week 44: time for the holiday season?

Now that Halloween is in our rearview mirror, the rest of the holiday season is upon us. I do usually love these last few months of the year, but there is so much uncertainty that it’s just one more thing we have to get through. For A’s sake, I’m really trying to get myself together to give him a great holiday season.

Sunday – 3.25 miles, walking

Halloween and falling back meant no one was getting up with an alarm. We all slept in and then I wandered out for a bit of walk.

I am not ashamed to admit we were LAZY for the rest of the day. Super, super, super lazy. We ate leftovers and candy and watched tv and that was that.

Monday – 4.08 miles, walking + 100 pushups

I felt a bit more “with it” on Monday. I popped up and headed out for a good walk, and then started my Abvember Challenge: 10 pushups an hour for 10 hours.

I still hate the early sunsets, but each day it gets a little easier. We go through this every year, and I don’t know why it always comes as a shock.

Tuesday – 4.51 miles running + 1.92 miles, walking + 100 sit ups

Tuesday was Election Day. I had already voted, so J and I headed out for our run to work out some of the stress. It was actually pretty chilly out, too, which made the run so much more pleasant.

It was a fabulous morning, and for Abvember, I worked on situps.

Mr PugRunner and I had dinner out while A did some leadership training for Scouts, and then we settled in with wine to watch the results. We lasted until 11PM, before giving up and calling it a night.

Wednesday – 3.85 miles, walking + 10:00 of planks

Happy anniversary to Mr PugRunner and me! On Wednesday, we celebrated 14 years of marriage. Hurray!

He went to the gym, and I headed out for a walk.

For lunch, we went to Congaree & Penn, a local farm that offers delicious food, homemade cider, and tours. After our lunch, we wandered around to see the animals and enjoy the property.

In the evening, we went out for a family dinner. It was nice to share the time together.

And yes, in between all that, I still managed ten 1:00 planks through the day! Go me!

Thursday – 4.60 miles, running + 2.00 miles, walking + 100 pushups

Even though we were out late, I still managed to get up for another run. It was sticky and humid, but we slogged it out.

In the meantime, A went to the skate park with his friend. He loves those mornings, and he’s getting more comfortable with some of his tricks.

And back to pushups. My abs were feeling it, for sure.

I had a monthly call with A’s homeroom teacher – we review his progress and discuss how he’s doing. It was a short call. He’s doing really well, and we are all looking forward to the end of the virtual semester.

Friday –  3.15 miles, walking + 100 sit ups

TGIF! First up? A walk! I had to dodge the raindrops, so that wasn’t fun.

From there, I snagged a holiday beverage from Starbucks and went to get my hair done. My stylist is taking me lighter over a few appointments to keep everything healthy, but I do really love how it’s going. I want to end up with some ashy highlights, but it’s taking some time to get there.

The Hurricanes played that night, but I was just worn out and found myself in bed by 8:30. I just couldn’t handle anymore stress and uncertainty. On the plus side, they won!

Saturday – 13.1 miles, running + walking

And then, it was Saturday. I had registered for the Team Nuun Ambassador Half Marathon a few months ago, and was really working hard towards it. However, my confidence was shaken and I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be able to complete the miles.

In the morning, I went out. My plan was to run my intervals for eight miles, and see how I felt. My nerve pain was acting up and the ground was slippery from all the rain, so I took it nice and carefully. J came out to join me for about 6.5 miles of that distance, and then we switched to walking.

I was almost home when we ran into Mr PugRunner. He was out doing the Alzheimer’s Virtual 5K walk and I asked if I could join him. That would put me super close to 13.1 miles, and there would be no excuses not to finish.

It wasn’t pretty, but I did it!

I don’t think I moved much the rest of the day. I was very happy to snack and snooze. We’ll call it recovery.


So, holy moly! I did a half marathon! It wasn’t quite how I wanted it to be, but considering I didn’t think I would be able to do it at a all, I’ll take it.

Abvember is also progressing smoothly. My abs are angry about it, but I think that’s kind of the point.

There is a hurricane moving towards Florida tomorrow morning. While we aren’t expected to get the bulk of it here, we may see the backend – it has a bit of a bizarre path, which makes perfect sense because 2020. I hope everyone stays safe.

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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31 Responses to week 44: time for the holiday season?

  1. Congrats again on your half-marathon! That ab challenge sounds really tough. 10 push-ups an hour for 10 hours? Wow! Stay safe in whatever you get of the hurricane!

  2. Coco says:

    I did not get a Starbucks holiday cup on Friday — I really don’t like drinking out of cups like that — but it reminded me that this time last year I was on a grueling buisness trip working side-by-side with colleagues in hotel meeting rooms.

    It looks like you had a good week, all things considering. 😉

  3. Well done on the 13.1!!! You’ve come a long way, baby 😉 I’m working from home for a few days…I think I’ll try some of those Abvember moves. Why not?

  4. Kim G says:

    Congratulations on your half marathon on Saturday! You’ve been working so hard and it’s such a joy to see you finish a half marathon after your injury.

    I was sad that I missed the holiday cup at Starbucks on Friday but then I remembered that they discontinued my favorite holiday drink (gingerbread latte) so I need to find a new holiday drink lol.

  5. I need Starbucks in my life…it reminds me that I don’t travel anymore. None near my house….so no Red cup 🙁

    Wow those planks…can’t remember the last time I did one…but it bothers my foot and ankle so that’s my excuse.

    A HALF MARATHON!!!! You go, girl. So proud and happy for you. It’s the miles not the time.

  6. Congrats on 13.1!!! So amazing, no matter how you got it done!
    Hope the hurricane isn’t too hard on you guys, stay safe!

  7. Wendy says:

    Congrats on that half marathon! What perfect timing-almost a year out from your fracture. You’ve made a spectacular comeback.

    Love the new do!

  8. Happy anniversary you 2! Lazy days are good sometimes. Congrats on your half what a great comeback for you

  9. It’s so weird that we have a hurricane this late in the season but like you said…2020 and all so not surprised.

    Like you guys, I stayed up as late as I could Tuesday. The workouts last week really helped me deal with all the stress. Plus the cookie dough eating. Who ever said eating cookie dough would make you sick? Lies, I tell you, lies!

  10. I tell you what, there is nothing like the feeling of finishing a half! Congrats!!!

  11. Congrats on your half marathon! That’s very exciting and impressive considering where you were with your injury recovery earlier this year.

  12. Michelle D. says:

    A big congrats on completing your half marathon! You have rocked your comeback!

    That ab challenge sounds pretty intense!

  13. Marcia says:

    Way to go on the virtual half. That is no small task! I may be wrong but it seems like there are more hurricanes than usual this year. You’re slaying that Abvember challenge so far!

    • runswithpugs says:

      There are a TON of hurricanes this year. We’ve worked our way through the alphabet, and now we are on Greek letters. Plus, we should be seeing any after November 1, and there are three!!!

      Abvember is a beast. I regret everything.

  14. Congrats on your half marathon and Happy Anniversary!!!

    I love your haircut. You look gorgeous!

    You have monthly calls with your son’s homeroom teacher? Wow! Glad to hear he is doing well.

    Nothing wrong with lazy days. Those are my favorite.

  15. Nice job getting the half done! And nice to throw in an Alzheimer’s walk, too.

    Happy anniversary!

  16. I did end up getting a holiday cup too! (shocker, right? ha) Great job on your half. I’m impressed about Abvember. Is that from the November project? That sounds like a good goal for me after my half marathon this weekend, when I’m trying to keep my mind off of NOT running 🙂

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