happy valentine’s day!

Or… Happy Space Coast preregistration day!



For those who ran the Space Coast Marathon or Half Marathon last year and plan to continue with the Big Bang Series, registration opened one day early.

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I’m in!


I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I haven’t done much for this particular February 14. Usually, I am on the ball and ahead of the game.

Last year, I did a special photo shoot

This year? Mostly because the weather has been hideous, we are making do with a quick snap on my phone in the kitchen (although, I did manage to get to Target to snag this awesome Pugs & Kisses shirt, so I guess it all balances out).

Last year, I scoured Pinterest for the perfect Valentine for little man to hand out to the class.  He wrote his name on the card stock I printed with little light saber hilts, holding full length glow sticks.

This year, I let him choose something from the Valentine’s aisle at the store. He went for the Star Wars theme again with mini glow sticks (we are big glow stick lovers in this house), and had the best time filling them out for each of his friends (for the record, the girls got the good guys – Obi Wan with Yoda envelopes, while the boys got the bad guys – Anakin with Darth Vader envelopes). I feel a little guilty that I didn’t spend more time on it, but I know it shouldn’t even be a blip on my radar. He’s happy. The kids will love them. And that’s the important thing.

I did brave the ice (the kind you need to actually scrape off the windshield) to pick up breakfast and coffee for my boys).

We don’t tend to go out on Valentine’s Day, but we are being extra low-key this year – lobster and spaghetti at home, with chocolate fondue for dessert. Mr PugRunner has an 8K tomorrow morning, so we will celebrate on Saturday night at home with Captain Phillips (so romantic) and some fancy cocktail involving vodka, pink champagne and blackberry preserves after little man goes to bed.

I’m a bit disappointed in myself because I really do enjoy making the most of all the holidays, big and little alike, but distractions were at an all-time high this year, and  cramped my style. Something really big is happening in about a week, and I will share all about that when it happens.

I have also spent some time in the doctor’s office, having some tests. The good news is that my blood test, thyroid and sonogram results have all checked out ok. The bad news is that I’m having some issues that are getting in the way of living my life and I have to decide whether I can just deal with them or if I should go ahead with one of two procedures (neither of which are particularly appealing). I’m sorry to be vague – I feel like it’s important to mention because it is taking its toll on my running, which is very discouraging. I think I am going to spend the next few months working on some less invasive treatment methods (nutrition and vitamins) and see what happens. I do know, for a fact, that getting older stinks, and I refuse to let it get the better of me.

Are you one of the runners pre-registering for Space Coast?

How do you spend the 14th of February?

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12 Responses to happy valentine’s day!

  1. Diana says:

    Sorry about the health issues. No fun, for sure. I hope you can get things fixed up. *hugs*
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  2. I LOVE your shirt – and your DD donut 🙂 I hope everything is ok with you and that you have a great Valentine’s day!
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  3. theresa says:

    Love the picture of you guys – (the shirt is adorable) – Good luck to Keith tomorrow. As for your health it’s the most important thing and I am sure you will make the right decision. xo

  4. Pretty low-key holiday for me today too, but that’s okay. I actually like my ordinary days! Hope your health matters start looking up soon. I want to cut my strawberries into hearts, too. Cute!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Easiest thing in the world, those strawberry hearts!

      I’ll be ok. It’s nothing horribly serious, but it’s been pretty disruptive. Looking at options and hoping to figure it out soon.

  5. jan says:

    I didn’t register for a race today and I didn’t do a thing special as far as treats or making the day special. I kind of suck. I did get the kids each a small gift but I didn’t even have a card or wrapping!

    Sorry you are having health issues. 🙁 Hope those are resolved soon.
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