in with february, out with winter

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.

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow on Saturday, which hopefully means an early spring for all of us!

Sunday – rest

Sunday was a miserable day. It was cold and dreary and raw, the kind of day where you just want to stay snuggled up on the couch. I bailed on the planned long run and didn’t think twice about it.

The brightest spot of the day was getting to visit our community’s new Your Pie with FlipperSplash, to try out some of their incredible menu items.

We loved the different salads and signature pizzas, the selection of wines and craft beers, and can’t wait to come back for a yummy dinner.

Shoutout to the celebratory ice cream cake!

Monday – rest 

By Monday morning, I was feeling truly awful. The cold, the rain, being outside all night Friday and all day Saturday, really caught up with me. I slept in, stayed home with the pugs all day and generally did nothing. It did me some good, but I think the weather still had me down.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running

Tuesday morning, S and I resumed our running. We completed our 6.5 miles and it felt great.

That morning, I got to assist our PE Coach with donations and prize distributions for our Kids Heart Challenge. I confess, all the fundraisers can get pretty exhausting but I love how our families continually step up to support our school’s different causes.

And then, it was off to the tile store. Our contractor provided me a list of the things we would need to retile the shower and floor of the master bathroom, and gave us the flexibility to pick what we wanted.  I’m happy with what we selected (I was Facetiming with Mr PugRunner for his input), but I just want this over and behind us.

Wednesday – rest 

Another morning at the school and then it was home to dig in to some work I had been letting pile up. Oops. I’m generally not a procrastinator, but sometimes, these things happen.

Thursday –  6 miles, running

It was still super chilly out there, but we got through our last run of January like champs! Yay!

Thursday was a very special day: it was the night of the Fourth Annual SOUPerbowl, a soup tasting event created by a group of local high school students and their parents to help tackle childhood hunger. This year’s beneficiary was First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. Our school was one of many who helped contribute donations to the SOUPerbowl, and we were so excited to be there in person, along with the 26 different restaurants, showcasing their best soups.

We got to try some incredible recipes and I loved the special touch where every guest got to choose a commemorative soup bowl, handmade by an area student.

I had never heard of this event before, and we will be getting more involved in the future.

Friday – rest

Friday was dedicated to the PTA. In the morning, we had a Board Meeting, and in the afternoon, we all showed up to help decorate and prep for our annual Daddy Daughter Dance. I don’t have a single picture as we were so busy with guests, but it seemed to be a great success!

Saturday – rest

We had planned to run but after the late night and the threat of heavy rain, S and I decided to postpone to Sunday.

I had lunch plans with my friend A, and she took me to The French Pantry, which was absolute heaven. We had a bit of a wait, but now all I can thing of is this spinach, portobello and goat cheese bruschetta.

After some more hanging out, it was time for Scout Night at the Jax Icemen. Area Scouts and their families had the chance to buy deeply discounted tickets to attend the hockey game, collect a custom patch and game gift, and then after the game, head on down to the ice, for a chance to shoot the puck and meet and greet the players.

It was an epic night. We have never been down on the actual ice before and it was just so cool (literally and figuratively).


i know it looks like a light running week, but I’m writing this after completing eight miles on Sunday morning. Those will be logged in the next wrap.

Now onto accountability! Are you joining us for the Running Is Our Therapy Link Up?


Things are solid. I ended January very strong and logged my first miles for February. My current total is 105/1019 for the year, and I’m feeling pretty darn good.

This week’s new recipe was Pizza Soup from Ready Set Eat.

It was delicious although I think I would make some tweaks to it on the flavor profile, but it was perfect for a cold evening.

We also did something a little different: Mr PugRunner took little man to the store, gave him a budget of $10 and asked him to plan (and then prepare a meal). He selected a (not so fabulous cut of) steak, sautéed carrots and spaghetti in pesto. He ended up cooking most of the meal (Mr PR did the meat on the Big Green Egg), and it turned out quite delicious.

We are going to continue this exercise. It’s great for him to understand budgeting, nutrition and also how hard we work putting together balanced meals for our family.

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So how was your week in training?

Are you a hockey fan? Ever gotten to go down on the ice?

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