week 19 (2020): sliding into may and mother’s day

Happy May and Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate!

It’s another Sunday in semi-quarantine. In Florida, we are seeing things look very close to normal. Tomorrow, nail and hair salons and barbershops will open, which will be interesting. Again, I’m not making any moves. Our family will continue doing our thing as best we can. It’s both hard and exciting to see things returning to “normal”, at least in “Before” terms.

Sunday – 3.4 mile walk

No matter what, I wanted to get in my walk, and headed out to do so. I was super proud to be able to do some yoga stretches when I returned. Yay!

With everything going on, I wanted to go to the beach before restrictions ended. I thought we could take a nice walk in the sun and salt air, and maybe get some ice cream from one of the local shops. It wasn’t crowded and we ended up having a much needed family day.

Monday – 3.5 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)

Oh, Monday! May the Fourth Be With You! I have to say that quarantine has not made Mondays any more exciting or palatable. But, I did my walk and some arm strength, and that was a good way to start.

Monday also started Teacher Appreciation Week, so I helped a little with spreading messages of thanks and gratitude to the teachers and staff at little man’s school. They have done such an amazing job, and we are so grateful for all teachers who have worked so hard during these days of crisis learning.

Last, but not least, we had Front Porch Project photos with my friend Megan. I know I showed off a few the other day, but I am just so in love.

Megan even asked us to bring out the pugs, which was really cool.

The guys HATE getting dressed up and doing pictures (yes, this is dressed up for them), but because they didn’t have to leave the house, travel anywhere, or be up and ready to go at sunrise, they cooperated for the 20 minutes.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K W3D1 (3.64 miles total)

Happy Cinco De Mayo! We are getting our share of celebrations this week!

I started with Week 3 of Couch to 5K. This time I warmed up for five minutes, cooled down for five minutes, and did two 1:30 run/1:30 walk/3:00 run/3:00 walk intervals in between. It was hard. Since I use the Galloway interval method, running 3:00 at once is way out of comfort zone, even without my injury. However, I have said that I am going to see if I can at least run a 5K straight out, with this “comeback” so I opted to trust the process.

For dinner, we got a huge platter from Tijuana Flats.

And my sweet friend dropped off some blood orange margaritas! Yum and thank you!

Wednesday – 4 mile walk

First up, a long, four mile walk. It felt fabulous.

Then the real work started. Mr PugRunner had a two hour drive to pick up our new surprise! While he was gone, I had to scrub the house, and the hog,

oversee school, and go out to pick up a few supplies.

And then, Mr PugRunner was home. With the sweetest, snuggliest bundle of puppy joy ever.

We definitely do a lot of rescue, but my heart has been hurting so badly for a puppy, and when the opportunity arose? We had to take it.

Obviously, the rest of our day was flat out consumed with getting this little girl accustomed to her new home. The big pugs are very wary, if not scared of her. They both have poor eyesight, and Luna is fairly hyper and bouncy (as puppies are), and all she wants to do is play with them. It will all work out, but it will take some time.

In the meantime, this is kind of the best.

Thursday – Couch to 5K W3D2 (3.23 miles total)

The morning was pretty chilly (for us), but I got in my second session of Week 3.

And then it was home for a long day of puppy love. This is literally all we want to do.

In the evening, I got to listen in to a BSA launch meeting, regarding upcoming programming. While there are many ideas for what’s to come, it seems we are still in a very “wait and see” mode.

Friday – 3.61 mile walk

Peace out, sleep. Luna was awake at 5:30, and ready to rumble! She had a great first night and a not so super second night, but we found the secret is tiring her out before bed so she falls right to sleep, just like a baby.

Today’s walk was extra special. I joined so many members of the running community, honoring the life of Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down in February while out for a run. The men who shot him walked free until this week, when the video was leaked. I wish I had the right words to do justice to the situation, but all I can say is that love is always greater than hate. Racism is the ugliest of things, and it has to stop.

Saturday – Couch to 5K W3D3 (3.72 miles total)

Happy birthday to me! I kicked it off with morning playtime with sweet Luna, and then off for my final day of Couch to 5K for the week. This was not my favorite run. My leg and ankle have been super tired from puppy-chasing, but I got it done.

My parents brought coffee and donuts (and cupcakes) so we could have a little birthday breakfast in the driveway. Of course, Nana and Papa Bear were thrilled with their newest grandpug. It was so nice to see them and spend some extra time with them.

The St. Augustine Moms hosted a virtual tea party with some really incredible activities and giveaways. I grabbed my coffee to go so oI could join in on the Facebook live!

The rest of the day was pretty quiet. I read and napped and loved on Luna. In the afternoon, before he picked up dinner, Mr PugRunner asked me to come outside for a surprise visit… from Taco!

I spent forever just loving on him. He spent forever grazing. It was perfect. And then we ate Italian takeout, I watched Knives Out (amazing), and had frozen custard cake.


Obviously, with the arrival of little Luna, all goals were out the window. We are figuring out our new routines, especially since Mr PugRunner has been down with a bit of a sinus issue (he hasn’t been able to go to acupuncture with the pandemic going on, and it’s definitely showing).

On the plus side, Luna is almost totally potty trained. She sleeps fairly well through the night and other than the normal puppy quirks (piranha teeth, anyone?) , she’s fantastic. I’m so glad she’s ours.

My leg and ankle are taking a beating with the constant playtime and going out for potty, so I’ve had to ice a few days. It hasn’t stopped me from running or walking though, which is nice, but I am being more conscious of listening to my body.

This week, I need to get back on the cross training bandwagon. I fell off pretty hard and I can feel the difference. Additionally, I did re-up for the Uncanceled Project Part 2. This is such great virtual series, and I have been in it every week since it began.

I am linking up with the Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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How was your week in training?

Any special celebrations this week? What are your plans for May?

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48 Responses to week 19 (2020): sliding into may and mother’s day

  1. Catrina says:

    Oh my goodness! Luna is adorable! The sweetest puppy ever!
    Well done on your couch to 5k progress! By the end of the Uncanceled Project you will be running the 5k through!

  2. Love the family photos! It is exciting and scary that things are opening up. You are making so much progress way to crush the comeback. happy birthday and happy mother’s day

  3. While its nice to see that some states are able to reopen, I just really hope that it doesn’t end up making things worse! We should know more about our reopening plans this week but like you I dont think we will do any more even if we do reopen.
    Your pictures are beautiful and Luna is so cute!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I hope so, too. I don’t know what the answer is. I think we do need some exposure, but I also don’t want more people to get sick. Sadly, no one knows what to do, so everyone is going to try something different to try to figure it out. All we can do is hope and stay as safe as we can.
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  4. those are amazing photos and I am so jealous of your walk on the beach.

    Our pause has been extended thru June 6. I doubt anything will be happening here until fall if at all in 2020.

    That cake!!!
    I didn’t celebrate my birthday this year for obvious reasons. It’s hard to be joyous while social distancing and listening to the news of people dying and businesses going under.
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  5. Chris Tiley says:

    Lockdown is looking very different here in the UK. We had it announced yesterday that we are allowed outside to exercise as much as we like now, as long as we keep 2 metres from anyone. Until now we were only allowed out for exercise once per day.

    Being in Florida for lockdown definitely sounds more appealing than being in the UK.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s really interesting how different things are in different parts of the world. I’m not entirely convinced we are doing t he right thing, here, but it’s not up to me. Even though things are open, I’m not really comfortable taking advantage. Fortunately, we are privileged enough that my husband owns his own business and can work from home, and I am available to deal with crisis learning for my son. Not everyone is as fortunate.
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  6. Chaitali says:

    Luna is so adorable! That’s good news that she’s already potty trained and mostly sleeping through the night 🙂

  7. Judy @ cho says:

    Those photos! Especially the ones of Little Man & Luna. We used to call Chester pirahna when he was a puppy — he was so chill later in life.

    I’m envious of her being potty trained. All of ours have been a struggle, even Bandit initially at 8 years old (it was really just stress in his case).

    Sounds like it was a wonderful birthday despite the circumstances.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s been so long since I had a puppy. Luna is my sixth pug. I’ve raised one male and three females from puppies, and rescued two, who were both potty trained. The females have all been super smart, and figured it out crazy fast. The male was not brilliant, but he loved me more than life itself and did anything to make me happy. This little girl is an evil genius, and we have only had maybe two accidents: one was an excitement piddle and one was because she was new and we just didn’t recognize her cues.

      We are animal people, and my personal belief is every kid should have a puppy. Little man was born into older dogs who loved him, but didn’t really want to play with him. Seeing him try to teach her fetch is just amazing. It’s been great for him. He doesn’t like her sharp needle teeth, but other than that, he’s been so good about walking her and helping care for her. I’m so proud.

  8. I’m just so excited you got a puppy!!!!! Happy Birthday too!
    Love seeing pics of little Taco too!

  9. Lisa @ Te says:

    OMG, what an adorable puppy!! Ok, who is Taco? Also adorable, along with adorable hedgehog! So much exciting things going on this week – and Happy Birthday!! That is also my guy’s idea of dressing up too 🙂 Great pictures.

    • runswithpugs says:

      She is the cutest, isn’t she??? And Taco is my friend’s therapy mini. And Huff the Hedgehog, is… well, she’s just Huff.

      My husband legit asked if he could wear shorts to our wedding. I had to draw a line.

  10. Wendy says:

    Oh the puppy teeth! Yikes. As I always say, it’s a good thing they are so cute. Luna is SO CUTE! Enjoy her.

    Happy birthday and Happy Mother’s Day Jenn!

  11. Jessie says:

    Oh my gosh, what a fun week of great food (that cake! The taco platter!) and lots of great workouts. Love the family photo. Jealous of all your beautiful sundresses 🙂 It’s getting warmer in Minneapolis, but not quite there for sundresses- hopefully soon!

    • runswithpugs says:

      We do love our food LOL! The cake was so good, and you can never go wrong with tacos, am I right?

      I live in dresses in the summer. It’s just so much easier.

      • Jessie says:

        Also…LUNA! Cutest puppy ever! Please share more pics and more about how the senior pups are handling this new addition 🙂

        • runswithpugs says:

          Oh, girl. You do NOT want to encourage me LOL! The seniors are… perplexed. I do think Delilah will be ok, but she just needs to get used to sharing the attention.

  12. Kim G says:

    Wow what a fun week of activity for you!!

    OMG Luna! Look at that face – what a cutie!

  13. I love seeing your progress each week! Your family is beautiful. Congrats on the new puppy. Yes plans kind of go out the window when there’s a little one around and that’s OK.

  14. Coco says:

    Oh, puppy love! That sure would make me smile — and exhausted. You had a lot of highlights this week. Your Cinqo de Mayo dinner looks great. As does the empty beach. Ahhhhh.

  15. SJ says:

    Luna is absolutely adorable!! Your doing great on your progress to keep up the good work!

  16. Marcia says:

    What a fun birthday week with Luna AND Taco! That’s my kind of celebration! Luna is SO adorable!

  17. That was a busy week! Welcome to Luna, such a sweetie 😉 Our youngest daughter is really in to photography. I told her about the front porch pics and she rolled her eyes at me because I was “so late to the party.” She’s done some senior pics and random pet pics, so we’ll she is this is another avenue for her.

    • runswithpugs says:

      The Front Porch Project photos are truly genius. It’s a great thing for photographers to help keep their businesses afloat, and great for the families, who want to commemorate these bizarre times, or need to have photos done.

      Next up? I need to get pro pics of all three pugs and the hog LOL!

  18. I don’t even know what to comment on…. the photos are great! That cake!! Mostly though PUPPY!!!!! I’ve seen so many puppies in my neighborhood lately, cuteness overload. Hope her two siblings start warming up to her and can’t wait to see more puppy updates!!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s the perfect time to get a puppy – everyone is home so it’s so much easier to acclimate everything. I think everyone will be ok. It’s just a new dynamic they need to figure out.

  19. Heather Hart says:

    Congrats on the new puppy! Also, I absolutely adore your sons flamingo shirt in the front porch photos!!!

  20. Look at that sweet pug!!!! There is nothing sweeter than a pug pup.

  21. Oh Luna is so cute! So funny – I guess it is a lot like dealing with a newborn, now that I can relate to!

    It looks like you had such a fun week with lots of celebration. That cake looks amazing! Glad C25K is going so well.

  22. Luna is the cutest! And Taco is pretty cute, too.

    That frozen custard cake looks amazing. Now I want something sweet. 🙂

  23. I also signed up for the Uncanceled Project 2. I am determined to do my virtual races/runs this time. 🙂 OMG, Luna is just ADORABLE!!! So cute! Happy Belated Birthday! I am sure it wasn’t how you really would have liked to spend it, but it looks like you still had a great time.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a nice day and weekend, although not quite what I would have wanted, you’re right. But, how can you go wrong with a puppy???

      She’s a hot mess, but I adore her.

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