riots #32: back to school

Just like that, we are back to school. In our neck of the woods, summer ends early in August and the kiddos get back to their learning. It may seem short, since so many people still have another month of vacation to go, but we have been home since the end of May, so it all balances out.

Back to school was especially bittersweet: little man started 6th grade, which is middle school here. It’s a (‘nother) new school for him with all brand-new people, policies and dynamic. I barely slept leading up to the first day. I knew he would be awesome, but I struggle with change, sometimes.

Sunday – 2 mile walk

Twas the night before Back to School, so we took advantage of the day to just chill out. As a family, we practiced walking to school – he’s been taking bus or car transportation for his entire school career thus far, so we wanted to make sure he knew how to handle this new routine.

All of got to bed at a reasonable hour so we could be fresh first thing Monday morning.

Monday – 9Round + 1 mile walk

Monday morning rolled around and I finally had to admit that I was the mom of a middle schooler. We all got up with the alarm, had breakfast and then our guy set off for his first day of 6th grade.

Happy Back to School Day, buddy!

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To be honest, I didn’t know quite what to do with myself for the rest of the day, so I started working out some of that stress at 9Round.

back to school

And then I went for breakfast with a few other moms in the same boat: our kids have been in class together for years, and Metro Diner was offering one free mimosa to moms for Back To School Week, so it was the perfect solution.

back to school

And then? I just sat and waited and waited and waited. When did a school day get so long? Finally, little man was walking through the door and we were able to eat fresh-baked cookies and talk about his (amazing) day. He was tired for sure, but so excited about the variety of teachers, the app through which all his classes are communicated and the new independence he gets to experience. He had just enough energy to get him through karate – he will be testing for his bo-black belt (for those keeping track, it’s the last belt before black belt) next month so he needed to have a chat with his instructor about last minute details for that.

Tuesday – 9Round

I skipped running again (Reason? Didn’t wanna). My focus this week was getting to my 50th 9Round class, so that’s where I put my efforts. Rawr.

While little man was at Scouts, I met up with one of my friends for some conversation and quality time. It’s been a great week for that.

Wednesday – 6 miles, running + 9Round

The humidity is really going to kill my love for running. Ugh.

back to school

By Wednesday, we had really all hit our groove. I got to 9Round (class #48!) and was able to shower and change for our first official PTSO Board Meeting of the school year.

The PTSO is really off to a fairly great start, which is encouraging as the entire board is new this year and we are really starting from scratch.

Now for the not so great news: Bentley had what I think was a seizure when I got home. It was awful. We have been dealing with his vestibular disease for a while, now, and he has been doing great, so this threw us all for a loop, and while we all (vet included) have our fingers crossed that this is a fluke, we could also be dealing with a tumor. At this time, due to his age and temperament (he has to be sedated for all tests/scans and the more in-depth exams), we are treating it as a fluke and he is responding quite well. He is not in pain and we haven’t seen anything concerning since he snapped out of it that afternoon, so we are hopeful.

This is his favorite way to sleep: in his crate with his chin right on the bar and his tongue hanging out. Bless his heart.

Thursday – 5 mile walk + 9Round

I met up with M for a morning walk. We were able to meet after little man went off to school, so it was much hotter than normal. Boo.

back to school

Friday – 9Round

After little man got off to school, I hustled out the door to meet another friend for free mimosas. I mean, why not take advantage!

And then it was time for my 50th 9Round class! The reward? Besides a phenomenal workout? New hand wraps! Wheee!

Back to school

Saturday – 9Round

I was starting to drag on Friday night, and since I knew I wasn’t going to have a running buddy on Saturday morning, I just didn’t want to get up. Instead, we both went to 9Round, and met up with my friend C, who was trying out a class for the first time.

Mr. PugRunner dropped off little man at the nearby church for a final day of volunteering. It was drizzly all day, but overcast and not nearly as hot as the previous week. Little man was absolutely incredible – he wanted to stay as long as it took to get it all done, but we finally had to collect him. I was so proud that he was willing to be uncomfortable to get the job done.

We had hoped to go to a local Taco Festival, but standing outside in the rain just didn’t sound appealing, so instead the boys went to buy little man a new bike. He had a bit of a growth spurt over the summer and his knees were hitting his handlebars. I would have a photo but he’s been nothing but a blur as he enjoys his new ride.


I was able to get in some solid runs, and went to 9Round Monday through Saturday. This definitely led to an improvement in mood (and muscle development). It was a huge moment of pride to hit my 50th class and earn my new wraps, and it’s really got me motivated to go for 100 and get my t-shirt.

Being back to school also meant that I spent more time cooking. I didn’t create anything new, but I did put out some favorite dinners like crockpot taquitos and lasagna.

I can’t claim great hydration this week. There was a little bit more in the line of champagne and wine and less in the way of water. It’s ok. We were celebrating, after a fashion.

Now that little man is officially back to school, I have to figure out my new normal. I’ve definitely been getting up way earlier than normal, which is leaving me a bit rundown as the week goes on, but I’ll get there. Now is the time to focus on work and other pursuits.

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22 Responses to riots #32: back to school

  1. Kim G says:

    Back to School definitely came fast this year. Kids here don’t go back to school until next week – I’m already bracing myself for the increase in traffic!

    Poor Bentley! I also hope that it was just a fluke, but I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for you.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s insanity! In a way, it’s great, but it’s also such a change from our lazy summer.

      And yes, so scary and upsetting. We are reaching a difficult age where sometimes we can’t always fix what’s wrong and it leaves me so upset 🙁

  2. Laetitia says:

    What a fun back to school promotion. Yeah for mimosas!!

  3. Cari says:

    Congrats on your 50th class. And what a great back to school promotion
    Hope transition continues to go well
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  4. Well boxing and mimosas sounds like the perfect way to celebrate back to school week! It is hard to watch them age so fast. Wait until you drop him off at college! I have that this week
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  5. I love that mimosa promotion! Sounds like your son is off to a good start on the school year.

    And congrats on your 50th class!

  6. Yes, I think we all agree on mimosas 😉 I’m totally out of the back-to-school loop (at least on a local level) now. I do get nostalgic, once in awhile, though for those days with all the school drop-offs (three different buildings for several years) and the excitement of getting back to a routine (the kids AND me).
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s definitely tricky to navigate. Everything went so smoothly in middle school and now it’s just so much harder especially with the earlier start time (our middle school starts absurdly early). It will all be ok, but there are definitely growing pains.

  7. I kind of miss the excitement of back to school. I kind of like the chaos of starting something new (like I wouldn’t like it all the time, but it’s nice once in awhile). But it is stressful to find your new groove. You’ll settle in soon, I’m sure!
    I’m sorry to hear about the seizure. P used to have them as a younger pup, and they are very scary. I hope it was a fluke and he continues to do well.
    Also, you can’t skip out on a free mimosa. That would just be rude!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Sweet P 🙁 We haven’t seen any other unusual symptoms, but he’s on meds so hoping everything continues smoothly. It’s so tough.

      Back to school is fun, but there was definitely a lot of “new” this year. I am not loving settling into our new homework expectations, that’s for sure LOL!

  8. Esther says:

    We are back to school here as well! Seems more common to begin school in August here in the south. I never went to school till after Labor day when I lived in the north.
    Looks like you had a great week of workouts!
    Congrats on hitting your 50th class with 9Round!
    Hope you have a great week!

  9. De Bolton says:

    I an anxious and 6th grade. I have a Sweet girl and terrified of middle school for her but I cant always be there to protect her. I just hope she has a great experience. Mama worry is a beast. Hope he has a fantastic year!

    • runswithpugs says:

      We can’t always be there to protect and we can’t project our worries on to them, either. My guy is doing an AMAZING job with his 6th grade experience so far and I have had to step back and let him take this on. It’s hard and I’m struggling, but he’s got this! Your sweet girl will, too!

  10. Angela says:

    School starts earlier for your kids! Mine start back next week, so we are savoring the last bit of summer here. Sounds like you had a fun start to the week with mimosas and all 🙂

    • runswithpugs says:

      Yup. We are super early, here. It’s not the end of the world, but it does feel weird seeing so many people still out and about on summer vacation.

      Mimoswas make everything better!

  11. Kaila says:

    Crockpot taquitos!? Yes please!! I am coming over for dinner.
    Looks like a great week of active living.

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