weekly recap: 10/12 – 10/18

After this week, I think (with fingers crossed), that thing will settle down. And now that the temperatures are finally, blessedly tolerable so that we don’t all have to spend more of the daylight hours inside in the air conditioning, the pressure is off to schedule smaller runs in the wee hours of the morning.

I’m not thinking there will be time to breathe, but there will definitely be time to slow down a bit.


Sunday – rest

Sunday was a family day. We all slept much later than normal, and lounged around in the morning. It’s certainly not typical for us, but it was lovely. We took a drive to the brand new Trader Joe’s in our area.

This was the first time I have ever set foot inside a TJ’s, and it was everything I dreamed and more. We ended up purchasing an insulated freezer bag so that we could load it up with cold items, and then went to town. We ended up with cookie butter, raviolis, tortellini, enchiladas, frozen pizzas, two bottle of wine, marinated chicken breasts, chocolate covered espresso beans, dunkers, body butter, and so much more. We won’t need to go back for a while, but I can’t wait until we do!


Monday – rest

I spent most of the day at school and running errands. Mondays are always so fun.

Tuesday – 3.1 miles

It felt amazing out this morning. And I felt like I was flying!


Wednesday – rest

I was hoping to get to yoga, but I had obligations with the PTA and helping out in little man’s classroom, so I pushed it off again. I think I will be able to make it back to practice in the next week. My hips are begging me to do so and I need to start paying attention.


Thursday – 3.1 miles

I woke up and it was cold! Legit cold!

Thumbhole cold!

Ok. Maybe I overdressed. A little. But not really.

It was so nice to see this kind of pace again. And I felt great.

After school, we loaded up the car and headed off to dinner and little man’s baseball game. His team is now 3-1 for the season, which is absolutely amazing!  Yay for them!


Friday – rest

I say “rest” but it wasn’t really.

Little man’s class had invited parents to come listen to some of the stories they have written thus far this year. It was super cute and we thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s writing. It also make me so happy that this little boy seems to love the written word almost as much as I do.

Afterwards, I helped set up homework folders, and then I changed out of my nice clothes and headed outside to help set up for the school carnival, taking place that evening.

I worked the event in the role of photographer, which was nice because I also got to enjoy with my family and parents. Little man hung out with his friends, played games, checked out the helicopter,

chowed down on a sno-cone and… won a carnival fish. “Fish” (formerly known as “Fin” formerly known as “Tiny”) has taken up residence on our kitchen counter in an allegedly self-cleaning fish tank. We shall see how that goes.

We didn’t get home until close to 9:00 and we were all exhausted. I had a long day planned for Saturday, so I did my best to tidy up the house and crash.


Saturday – event day

Saturday was booked solid. I was on the road at 7:30 AM and didn’t make it back to my bed until after 11:00 at night. Not complaining because it was tons of fun, but I was worn out.

First up? The KickOff Event for ZOOMA Florida 2015 at First Place Sports in San Marco. It was a gorgeous morning, and I was so excited to meet some of my fellow Ambassadors.

(from left: me, Michelle from Crazy Running Legs, Kristin of A Mom on the Run, Devon from The Food Bitch Blog and Sharon from Mommy Runs It.

Thank you to everyone who attended! We are looking forward to seeing you on race morning!

After that, I made the trek out to Amelia Island, where I was invited to check out the Grand Opening of the all new Biggest Loser Resort.

I’ll report more on both of these during the week (I will also explain why I don’t have any miles logged, either)! Needless to say it was a great and informative day, all the way around.

On the way home, I met Mr PugRunner and little man at a friend’s house, took some photos for her and enjoyed a delicious dinner and lots of good conversation. We kept the kids up super late watching Halloween specials on TV, and all in all had a blast.


We are entering into the full swing of holiday season. For us, it kicks off with Halloween, and will continue with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. We will also celebrate our anniversary, and Mr PugRunner’s birthday. This is in addition to even more football, some travel, and of course, some more races. I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed and over scheduled, and even though I know it will all get done, I still have to remind myself to take the time to breathe and not get overwhelmed.


How was your week of workouts?

What holiday are you most looking forward to this holiday season?

If you are a Trader Joe’s regular, what are your must-have buys? I don’t want to miss anything!

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20 Responses to weekly recap: 10/12 – 10/18

  1. I’ve only been running on the weekends which is totally lame, and not doing too much for my endurance. But it’s better than nothing right?! This past weekend I ran a Halloween themed 5K (recap linked below!). It wasn’t my fastest by any means, but it was really fun!
    I always look forward to Thanksgiving. An entire holiday centered around eating? Yes please! Just to balance things out, I run our local 5 miler Turkey Trot before the gluttony begins.
    Sadly, there is no Trader Joe’s near me. It’s really unfair!
    It sounds like you have a busy schedule ahead! Just make sure you remember to enjoy the moments while you’re in them. I know when my calendar gets packed full, it almost seems like I’m just getting through what I’m doing in an effort to move on to the next thing. I have to remind myself to stop and enjoy each event!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Absolutely better than nothing! I am going to check out your recap 🙂

      I like Thanksgiving, but it’s a lot of hard work. I love all the cooking and the hosting, but it’s hard, especially when Space Coast is just a fe days afterwards. My mom will be here this year, and she’s pretty fabulous about helping. Here’s hoping that we can have a very leisurely day of enjoying and savoring.

      Wow. I thought we were one of the last TJ holdouts! I hope you get one soon!

      I definitely am making the effort to enjoy. It’s hard when things get so crazy, but the roses must be smelled, too. 🙂

  2. Darlene says:

    I love TJs but don’t go often because it’s not nearby.
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  3. Sounds like a great week! I took a recovery week and only got 1 2 mile run in and a yoga class. My business trip but a stop to things 🙁 You have no idea how bad I felt that I missed you all! My kids were with me, my son drove and I have never ever been stuck on the highway for that amount of time- it was crazy!!!!! I am going up the night before for the next one! happy Monday!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Life is Busy! Time for Rest and Recovery – whew!My Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, my goodness! I felt awful that we couldn’t wait for you AND that you got stuck! How terrible (although fantastic that you had a chauffeur).

      I would absolutely come down the night before in January, especially since it’s a 7AM run! You will be exhausted with that kind of drive so early! I can’t wait to finally get to meet you!

  4. Anne says:

    Holy cow it looks like you all had one heck of a week!

    I have the fondest memories in the whole wide world of my schools fall carnival. It was literally one of my favorite events of the year even after I was done at the elementary school.

    I cannot wait to read about Zooma and the Biggest Loser experience!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a CRAZY week! Im still so tired! But yeah, our fall carnival is really quite incredible, if I do say so myself. We have so many great volunteers and parents and kids. I consider us super lucky.

      I’ll get to writing!

  5. Kathy says:

    I need to do more yoga, too! It’s one thing I skimp on that I shouldnt. We have a TJ here in Tampa but I haven’t gone yet. Lived the one in Cali! sorry I missed the meet up this weekend. I bet it was fun!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I hope you can make it January! Tampa is a far drive, though. I am hoping to get to Gasparilla one of these year, but after the January I plan on having, it may not be for a while 🙁

  6. Matilda says:

    Due to work and some crazy crap weather I only got to run once last week. I did do a race without my garmin on the weekend, and got a new pb for the 10km, very happy about that.
    Back to training for a trail run coming up next month. I’m excited about it but totally nervous.
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  7. Angie says:

    You have been busy!

    I have never been to Trader Joe’s, but I may check it out soon.
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  8. jan says:

    Wow, thumb-hole cold in Florida is COLD! 🙂 I’m very intrigued by a Biggest Loser resort. What does that mean exactly?
    jan recently posted…Mini Honey at the Street FairMy Profile

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been running more consistently now, sadly only on the treadmill but at least my speed is improving. 🙂 I love TJ! They have an awesome frozen food section. We used to buy the NY cheesecake, the raspberry tart, conveniently seasoned frozen seafood for those super busy days, not to mention all the seasonal pumpkin items! I practically lived off the frozen food the first three months of my pregnancy. I hate soy ice cream, there’s no substitute for the real thing but I do love TJs vanilla ‘ice cream’ sandwiches.
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  10. You had me with wine.

    So interested to hear your take on the Biggest Loser Resort.

    Curious to your definition of “cold.” Last Sunday, I ended up running a half-marathon . . . temperature at the finish was 37F. It has me REALLY scared for the full marathon in a few weeks.
    John (Daddy Runs a Lot) recently posted…Where I write about things that have bothered me this week.My Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s all about wine 🙂

      It has been in the mid-to-low-50s in the mornings. For me, it’s cold. 37F is hard for me. After my surgery, it became even more difficult for me to breathe in extreme temperatures, and when we get under 45, running becomes brutal. It’s also hard over 90, but I am more used to that, so it’s manageable.

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