weekly wrap: 7.29.18 – 8.4.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

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.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – 6 miles, running
Monday – 8 miles, running
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 8 miles, running
Thursday – rest
Friday – 6 miles, running
Saturday – 6 miles, city walking

It was a travel week for m, which also meant lots of hustling to get everything taken care of before leaving town for the weekend.

Sunday – 6 miles, running

Since I had missed running on Saturday, I had to make up for it today and went for six.

While the boys were finishing up their camping trip, I took a drive to Daytona to meet up with Meghan for a belated birthday lunch on the beach. It has been way too long since we got to hang out and it was great to catch up.

Monday – 8 miles, running

I don’t know exactly what got into me, but eight miles felt right.

This is the last week of vacation before school starts, and I was very hopeful to be able o have some downtime before the big rush.

Tuesday – rest

We all slept in a wee bit, which was fabulous.

It was a lovely way to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday!

In the afternoon, little man had a birthday party at a pottery painting place. The party had an emoji theme, so you can probably guess how many “poop” items were decorated that day.

Wednesday – 8 miles, running

Again, eight didn’t feel unmanageable, so I went for it.

The day was dedicated to errands: we collected lots of copies from around town and I started collating them for a variety of back to school events. In the evening, we had a Meet + Greet with our new principal. Since I am VP of the PTA, I was on hand for some of the setup, and stayed until the conclusion. It was a great night and I think we are in for a wonderful 5th grade year.

Also, check out the new wall art we had made! I think it’s perfect!

We had dinner with the PTA president and her family, and then our boys had an impromptu sleepover. This week is back to school hours, so they have to get in as much fun as possible.

Thursday – rest

After I picked up little man, I had a few errands to run to prepare for my trip and back to school, and then little man had a playdate at our house with a neighbor and classmate. They hung out at our house for bit while I made an egg casserole for a school event, and then we switched houses while I helped with some of the decor for that same event.

Friday – 6 miles, running

I wasn’t able to make the morning’s Welcome Back Teacher breakfast before my flight, but I was able to throw down a few super early miles with S.

I showered, finished packing and the boys took me to the airport. A few of my girlfriends and I were embarking on a secret mission to surprise our expecting friend in DC.  The flight was delayed, but we managed to make all the adjustments on our arrival end and got into DCA without tipping her off. Her wonderful husband, who had been engineering everything on his end, picked us up from the airport, brought us back to the house, and she walked in to find us all casually sitting in her living room, ready for an epic girls’ weekend..


We had every intention of chilling out all weekend, snacking and watching movies and chatting, but the mom-to-be had other plans. Her hubby had set up a few things for us, and so we started by going to the movies (The Spy Who Dumped Me) and then getting dinner and drinks at The Yard House.

We came home to watch I Feel Pretty in pjs and then turned in because she said she wanted to use Saturday to play tourist in DC.

Saturday – 6 miles, city walking

We had breakfast at the house, and took the metro into the city. We disembarked at the Smithsonian stop, got a quick snack from the food trucks,

and went to all the National Mall sights, including the Washington Monument, the White House, Capitol Hill, the WWII and Korean War Memorials, the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial.

By that time, we were hungry and Ubered to Georgetown for lunch. We also wanted Georgetown Cupcakes, but we were full and ended up having to take those home with us for later.

Back at the house, we shilled out with another movie, and takeout Mexcian food from Taco Bamba. I had the most incredible nachos and could have easily eaten twice as many.

Once again, we stayed up way too late, chatting and catching up on lost time, and it was totally worth it.


It was a busy week, with a phenomenal ending. I missed the boys, but it was really good to get out of town and spend some time with dear friends, too. I am very grateful for these incredible friendships, and am so happy to be part of these special memories.

How was your week in training?

Have you ever pulled off a surprise visit?

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32 Responses to weekly wrap: 7.29.18 – 8.4.18

  1. Briana says:

    I loved seeing all your DC pics. I can’t believe it’s back to school for you all already… love the art you put up in the school!

  2. Kimberly G says:

    Love that you are so involved with the PTA!

    That’s great that you were able to meet up with your friend for a fun belated birthday lunch
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  3. Let me know if you come back to DC! Would love to meet up
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I absolutely will! This was a pretty quick trip with a pretty dedicated schedule so I didn’t have time to sneak away, even to see other family who live up there. When we return (because I think little man is a great age for everything and would really enjoy getting to see the museums and monuments), I will definitely plan some more time for meet ups!

  4. Your girls weekend sounds like so much fun! And way to go banging out those 8 milers!
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  5. Wendy says:

    How fun! I’ve never been to DC ( I know, bad American!) but I plan on remedying that next year!

    I can’t believe everyone is going back to school already. It seems too soon.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, it’s such a fabulous city! It’s defintieyl soon, but we’ve been out of school since the end of May, so we are kind of ready to go back. Or, at least, I am. 😉

  6. You got a lot of miles in this week! That’s so awesome you are so involved with your PTA! I was more involved with helping out with the sports teams. It definitely takes a village!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Absolutely a village! I do the Scouts and the PTA – little man isn’t as involved in team sports, so this is where I am needed. It’s been a lot of work but it’s worth it for the kids.

  7. Coco says:

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you were in D.C.! I hope you had fun. I’m impressed by your solid 8 milers. And LOL on the poop emoji pottery party. 😉
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a blast! We were expecting to stay at the house most of the time, so it was really nice that we got to explore the city as friends like that. I can’t wait go to go back.

      And yes. We are now the proud owners of a poop emoji coffee mug.

  8. De Bolton says:

    You logged a lot of miles and saw a lot of my old stomping ground.

    I went to college and met my husband in DC your pictures brought back memories.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s such a great city. This was maybe my third trip to DC and I really want to go back as a family. Little man is at such a great age for this kind of thing and I know he would love it.

  9. Liz Dexter says:

    How lovely to surprise your friend like that – adorable! And a great solid running week too!
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  10. That sounds like such a fun trip in DC with your girlfriends. I haven’t been able to coordinate such a surprise…I’m glad it all worked out!

    I’m currently injured with PF so no running in the near future, sigh…but I’m working on finding other ways to get in my cardio!
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  11. Love the wall art at school, that’s is perfect!
    I was following your adventure on instagram, and it looked like an amazing weekend with your friends. What a wonderful surprise! (Also, how were the movies? Both are on my must watch list)
    Congrats on SO MANY MILES too! What a great week!
    I can’t believe little man starts so school so early. It seems like a very short summer this year for him. Schools around here don’t start until the last week of August.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      The Spy Who Dumped Me was fun. Not a great movie, but highly entertaining and better than expected. I Feel Pretty was ok. I find Amy Schumer a little awkward to watch, so that was hard to get past. The message is good, though. We also saw A Quiet Place, which was so well done, although definitely not a chick flick.

      We got out right around Memorial Day, so the summer was the same length, but just shifted earlier.

  12. HoHo Runs says:

    Hanging out with girlfriends is so much fun to start with! The surprise part was just an extra bonus for your friend. You managed to see a lot during your trip into DC. It’s so cool you went to Georgetown Cupcakes. Do they still have a TV show? I haven’t watched in a long time. Thanks for linking!

  13. Smitha says:

    I love DC! and the PTA! I prefer specializing in the PTA activities since I’m not usually around during the day.

  14. Sandra says:

    Such great mileage. I would love to go to GC cupcakes! Were they delicious?

  15. JENN, YOU DO NOT STOP!! good lord woman, you have such a packed week – always! but with so much fun stuff! and running! you must run on energizers!!

    I love the wall art! It’s so good. I hope kids read it and think “yes, that’s the kid I want to be”.

    SO MUCH FUN to surprise your expecting friend!! I can imagine she was beyond thrilled to see you all! I did take part in a surprise birthday for my friend Babette – she was having an ice skating lesson with her daughter and we all showed up around the same time (about 8 of us) to go skating with her 🙂 She loved it so much and there were a few tears!!
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  16. I loved all of your DC pics from your girls’ trip. How fun that you were able to successfully surprise your friend! Funny how you were in DC when I was in Florida, lol.
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