wrapping up the month

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.

Things were solid this week. Not great. But solid. They can’t all be winners, right?

Sunday – Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 20

Even though it was a rest day, we were still slammed. Mr PugRunner left Scouts camp with little man after lunch, delivering him straight to my parents, and then coming home to get ready for dinner and fun with friends.

We had planned to go to an Escape Room and I was pretty excited. It would be our first time and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

The experience was fabulous! It was just the six of us, and we ended up breaking out in the allotted hour with just three hints! I would love to try another one.

Monday – Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 21

Little man had the day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr Day, so we chilled around the house until my parents dropped him off. We ended up having a grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch because the weather was so yucky and it was fun picking different breads and cheeses for our meal.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 22

This was going to be a heck of a long day. First, a 6.5 mile run.

Then I had to help deliver a portable gaga ball pit to our school for a PE lesson. It was fairly quick and I was able to head off on some errands.

That evening, we had tickets to see Les Miserables at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. For our anniversary, we got the package of tickets for the FSCJ Artist Series, which includes Les Mis, Waitress and School of Rock. To be honest, I’m not super interested in the latter two shows, and I’ve seen Les Mis multiple times, but having the subscription this year means first crack at Hamilton tickets next year.

That being said, the show was wonderful and I’m glad to have some different kinds of date nights.

Wednesday – 6 miles, running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 23

It was brutal dragging myself out of bed for this run, but I did it anyway.


Thursday –  rest

Thursday was… a day.

First, it was this girl’s 14th birthday. Can you believe? I raised this girl from eight weeks old. I knew her mommy and daddy and got to snuggle all her litter mates. She’s my baby for sure. Furthermore, she is still in great health, short of her degenerative disk condition and this new dry eye she has. Every day with her is a blessing.

News turned a bit bleak, however. Last week, I found a loose tile in the master bathroom on the second floor, and when the contractor came out to investigate, he discovered that a leak in the shower pan and created quite a bit of damage. There is now a hole in the bathroom floor and I need to spend next week picking and purchasing tile so he can go in, demo the shower and surrounding area and renovate.

I am completely uninterested in spending money on a bathroom, but it needs to be handled. The contractor provided us measurements, so I get to go tile shopping this week. We decided to just go ahead and retile the floor as well, since he will be ripping up a chunk of them, but I will update the paint, vanity, mirrors and lighting on my own after he is done.


Friday – 4 miles, running

It was freezing so I went for this run after little man went to school. I hated every second of it.

And then it was time to pack (and break in my new luggage!)

Our Scouts pack had made plans to do an overnight sleepover in Sea World and Friday was the big day! I snagged him a little early from school and we made the drive, rolling up to the park just in time for the festivities!

I will do a post on the whole event, but when I tell you, this was the most amazing experience. We had dinner, did some crafts and got to tour the park at night, with stops at some of the animal habitats.

Our group got to sleep INSIDE the dolphin observation area, and believe me when I tell you, there is nothing more incredible than waking up in the middle of the night to see a dolphin swimming on by.

Saturday – 10 miles walking, Sea World

We had an early morning wake up call, and after we packed up our things and had breakfast, we were treated to a surprise: private interaction time with the dolphins! The trainer came and let the kids feed them ice cubes (who knew that dolphin love ice cubes!)

It was so special and such an incredible opportunity.

When the sleepover portion came to an end and we got our bags stowed in our cars, our sleepover hosts escorted us to the front of the park, they turned us loose to enjoy our day in Sea World. Since we were there right at rope drop, we got on every roller coaster and ride with pretty much no waits. It was epic.

Mr PugRunner joined us mid morning and while I had intended to leave after lunch, little man was having so much fun with his buddies, we pretty much closed down the park.

Now onto accountability! Are you joining us for the Running Is Our Therapy Link Up?

#RIOTSRunning is good. Even though I bailed on Sunday’s long run, I have still logged 84.4 miles for the month. I’ll stay on track.

As you my have noticed, I slacked on the Blogilates Challenge. Boooooo! With going away and not feeling great, I just couldn’t get myself there for it. I vow to continue tomorrow, even if it hurts.

How about new recipes? Check out this Honey Apricot Chicken and Asparagus Sheet Pan meal!

I have never made a sheet pan meal before, and this was so easy to throw together. I did use fairly large chicken breasts so the baking time was about double what the recipe states, but that was the only adjustment.

Water and reading are on the meh side. I’m working on it.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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So how was your week in training?

Have you ever tried an escape room? What did you think?

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20 Responses to wrapping up the month

  1. Darlene says:

    Go see School of Rock. I was surprised on how awesome it was.

    Les Miz is number 1 for me followed by Wicked but I haven’t seen Hamilton yet,

    I’m amazed at how you do those challenges and get your running in.

    I struggle on one thing and I don’t have a kid at home.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I will see it with an open mind (same for Waitress), and I hope that I will love it. When I saw the lineup, though, it was a little underwhelming. I was really hoping for In The Heights (although I don’t think it’s touring right now).

      Hamilton is my number one, followed by Les Mis, Rent, Phantom, Beauty and the Beast and Wicked.

  2. Allie says:

    Just recently saw Hamilton at our local theater and it was AMAZING!!! I’ve seen Le Miz on Broadway years ago and obviously loved it.
    Cannot believe you have a 13 year old pug!! SO adorable.
    And spending the night (and day) at Sea World and sleeping with dolphins sounds beyond amazing. My boys would absolutely love something like that!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Hamilton rocked me. We saw it in NYC for my 40th birthday and I don’t know that I’ve ever been so moved by a show. Les Mis is a long-time favorite. I’ve seen it twice in NY, once in South Florida and once here.

      Molly is 14 and Bentley will be 12 in May. They are such great puggers. Love them to pieces.

      It was an incredible trip.We learned so much and had so many cool experiences.

  3. Happy Birthday to the pugger! P turns 13 this year, I can’t believe it.
    Sea World sounds AMAZING! I can’t wait to read all about it.
    Hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the other shows. I’ve found that most of the time I really enjoy seeing a show even if I don’t expect to. Only once did I wish for those hours back, and it wasn’t a nationally touring show.
    Nice work on fitting all those miles in despite the cold and busy week!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Aw. Sweet P!

      Sea World was amazing. The best.

      I end up loving all theater, really, but I guess I get to go so rarely these days that I want to be blown away. I’m sure I’ll enjoy these other two shows, but nothing is leaping out at me from the soundtracks.

  4. I have never done an escape room, but they look fun! Bummer about the bathroom, but it’s always fun picking out new colors and tile patterns….right?

    • runswithpugs says:

      Eh. The only bathrooms that excite me would require complete overhauls and many thousands more dollars, so I’m fairly bitter. I found an idea I can live with, and it will be fine, but there were plenty of other things I would have preferred to upgrade in the house prior to this.

      The escape room was a lot of fun and just a different kind of date night. It’s definitely worth trying.

  5. Wendy says:

    I have yet to see Hamilton! The tickets are still so expensive. Mike and I keep saying we need to go… of course, we saw Spamalot about 10 years after it was released, so there’s that…

    Were you able to sleep at Sea World? I don’t know that I could sleep in a group with all those people! The dolphin part would be cool tho. Sounds like a lot of fun!

    • runswithpugs says:

      You know, it really bothers me that theater is so pricey. It’s such an important art form, and yet is so inaccessible. I wish that could change. Mr PR got us the Hamilton tickets for my 40th birthday and it was a huge splurge. The show will be every bit as good in a year or five or ten, and with its popularity, its not going anywhere anytime soon. I do hope you get to see it soon. I’m trying to behave about it – we had the chance to see it in Ft. Lauderdale, but I already had plans to run BDR Jax with a friend who was traveling into town and so I passed, and we also had another chance to see it in Orlando, but I’m going to wait for the Jax show.

      Yes, I slept. After a full day, a two hour drive, and then hiking around the park all night in the cold air, I think we were all pretty beat. I thought it would be weird, but honestly, I knew just about everyone there, and I knew I had to be on my game for the next day so I just went right out. It was so fun.

  6. Looks like such a fun month! Les Mes was one of my favorites, but Phantom still takes the cake for me. That’s awesome that you got to see dolphins though!

  7. Wow that dolphin experience sounds like a once in a lifetime experience for the boys. How cool!

  8. That Sea World sleepover sounds like so much fun!

    School of Rock is definitely worth a try – we took our boys to see it in NYC when we were there a couple of years ago and I was really surprised at how good it was! I’m dying to see Hamilton!

  9. Kim G says:

    I would say that you had more than a solid week! You got in a lot of great workouts last week.

    I would love to visit Sea World

    That chicken recipe looks delicious!

  10. Coco says:

    Oh, I really want to do an Escape Room. My son did promise he’d do it with me … What a fun event at Sea World!
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