#riots7: marching into march

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March came pretty quickly, as all months seem to do right now. It feels like just a minute ago we were welcoming in 2019! Funny how that works.

Sunday – rest

I didn’t have to wake up too early, but I had places to go, namely a lovely engagement brunch for a friend. Her boyfriend proposed while they were on vacation and two of her other friends organized the most beautiful gathering. i was so happy to be a part of it.

When I got home, I was able to chill out since the boys were at a birthday party. I didn’t mind taking a little nap.

Monday – 6.5 miles, running

Another never miss Monday! Rawr!

In the evening, we had our final Scouts Troop visit. We have now been to three different troops and my Scouts are working on making their final decisions. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be – each Troop has some really great points and it’s interesting to see the choices each child is making.

Tuesday –rest

My parents came over in the morning to check out the bathroom status so far (we are just waiting on the shower glass to come in and be installed). We had breakfast. It was a chill day.

Wednesday –6 miles, running

Wednesdays have been quiet. I am ok with that. Very ok.

Thursday –rest

I helped out some friends by babysitting their youngest son, who was an absolute joy. I don’t get to hang with little ones so often, so it was fun.

In the evening, it was off to a PTA work session so we could assembling bingo packages for Friday night’s Family Bingo event. We played a few rounds, too, just to test the software.

Friday5.5 miles, running

Friday was a whirlwind in a half. First, S and I got in a quick run.

Then we had a PTA Board meeting, followed by a Ready. Set. Glow 5K meeting. From there, I had lunch with Mr PugRunner, packed my bags and drove to Orlando for the Best Damn Race Orlando weekend!

Per usual, Meghan was my gracious hostess, and we had fabulous dinner and drinks as carb-loading and catch up time.

And in the meantime, the boys went to that Family Bingo Night at the school, and had a blast with games, raffles and pizza!

Saturday – Best Damn Race Orlando 10K + 5K Challenge

Since we are the epitome of the “run for bling” crowd, we always register for the 10K + 5K Challenge. Sure, we could just take on the half marathon, but three medals vs one medal is too great a temptation. So, just as the name says, we run our 10K, collect some bling, grab a drink (usually beer because we like to be extra challenged) and then head back out for a 5K.

It was a hard race. The 10K course had changed and seemed to involve a lot more brick, and the humidity was just unreal.

We recovered with some yummy brunch and ice cream. I will recap the whole thing later this week!

I got home Saturday evening, just in time to start packing for a big Scout hike on Sunday.

February finished with just upwards of 87 miles. Not too bad!

Cross training was another fail this week. Short of yesterday’s hike, I just wasn’t into it. However, this week, it happens. I have a bunch of stuff on the calendar today, but tomorrow, whether I am at the gym or at home, alone or with a buddy, I’m doing it.

We barely ate at home last week, too. Mr PugRunner still isn’t feeling well, so it was a lot of leftovers and whatnot. Little man did make a macaroni and cheese, but I can’t consider it a “new” recipe. It was just my classic recipe for homemade, and then he added some bleu cheese and buffalo sauce to his. The kid loves him some spicy.

And just a reminder, Hufflepuff comes home today! We are beyond ecstatic to meet her!

This week, is the Gate River Run 15K. I am a little nervous, because my hips are aching. I also finally put the last miles on my Saucony Guide ISOs and need to get new shoes. Not sure if I should snag another pair of the Guides or grab a second pair of Brooks Adrenalines (it would be my first time in the 19s). Decisions.

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22 Responses to #riots7: marching into march

  1. Wendy says:

    Congrats on doing both the 10k and the 5k. The beer in between–I consider that carbo loading! And hydration…

    Your hedgehog is cute! I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. I wonder how the pugs will like him.

    • runswithpugs says:

      We usually snag a popsicle too but the line was too long, so we skipped it.

      We haven’t introduced her to the pugs yet. Hedgehogs are grouchy and pugs have pretty bulging eyes that may not go well with hedgehog quills

  2. Oh, that little sweet Hufflepuff 😉 Not sure what I’d do on the races…I like my bling, but am not a fan of a medal for a 5K (unless it’s an AG piece LOL). It is a fun challenge, though, to run one race, then hop right onto another. I did a similar event last summer, but the 5K was first, then the 10K. Thanks for joining us for the link-up!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Just wait til you see her!!! She’s freaking adorable.

      It’s funny how almost every 5k gets a medal here. The ones that don’t are straight up charity races, where having a medal would take away from the actual point of raising money for whatever cause the race is for.

  3. Michelle says:

    Congrats on your races – I love the beer break in between 😉

    I was also debating between the Adrenalines and the Guides and ultimately picked the Adrenalines. The 18s are on sale on a number of sites so I snagged a pair of them too. You might want to catch a sale!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I haven’t been reading great things about the new ISO 2, so I may just stick with the Adrenalines. I love them both, so I really can’t go wrong either way.

      The beer break is the most fun part!

  4. I’m sorry to hear your hips are aching. Hopefully it’s nothing.

    My husband thinks if I buy one pair of shoes — or two — it should last the whole year. As if!

    Congrats on your BDR Orlando race. I’ve never done 2 races on one day!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s just from the bricks.

      My husband has learned after I worked in the running store for so many years that I buy new shoes after four months fairly regularly. He rolls his eyes but lets me be. I point out that I don’t really buy much of anything else, so it’s my one vice. Plus, it keeps me healthy.

  5. Renée says:

    ah you got some great mileage in in Feb!! way to go! and you are damn right I’d do the back to back races for more bling. In fact I’ve totally done that and not so long ago!! Usually I go for the full deal in Liverpool at the RnR – 5K, Half, Mile Fun Run and if you are back every year you get a 4th “encore” medal. Where do I sign up? Oh, wait, I already did 🙂 Unfortunately this year I will miss it. Maybe I can hobble the Mile or even the 5K. We’ll see.

    So excited about Hufflepuff AND hearing all about your races!!

    I’d say definitely get some hip exercises on your program – do you think it’s from running, the hip pain?

    as far as shoes go – I’m the odd one out. I only wear Altras at this point. I don’t even know what other brands are offering these days.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I used to love those remix challenges! It was also so fabulous to get some extra bling while you where there for a race anyway.

      The hip pain is from the terrain. I get the same thing when I run on the treadmill. A lot of the Orlando races are on uneven bricks, and it really does make me sore. I feel the same way any time I run in downtown St. Augustine, Savannah, or anywhere with lots of cobblestones. It’s almost like a twangy feeling, but it’s almost gone.

      I like Altras a lot but I need a tiny bit more drop.

  6. We have a few of those double races here. They are fun but super challenging for sure. That’s a lot of miles for the month.
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  7. Cari says:

    Nicely done on the February miles! Huffle puff is so cute. Can’t wait for more photos of her.
    I think I’d want to do the Half & have it done vs. stop & start again, but a challenge could be fun. Minus the beer for me.

  8. Coco says:

    I still can’t believe you are getting a hedgehog – or have it by now – so CUTE! The 10K + 5K sounds like a fun challenge and the medal does look cool! I haven’t played real Bingo in ages – so fun!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We have her! We picked her up last night and she’s settling in. It’s quite different than having a pug, that’s for sure.
      Bingo is a serious sport, apparently! I was kind of sorry to miss it.

  9. Esther says:

    Oh my goodness, I want to come and meet Hufflepuff!! How precious! Hedgehogs are actually a part of my family crest!

    Looks like you had some great running adventures! Congrats on your double race! I have not done that in a LONG time!
    Looking forward to reading more about that 🙂

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, that’s so cool! I may be biased but hedgehogs pretty much rock!

      I am waiting on the free race photos to be published and then I’ll write my review. Because who doesn’t love free photos!!!

  10. Love the idea of the 10K-5K challenge! I would totally choose that option too. Plus, I like the little break in the middle. I do well with breaks.
    I can’t wait for ALL THE PHOTOS of Hufflepuff. Seriously can’t wait.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t know. This time it was hard to start back up after that break, but we got it done. I was just stoked to take home a third, challenge medal. I’m easy like that.

      I’m working on pictures. She’s a little shy and a little nervous right now, so we are working on getting her acclimated before the photo shoots begin!

  11. Kim G says:

    Awesome job on completing both races! I love race challenges like that because they allow me to really push myself!

    The photo of Hufflepuff just made my heart melt – so cute!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you! It’s super fun to have a bunch of different distances in a day or two to really test your limits.

      Wait til the photos I’ll be sharing soon. Hufflepuff is just fabulous so far. She’s learning about us and we are learning about her, and it’s really going to be fun.

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