weekly wrap: 1.14.17 – 1.20.17

Happy Monday, Happy New Year and Happy Back To The Grind!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

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!

Things calmed down a little bit this week. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a welcome relief in a lot of ways.

Sunday – Jekyll Island Marathon & 10K, 6.2 miles running

I had a truly incredible night’s sleep in the “Heavenly” bed at the Westin Jekyll Island. Of course, it was hard to leave, knowing that race morning temperatuers were going to be in the 20s, but … you do what you have to do.

I will share my race report later, but the Jekyll Island Marathon & 10K was fabulous, especially for an inaugural event. Just check out that view!

I also got to meet Chelsea, a fellow member of Team Nuun! She was running the marathon that day (and rocked it!)

After the run, Meghan and I warmed up and headed for a delicious recovery lunch at a local pub. Yum.

Then it was time for the drive home.  It was incredibly hard to say goodbye, but we will be back, for sure!

My night wasn’t over. Our Brooks rep was coming in to share with all the latest updates and new happenings with their running shoes and apparel. It was a fun night with some coworkers, and I am excited for some of these new products to launch in the upcoming months.

Monday – name workout

Since it was a school holiday, we decided to take the day off from group fitness. However, I was pretty energized from the weekend, and went ahead with a name workout. It was fairly challenging (hello, 110 jumping jacks in a row, two times!), but it was a good way to start the week. And Bentley helped to make sure I was handling those wall sits properly.

Little man enjoyed the rest of his long weekend at my parents’, and then they came over for a home-cooked meal. Things were basically back to normal.

Tuesday – 7 miles, running

Colder and colder! We were feeling pretty proud of ourselves for getting out there in the hard freeze.

After work, I was very much looking forward to some downtime. Tuesday is the one day we don’t have much planned, so little man could do his homework and I could work on making a yummy dinner (homemade pasta fagioli for a chilly night).

Wednesday – deck of cards workout

I was glad to be back in the gym, and even more glad that this particular workout didn’t leave me suffering from soreness for days afterwards.

I’m really loving the variety of these deck of cards workouts, even if we are digging deep at the end.

After school, little man had his last karate class before his big test on Saturday. He was focused and strong and I knew he was going to do a great job.

Thursday – 6.25 miles, running

This was quite the adventure. The “feels like” temperature was 17 and it was brutal! We hit a huge patch of black ice from where someone left their sprinkler running overnight and I dropped my phone, which shattered. Ugh. I meant to run a little further, but I think we were all too cold.

It was off to the phone store to deal with that nonsense (ugh) and then I had to pick up some things while I was out.

In the evening, it was Cub Scouts, and we worked out music. The boys had written songs and made their own instruments, and it was time for them to perform their tunes. They all did a great job and I was very proud of them and their efforts.

After little man went to bed, I had a video call with some of my fellow contributors from the St. Augustine Moms Blog. There are lots of new faces writing with us, now, and I love reading the posts from all the different perspectives.

Friday – rest

I was incredibly grateful for a rest day. I even got to “sleep in” a little. Yay!

That’s not to say it was a quiet day. Our school’s Daddy Daughter Dance was that evening and even though I don’t have a daughter, I was volunteering for the evening and with some of the decor and behind the scenes work.

I left around 3:30 to help for the duration of the event, while the boys had a night at home. Mr PugRunner had a contractor over to look at doing some floor and kitchen renovations, and I had left him with instructions for things to ask for in the quote. I’m nervous and excited to see what we’re looking at and what we might be able to do.

Saturday – 4.10 miles, running

I didn’t have time for a long, long run, but two of my friends joined me for a quick four miles. I’m so grateful that they are always up for joining in.

Then it was time for little man to test. We were in the dojo for almost three hours, as he and about six of the intermediate students showed off all their skills and forms. He did really well, won his sparring match against a more advanced student, and finally broke a board with a spinning hook kick.

When he tests again, that’s when his instructor will put in the order for his black belt. All the students with red/black stripe belts get to see their black belts, embroidered with their names, hanging on the rack at the front of the gym. It’s a great incentive, and he is so close to achieving that goal! We are incredibly proud of him.

I was ready to call it a day.


Over 20 miles of running this week, and I’ve kept up with the gym and my cross-training. Sure it’s early in the year, but I’m on track, and that feels great. I didn’t race this weekend, but I will be back at it next Saturday at the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Relay. This one is close to my heart, and I’m excited to be there for another year.

How was your week in training?

Deck of cards or name workout? Which would you prefer?

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33 Responses to weekly wrap: 1.14.17 – 1.20.17

  1. Wendy says:

    You had a great week of training–you’d never know you ran a race last weekend–but what I really want to hear more about is that Heavenly Bed! If it was that comfy, I’d never want to get up for the day! LOL
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am more than happy to talk about the bed. I am not a great sleeper, but this made so much difference. I told my husband that the next time we need a new mattress, we are buying one through the Westin website. It’s firm, but soft, without being annoying cushy (I like harder beds). And I have apparently lost some weight, so laying on my side has been uncomfortable for my hipbones, but not on this bed.

  2. Marcia says:

    My in-laws were just in Jekyll Island. Was it wonderful. Sounds like the bed was! Great week of workouts. Your name and deck of cards days sound fun!
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  3. Meh, it was a slow week for working out. BUT I did get to sit on my horses yesterday, so that was pretty exciting! This winter has been brutal so I was happy for a little reprieve with temps near 50.
    I would think I’d prefer a name workout to the cards since my name is pretty short!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Yay for the horses!

      I tell my friends with shorter names they have to do their first and middle or their last or go through the rotation three times, or whatever they need to do to space it out. All three of my names are 8+ letters so I don’t get any kind of break on that one.

  4. Our pugs make it impossible to work out in the living room! Last week I did an ab workout and Winston wouldn’t quit licking my ears. Funny, but impractical haha.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I used to have a pug who would koala bear herself on to my leg if I tried to work out in her presence. It was hysterical, but also very disruptive. Life is never dull with a pug around.

  5. I have never done a name or deck of cards workout….sounds interesting. That’s a lot of miles in those cold temps!
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  6. Sandy says:

    I haven’t tried a deck of cards workouts but sounds fun! Sounds like a good week of running. Congrats to your little man on his test!

  7. Wow great week of of miles and congratulations on your 10k race! Can’t wait to hear about it! Congratulations to your son too!

  8. Coco says:

    Wow, you had quite a busy week! Bummer on the shattered phone – I did that this summer with no ice to blame! Can’t wait to hear more about that race.
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  9. Rachel says:

    Even your “easy” weeks are so jam-packed with activity! I can’t imagine how you do it all, girl!!
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  10. Is there anything your son can’t do?! I just love his little spirit 🙂
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  11. Vanessa says:

    I love how you get creative with your workouts! I will have to try the deck of cards and name workouts.
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  12. Darlene says:

    Your workouts sounds fun. I need company and motivation to get me to do anything except run.

    I am used to the cold living where I live. It must be tough in Florida.

    At least yours is short-lived.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Company and motivation are totally key!

      I think anywhere with extreme temperatures can be hard. I am used to the flat and the heat and the humidity, so when things swing the opposite way I don’t know what to do with myself. I just wish the change of temperature would be more gradual and more consistent.

  13. I’ve heard so many great things already from people who ran Jekyll Island. What beautiful scenery for a race! I can’t wait to read your full recap!
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  14. I love how you put together your workouts. Those ideas seem so cute, it would totally make things a little bit more exciting!

  15. Jessica says:

    I love your deck of cards workouts! So creative!

  16. HoHo Runs says:

    Since my name only has five letters, would I do more rotations in the name game? These games are a very creative way to make working out fun! You’ve really started the year with a bang. Great miles this week and congrats to your son for breaking that board (we went through all of that with our middle son). Thanks for linking.

    • runswithpugs says:

      You could do more rotations, or add your middle or last name. My three names each have 8 letters, so no matter what I do, theres’ a fairly extensive workout involved!

      Those boards are crazy! the back kicks are always difficult – He just doesn’t have quite as much strength in those, but he’s improving all the time.

  17. Renée says:

    what a week! seriously! congrats to your son!

    i like the deck of cards I think the most! I may have to try that soon!
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