weekly wrap: the first week of the new year {12.30.18 – 1.5.19}

As always, we are still linking up 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.

Let’s start with a hearty Happy New Year! Our entrance to 2019 was not quite as calm and peaceful as one might have hoped, but things have balanced out a little bit as the days wore on.

Sunday – rest

And I mean that most literally. I don’t think any of us left the house all day. I had been hoping to go to a Jacksonville Icemen family fun day, but the effort to move from the couch proved to be too great for any of us.

Monday – 4 miles, running

I wanted one more run in 2018, just to finish the year right. I went out late in the morning and by myself. Not my favorite but it got done and put me at 1005 for the year.

Lunch was at my parents. We went early because we hate being out on the road on New Year’s Eve, but it was a lovely few hours with them.

That evening, we just went out front to ring in 2019 with our neighbors. I can’t remember the last time I actually stayed up until midnight, but it was fun to toast with everyone and say hello to 2019.

Tuesday – rest

Obviously, staying up until midnight left me absolutely unwilling to do much else in the fitness or running vein. We slept in.

Later that afternoon, we went to our friends’ house for an oyster roast to celebrate some birthdays, including Mr PugRunner’s. Yes, he’s our New Year’s Day baby (born at 12:02 am!). We all brought chili and sides and a cake and it was cut an incredibly chill and laid back day.

Wednesday – 7 miles, running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Days 1 & 2 + 3 mile hike

My first run of 2019 felt unbelievable and I ended up staying out for seven miles. It was a great and encouraging way to start the fitness year and my Run The Year Challenge.

The weather was gorgeous and after all the rain and some weekend drama, I wanted to get out. We invited some friends to meet for lunch and go for hike at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. There was a 1.8 mile hike through the park and gorgeous formal gardens (little man wanted to use his hiking stick and new water bladder).

And then the fun continued across the street at the beach, where the kids navigated a route  along the gorgeous coquina sea wall.

I also started on these fun Blogilates Challenges. Each one goes for 30 days and focuses on a different region. Feel free to join me for these or any others that strike your fancy (there are several on the Blogilates website under “Challenges”).

Thursday – Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 3 

Little man ended up sleeping over his buddy’s house and when I picked him up in the morning, he showed off a new skill!

In the evening, Mr PR and little man watched a movie and hung out upstairs so I could host a girlfriend for wine and cheese and chit chat. It was great catching up.

Friday – 6.5 miles running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 4

I paid for the two glasses of rosè the night before during this run. Ugh. It was foggy and the  air was so thick you could almost chew it.

We spent the rest of the day as a family, and part of that meant getting back on track with eating. Through the last few weeks, we’ve had a lot of junk and meals out, and I was thrilled with this yummy salad, full of beautiful veggies.

Saturday – Resolution Run 5K + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 5 + axe throwing

First race of 2019! S and I opted for the Resolution Run 5K – it was a new race for both of us and it was an awesome time. The course was gorgeous, even if the wind was raw and the road a little hilly.

I’ll recap soon!

Afterwards was a roller skating party for one of little man’s oldest friends, and then off he went on another sleepover (huge thanks to K & A for offering to take him last minute) so that we could both attend a date night/team building axe-throwing event.

I plan to write a post about this, but guys. If you haven’t been axe throwing yet, run, do not walk, to your nearest axe cages. This was honestly one of the best date night we have had in forever. It was so fun and so unique, and would you believe? I’m not terrible at throwing an axe at a target?

Mr PR was able to stick two at once!


2019 is off to a rollicking start, and I have thrown myself headlong into my goals. Want to keep up to date with my progress? Make sure you are checking in with our #RIOTS Accountability Sisters link up, too!



Is your New Year off to a great start?

What new things do you want to accomplish in 2019?

Oysters. Yay or nay?

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36 Responses to weekly wrap: the first week of the new year {12.30.18 – 1.5.19}

  1. Wendy says:

    That Axe throwing sounds so fun! When I found that Ninja star last fall, the boys and I had fun throwing it in the backyard. I think I’d like the axe throwing!

    Glad you had a chill week. You deserve it!

    • runswithpugs says:

      You would love it. It’s something that’s cropping up in popularity around here. I think we have three or four places within 40 minutes right now. Keep an eye out. It would be great for your family, for a date night or even for a girls’ night out.

  2. Isn’t funny how hard it is to stay up until midnight!? Good luck with the Blogilates challenge!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Ugggggghhhhhhhhh!!!! I kept trying to go to bed, and they kept begging me to stay up. Then it hit 11:20, so it was like, meh. Might as well. I’m good for another few years, now.

  3. Kim G says:

    Happy New Year Jenn! Like you, I had a hard time staying up until midnight. Then of course once I did that, I was all energized and didn’t fall asleep until 2am, lol

    This challenges that you are doing this month sound fun. I think I’ll check them out!

  4. This was the first year, in forever, that I didn’t make it to midnight. Usually, we’re at a party or at someone’s place, but this year we came home after dinner with friends and I fell asleep sometime after 10 or 10:30. Oh well…..no regrets 😉

  5. Allie says:

    So glad you had a relaxing week and stayed up until midnight – one thing I did not do this year! And that Axe Throwing looks so cool. I’ve seen a lot of posts about it and would love to try it. And you have to love when your kids pick up “new skills” at friend’s houses 🙂 Very cool.
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  6. Way to go getting 1005 miles for last year! So awesome! those oysters looked so delish and what fun to do axe throwing!

  7. Darlene says:

    I got a nasty message but I was able to view your blog…YAY!

    I tried oysters for the first time in France. They were ok but I could live without them. I actually prefer snails.

    Some days I think I should do the nYCM and then other days, try to get faster at the shorter distances.

    You have great goals. I bet you accomplish them ALL!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Boo! I don’t know why that is happening! 🙁

      I think I like the texture of oysters better than snails. I would have to go back to France and try again 😀

      I think I would love to do the NYC Marathon. I think.

  8. Renée says:

    I’m still so amazed that you not only hit your running target for 2018 but went over it! Bada$$!!!

    Happy Birthday to Mr PR! does he like having NY as his birthday? I know a lot of times people get forgotten and even had a colleague once who celebrated half birthdays 🙂

    I love oysters but I really have to be in the mood for them! Ron isn’t a fan. Once we went to Croatia and they were just pulling up oysters out of the water, cleaning them and then putting a bit of lemon on them… I thought they were divine… Ron, the brave soul, got one down and was having no more. Nowadays if I want them I am usually out and they are an appetizer I can order.

    happy new year Jenn – may it be another year a goal smashing!

    • runswithpugs says:

      He doesn’t mind having his birthday on the first, but it does make things pretty challenging from the logistical standpoint. He loves (or did) going all out on NYE, so we had a few years where I would plan something for his birthday but he wasn’t feeling well after a night of partying and we either had to cancel or he was miserable. We have had a few interesting mishaps, but we try to make it fun for him.

      I also have to be in the mood for oysters. I don’t think I could do them raw, but I love them roasted with horseradish or with a special oyster butter my friend always makes. I only started eating them maybe two or three years ago, and I now realize I was missing out.

  9. Our year has been good so far. The whole 7 days of it haha. This year I’m hoping to get some new PR’s.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Even more impressive? I haven’t been back to Target all year!!!! The streak will end soon, I’m sure.

      I would love to see some PRs, but I’m just focusing on the journey for now. Best of luck to you!

  10. Sounds like you’re kicking the year off right!
    Axe throwing looks like TONS of fun! Would love to try that sometime.
    I’m a nay on the oysters, but I do love mussels and steamers. I just prefer them more cooked I guess?

  11. Marc Pelerin says:

    Nice work getting out for your runs! Keep up the great work!

  12. Sounds like a fantastic start to the new year! I’m a huge yay on oysters! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    Axe throwing sounds like quite the adventure! I think I’d love to try it 😉

    Good luck with your blogilates challenges!

  13. Coco says:

    OMG on the ace throwing. I’m just not sure I could do it! You had a great week. Love the girls night – I need one stat!

    • runswithpugs says:

      You totally could! The place we went had coaches who taught us how to throw several different ways. I was a little discouraged at first, but once I got it, I got it. I cannot wait to go back.

  14. Farrah says:

    Great job in getting those workouts in! I’ve been meaning to get back into Blogilates! :] I may have to join you on those challenges!

    I tried axe throwing for the first time last year and it was so much fun! 😛

  15. HoHo Runs says:

    I’d definitely be down for some axe throwing (sounds like a good way to relieve stress!). Throw in some oysters — and it would be the perfect evening. 😉 Happy New Year and thanks for linking!

  16. Cooked oysters yay, raw nay (even though I love sushi).

    Axe throwing? I’ve never heard of that! That actually does sound like a great way to get out some stress.

    You sound like you’re off to a good start. I never stay up to midnight, although apparently I woke up shortly before it (but didn’t realize it at the time). Our year has started out ok — and hopefully it only gets better from here!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Same for me on the oysters. I’ve never had one raw, but steamed, baked, fried and roasted are all yummy by me.

      The axe throwing is the new coolest thing you never knew you needed to do. It’s awesome for relieving stress, for sure. Plus, it makes you feel super strong.

      I also hope it gets better for you guys! Happy New Year!

  17. Cari says:

    ALl the oysters!
    I’m also doing Run The Year. This is my 3rd
    Congrts on the solid start & getting over 1K for 2018
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Yay for oysters!

      I didn’t think I would love the Run The Year, but it’s really cool being part of the group and being able to check off boxes on the poster. I’m glad I signed up!

      Hope to be able to repeat in 2019!

      • Cari says:

        I didn’t do the poster or anything, but the tracker totally scratches me log everything itch. When I joined it I hadn’t started running so first year was all the steps. I can’t and likely won’t ever run 2,019 miles but I love the team element.
        I’m under travellingcari, I think, if you want to follow me there

        • runswithpugs says:

          2019 miles seems like SO MANY! Today, I was actually like “if I just run a little more, maybe I could…” and then the reasonable side of me said “but that’s literally double what you ran last year and that would be asking for injury.” So I calmed down and took a seat.

          I will look you up!

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