week 46: cold snap + rest days

There has been a cold snap in our little part of the South and I couldn’t be more grateful. I know it seems awesome to have so much sunshine all the time, but it’s nice to get a break from the sweltering heat and humidity. The only “downfall” is that I skipped some of those perfect weather days or some real rest.

We are all home today, in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to everyone who has served our country. I am very looking forward to spending a day with the family.

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Now, let’s talk about the week.

Sunday – 6 miles, running

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to “sleep in” and run in actual daylight. Can you believe that sky? I had to wear my gloves because it’s the season for my Raynaud’s to act up, but other than that, it was a perfect run.

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The rest of the day was fairly quiet. Mr PugRunner went to a nearby butcher and picked up steaks, salmon and fingerling potatoes to cook us a yummy dinner on the Big Greem Egg. The weather is perfect for grilling.

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Monday – 9Round #111

Happy 13 years to me and Mr. PugRunner! Yes, Monday was our wedding anniversary, and we were ready to celebrate. Mr. PugRunner took the day off work, and we started out by going to 9Round together. I wasn’t really thrilled that this week’s CHOW included a ton of burpees, but it got the blood pumping.

While little man was at school, we had a little lunch date at a place that specializes in sandwiches or “board” (basically deconstructed sandwiches). I ended up with a special, involving fried green tomatoes, remoulade, provolone cheese, and pickled onions.

I also received a gorgeous surprise in the form of a dozen stunning yellow roses.

Little man came home from school, did his homework, and then we went out for a family date. We had a yummy dinner and ice cream, with a little walk around town.

Tuesday – runner’s yoga + 9Round #112

I have complained about feeling incredibly stiff and tight, and I am committing to doing some yoga at home. Confession: it’s not my favorite thing. However, Yoga With Adriene is really great, with tons of free options on YouTube. I chose a 30 minute program for runners.

And then I went to 9Round and punched all the things.

This particular cold snap brought with it some nasty rain, which made for a lazy day. I had a board meeting for the charity I’m working on, and then my evening was dedicated to running little man to extracurriculars.

Wednesday – 5.65 miles, running + 9Round #113

My sinuses started acting up with the onset of the cold weather, so it was tough dragging myself out for this run. It was also warmer, so blah to that as well.

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I needed the intensity of 9Round to feel better about the awful run.

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I had to get myself together: my friend and I were going to a charity holiday shopping event for Rethreaded. Rethreaded is a local company, founded by Kristin Keen, to provide a safe, supportive work environment where the women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community.

We enjoyed the music, wine and some shopping.

They offer some beautiful handmade scarves, jewelry and accessories, so if you don’t live in the Jacksonville area, check them out online for sure.

Thursday – rest

Much as I wanted to be productive, I woke up feeling tight and tired and really didn’t want to do anything. So I didn’t. Sure, I felt a tiny bit guilty about slacking, but I got over it. My energy was gone and that was all there was to it.

Instead, I handled errands and some shopping, did some work and just lazed. Thursdays are our quiet days and it was great to just do nothing.

Friday – 9Round #114

Friday, I was up and out early to pick up donuts for my client to deliver to the teachers at one of our neighborhood schools for an appreciation treat.

We also had a conference at little man’s school just to check in. The administration there has been so supportive and available for parent questions and concerns and we are on all track.

I hit 9Round close to lunchtime, just because I wanted to get it done. No regrets.

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On a less fun note: Bentley had stomach issues and made a huge mess in his crate. He was miserable and we were on duty for laundry, baths (since he was getting one, Delilah and Hufflepuff got one, too), and helping him feel better. It made for a long day.

Saturday – 7 miles, running

Yay for long runs! Sure, it was humid, but the temperature was in the way low 60s, which was close to heaven.

And then we spent the rest of the day at a nearby community festival, with food trucks, music, shopping and cocktails! Yay!


I was just so stinking tired this week. The time change never really had too much of an effect on me, but I’m another year older, so…

I took a lot of rest this week. It wasn’t planned, but it was the right thing to do. I also managed one yoga session (and I did get in another one today). It’s frustrating: I’ve lost a TON of flexibility, but I guess that’s the point. I’ve got to earn back what I no longer have.

To combat the blahs, I’ve been diligent with my (sparkling) water intake. I don’t know that it’s helping too much, but I’m doing it anyway.

This was a week of leftovers and home cooking, once we got our anniversary out of the way. I’m excited for this upcoming week because I have a few new recipes in mind, now that it’s cool enough for some heartier meals.

Oh, and I only splurged on one donut this week! It was a plain, old-fashioned donut, no glaze or anything, so we might as well just call it bread. However, I have been committed to breakfasts with more of a protein punch, and I know I will be thankful for it one day.

I am linking up with the new Weekly Rundown, with Confessions of A Mother Runner and Running on the Fly! Check them out!

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How was your week in training?

How are you handling the time change and colder weather?

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10 Responses to week 46: cold snap + rest days

  1. Happy anniversary! A boxing class seems like a fun way to celebrate together!
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  2. Chaitali says:

    Happy anniversary! It sounds like you had a fun, celebratory day 🙂 And I hope that Bentley is doing better.
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  3. The donut comment at the end though… lol!
    You ran less, but you still got plenty of workouts in, so try not to be so hard on yourself! This is the first year the time change really bothered me too. Maybe it’s just the year for it? Weather has been crazy up here. High in the 30’s Saturday, 40’s yesterday, and around 60 today. But snow tomorrow. Already! Ugh.

  4. Nothing wrong with taking an easy week (though you were still pretty active).Congrats on 13 years!!

  5. Aw happy anniversary! Nothing better than an anniversary workout. I just started a new weight workout with burpees and am feeling pretty humble right now. Stay warm:-)
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  6. Happy Anniversary to both of you! Hope Bentley is better now.

  7. Gorgeous roses! I know the time change definitely had me feeling sluggish this year too. It’s the darkness that really gets me!

  8. Happy anniversary! I hear you on needing more rest sometimes — it’s important to listen to our bodies. I felt really rundown by Tuesday, it was sleeting/snowing, and I stayed in my pjs all day. I felt so much better on Wednesday!

    Sounds like a really busy week even so. I lived in TX a long time, and I know how good it feels when those summer temps break!

  9. Renée says:

    glad you guys had a great anniversary, alone and with little man! I know you feel like you did less this week, or “slacked” but you still did a lot and resting is part of training! Without rest, your body will definitely crash and burn and take even longer to replenish itself. So you did good, listening to your body!

    poor Bentley! and poor you guys for having to clean that up…

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