week in review: 8.23 – 8.29

This past week is one I would very much prefer to leave in the past. It started out great, but came to a screeching halt a couple of days ago. I’m still very unsettled, and just took a few days off to be with my family. Mental health days are always ok, but I hope I never have to take anymore quite like this.

Sunday – rest

Well, not entirely rest. I did swim laps with little man. He is getting ready for his first triathlon, and so we are practicing the three disciplines and transitions.

My parents were gracious enough to let us use their lap pool and then we celebrated his hard work with burgers and hot dogs back at their house.

That night, we had an absolutely awful storm. Once the awful rain and winds died down, I happened to glance out the window. The sky was on fire. It was one of the most glorious sunsets I’ve ever seen.

The photos are good, but they don’t do it justice.

Monday – body circuit class, 60 minutes

Two of my friends have started their own run coaching business, and as part of their program, they offer body circuit classes. Monday was the first day I could attend, and it was a great class, full of HIIT moves. And abs. But we won’t talk about the abs.

I was a little sore after the hour-long session, but it was great, and I hope I can keep up with it and them.

Afterwards, I caught up on all the errands and cleaning. Because that’s what Mondays are for.

Oh, and we also got in some playtime with Miss Delilah! Molly and Bentley really aren’t into toys so much, but Delilah loves a rousing game of tug!

Tuesday – 3.5 miles

I met up with two of my group run ladies for a gorgeous 3.5 miles at sunrise. The view was exceptional.

After work, little man had a really nice playdate with some new neighbors from our bus stop. It was a good time for everyone.

Wednesday – rest

It has been a while since I got my hair done, and I couldn’t stand it anymore. I really want to go for an ombre style with dark brown flowing into dark purple, but for now, lowlights to take care of all the blond I no longer wanted.

My stylist is leaving town at the end of the month, so the quest for someone new will commence.

Thursday – 3.1 miles, speed work

Thursday started off nicely enough with hill repeats on my group run.

The rest of the day was pretty much a blur. All I can say that I was so grateful to be home and have my family around me.

Friday – rest

My plan was to attend another body circuit class, but I was flat out spent. I didn’t really want to do much at all, except have lunch with little man at school and hold down the couch for the rest of the day.

Which I did, beautifully, I might add.

Little man’s school was hosting a movie night and I was really dragging my feet about going. Mr PugRunner finally talked me into it, and I’m glad he did. Little man had a blast with his friends and it was nice to be out, surrounded by friends.

Saturday – rest

I had planned to run, but then I didn’t. I was still in a bit of a fog, so I just took a pass. Instead, I got little man and Mr PugRunner out the door to karate and took Delilah back to the vet. On the plus side, the yeast infection is cleared out of one ear, and most of the bacteria is out of the other. She also needed her glands expressed to stop her scooting, and she’s doing well with her weight loss.

The rainy aftermath of now-dissipated Tropical Storm Erika means that this week is not going to be ideal for running. Not at all. I don’t love the idea of going into Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach on so little running, but I guess at least my legs will be fresh. I’m sure the reduced humidity will be beneficial and help me get through the miles. I just have to keep my focus on the finish line.

And another bright spot – Best Damn Race released the medal design for the Jacksonville race. Run the half marathon, and earn this beauty:


Use the code RUNPUGS to save $5 off any race distance for any Best Damn Race location.

How was your week in review?

How is the weather treating you lately?

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54 Responses to week in review: 8.23 – 8.29

  1. Sounds like a decent week! The weather here is nuts. It’s humid and in the mid 90s. It’s definitely making me ready for Fall!
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  2. Sorry you had a rough week 🙁 You still got a fair amount of running in though, so kudos to you! The views were gorgeous, thanks for sharing them! And the new ‘do looks great!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s ok. It wasn’t what I wanted, but… these things happen.

      Thanks about the hair. I want to do dark to purple ombre, but I think I will do that with a new stylist. I like to go in with a bang 🙂

  3. So cute that your son is training for a tri! Nothing like a great hair appt to lift your spirits-hope you have a better week!
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  4. Those pictures of the sun are amazing.

    I’m sorry you had a rough end to your week.

  5. Marcia says:

    You are stylin’ with that cute new do! It was cool and fallish here last week, then crazy storms Saturday, now we’re back to the humid 90’s. It is nuts.
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  6. Sorry you had such a tough week. I hope things get better for you. Just keep running…
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  7. Wow, that sunset was absolutely gorgeous! It always amazes me how sometimes absolutely horrible weather can lead to the creation of such picturesque skylines.
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  8. Anne says:

    Oh no, I hope everything is OK!
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  9. jill conyers says:

    Lately we’ve been having cooler mornings and evenings with mid to high 70s during the day. Until today. Back in the 90s. Ugh.
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  10. I’m getting over being sick so my week was slow, but that’s okay. I’m in a down time and my next race is not until January!
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  11. love that little man is training for a tri! your hair looks amazing darker!! Sorry you had such a rough week and here’s hoping this one is much brighter!
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  12. Those views are amazing!!! Sounds like a great week despite a few things here and there. And how cool that your son is doing a triathalon!!
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  13. Sorry about the rough week!

    The weather here is kind of August like – hot and muggy. I’m ready for fall. So ready.

    Some of my best races have happened when I’m undertrained. Good luck with the race!
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  14. Toni says:

    Beautiful views! I am new to Tampa Bay and this heat is killing me, but what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger right? I hear The Best damn race is amazing, gonna have to check one out!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It is hot and it is humid. Summer training here is absolutely awful, but Fall PRs are made of Summer Sweat, so just keep repeating that to yourself, over and over. And over. I do a lot of my running before the sun comes up, and while it’s tough getting up so early, it’s worth it to not have the sun beating down on you.

      Definitely come out to at least one BDR! We’d love to have you join us!
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  15. Sharita says:

    That sunrise looked unreal! Even if it wasn’t the best week, that would be the reward for me! 🙂 Best of luck to you and your son on your upcoming races!
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  16. Natalie says:

    That is so awesome that your son is training for a triathlon!! WOW! Love all of your pictures!! Have a great week and good luck in your race!
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  17. Priya says:

    The sunrise pictures are so awesoem anybody would be inspired to get up and run.

  18. It’s definitely A-OK to take some time off when it’s a down time. We all have ’em! It’s just important to make sure you DO keep going. And you are.
    Views are GORGEOUS! We’ve been addicted with the sky and clouds lately. I can’t get enough pictures! lol
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  19. Becki S says:

    The new hair looks cute. Those sunset photos are fabulous!!
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  20. Beautiful sunset photos!

    My past week was good. I shortened my long run but I think I was feeling burnt out and needed a little rest. Came back feeling much better at the start of this week.
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  21. rachel says:

    Great week in review… and those photos. Well… that SUNRISE photo! Gorgeous!
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  22. Sorry to hear about the tough week but the hair do looks fantastic! I love that your little man is in training, how fun is that! You and the hubby are great examples! Hope this week is off to a great start!
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  23. Carmy says:

    Those sunsets are gorgeous! I’m totally jealous! Sorry about the tough week but I’ll bet this week will be better!

  24. Wow, that sunsets was amazing!
    I am loving the hair too, looks fabulous.
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  25. You know I just had a tough week of training too. It sucks! But we just have to move on and get it done..and forget about the previous week. Your pics are amazing! I always see pretty sunsets and stuff but then take a picture and it looks nothing at all like what I see lol
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  26. Such incredible sunsets and sunrises! Looks like a gorgeous place to run! How super cool that your son is doing a tri! Can’t wait to hear about it. Love your new hair look. I too have been toning down the blonde.

  27. Angie says:

    I love the Best Damn Race medal. I can’t wait to earn it in January.

    The sunset pictures are gorgeous!
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  28. jan says:

    I love that your son is doing a triathlon! That’s so cool. Kids’ triathlons are so much fun and have a great atmosphere. Your skies are so pretty down there, too. Love the colors!
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