week 41: back to “normalcy”. ugh.

The only benefits to returning to the real world this week were seeing the puggies and hedgehog, and getting back to running. Even though we had the best time on our trip, I missed all of those things. Badly.

Sunday – rest

All good things must come to an end, and it was time to leave. Boo.

We packed up the cars, tidied up the cabin, and hit the road. Going home always seems to take longer, especially when you’re leaving

Monday – 3.88 miles, walking

Oh, this felt so good. Even though we had been busy, nothing quite takes the place of a more structured activity.

It’s always hard to come home after vacation. There’s food shopping, laundry, unpacking, and, oh, yes. School. A was NOT on board with getting back to work, so it was quite a challenge to get him on track.

Tuesday – 4.0 miles running + 1.66 miles, walking

This run went very well, considering it wasn’t the beautiful weather of the mountains. I loved stretching out my legs and getting caught up.

We had another rough day of school. A didn’t get the best grades on his work, and while it didn’t really bring down his overall average, he got the message that he needs to put his head in the game if he wants to maintain straight As for the semester. Natural consequences for the win.

His virtual school offers a really nice variety of virtual clubs, and A is part of the Cooking Club. This week was his first cooking session, and the group made chicken and cheese quesadillas.

Next Tuesday, they are making a Thai Red Curry, with the help of a former Disney chef. Love that they are trying some more adventurous options!

Wednesday – 4.15 miles, walking

Happy National Pug Day! I know, I know. It’s always National Pug Day in our home. But still. Yay.

The girls got lots of extra love and snuggles.

The week finally started to settle down, a bit. A was back in the groove of school. We were going to make it through.

Thursday – 4.10 miles, running + 1.78 miles, walking

Another great run. I am really enjoying these mornings. J has also indicated she would like to start pushing further, so I think we will make our week runs 4.5 miles and then she will see how she feels on a long run on Saturday.

In the evening, I wanted to surprise Mr. PugRunner with a little Oktoberfest. We got some fall beer, and then I roasted a pork loin with pickled red cabbage and made some beer cheese dip with soft pretzels. We finished it off with homemade apple pie. Yum.

Friday –  4.0 miles, walking

I don’t know what we did to deserve such gorgeous weather. Being outside has been a straight up pleasure, especially for exercise.

Saturday – 7 miles, running + .76 miles, walking

Seven miles! Done! I actually felt really great, and almost pushed for eight, but I didn’t have any kind of fuel plan so decided to quit while I was ahead.

I didn’t have much time to celebrate, as I had a few big things to tie up that morning. I don’t know if it’s something I will get to share, but I hope so.

In the afternoon, we went to a local pumpkin patch with some friends. I was super excited to see the sunflowers and get more of that “fall feeling.”

For dinner, we had some delicious sushi takeout, which was really just what everyone needed.


Such a quiet week, really. Of course, the main victory was the long run. Oh! And I registered for an in-person 5K!

It’s small and it’s local and it’s going to be a fresh start. I’ve never run the Cotttonmouth Quarter & 5K before, so I think it will be a good place for me to begin the return. I had planned to run a different 5K, but it was a point to point, with a shuttle ride to the start. I didn’t feel good about that bus ride.

Up next? We are getting the house painted! Now that Mr PugRunner loves the office color, he asked me about doing the rest of the house. Since the ladder is hard for me to manage, he asked our old neighbor to come in and take it on. We will do our living room/dining room, family room, stairwell, loft and main bedroom. Of course, I immediately started looking at furniture. We used to travel so much that I didn’t care much about the handmedowns and “project” furniture, but now that we are home so much, it would be nice to take some care.

I’m not going too crazy because that new kitchen is still dangling out of reach, but it’s time to start trading up everywhere else.

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14 Responses to week 41: back to “normalcy”. ugh.

  1. Glad to hear you are also having some great fall weather. Sounds like your trip was fantastic. Who knew they even had mountains in Florida. Your son is becoming quite the little chef!

  2. Welcome back! For me, it seems like the journey THERE always takes longer than the return trip back home. Our fall weather was rather windy last week…and this morning it started snowing (again), just after yesterday’s surprise snow had disappeared. Ugh…I hope this is not a preview of what’s to come…

  3. Yay for your lucky 7 run! The big numbers are always oh so satisfying. I wish our school did online cooking classes. The boys used to cook with me when they were younger but as they’ve gotten older/cooler and busier I’m usually solo in the kitchen.
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  4. Michelle D. says:

    Welcome back! Re-entry into reality always takes a bit of adjusting, doesn’t it?!

    Awesome job on your 7 miler!!

  5. Wendy says:

    I’m pretty jealous of your home update project! Getting my husband to do anything is like pulling teeth. We are getting a new roof and driveway and I’m oddly excited about that. Baby steps, right?

    Congrats on that 7 miler; the fact that you wanted to go further means you are back!

    • runswithpugs says:

      My husband is regretting ever saying anything about the paint. Now I am all in to improve EVERYTHING and he was not prepared.

      We were super lucky to get a new roof a year or so ago because a hail storm came through. Insurance deemed the roof a loss, and it could not have been more perfect timing! I totally get the excitement.

  6. Congrats on 7 miles! Glad you’re enjoying some good weather — it seriously makes all the difference.

    We’ve put in new carpeting in our houses (we’ve had multiple) twice. And then we moved. Or bought new appliances & furniture . . .and then we moved. Do you see a theme?

    Mr. Judy ripped up the god awful carpeting in this house & had laminate installed before I moved up (I was still living in TX at the time). Then our first thing was to partially redo the kitchen. For someone who likes to cook it was definitely not good when we moved in. We didn’t redo the whole thing really, but it’s a lot nicer now.

    All new appliances (back then) because the former owners clearly weren’t into cooking.
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  7. Congrats on your 7 miles!! I am so happy and proud of you!!

    I love that your son is in the Cooking Club. I am sure that is fun and exciting for him.

    No home renovations here but I do know when I move the owner will tear down everything in this apartment. Everything here is old and needs to be replaced.
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  8. Coco says:

    Reentry after a vacation is always hard, but reality seems even harsher these days. Sorry your son isn’t doing as well in school as he’d like — wanting straight A’s is a lot of pressure! It’s great how much he loves cooking. That’s a win-win for everyone.

  9. Yay for getting settled back into your routine post-vacation. Having great weather is an added bonus after leaving that wonderful mountain air. It’s great that your runs are coming along so well.

    Please send A to my house to make us some chicken and cheese quesadillas! Those look so yummy!

    How exciting to be taking care of some home projects and not having to do them yourself! We have someone coming in to do a few things on our list soon.

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