riots #27: overcoming the slump

When I got home from Atlanta, my focus turned to overcoming the slump. For several days after the AJC Peachtree Road Race, I couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed to run.

When I got home from Atlanta, my focus turned to overcoming the slump. For several days after the AJC Peachtree Road Race, I couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed to run.

Sunday – 9Round

Since a run didn’t sound appealing, I thought 30 minutes of kickboxing might do the trick. Mr PugRunner and I went together, and we both found it a tough workout. I had to really push myself with a lot of the moves and I was worn out when it was over.

We had the rest of the day pretty much to ourselves, and it was nice to hang out with the family.

Monday – 9Round

Again, I wasn’t feeling the idea of the run, and I confess that I was pretty annoyed with myself about it.

The workout was another rough one with a huge focus on shoulders, making three days in a row of struggle bus. Ugh.

Tuesday – 5.5 miles, running + 9Round

Finally, I worked myself up to a run. I had company from S and it went fairly well.

In the evening, we dropped little man at his buddy’s house and we went out to dinner with a few other couples. Shockingly, I got exactly zero photos. I guess we were just enjoying too much.

Wednesday – rest

I had literally nothing in the tank. Days like this are the worst days. I could have easily spent the entire day in bed, but I had to get little man to his sports physical for camp and put in some face time for the PTSO. Truly, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to get home that night.

Thursday – 6 miles, running + 9Round

Finally, I managed to get in six miles on a run! It felt wonderful!

I was feeling so fabulous about it that I topped it off with a trip to 9Round. Yay!

Little man’s afternoon plans changed, so I suggested we go to see Spiderman: Far From Home. To be honest, Spiderman was never one of my favorite superheroes, but this new reboot has been quite fun to watch. We all highly recommend it.

Friday – 9Round

Mr PugRunner woke me up to come to 9Round with him. It ended up being my 35th class! I will also point out that it was one o fly favorite workouts of the week. Yay!

When I got home, little man was more than ready to spend some time at a friend’s house, so I sent him off and spent the rest of the day working.

Mr PugRunner and I enjoyed a date night at a local Food Truck Friday, capping it off with yummy ice cream from About Time Creamery.

Saturday – 7 miles, running

This run was a bit unorthodox. It started with little man and I running to a friend’s house, picking up her and her son, and then doing a session of Couch to 5K. I ran little man home, and then went off on my own to complete seven miles.

overcoming the slump

Part of overcoming my slump is boosting my run distance. I’ve struggled to get past six miles, lately, so this was encouraging.

We ran errands the rest of the day, picking up last minute things for little man’s week at summer camp. Mr PugRunner made us a yummy dinner and we spent the evening watching a movie together.


I would have liked more miles this week, but I think I made up for it with my 9Round efforts. There is a payoff, too. I’ve moved to heavier dumbbells, can hold planks longer and struggle less, so that’s all a plus. I still had to work hard to overcome that slump that left me feeling so unmotivated, but I will just have to blame summer for the mood.

For this weeks recipe, I went with this Cobre Valley Casserole. Mr PugRunner enjoyed it but little man was not a huge fan, even with the black olives. As I say, they can’t all be winners.

Reading is going beautifully. Storm of Swords is already underway and I am enjoying git even more this third time around.

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15 Responses to riots #27: overcoming the slump

  1. Slumps happen. Then they end & we can move on. Wow, 35 9Round classes! That’s great!

  2. Darlene says:

    You are so active. That’s why you don’t need to run as much.

    I have to get past 6 as well. Maybe this weekend.

  3. I think it’s always good to take a few days off after a race. I don’t think I would call that a slump You still had a pretty active week there!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I usually don’t just because my races haven’t been that long. I guess I feel slumpy because I have to really talk myself into getting outside and doing it, where before, it was easier to just get out there.

  4. We all find ourselves in a slump from time to time, especially after a big race. It still looks like you got a lot done this week. I love that you ran with your son 🙂

  5. Kim G says:

    Definitely been there before! Slumps can be hard but sometimes I think they are necessary to take a few days off running. As always, you were still super active this week – nice job!!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Much as I hate to admit it, you are probably right. I really hate feeling like I’m getting off track though. Consistency is usually pretty helpful to my training, but I will try not to be down on myself for a couple of missed days.

  6. Renée says:

    I know all about the slumps! Short runs, usually intervals go fine but everything else is not just the struggle bus but me owning the whole damn bus company. and it’s odd because my brain wants to RUN but there’s always some sort of block somewhere. Do you think maybe you are just over”run” from the last several months? Great work on 9round though for sure!! I’m a firm believer in something is better than nothing and you are still building up strength and kicking ass!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I think I’m just hot and tired, honestly. we have had a lot going on socially and emotionally, and it makes me tend to want to hermit. I also need to focus on a bigger race. I haven’t aimed for a half in a while and I think it’s time to set that sort of goal again.

  7. Coco says:

    I was going to say that you probably needed some rest after those races, plus the summer heat, but you rallied by the end of the week anyway! That “casserole “ looks delish!

  8. Cari says:

    I definitely agree that 9 Rounds is worth the trade off. Hope the slump busts permanently soon. Love your hot pink tank
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