week 42 – getting the end-of-year second wind!

I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I’m suddenly feeling fairly revitalized. It’s like with the end of the year, I’m getting a ginormous burst of energy, and I want to ride this wave all the way. Suddenly, I’m ready to just start decorating for Christmas, and cooking all the things, and purging my house, and all of it! Crazy!

Sunday – 3.21 miles, walking

After Saturday’s 7 mile victory, I was excited to have a recovery walk. The weather was gorgeous and everything felt right. It started raining towards the end of the walk, but there wasn’t much that could bring me down.

After morning errands and meal prep, we went, as a family, to help volunteer with meal packing for a local charity on behalf of the Scouts. The organization had released all their safety precautions in advance: they took temperatures, provided gloves, masks, and sanitizer in addition to hair nets, and kept everyone spaced nicely. These organizations can really use all the help they can get, especially now, and we were glad to be able to participate.

Monday – 4.18 miles, walking

Again, I woke up super energized and ready to go! I took on a fabulous walk and was ready for the day!

Then it was time for me to really get to work. The house was getting painted, and I had to move all the things! I had to pull out most of the furniture in our family room, living/dining room, loft and main bedroom (the stairwell would get painted, too), and take down all the wall hangings.

This meant it was an extra great time for purging and cleaning, and I threw myself into it with all my enthusiasm.

In the meantime, A kept Luna from getting underfoot.

Tuesday – 4.25 miles running + 1.48 miles, walking

I wanted to bump our run distance to 4.5, but friends, it was so soggy and humid, and I was so sore from moving things. It just didn’t happen.

When I got home from 4.25 miles, the painter was set up and ready to work. He is a former neighbor who has done awesome work for us in the past and we were so glad to have him back. Mr. PugRunner was twitchy from the chaos and disorganization, but I promised him all would be well.

Wednesday – 4 miles, walking

Day two of painting and another solid walk. Loving my new pink plate from RoadID.

Since the kitchen was a mess, I picked up coffee and also snagged a ghost pepper donut for A from Dunkin. We put his reaction on IG Reels, if you want to check it out.

Thursday – 4.50 miles, running + 1.3 miles, walking

The weather was just slightly better so today, we pushed for 4.5 miles. J and I also used the time to complete our virtual Run For Ruth – We Dissent 5k!

I made our RBG tank tops using my Cricut, and they were just perfect! And I also took my new Adrenalines out for a spin, and they were fabulous.

When Mr PugRunner got home from work, the fun really began! We took a family trip to order a new sectional and then snagged some new end tables and accessories from IKEA. It’s been a long time coming, and Mr PugRunner was a little stressed with the big purchases, so we went out for a yummy lunch of wings to help him get through.

I also made a deal with Mr PugRunner that he could take everything I wanted to replace and try to sell it at the community garage sale on Saturday morning. He is always up for that sort of thing, and agreed.

Friday –  3.57 miles, walking

I woke up with a crackling hormone migraine and really struggled through this walk. Sitting it out never makes me feel better, but ugh. These hurt.

It was the last day of painting, and I was so happy to see everything done, even if I was hurting.

I also wanted to go vote, but by the time Mr PugRunner got home, I couldn’t see straight to drive, so I had to take nap instead. I will go first thing next week. It was an early night for me – I was hoping extra sleep would make the headache go away so I would be good for my scheduled long run with J on Saturday.

Saturday – 8 miles, running + .92 miles, walking

Happy Saturday! I got up early, took care of the pugs, and then headed out. I ran two miles on my own, and picked up J for the remaining 6. She wanted to do a 10K, and I was so proud of her for crushing the distance! It was a big day for both of us!

The boys took on the garage sale and managed to sell some of the old furniture and other items. Yay! I’m just glad to have stuff out of the house. It’s such a freeing feeling.

That evening, we grilled out with some friends. Our buddy treated us to some delicious food from his smoker, and we throughly enjoyed the food and the company.

Goal-getting

It was a huge week! Hitting those eight miles put me on top of the world! I just couldn’t believe it.

On Friday, I will pick up our packets for the Cotttonmouth Quarter & 5K on Saturday morning.

The house is painted, and the new couch comes on Thursday. From there, I can start sharing pictures, when things finally look somewhat put back together. I’m also excited to start bringing in things for the loft – we decided to make it more of a teenager hangout space. The remodel will make a nice holiday gift for A (since he needs exactly nothing and experience gifts really aren’t happening this year).

And that’s the week!

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 big mileage victories this week?

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29 Responses to week 42 – getting the end-of-year second wind!

  1. Marcia says:

    WooHoo! Congrats on 8 miles! Sounds like things are coming together nicely at your house. Home improvement is so chaotic, but feels SO nice when it’s done. I was happy with only a 20 minute wait to vote early here last week. Mission accomplished!

  2. Congrats on your 8 miler! Thats great that your house is coming along so well. There are so many thing I want to do with our house that we will probably not get around to for years. We almost painted 2 years ago before Grayson was born, and then chickened out because we couldn’t decide on colors. So we still have painters white from when the house was built 5 years ago everywhere except his nursery which is the only room we had painted lol.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s so hard. I don’t get too caught up in colors. My theory is if I hate it, I can change it. Usually I do all my own painting but my leg makes it hard and I was grateful to have someone else so the work.

  3. Congrats on 8 miles. You’re on your way.

    Our house needs painting and a major makeover. Just keep procrastinating and always need $$ for something else.

    Glad I got my voting done.

    • runswithpugs says:

      We would always say “We can do XYZ to the house or…. we can go on a trip.” Usually the trip won out. However, I’ve been staring at these same walls for a freaking year and I was over it LOL!

  4. Nice one! This was basically a “double” week for you with the workouts and the home improvements.

  5. Great job on the workouts this week! 8 miles is awesome. Did you change colors in your house? Our house is very tan, and has been for 17 years now. I’m not sure what I would change the color to! A teenage space sounds perfect too. My kids were very excited when we put new desks in their rooms, which really helped with online school these days!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I did! I paint every few years, because I Like fun colors and change. With virtual school starting, I painted our orange office to this greige color, and I loved it so much that I wanted it pulled out. Our family room was a darker gray, the dining room/living room a lighter gray. Stairwell and loft were a golden color and our bedroom was “cup of cocoa”. Now everything is Wheat Bread and Chocolate Froth and it’s just perfect.

  6. Woohoo! 8 miles!!! Nice work!
    I bet it feels so nice to get the house a little facelift!

  7. You go girl!! Proud of you!!

    I am curious about that donut too but have not made my way to DD.

    I love your dissent shirts. I don’t have a Cricut but do have a friend that has one.

    • runswithpugs says:

      He said it was gross, but then he asked for another one, so I don’t know what he’s thinking. 12 year olds are strange lol.

      Thanks! I had fun making them and they will pull double duty for Halloween.

  8. Glad you had a great week! Eight miles is quite a milestone, congrats!!

  9. Michelle D. says:

    You had an awesome week! Congrats on getting to 8 miles!

    All of your redecorating sounds like fun, and so nice to get it done before the holidays šŸ™‚

  10. Coco says:

    8 miles! Wow! Maybe you are making up for lost time with being sidelined earlier this year. I sure do not have that energy ā€” Iā€™m just trying to stay out of a funk. Doing those home refreshes are a lot of work but so nice when they are done. A ghost pepper donut? I wonder if I could get my son to try one ….

  11. I was also very energized this past week. Maybe something in the fall air! It always helps to ply the hubs with his favorite foods when I want something šŸ™‚

    • runswithpugs says:

      That must be it, even though it’s not super fall-y here. He will come around. He just sees so many things in dollars and cents, and not in joy and appreciation. We are very much opposites like that LOL.

  12. WalkTheLand says:

    Congrats on the 8 miles. I managed 10 on Monday and felt really good and could/should have carried on – mainly because my 4/5 runs prior just felt bad – Monday was fab though.
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  13. Jessie says:

    Oh, sorry about that migraine, ouchy šŸ™

    Way to go on 8 miles though! Very nice. That smoked meat looks so good…

  14. Kim G says:

    So glad that yo had a great week and super congrats on your 8 mile run!

  15. Congrats on your 8-mile run! That’s got to feel great after your injury!

    I can’t wait to see pics of your before and afters!

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