weekly recap: 8/17 – 8/23

So we have come to the conclusion of Week 9 of marathon training. Which means we are going into double-digit training week numbers. Which is almost more intimidating than double-digit long runs. Which I need to start getting a handle on, soon.

One step at a time; one run at a time; one wall at a time. That’s pretty much where I need to keep my mind.

All in all, it was a decent week.

Sunday – 9 miles

As promised. And it wasn’t without excitement. Apparently, my planned route was also that of a nice-sized triathlon, which kind of threw me for a loop. Fortunately, I had a little bit of time before they started, and the first racers wouldn’t be at my stretch of bridge until a little later. I did some mental calculations, prayed I wouldn’t need the restroom (which was pretty much in the heart of their transition area) and changed up my original plans.

It ended up being a beautiful run, even if the weather was ridiculous. I was also pretty happy that even with the temperature and four hill repeats, I kept my pace under 13 minutes. Small victories.


Monday – rest

Monday was a pretty big day: little man was due to start first grade! He was so incredibly excited about it and Mr PugRunner and I loved dropping him off at schools with the rest of his supplies.

He was so proud, walking into his new classroom, and we are thrilled that he loves school so much. It’s going to be a great year.

After drop off, I hurried over to meet Kristin for a pretty fun event. I will be filling you in on details tomorrow!


Tuesday – 3.1 miles

This was a pretty uneventful 3.1 miler. These runs are becoming pretty second nature, provided I am able to get myself out of the house early enough in the morning. Not that it’s helping too much with the high temps and humidity, but it’s better than being out there in the blazing sun. The pretty sunrises are a great motivator, though.

Afterwards, Mr PugRunner and I went over to the new Earth Fare store for a very special, behind-the-scenes, pre-opening tour.


PS – We have a winner for that great gift card giveaway: Carole S! Congratulations, Carole! You are going to love Earth Fare!

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Wednesday – yoga

Lazy, lazy, lazy day. Our temperatures have been close to 100* and it’s just so hard to work up the energy to get moving and do anything productive. I’ve gotten back into reading the Outlander series, so I spent a lot of hours just enjoying that.


Thursday – 3.1 miles

Another uneventful training run. My pace is slowing down a bit, but I think it’s completely normal given the fact that it’s almost 90 even before the sun comes up.


Friday – 6 miles

I was supposed to run 3 or 4 miles for my “long run” day, but that didn’t feel right, so I elected to do 6, instead. I need to get back up to 13 in the next week or two, so I feel more comfortable going from 6 to 13 than 3 to 13. I made sure to incorporate four bridge repeats, just to keep things interesting.

I felt pretty good afterwards, but after my shower, I laid down to take a nap. We had a pretty fabulous surprise planned for little man after school and I wanted to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.


Saturday – rest

Mr PugRunner had his eight mile long run planned for this morning, so I took the opportunity to lounge around with little man. We had a quick breakfast at home, and then went over to Nana and Papa Bear’s for a light lunch and to let little man have a sleepover with his grandparents.

In the meantime, we went out for a long-overdue date night and enjoyed a delicious dinner. It’s been a while since I’ve had two incredibly late nights in a row like that, but it was totally worth it.


Not too bad. I ended up running an extra day this week, but once in a while shouldn’t hurt. I think we are in a groove as far as our school morning routines are concerned, so that should make things easier as far as our runs are concerned. For the week, I tallied 21 miles, and so far, for August, I have 42 miles on the books.

I am debating a Labor Day 5K – I want to race but not really sure if  I need to, if that makes sense. I guess it will be more of a game-time decision.


How was your training this week?

Have schools started back up where you are?

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18 Responses to weekly recap: 8/17 – 8/23

  1. Wow! Awesome job getting it done this week! I haven’t run a step in probably two weeks now. I tweaked my ankle a little last weekend (not running…) and used it as an excuse to still not run. BAD RUNNER! They past two weekends have been so incredibly busy that there really was no chance of getting out there anyway though. The schedule is calming down now though, so hopefully I’ll drag myself out the door soon! CT has had a very different summer than you guys, in that it’s been pretty chilly. Overnight temps in the 50’s-60’s which really makes for perfect running weather. NO EXCUSES! (Although I’m sure I’ll come up with something.)
    Your little man looks SO excited for school! He’s adorable. I bet he has tons of friends. I love your first day pics complete with props. So creative!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thanks. I have been incredibly jealous of northern temps this summer. Your weather has been downright pleasant!

      I hope your ankle starts feeling better. No matter what, you have to take care of yourself. Small tweaks can always turn into larger injuries and that’s never a good thing.

      Little man LOVES school. We call him the mayor. He has such a huge personality and is so very congenial. His daddy is very much the same way. I’m the reclusive introvert in the family LOL.

  2. Kathy Bruinooge says:

    great week! congrats… I am enjoying these cooler mornings up here in NJ… I have been quite spoiled here this summer with great weather.. I also ran more miles in July and August than I expected. Which I am happy about. Keep up the great job!

  3. Those are some adorable pictures of your son! You’ve had a great week!!! Good luck this week moving into double digits:) and I agree with you a slower pace has a lot to do with the heat, hopefully in the coming weeks the temperatures will begin cooling down a bit!
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  4. The weather has been ridiculously hot lately. I’m sort of glad I have the excuse of being pregnant so that I don’t feel bad about avoiding the heat outside. ha ha!!! =)
    Love to see all your early morning bridge and training pictures. The sky is gorgeous in that one picture. WOW!
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  5. Matilda says:

    your sunrises/sets are beautiful… come on summer hurry up and get here.
    You are doing great on your training, I still have no interest in a marathon (while my kids are still little I want to spend time with them, not out on the road).
    That being said you are totally going to own this mara.
    I can’t believe your boy is in Grade 1, far out, that’s come around fast. He looks so different with his hair shaved too.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      And we are more than happy to have summer be on its way! LOL!

      I am hoping to own it. I still think I’m in complete denial about the whole thing. Which is maybe the best way.

      He was just telling his carpool ride that he think she needs to skip elementary and go straight to high school. He absolutely loves school, though and I’m so glad. I’m not incredibly sentimental about hair, but I kind of dragged his feet about letting him buzz his head. Then I figured, it’s his head and if that’s what he wants, what’s the harm? Turns out, it works for him, and it is way easier to care for. 🙂

  6. Your pictures are always so amazing. I love looking at them! School doesn’t start for my daughter until September 3. I love when school starts after the Labor Day holiday! The last week in August is always vacation week in my head.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      <3 Thank you!

      It's funny what we get used to. In some ways, it's so nice to have the whole month of August, but it's pretty nice being out on vacation the first week of June, too.

  7. I can’t believe your long run got hijacked by triathletes 🙂 great training week! Your little guy is so cute. My son started kindergarten on Monday and I can’t believe it still. My training week should be very interesting as I am headed to the Florida heat. Oh boy! (In my Mickey voice) 🙂
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Lots and lots of water and electrolytes! And sunscreen and do your best to stay out of the heat of the day! Good luck!

      Hope your son does great in K! I’m sure it will be wonderfuL!

  8. Not too long ago, I just went for a run. Part of my route ended up matching the course of a running 5k, which I only realized AFTER I ended up hopping on the course. I started getting yelled at when I continued straight while the course changed — nobody would believe that I just went out to run.

    Glad you made it through!

    I ran 9 miles yesterday morning, and I’m planning on another 9 tomorrow. Between now & mid-September, that’ll be my running plan. With the end-of September half, that will head to 9 miles on Tuesdays, 13-22 on Saturday until the end of October half marathon.
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  9. jan says:

    Your little guy looks so proud in his back to school pics! Fun! We started last week and I’d say we are sort of in the swing of it…a day and a half off due to weather this week made things slightly out of sync, but we’ll get there.

    Your training is coming along well too! Glad you & hubby have figured out a schedule for getting the runs in. That is definitely a challenge w/ two athletes in the family.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He is having a great time in first grade. We are so excited for this year for him. It’s definitely weird falling back into a habit of routine, rather than just spending our days however we wanted.

      Mr PugRunner and I definitely have managed to make things work. He’s usually very generous about deferring to me since I have the longer mileages and get more stressed about it, but we seem to communicate well about it and help each other out.

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