weekly wrap: thanksgiving catch-up

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.

The truth is, I haven’t been keeping current here. It’s not that I don’t want to. I do. I have so much content swirling in my head, and I need to get it out However, it’s the holiday season and with recovering from that terrible bout of sinuses and hosting Thanksgiving and houseguests, it just didn’t happen as planned.

And that’s ok.

We are finally back home and chilling out in PJs, snuggling with the pugs and watching some football and holiday movies. It’s how things should be.

But let’s check back over the last two weeks and see how things shaped up.

Sunday 11/11 – rest

Sunday was a family day. We did our cleaning and our errands and then little man wanted to go to the beach to use his metal detector. He didn’t find anything, other than a few coins I “hid” wbile he wasn’t looking, but it was just lovely being out in the fresh air.

We got lunch at Smoked. Southern BBQ, and he tore into some ribs. I didn’t even know he loved ribs, but apparently, they are his new favorite.

Monday 11/12 – 6.2 miles, running

We had the day off school for Veteran’s Day. I started the morning with a run, remembering to be thankful for all those who have served our country.

Tuesday 11/13 – rest

There was a Veteran’s breakfast at our school. It included a musical performance, a meal, and lots of pictures and thank you cards from the students. It was very sweet, and the attendees really loved it. It’s always so nice to be able to be part of moments like this.

In the evening, we had a school spirit night at a local restaurant. Instead of cooking, students and their families can visit the restaurant and a portion of the earning go back to the school at the end of the evening. We celebrated one of our friends’ birthdays while we were there, and even got some cute face paintings from the artist there.

Wednesday 11/14 – 6 miles, running

Another six mile run. The cooler weather has been making it easier, especially with the remnants of my drainage.

Thursday 11/15 – rest

I spent most of the day at the school on Thursday, helping the cafe serve Thanksgiving lunch to students and their parents. It’s not a difficult job, but it is very hands on, so my day was pretty absorbed with the task.

Mr PugRunner picked up little man from school so they could go for the final fitting for their wedding suits. While they handled that task, I went to our Pack Meeting, which was focused on another round of awards for the Scouts and last-campout details.

Friday 11/16 – 6 miles, running

I knew I wouldn’t be able to run while at the Scout campout, so I got in my six miles later in the morning.

I packed up the car, snagged little man from school, picked up his buddy and we headed off to the camp. The time change made setup extra annoying: it was pretty dark and we had to scramble to get our tents up while we could still see.

As a help to some friends, I was responsible for a couple of extra Scouts for the weekend. On the plus side, this meant I got my own tent, while the kids shared nearby. We still had to bundle up because the temperatures dropped dramatically. I thought I would never be warm again.

Saturday 11/17 – rest

Saturdays are the big day at camp. After breakfast (provided by our Pack), our Pack headed out to complete all the tasks on our schedule. We had BB Guns (little man hit four bullseyes!) and archery in the morning. After lunch, there were arts and crafts, followed by gaga ball and capture the flag, and then the kids went to the obstacle course.

After dinner, we moved off to the counsel fire area, for skits, songs and chants. Awards were also announced, and our Pack earned the Honor Pack (participated in all the weekend events), took 2nd place in the Scavenger Hunt and won 1st Place for Best Campsite. All our hard work paid off. Now that it was dark, Scouts had the choice to return to their camps, go trick or treating through the different campsites or hit the Haunted Trail. Little man went with some other parents (I’m a big chicken), and I have no shame in saying we crashed fairly early.

Sunday 11/18 – rest

I was up super early to start breaking down. I had little man and a different friend to drive home, and then we had to get ready for that evening’s wedding! Gah!

Everything was super damp, so I just chucked it in the car (Mr PugRunner is incredibly particular about how our gear is packed so he preferred it all open anyway), and hit the road. I think we were all just ready to be warm and showered.

Since Mr PugRunner was a groomsman, they needed to leave about two hours before me, which gave me plenty of time to veg on the couch. I carpooled with one of my neighbors, so that our family would only have one car downtown, and we spent the rest of the evening enjoying a beautiful wedding.

Little man was adorable in his suit. This was his first “formal” wedding and he loved the music and the dancing. And the passed hors d’oeuvres.

We stayed til the end to take the groom’s son home, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to fall into bed.

Monday 11/19 – rest

The saving grace of this week was that we only had two days of school, due to Thanksgiving. I know little man was tired from his weekend, but they weren’t doing much of anything, so I encouraged him to power through the resources and the movies.

That evening, our friend’s mom came to sit with him, while we went to a VIP Media Tour for the Nights of Lights in our historic downtown. Every year, St. Augustine puts up one of the most stunning holiday light displays in the country. Visitors come from all over to partake of the festivities, which last from right before Thanksgiving until the middle of January.

For this particular event, we enjoyed some food and drink from Casa Monica, Colonial Quarter, St. Augustine Distillery and the San Sebastian Winery, with some live music on the Colonial Oak Stage.

Afterwards, we took a little walk to the Old Town Trolleys waiting for us. During Nights of Lights, the regular trolleys convert to “Holly Jolly Trolleys“, and guests can take a tour of the city, singing festive carols and checking out the sights with special 3D glasses, that transform the existing lights into something just a little more special.

This is a must-do tour for locals and visitors alike.

Tuesday 11/20 – 4 miles, running

I went out alone for a quick four miles. It was rough after the late Monday, but I needed to get it done.

It was great picking up little man from school and knowing we were free for the next five days!

Wednesday 11/21 – 6.2 miles, running

S and I headed out for some early morning miles before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving really kicked in.

Obviously, I was off to a bit of a rough start with my non matching socks.


Little man had a morning playdate, and then his family joined up to see The Crimes of Grindelwald at the movies. We wrapped up with a pizza dinner and hit the hay.

Thursday 11/22 – Run Turkey Run 5K

Thanksgiving started early. Mr PugRunner has taken over the turkey with his Big Green Egg, so I was pretty much free to run the local Run Turkey Run 5K. in addition, I agreed to volunteer prior to race time, so I arrived at the venue about 90 minutes early to help unwrap medals and hand out packets.

The race was awesome, and I will follow up with a recap this week.

And then, it was time for the main event. I got home and the rest of the cooking began. We ended up hosting 11 people for the big day, including my college roommate and her family. It was so phenomenal that I managed to take almost no photos!

I got one to commemorate the lovely turkey.

And one of little man with his grandparents.

Friday 11/23 – rest

Friday was a driving day. After we got the house somewhat in order and settled the pugs, we hit the road, about an hour behind our friends. We would follow them down to their house and spend the  next two nights with them.

Saturday 11/24 – rest

We were able to sleep in a wee little bit, but then it was time to get ready for the tailgating. The weather was absolutely perfect: breezy and overcast.

Kickoff was at 3:30PM, and we had seats 10 rows off the field in the end zone. It was a great view, and we were thrilled to watch the Hurricanes score a win!


Not a powerhouse two weeks, and I really do miss the gym. I had been making a lot of progress there, and being sick and sidelined really threw that off.

This week is going to be full of obligations, so I will do my best to squeeze in runs and workouts as much as I can. I have another race planned for December, and I’m feeling very hopeful about that, too.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have been thankful for so much this year, including this community, and I am looking forward to seeing what the months leading to 2019 will bring.

How was your week in workouts?

Did you celebrate Thanksgiving?


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33 Responses to weekly wrap: thanksgiving catch-up

  1. Coco says:

    Your schedule is packed with so many fun things! We don’t usually do any of the holiday lights events, but we do like to drive around local neighborhoods to see low-key displays. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

    • runswithpugs says:

      One of our neighbors puts on this ridiculous lights display with music that comes through the radio and all kinds of flashing and twinkling. They handed out candy canes on the first night and it was really great. I love that we have such creative and generous neighbors.

  2. Wendy says:

    I am always in awe of how you pack so much into a week. Much less 2. You guys looked great in your formalwear. We all do clean up so well, don’t we?

    You know all the kids are about mismatched socks, right?

    • runswithpugs says:

      I was pretty proud of how we managed to get all dolled up, especially after a weekend of camping.

      I know they loved the mismatched socks! You couldn’t see them in my shoes it was no big deal, really, but they were both right socks, so the compression was a little messed up.

  3. HoHo Runs says:

    I’d love to see the holiday lights in St. Augustine. I’ve never heard of 3D glasses for light displays. Sounds cool. We went to Callaway Gardens for years until the kids just grew out of it (but I didn’t!). This is such a busy time of year. Don’t forget to make time for yourself, my friend. Also, you love so lovely in your formal attire! Thanks for linking.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, it is really stunning. I’ll be in town this week again and I am hoping to get some still shots, instead of from the trolley. The wedding photo I posted showcases just a small portion of it.

      The guys looked so handsome in their suits, and I loved that dress so much (another Rent the Runway win!). Thanks for the sweet words.

  4. Kim G says:

    You always have so many cool things scheduled – I’m jealous, lol! I love reading about all the activities that you do.

    We don’t have a lot of holiday lights in my town but we do have a tree lighting ceremony that I may attend this week.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Part of it is actually work. I’m a bit of a homebody, so probably wouldn’t go out quite so much without that 🙂

      Oh, I love tree lightings! For some reason, all of ours have been done this past weekend, so I don’t know that I will get to see any.

  5. Love your little man in his suit! So handsome. You are doing such a great job of getting in those great 6 milers. I need to build up my mileage! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

    • runswithpugs says:

      He was made for suits! I hope we have another event where he will need to wear one.

      I love that six miles feel so easy. I need to start increasing that a little, but it will come when I am feeling back to normal.

  6. you all are super busy! Looks like you had a great balance of activities and family fun. Hope you are feeling better

  7. You’ve had such a busy couple of weeks but it all looks like so much fun! Congrats on your son’s Scouts awards! I love camping but haven’t been in tents in ages….it’s always so much colder than you think it would be!

    I think the best Thanksgiving is when you’re having too much fun to take a lot of pictures!

    • runswithpugs says:

      OMG, I thought I would never feel my feet again! I did have a heater, but I forgot the electrical cord, and I was scared to leave it in the tent with the boys.

      It was pretty fabulous for a Thanksgiving.

  8. I love touring around and seeing holiday lights. We always have a night run (close to Christmas), where a group of us meet up after work (on a Friday) and go for a 6-7 mile run through some of our neighborhoods…and then out for apps & drinks afterwards 😉

  9. Farrah says:

    I feel like I should start doing recaps so I’ll be more consistent with my workouts! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. Darlene says:

    You have such a busy schedule. I am amazed that you fit in running.

    You looked awesome at the wedding btw

  11. Sandy says:

    Great recaps! My week of workouts were pretty great, even ran a Turkey Trot 5K! Good luck on the training for the Dec race!

  12. We had a great thanksgiving! We have lots of family around so we had two dinners and lots of pie 🙂

  13. You always have so many great things going on! I’m glad you’re feeling better. You all looked fabulous for the wedding!

  14. Awesome that you got to run the Turkey Trot! It was 6 degrees here, so I chickened out and hit the treadmill!! My husband has a Big Green Egg too and loves to cook on it.

  15. RFC says:

    I hope you are feeling better! You all looked so wonderful in the wedding pics!
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  16. Esther says:

    Camping and a wedding in the same weekend sounds fun but so exhausting! Your dress is gorgeous!
    Great job getting in some runs even though it has been super busy for you and you are recovering from sinusitis!
    I hope you have a great week!

  17. So many activities! But lots of family too, and that’s the best, especially this time of year. It’s ok to cut back a little on the workouts every so often, and I’m sure you’ll be right where you left off when you get back to it.
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