weekly wrap: 9.18 – 9.24

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!

Sunday – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

Race day! S made a great call by booking a hotel room for us – all we had to do was roll out the door and make our way to the start line.

The full report is coming this week, but I’ll just say that it was a lovely time. The weather was hot and humid (a slap in the face after the last two days of mild temperatures with low humidity) and I wasn’t at all prepared for the elevation of the course, but I had a blast. I was quite clear with S that I had no interest in being a hero out there, so we just walked a little, ran a little, jogged a little and danced a little, until the finish line.


Her husband came to the finish line for her, and we hurried back to the room to shower and change before he came for us in the car. And then it was time to eat!

I desperately wanted a salad and a beer (which I got) and after a brief stop back at their house to drop off our stuff and change, we headed back out to a Brazilian steakhouse, for all you can eat meat. It was definitely a new experience for me, but it was fun and we stuffed ourselves! Yum.

Monday – rest

The day started at 4:30AM so I could catch my flight home. I was incredibly sorry to leave, and even more incredibly sorry that I almost missed my flight (due to some customer service issue with some other travelers that kept the counter agent from moving the line along), and that the weather delayed said flight by about 90 minutes (with us sitting on the tarmac). Ugh.

However, we were back home soon enough and Mr PugRunner and I reunited over breakfast.

And then I napped.

I did have to replace my phone so Mr PugRunner suggested we skip karate, hit the AT&T store and grab dinner as a family. It was a solid plan, except for getting stuck in one of the most terrifying lightning storms in recent memory. We thought we had enough of a break in the weather to head for home, but the storm whipped up again while we were out there, and … well… I’m just grateful we made it home safely.

Tuesday – rest

We had little man’s parent-teacher conference before school started. I could have planned that a little better so I didn’t have to get up and be presentable quite so early, but I am always excited to get in the classroom and discuss his progress. He’s doing great and 3rd grade is agreeing with him beautifully. Yay.

I caught up on laundry and all the housekeeping and lounged around a lot. My glutes and calves were sore and I was just fine babying them.

Wednesday – rest

I thought about going to spin class. I really did. But… nope. I was very much all about spending some time on the couch.

Thursday – 3 miles

It was time to run, whether I wanted to or not. And honestly, my legs were feeling a lot better, so I figured an easy three miler would be reasonable. I struggled a little, but I ran the whole thing straight through with a quick break to stretch out my calves and one of my feet. Nothing major, but it was a little achy and I didn’t want to push it.

The rest of the day was a bit stressful. Mr PugRunner ended up cracking his tooth and needed to go in for an emergency dental procedure, but I had to go to work and wouldn’t be able to get little man from the bus stop. Fortunately, my parents were able to come over to help us out until he got home, and he was ok to take him to Cub Scouts later in the evening.

Friday – 60 minutes body circuit

I loved being back in class. It was fantastic to do my HIIT circuits, and I loved the arm workouts. Yay!

I had to do some shopping, and then Mr PugRunner called to see if I wanted to meet him for lunch.

Yay for noon margaritas!

I was really looking forward to that evening. Little man’s school was hosting its annual Mother/Son Cornhole event, and it’s always a great time. Mr PugRunner was volunteering with the Cub Scouts at concessions, and we all ended up having a blast.

We stayed late to help with cleanup, but I think we were all super ready for bed.

Saturday – 6 miles

I was ready for a long run and decided on six miles. My hip was still complaining a little, so I ran miles 1, 2, 4 and 5 straight through, and then used my intervals for miles 3 and 6. That seemed to alleviate some of the discomfort, and I realized I needed to get back into spin this week.

I met some of my girlfriends for a lovely breakfast, did some quick shopping for our vacation in a few months, and spent the rest of the afternoon with my family at the movies.


I think it was a decent week, considering the travel and the half marathon. I was a little disappointed to be so sore (usually my legs are wobbly for a day, but that’s about it). Obviously, the difference of terrain mattered. It was worth it.

In running news: my coaches from Empower have delivered my training plan for the Space Coast Half Marathon. I’m currently processing what they have laid out for me and I’m not entirely encouraged by the fact that this meme was the follow up:


I guess I’m going to take it one day at a time, and hope for the best.

Also, if you are local to the Jacksonville area, you have until midnight tonight to enter to win a Family Four Pack to Oktoberfest Jacksonville on Saturday, October 1. It promises to be an incredible time for adults and kids alike, with beer tasting, entertainment and a Family Fun Zone full of games and activities.


Just click here to visit the entry page, and good luck!*

How was your week in training?

How do you manage when a training plan looks a bit (or a lot) intimidating?

I have partnered with Oktoberfest Jacksonville through CF Media to promote this event. In exchange for my promotion, I have been compensated with event tickets for the purposes of this giveaway and for personal use. All opinions are my own.


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18 Responses to weekly wrap: 9.18 – 9.24

  1. Carmy says:

    Love the R n R medal! How cute!

  2. Oooo the Brazilian steakhouse sounds like a great way to refuel after the race. It was great to meet you last Sunday. Hopefully our paths will cross again sometime soon!
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  3. Haha! Love the mile repeats meme (I guess that’s because I’m a coach 🙂 ). Nice job on your half marathon. I look forward to the recap.
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  4. Can’t wait for the RNR recap. I’m doing my first RNR race in Brooklyn in a few weeks!

  5. Angie says:

    That storm Monday was scary! I was picking up my daughter from Girl Scouts when I swear the lightening almost struck us. I know it probably wasn’t that close, but it felt like the lightening was right next to us.

    That meme looks frightening. 🙂
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  6. Christy says:

    Mile repeats do suck! I take a tough training plan one day at a time and don’t sweat it too much if I don’t hit all the target times. My week was pretty easy, week 2 post marathon and my legs are feeling recovered and wanting to run..so that is a happy thing!

  7. Congratulations on completing the Philly rock n roll. That Margarita looks very refreshing!
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  8. Awesome job at the half! I think you had a great plan, especially given the terrain. The northeast is not nearly as flat as Florida, and I’m sure that’s what the extra soreness is all about.
    Sounds like Little Man is doing great, I love all the fun things you get to do together.
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  9. I heard the Philly Rn’R was tough because of the weather. WE got slammed with some surprising hot and humid weather this weekend (Sunday) for my race, too. Mile repeats…have not done those (yet)…stay tuned, I:m sure I’ll have an opinion on them soon enough LOL
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    • runswithpugs says:

      The Philly weather was RUDE. Friday and Saturday, it was mild, with low humidity, and even as low in the 50s (with 50% humidity) on Saturday morning. Sunday? 80 and 85% at the start! How is that ok, I ask? Grrrr!

      Yeah, mile repeats are not in my wheelhouse, at all, so it’s going to be ugly.

  10. Congrats on the Philly race! I was jealous after seeing the pics all weekend. That race is on my list for sure
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  11. Toni says:

    Looks like a great week, congrats on your race, I am reading about and here it was pretty hot and humid, but I know your training had to consist of many humid runs.
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  12. Sounds like you had a fun time in Philly. I really want to run that one sometime.

    When I have a hard plan, I try to just focus on the week ahead of me and not worry about the other weeks until I get there.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Skirt Sports Trunk Show: try on all the skirts!My Profile

  13. lol — sounds like your trainers have a sense of humor at least! Congrats on doing the RnR! 🙂

  14. Was the Brazilian steakhouse you went too called Texas de brazil? We’ve been to several of them in different cities and it is a different experience but one we love!
    Great job on your race look forward to the recap on it!
    How do I manage a training plan? This fall I am not managing it at all! Ha, Holly is doing all the work for me, well the planning work that is. It’s kind of hard cause I’m a planner and I like to look at my calendar and see what my long run mileage looks like to plan trips around it. That part is hard, but I’m loving the purpose to my runs!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      No… it was called Fogo de Chao. I think Texas de Brazil is the one that’s local to me here, and there was one in Miami called Porcao that everyone RAVED about, but I was going through a mostly vegetarian stage so it seems kind of a waste to go.

  15. One workout at at time (and I HATE mile repeats, but really enjoy 800s when I get a rest after them).

    I take a week off of running after a half. I have a half in Oct, one in Dec, one in March . . . assuming I get to all of them, it’s gonna be interesting!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…RnR Cape Cod: 9/19-25 Weekly WrapMy Profile

  16. HoHo Runs says:

    I heard the weather was quite the challenge at RnR Philly. But, it sounds like you had a great attitude and great fun with it. I don’t do mile repeats. I prefer continual tempo miles. I guess I should try them so I can have an opinion. I would just trust in the training plan and give it a whirl. That Margarita looks divine. Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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