weekly wrap: 11.19.17 – 11.26.17

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!

Speaking of MissSippiPiddlin… just wait til you see what this week had in store.

Sunday – 9 miles, running

Our Saturday long run got pushed to Sunday. I was ok with that seeing as how I really needed a day to “sleep in.” I figured nine miles would be a good way to head into this two-race week.


Afterwards, we got the house tidied up for some friends to come over. Mr PugRunner made some delicious Boston Butt on the egg, and everyone pitched in with their favorite BBQ sides.

The kids played for a bit and then we worked on the Cub Scouts Space Derby kits. The instructions in these things are never great, so it was nice to have a team working on them.

Monday – rest

Mondays. We all know how those go.

Tuesday – 6.7 miles, running

Three of the four group members went for the early morning miles. It started to drizzle a bit as we were wrapping up and I had to spring for home. Boo, rain, boo.

I hustled over to the school in the morning to help little man’s teacher get set up for fall centers. Our class was hosting a station where they would make butter by shaking cream and salt in a ziplock bag. I also sent in a hand mixer in case the experiment failed. Shockingly, it worked just fine!

When I got home from work, I had a meeting scheduled with our new dogsitter, and my parents picked up little man from school. The pugs loved C to pieces, and she was so excited to add them to her client list.

We went out for a nice dinner and little man went home with my parents, to return on Thanksgiving. He had Wednesday off, but I didn’t, so he would have more fun with them.

Wednesday – rest

Mr PugRunner braved the store for a few last-minute items, while I finished my day at work. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to Justice League in the movie theater. I was so excited to see it – it wasn’t phenomenal, but I enjoyed it heartily.

Thursday – 3.1 miles, running

t was an early, early morning for me. Not only did the Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic 5K start at 6:50AM, but I was picking up Tricia for the race! We arrived a little early to make sure we had close parking, but ugh. It was POURING.

You guys, I have never actually gone out in the rain, so I wasn’t really thrilled about racing in it, but we had brought trash bags and a sense of adventure. We waited until the absolute last minute and then rolled up to the start line.

Crazy! Stay tuned for pictures of us in our classy garbage bags!

After I dropped her back home, it was time for me to go home and start getting ready for our big day. Mr PugRunner had decided to cook the turkey on the Big Green Egg, so all I really had to do was make the stuffing and a few sides.

The rest of the family showed up and we had a lovely, relaxing day of good food, conversation and football.

The only bummer was that it rained all day so we couldn’t enjoy a nice walk around the neighborhood when we were finished.

Friday – rest

We skipped out on Black Friday in favor of Friendsgiving. It’s an annual event where a bunch of friends cook up a huge feast and enjoy it together. I probably ate more at Friendsgiving than I did at Thanksgiving! It was equally good and it was fun to try different interpretations of my favorite holiday sides.

Saturday – rest

There was no real rest on Saturday. First, we had a date to see Santa, so we hit the outdoor mall early to get a prime spot in line.

We got home, fed and settled the pugs, tossed our suitcases in the car and made the drive to Cocoa for my fifth running of the Space Coast Half Marathon. Way back in 2013, I made the decision to register for a half marathon, without ever having done a 5K. It was insanity,  but I saw that the Space Coast event was offering an incredibly cool, five-year series of medals, and I just had to have them all.

I even got my name on the Intergalactic Challenge banner!

After a quick trip to the expo, we checked into our hotel, got our traditional pasta dinner and it was off to bed for this little runner. With a 4:15 AM shuttle for a 6:00 AM start time, I had to get some sleep!

Spoiler alert: I had a great race. It wasn’t a PR and I am a hurting unit today, but I think I ran strong and smart, which makes me happy. All in all it was a fabulous week, and I will be leaving November with over 100 miles. I don’t think I’ve ever totaled that much in my history of running, so I’m pretty excited to see where that leads.

How was your Thanksgiving?

How was your week in training?




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17 Responses to weekly wrap: 11.19.17 – 11.26.17

  1. Rachel says:

    How fun that you guys got to race together! And are you serious? You’ve never run in the rain??!!! How is that possible??!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      So, the thing about Florida is that it doesn’t rain a ton, unless it’s hurricane season. And even then, it’s not usually days of pouring down rain. It will drizzle here and there, but it passes quickly for the most part. My schedule is also such that if I wake up and it’s raining on a Tuesday, I can run on Wednesday, or if I see the forecast is looking sketchy, I’ll go a day earlier than planned. If it’s actually raining, I don’t go outside. If it starts raining on me while I’m out, I book it for home.

      The idea of voluntarily going to a race and getting out of the car into a monsoon was an absolutely foreign concept to me. And while I feel all bada$$ and beasty about it, I loathe being wet, and I hated that my shoes were soaked and it was all very gross LOL.

  2. Mary says:

    I hope that pouring wet 5K went OK. Intriguing that your husband cooked the turkey on a Big Green Egg. We have one and love it. We are vegetarian except for seafood, so no turkey cooking here, but I admit I’m curious how it would work to roast a turkey in the Big Green Egg. It sounds like a good idea. I’m glad you and your husband went out and had fun just the two of you when you had the chance.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He brined it 48 hours before and it actually turned out amazing. I was skeptical, but it was almost better than the one we roast. We will definitely do it again.

      The 5K went great, other than being a soggy drowned rat at the end LOL!

  3. Can’t wait to hear about the race! You have never run in the rain before really?! Hope Friendsgiving was a fun one. I keep saying that I want to do that some year
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  4. Looking forward to your race recap! Friendsgivings are so fun, too! Way better than Black Friday.
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  5. Sounds like a great week! My thanksgiving was great – turkey trot and we hosted a small dinner with my husbands family!
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  6. I’m kind of jealous that you got to run with Tricia! And then the Space Coast half? Sigh….

    You had a busy week! Lots to be thankful for.
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  7. The Space Coast looks so fun! I saw some pics on Facebook of people with all the medals. Dang! Wish I could have been a part of that party!
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  8. Kim G says:

    This looks like such a fun half marathon! And how fun that you were able to run with Tricia!

  9. What a fun week! I’ve been seeing lots of posts about the Space Coast Half Marathon and it seems like a blast! (see what I did there?)
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  10. Darlene says:

    Running in the rain is no fun and I’ve run several half marathons in the pouring rain.

    So fun that you got to meet up with Tricia.

    How far are you from Singer Island? I’ve running the half on March 17.

    I’m staying in Hobe Sound March 14 -16.

    Would love to meet up.
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  11. Elle says:

    Always love reading your posts and seeing your fun pictures. Looks like the holiday season is off to a great start!

  12. I’m a little jealous you had TWO Thanksgivings! You definitely earned them with all those miles! Congrats on Space Coast challenge, that’s AMAZING!
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  13. I have to ask, what is Boston Butt on the egg? Looks like a lot of holiday cheer is already spreading to you with a visit to Santa!

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