weekly wrap: 10.29.17 – 11.4.17

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!

This may comes as a huge shock but this was a CRAZY week! It’s the holiday season and race season and party season, and, well, we are going to do our best to get it all done!

Sunday – rest day

I did it. I finally did it. I went to a spa day and had a sports massage. I have only had one massage in my life and I despised it, but I convinced myself to try again. Granted, it was because I got to spend the day with my girlfriends, but I also tried to have an open mind.

It was a good experience. The massage therapist listened to my anxieties, and talked me through the whole thing. I was sore as heck when she was done, but my right glute felt really good.

We had poolside lunch, drinks and then I went home to carve pumpkins and have dinner with the boys and my parents.

Monday – rest

I was supposed to work late but ended up getting to leave at regular time. Yay for happy surprises!

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

Happy Halloween! And Happy New Shoe Day! I got these Saucony Guides on sale and was happy to take them through their first six miles. The cooler weather didn’t hurt, either.

I was able to leave work early to help little man’s class with some Halloween centers. We made spooky slime, did a candy pumpkin experiment and enjoyed cupcakes.

And then it was home for trick or treating. Our culdesac ordered pizza, and enjoyed some wine before heading off with the kids to knock on doors. We had such a great time I barely got any pictures.

I was glad that little man got over whatever was troubling him about Halloween and spent hours out there with his friends. He even explored one of our neighborhood’s several haunted houses!

Wednesday – rest

After a late night, it was a little tough getting up. However, we got through our day like champs!

Mr PugRunner went out to dinner with a friend and I stayed home with little man and my co-PTA buddy, working on decorations for an upcoming event.

Thursday – 4.5 miles, running

Even though it was cool again, I told my running buddy that I need to keep my miles low as it was a big race weekend. She was very accommodating and we called it quits at 4.5.

Even though it was my day off, I had a ton to get done! Meghan was coming over that night so we could travel to Savannah together and I had a Cub Scouts meeting and still needed to pack! Yikes!

I ran my errands, did laundry, cleaned and changed sheets. I was really struggling with my packing, so I decided to table it until the morning.

Our Scouts meeting went great – we taught the boys how to make foil packet desserts over a fire, using tortillas, and a choice of spreads, fruits and chocolate. Yum.

Friday – rest

After a nice breakfast with Mr PugRunner and Meghan, we loaded up the car and headed off to Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon Weekend!

We hit the Expo and collected our bibs.

And then we started to collect our friends. We had dinner with these lovelies: Amy, Briana and Anna Louise!

And then it was time to get to our hotel and get some sleep. We were staying about 20 minutes out of downtown, and due to heat, the race time had been bumped 10 minutes earlier.

We also had VIP parking and needed to be in our lot by 6:00 AM, so it was critical to get some good rest.

Saturday – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon, 13.1 miles running

Race Day! Full recap to come, but I was really excited! I love this event, love the course and love the people with whom I would spend the day.

This year did not disappoint. It was warm and humid, but not unbearable, at least not for us Floridians. We appreciated the extra hoses and wet sponges on the course, but we were good for the 13.1 miles.

Afterwards, we brunched, snacked and then went back to the hotel for hot showers. Even though we were all exhausted, we decided to treat ourselves to a showing of Thor: Ragnorak at the nearby theater.

We even splurged for the fancy seats!

Mr PugRunner was holding down the fort back home. It was actually our 11th anniversary, and while we were apart, we talked to each other throughout the day and will celebrate later this week. He and little man spent Saturday morning at the Alzheimer’s Walk in honor of my late father-in-law.

It was a tough and emotional day, but they honored PopPop in the best way.


I am home again and back to work. It’s just a few more weeks until the Space Coast Half Marathon, and I am looking forward to it, and a whole bunch of other races in the near future.

How was your week in training?

Do you enjoy running challenges or do you prefer one race and done?

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26 Responses to weekly wrap: 10.29.17 – 11.4.17

  1. Can’t wait to hear all about the race! It’s on my wish list
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  2. Andrea says:

    I’m just getting on board with a longer-term challenge. I’m not usually one to do them as many of them seem hard just for the sake of being hard and don’t really instill good habits or increase strength or speed. Most of the time I’d rather just do the race/lift and be done. The challenge I’m doing this month is to instill good habits that will hopefully lead to more good habits.

  3. Happy Anniversary!

    I’m looking forward to your race recap. RnR Savannah is definitely on my bucket list.
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  4. I definitely like the running challenges….”one-and-dones” are fine, but it’s always fun to go for it and step out of that comfort zone.
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  5. Marcia says:

    RnRSav has been on my bucket list for ever but the flights from here are crazy $$$ and yeah, hot and humid always. I’ll live vicariously thru you!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, boo! It’s so funny how some places are easier to fly to than others! It was definitely humid, but we had a lot of shade, so it was definitely manageable. I am more than happy to continue letting you live vicariously through me, because I hope to continue doing that one!

  6. Rachel says:

    I am super jealous of your massage. I should have scheduled one by now. Why haven’t I done that? Lol!
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  7. I need to do this race!!! Maybe next year.

    I’m a little massage phobic myself. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Yes, you do! It would be so great to have you come over to this neck of the woods!

      I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it, exactly. I don’t know if it’s the sort of thing one enjoys. However, some good did come out of it, and I’m grateful for that.

  8. Kimberly G says:

    So great that you had a spa day! I also don’t get massages that often but when I do, they are magical!

    Congrats on RnRSavannah this weekend!
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  9. Mary says:

    Sounds like you got a good massage. Good for you for trying again, I hope it can be a good tool for keeping you on the road. You did some meaningful non-anniversary things on your anniversary so that sounds worthwhile. Have a good time with your delayed celebration later this week!
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  10. Coco says:

    Wow, that sounds like quite a busy week. I usually enjoy my massages, but sometimes they are disappointing — glad you had a good experience. Can’t wait to hear more about RnR!

  11. Glad your massage went so well – I love getting them! Also, we just taught our girls how to make banana boats over a fire – the had a blast and can’t wait to do it again.

  12. Darlene says:

    I’ve never gotten a massage believe it or not.

    Savannah is on my bucket list. Heard so many great things about the place.

    Lucky you!!
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  13. Happy Anniversary!
    Your neighborhood sounds like so much fun! I’m glad Little Man enjoyed Halloween after all. Love his minecraft costume!
    Congrats on another successful half!
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