the end of the wrap era + finishing february

This week is the very last Weekly Wrap with  HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home


This has been a wonderful way to check in with other fitness bloggers on weekly gains, and to stay accountable with all your goals. It’s a link up that will be greatly missed.

That being said, feel free to join up with our #RIOTS (Running Is Our Therapy Sisters) link up every week on Mondays. We’d love to be a part of your weekly routine!

February is ending, and I’m not going to say I’m sorry. This month has flown with a vengeance, and I’m ready for March. There are a lot of fun things coming up in the days ahead (including Spring Break OMG I’m so ready!) and I can’t wait.

Sunday –rest

I was very glad for a rest day and getting a few extra minutes of sleep. However, there was A LOT to do anyway. I spent the entire morning out and about, collecting supplies to make trophies for a bake off at our upcoming Scouts Blue & Gold Ceremony,

and then I painted the bathroom in the afternoon.

Little man had a buddy spend most of the day with us and it was nice for him to just be occupied with friends at home.

Monday – 6.5 miles, running

Another never miss Monday, and it went beautifully.

We had the day off from school, so I invited the Scouts over to the field at our community center to work on some final advancement skills. We put up and broke down tents, tied knots, talked about the Boy Scouts ranks and one of the dads was kind enough to show the boys how to light a fire without using a match or lighter.

Tuesday –rest

I spent the morning at school helping with Spring and Class photos. Not my favorite activity, but they needed the extra hands.

When little man got home from school, he did his homework and started work on his Star Wars Bake-off Challenge cake. He decided he wanted to make a Sarlacc pit creation and found a recipe for it, so I bought the ingredients and he got down to business.

He really is quite handy in the kitchen, and I only assisted with things like putting the cake into and out of the oven and overseeing the whole process. He got his caramel bundt cake baked and we wrapped it up and put it in the fridge until he was ready to decorate.

Wednesday –6 miles, running

Nothing major to report for the middle of the week, other than six miles.

Little man made a salted caramel cream cheese frosting since we had a few extra minutes, and put that in the fridge as well to set.

Thursday –rest

I was grateful to get to sleep until regular time this morning, because it was go from the minute my feet hit the floor. The Blue & Gold Celebration was that night and I was part of the team to get it set up and rolling.

Mr PugRunner wanted to have lunch so we tried the new Grilled Cheese Gallery, where I learned that poutine is very much my thing.

After little man finished his homework, he put the finishing touches on his cake. It came out great and he ended up taking 3rd Place in the competition! All the kids worked so hard and the results were really creative and tasty.

inspired by yummy crumble

Friday – rest

Yay for two days of rest in a row! Wheeee! With the big event over, I had a minute to clean the house and chill out.

That evening I took little man and two of his friends to see The Lego Movie 2. It wasn’t phenomenal but they liked it and I laughed quite a bit, so I’ll put it down as a win.

Saturday –8 miles, running

To be honest, this was an “embrace the suck” kind of run. It was so humid and I just couldn’t get myself moving. Ugh. Thank goodness for friends who help make the awful runs so much better.

Little man had a birthday party at the local Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. The kids had cake, then took a private trolley to a nearby mini golf course. When they returned to the museum, they were able to wander around and explore. It sounded incredibly cool. We went ahead and enjoyed a lunch date while he was there.

In the evening, we had the chance to enjoy another Jacksonville Icemen game. It was Teacher and Safety Patrol Appreciation Night, so little man got in for free, while we got deeply discounted tickets. The Patrols all got really awesome swag bags from AAA

and then we got the chance to go down on the ice and shoot goals again.

He was also able to meet up with some of his other Patrol buddies, which was super cute.

We did sleep through the gym again this week. Oops. It’s really tempting to just take a pass on those mornings, and once the day gets started, S and I both find it difficult to make something happen. There has to be a way for us to manage it, although I just haven’t stumbled upon the solution (other than to just woman up and get it done).

We also missed out on a new recipe/little man dinner. I gave a bit of a pass because it took him about three days to bake and create his cake for Scouts. Not that cake is a meal, but it was a lot of work and he did make the cake and frosting from scratch.

There was a huge bright spot this week: Mr PR got an email from the hedgehog breeder and our new friend will be ready to come home in early March! Little man got to choose from five prickly little babies, and he decided on this sweet girl.

At the moment, he would like to name her Hufflepuff, which warms the cockles of my Harry Potter nerd heart.

Stay tuned for the adventures of Hufflepuff’s Homecoming!

On Friday, I leave for Orlando for the Best Damn Race 10K + 5K Challenge, plus time with one of my most awesome running friends! And then the rest of March is going to be a blur of incredible races: Gate River Run, the Vilano Bridge 10K and finally, the March To Get Screened 5K for Colon Cancer.

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36 Responses to the end of the wrap era + finishing february

  1. Darlene says:

    I agree. Friends make sucky runs better.

    Never had poutine. I should have tried it when I was in Montreal.

    Wow. You have a big March. We’re still in winter racing mode.

    Though I am running the NYC half but with the current state of things, it will be to just finish and not make my injury worse.

    And of course, I will join you link-up.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Always so grateful for the friends who make it better!

      I didn’t think I would love poutine – I have a thing about crispy fries. However, I ate more of the poutine than my actual lunch, and I was 100% ok with that. The gravy was addictive!

      Please be careful! I get not wanting to miss out on these incredible races, but we want you healthy and well!

      Thanks so much for joining in!

  2. Wendy says:

    Everyone tells me I need to try poutine because I have this thing for cheese curds…

    My sister was just in St Augustine. She’s planning on spending the whole month of February there next year. She just loved it. Looks like I may have to visit her and my BFF who has a condo there!

    Thanks so much for all your support with the link up. I’ll be linking with you now!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Cheese curds are divine! And this was even better!

      Please let me know if you decide to come down! I would love to meet up – plus there are some fabulous races in the area that time of year!

      Thank you for your support in return! I am sorry to see the Weekly Wrap go, but this blogging thing can be tons of work and sometimes we just need to take a break! <3

  3. Cari says:

    So glad Wendy mentioned your new linkup. Happy to join it going forward and just dropped my last weekly wrap.
    I had no idea hedgehog breeders were a thing! HufflePuff is the cutest
    Like Darlene, I’m limping into the NYC Half. Goal for that one was to always have fun as I think I’m one and done with it — getting in is no picnic.
    Poutine is OK. I don’t mind it — but I’m happy enough without it.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Hedgehogs are apparently very… particular animals, so breeders are a thing and there are all kinds of rules and policies for getting one. We have had a great experience so far and I can’t wait for little man to get this sweet girl home.

      Take it easy in NYC! I would love to take on that race, but I need to work on the timing.

      Thanks for joining us here!

      • Cari says:

        I can imagine. Another fun critter he might enjoy researching is the echidna. Australian pointy cute critter.

        THe upside of the NYC Half is that the lottery drawing is in enough time for you to find a decent fligt. The downside? It’s March in NYC and our weather is unpredictable, to say the least

        • runswithpugs says:

          I love any kind of cute critters and he does too! I will check it out!

          That’s a great upside! But March and be a tough time of year. It’s the reason I haven’t registered for RnR DC yet – it always seems to be freezing cold with rain or snow and none of that sounds even remotely exciting in my world.

  4. Kim G says:

    I was also super sad to see the Weekly Wrap link up end but I totally understand. I will definitely join your RIOTS link up moving forward!

    I have that same Run Happy shirt – it always makes me smile when I wear it

  5. Oh I hope Hufflepuff sticks for the name, I love that!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Me, too! He also had Hedwig and Penelope, and I was great with both of those too. Not that it’s up to me, but I was totally on board.

      We are ordering a little yellow and black bumblebee pouch bed for it – he said that it matched the Hufflepuff House colors. So obviously a win.

  6. Oh my gosh poutine!!! One of my favorite things. Love the trophies that you made for the scouts!

  7. Wow super impressed that you painted your own bathroom!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I paint my whole house. Often and regularly. I generally don’t mind painting and it’s cheaper for me to just do it myself. Of course, now that the bathroom is painted, I want to do EVERYTHING else, so I need to clear some days to get it done.

  8. Renée says:

    2 rest days, poutine and an amazing cake baked by your son. Plus, all the other stuff that you do… I don’t know HOW you do it! I’m so glad you have friends to get through sucky runs – it really DOES help! I love that little hedgehog too! <3

    I wouldn't mind joining your link up, I just feel a little weird jumping in to your group… I know, I'm just being a weirdo.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Like the Nike commercial says, I just do it! It helps that my work is very flexible and that I can do a lot from my phone and laptop.

      I can’t wait to love on that little hedgie in person. She’s just the cutest.

      JOIN US!!!! We just want people to have a space to share and find their accountability! Would love to have you!

  9. Maybe you should just call little man’s weekly meal, weekly kitchen time. Then the cake would totally count anyway.
    Sounds like a fun week. I hope Hufflepuff remains the name, and I can’t wait to see tons of adorable photos. You’ll have to share a little about how much care they need. I’ve never known anyone (I don’t think) who had a hedgehog, and I’m intrigued! SO CUTE!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Brilliant idea!

      They are fairly particular little critters. They are insectivores, not rodents, so it will be a brand new game for me. They are almost like reptiles in that they need certain temperatures and conditions, they seem to be loners, and one of the positives of this particular breeder is that they socialize the hoglets before they go home with people because hedgehogs can be quite grouchy. I’m as intrigued as you are by the whole thing.

  10. Love the new link up ! I’m going to have to get organized and join in!

  11. Coco says:

    No way on the hedgehog! OMG, it is so cute!! Little Man is quite the baker. That is just awesome. You got some solid runs in, and your bathroom is looking good!
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  12. That grilled cheese place sounds quite heavenly! And little Hufflepuff is adorable! I have a fondness for little furry critters 😉

  13. You had quite the productive week! That’s so cool that your little guy likes cooking and baking so much. All of my boys are excellent cooks.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I think it’s such an important skill for anyone to have. Cooking was always so important in my family, so I definitely want to pass on those traditions. It doesn’t hurt that he’s interested, too!

  14. De Bolton says:

    Those trophies are so cute and you did a great job on the bathroom.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thanks and thanks! I was fortunate to find the metal plates and all the cutlery at the Dollar Store, so it was maybe $10 for six trophies (not including spray paint, which I already had). A little hot glue and a sharpie and bam. Trophies.

  15. Oh my that hedgehog is too cute!

    You’ve got a great March lined up!

    Looking forward to joining your RIOTS link up in the future.

  16. Shathiso says:

    Another jam-packed week for you! Well done on pushing through that 8-miler and getting it done. I find friends really do help especially with the bad runs.
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  17. Congrats to your son, what a great looking cake! I LOVE poutine, it’s been a while since I have had it, but YUM!!!

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