weekly wrap: 11.13 – 11.19 + space coast half marathon training week 7

Happy Monday!  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 – 10 miles, running

This was a pretty solid run, even though it was a little warmer than I would have liked. Either way, I got it done.

That afternoon, Mr PugRunner made a bacon-wrapped meatloaf on the egg, and we enjoyed a lovely late lunch outside with my parents. He has really been loving cooking lately, so I’m not complaining.

Monday – rest

Mr PugRunner hopped a plane for four days in Wisconsin and Illinois for business, so it was me and little man on our own.

He went to school, I went to work, and after dinner, it was time for karate. On our way home, we even got a glimpse of the “supermoon” through the clouds. Beautiful.

Tuesday – rest

Another round of work and school.

Little man got his interim report and his grades were excellent again. As a reward, I made grilled cheese and tomato soup, and rented Finding Dory. It was a chill evening, and the movie was fabulous.

Wednesday – rest

One day closer to Mr PugRunner coming home! By this point of the week, I was really having a hard time not being about to get out for a run (or anything else for that matter).

Little man’s interim report became available online, and we were thrilled to see that his grades were excellent. To celebrate, I took him out for sushi after karate.

One more piece of big news? The Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K released their medals! Aren’t they gorgeous?

This year, I am bringing home the big purple one, no matter what! If you want to have one of these beauties for your very own, register here and use code RUNPUGS to save $10!*

Thursday – rest

Little man was pretty excited for Thursday – his daddy was coming home and he was going to be earning some awards at Cub Scouts! My parents came over for dinner and then Papa Bear took little man to his meeting.

He came home, sporting a new badge and belt loop, and thrilled to see Mr PugRunner. It has been a long week, but we were all back together again.

Friday – 3.5 miles running, 60 minutes body circuit

Even though I stayed up way too late the night before, I popped up with the alarm and met my running buddy for some miles. It felt so freaking good to stretch my legs!

I doubled up with a body circuit workout. I confess, I phoned it in a little – my legs were tired. Even with that, it was a good class, and I was happy to hang out with some friends.

Little man had a publishing party in the afternoon. Parents were invited to come in to listen to the kids read their opinion pieces. The topic was choosing a class mascot, and we would be having a vote after all the pieces had been read.

The river otter was little man’s choice, and he presented an excellent case.

The river otter came in third of about eight options, but even with that, he did great. And Mr PugRunner was blown away at the fact that the kids were doing public speaking.

Since it was the end of the day, I was able to sign him out of school. We took a nap, because it was fall carnival night, and we wanted to be well rested.

Our school’s annual carnival is always a huge success: little man and his buddies had a blast. There were traditional carnival games, pie in the face where kids got to throw plates of whipped cream at teachers, bounce houses, pony rides, hamster balls and more.

Since we got there right as it opened, we were able to get through everything pretty quickly and then went out to a nice family dinner.

Saturday – rest

We were supposed to participate in the Alzheimer’s Walk on behalf of my father-in-law. We had a great team organized last year, and while our numbers were reduced, it was something to which we were looking forward.

Unfortunately, scheduling got in the way. Little man finally earned the opportunity to test for his orange belt and black stripe and if he didn’t make it to Saturday’s test, he wouldn’t be able to test until January. He has been working really hard to get this belt, and there was just no way to be in two places at once.

He did beautifully with his forms and all his one-steps. I watch him in class every week, but I was so impressed to see him really turn up his body positioning and placement. At the end of test, all the students had their board breaks (type depending on belt level). The two orange belts had to perform an Axe Kick on TWO boards. That is little man’s most challenging kick by far, but he did it!

And he “graduated!”

After a celebratory lunch and Thanksgiving grocery shopping, we went home, where he spent the rest of the day playing with his buddies and the adults watched some football. The weather has finally taken a turn to reasonably cool so it was a lovely Saturday.


So a quiet week, at long last. Aside from running around to different errands and activities, and four days of work, I didn’t get in too much activity, which was both a blessing and a curse. I did my long run on Sunday because of the cooler (cold) temperatures, but that was it.

Coming up this week? A Tuesday training run, a Thanksgiving Day 6K, a very slow and easy walk/run on Friday, and the Space Coast Half Marathon on Sunday. My 2016 race season is drawing to a close, and I’m hoping it will be incredible.


How was your week in training?

What’s up on your holiday running calendar?


*I am an ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. I have been compensated for my promotion of the event with a complimentary race entry and amenities from event sponsors. All opinions are my own.

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18 Responses to weekly wrap: 11.13 – 11.19 + space coast half marathon training week 7

  1. Congrats to little man on his badges AND his new belt! He seems like such a great kid.
    Also, PONY RIDES?! Yay!!!
    (And nice work with the workouts too of course!)
    Since I’ve all but pretty much quit running, I didn’t sign up for the Turkey Trot this year. Our local trot is a 5 miler, and you really can’t just jump in there unprepared. But I have three virtual races to complete, and the cold weather has arrived. Thus less riding, and hopefully more running coming soon!
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  2. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a 6k!

    I hope to do a turkey trot Thursday, but the weather looks a bit iffy. We’ll see (and how I’m feeling). Then half #14 the following weekend. A fun run 5k through the holiday lights the week after that!

    Then I’ll take a mini off season (very mini) and pray for a decent winter, as I’ll be training for the next half. Not sure what’s after that . . .

    Quiet weeks are just needed sometimes. I’d sure like one!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s a really random distance and I’m not sure of the story behind it, but 6K it is.

      I have yet to do a holiday lights run. I was hoping to get one in this year, but scheduling doesn’t work out. I really need to clone myself.

      Hope your winter is mild!

  3. Congrats to your son on his medals and his great report card. I love seeing all of his pics he always look so happy. That’s all you!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      <3 Thank you. Obviously, we have our bad days and our challenges, which I prefer not to share out of respect to him, but we are trying. I still wish there was some kind of foolproof parenting manual, but I guess we're all in it together.

  4. Carmy says:

    Congrats to your son on his medals and belt!
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  5. What a busy week! I miss the days of running to all my guys’ activities.

    Good luck on that 6k (automatic PR!) and your half!
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  6. great week! and congrats to your little man! I love the turkey trot! Let’s see if I am still saying that after I run one in Wisconsin ! Have a great Thanksgiving!
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  7. My running season is pretty much drawing to a close. My coach is wanting me to take things real easy (like…NO running) for the next couple weeks. I have no runs on my calendar for awhile…but a few favorites in the spring I’m thinking about 😉
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  8. Congrats on all Little Man’s achievements!

    LOVE those medals – wish we had such nice ones in this part of the world…!
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  9. Marcia says:

    Awww little ma had a great week! Isn’t it great when they do so well in school? I took Tae Kwon Do as a teenager and that belt test brings back memories!
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  10. Marcia says:

    Little man not ma! 😀
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  11. Good luck at the race on Sunday!! What line of work are you in?

  12. Brandi says:

    After seeing that Bacon wrapped meatloaf that is now all i can think about. Looks so good.

  13. You had a full week but it’s nice sometimes when things can be a bit more quiet. Congrats to your son on his excellent grades and accolades with Cub Scouts and karate!
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  14. HoHo Runs says:

    I wish my husband would cook more on the Green Egg. He only enjoys it during the summer. Our middle son has a black belt in martial arts. Board breaking was always my favorite thing to watch. We still have all of his broken boards which are dated and signed by the master. I’d really like to run in Savannah next year. We’ll see. Good luck at Space Coast. That one is also on my list. Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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