weekly wrap: 3.5.18 – 3.10.18

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.

Well, friends, I hate to say it, but this is the week I snapped. On Tuesday, I was just overwhelmed and undermotivated and I went on strike for about six hours. Every so often, it happens.

Here’s the week in numbers:

  • Sunday- rest day
  • Monday – Tight Arm Workout + Total Body Challenge
  • Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running + Total Body Challenge
  • Wednesday – HIIT Circuit + Total Body Challenge
  • Thursday – 7 miles, running + Total Body Challenge
  • Friday – Total Body Challenge
  • Saturday – Gate River Run, 9.3 miles running

Sunday – rest

I was feeling fairly wonderful after Best Damn Race Orlando, and we enjoyed a chill day with my parents. Mr PugRunner cooked up some ribs and wings on the egg and we took advantage of the gorgeous weather.

Monday – Tight Arm Workout + Total Body Challenge

I have really committed to Rachel’s Total Body Workout Challenge, and I suggested we use her moves for our gym warmup. So we all threw down 20 Supermans + :30 plank + 20 Push Ups. And then we were in for a grueling 45 minutes of arms. I always want to strengthen my upper body, so I was very grateful for all the curls and shoulder work.

We ended up staying home that night because little man had his first day of standardized testing on Tuesday and his “homework” was to play and have fun and watch TV and play video games. While I am not a huge fan of these tests, I was more than happy to oblige his teacher’s request and let him run wild until dinner and a sensible bedtime.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running + Total Body Challenge

It was a freezing morning run, but S and I knocked out our scheduled 6.5 miles.

And then I put in 30 burpees. I hate burpees, but they are getting easier and easier. I guess that’s the whole point of the consistency.

Work was long, and I learned that there were some things that needed to be corrected in little man’s media project. I scrambled to schedule another video recording session through his teammate’s mom so we could get every fixed before the deadline, but I was over-the-top stressed.

When I got little man from school, he was overwrought from his test, plus he was upset about the media project, so he unloaded on me, which led to me absolutely losing my chill. I got him home, took a mommy time out with a good book, and pretty much went off duty for the evening. We were all able to take a breather and communicate reasonably after a few hours and sharing a meal I didn’t have to cook, but it was a rough night for everyone and I was very happy to get to bed and get a good night’s sleep.

Wednesday – HIIT Circuit + Total Body Challenge

Our warmup consisted of 30 Supermans, a :30 plank and 30 pushups, and then we jumped into a circuit that included leg presses, ab folds, step ups, bench jumpovers and deadlifts. All in all it was a good series, and I was glad to have a solid workout.

After work, little man and his partner redid their contest efforts and then he spent the rest of his night editing their work. I’m excited to see how they do.

Thursday – 7 miles, running + Total Body Challenge

This was our last long run before the Gate River Run 15K. It was a solid run with good weather and good company.

This got followed by 40 burpees. I don’t know that I’ve ever had cause to do 40 burpees at one time, but there they were.

Since I was at work, S kindly picked up my race packet. I was able to snag it from her later in the afternoon.

Little man had a miserable day at school. His allergies swung into full gear and he just couldn’t get himself together. He even ended up staying home from Scouts, which was terrible for him (and me, since I still had to go lead the meeting rather than staying home and tending to him).

When I got home, I tapped in so Mr PugRunner could go to a birthday dinner for our friend. We would have all liked to go but little man was still so uncomfortable, so I got him off to bed and followed shortly behind.

Friday – Total Body Challenge

On the agenda? Forty Supermans, a :45 plank and 40 pushups. Done and done.

I spent the entire day at work, while little man stayed home with Mr PugRunner. Fortunately, it was a fairly quiet day, and I was able to pop right home at the end of the day. We had a nice family dinner, and I was in bed fairly early.

Saturday – Gate River Run 15K

I had packed several outfit options for this race, due to varying weather reports. I ended up sticking with a tank and shorts (which was a smart move when all was said and done).

This is a favorite local race, and I ran it with A and S. We had a great time – it felt good to finish strong and know that we had a blast while out on the course. More to come in the race report later.

I hung out for a bit afterwards, and then went home to meet up with the boys. We had karate pictures for little man in the afternoon and then we rented a movie and just chilled for a bit. It was long overdue.


On the plus side, I’m feeling a lot better. This past week was definitely a test and a challenge, and we all got through it, mostly unscathed. Sometimes it’s hard to keep it all together, but when push comes to shove, my family is good at banding together as a team and getting it done.

I am also still feeling great, physically. The longer distances seem to be agreeing with me, and I am excited to keep those up. I am also hoping to add in some cycling in the next month or so when the weather warms up. I don’t think I’ll be taking on another triathlon this season, but the cross training value of a good bike ride is not to be denied.

How was your week in training?

Any great races coming up on your horizon?


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21 Responses to weekly wrap: 3.5.18 – 3.10.18

  1. I always hated standardized testing season when I was a teacher too. Looks like a great week, looks like the weather was cooperative for the race!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, that testing is the worst. They make such a big deal about it, it’s no wonder all the students are anxious messes. 🙁

      The weather did come around, which helped.

  2. Darlene says:

    I wish I could motivate myself to do any exercises. Kudos to you.

    Congrats on a great race and week.

    I have a half on Sat. I am looking forward to Florida sunshine

    • runswithpugs says:

      I like the idea of cross-training, but I don’t enjoy actually doing it in the moment. I know it’s the right thing and makes me stronger, but ugh. Not a fan.

      The weather should be nice for you! I know it wasn’t the original plan, but I think you will have a wonderful time!

  3. Wendy says:

    Congrats on your race, recovering from your week, and the TBC challenge. I won’t lie to you, I’m really starting to struggle with the challenge. In fact, I skipped it today. So unlike me, but I was ridiculously sore and tired. I’ll do what I can.

    Heading to Florida (the gulf coast) on Wednesday and I am looking forward to the break from life!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      That challenge is HARD. This is the first time I have made it so far in a challenge, so I want to keep going, but I’m not sorry to see the burpees decrease this week. I’m trying hard not to skip (although I feel terrible today and really want to), but I feel that for me, I will just start the downhill slide into not doing anything. 🙁

  4. Kimberly G says:

    The Total Body challenge is totally kicking my butt! It doesn’t help that my race is this weekend so I’m not that motivated to do much of anything lol

    I’m glad that you felt better after taking a time out on Tuesday. Sometimes a few hours to ourselves is just absolutely needed!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s so hard!

      Oh, I was all about my time out. It’s really frustrating to not get a break sometimes (and I know some of it is my fault), but we all need those days where we just say “enough is enough” and move on.

  5. Kim Hatting says:

    Oh yes, a mommy timeout! I’ve had a few of those …. and everyone in the household benefited as a result. Great job with all your workouts!!
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  6. Toni says:

    Looks like a great well! Cross training is so important. I hear good thing about the gate river run, I may have to do it next year!
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  7. Coco says:

    Sounds like a rough week for your son — and that means for you too. So glad to hear you are feeling good — being able to run off some of that stress sure helps.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, it was the worst. There are days when I really have to remind myself that I’m not a complete, epic failure of a parent, but it is so hard, sometimes.

      Having running is definitely a great way to keep my stress at bay.

  8. Marcia says:

    A strike sounds pretty divine about now! Blech to standardized tests. I love that he was assigned fun and relaxation for them! I did Rachel’s first two challenges but now with this knee the total body one isn’t happening.
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  9. Sounds like a pretty good week! This week has been hit or miss – the snow storms meant less training time just not being able to run outside or drive to the gym. But I was able to run 20 minutes straight this week and that’s big after having a slipped disc in my back last month. Recovery has been sloooow so getting to 20 min felt great.

  10. Great job on your runs and workouts! Congratulations on your 15k! I love that distance!

  11. We all need a time out sometimes! Glad things worked out, and I hope little man is feeling better! Allergies are tough!
    Can’t wait to read your race report!
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  12. Standardized testing and school in general is so hard on all parties involved, especially at this time of the year. Everybody is stressed – students, parents, and teachers – but thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember that. I have to remind myself of that often at this time of the school year too.
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  13. HoHo Runs says:

    Moms need a time out just like the kids do sometimes. No shame in that! Great job in keeping up with the challenge and incorporating it into your own group sessions. Here’s to a less stressful week. Thanks for linking!

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