weekly wrap: 3.5.2017 – 3.11.2017 + publix savannah women’s half marathon training week 5

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!

This past week has been… well…. eventful. It was Gate River Run Week, which meant all hands on deck at work. I was really looking forward to some downtime come Saturday.

Sunday – March to Get Screened 5K Run/Walk

I recapped the race here, but it was a great morning and a beautiful day. I was proud of myself for running my fastest 5K in quite some time, especially on the beach and on the heels of 9.3 miles the day before.

Monday – rest

Monday was less great. Little man had a rough and sleepless night, and Mr PugRunner ended up taking him to the doctor as soon as the office opened. Diagnosis? Strep. Ugh. On the plus side, he doesn’t tend to fever or sore throat when he has strep, but he was pretty miserable with some shallow breathing and coughing. Mr PugRunner and I tag teamed to stay home with him (I went to work in the morning, and we switched off when I got home).

In lieu of karate, we rented Moana, and spent the evening eating soup and singing along.

Tuesday – 4 miles

Little man had a much more restful sleep, and so I was able to get out for a 4 miler before work. It was a bit of a lonely run but I was glad for it.

We decided that little man would spend one more day at home, and we switched off work schedules again to make it happen. He was already 100% better, but we wanted him to have a little more rest and give the antibiotics a chance to really do their job.

Wednesday – rest

Wednesdays are short days for everyone, so it was a nice way to ease back into school. Fortunately, with spring break right around the corner, there wasn’t much makeup work for him, so we were able to enjoy another mostly low-key night. We did end up going to his karate class, just because he was going to be testing on Saturday morning and we wanted him to have one last refresher class before then.

Thursday – 5 miles

I had another solid run this morning, and was feeling pretty decent for Gate. Of course, it’s a pretty intimidating run in and of itself, but I was comfortable with what I had done as far as training thus far.

Mr PugRunner and Papa Bear had planned to spend the day in Orlando at a Yankees game, and my mom came down to help out with little man, so I could hit up the Expo to get my race packet, and then put in some hours at work.

She was also kind enough to take him to cub scouts when I got home so I could clean up and grab some dinner. My parents are, quite literally, the best.

Friday – rest

I was finally able to clean up around the house and get some small errands done. After all that, we headed over to little man’s school for his publishing party. The kids have all been working on informational papers on animals of the west, and little man’s piece on the King Salmon was quite educational. These papers will be part of a larger project for the end of the year, and I am excited to see how it all evolves.

I also got a nice surprise in the mail: the Aftershokz headphones I had won from #bibchat a couple of weeks ago. I know the rule about nothing new on race day, but I was pretty darn determined to try them out at the Gate.

We had a quiet night with takeout Italian for dinner, and I tried to get in bed on the early side.

Saturday – Gate River Run 15K

Due to not wanting to deal with traffic and road closures, I was out of the house by 5:30 AM. I wasn’t feeling great for a variety of reasons, and there were a few moments where I really thought about bailing and going home.

However, this IS one of my favorite races, and I was already up and dressed, so I figured I could slog it out.

Race recap to come, but I will give the huge spoiler alert and say that I PR’d! I had no idea until hours later, and it’s been so long since it’s happened, that I’m really feeling so much more motivated and positive about everything. Funny how that happens.

In the meantime, little man was at his dojo, earning his blue belt! He has been working really hard in karate, and I am so proud to see him moving along so beautifully.

While I worked on getting home, the boys went to spend the afternoon at a local Big Green Egg festival, sampling some delicious, BGE-cooked food. I, on the other hand, took a nap.

That evening, we had plans to go out to dinner with another couple. We shared a sitter between our combined three boys, and they may have had just as much fun as we did. It’s something we definitely plan to do again (although hopefully not after a huge 15k!).


Twenty one point four miles for the week, and I am feeling pretty strong. The unexpected PR boosted my spirits incredibly, and I am hoping to build on that this year. I think it was just the thing I needed to gain some more confidence.

This week, I am also going back to boot camp. I haven’t been able to do much cross training due to scheduling conflicts, so I am going to take the hit on sleep and get myself back into the gym for an early class.

I also plan to get back on the bike this week. I wanted to start doing laps, but low temperatures and storms are going to keep me out of the pool (outside and not heated). Yes, I’m that much of a sissy. But I’ll get caught up.


How was your week of training?

Are you managing to fend off illness in your house this winter?



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39 Responses to weekly wrap: 3.5.2017 – 3.11.2017 + publix savannah women’s half marathon training week 5

  1. Nicole says:

    Love reading about training! My week was definitely the best I’ve had in a while…

    Fending off illness is always hard. I work with kids aka little germ factories. Lots of fruits/veggies, getting enough sleep, and not touching my face at all seems to help (knock on wood)

    • runswithpugs says:

      Since I’ve had my tonsils out, the only thing I really get are hormonal migraines and a rather regular inconvenience, which sometimes takes quite a bit of me. We are lucky to be a fairly sturdy household. We do lots of fruits/veggies, vitamins supplements, and Mr PugRunner and I dose regularly with apple cider vinegar. It seems to do the trick.

  2. Congrats on the PR and the high mileage week!

    I’m interested in hearing more about the headphones….
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  3. Cassandra says:

    Other than the sickness, you and your family have had a solid week. I bet the headphones was a nice touch for running the Gate and a PR at that, too! I hope Mr. PugRunner feels better and congrats to your little man on earning his blue belt. 🙂

  4. Kimberly G says:

    congrats on the race and your PR! I loved your race-day outfit 🙂

    Also congrats to your little guy getting his blue belt – that’s so exciting!
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  5. gina says:

    Congrats on your PR! It’s also so awesome to set a new goal! I absoluetly LOVE my aftershokz! What did you think? Thanks for joining bibchat. They are fun! Tuesday, we’re giving away a pair of Oofos recovery sandals.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh my goodness, the aftershokz are AMAZING! I had no idea I would love them so much. Of course, I’ll be writing a full update soon!

      I love Oofos, too! I missed last week’s bibchat, but I’ll be back!

  6. Marcia says:

    You’ve been a racing machine lately and it paid off in an unexpected PR! Congrats! Sorry about the strep. It’s going around, I’m afraid. Yay for little man’s belt test!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Strep is the bane of my existence. I used to get it at least once a year (with the show throat swelling shut pleasantries), and I hate that little man is also afflicted. We are lucky that he doesn’t have the fevers and sore throats, but it also makes it hard in treatment. I would have no problem having his tonsils removed, but nothing ever shows there, so I don’t want to subject him to unnecessary surgery. Sigh.

  7. Rachel says:

    Congrats!! Unexpected PRs are the BEST!! So happy for you.
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  8. Congrats to you on that shiny PR that is exciting! and kudos to your little man on his new belt! A house full of winners- time to celebrate!
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  9. you have had some great training weeks lately! How cute is he in his karate gear?!
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  10. Way to go on the PR and you even thought of bailing out on the race!
    Karate is such a great confidence builder – good for Little Man to be a part of it. My girls tried it out but I thought it was overpriced so we’re looking for a different facility.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you so much. Maybe I really need to start going into runs with the attitude of “meh” and I will start to see some results LOL!

      Karate does seem to be one of the more expensive sports, but we are really happy with our dojo and sensei and with little man’s progress. He doesn’t really do any other sports right now (and run club is free), so it works out.

  11. De Bolton says:

    Congratulations lil man on your blue belt and awesome winning some AfterShockz other than the strep sounds like you had a stellar week!

  12. Great job on that PR 😉 Strep (knock on wood) has never entered our household…and our oldest is almost 23. I don’t think I ever had it as a child, but had tonsilitis almost every winter
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Thank you! I think everyone has their “sickness.” We’re really not one for colds or anything else. Just that pesky strep. Blah. Fortunately, for little man, a day of antibiotics has him back to right.

  13. Congrats on the PR!
    Strep is the devil, and I always get chest congestion after.
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  14. Coco says:

    Woo! Congrats on that PR! And for winning those headphones!
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  15. Congrats on the PR! Sorry your son was sick, but great job keeping up with your workouts.

  16. Wow you are racing a lot! Great job on your fast 5k and on your 15k PR!! Sorry your little man was sick and hope he’s feeling good this week! Have a great week!

  17. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    So cool that you won the Aftershokz Headphones! I have a pair and love them!!

  18. Woohoo, GO YANKEES! That’s awesome you’re somewhat near spring training land!
    Congrats on the PR! That’s SO exciting!
    My week in training went well. I finished week 3 of couch to 5K and am on to week 4! It’s slow going, but it’s going. I hope to be back to my old running self in no time!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We are near a lot of things. I was really disappointed to not be able to go but I had work and little man had school. Maybe next year. Then again, we already got to see Jeter’s last spring training in Tampa a few years ago (and got an autograph for our trouble), so maybe I should go out on a high note 🙂

      Great work! I’m so proud of you for getting back out there!

  19. Toni says:

    Sorry about the strep
    In the house, that sux. You had a great week though and a new PR!!
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  20. I hope you liked your new Aftershokz. I absolutely LOVE mine. And while you technically broke the “nothing new on race day” rule I think an exception can be made for headphones, especially ones as nice as what you won.
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  21. HoHo Runs says:

    I just love when that happens! You go to a race not really feeling into it and things end up going your way (sorta like for me in the 5k this weekend). It IS so motivating. We LOVE our Green Egg, but I didn’t know they had festivals. How cool! Thanks for linking, Jenn!

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