week 34: we’re doing this

Oh, friends. This was a week of ups and downs, of big feelings and feelings of isolation. I think everyone struggled in so many ways, and while things ended on a positive note, it was quite a mission to get there. We had our first full week of virtual school.

Sunday – 3.58 miles, walking

This walk started a little later than I would have liked, but sometimes, you just have to sleep in.

Sundays have been fairly lazy around here, and this was no exception. We did got out for a family lunch date on the water, where we got the most delicious watermelon salad. It was great to have some fresh air and good food.

Wellness Month Day 23: Declutter one area of your home. This has been a work in progress. I did start going through my running clothes and purging things that are too big or that I no longer prefer to wear.

Monday – 3.5 miles running + 1.7 miles, walking

Due to a scheduling hiccup, we had to switch our run to Monday. Thank goodness for chalk rainbows.

Little man had his first day of actual classes. He has one 90 minute class per day, and after the technical issues got sorted, he was able to log in and get to work. It’s very different, but the first day went really well.

Wellness Month Day 24: Say 3 Things You Love About Yourself. Sharing self-love is difficult, but I did settle on my three years.

Tuesday – 3.8 miles walking

Happy walking!

Day two was a little more challenging. There were some technical glitches (nothing crazy serious), and then A got frustrated with just about everything. Like I said. There were a lot of big feelings this week.

That evening, his Scouts Troop asked for some parents to help with Board of Review, for Scouts who are ready to rank up. I was privileged to sit and approve one patrol member to rank up, and then we learned that A was eligible for for his First Class Rank as well, just a month after earning Second Class. We are so proud! He is super motivated to earn Eagle and we are here for it!

Wellness Month Day 25: Log 10,000 Steps Today. This is a daily occurrence, but I was happy to be able to check it off the list.

Wednesday – 3.5 miles, running + 1.7 miles, walking

Time to run!

I was super grateful that our friend took the kids to the skate park before school. It makes for early mornings, but it’s a great release for them, too. It all works out.

Wellness Month Day 26: Share Your Favorite Stress-less Tip. Write. It. Down. That’s it. That’s the tip. When you write things down, they are harder to forget and easier to prioritize.

Thursday – 4.02 miles, walking

The humidity has been getting worse and worse, making even walks difficult.

In the afternoon, I finally ventured to get my hair done. It’s been months (as it has for everyone) and I just desperately needed color and a fresh cut. I went to a new stylist, who came highly recommended (both in talent and with following COVID protocols).

It’s been literally years since I’ve lightened my hair, but I was up for something new. What I wanted wasn’t a one-visit result, but so far, it’s coming along great.

Mr Pugrunner and I had a date night, which happened to coincide with little man getting to go hang out with a friend. I love when the timing works out. It was a nice night, but the patio where we dined was a little more crowded with far less considerate people than I would have preferred.

Wellness Month Day 27: Bring The Outdoors In. Friends, there is nothing outside in Florida that needs to come inside in the summer time. Promise. What I did manage to bring in this week is tons of sand when I cleaned out the beach bag. Follow me for more wellness tips!

Friday –  3.42 miles, walking

In the morning, I had volunteer duty at one of the local schools. We distributed some spirit wear and masks to parents who wanted to get a jump on those items. It was really good to do something semi-normal.

This also meant that my walk was in the middle of the day. Whew, that was hot.

A wrapped up his school assignments (pretty successfully, to be honest), and we took the rest of the day off. We had food trucks for dinner, and all was well.

Wellness Month Day 28: Lay On That Lip and Lash. Fail on my part. I very rarely wear makeup these days, and lipstick just gets on the inside of the masks we wear.

Saturday – 4 miles, running + 1 miles, walking

Wellness Month Day 29: Take Your Exercise Outdoors. When do I not? It seems that no matter what, my exercise is always outdoors, and that’s just how it is.

This run was super hard. It was insanely humid, and even taking my time, I struggled. I hated every second of it, but was so happy to be done.

As soon as I showered, I headed to the store. A is making mask lanyards to see at a local kids’ entrerperneurial farmer’s market in a few weeks and he needed supplies. He’s doing a great job with local sales and inventory and we are so happy to support him.


So the first week of school was a mix of emotions. A was sad to not be back at his brick and mortar, but also kind of liked the new block schedule and getting a four day weekend. He worked hard and we have to figure out the best way for him to prioritize his assignments, but we will get there.

Running went well. I was a bit emotionally exhausted, so I found it difficult to get up and moving in the mornings, but maybe things will be better this week.

The Wellness Challenge for August ends tomorrrow. It’s been a great month!

On a devastating note, Chadwick Boseman passed away of colorectal cancer at the age of 43. Usually, celebrity deaths don’t hit me too hard, but he was my age and such a badass. To think that he filmed such a high-intensity and high-profile action film without a word of complaint and with no one knowing. It’s amazing and inspiring and this is a loss that will be felt for a long time.

Additionally, Hurricane Laura hit parts of Louisiana and Texas with terrifying Category 4 fury. I am hopeful that their rebuilding goes smoothly.

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?

How did school go, if you started? Who’s ready for September?

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28 Responses to week 34: we’re doing this

  1. I got my first pandemic haircut this week as well. It had just gotten too long and I needed it to be gone! Now I just have to figure out what to do with it while I’m running, b/c it’s too short to do a full ponytail now. Runners problems folks! Congrats on making it through the first week of school. We get to do that this week. Our guys are doing a mix of in person and virtual learning.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      LOL! Those are my instructions when I go in: No bangs. It has to be long enough for a ponytail. Don’t make it green. This was the first time I brought an inspiration photo. My thoughts are “it will grow back” so I’m good letting the stylist have fun.

      I wish we could do a mix. I am hearing such mixed reviews of the school based distance learning, and while the virtual school is brutal, I’m not sure what other options we have.

  2. Congrats on making it through the first week of school! It sounds like a huge adjustment but hopefully it will get easier. Your hair looks great!

  3. Liz Dexter says:

    Glad you’re pleased with your haircut and it was safe. I am sick to death of Big Feelings yet still they come. Mr Liz and I were weeping over that video where Dave Grohl tells the little drummer Nandi Bushell he accepts her challenge and we should not be weeping over that! Will you be glad to see the end of your Wellness Month challenge? You’ve done really well with it.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Every day. Big Feelings. All the time. I cried over Chadwick Boseman interviews. I’ve cried over algebra. Heck, I cried over pasta one night (and I’m not sorry or ashamed about that one). It’s exhausting.

      I liked the Wellness Month challenge. It kind of reminded me to take a moment to do something small for myself. I liked that encouragement.

  4. Coco says:

    Love your hair! I braved the salon two weeks ago, so now I know it was worth the risk. 😉 I hope your son gets into a groove with school soon. Changes are always tough at first, but so much of this is really hard and asking a lot of our kids.

  5. I think this school year is going to be stressful and take some getting used to for everyone. Glad you finished the week on a high note. Also glad you treated yourself to a hair cut that always helps everything and it looks great. Have a good week!

  6. I love that you are always smiling.

    Your hair looks great. Doesn’t it make you feel better all around when you get a haircut? I haven’t gotten foils since Feb but I hesitated to spend the extra $$ until someone sees me lol

  7. My hairdresser’s salon lost its roof (and part of the walls) during the derecho three weeks ago. Well, lucky me, I have an appointment scheduled for next week. I know she’s working on finding a temporary place to rent a chair, but oddly I’m not concerned. Heck, I went four months between appointments just recently LOL Glad the first week of school went well…hoping that will continue to improve as you get into a routine.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh, no! I hope your stylist is able to find a space! How terrible! Like any of us need anything else to worry about right now.

      I think it was six or seven months since I got mine done. That’s long, even for me.

  8. Wendy says:

    Congrats to your son on ranking up! I just saw a high school aged boy scout who is getting close to his Eagle Scout. What an honor and it is such a commitment to getting it done. Very cool.

    I’ve been getting my roots done for the last couple of months. Sadly, the salon is not very busy at all. I am not willing to go back to doing it myself, that’s for sure! I guess a lot of people are, tho.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s really so great to watch these young men (and now, young women) achieve such great things at this age. I’m so proud of them all.

      Salons here are almost back to normal, it seems. If they are less crowded, it’s only that they are booking weeks and months in advance. I don’t get too much pampering done, so it felt busy-ish to me.

  9. Kim G says:

    Congrats on getting through the first week of virtual learning! I’m so impressed by your little guy – he is so smart and mature and I love that he is starting his own business!

    Absolutely love your new haircut and color! Didn’t it feel good to go to the hair salon? For a short time I felt more “normal” which was great.

    • runswithpugs says:

      He is smart and mature, but this new school program is giving him a run for his money. I hope we all find our groove soon.

      Oh gosh, getting my hair done was so close to heaven. I was trying to wait for a private stylist (works out of her home) to get back from maternity leave but I couldn’t do it. I got a little anxious/claustrophobic with all the foils and the mask, but it worked out.

  10. Michelle D. says:

    Hugs to all of you for making it through the first week of school – this is such a crazy hard situation for all of the kids (and parents!).

    Your hair looks terrific!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Week two is harder! It’s just so new and this curriculum is far more rigorous than regular school ever was. It’s not a bad thing but it’s a shock to the system after all this time off.

      Thank you! I’m excited to see when we get it where I want it!

  11. Marcia says:

    Sounds like a challenging week with all the heat/humidity. Congrats to A on ranking up. Our nextdoor neighbor’s son earned his Eagle Scout status with a huge project at our local nature center. The whole neighborhood was there to celebrate with him. I finally got a pandedmic cut and now I’m thinking she didn’t take enough off. Oh well.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Eagle Scout is such a huge accomplishment. He’s got his project in mind (something the pastor needs at their charter church), and so he can get his plans together for that.

      You can go back and get more taken off when you’re ready!

  12. The hurricanes could have wreaked far more damage, but that’s small consolation to those hit hard, I know. The loss of Chadwick Boseman hit everyone hard, I think. Too soon.

    Sounds like you’re off to a good start with schooling. Hopefully it will feel less weird as time goes on.

  13. I love your haircut! Looks great!

    Your son has one 90 minute class a day? I live in the wrong state. My kids are online from 8:30-3, except for 30 minutes for lunch. I am so tired and stressed out. This is much for work than I anticipated and keep telling myself that it will get better. Not sure if I believe it.

  14. Cari says:

    Chadwick Boseman hit me hard too. None have like this since Robin Williams.
    If A needs donations for lanyards, let me know. Happy to support from afar.
    Love the hair! I think I’m finally ready to get a cut this weekend and then grow out the colors before I land on one. That mimosa sign – clearly you found a winner!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Robin Williams devastated me as well.

      Thank you so much! Since he is selling them, I wouldn’t feel right accepting donations, but he does plan to donate a portion of his proceeds to Pug Rescue of Florida (where we got Delilah).

      I hope your hair appointment goes well! I’m so glad you feel safe!

  15. What a tough sounding week, but it sounds like your family muscled through and can now enjoy a long weekend. How cool that A plans to work toward Eagle Scout. What a wonderful goal!

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