weekly wrap: 10.8.17 – 10.21.17

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!

Surprise! It’s another double! Life is kicking my butt these days, and blogging is the thing I have had to let slide. I hate it. Writing is such an integral part of my identity, and I despise not having time for it. However, balance is crucial to existence, so these phases will happen.

Sunday – rest

I am fairly sure we didn’t do much of anything on Sunday. We lounged. Little man played with his buddies outside. It was great.

We also got our family photos back. I was so grateful for these and was pretty easily able to grab my five favorites for prints. Huge thanks to Megan Soto Photography.

Monday – rest

This was the week of our big fundraising run at little man’s school. My co-chair and I were mostly ready, but we showed up at school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to hold up signs at the parent drop-off line to help get some more publicity and stir up excitement.

After work, it was right off to karate and then time to crack down on some more final details.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running

This week was such a blur. We ran. We waved signs. We confirmed volunteers and double checked checklists.

That evening, my co-chair and I had our final big meeting and got everything all set up for our record keeping. It was almost go time.

Wednesday – rest

Just Wednesday. As Wednesdays often are.

Thursday – 6.5 miles, running

Event day! Fortunately, my running buddy was also my event co-chair, so we were able to really finalize our plans on our run. Which started at 4:00 AM. Because we’re lunatics like that.

We were at the school at 7:30 to get set up and ready. The students came out three classes at a time, starting from 9:00 and ending at about 12:15. Each class got a photo taken, warmed up, ran for about 15 minutes, cooled down and got a snack before returning to their day. It went very smoothly and I am proud to report that we crushed our goal.

I was an absolute zombie when it was time for Cub Scouts that night. I felt really disorganized and struggled with the meeting. I figure we all have bad ones, and while we got through what we had to learn, it was not without effort.

Friday – rest

I would have like to have had a day of rest, but I had to finish up the shopping for our Spook-O-Ree camping weekend! This is an annual district event, and we were so excited. As a leader,  I had a lot more responsibilities to fill, which was a bit nerve-wracking, but I was up for the challenge.

We packed up the car and left right after little man got out of school. It took just over an hour to get to the campsite and we were unloaded and our site was raised in due order. Our area was comprised of about four families – we had dinner together, the kids roasted s’mores on the campfire and I went to the first leaders’ meeting, where the camp organizers reviewed the weekend plans.

Not going to lie. I slept like a rock that night.

Saturday – rest

The grill and coffee started early, and Mr PugRunner was on breakfast duty. He and another dad whipped up pancakes, bacon and eggs, and everyone enjoyed their meal.

We had a pretty packed schedule. The kids did bb guns, archery, engineering by way of paper airplanes, a scavenger hunt over lunch (our pack won second place!), capture the flag, gaga ball and this really cool obstacle course, with lots of climbing, crawling, and mud. Holy moly, were they filthy.

In the evening, we did a campfire ceremony with awards (our pack tied for top campsite – there would be a tie breaker in the morning) and then the kids and parents broke off to either return to camp, trick or treat or check out the haunted trail. I wanted a shower, and so I headed back, but Mr PugRunner and some other dads took the boys to trick or treat, dropped off one batch and took a few more out to the haunted trail (reports varied from “cheesy” to “tear inducing terror”).

I had one more meeting where we discussed feedback and the check out process, and then in was bedtime again.

Sunday – rest

Per directions, we got up and packed up like lightning. The tie-breaker for top campsite was a game of Chubby Bunny, and we won!

And then it was time to go home. We all wanted to take hot showers, and our only deviation was a stop at a local breakfast place for eggs and mimosas. Perfection.

Monday – rest

I was pretty darn wiped out from the last week. Of course, Monday waits for no woman, and I had to kick back into our routine.

Tuesday – 6.2 miles, running

Not going to lie: I was so grateful to be able to run again. While we were constantly moving on the campout, it wasn’t quite the same as a long run.

I was also so touched to come to this:

Our little guy has the kindest heart and it so appreciated.

Wednesday – rest

I was thrilled to be done with work for the week. I was also thrilled to have a bit of a chance to finish Halloween decorating. I was NOT thrilled to find that the main part of our sprinkler system had been damaged and was spraying water like crazy. Fortunately, one of the neighbors was able to turn it off for me, we pinpointed the problem, and have an irrigation guy on the way to fix it. Ugh.

Thursday – 6 miles, running

The weekday miles really go quickly with someone.

When I got the mail that day, I was thrilled to find my House Puggister Virtual Medal!

This was so clever and I love that help is being given to pug rescue via Virtual Charity Runs.

Friday – rest

Mr PugRunner has been feeling a little neglected, so we made a day date for lunch at a place we had never visited. It was absolutely phenomenal – we had some drinks and shared a charcuterie plate, salad, soup and a sandwich of roast, herbed cheese, horseradish aioli and greens on ciabatta. I was stuffed but couldn’t stop eating.

After getting little man from the bus stop, I went back to the school to help set up for the Family Game Night. Everything looked really cute.

From there, we were off to meet our scout pack at a nearby corn maze. It was tough choosing between this and the school event, but we don’t have much time to fit in any fall activities so we opted for this.

We ended up with so many of our den-mates so it was extra fabulous!

Saturday – 11 miles, running (8 miles + 5K Stadium Challenge)

Even though we got home crazy late, the long run still had to happen. S was gracious enough to run six of my eight with me.

I showered, and threw together an artichoke appetizer for a friend’s welcome home from deployment/birthday party. We spent the afternoon celebrating, but had to cut out early for a race.

The boys had asked to run the IOA Jaguars Stadium Challenge, and it just so happened that we had registered before the party was scheduled. The weather was actually beautiful, and we had a great time. This is a tough run – 3.1 miles of astroturf and concourse ramps, but the last tenth of a mile is on the actual football field and you get to yourself on the jumbotron. I ran with the boys rather than going off on my own, and it was a nice family evening.

I could not wait to get myself in bed after all that.


I can admit that my butt has been officially kicked. It’s absolutely crazy to realize that I have a trail relay in six days, a half marathon in two weeks, and another one in four. I’m fairly ready, but I just can’t believe it’s happening. Also happening? Halloween. Yikes.

The calendar also tells me I have my first massage in over 10 years coming up for next Sunday. I’m terrified, but I know it will be really good for my glutes and that wonky hip. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be super relaxed and just want it done and over, but am hopeful the results will be positive.

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How was your week in training?

Are you a fan of the day date? 

Yay or nay on the massage?

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26 Responses to weekly wrap: 10.8.17 – 10.21.17

  1. Those rest days are so crucial for future success. Take what you need and then crush crush crush!

  2. It sounds like you’ve had a nice couple of weeks. Great family photo. We were horrible about getting those done, and now my kids are grown!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      My family NEVER had family photos taken and so I make it a point to try to have it done annually. Mr PugRunner thinks it’s absurd, but he goes along with it, because I don’t ask for too much 😉

  3. Deborah says:

    You got in a few nice long runs! Looks like those rest days are helping you
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  4. That House of Puggister medal is pretty cute! Great job getting your runs in despite your busy schedule!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Weekly Wrap – Here we go againMy Profile

  5. My hubs and I have a day date planned for November. I was going to run RnR LV, but we aren’t going to go after all (more to come on that). I still have the time off, though, so we’re going to head downtown!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I won’t be at RnRLV either. I’m pretty disappointed about it, but my feelings aren’t the only ones to consider in the decision. One day.

      Have so much fun on your day date and downtown adventure!

  6. oh gosh…YAY to the massage! Sometimes they hurt so good, but are pretty effective at getting kinks and knots “softened” 😉
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Ready to RALLYMy Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t mind the hurt so much. I am just squicked out by the whole thing. However, the opportunity presented itself, and I am going to be very open about the whole thing and see what happens. I do have an injury that could probably benefit from the whole procedure so I’m hoping that this takes care of it.

  7. Coco says:

    Wow, you have been crazy busy! It’s all important stuff and blogging should take a back seat. That breakfast + note is so precious! What a sweetie!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It is all important stuff and I am grateful these are the things that take up my days. However, I do hate leaving things to go by the wayside. It’s been that kind of year, though.

  8. kimberly G says:

    You always have action packed weeks – I don’t know how you fit it all in! Also starting a run at 4am is the definition of dedication!!

    Love the family photos!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t know how I fit it in, either. This week, I am just so tired LOL! I knew we would be missing out on our long run because of the camping, so it was really important to get those miles.

  9. Love your family photo!!!
    We do a lot of day dates as my husband works shift work. I kinda like it as it gives us time together…not like a full evening out but time together is always nice.
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Weekly Workouts; Run, Soccer, Cycle.My Profile

    • runswithpugs says:

      I was so happy with how they came out!

      I am just not able to stay up super late anymore, so day dates work out great. Mr PugRunner likes more of the nightlife, but sometimes, he just has to compromise.

  10. Toni says:

    I do mostly late day/night dates. It is nice to go out and enjoy each other when you can though.
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  11. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    Wow! You have been busy, glad you took time for yourself with a massage!! LOVE all the pictures 🙂

  12. What a beautiful family photo. Definitely one to frame!
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  13. I really don’t know how you do it all! Congrats on all the running, and getting all of those events in order! Your school sure does a lot of special things for the kids.
    You have a full race calendar coming up on top of everything else! I’ve run three 5K’s this month (yeah, with no training, I’m ashamed…) and am doing a half marathon relay this coming weekend. I picked the shorter 5 mile leg. I figure if you can get all this stuff done in a couple of weeks, I can survive 5 miles!
    I hope you’re able to enjoy the massage. I like them very much, but it is also very dependent on the person giving it.
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