weekly wrap: 1.8.2017 – 1.14.2017

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 – 4.2 miles, running; barre trial class, 60 minutes; plank 

This was quite a day. The cold snap left us with freezing temperatures, and even though I was on a pretty tight time schedule, I couldn’t drag myself out of bed for my long run.

In the end, I wound up doing 4.2 miles instead of 6 or 7. I was disappointed in myself, but I was cold and even a little lonely and unmotivated without my running buddy. As someone who prided herself on her solo running, I’ve certainly lost my edge.

I took a quick warming-up shower, and then back into workout clothes for a trial Barre class. K had asked if anyone was able to join her for a complimentary class at a new studio to see if she liked it, and I was certainly game.

It was very interesting. Don’t get me wrong – it was a tough workout, but not something I’m sure I would want to do regularly. The concept of the class is based on very small, pulsing movements with minimal weights and some resistance (I think I am more into tire flipping and heavier weights). There are points where you use the barre for stability or added tension. The class is broken up into a warmup, some floor work with the ball and tube, “seat” work and then abs. My favorite part was the abs.

Also – I just don’t like wearing socks. I would have been much happier barefoot, but that’s not an option.

Monday – rest; plank (1:24.03)

The weather was showing signs of starting to turn .

Tuesday – 5.5 miles, running; plank (1:19.59)

Kait and I had a nice morning run. I want to see if I can get to six miles for each weekday training run. I’m right there, and as long as I have someone with me, I feel like it’s much more manageable.

I spent most of the day at work – first at my regular shift, and then at a huge staff meeting. It was incredibly productive, even though I ended up not getting home until 10:30. That is way past my bedtime!

Wednesday – rest; plank (1:29.34)

Thursday – 4.3 miles, running; 1.3 miles, walking; plank (1:31.28)

I was on my own for the morning’s run, and got a bit of a later start. I had plans to meet a neighbor for coffee, and ended up just running to our destination. It actually worked out quite well. I had to pick up a few things at the grocery store, and took a brisk walk home.

For the afternoon, I had an editorial meeting to attend, which ended up being pretty great – I’ve got a lot of fun assignments coming up and I’m excited to get cracking.

Friday – rest; plank (1:25.90)

I thought about hitting yoga, but decided rest days are great, too. Plus, I was having an early lunch with another friend, and didn’t want to be rushed.

Mr PugRunner went out for a guys’ day with Papa Bear, so when I got little man from the bus stop, we decided to have a chill night – we had scrambled eggs for dinner followed by some popcorn with a movie he had been wanting to see. We were both in bed at a reasonable hour – which was great because I had to be up early for race day in the morning!

Saturday – Best Damn Race Jacksonville 10K – 6.2 miles; plank

I was on the road at 5:15, and a little disgruntled because it rained almost the entire way to Jacksonville. I think we all know how I feel about rain. However, it cleared and gave way to   thick fog – the same as Best Damn Race Jacksonville last year!

I met up with my fellow Ambassadors at the BDR booth, and waited for my running buddy S to show up.

The complete recap is coming up, but it was a blast! No PRs this day, but I do love a good 10K, and this is one of my favorites.

I hung out until the end of the race and then headed home, where Mr PugRunner was smoking ribs on the Big Green Egg for the whole family, parents included.


I think it’s safe to say this was a quiet week. I was a little lacking on my cross-training, but the freezing temperatures made it really hard to feel motivated. It’s ok to have a little downtime.

In the meantime, don’t forget that we are giving away this beautiful soy candle from Nourish – click here to enter.

How was your week in training?

What kind of weather leads to lack of motivation for you?

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23 Responses to weekly wrap: 1.8.2017 – 1.14.2017

  1. Coco says:

    I didn’t like Barre much either, but I have friends that love it. I’ve upped my weekday run from 4+ to 5 + miles, but it’s tough going in the cold and dark mornings!
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  2. I know people love barre but I can’t seem to get into it. I need to sweat more I’m such a cardio junkie
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  3. Rachel says:

    Sounds like a great week. I also enjoy rest days. They’re so amazing, aren’t they? 🙂
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  4. As far as classes go, I actually like barre. I get so much cardio, so it’s a nice change of pace. I don’t really attend classes though – the cost + the extra time it takes to get to/from just aren’t worth it to me.
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  5. I have been curious about a barre class but haven’t tried it yet. One of these days maybe I will. I hear it’s really challenging. I do cardio days alternating with strength training days, and work out at home. I have my own barre but so far I just use it for stretching.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It is challenging, but very different from other workouts. There were moments where I felt like I was barely doing anything at all (not true- those areas were SORE the next day). I used to do ballet, so my idea of how to use the barre and how we used it in class were very different things.

  6. My sister lives in Jacksonville! How neat! The weather has been warmer here and I don’t like running long in warm, humid conditions but didn’t have a choice on Friday. I’ve never taken a Pure Barre class. They seem expensive too right? Hope you have a good week!

    • runswithpugs says:

      That is neat? Does she run?

      I do think all the “boutique” studio classes are pricey. To that end, I am pretty no-frills, and I also live fairly far from all the studios (at least 20-25 minutes), which just doesn’t work in my schedule. It was a good workout and worth a trial, but at the same time, there are other things I like better.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Sounds like a great week! I lose my motivation when it’s extremely hot or extremely cold!

  8. I agree, rest days are important! I’m certainly enjoying mine (though I’m still doing 30 minutes of cardio regardless, on rest days I do “just” power walking)
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  9. Carmy says:

    I mostly enjoyed my pure barre experience. Those little pulsing movements BURN SO MUCH after a while!
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  10. Angela says:

    Rest days are so important. Totally agree with you there! But I love that you still got some core work in on those days with some planks! Great job!
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  11. Elle says:

    Glad you had such a great week. You always seem to get so much out of the time you have. Rain. Yuk. That candle looks nice. I love soy candles cause there is no black stuff in the air! I first discovered them when we lived on our sailboat.
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  12. I totally get the lack of motivation when it’s cold. Which is why I have gotten absolutely nothing accomplished up here in the tundra as far as work outs go. Going to my first workout class EVER tonight though! Wish me luck!
    Despite you’re calling this a quiet week, you did fit a lot miles in! Nice work! I love that medal from your race!
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  13. I feel like I’m one of the only people who has yet to try a barre class out. Crazy, I know!
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  14. Winter is hard. Although I do think it’s harder up here — it’s the grayness. I can deal with the cold, although I’m not fond of it, but the grayness is very depressing.

    It sounds to me like you had a pretty solid week!
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  15. Angie says:

    I ran the half at BDR. I wish I had run into you! I was glad for the cloud cover otherwise it may have been a warm race.
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  16. My BF is a PB instructor- I think the class has to grow on you! LOL! I am looking forward to her platform class- it has more movement 🙂 I love the BDR medal! Looking forward to your recap! Have a great week Jenn!
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  17. Jackie says:

    Hey there! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!

  18. HoHo Runs says:

    Kudos for running in thick fog (aka: humidity)! That is always a challenge. I love eating scrambled eggs and cheese for dinner! Quick, easy and yummy. I don’t mind cold. I don’t mind light rain. But thunder and lightning…no can do. Like today…ugh. I love that license plate BDR medal! Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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