weekly wrap: 4.22.18 – 4.28.18

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.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – rest
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 7 miles, running
Wednesday – HIIT circuit
Thursday – 6 miles, running
Friday – 3 miles, running
Saturday – 3 miles, running

And so, April comes to an end. It’s crazy how quickly this year is flying by! I’m sure I’ll opine on that every month until the end of the year, but I mean it!

Sunday – rest

I had a somewhat restless night- little man was away at a sleepover, and I pretty much slept with my hand on the phone, just in case there was an issue. There wasn’t and Mr PugRunner picked him up after breakfast with a great report.

In the meantime, we had to get organized and make it over to one of our beautiful state parks for the afternoon’s Cub Scouts Crossover and Promotion ceremonies. I got there early to help with set up and then Mr PugRunner followed later with little man and my parents.

The only damper on the day was the rain – it would have been nice to hike, especially since our gift to the new Arrow of Light Den (promoting from Webelo) was hiking sticks.

The whole den achieved rank and five of them were no hand to receive their awards. I am so proud of these young men. After all the Scouts promoted, next year’s leaders were announced. I will be back as the Arrow of Light Den Leader, as well as the Assistant Cub Master! I am so grateful for the amazing and supportive parents, this year. Next year is going to be fabulous!

Monday – rest

I confess to being fairly worn out after the weekend, so we called it a rest day. There was plenty more time to get in the gym this week.

Work. Karate. A regular Monday.

Tuesday – 7 miles, running

I don’t know how I got that extra mile in, but it happened, so I went with it.

This was a crazy day. After work, I got little man, and then after a quick snack, we went back to school. The art teacher was hosting an Art Night, where the students’ favorite pieces of art from the year were matted and framed and up for sale. Additionally, the music group had its last performance – little man sang and had a speaking part, as well!

S and I, and a few of the other PTA moms pitched in to help with the art sales – it ended up being a very profitable night for the school. The kids loved showing off their art and the parents really loved seeing the gallery display. Afterwards, we went out to dinner, and then it was home to bed.

Wednesday – HIIT Circuit, 45 minutes

C put together a fairly strenuous circuit, which included 50 burpees (!) and inclined crunches. Ugh. I was sore afterwards, but glad I did it.

I drove little man to school. Wednesday marked the first day of his FSA Testing, so we brought in a treat for his teacher and snacks for the class.

And then it was off to my last day of out-of-home work.  At 1:00, I officially retired. At least for a little while. It was a hard decision, and I was pretty emotional about it, but it was the right one, for sure.

Thursday – 6 miles, running

Another early morning run. I was home in time to make another nice breakfast for little man for his second day of testing.

After I got him off to school, I headed out to pick up things for his party: we needed to get all the plates and serving ware, as well as balloons and decorations. I got all that out of the way before lunch and Mr PugRunner offered to take me out.

We were halfway to the restaurant when the school nurse called. Little man was complaining of an upset stomach – he NEVER goes to the nurse and never asks to come home, so we turned around and picked him up. The poor kid was such an anxious, nervous wreck over the tests, that he was just done. To make matters worse, he was even more upset because he had Battle of the Books practice that afternoon. Poor guy. His advisors were very understanding, and I got him in a nice bath, had him take a nap, made him some chicken noodle soup and put him to bed early. Fortunately, he was never sick, just stressed, and was able to go back to school on Friday.

Friday – 3 miles, running

I took a quick solo run, simply because I knew the weekend would be insane and figured I could get in a few short runs instead of one longer run.

I did grocery shopping, put the cake in the oven, and picked up our cake pop order from Sweet Bites Cake Shop. Then I grabbed cupcakes and Pub Subs for lunch and headed over to little man’s school. We all had lunch together and then handed out cupcakes to his class. They do things a little differently at this school, and sing to the birthday kids at lunch, which I thought was adorable!

When we went to meet the bus in the afternoon, little man was flying high! He had gotten his letter of acceptance for Safety Patrol! We couldn’t be more proud!

That evening, we went out to dinner with one his good friends and her family, and then it was off to the movies for Avengers: Infinity War.

Wow. That’s all I’m saying. Also, I’m saying there’s a reason I don’t go to movies opening weekend and prefer to go during the day by myself. People have lost their damn minds and have no idea how to behave in a theater.

Saturday – 3 miles, running


After a quick run,

I took little man out for a donut

and then we picked up the rest of the food for the party. Mr PugRunner decided it would be a great day to do some planting, so he took on Home Depot and picked up the balloons.

I spent the morning cleaning and setting up, and was very grateful when my parents showed up a few hours before the party to help.

Little man had asked for a Game Truck, tacos and cake. Done, done and done. The kids got two hours in and around the Game Truck (in fact, we barely knew they were there). Some parents hung out, some dropped their kids off. Everyone got along and it was really wonderful. I wish I had more pictures, but it was such a whirlwind day.

After the cake and presents, a bunch of the kids engaged in a huge Nerf war outside, and we finally had to shut it all down. Some of the friends stayed even later, so we ordered some pizzas and chilled out before bed. Little man had a buddy spend the night, and I finally got everyone settled around 11, and by 11:30 we were all sound asleep.

It was an awesome day and little man could not stop grinning.


Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a chill day. He actually turned TEN on Sunday, so we did a little more celebrating then.

There’s going to be a lot of recovering going on this week. The house is a disaster, we have tons of leftovers with which to deal, and my body is pretty sore and tired. I’ve cut the miles in the training plan a little, focusing on some speed and hill training rather than distance. Summer is always tricky with the heat and humidity, so we will see how we do.

How was your week in review?

Do you go to movies on opening weekend or wait for the crowds to die down?

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29 Responses to weekly wrap: 4.22.18 – 4.28.18

  1. Kim G says:

    I totally agree with you that it’s crazy how fast the year is flying by. how is May starting tomorrow?!

    The party looks like so much fun and I love the taco cake! I feel like that Game truck would be find for adult parties too!
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  2. Renée says:

    Holy moly what a week! Happy birthday to your little man! 10! What a great age!

    I don’t generally go to movies on opening weekend, no! Do you guys have to reserve tickets? We do that here and you even have assigned seating. Usually I go to film house movies and wait a while for the commercial stuff. I did however see Ready Player One when I was in the states though and I loved it!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We did get those tickets in advance, but this theater doesn’t have assigned seats. I would love if we did LOL! It was just so crowded and people were talking or on their phones or just being generally rude. I’m going again on Thursday so I will be able to process a little more in a less busy theater.

      Ten is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to see what the year holds!

  3. Ha! We seldom ever go to the movies anymore. I’m content with Netflix 😉 And, that taco cake…impressive!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Once upon a time, before I found running, cake decorating was a thing for me. I haven’t made one in a while, but I figured I could bang out a taco.

      I love love love going to the movies. It’s an obsession.

  4. Coco says:

    Wait—I need to know more about that taco cake – and the little ones? Amazing!

    So sorry he was so stressed over his testing.

    • runswithpugs says:

      My friend made the cake pops. I’m good at baking, but I can’t do those to save my life.

      The taco cake was fairly easy. Just round cakes, cut in half and frosted together and decorated. I can absolutely make all kinds of cakes 🙂

      I hate that he was stressed. Today is his last day so we can put that all behind us. I hate these tests.

  5. Angela says:

    What a busy week! Congrats to the boys for ranking up! It’s a proud moment for sure and it looks like he had one awesome party. I’m not sure how you managed to get all that fitness in!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I was so proud, of them and a little of myself. This is my first time leading a group of kids through an entire program, and I am pretty thrilled that I was able to do it.

  6. Your party looks like it was a big hit! You sure did pack a ton into one week
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  7. Taco cake! Awesome!
    Way to get in all your runs/workouts – what a busy week!
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  8. Marcia says:

    I’m tired just reading all of this. A whirlwind week for sure. Happy 10th to your little man!
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  9. Wendy says:

    I’m thinking I want to be adopted by you! What a lucky kid!

    Rest up! And enjoy your week.

  10. De Bolton says:

    Congratulations to your little man and what a way to end the week! We wanted to see Avengers Infinity War this weekend but sleep took over our curiousity. We plan on checking it out tomorrow during the day! Hope your week is just as good as last!

  11. Farrah says:

    Great job with that mileage, and those tacos are so cute! A nerf war sounds like a lot of fun! :D! I’m glad he had a great time!

  12. Sounds like a great week of running! I love all the pictures you share too!!
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  13. Esther says:

    Oh my goodness, you week sounds exhausting but also fun with the art show and all the birthday celebrations. That taco cake is precious! I want one for my next birthday now!
    Hope you get some down time now!

  14. What a week! Yikes!
    I LOVE the taco themed party Little Man chose. Sounds like he had a fab birthday!
    Congrats on your retirement! I’m sure it was a tough call, but you have a ton on your plate!
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