week 31: summer vacation comes to an end

For better or worse, summer vacation is coming to and end for us in the Runs With Pugs house.

I’ve been a bit vague, but we finally got little man’s acceptance to the virtual program of our choice. We applied several weeks before all the deadlines, but there was a technical glitch, and we have been on pins and needles ever since. As you can imagine, every school is so overworked and overwhelmed, so getting answers has been a challenge. However, now we are on track, and his first day is August 19.

Oh, and Happy Shark Week! Are you ready?

Sunday – 4.19 miles, walking

Happy Sunday! After my walk, I decided to try my hand at a plank. I have limited strength in my right foot, so it’s a bit of a triumph to be able to keep weight on it.

Meal prep had to get done. This week, I made pulled pork in the crockpot with roasted sweet potato chips and “not so fried” cauliflower rice (from the freezer section).

Last week, I said I committed to the Wellness Month Challenge, and it was time to get started.

Wellness Month Day 2: Take A Relaxing Bath or Shower. I always take a long, hot shower after a workout, so that was easy.

Monday – 3.6 miles, walking

I had a nice morning walk. Another week had arrived.

Wellness Month Day 3: State Your Mantra. I think this pretty much sums up my current state.

For dinner, I made Reubens In A Bowl. Mr PugRunner loves Reubens, and it’s obviously been a while since he could partake.

Tuesday – 3 miles, running + 2.29 miles, walking

Yay for running! J and I had a great 3 mile run and a wonderful cool down walk.

While we were out, little man went to a local skate park with a friend and her dad. No pictures from the outing, but rumor had it they did great and had so much fun.

Wellness Month Day 4: Make Breakfast A Priority. I generally grab a bowl of cereal and fruit, but today, I scrambled up eggs and spinach to eat with my banana.

We had plenty of Monday’s dinner for leftover before little man’s Scouts meeting. He ended up being elected Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Quartermaster. He will be leading his first meeting in a week. So proud.

Wednesday – 4.02 miles, walking

For some reason, it’s been easier taking longer walks. The miles just kind of pass and before I know it, I’m done.

Wellness Month Day 5: Stop and Stretch. I took that quite literally.

For dinner, I made copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps. Little man thought they were terrible. Mr PugRunner and I enjoyed.

Thursday – 3 miles, running + 2.39 miles, walking

Another glorious morning for a run.

Wellness Month Day 6: Drink Six Glasses Of Water. SIX!!! Friends, I hate water, and I hate drinking things. I just don’t enjoy liquids in any kind of quantity. This was a hard day.

In the evening, we went on a double date to the beach. We picked up tacos and beer, and then ended up having to eat in the car due to a random rain shower. When it was over, we took a gorgeous sunset walk. I came across this and thought it was so 2020.

Friday –  4.06 miles, walking

TGIF! Despite the late night, I was up and out for a long walk.

Wellness Month Day 7: Try That New Beauty Product You’ve Been Eyeing. To be honest, I’ve been quite curious about rose quartz and jade rollers. So I went ahead and gave one a try. After spending some time chilling in the fridge, it felt quite lovely, especially around my eyes and temples.

For dinner, I made a keto-friendly pizza casserole, which kind of sort of took care of my pizza craving. Kind of.

That night, we watched Peanut Butter Falcon as a family. I highly recommend it, even if I think Shia LeBeouf is a bit out there. He did a marvelous job in this film, and even little man was riveted.

Saturday – 4 miles, running + .7 miles, walking

I did it! I ran four miles! It required me checking in myself every quarter mile after the three mile mark, but I did it!

Wellness Month Day 8: Try A New Fitness Class. Well, we’re in a pandemic, so fitness classes aren’t really a thing I’m doing right now, so I hopped on YouTube and brought up one of Yoga by Adriene’s selections. It was a cool down yoga segment for runners, and it was a great way to stretch and chill out after a run.

I donated school supplies to a local community organization (all you had to do was go to one of they drive-up locations, pop your trunk and the volunteers would collect) and then we hung at the pool and had lunch with my parents.


This week felt great physically, although I struggled emotionally. There’s just so much mental weight right now and I’m having a hard time casting it aside. I will get there. Having school settled helps hugely, but there are still other things bearing down on me. I guess I’m just part of that club, you know?

The Wellness Challenge for August is helping. Here’s a reminder, if you missed out last time.

New menu is up and meal prep is underway!

I am linking up with the 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?

Are you making sure to take time for wellness?

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