weekly wrap: 1.1 – 1.7.2016

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!

So this is the first official wrap of 2017! I am excited that I can get a full 52 weeks in with this particular link up. It’s so great to be a part of this group and follow the journeys and accomplishments of so many wonderful bloggers.

Sunday – rest, plank (1:03.89)

January 1 is Mr PugRunner’s birthday, and we were excited to celebrate. After he opened his presents, we went off to brunch at Top Golf.

It was a wonderful morning and afternoon, even though I am so bad at golf, it’s laughable.

Later on, we enjoyed dinner at Bonefish Grill to toast to another great year. New Year’s birthdays are tough, but this one was especially great.

Oh, and I have joined up with a different Plank A Day Challenge, started by my fellow BDR Ambassador, Nanci. Social media accountability is real, folks, so I’m motivated to really keep up!

Another oh! Cold hard cash is a good motivator, too! My dear friend, Marianne, suggested putting $5 in a jar for every workout of 30+ plus minutes. Double workouts count only if they aren’t part of a usual thing (like running followed by yoga counts for $10, but a swimming/cycling/running brick during tri training would only count for $5). At the end of the year, empty the jar and splurge on something fun. Mr PugRunner got into it, too, and so we have THE JAR underway.

Monday – 5.5 miles, cycling; plank (1:10.70)

The next few days promised to be hectic in all the best ways. Little man was going to start back to school on Thursday. My college roommate and her family were spending the night on Tuesday. And in between all that was work and trying to undeck the halls.

Work was insane. I was hoping to get in a 10-15 mile bike ride after I got home, but I ended up having to stay late and then got stuck in awful traffic from a bad accident. By the time I walked in my door, it was starting to get dark, and the local roads were congested with overflow from the accident, so  I told Mr PugRunner that I was calling it.

He took a little pity on me and asked if I wanted to ride the few miles to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I felt better with company and at least it got me out of the house and moving. It was really thoughtful of him to offer it up and I appreciated it.

Tuesday – rest; plank (1:17.43)

We were so excited for our friends to arrive. Mr PugRunner had made pulled pork on the Egg, and when they arrived, we settled right into catching up. Their kids and little man played the evening away, and we set up our camping tent in the loft in which for them  to sleep.

I also got this little surprise in the mail: my Heavy Medal from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series!

I was really hoping to go for three this year, but… well, insert something about life and best-laid plans. It’s ok. I’ve got plenty of time to earn more! There are some great Rock ‘n’ Roll races coming up, so be sure not to miss out!


Wednesday – 2.6 miles, running; plank (1:21.65)

We were up early to get our friends breakfast and send them off on the rest of their vacation. I only had a short period of time before I had to leave for work, so I made the most of it and busted out 2.6 miles.

Every little bit counts.

Thursday – 5.5 miles, running; 75 minutes, yoga; plank (1:22.59)

Time to get back to work. Kait and I did our morning run

and then, after little man went back to school for the second half of his year, I got my butt back into yoga. Magic!

Friday – 60 minutes, body circuit; plank (1:21.38)

I was so glad to be able to go to body circuit! I had to skip the abs portion because I had an editorial meeting for one of my publications, but it was still a really nice workout with friends.

After my meeting, I went into pretty full relaxation mode. Sometimes, you just have to do it. A severe cold front and major storms were moving in and I had no interest in any of those things.

Saturday – 60 minutes, rock wall climbing; plank (1:23.42)

I had planned on a run. Really. But Kait begged off, and when I woke up to fit in the miles, there was torrential rain and lightning. I wish I could say I was sorry, but I wasn’t.

It didn’t matter – we had a pretty fun day planned at The Edge Rock Gym. It’s been a long time since I have been on a rock climbing wall, and little man always likes to try the walls at carnivals and festivals, so we figured what the heck?

It was insane! And intense! Mr PugRunner wasn’t interested in climbing, so little man and I took our time finding our groove. Once you pay your admission fee, you are pretty much free to spend the day, so we took our time, clipping into the auto-belay on the routes that looked manageable, watching how others made their way up, and generally pushing ourselves to new heights (see what I did there?)

Neither one of us got to the top. This time. But once little man got over his initial fears, we had to basically drag him out of there.

We will absolutely be going back!

After we turned in our shoes and harnesses, we took my parents out to celebrate their anniversary with dinner at a local Italian place.

And then it was home to crank up the heat and get warm for another day of freezing (literally) temperatures. Ugh.


All in all, I wasn’t very impressed with myself this week. I had a lot of variety, but didn’t really focus on the things I wanted (running and cycling).

This weekend, I have the Best Damn Race Jacksonville 10K on the calendar. I’m not sure it will be a PR kind of race but you never know. I’ll also be doing the Best Damn Race 10K + 5K Challenge in Orlando in early March. If you haven’t planned to run a Best Damn Race this year, there’s still time to save $5 on your registration for Orlando, Safety Harbor and the brand-new New Orleans events!


Also, for my mom readers, check me out on St. Augustine Moms Blog. I had a few things to say about my parenting goals in the new year.

How was your week in training?

Ever go rock wall climbing?

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22 Responses to weekly wrap: 1.1 – 1.7.2016

  1. That is a great medal! I saw your rock climbing on IG . It’s been a while since I did that but it was lots of fun for sure!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Vegan White Bean Quinoa ChiliMy Profile

  2. I have been rock climbing once at a sporting goods store (Dicks?). It was intense! All of managed to get to the top and ring the bell! I’d love to do that again!
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  3. Rachel says:

    Social media pressure IS real! Good job at getting those planks and workouts in. 🙂

  4. Toni says:

    Love the medal! I have a money jar but I do $1 for every mile, hoping to have a nice chunk of change by the end of the year.
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  5. Those pics of you climbing make me nervous! I’m kind of scared of heights!

    Love the money jar. I thought about putting all the money I find on the run in a jar. I need to do that!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I confess – on my first route, I got a few feet in the air, looked down and mildly freaked out. You’re on an auto-belay so you literally cannot fall, but it’s really, really hard to absorb that information.

      It would be great to see what you can collect on your runs through the year.

  6. Great job on all of your workouts! I’ve never climbed a rock wall, but it looks like fun! Hope you have another great week!

  7. Carmy says:

    I love the jar idea! I might have to follow suit!
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  8. Great week!it’s alays nice to spend time with old friends and your family. I stared the jar idea but with only a quarter per km completed.
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  9. Ilka says:

    Congrats on a solid training week. Love that you added planks everyday and you’re holding up for around 1:22 most of the time! Very awesome!

  10. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Sounds like a great week! I love the idea of putting the money in the jar, I might give that a try.

  11. Coco says:

    What a fun week! We love Bonefish! I went climbing once last summer and had a blast but was wiped out quickly. I need to go back.
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  12. Darlene says:

    You amaze me with everything you fit into ONE week. Rock climbing is kinda scary and I have NO upper body strength.

    I should plank. I should I should
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  13. Great week of training! That’s a good idea about the jar! Also, those drinks look mighty tasty 😀

  14. oh man, i bet rock climbing was so much fun!!

  15. The rock climbing looks so fun! AWESOME cross training for your running as well 🙂 Perfect mother & son bonding time!

  16. So not a TON of running and biking, but you got some in. Not to mention all the other workouts! I’m sure climbing those walls was no joke! I’m dying to try that. There is a place about an hour from me, I just need to go do! I love that you’re doing the thumbs up in that photo with little man and he isn’t. Opposite day 😉
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  17. I love the idea of the workout jar! This would definitely motivate me and it would be great to pick something fun at the end of the year!
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  18. Those drinks from your hubby’s birthday brunch look yummy! Happy belated birthday to him!

    I’ve never been rock climbing, but we took our sons once when they were younger. They enjoyed it!
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  19. The jar idea is a great one. You’ve got me thinking…maybe that’s something I should start implementing at our house!
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon Training Log – Week 1My Profile

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