weekly wrap: 2.11.2018 – 2.17.2018

Happy Monday!  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.

I’m not going to dwell too much on the emotions of this week. It was hard. Very hard. Sometimes, I just don’t understand the world around me and it makes me so sad. Towards the end of the week, I struggled hard with being social, and was very content to hermit.

Sunday – 26.2 with DONNA Relay Leg 1 (6 miles) + part of Leg 6 (2 miles).

The 26.2 with DONNA Marathon event is something to see. Runners and spectators all join in with proceeds going to breast cancer awareness, research and aid, all on a local level. This year, things have been hitting just a bit closer to home in regards to this awful disease, and it was even more meaningful to be out there, offering support and solidarity.

That evening, I was just happy to chill with the boys and enjoy a yummy dinner.

Monday – rest

We had a run on the schedule but rain was predicted, and quite frankly, I was wiped out from two long and hot race days. I wasn’t at all sorry to get in some extra sleep. I met a friend for a quick, pre-work breakfast, and then just attempted to cruise with the rest of the day.

Mr PugRunner ended up working late and I ended up having to bring little man to my Scout leaders meeting. It was a productive and detailed few hours, and he was super cooperative through it all.

Tuesday – Sun Power Hour yoga

Yoga was much needed. I had been having some uncomfortable cramps in my right calf, and I loved stretching it all out.

The afternoon turned into a bit of a crazy rush, with car pooling, a visit from my parents and trying to finish up Valentine’s, class treats and get out to dinner with one of my friends.

Wednesday – 7.3 miles, running

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our trusty team made up Monday’s run with varied distances. I got in 7.3 miles.

We have really made an effort to make non-candy Valentine’s surprises, and we were both quite happy with these  space-themed, bouncy ball cards.

I took little man to school and then headed off to work.

Mr PugRunner handled dinner (with homemade pasta and vodka sauce!) and karate, so I got a bit of a welcome break.

Thursday – HIIT intervals, 45 minutes

I confess that our gym time was a little unfocused. C, who usually make up our workouts, wasn’t feeling well, so we had to come up with things on the fly. My legs were still tired, so I focused more on my arms with some curls, rows and presses. It wasn’t a fabulous workout, but it was something.

Our Cub Scouts meeting was pretty intense, as we prepped for our next big adventure: a three mile hike in a few weekends. The boys should be pretty well suited, so fingers crossed it goes well.

Friday – 6.7 miles, running

Another early run, with only two of us, this time. Running on Fridays is hard, especially when it’s on an originally scheduled rest day.

I really didn’t do much the rest of the day. I had a few errands, but I just didn’t really wasn’t feeling much else. We had intended to go to the movies, but when all was said and done, we were content to rent a movie and order pizza and just have a living room picnic.

Saturday – 7.5 miles, running

We picked up a new friend – A messaged me about possibly running with me for the upcoming Gate River Run 15K, and I was more than happy to say yes. She has hit a bit of a slump in her motivation, so I invited her to join us for our Saturday morning run. It worked out great and we are going to have a blast taking on the Green Monster in a few weeks.

We had little man do a bunch of his homework as our upcoming week is going to be absolutely insane with projects, and then I actually took a nap.

That afternoon, we dropped him off at my parents’ house before our big date night. Mr PugRunner had gotten us tickets to a Jacksonville Symphony experience – the orchestra would play along to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I’ve never seen this kind of collaboration before, and it was incredible. I can’t wait to do it again.


Fitness wise, this week went well. I am still getting in plenty of miles and my cross training is remaining quite consistent. I have been tired, but I think that’s to be expected, especially with all our extracurriculars and travel.

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33 Responses to weekly wrap: 2.11.2018 – 2.17.2018

  1. Wendy says:

    Looks like you had a great week of running and I’m sure that was therapeutic to a certain degree! I love the valentines you and your son made–so creative and cute!

    Have a great week!
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  2. Another great week for you! I admire the community and friends you have to run with. Hubby made me pasta on Valentine’s Day too! He’s a way better cook than I am!

  3. Coco says:

    The Donna sounds like a great event! I love your Valentine’s idea – so fun! Yay to new running friends. 😉
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  4. Great week you had! Love the relay and the matching outfits too. Have a good one!
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  5. Kimberly G says:

    I am absolutely loving your outfits for the race! Congrats on another great week of workouts.
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  6. Sounds like a very busy and productive week! Great job with your runs and workouts!

  7. De Bolton says:

    Oh my goodness the struggle of the no sweet Valentine treat! Those are so cute going to have to remember that for next year!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I honestly don’t mind the not having food part. They get so many treats on these special days, I would rather see that they had something cool. This year, the actual Valentine was the superball, and I sent little man in with some heart-shaped sunglasses for the class in lieu of cupcakes or cookies. It was easy enough and no added sugar 🙂
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  8. Angela says:

    Way to go! Sometimes, I am just amazed at all the things we can fit into a week! You were busy!! I love the bouncy ball Valentines gifts, they are super cute!
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  9. Sherry says:

    Sounds like a good week! Congrats on your 26.2 relay! Love the bouncy ball cards idea!

  10. Shathiso says:

    A non-runner friend made a comment I didn’t like the other day about me having all the time in the world to run and she can’t do it because she “doesn’t have time”. I was a bit upset because I juggle so much in terms of work, kids, hubby, and all those extra activities and I have to find all the pockets I can to squeeze in my runs or workouts. I was reminded of this incident when reading your post because you have made so much effort to get those workouts in even if you have so much else going on. You just made it happen.

    • runswithpugs says:

      There’s that saying about making it happen or making an excuse. I get it. I’m busy. You’re busy. Everyone’s busy. Comments like that are hard to swallow, just because we know what goes into our decision to make “all the time in the world.” Early mornings. Late nights. Passing on that glass of wine. Making that “boring” menu pick in a restaurant. That being said, I am fortunate to have a flexible schedule, an older child who is a lot more independent and the resources to expend into making my fitness goals happen. It would be nice if we could all just be supportive of each other’s victories and encouraging towards each other’s goals, rather than trying to make people feel badly or even indulgent for taking the time to spend on self-improvement.

  11. Such cute valentines! I miss the days of doing those kinds of projects with the kids 😉
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  12. Those Valentine’s are ADORABLE! While certainly an emotional and painful week, especially with certain events in your home state (I get it, I live in CT), you still managed to keep up your rigorous schedule. Not just running so many miles, but all the meetings and work, etc.
    That concert must have been amazing! Do they show the actual film in entirety?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I can’t say I’ve fully processed everything. Between this and the scare at his school two years ago, it’s a lot to absorb. I wish there were answers or solutions, and I hate feeling helpless. 🙁

      That being said, I’m just going to focus on the good. What else can we do?

      Yes, they showed the entire movie, with the symphony playing the entire score. It was freaking amazing.
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  13. Googling the Jacksonville Symphony right now! We’ve been to the Star Trek concert, but I would love to do it again! Indiana Jones is a favorite. I actually played the theme in middle school band, so maybe I’m just geeking out a little, haha.
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  14. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    That race sounds so amazing and fun! Love all your pictures that you shared…looks like a busy, but wonderful week!!

  15. Kudos to you for another great week of workouts. I’m amazed with all of those early morning miles that you’ve been getting in.
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  16. Marcia says:

    Great workout week for you! The Valentines turned out super cute. This is the first year I did not have to deal with class V-Day party stuff as my youngest is in middle school now. End of an era.
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  17. HoHo Runs says:

    I was recently invited to join a group of ladies on their training runs. It does help with motivation and I really appreciate that they have included me. I have never done a race relay. It looks as if you enjoyed yours, so I”ll have to plan on of those. Sorry about those cramps, but I’m comforted that I’m not the only one. Thanks for linking!

  18. Jessica says:

    I really like the bouncy ball valentines! Those are cute and such a great idea!!
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  19. Cute Valentines! You had another great week. 26.2 Donna sounds like a great event!
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