Happy Monday, Happy New Year and Happy Back To The Grind! It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!
If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!
I checked out over the last few weeks. Between vacation and traveling, I admit, I just needed to decompress. It was the right call, and I am recommitted to my running and to the blog. Yay! Of course, that means you get to read two weekly wraps! But they are pretty fun and full of stuff, so that’s all good 🙂
Sunday, 12/24 – Christmas Eve, 6.29 miles, running
One of my friends organized a group run for Christmas Eve morning, and I convinced my regular running crew to join the fun. Out of nowhere, it was sticky and humid and hot and we called it at 6.29 miles.
When I got home, Mr PugRunner texted me to ask me not to eat. Ugh. I was ravenous, but it was all worth it when he and little man showed up with this box from Good Dough. All was forgiven.
Since it was Christmas Eve, we turned the focus to prepping for the holiday. I finished rolling and baking the the cinnamon rolls,
cleaned the house, finished wrapping the gifts, and by the time my parents arrived, we were ready to order our delicious Chinese food buffet.
We stayed up way later than planned, because little man struggled getting to sleep, but that’s how things go, sometimes. I made sure everything was all ready to go for the morning and finally turned in.
Monday, 12/25 – Christmas, rest
Little man really couldn’t wait until the 6:00 AM downstairs time we had set for him. Of course, it’s understandable. Christmas morning is a huge deal.
And this day was epic. Santa brought little man the Nintendo Switch he had been asking for.
Mr PugRunner got his tickets to the Orange Bowl.
And I got some great running stuff, including entries to two races! Wheee!
We had a small dinner snafu, but ultimately everything worked out and we shared a lovely day together.
Tuesday, 12/26 – 6 miles, running
Just because it was the day after Christmas didn’t mean we had time to rest! Nope. We were out there for six nice miles. Things were a little cooler, so that was nice, too.
In the evening, we went to my parents to celebrate Mr PugRunner’s birthday with them before our trip. He’s a New Year’s Day baby, and we weren’t going to get to see them as a family later in the week. They took little man to stay at their house for a few days, and we went home to some extra craziness.
Wednesday – 12/27 – rest
After work, I had planned to go shopping and to dinner with Mr PugRunner. Unfortunately, his sinuses were acting up, so I said I would go alone. I needed a final sweep of leggings and winter accessories, and had to hit a bunch of stores to get it all done. He did rally enough to meet me for dinner when I was finished. When we got home, I started making all our packing piles, and crossed my fingers that our balaclavas and ski gloves would come on time through Amazon.
Thursday, 12/28 – 7 miles, running
Another seven miles! Whoo hoo!
Little man came back to us at lunchtime, and he was back to playing with his buddies in the afternoon. We had a nice family dinner before Mr PugRunner’s first trip of the break.
Friday, 12/29 – deck of cards
C had asked us if we would be up to play “Deck of Cards”, a workout activity where each suit of cards would be assigned a fitness move (hearts = squats, diamonds = crunches, etc), and then we would go through a deck of cards, doing as many of each exercise as was indicated on the cards. In case you were wondering, that’s 105 of each move. We all agreed, but on this Friday, only I was available.
It was rough, because I don’t cross train quite like I used to. Later that day, I confess to getting stuck in my sports bra because my arms were so sore. Fabulous.
Mr PugRunner left to make the drive south for the Orange Bowl and little man and I were on our own. We chilled out, watched movies, cleaned up from Christmas and went shopping for birthday gifts. It was some good one on one time.
Saturday, 12/30 – rest
I skipped my usual Saturday run because I had no one with whom to go and because I was still really hurting. Besides, I had the whole day to spend with my little guy and we had a blast.
Sunday, 12/31 – 2.17 miles, running
New Year’s Eve had arrived. It was actually kind of a stressful day, due to a car rental issues (we were renting a 4wd vehicle for our trip), which led to some incredibly awful customer service and us spending the afternoon driving around to snag a vehicle. We made it back home in time to have some pizza and drinks and sparklers with our neighbors. None of us made it to midnight.
Monday – rest
By 9:00, we were on the road, heading up to Charlotte. Even though Banner Elk was a doable single day drive, we didn’t want to be riding in the mountains in the dark, trying to find our cabin, so we planned for an overnight stop.
We met up with our friends and their kids at the hotel, and had a great dinner together with the football game. Little man had even selected a cake along to celebrate Mr PugRunner’s special day.
It was a little untraditional, but lots of fun all the same.
Tuesday – rest
After breakfast, we finished our journey, with a few stops. We let the kids dig for treasure at a gem mining place, where they each walked away with quite the haul of gems and stones. We paid a little extra to have one of little man’s amethysts cut into a cabochon, and the end result was pretty impressive.
When we checked into our cabin, we were more than ready to be done in the car. It was amazing, with gorgeous mountain views. We couldn’t have been more thrilled with our choice.
Wednesday – snow skiing, 3 hours
It was the day of truth: skiing day! We had to be very flexible with our plans because of the impending winter storm, so this was really the only reasonable day to get to Beech Mountain. We all signed up for lessons, and they went really well.
Little man loved it and I really hope we can take him back in the next year. He and I were really getting the hang of it before the slopes started to get really crowded.
Our friends came over in the evening for some steak on the grill, which was fun. We made it a point not to eat out a ton over the course of this trip, and did an excellent job with that plan.
Thursday – rest
With the snow falling, the temperatures dropping and the wind gusting at up to 40 mph, we really had no choice but to call it a cabin day. I literally took two naps! We did take a lovely walk in the afternoon and then we went to our friend’s cabin for dinner.
Friday – snow tubing, 2 hours
We couldn’t leave Banner Elk without snow tubing. The problem was, the weather just wasn’t on our side. Two of the three tubing venues were closed due to wind, but Sugar Mountain decided to open at noon and after a delicious lunch with our friends, we headed over.
It was bitterly cold, but we had an absolute blast on the tubing runs. My fingers and toes were so numb I couldn’t even stay out the whole two hours, but the boys lasted the entire duration.
After hot chocolate, it was back to the cabin to finish packing and tidying. We ended up going out to an awesome Italian dinner and then it was off to bed for an early wakeup call and departure.
Saturday – rest
And by rest, I mean I sat my rear end in the seat of a car for the eight-ish hour drive home. It wasn’t a bad drive, but my body definitely craved movement. As soon as we got settled back at home, I texted my friends to see if anyone would be up for a morning run on Sunday. They were definitely put off by the cold but all three were up for the challenge!
And there we have the last two weeks of training. I was really unhappy with taking a week off running, but it actually didn’t leave me as far behind as I originally thought it might. Bonus was that I got some pretty dedicated time with my family and friends.
The month ahead is already pretty crazy: I have a ton of races, including two this weekend! It wasn’t planned, but the opportunity arose and sometimes FOMO gets the best of me.
Additionally, I have found some accountability buddies and cross training is off to a great start for the year. It’s something I badly neglected in 2017, and I’m hoping to keep the trend going this year. Timing is everything, and being able to get up and get it done early in the morning has truly been everything. We are aiming for two cross-training sessions a week, which makes sense with three days running.
How was your Christmas and New Year? What do you have coming up on the calendar?