six days of rest

Resting is an integral part of running and working out.

We all know it to be true. Whether or not we honor the rest period is another story.

I’ll admit it: I am afraid of taking an extended break from running. While I am active and in good shape, the idea of losing fitness while on hiatus can be terrifying. Even though I have been in the running game for over five years, I still don’t consider myself  “good” (whatever that means), and my confidence hinges on my ability to get out there, week after week, putting up the miles.

In fairness, I take rest DAYS. But nothing more than that.

In the first week of the new year, there were decisions to be made. We were going on vacation to a new climate. Bitter cold winter. I wouldn’t have access to a treadmill, and while I had plenty of layers and gloves available, I didn’t know how I would fare in snow, ice, wind and altitude. The thought of abandoning my running shoes for a full six days was pretty unappealing, But at the end of the day, I had to consider my own safety and well being.

I also had to consider my family. They are so very generous with the time I take for my running and fitness, and they know I will usually sneak out to get in a run or two. This time, with no treadmill available, I would have to cut into our day in order to get in some miles in the warmest, brightest part of the afternoon. I could see how that wouldn’t fly.

The shoes stayed home.

This didn’t mean I sat on my rump for six days. Oh, no, sir. I just didn’t do any traditional (for me) exercises.

After spending a total of eight hours in the car, I was really ready to move. Granted, the amount of shivering I was doing probably counted as its own workout, but I craved fresh air and movement.

On the Wednesday of that day, I learned how to ski for the second time. We spent about four hours on the slopes. I’m not going to pretend I was great at it, or even that I did anything heroic on the hill, but the effort of tramping around in the boots alone left me in a sweat. In fact, I ditched my jacket within minutes of getting all my gear on because I was so hot.

The next day, weather kept us housebound. I took two naps. We went for a nice family walk in the snow, and then a second walk when visiting a friend’s cabin. Nothing major. The exercise seemed to come from bundling up and trying to stay upright on the snow and ice.

And then we tubed. It didn’t feel like we were exerting a ton of effort, especially since there was a magic carpet to get us from the bottom of the runs back up to the top of the hill, but marching around in our boots, dragging a tube around sure did tucker me out.

At the end of the week, and after another full day in the car, I was desperate to slip into my running shoes. I didn’t care that the temperatures were still freezing in Florida, or that I would have to set my alarm after a super early morning the day before. I was so nervous to see what impact the time away had on my run.

The verdict? Not a thing. I fell right back into it as if nothing had happened. Although I elected for a shorter run of just over four miles as my comeback workout, it wasn’t even a notably slow or difficult effort. In fact, I felt energized and if I didn’t have obligations for the rest of the day, I might have kept going. Additionally, I wasn’t sore at the time or in the days to come.

It was comforting to see that a week of average (maybe even below average) activity wasn’t a huge derailment to my overall fitness.  I will also note that I kept my eating reasonable. We cooked most meals in our cabin, and  enjoyed our out meals. I may have had a few more glasses of wine than I normally would, but hey. We were on vacation.

Now, it’s time for me to ramp back into training for the rest of my race season. My longer distances will take me through April, and I feel like I’m in a great place, physically and mentally, to take on the challenges ahead.

How often do you take dedicated rest breaks?

Do you always continue workouts through vacation or do you take time off from your regular regime?

weekly wrap: 1.7.17 – 1.13.17

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!

What a whirlwind! I threw myself back into regular life with a vengeance and had such a fabulous week to show for it!

Sunday – 4.2 miles, running

I didn’t care that it was freezing out. I needed to run. I was pleasantly thrilled that my ladies wanted to join me. It felt amazing.

My parents came over to watch some football that afternoon. It was nice to see them after so long away.

Monday – Deck of Cards workout

We met in the gym and hit up another deck of cards workout. At the end of our session, we had completed 105 of each of these activities and I spent a few minutes on the elliptical.

I had a full day of work, and didn’t get home until dinnertime. After all our travels, it was not the most fun thing, but such is life.

Tuesday – 7 miles, running

I was still pretty sore, but seven miles felt amazing.

We also had a rather chill evening. I made a yummy baked potato soup for dinner, because it was so cold and yucky out. It’s one of my favorites.

Wednesday – 10-2 workout

We started with seven minutes on the bike to warm up, and then did a session that started with 10 crunches and 10 dumbbell snatches, with two burpees, and then decreased to nine and nine with two burpees, all the way down to one. At the end, I spent 15 minutes walking on the treadmill. I am getting into this gym stuff.

Mr PugRunner took little man to karate so I could work on some things around the house. We still had some Christmas decorations up that needed to be handled. Oops.

Thursday – 6.5 miles, running

Another great session. I thought about going a little longer, but with two races coming up on the weekend, 6.5 miles felt like enough.

After school, little man went to an extra karate class to make sure he was ready for his next belt test. He ended up staying to train with one of the black belt students, and Mr PugRunner said he was really into it. I’m looking forward to his test day.

When that was finished, I took him to cub scouts. We worked on a music advancement, and the kids wrote songs and made their own instruments out of some craft materials. I love seeing their creativity at work.

Friday – rest

Blessedly, it was a rest day, although I still had to set my alarm.

For four hours, I helped with packet pickup for Best Damn Race Jacksonville. I’m always happy to give back to the running community when I can, especially when it’s for an event I love so much.

She arrived at about 5:30 and after catching up, we went out to dinner for more chit chat and to fuel for the next day’s race. I love that even though we don’t see each other often, we can pick up right where we left off.

Saturday – Best Damn Race Jacksonville 10K

After a slightly warmer end of week, the weekend was, quite literally, FREEZING. Ugh. Meghan and I had no idea how to dress, so we layered up the best we could. Gloves, lots of extra tops and the works. Brrr.

The new course for the race was pretty nice, but we were glad to get out of the wind and weather.

After we collected our medals and took our pictures, we went to get a delicious breakfast at Maple Street

and hit the road for Jekyll Island. We would be running in the inaugural Jekyll Island Marathon & 10K (the 10K for us) and couldn’t wait!

We checked into the Westin Jekyll Island early in the afternoon and were so excited to start exploring.

After a lovely day and a delicious dinner, we were ready to turn in.

We both fell fast asleep and had a great night’s rest.


I am really proud of myself for keeping up with the cross training so far, and now that the initial soreness has worn off, I’m feeling great. I know that non-running activities will help my running overall, and I am thrilled to be able to fit something into my schedule again. I hope to keep it all going!

How was your week in training and workouts?

Is the weather crazy by you or is it typical for the season?

looking back at 2017

Happy New Year (a few days late)!

2017 was quite a year for me. Obviously, every year has its ups and downs and we had our share of losses, heartbreaks and struggles. We also had our triumphs and victories and there was much to celebrate.

On a personal note, this year held some pretty interesting surprises for me. I’ve stepped up and truly owned some big leadership roles, which is so unusual for me (I much prefer life behind the scenes). The empowerment I’ve found in my fourth decade on this earth is pretty unreal. My one regret is that I wish I had dug deeper sooner.

But let’s talk about fitness. I did a lot of running this year. To be honest, after my triathlon in spring, running is about the only thing I managed to do.


Best race experience in 2017: 

This is such a hard one to answer. I can always take something great away from every race.  This year, I loved taking on the 26.2 with DONNA relay

But I also enjoyed finishing with these lovelies at the fountain at Forsyth Park after a comeback half at the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon(Remember, code PUGS18 saves you 15% on either distance).

There are just too many from which to choose!

Best run of 2017: Gate River Run

So the Gate River Run 15K is a great race, and I do always enjoy it. This year, I wasn’t feeling it. I was tired and not feeling great. All the people who said they wanted to run with me ended up getting sick or bailing. I came thisclose to not running. I was in a fog all morning leading up to the start, and I was braced for a crappy race.

What ended up happening was I ran my 15K PR! It was unplanned, unintentional and unexpected. I guess sometimes, that’s the way to get it done.

Best new piece of gear: Aftershokz Wireless Trekz Titanium Earphones

I didn’t think anything could beat my Forerunner 735XT in terms of running gear, but these earphones come close to topping them.

Not only is it nice to not have a wire flapping in my way, but the bone conduction technology allows me to enjoy my music or podcast while still hearing all ambient noise, like cars or other people. It’s a huge safety benefit, and it’s also better for my ears and hearing. On top of that, they are comfortable, don’t slip or bounce, have great sound, and a solid battery life. I can’t recommend them enough.

Best medal of the year: Durbin Trail Mix Relay and Space Coast Half Marathon

Tie! The Durbin Trail Mix Relay medal was crazy cool: a piece of stamped wood on a leather thong.

However, the Space Coast Half Marathon Medal (and Intergalactic Challenge Medal) represented the final chapter of a crazy journey. Five years ago, I signed up for a half marathon without having ever run a 5K. I committed to complete five consecutive years of that half, and on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I honored that commitment.

Total number of miles in 2017: 835.42!

This is 200 more than each of the last two years, which is INCREDIBLE! I had the most rough idea of shooting for 1000 miles, and now I feel like it so much more attainable, especially considering how much I slacked on my running in May and June.

Total number of races: Twenty seven!

This was a huge year for races, and I loved every second of (almost) every one! My community has grown so much this year and it’s just amazing getting out there and spending those weekend mornings with awesome people doing active things.

Total number of shoes: ???

Is it terrible that I lost count? I definitely had two pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 13s that are hanging on. I had three pair of Brooks Adrenalines, one pair of Adidas Supernova STs, and a Saucony Guide. It was hard letting some of these shoes go this year, but it was time to retire and replace a few.

In the meantime. there are some other makes and models I am looking to try. I’m lucky in that most stability shoes feel pretty good, so I am comfortable mixing it up.

Worst running experience: random December training run

There was a random day in December. It was hot and humid out of nowhere and I just could not get myself going. It happens and I always prefer for the awful runs to occur in training, but it really does drain the motivation right out of me.

Race I probably wouldn’t run again: Bridge of Lions 5K

Some races are truly just one and done. While Bridge of Lions is a lovely run, through a beautiful city and neighborhood, it was really a miserable day. Hot. Humid. Beating sun was no shade or cover. Generally, I love running with the boys, but once we got into the thick of this one, I was desperately wishing to be done.

Race that surprised me: Daytona Lap The Track 5K

Y’all. This was just freaking fun. It was well organized, the course was great (I mean, you can’t beat doing an actual lap around the Daytona International Speedway) and the swag was top-notch. We absolutely loved this event, and I’m excited to try out the half marathon portion in a few weeks.

Run experience to which you are most looking forward in the New Year: 

Mmm… get back to me on this one. I have not finished fleshing out my 2018 calendar, and I really need to add a few more destination races to the mix. My eyes are on the Carolinas or maybe Tennessee. We shall see.

The most important thing I took away from running this year. 

The answer is pretty much to always have fun. Really. I had a blast in 2017, and while I didn’t hit my time goals, I’m having so much fun that it doesn’t even really matter much.

What new things did you try?

I have really been priding myself on trying things. That confidence I mentioned earlier? It’s helping me to do things I would never have normally tried. And that’s how I found myself climbing a rock wall

taking an aerial class,

trying a barre class,

and completing a sprint triathlon.


Goals for 2018:

While this year was pretty epic, running is a moving target and I have more to accomplish.

  • Run 1000 miles
  • Race in one or two new states
  • Continue a consistent cross-training regime
  • Get back on the bike and in the pool
  • Drink more water (I struggle with this every. day.)
  • Keep my base miles up so half marathon training is more routine rather than a big ramp-up of distance

And there you have it. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store! I can already tell it’s going to be special!

What made 2017 epic for you? Go ahead and link to your own annual recap, share some of your highlights from the year, or post some of your upcoming goals in the comments. I’d love to cheer you on!

weekly wrap: 12.24.17 – 1.6.17

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?

race report: rock ‘n’ roll savannah half marathon weekend part ii (11.4 – 11.5.2017)

I am a member of the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Blog Team. In exchange for my promotion of Run Rock ‘n’ Roll events and sponsors, I received a complimentary entry to this series of events. All opinions are my own.

Read Part I here 🙂

It was going to be pretty hard to top the fabulous Saturday we had, but we were determined to try.

For starters, since the 5K and 1 mile races didn’t start until 1:00 PM, we didn’t have to set an alarm. On top of that, it was the end of Daylight Savings Time, so we gained an extra hour. You don’t get more winning than that.

Sadly, we also had to bid farewell to Amy. She had other, out of state plans and had to hit the road. We were able to share a delicious breakfast of custom omelets in the hotel restaurant before we parted ways, though.

Meghan and I had to check out of the hotel and made a routine stop at The Coffee Fox. I also wanted to try Rise Donuts. Both were awesome, and I was thrilled to have snacks for the eventual drive home.

The weather was gross all morning: misty and humid. By the time we got to Daffin Park, the mist had cleared, and the clouds were starting to dissipate. I wasn’t too thrilled about that part of it: overcast conditions are so much nicer than running.

We snagged our parking spot and chilled out for a little bit before we had to head over to the start line. Since we had a prime location, we didn’t even need to make use of the bag check – we would just be able to return to the car between the 5K and the 1 mile to switch out bibs and refuel.

There was a really nice turnout and we were excited to finish up our Remix Challenge.

At 1:00, we lined up and headed out for the 5K. By this point of the day, the sun was out in full force, which wasn’t awesome, but we powered through. Once again, the miles ticked off quickly – we enjoyed the beautiful houses in the neighborhood around the park, and were delighted to enter the baseball stadium for a nice, strong finish.

Remix Challenge complete! We claimed our special medal, grabbed a snack and a drink, and returned to the car to change our bibs and timing chips. By that time, we didn’t have  long to wait to wrap up that last mile. and soon enough, we were rounding the baseline for our third finish in two days.

Of course, that meant grabbing our Pie Society pie as a reward for the Sweet Georgia Pie Challenge (apple berry, thank you), and taking a moment to revel in all our amazing bling!

And then it was time to clean up, change clothes and get in the car for the drive home. It’s always sad to have to say goodbye to a fun race weekend, but we will be back again!

Have you ever finished a race on an sports field?
Do you prefer local races or traveling on racecations?

weekly wrap: 12.17.17 – 12.23.17

Happy Monday and Merry Christmas!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


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!

It looks like this will be the last weekly wrap of the year. Today marks the last Monday of 2017, and we will be moving on to the next so very soon. Obviously, I’ll catch you up on all the holiday fun, but for now, let’s take a look at the last week.

Sunday – rest

We had one big plan for Sunday: our first family trip to see The Nutcracker. Growing up near NYC, going to the ballet was a more regular occurrence for me, and The Nutcracker was a holiday tradition, but it’s just not something we have done in Florida. We have a local company who works with the dancers in our local school, including one of little man’s friends. He had asked to go see her last year, and it didn’t work out, so we made it happen this year.

He enjoyed the show, Mr PugRunner appreciated the show, and little man’s friend was awesome in both her roles. Her mom invited us to join them for a late lunch/early dinner after the curtain fell, so it was just a bonus to an already wonderful day.

As an added bonus, since little man was so into the performance, I think it’s time to start taking him to more live theater.

Monday – rest

Nothing special on Monday. I had work, little man had karate and that was that.

Tuesday – 7 miles, running

Our run was pretty fabulous – in fact, I didn’t even realize we had gone seven miles. Those are really the best kind.

Mr PugRunner and I had talked about going into the historic downtown after little man got home from school for a Christmas caroling trolley ride, but we were both fairly tired and we had several late nights planned for the upcoming week. Instead, we opted for Christmas movies and pjs. Oh, and finishing the Christmas tree! Finally!

Wednesday – rest

Little man had winter centers at school and was super excited because his dad went in to volunteer while I was at work. They did lots of fun crafts and apparently had tons of great snacks.

He did great at his last karate class of the year, and I used that time to wrap gifts and start cookie dough.

Thursday – 6.6 miles, running

This was the worst run I had in a while. The company was great, but it was muggy and humid and in the 70s. Boo.

It was also the very last day of school! Wheeee! Little man had a pajama day and pizza party. They watched movies and all that jazz.

After school, we had some friends over for cookie decorating and a spaghetti dinner. I made some cookies in advance,

and then left the rest to the kiddos.

It was such a lovely night.

Friday – rest

I had a few last minute gifts to snag, so I took care of that while the boys braved the grocery store. I was also really craving BBQ, so we went to 4Rivers for lunch. Yum.

After a nap, I had to get cooking: we had been invited to an Iron Chef Christmas party, and we were responsible for a side dish made with heavy whipping cream and something green. Mr PugRunner wanted an alfredo dish, so I paired the sauce with zoodles and baked the whole thing with buttered crumbs.

We ate and drank our fill. There were literally tons of yummy dishes and I was stuffed.

We were just about to leave, when our host announced the winners of the contests for most creative dish and tastiest dish. I about fell off my chair when I won tastiest! I mean, zoodles are good, but I was stunned that they held up in the face of baked chèvre with honey and pistachios, shrimp with pepper chutney and beer cheese dip with bacon. There wasn’t a zoodle left in the pan, though, so it must have been a hit!

That trophy glass is supposed to hold an entire bottle of wine. Challenge accepted!

Saturday – rest

Normally, Saturday would be a run day, but a friend had planned a Christmas Eve Group Run for Sunday, so I took the day off.

The boys had some plans to go shopping, so I set to work on cleaning the house, wrapping the rest of the presents and starting the dough for homemade cinnamon rolls. We really didn’t leave the house other than that, and I was just fine with chilling out.


And that was that. Not huge mileage, but I’m not dropping down either. I will bounce into 2018 at over 800 miles, which is a huge feat for me and make me feel like I may even be able to reach the elusive 1000 next year.

How was your week in training?

How was your last Monday of 2017?

weekly wrap: 12.10.17 – 12.16.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


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!

Eek! We are in the last weeks of 2017! It’s unreal! I think it’s safe to say I am done racing for the year, and I’m just going to finish it out with some strong training. I can’t wait to recap the whole year in the upcoming weeks.

Sunday – rest

While it was technically a rest day, Sunday was anything but lazy. It was the last day of the mother-son camping trip, so we had to pack up all our things, make sure the campsite was cleaned up and tidy and make it home.

There, it was time to sort out the muddy mess of camping gear, shower and go to an annual White Elephant Christmas party. I got a second wind to enjoy the party but by the time we made it home that night, I was all out of energy.

Monday – rest

I was pretty glad to be back in the regular routine. The weather remained pretty cold and it felt like it was finally winter. Brrr.

Tuesday – 7.10 miles, running

With temps in the 40s, the idea of running was not particularly appealing, but we did it anyway.

We’re beasts like that.

Little man had his last musical rehearsal after school, and after work I went to help finalize the props and set. Based on what I had seen, the final show was going to be amazing (and hilarious, but mostly just amazing).

Tuesday was also the first night of Hanukkah, so we brought dessert to my mom’s to enjoy a traditional dinner of matzoh ball soup, brisket, kugel and latkes. She did a great job cooking and we were stuffed when we rolled home after the lighting of the first candle on the menorah.

Wednesday – rest

I do love my rest days, even if I didn’t get done quite as much as I wanted. I was still so exhausted from the weekend prior and overwhelmed by the idea of the upcoming weekend that I couldn’t really get myself together to do much besides fix dinner, help with homework and work on some decorating.

Thursday – 6.25 miles, running

Another cold one. I didn’t get in as many miles as I wanted because Mr PugRunner and my neighbor both started texting me for different things. I broke off about one mile shy of what I hoped to reach in order to get the day started.

I dropped little man at school, ran my errands, returned to school to help set up for a holiday lunch, came home to get stuff done there, and then waited for my parents to show up.

Little man’s performance was that night – he and I went to school early for final set up, and my parents, Mr PugRunner and my cousin followed. The show was 20 minutes, featuring a small play and five songs. Little man had an inflatable air guitar solo, which was priceless.

After they wrapped (to thunderous applause), we went out for Japanese, at little man’s request, to celebrate.

Friday – rest

Friday was the marathon. Mr PugRunner worked from home in the morning and then we had to make a trip to the bank for some financial planning type activities. We had a quick lunch date afterwards.

That evening, we were doubled up on parties: I went to the St. Augustine Moms Blog Contributor Party while the boys went to a birthday party for one of our friends. One of the contributors opened her home and served us all kinds of yummy food and drinks. It was a blast, and I ended up staying a lot later than intended.

When I was finished, I met the boys one neighborhood over at their party, and had a great time there as well.

It was an almost midnight bedtime for me, which is unheard of anymore!

Saturday – 7.25 miles, running

Clearly, I was a grumbly mess when I got up to meet S for our run. I was hoping to sleep in a little, but Mr PugRunner had gotten 9:45 AM tickets for The Last Jedi and we had to leave for the theater at 8:30 to ensure we had decent seats.

Without spoilers, we loved the movie. It was incredibly hard for me to watch, just because the Star Wars saga has been such an integral part of my life for decades. I definitely struggled to process everything I was seeing and feeling and will need to go again to fully absorb it all.

After a trip to Target and a quick lunch, we had a neighborhood party to attend. I made some peppermint brownies to bring, and we walked on over. We enjoyed some cocktails and delicious food, as well as a beautiful fire and lots of great conversation. The boys stayed much later than I did, but I was ready for some shuteye.


Even without a race on the imminent horizon, my training runs remained fairly solid. I really want to sit down and start mapping out the 2018 race season, but I haven’t had a spare minute to do it yet. So much is going on with the last week of school and Christmas and the upcoming New Year… I’ll get there, but not sure when.

How was your week in training?

Are you enjoying the holiday season?

race report: rock ‘n’ roll savannah half marathon weekend part i {11.4-5.2017}

I am a member of the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Blog Team. In exchange for my promotion of Run Rock ‘n’ Roll events and sponsors, I received a complimentary entry to this series of events. All opinions are my own.

Ah, Savannah: one of my favorite getaway cities. Considering that we live in the oldest city in the country, it’s hard to find that “home away from home” feel, but Savannah brings it all to the table.

That being said, I am very lucky to be able to race and visit this beautiful and gracious city several times a year. Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon weekends is one of those wonderful times, and I was lucky to be there again this past November.

Meghan, my running buddy extraordinaire, happened to be in town, so stayed at my house on Thursday night. We had dinner with my family and stayed up late chatting, but we were still ready for a 10:00AM departure from my driveway.

Friday; Pre-Race

The ride to Savannah was fairly uneventful. We arrived a little after lunch and headed straight to the Expo at the Convention Center. As has been the case in my experiences, packet pickup at Rock ‘n’ Roll events went beautifully, especially considering we each had to get three separate packages plus our remix wristbands. I was also a huge fan of the t-shirts this year: in 2016, the 5K and 1 mile had the same shirt, so I had two of the same design, while this year, each event had its own color and artwork. Score.

We browsed the vendors and made a few small purchases, while waiting for Amy to arrive. She was injured and would not be joining us on the course as she was on crutches and in a wheelchair. Sad face.

At any rate, with a little practice, Meghan and I were able to coordinate pushing duties and we made another loop of the expo before taking the ferry into the city for drinks and dinner with Briana and Anna Louise.

Of course we went to Treylor Park, because where else would we go?

By this time of the evening, we were total pros with the chair, too.

We had to make one more stop at the Expo to get our VIP Experience wristbands and parking pass, and then we were off to our hotel. We have been staying a little bit out of town on Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend, so our drive was about 15-20 minutes.

With the promise of an early morning alarm, we got our race things organized and headed to bed.

Saturday; Half Marathon Day

Meghan and I popped up out of bed and got ourselves out the door. We had the drive into downtown, and had to be in our garage parking spot by 6:00 AM. Done and done.

It was cold outside, but I knew it would warm up fast, so I was ready for that. It was nice to get inside into a private area for a bagel and some water and electrolytes. It was even more nice to meet up with Brandi and Cecilia!

Soon enough, it was time to check our gear. Since we had VIP privileges for the race, our gear bags would be transported to the VIP tent at the end of the race. Yay.

We handled our last potty trips and found our way to our corral.

Meghan, Anna Louise and I decided to stay together for the race. We didn’t have a pace goal and just wanted to listen to our bodies and enjoy the morning.

To be honest, I barely remember running. We were having such a blast with good conversation and taking in all the sights and sounds that it didn’t even feel like we were working. The miles absolutely flew by, part through the historical downtown and part through some of the stunning residential neighborhoods. It’s such a great course, full of things to see and keep your mind occupied during the distance.

We saw the beautiful moon in the first mile as the sun rose.

And we were quick to rock out with the music from the performers at the stages along the way.

We partied with pirates.

I had to send Mr PugRunner a heart from Mile 11, to celebrate our 11th anniversary.

We stopped draggin’ for the dragon

And of course, we had Mile 11.5 Beer, graciously provided by some amazing residents.

(In the interest of full disclosure, there might have been some Mile 12 beer, too).

As we rounded into those last few miles, I felt amazing. It showed in one of my favorite race photos ever taken.

Our trio finished within seconds of each other. I needed a moment to collect myself at the finish line, but quickly moved on to get my medal and a chocolate milk. THe weather had gotten pretty warm and humid, and I was glad we were able to go to the VIP tent to get our gear, wipe down, enjoy a snack and drink and high five each other over our awesome accomplishments.

We took our time enjoying the morning, but we had brunch reservations and Amy to find, so we said our goodbyes and began the trek through Forsyth Park to The Ordinary Pub.

Brunch with bottomless mimosas is always a good idea. Especially when those mimosas can be taken to go. We shopped a little so we could make room for our traditional cone at Leopold’s.

After returning to the hotel, we cleaned up, watched a little football and decided to treat ourselves to a showing of Thor: Ragnorak. In the fancy seats.

The only thing that would have made it a perfect race day would have been if Amy could have joined us out there (she’ll be with us next time, for sure!).

We were all pretty tired, so we didn’t hang out too late even though we didn’t have to set our alarm for the morning. Sunday’s 5K and 1 Mile races didn’t start until 1:00 PM, and we were in no rush tod much of anything.

And so ended another fabulous half marathon and Run Rock ‘n’ Roll event. I can’t wait for my next one!

Do you resist the same races year after year?

What’s your favorite post race tradition while on racecation?

weekly wrap: 12.3.17 – 12.9.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


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!

First, I’d love to share some big news! I am thrilled to have been invited back to the Rock ‘n’ Blog team!

This will be my third year as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger, and while my travel plans didn’t go quite how I wanted this past year, I’m pretty excited to add a few more states and Rock ‘n’ Roll events to my calendar this time around.

I will also be an Ambassador for Nuun for the first time!

Nuun is one of my favorite ways to hydrate and replenish electrolytes. I love the flavors, the light fizz and it makes regular water taste so much better. I’m excited to represent this great company this year!

This week was a little short on miles, but big on good times, so it all balances out.

Sunday – rest

This will probably be the last lazy Sunday we have until Christmas Eve. ‘Tis the season, right? We lounged around, had lunch out and went Christmas tree shopping. The rest of the day was absolutely dedicated to snacking on popcorn and watching holiday movies.

Monday – rest

Another work and school week begins. I like to keep Mondays relatively open because I have so much on which to catch up and prepare for the days ahead.

We did karate after school, and then we were all about the homework and bedtime.

Tuesday – 7.25 miles running

I knew I wouldn’t be getting in as much running this week, so I wanted my regular runs to go a little longer. Over seven miles was just the thing.

After work, little man’s music teacher asked me to come in to their music makers practice to help her organize the kids in advance of their upcoming holiday performance. When I tell you it was the cutest thing I have ever seen… well. It was simply amazing and I can’t wait to see the whole show.

Wednesday – rest



Thursday – 7 miles, running

The temperatures finally started to seriously dip down. Our run was cold, and even a little misty (which wasn’t fun). However, I scored another solid seven miles with the ladies.

During the day, I worked on packing for our first annual Mother-Son camping trip. We were expecting some not so great weather, but we had this trip on the books for six months, and no one really wanted to cancel. Everyone’s schedule is so hectic that it’s hard to reschedule things.

We had our final Cub Scout meeting of the year that night. Things got a little crazy with some leaders being out, but our den worked hard on the Socks for Souls service project (packaging socks with notes for the homeless), and then helping the Lions Den make ornaments and play some holiday games. It was adorable and I was very proud of how hard they worked.

Friday – rest

I dropped little man at school and headed into our open PTA meeting. We got through our agenda and then I had to scamper to Target for a space heater and a few more things for camping.

When I got home, I precooked some of our food items to bring, and took a tiny nap. I woke up to find Mr PugRunner packing the car for me! Yay! When little man got home, we were ready to head out.

The evening was a sad comedy of errors. By the time I arrived to the campsite, it was dark and storming. The sites we had reserved had been overtaken by an inconsiderate camper, so we had been moved to another set of (better) sites, which wasn’t a huge deal, even if it wasn’t what we wanted.

A and K had already set up tents for themselves and another mom. I had a smaller four-man tent I had planned to pitch just to have somewhere to get out of the rain, but by the time it was erected, it (and I) were soaked through. Ugh. We were able to get a warm dinner of chili from the crockpot, but there was no way to start a fire, and we were all pretty unhappy.

Upon seeing how wet my tent was, K offered the use of her 8 man tent. We all fit comfortably and got settled for bed. While we were tucking in, the other two moms admitted defeat: one tent had leaked, and the other tent had both leaked and had a spillage of ice water on the bedding. They said they would go home and come back in the morning.

K and I considered the same, but we were warm and dry and inside and decided to stick it out.

Saturday – rest

Normally, Saturday is long run day, but not this time. We woke up dry, but pretty dang chilly.

There was some damage to our campsite that needed to be tended to,

and we needed to make sure the boys were even better equipped for what promised to be a colder night. K and I made the executive decision to get dressed, and head off to Starbucks and Target for fortifications and supplies.

From there, everything was golden. The boys got warmer jammies and sleeping bags and we got precious caffeine.

Back at the campsite, we got a fire started and our day went beautifully. We hiked, and went to the beach, the boys played hide and go seek and went to the playground.

It was cold and hard but so much fun. I am so proud of us for pressing onward in less than optimal conditions, and when we settled in for a much colder but drier night, all was well in the world.


And there we have it. Another seven days. I’m excited to try a run tomorrow – I’m hoping the days off didn’t leave me too behind. We have been experiencing hard freezes with lots of ice here which is definitely out of the norm, but I’m enjoying the departure from the heat and humidity.

How was your week in training?

What’s the weather like where you are? Ever been cold-weather camping?

weekly wrap: 11.26.17 – 12.2.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


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And here we are, in December. November was quite the month: with two half marathons and over 100 miles, it was probably my most productive 30 days of running to date.

Sunday – Space Coast Half Marathon, 13.1 miles running

The day had finally arrived: the fifth anniversary of my first-ever half marathon. Oh.Em. Gee.

While there was no PR this time, I felt good about the race I ran. More to come on that.

I was also thrilled to have Mr PugRunner and little man at the finish line cheering for me. It meant the world to me, and I was so excited to see them there as I wrapped up 13.1 miles.

After a shower, we drove home, polished off some Thanksgiving leftovers, and then I parked it in front of some football while the boys and some of their Scout friends worked on their Space Derby rockets.

Not going to lie – I was so very happy to get to bed that night. I was done.

Monday – rest

Obviously, there’s very little time for sleeping in when you’ve got a child in school, so I was up to get lunch packed and breakfast ready and all that jazz. Of course, I also had to get to work.

The day unfolded just like a regular Monday – including karate. Nothing too exciting.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

I was pretty sore on Tuesday morning. The gently rolling hills of Space Coast left me hurting and I begged my running group to take it easy on me. They were extremely considerate and sweet and let me set the pace.

Wednesday – rest

I was really lucky to be done with work for the week and I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation. Mr PugRunner took over karate duty for the night and I was able to chill out and get to bed early. Yay!

Thursday – 6.25 miles, running

My legs were feeling much better on Thursday, and so our group run was much happier. I had a blast.

After I got little man off to school, I worked on some holiday decorations, and organizing things for the weekend.

In the evening, we had our Cub Scout Pack’s first Space Derby. It was a bit crazy, but our den was amazing. Little man didn’t place this time, but we learned a lot about how to make the rockets better and faster, and can apply that knowledge next year.

Friday – rest

Technically this was a rest day, but not really.

I was up and out to take little man to school early, so I could decorate his classroom’s door in advance of our upcoming holiday event. Our teacher wanted something with reindeer and I was inspired by some Pinterest ideas.

Then it was off to a couple of craft stores for trim for team race shirts, Target for birthday gifts, and a gym to pick up Gingerbread Man Dash packets for two of my three running friends.

I snagged a quick lunch, and headed back to school to add some final details to the door and help get the book fair set up.

By the time I got home, I wasn’t feeling great, and was more than happy to let the boys head off to the Flagler Saints Women’s Volleyball tournament while I stayed home with holiday movies and sewing tank tops for Saturday’s 10K. I took advantage of the quiet time to rest as much as I could.

Saturday – Gingerbread Man Dash 10K, 6.2 miles running

I was feeling much better in the morning, thank goodness, and was ready to run. We all did some shuffling around (showing up, distributing shirts and packets, dropping off kids, coordinating meet up locations), and then the four of us headed over to the start line of the 10K. We were supposed to run at 8:00, while the kids’ fun run was slated for 9:15.

It was a really hot, long run, but we got it done and in plenty of time to watch our little ones race! Yay!

When we finished, we parted ways, promising to sign up for something else as a group, soon! It was a crazy day aside from that: little man had a birthday party, and then I was meeting some girlfriends for drinks and a quick dinner, and finally, we were invited to a Hurricanes party at our new dogsitter’s house.

Believe me when I say I collapsed into bed that night. Whew, was I exhausted!


I plan to just run the year out, as I’ve been doing. I don’t know if I will get in any more races in December, but I am shooting for a New Year’s Eve run, just because I’ve never done one before. I’ve already got a pretty packed race schedule going into 2018, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


How was your week in training?

Any fun holiday races on your schedule this month?

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