week 20 (2020): wrapping up 6th grade + puppy love

It’s maybe the ninth week of pandemic times, and I have lost all track of everything. Our days are so turned around upside down and I feel like we are in some bizarro limbo world. I have lost all sense of time, dates, and urgency. It’s probably a good thing for me, because I can be a little rigid, but it would be nice to have some normalcy again.

Tomorrow, Florida enters the end of its Phase I opening. That will give us gyms, salons, and greater capacity at restaurants. Also, professional sports are invited to start training again. I’m hopeful that things go well, but no one knows what to expect.

Sunday – rest

Happy Mother’s Day!

I ended up taking a complete rest day. The weather was awful, and some of the dads had planned a really sweet, socially distant Mother’s Day brunch for the moms in our culdesac. We got sprinkled on a few times, but we also had shots so it was ok.

My big request for the day was a photo with little man and the pugs. Hufflepuff the hedgehog was not interested in joining us.

Monday – 4.11 mile walk + 3 x 10 (shoulder press, bicep curl, chest fly, anterior raise)

Another Monday. Is anyone else feeling like groundhog day? It’s just wash, rinse, repeat. I got out for an extra nice walk to make up for Sunday.

Little man has been jonesing to make “pancake cereal” (thank you, TikTok), so I gave the ok. Our mornings have been a little chaotic with the puppy and trying to stay on top of everything, but he was so happy to give this a try.

He liked it, but said he preferred making (and eating) regular sized pancakes. So now we know.

Tuesday – Couch to 5K W4D1 (3.62 miles total)

I was super nervous about starting Week 4 of Couch to 5K. On Monday, I stepped in a hole in the front yard with my injured foot. I didn’t hurt myself, but I also wasn’t feeling great, either. I decided to just take my time and not worry.

It ended up going fine. Not great, but fine.

I was glad for that, and also very encouraged.

Wednesday – 3.5 mile walk

After a nice play session with the sweet puppy, I went out for my walk.

And then it was time for Luna’s first vet appointment. Our (amazing) vet is still doing curbside so we weren’t with her for her first exam, but they got a photo of her for me. They rock like that. Official diagnosis? Pawfect. Obviously.

We got home just in time to hear some of little man’s live school conferences. It seems that this was the last week of learning and graded assignments. This upcoming week will be completing anything outstanding and retaking any tests to bump up grades, if they so choose. It’s so sad the year is ending on this note.

Our local theater set themselves up as a drive-in establishment, so I suggested the boys have a night out while I stayed home with Luna. They got dinner and then parked for a showing of Sonic the Hedgehog.

They played the movie on the exterior wall of the theater, with an early, family movie and a later “mature” selection. Popcorn, candy and bottled drinks are available for purchase and it seems like a really solid idea for a night out.

Thursday – Couch to 5K W4D2 (4.16 miles total)

We all slept just a wee bit later after staying up til after 11 the night before (think 6AM). I felt really good a after my run.

A friend of mine dropped off this adorable shirt she is selling, and which I am proud to wear.

And we celebrated Bentley’s “Gotcha Day.” We believe he has to be around 14 – he was about a year when he came to us, and then was with us several months before we moved to this house 13 years ago. He is such a good old man and we spoiled him with pizza crusts to celebrate.

Friday – 4.52 mile walk

This was the warmest morning we had in a while, and so I struggled with this walk a bit. It’s hard to get out much earlier right now, especially with a new puppy in the house.

Mr. PugRunner’s acupuncturist started taking appointments in a different location (farther away), but his allergies are out of control and we all needed this. The results of just one session after all this time were fairly miraculous.

Luna got a special delivery from her beagle cousin in South Florida: her first Bark Box (it’s a subscription dog box that comes with size-appropriate, themed toys and treats). Her reaction was pretty hilarious, and she spent quite a while attacking Scooby Doo (who is about as big as she is). She also shared her treats with her brother and sister.

It was Food Truck Friday in our neighborhood, so we walked up to the trucks. Fresh BBQ for dinner and even fresher mini donuts for breakfast the next day. Yes, please.

Saturday – Couch to 5K W4D3 (4 miles total)

For some bizarre reason, the third day of each Couch to 5K week is always my hardest. I always want to end the week on a triumphant note, but it never feels quite like victory.

We had a super lazy day. It’s hard to really do anything because I’m not ready to leave Luna for very long quite yet. In the afternoon, I had a Zoom call with blogger friends, and that was fabulous.

Since it was a gorgeous night, we set up our projector to show a movie on the garage doors, and a couple of the kids tent-camped in the yard. I love that they are being so creative with ideas for things to do and at least having a little fun.

Goal-getting

This week, I need to focus on PT exercises again. I’ve gotten a little lazy with them (they are so boring), and I don’t want to end up reinsured. Boo.

I also need to get my diet in check. With the puppy, I’ve been super lazy about mealtimes, and end up grabbing a bowl of cereal at 3PM, calling it brunch and having done with it. Mr PugRunner didn’t have much of an appetite this week either, so that made it easier to just slack in the kitchen. We meal-planned a bit and have some yummy options for the upcoming week so that should solve the problem.

Coming up this week we have our final school pickup/dropoff. The staff will open all the lockers, clean them out, bag the students’ belongings and we all go pick up that bag. It’s not how locker up should be, but there it is. Little man swears he didn’t leave anything questionable (and I have his PE clothes and lunchbox, so hoping nothing nasty is in there for teachers to find).

We are hoping to also get out on some kind of family excursion this week. Not sure what we can swing, but even if it’s an hour at the beach, it will be good for us.

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?

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41 Responses to week 20 (2020): wrapping up 6th grade + puppy love

  1. Jessie says:

    Wow- what a full week! The Mother’s Day flowers are gorgeous and the brunch sounds so fun!
    I can’t get enough of the puppy pics- and the Scooby Do toy- adorable! Makes me smile πŸ˜‰

    Great week of workouts for you too!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Listen. I will never not post puppy pics. She has her own IG account, and everything. The big pugs just a aren’t really social- Bentley is not a people pug, and Delilah has no time for anyone but her bed and food. I’m kind of excited to take her to dog parks and out and about.

  2. Catrina says:

    That cinema idea with playing the movie on the exterior wall of the theatre is great!
    I also like how you adapted that idea for your neighbourhood. I wish you were my neighbour!
    Hope you’ll manage a family excursion next week.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I am a movie freak. I was actually a Motion Pictures major, and I would rather watch movies than tv any day. For little man’s 4th (?) birthday, we rented an innflatable screen, and had movie night, complete with “cars” made out of cardboard boxes. It was super cute and I’m glad we have our own screen. It will give us something to do this summer.

  3. Coco says:

    Those Mother’s Day flowers are gorgeous! And the puppy! I think the drive-thru movies is a great idea. I’m watching how you are coping with this.

    • runswithpugs says:

      You know I fake it til I make it. It’s been a little suffocating. There are some very big personalities in this house and it can be very hard. It could also be worse. The drive-thru was a brilliant idea and the boys had such a great time.

      The puppy! I know! I can’t get enough of her. I’m absolutely addicted.

  4. Pancake cereal sounds right up my alley!! I can imagine it’s better to eat them as pancakes but I could totally imagine them as a yogurt topper with some nut butter and fruit! I’m sold!!

    Luna is SO CUTE!! I have a grandpug – Zeus – and he is something else. They lived with me for a while and would you believe his best bud was my gigantic labradoodle? lol

    Good luck on the locker clean out. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

    Nice job getting those walks and runs in this week! I’m glad you didn’t hurt yourself stepping in that hole. That sounds like something I would do and I do have 2 dogs who like to dig and go after the voles. Mowing can really be a dangerous chore sometimes. *sigh*

    • runswithpugs says:

      He put syrup and milk on it, so I imagine it would have been better was a yogurt topper, but I’m not the TikTok pro. n

      Oh gosh, grandpugs are fun! I do believe it. Luna thinks she is much bigger than she actually is, and I can see her running the big dogs like a boss.

      I don’t envy the school staff, that’s for sure.

      It’s root sink? We had a tree there, but we lost it during one of the hurricanes. We have super thick grass so you barely even see it, but of course, I went right in. D’oh.

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m so glad you showed us Luna yesterday on the Zoom call! OMG. How are the other pugs handling her?

    Glad you didn’t hurt your ‘bad’ foot when you stepped in the hole. Seriously, that hardware isn’t going anywhere. I would have cried, tho…

    Keep up the good work–it’s been fun to follow your comeback!

    • runswithpugs says:

      The “big pugs” are doing ok. Neither of them see very well, so they are a little freaked out by her puppy enthusiasm, but I think they will get used to her in time. She just REALLY wants to play with them.

      OMG – I flexed my foot so hard. Which was probably good because I needed to know that could happen without me really hurting myself.

      It’s going pretty well. I was walking today and thought to myself “Damn. You have gone from being confined to bed to actually running. What a trip it’s been!”

  6. High 5 for another week of C25K! I’ve definitely gotten worse about meal planning the longer we’ve been at home. Our state is opening up pretty much everything after Memorial Day, so fingers crossed.

  7. All of your walking (and now running intervals) reminds me so much of my recovery/rally-back. It’s exciting progressing every week…and looking back to see just how far you’ve come! I’m glad it’s going well πŸ˜‰

  8. Our drive-in theater opened this week too.

    Your pug is the cutest.

    I really want a donut now!

    You are so dedicated. YOu are going to rock your first 5k.

  9. Awwww, all the pugs!! We thought Sonic was pretty good. What movie did the have for the “mature” selection?

    • runswithpugs says:

      I found Sonic watchable the first time we saw it. I was ok not going for a second time LOL.

      The adult movies are along the lines of “The Joker” and “The Hunt.” Definitely R-rated and not for kiddos.

  10. you all did have a busy week! Hope you get that fun family excursion this week. Nice week of runs for you. Making lots of progress this week again

  11. Kim G says:

    I love that photo with your little man and the pugs – too cute, even if all the pugs weren’t looking at the camera, lol. It sounds like you had a really nice Mother’s Day too!

    My state is starting phase 1 of re-opening on Wednesday and I’m not thrilled about it. My county has the highest number of COVID-19 cases/death in the entire state so I’m not feeling too optimistic about this but hopefully I’m wrong.

    • runswithpugs says:

      They were looking for the cheerios we were using to bribe them. Delilah’s butt was actually falling off the wall. I just wanted them on the ground but K was like “no! Let’s put them on your lap!” and chaos and madness ensued. Such is life with dogs LOL.

      I hope you’re wrong too. Little man is supposed to go back to karate this week, and I’m not sure I’m feeling it. For things that are outside, I’m ok. I don’t know how I feel about a gym full of mats and no climate control and sweat. We will see.

  12. Love the idea of a drive up movie! So I guess Florida did ok with phase 1 to be able to start opening up more? That sounds promising. We are very slowly starting phase 1 here but not really in my county. Maryland has so many different areas, so the ones around Baltimore and DC have much higher numbers and aren’t ready to start opening yet. I agree every day just feels the same now!

    • runswithpugs says:

      So far, so good here. South Florida is still excluded from the party, I believe, but like Maryland, there are so many different areas, so it’s not a one size fits all response.

  13. I wish there were food trucks in my neighborhood! And I’d definitely take an hour at the beach!

    Sounds like a really solid week. I’m not on Tik Tok, so never heard of pancake cereal. I don’t think I’d prefer it to normal pancakes either, but hey, you tried it.

    Great news that Luna is pawfect. I mean, you expect that, but you also just never know, right?

    • runswithpugs says:

      TikTok is just awful in so many ways, but for whatever reason, the food accounts are on point. I am on it because it’s the only social media little man has (and I am logged into his account and check it all. the. time).

      I did have a terrible experience with a puppy who had a genetic liver condition. She passed at the age of four. It was pretty gutting, so it’s a little scary. But a perfect first visit is a step in the right direction.

  14. Loos like you had a wonderful week (minus the walking in a hole with your injured foot. Love the theater idea! And I need to find out more about pancake cereal….I’ve seen two posts about it now!

  15. Laetitia says:

    Happy gotcha day Bentley!! And yes, the new puppy is pawfect!!
    I do like the idea of the drive through movie theater, though I don’t have a car so that’s a bit out of reach for me… I think we’re going to be doing a lot more activities outdoors, though my issue with many of those is what do we do about restrooms??

    • runswithpugs says:

      We can’t not have cars here. No mass or public transit of which to speak, and it’s a bit of a hike to the nearest shopping.

      You know, I don’t know if the public restrooms are open at the park or not. I can’t imagine that things would be open and facilities be closed, but nothing makes sense anymore.

  16. Michelle D. says:

    Luna is so stinking cute!

    I love that drive-in idea – I wish one of the theatres here would consider doing that.

    You’re doing great with C25K – way to go!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Isn’t she just delicious??? She’s crazy, but we love her!

      The drive-in theater is fantastic. I’m also glad we have the projector. It will serve us well through the summer.

  17. Luna though! Ugh. So cute.
    Love the theater idea. There’s a drive in still operational in my state, but it’s pretty far away. I would love for someplace local to do that!
    Food truck Friday got me thinking… I feel like food trucks could have done big business during all this quarantining. You could order online, and they could just drop at your door. I would never say no to a taco truck driving by. Just saying.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Ugh is right!

      Food trucks struggled here because of social distancing and the access to the supply chain. However, it’s reached a point where I could personally call a truck, invite them to my culdesac and let the neighbors know. Additionally, a lot of the trucks did do deliveries. We have had ice cream and other things dropped off right to the house.

  18. Oh my goodness, Luna is sooooo cute. I love pugs. How adorable. Pancake cereal?? I could get on board with that. Great job with your running this week. I hope things go well with the reopening of parts of the country. It is a bit scary! Hard to believe school is wrapping up for some kids already. Not sure what summer will bring for the kids.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Isn’t she precious? I adore her.

      We just got notice that Scouts camp is probably a no-go. Not because of the pandemic, but because the steps they have to take to provide a safer experience pretty much takes away from any value there might have been. I think little man is most disappointed about that πŸ™

  19. I had never heard of cereal pancakes. πŸ™‚ I am surprised about the graded assignments. We are not grading anything and I am glad. I don’t think it is fair since everyone’s situation is different (and not all of my kids have been logging in anyway). My week went by fast and it feels like it is a repeat of the day before. I hope everything works out in Florida with more businesses being available to the public. Not happening here yet.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t think it’s fair either, but they have issued the decree that no student will receive a grade lower than the average of the first three quarters, so there’s that.

  20. I don’t think Philly opens back up in any capacity until June 4…which I guess isn’t that far from now! It’ll be so weird having everything back open, I know I’m not eager to dive in!

    Luna is soo cute!! I’m glad she’s healthy! I wish my vet was as reasonable with our contactless visit…

    Food Truck Friday sounds amazing and the food looks so yummy! We usually do takeout on Fridays but now that it’s getting warmer I would love to do something outdoors besides walking/running!

    Oh and the drive-thru looks fun! I wish we had that around here!

    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s right around the corner! It is weird. I feel ok going some places, but not others. We have watched the last few weeks, and things seem ok? But who knows.

      We love our vet and his whole team. They are just so passionate and awesome.

      Food Truck Friday is amazing. We are so lucky to have all the trucks here, and ready to serve.

  21. Your Mother’s Day flowers are beautiful and your cul-de-sac brunch sounds fun!

    It’s great that you’re starting phase 2. Most of Virginia moved into phase 1 last week, but not where we live. The area around DC and I believe the Richmond area remain under the stay-at-home mandate. The governor is going to reevaluate our situation at the end of the month.

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