the perfect mother’s day for this runner

Well, friends. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and it’s going to be a bit different.

While restaurants and other locations are opening up, I am not feeling quite ready to venture out for brunch and activities. No judgment against those who do, but I just think I would be pretty anxious the whole time. In the same vein, we won’t be seeing my mom this year. We are planning to do a huge celebration when all this is over, and we are holding out for that.

Here are the things that would make this mother runner’s Mother’s Day truly special (actually, the whole Mother’s Day weekend, since my birthday falls on Saturday).


I know you’re shocked, but yes, I want to run this Mother’s Day weekend. My training plan has me down for Couch to 5K Week 3 Day 3 on Saturday morning, so I will stick to that, with a long follow-up walk on Sunday. I don’t want to get up crazy early to complete those activities, unless weather dictates. This should be a wonderful way to kick off the celebrations on both days.

Family Photos

It sounds silly, but I love family photos. I try to schedule them every year, but it becomes challenging with schedules and willingness from the two other humans members of the family. As luck would have it, I had them scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving, but that was the same weekend that I fell and broke my leg. I couldn’t get in regular pants, let alone down the stairs, so we canceled. In the midst of the current situation, so many photographers offered Front Porch Sessions, so we took advantage. This was the perfect Mother’s Day gift and I am so happy with them.

Megan Soto Photography

Mimosas + Brunch

So brunch is not my favorite meal, but I do love the idea of it. And even though we won’t be going near a restaurant this weekend, I hope to enjoy a delicious brunch at home. Mr PugRunner is working on something with the neighbors, to surprise all the moms, and I know it’s going to be pretty epic, especially if mimosas are involved. Confession: I prefer cranberry juice to orange, but either way will work.


When the rush of morning activity is over, it will be time to rest and relax. I want to watch Knives Out on the couch, with some snacks. Maybe I’ll blog. Or maybe I’ll work on my cross stitch project or do some reading. I’m not sure, and that’s ok.

New Shoes (or at least a rain check for them)

And so we circle back to new shoes. The good news is that my “old” pair of running shoes was brand new when I broke my leg, so they still have some decent life in them. However, I do still need a fitting of some kind. Our local running shop is offering virtual fittings, so I’m thinking about emailing them to see what that’s about. I need confirmation that I am still in the correct shoes. Everything seems to have loosened up enough that I’m not experiencing the same difficulties I was when I first started weight-bearing again, but it can’t hurt to double check. These would make an incredible gift.

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22 Responses to the perfect mother’s day for this runner

  1. This sounds like a great way to celebrate Mothers Day! I also hope to get out for a run (or two) but other than that just relax. I love the idea of porch photos! Our local running store is also doing virtual fittings which I dont really understand. How fun that your birthday is also this weekend!
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  2. Wendy says:

    I’m pretty sad that I won’t get to see my mom and my sister (except on Zoom) this year. I’m looking forward to running, but I’d do that anyways on Sunday. I hope your family pampers you!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I hope so, too 🙂

      I’m sorry you’ll be restrained to a Zoom, but just think of the awesome get together you can plan when this is over! This is what I keep thinking of and hoping for. Hope you have a wonderful day, regardless.

  3. I love brunch! Seriously, I could eat breakfast any time of the day. 🙂

    I hope your mother’s day is everything you wish for — you deserve that after the year you’ve had!

  4. happy b-day and happy mother’s day.

    I already myself a new pair of running shoes..just because.

    I want a hair cut and a manicure too.

    I want to go up to the lake…the weather looks iffy so I may postpone both my b-day and mother’s day this year. The year of postponements, right?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      And you deserve them!

      People are privately cutting hair here. It’s kind of wild. They are working furiously on a plan for salons. I feel like the hair stylists and nail techs have been some of the hardest hit.

      Happy birthday!

  5. We won’t get to do our normal big family MD brunch this year so that is disappointing. We are going to some sort of drop by at my parents though. A run is always great on Mother’s Day and that’s not canceled!

  6. Laurie says:

    That photo of your family is so good! I loved seeing the 3 of you smiling together. Have fun at your Mothers’ Day brunch. restaurants around here aren’t open except for takeout, so that isn’t even an option. I’m hoping for a hike with my son and grandsons on Sunday.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you! It’s crazy that so many regions have such different rules. I want to go out to one of our parks, but the list of what’s open is super short 🙁 Maybe soon, they will open more green spaces.

      Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. Debbie says:

    Mother’s Day is going to be very different especially since I won’t be able to see my adult children and grandchildren. Restaurants aren’t open here yes so even I wanted to go brunch is out.

  8. Rachel says:

    I’ve loved seeing your photos on IG. You guys are adorbs. I actually had no idea it was Mother’s Day this weekend. Ha! I knew it was coming up soon but…

  9. YEs! Yes yes! This sounds like a fab mother’s day. And yes to mimiosas!!! I also want to check out Knives Out.
    Enjoy your special day mama!

  10. How exciting you GET to do a run on your birthday 😉 The hubs wants to have all the kids home for dinner. Not sure how we’re gonna swing that with social distancing and all…unless we eat on tv trays in opposite corners of the room LOL My parents live just a few blocks from us, so (weather permitting) I might walk over in the afternoon and hang out with them in their driveway for awhile. Or maybe we’ll have them join us for dinner if we can rustle up another seating option. Enjoy the weekend!

    • runswithpugs says:

      That definitely presents a little bit of a challenge. If the weather is decent, you can eat outside? That’s what we have been doing with my mom, and it’s working out ook.

      Hope you have a lovely weekend too!

  11. Love your photoshoot! I want to do more things like that with my little family…it’s going to be my first Mother’s Day and I’m so excited! My husband is going to BBQ and I was actually thinking of making brunch that Saturday. I also had a virtual 5K on tap so I’m looking forward to it!

    The mimosa surprise sounds awesome!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I bet you could totally find a local photographer who would do a Front Porch or Front Door session! What a perfect way to commemorate your first year as a mom! <3

      It sounds like you are going to have a fantastic day!

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