riots #16: birthday + celebrations

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It was surely a week of celebrations and good times. Yay!

Sunday – rest

We had an unexpected date day on Sunday. Little man went to go see Endgame for the second time in 24 hours with another buddy and so we were left to our own devices.

We went to a beach bar for tacos and cocktails and then took a stroll on the beach. The weather was gorgeous and the ocean was beautiful.

Of course, we were home in time to get him off to bed and watch… you guessed it: Game of Thrones. Things are happening, now and I don’t want to miss a second..

Monday – 6.24 miles, running + 9 Round

Happy birthday, little man! we went for a great run,

and then it was home to get those celebrations started!

Check out these incredible lawn signs from Lawn Leprachauns! They did their work in the middle of the night and he was so surprised.

And of course, we painted the rock at his school. And went in to bring him lunch and cookies/cupcakes for his class.

He didn’t have any homework, so we took him to a restaurant a little farther away for ramen, one of his favorites.

His big gift from us? A overboard. He was saving up for one, so we ended up just getting it for him.

It was really a wonderful day and he told us that it was his second favorite birthday (the first being the one where we went on a Disney Cruise to celebrate several big events, his birthday included).

Tuesday – 9Round

I made a goal of going to 9Round five days a week, so I took on another session. I still get some soreness, but it’s more from doing different moves and working different muscles than anything else.

Little man had his first official BSA meeting with his new Troop. I ended up filling out an adult volunteer application, although I won’t have a major leadership role. It was weird not being actually present for the meeting – we actually went out for a glass of wine while he was there, and when we picked him up, he had nothing but rave reviews! Yay!

Wednesday – 6.8 miles, running + 9Round

Yay for a double workout: a run and 9Round!

I had a quick work meeting

Thursday – 9Round

It was the first day of the last portion of standardized testing for the fifth graders, so we just had a nice chill morning, and afternoon.

Basketball practice was canceled due to weather, so the boys went to get hair cuts instead.


After I dropped little man at school, I scooted over to 9Round for a quick session, and then picked up S for a morning of planning and shopping for Teacher Appreciation week. We had a lot to get done due to testing – we can’t be at the school much so our little teacher surprises have to be set up and broken down before and after school hours.

In the afternoon, we had my last official elementary PTA meeting. I turned over my binder to the incoming VP – Membership and closed that chapter of my life.

Of course, I stuck around after to decorate the teacher’s lounge, and made it home in time to grab a sushi dinner with Mr PugRunner.

Saturday – 6.2 miles, running

I had a solo run again. Meh. I would have liked more miles this week, but i felt ok considering I had taken on so many days at 9Round.

But there was no time to dwell! We had to meet my parents at little man’s basketball game and then the rest of the day was for celebrating. My mom is working next weekend, so we combined little man’s birthday, my birthday (in four days) and Mother’s Day into one at this gorgeous BBQ place on the water.

It would be impossible to beat the company, the food or the views.

When we said goodbye, it was home for a bit of a nap and then we stayed up late watching TV. I was ready for a nice family Sunday.

Training was spot on this week. Cross training was all systems go and I was consistent with my runs. I need to set my sights on a half and start getting those long run miles up a little higher, but it will come.

Hydration was fairly good as well. 9Round is making me pay more attention to my water intake (I get a headache without it), so it was a double blessing.

We ate out A LOT this week. However, Mr PugRunner is truly excited to make lettuce wraps this week, so yay for a new recipe!

And reading… I think for my birthday, I’m going to order just a few books I’ve been thinking about and go from there. After all, I deserve a bit of a treat, right?

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21 Responses to riots #16: birthday + celebrations

  1. HAppy birthday to your son! Love the donut cake! So fun! Great job with your workouts this week too!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He didn’t get an official cake this year – we were eating out so much that we just didn’t have time to get one and he had dessert at the different restaurants. I don’t think he’ll miss it too much 🙂

  2. Well looks like someone had a fantastic birthday weekend! Yay for unexpected date nights. I still have not watched game thrones! Thanks for linking up

  3. Renée says:

    good lord woman you are like a well oiled machine!!! well done on getting your workouts in. Did you say you were just going to do 9Round for a period of time? 30 days or something like that?

    happy birthday to little man – – he’s not spoiled or anything 😉

    how are you feeling about your role changing at scouts? and what about the PTA? do you think you’ll miss it?

    of COURSE you should treat yourself for your birthday with whatever you desire!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He’s a little spoiled, but he’s grateful and appreciative (99% of the time), so I don’t mind. 🙂

      So I have a month-long free membership at 9Round. When it’s up, I have to decide if I’m going to continue paying for it. It’s a bit more expensive than I would loved tp pay, but …. it’s literally two miles away, and I don’t have to worry about schedule (a new workout starts every three minutes, so you can show up whenever and get your nine rounds in). We will see how Mr PugRunner and I both feel at the end of the month.

      On the one hand, I am really sad to say goodbye to the teams I have worked with for the last few years. On the other, I’m always excited for next chapters. I’m a little nervous (anxiety will do that you a person), but it will all work out.

  4. Happy Birthday to Little Man! I can’t believe he’s 11! This really is the best time of year for a birthday, so happy almost birthday to you!
    So those big cut outs, your order them, and then they come and install them while you’re all sleeping? That’s so cool! (If I’m understanding that correctly.)

    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s exactly how it works! They have a whole variety of numbers and designs, so you pick what you want, and they install (and remove!) in the wee hours of the night. It wasn’t crazy expensive, either, and he was over the moon when he saw it. They were very sturdy and all anchored in so they wouldn’t blow down. I would absolutely use them again.

      Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I hope you had a wonderful one, yourself!

  5. Michelle says:

    Looks like a great week all around! Those lawn signs are so fun – what a great way to say happy birthday!

    It looks like you’re making the most of your 9Round time – are you enjoying it?

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was a lot of fun, and the yard signs were great! You can customize the message, too, which is so nice for other occasions.

      I am really liking 9Round. It’s quick, it’s challenging, it mixes things up and it’s convenient. I’m om my eighth class and I still look forward to it, so that’s a plus.

  6. Coco says:

    Happy birthday to your son! That school rock is so cool — what happens if it’s more than one student’s birthday? I think a lot of people are making plans around GOT. My husband likes to be able to skip the ads, so he watches it a day late. :-O
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    • runswithpugs says:

      You have to rent the rock, so it’s first come, first serve. It’s a great fundraiser.

      We don’t have ads on HBO, so I watch it real time. I’m not super patient when it comes to my GOT LOL!

  7. Kim G says:

    What an absolutely fun week of celebrations! It looks like your son definitely had an amazing birthday – just look at the smile on his face! 🙂

  8. Busy week, indeed! A a lot of great workouts 😉 Lots to celebrate!

  9. Looks like a great week!

    I try to drink water regularly during the day but then I also have to go to the bathroom a lot during the day. 🙂

    Happy Birthday to your son and to you!! Lots of celebrate.

  10. Angela says:

    Happy Birthday to your son, looks like a fun celebration!! I love your pictures, especially the one of the ocean…looks gorgeous!!!

  11. Esther says:

    Sounds like a super full week! So glad A had a great birthday! Looks like it was fun all day (and week).
    Great job on your workouts! I have heard good things about 9 rounds! Sounds like a great way to try it out for a month for free!
    I love that grandparent/child pic! Everyone looks super happy!

    What books are you getting yourself for your birthday (totally ok for sure)?

    Have a great week and happy early birthday!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am reading the Deborah Harkness All Souls Trilogy I had read the first book a while ago, started the TV series (it’s meh) and so figured I should finish the books, since I’m probably not going to keep up with the show.

      We did have a full week of celebrations. It was fantastic. 9Round is a lot of fun. I never would have tried it on my own and I’m so glad I did.

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