wrap: 4.30.17 – 5.13.17

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!

Brace yourselves. This post incorporates two weeks of some whirlwind travel, training and fun. After little man’s birthday came my 40th, and the boys had quite a surprise in store for me. I’ll try to keep it as short as I can, but there are a ton of great photos to share!

Sunday – 21,714 steps

Magic Kingdom day! There’s really nothing quite like walking down Main Street, especially when you haven’t been in a while.

Our friends had to leave in the afternoon, but we were in for another day. Little man said he wanted to see the fireworks, so I got him to agree to a bit of a break after lunch so we would be rested for a late night.

He loved it.

Monday – 10, 353 steps

After watching “Must Do Disney” in the hotel room (whenever the TV was on), little man decided he wanted to try the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. We didn’t have a fast pass, but I was more than willing to get up early, be one of the first ones in the park, and get right to the line to avoid a long wait.

We packed, checked out and got to the turnstiles right as planned. We made it quickly to the front of the queue, and then my poor guy looked up at me and said “I changed my mind.” I hated that he was so intimidated by the loud music and the screams in the building, but I gave him a big hug, told the cast member we were going to child swap and headed to the exit platform so Mr PugRunner could ride. It worked out fine, and we went on to do all the Star Wars things we could find.

After lunch, we hit one last ride and made the drive home. We were exhausted and happy and had had the best time.

Tuesday – rest

We fell right back into our weekly routine. I was a little stressed because we had some big things happening on the weekend and I only had a few free days to get it all done. However, I buckled down and got to work.

Wednesday – rest

Absolutely nothing to report.

Thursday – Montoya & Associates Corporate Run 5K

I spent the morning running errands, confirming orders and getting things set up for Saturday’s shindig.

That evening, I had a 5K for work. The weather was fairly threatening, and as I drove to the race site I really wasn’t sure if the lightning was going to hold. Fortunately for the runners and involved businesses, the rain clouds cleared and we were good to go.

Friday – rest

It was a quiet day and I confess that I did a lot of cleaning and movie watching.

Saturday – rest

First up was a morning hair appointment.

And then it was party time. I had been planning to keep my birthday very lowkey, but Mr PugRunner wanted it to be special. I had no idea the real surprise he was giving me, and so we planned a bit of a dinner party for some friends. It was really such a beautiful night and I am so grateful for everyone who was with us.

Sunday – rest

Even though it was a late night, I was up early enough. I wanted to make sure everything was in order for Monday. My 40th birthday present was a trip to NYC with a 6AM flight! My parents would be staying at the house, so things needed to be clean, groceries purchased and everything set for little man.

Mr PugRunner assumed responsibility of the more mundane details so I could enjoy brunch

and a performance of Kinky Boots with one of my girlfriends.

It was a fabulous day.

Monday – 19, 675 steps

The alarm rang at 3AM and we got ourselves up and out the door to the airport. I was absolutely beyond excited: New York is one of my favorite cities, and I had some serious plans.

We arrived at JFK pretty much on time, but it took a little while to get to The Paramount Hotel, due to traffic. I was more than ready to be out of the car when it pulled up to the front door, and I was thrilled that our room was ready and we could drop off our bags and freshen up before hitting the Big Apple.


Tuesday – 4 miles running, total of 31,065 steps

When the sun rose, I laced up and headed out to run four miles in Central Park in honor of my 40th birthday.

Mr PugRunner was in for quite a day.

We got Dough donuts for breakfast.

And then we cabbed it downtown. My plans were to visit Trinity Church, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and get dessert from the new raw cookie dough place we had been hearing about.

We wore ourselves right out.

We had dinner reservations at Lavo, and it turned out that my brother-in-law was in town for work and could join us! All the walking and fresh air had taken it’s toll and we were pretty exhausted. Dinner was delicious, but there was literally no way we could make a dent in this 20 layer chocolate, peanut butter cake.

Wednesday – 16,747 steps

And, finally, the Big Day had arrived. That night, we had tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical. Oh. Em. Gee. I have been absolutely desperate to see this show, and I couldn’t get a grip. Seriously.

I settled my excitement with a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr PugRunner really didn’t enjoy it, but it’s something we never do when we visit the city, so I insisted.

We enjoyed an early dinner at a Cantonese restaurant. And then it was showtime.

Guys. It was beyond. I had goosebumps nearly the entire time. I sobbed more than once. I was completely wrung out by the end. It was easily my favorite performance of all time, and while I am so grateful to have had the chance to see it in NY, I was left wanting so much more.

I don’t know how I managed to fall asleep after.

Thursday – 16,406 steps

After the awesomeness of the week, it was really hard to pack up our things and get ready to leave. I was absolutely not to be deterred from enjoying a nice walk, so we made our way to a new shop specializing in booze-infused ice cream.

It was every bit as perfect as it sounds.

And then it was back to the hotel to catch our transportation to JFK. Once again, we lucked out with a flight that was relatively on time, and were back home by about 9PM.

I was so excited to see little man and the pugs, but I confess…. it was hard to leave the city.

Friday – body circuit, 60 minutes

I had lofty plans of staying in PJs and watching TV all day, but my friend/coach caught wind of that plan and told me to come out to her body circuit class, under the guide of sharing about my trip. I wasn’t going to sit there and not work out, so I dove in to some weights. It was good.

That evening, there was an event at little man’s school. The students showcase all their art, while one of the musical groups performs. There are food trucks and and a teacher lip sync battle and a basket raffle.

My mom moved from an area where “tricky trays” are a thing, so she takes the basket raffles very seriously. We bought our tickets and strategized, and dang did we clean up! She won a car wash basket and a laundry basket. We won a Pokemon basket for little man, a baking basket, a game night basket, and a Legoland basket, which included four day passes to the theme park! Score!

Saturday – rest

And finally, a day of rest. We hung out with friends at their pool, and then spent the rest of the night chatting with neighbors in their driveway. It was such a great end to the week.


Now, we are back, and I’m trying to catch up with real life. It’s pretty daunting – even getting back on track with blogging seems like a huge task. However, I am devoted to getting on top of everything by the end of the week, before the start of summer!

Coming up? More running, more cycling, and getting back into the gym for strength training. Now that I plan on being home more regularly, I don’t feel like I’m throwing money away on a monthly payment. I definitely walked enough in Manhattan and Disney to compensate for the running sessions on which I slacked, but I want to spend more time on my cross training over the next few months.

How was your week in training?

Do you struggle coming back when your schedule is off.

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32 Responses to weekly wrap: 4.30.17 – 5.13.17

  1. Darlene says:

    Happy Birthday to a fellow Taurus.

    I would have d one all the same things you did. A perfect NYC experience.

    So jealous that you got tix to Hamilton. I hope to see it someday.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      You have no idea how excited I was. I’m still not over it LOL! I know it was a huge splurge, but as a theater junkie, it meant the world to me to be able to go (and especially to see it on Broadway). I had already said that I was fine seeing in Chicago or Philly, if it meant a less pricey ticket, but …. at the end of the day, this was perfect.

  2. Probably the most amazing two weeks ever! First, I love Disney, and I’m glad you all had so much fun! I don’t blame little man for getting nervous, Rock and Roll sounds so scary right before you get on! So fun though, maybe next year he’ll be ready for it.
    OMG HAMILTON! How did your family get tickets?! I’m so happy you got to go! And you got eat all of the things I plan to if and when I ever get back to the city. (Which it is ridiculous that I haven’t, my dad has an apt on Lexington.)
    Yes, it’s so hard to get back in the routine after being away. But sounds like you have a great plan for the summer, so I know you’ll be all settled in now time.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Yes. That is ridiculous. If I had family in the city, they wouldn’t be able to pry me out of their home.

      He’s had the tickets for MONTHS. I’m not going to pretend they weren’t a huge splurge, but OMG. That being said, we couldn’t go on my actual birthday because he said the price jumped way up for that particular evening performance, but I assure you – the performance was just as good the day after.

      Problem is. I want to see it again. And again. And again.

  3. Karen Bayne says:

    What a week!! The best way to accumulate lots of steps is Disney and visiting the Big Apple! Your cake is beautiful. Hubby did a great job, and I am totally droooooling over the peanut butter/chocolate cake.
    Happy 40th 🙂 you did it right for sure.

  4. You’ve been busy!!! I love getting lots of steps at Disney. Justifies all the popcorn, pretzels and mickey ice cream, right??
    We went to the parks last week and I saw a girl in your same Star Wars tank! I was too nervous to go up and ask her where she got it, so will you tell me? haha!

  5. Kimberly G says:

    Wow! You certainly had a fun-filled and awesome past few weeks! Happy belated birthday!

  6. Whoa, that’s a jam packed two weeks.
    I absolutely love your teal birthday cake!

  7. Well, how do you come back to reality after those 2 weeks? I’m so glad you celebrated your 40th birthday in style. I loved my 40s and you will too!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I have no idea. I’m still not entirely sure that I have come back down to earth. This is going to be a great decade. New age group, new adventures. It’s all good!

  8. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh, this sounds so exciting! You have such a sweet husband!! Happy 40th!
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  9. What a great two weeks! It would be tough to go back to “ordinary” after all that excitement 😉
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  10. Amazing 40th celebration! I want to see Hamilton – I can only imagine how thrilling it must have been. Think it’s going to play in San Diego but not the same cast of course. Happy 40th!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We didn’t have original cast either, although we did have mostly the first replacements. It changed things a little, but nothing I couldn’t get over. What was really awesome (to me) was that the man playing King George, Brian D’arcy James, was the original original, back from when the show was off Broadway (so the guy BEFORE Jonathan Groff on the cast recording). Incidentally, he also plays the dad in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. I was totally geeking out about that.

  11. Happy happy birthday! You sure packed a lot in! I have not seen Hamilton yet it’s supposed to come to DC next year
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you!

      If you can get those tickets, do it. You won’t regret it. I am hoping to see it when it comes to Jax in 2018-19. It won’t be quite the same here, but I don’t care.

  12. May babies rock and what a celebration! NYC is so much fun and how nice that the hubby made it special for you! I agree you did lots of walking so it is ok that your regular workout schedule got a little derailed- you got right back on it! What a great kick off to summer and again Happy Birthday!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Yay for May babies! We walked almost 15 miles one day! Yay!

      I’m still feeling drained from the trips, and the summer heat isn’t helping. But I’ll be back to it soon, I’m sure.

  13. What an amazing two weeks. Disney AND New York? So much fun! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the big 4-oh!

  14. Happy birthday! I love the birthday cake! It looks like you had a really fun time in Disney and NYC with family and friends. Now I need to have a fun weekend in NYC and check out some shows!
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  15. Toni says:

    Happy 40th!!! Looks like you had an amazing birthday celebration!!!!
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  16. HoHo Runs says:

    Happy Birthday! My husband surprised me with a trip to NYC for my 40th birthday! I returned a few years later too. Running in Central Park with my sister is a favorite memory. That layer cake is massive! How lucky you got to see Hamilton. I suspect your son will be riding RnRC over and over very soon! Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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