weekly wrap: 10.7.18 – 10.20.18

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 – rest
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3 miles, treadmill running + thighs/booty workout
Wednesday – 6 miles, running
Thursday – 16,648 steps
Friday – 6 miles, running, total of 25,302 steps
Saturday – 24,126 steps

Sunday – Hope for the Warriors 5K, total of 33,824 steps
Monday – 5 miles, running, total of 27.835 steps
Tuesday – 14,571 steps
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – elliptical, 20 minutes, bicep + chest workout
Friday – 1.5 miles, treadmill, standing core workout, tricep + shoulder workout
Saturday – rest

It’s been two weeks since I’ve been in the space, and I apologize for that. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll have seen that I was off in San Francisco with Mr PugRunner. He had a conference and I got to tag along for the week! it was a great time and a much needed vacation for us!

I’ll try to zip through these two weeks.

Sunday – rest

Since I had done so much on Saturday, I didn’t feel the need to do much of anything on Sunday. Despite high temperatures, we went with friends to a local pumpkin patch and corn maze to try to get our fall on.

Monday – rest

Another rest day. I had so much to do in preparation for the upcoming trip. There were errands to run and bags to pack (and repack). We went to karate and called it a day.

Tuesday – 3 miles, treadmill + thighs/booty workout

S and I woke up with plans to run, but it was absolutely pouring rain. Blah. After dropping little man at school, I hit the gym. I was only able to manage three miles on the treadmill, and followed it up with some thighs and booty.

PS – After this gym session, I learned that the no tank tops rule had been lifted. Victory!

Wednesday – 6 miles, running

We made up for Tuesday’s shortcomings with a 6 mile run. Yay!

I made sure I had updated the school with all of our contact information and wrote out lists of instructions for my parents.

I got my hair colored and cut and even treated myself to a manicure (the first in probably a decade). S swears by the SNS dip powder, so I went for it (and I am on day 10 and it is still going strong without any UV light.)

My parents got to the house late that evening because our flight was first thing in the morning, so we stayed up, went over last minute info and then hit the hay.

Thursday – 16,648 steps

It was a long day of travel. Originally, we had planned our layover through Atlanta, but because of the hurricane, we were switched to JFK. Everything went smoothly, but it was almost six hours on planes, which was tough.

However, we arrived in San Francisco, around noon local time and it was just phenomenal. We got to our hotel, the Grand Hyatt, and checked in without issue.

For our first night, we went full on tourist. We took a walk down to Pier 39 for clam chowder in bread bowls at the Boudin Bakery and because I wanted to see the sea lions.

Afterwards, we had reservations for the Museum of Ice Cream. I had seen pictures of the pop up installations on Instagram, but San Francisco is now home to the first permanent location. It was straight up fun, with tons of awesome photo ops and joy. I am so glad we went.

While we were having a blast in the sprinkle pool, Scouts was totally under control. One of our parents is a deputy, who generously gifted his time to speak to the den about good citizenship and working to fix issues in the community.

Friday – 6 miles, running; total of 25,302 steps

Mr PugRunner was scheduled to set up for his conference and I wanted to go for a run in the beautiful, non-humid weather. I was trying to join up with a local running group, but the concierge advised against running to the meeting point and I got a little anxious about being alone in an unfamiliar place, especially with that advice. Instead, I was handed this awesome card with several routes and options listed on it, and felt much more comfortable.

Before I set out for real, I ran one mile to Mr Holmes Bakeshop for cruffins (fresh croissants baked in a muffin tin, stuffed with delicious fillings and rolled in sugar).

Mischief, managed, I dropped my bounty at the hotel and opted to take the path towards the AT&T Stadium. I got a lovely six miles along the waterfront, and had a blast.

Mr PugRunner returned and we enjoyed a yummy lunch at a sliders restaurant, and then took a nap before dinner. We were both fairly beat and he needed to be well rested before his conference began.

Saturday – 24,126 steps

After breakfast, I walked Mr PugRunner to the convention center so we could pick up our packets for Sunday’s 5K and so I could see his booth. He had done a wonderful job and I was so proud of him.

And then I was on my own. I had a few things I wanted to see, so I set off down Market Street towards the water. I was thinking about the Presidio, but noticed a sign for the Coit Tower and detoured. 263 steps later, I paid for a ticket to ride the elevator to the top for a stunning view of the city.

Worth it.

I came down a different flight of stairs and my GPS informed me I wasn’t too far from Lombard Street. I hadn’t ever seen that twisty piece of road in person, so off I went. You know my legs were on fire from all the hills – we just don’t have anything like it in Florida.

I made it all the way down to Fisherman’s Wharf, got some ice cream and enjoyed the view of the water before Mr PugRunner called me and suggested I meet him at a sports bar to catch some of the canes game. It was another mile walk. Uphill. But I did it – it felt like a personal victory not to break down and call an Uber.

Sunday – Hope for the Warriors 5K; total of 33,824 steps

First ting in the morning, we hopped on a shuttle to the Mission Creek Park for the Hope for the Warriors 5K, sponsored by the conference. We would be running pretty much the reverse route of what I ran the other day, so I knew it would be beautiful, and I was excited. Race report to come.

When we were finished, we bussed back to the hotel and I set Mr PugRunner off to Day 2 of his event.

Me? Well, I called an Uber and asked to be taken to the Tiled Steps, a set of stairs set in a neighborhood, which are completely decorated in mosaics and maintained by members of the community. They are stunning.

My Uber driver had recommended that after climbing these stairs, to continue along the road to a second, plainer flight, and to continue climbing to the park on top of that hill. He was right. The view was amazing.

I wasn’t done with my day, though. Not even close.

I walked down the hills and made my way to Golden Gate Park. I had seen on the map that there was a bison paddock and I had a mind to see some buffalo.

From there, I wandered down Haight Boulevard, taking in the unique storefronts and beautiful murals.

We had another lovely dinner and called it a night, after these delicious ice cream sandwiches.

Monday – 5 miles, running; total of 27,835 steps

This was my Golden Gate Bridge day. When Mr PugRunner went off to work, I Ubered to the Welcome Center and prepared to run this iconic landmark. It was fabulous: 1.7 miles each way, with gorgeous views.

I continued my run down into the Presidio running along Crissy Field and the beach, all the way to the Palace of Fine Arts. I slacked off somewhere around the Marina and walked the rest of the way back to the hotel. The wind and hills took quite a bit out of me, but it was a fabulous day.

We celebrated the end of the conference with delicious tacos and margaritas.

Tuesday – 14,571 steps

I had been looking forward to this day all week. We had booked a tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito and we were both pretty stoked to see the sequoias. The bus ride into the valley was just slightly terrifying, but the woods were breathtaking.

We didn’t get nearly enough time to explore, so that will be something for next time.  The bus took us back to the little town of Sausalito, and we were free to stay as long as the ferries were running back into town.

There were clams and rosé on the water, more ice cream of course, and just some nice strolling and quality time.

But, all good things must come to an end. We wrapped our day, had a yummy last dinner in town, and got our things together so we wouldn’t have much to do in the morning.

Wednesday – rest

Another long day of flying. It was bizarre losing three hours along the way, but we were so happy to be home and reunited with little man and the pugs.

Thursday – elliptical, 20 minutes + bicep/chest workout

Being back at home meant it was time to get back into the swing. I managed a nice workout at the gym, and then had a few things to manage: Friday night’s gala at the Lightner Museum and the first combined Pack meeting of the Scouts year. Yikes.

Gym time? Done.

I had rented some dresses from Rent the Runway and was thrilled when they came in so I could try them on. However, I still needed shoes and accessories, so that was on the list, too.

Friday – 1.5 miles, treadmill running + tricep/shoulder workout

Promenade the Alcazar day had arrived. I was really nervous, especially since I still needed to secure the right shoes and jewelry. I bought everything before little man got home from school. I had fantastic advice from some of the women in the school front office as well as some friends, and one of my friends even came over to do my hair (since everyone knows I’m incapable of doing that properly).

I think it all came together pretty well.

Saturday – rest

I was happy to sort of sleep in and lounge around the house a bit. In the evening, we had a trivia night to benefit our Scouts pack. It was a fun night, and our team came in 4th Place! Whoo hoo!


And there it is. Two fabulous weeks. Sure, my running miles were way down, but all those hill miles of walking surely made up for it. I will definitely share more details of the trip, simply because there is so much, so stay tuned for that, too!


How was your week in training?

How hard do you focus on continuing your training while you’re on vacation?


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12 Responses to weekly wrap: 10.7.18 – 10.20.18

  1. Liz Dexter says:

    Sequoias and sea lions: I’m jealous! My cousin and his husband just had their honeymoon in SF and had a fabulous time. I love your dress and was thinking we all hardly see each other not in running gear!

    Oh, and doing all those hills was definitely equal to doing loads of running. I went by that rule on my recent holiday where I walked an average of 5 miles a day!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was such a great trip. We actually visited SF as part of our honeymoon, almost 12 years ago. We did a week and Maui, and then 3 days in SF and 2 in Napa. It was great to go back and get to really see so much more of the city (and the weather was better too).

      Yes, that evening was a total departure from my regular yoga pants or running shorts! So many people said they didn’t recognize me all fancied up!

  2. Kim G says:

    Wow, my head is spinning based on the amount of activity you fit into 2 weeks – amazing! Love that you were able to explore so much of San Francisco.

    I love that photo of you from the Museum of Ice Cream. How fun!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I loved it, too! It was a little lonely being all by myself for so most of the actual exploration, but I got to do a lot of things that would not at all have interested Mr PugRunner. Of course, there were still tons of things I missed, too.

      The Museum of Ice Cream was ridiculously fun. The cheese factor was out of control, but it’s an absolute must do, especially for bloggers and social media types.

  3. you look gorgeous in that dress! Looks like such a fun trip. I love San Fran and will be running over that bridge myself next week

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you! I almost didn’t wear it (I had a backup) – it was so intimidating to be THAT sparkly and glittery, but my friends and husband convinced me that I had to do it.

      You are going to love that bridge!

  4. What an incredible two weeks! I’m glad you got to see and do so much while you were away!
    And you looked STUNNING for the gala!

    I used to train on vacation, and look for 5K’s to do while away too! It’s a great way to see new places and keep your fitness at the same time.

  5. Kaila Proulx says:

    I’ve heard such amazing things about Muir Woods!! I would totally love to visit there sometime. It looks beautiful!!

  6. Sandy B says:

    You look so pretty in the dress! Sounds like an amazing time in San Fran! I don’t fit in a lot of fitness on vacations, especially if I’m not training for a race. BTW, I’m craving ice cream after reading this!!

  7. Cari says:

    Great photos! Need to do Tiled Steps one day
    I love Hope for the Warriors, did their 5K here June 2017 and hope it returns in 2019

  8. Darlene says:

    Well I think I need to visit SF. You had an amazing trip. I would have done it the same way. See and do everything.

    You look amazing in that dress.

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