weekly wrap: 11.5.17 – 11.11.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Travel and running and events, oh my!

Sunday – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah 5K + Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah 1 Mile

Once again, the recap will be coming, but it was a great last day in Savannah. We had breakfast with Amy and then packed up to check out. Our races didn’t start until 1:00 PM, so we had plenty of time to drive into town for coffee and donuts!

The weather stayed pretty cool and overcast until the actual start of the 5K, when the clouds suddenly parted. I wasn’t thrilled but it was only 3.1 miles followed by 1 mile, so I got over it quickly.

And I was more than excited to collect my bling and my pie.

Monday – rest

After a whirlwind weekend, I was plumb tuckered. Of course, the week starts whether I’m ready or not, so it was off to school, off to work, karate, dinner and homework. Yay.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

I was a little unsure how I would feel about this run, but I went for it anyway. We took our time and it went great. I was glad to get right back to it, despite the tons of miles over the weekend.

After music club, we dropped little man at a friend’s and stole away for a quick dinner to celebrate our anniversary, since we didn’t really get the chance over the weekend.

Wednesday – rest

Wednesday was a whirlwind. I was slammed at work and got stuck late, which is never any fun. Of course, it makes the day pass more quickly, so that was a positive.

Thursday – 6.5 miles, running

Good news – even after a long weekend of lots of running and walking, my hip and glue have been feeling fantastic! Maybe there is something to the whole massage thing. We also had a third join us and it was wonderful. I feel like we have a nice group going and I hope we can continue with it!

Even though I had a day off, there was still plenty to do. I’ve been working on an event for school and had plenty of stuff to shop for and create. I love DIY projects but it’s been tough keeping on top of everything. Can’t wait to show off some of our work after the party.

In Cub Scouts, we finished up another achievement when the boys made solar ovens out of Pringles’ cans. They did a great job and I am excited to hear how they worked out with either hot dogs or marshmallows.

Friday – rest

I had a bunch of writing to do, and Mr PugRunner headed off to Miami. I was glad to have an excuse to stay home and I was even more glad that little man wanted to chill out at home with a movie that night. We both turned in pretty early, which was great.

Saturday – 8 miles, running

Long run Saturday. I wanted to do more, but I kind of psyched myself out of going out earlier and needed to get back to the house. I promised myself that if I woke up in time on Sunday, I would go out for a few more miles.

I had a list of errands to check off, and I was also planning to spend the afternoon with my running and PTA buddy to finish up some more decorations.

S and I took the kids out to dinner and for ice cream and then it was home to the couch.

Mr PugRunner had scored a ticket for the Miami Hurricanes vs Notre Dame game, and all I wanted was to sit on the couch and watch the game with a cold beer. Little man hung with me for about a quarter, and I stayed up until midnight watching my Canes dominate the Irish.

All while getting texts from the stands. He was obviously having the worst time.


It’s an exciting time for us in NCAA football and I am looking forward to seeing where the rankings shake out tomorrow.

I’m also feeling really good about the running thing. My new shoes are working out great and I’m fairly confident about Space Coast in two weeks.

How was your week in training?

How is your NCAA team doing right now?

Do you have a running group that continues to grow?

smarter living with smarty pants

I was gifted product by Smarty Pants via my position as a Rock ‘n’ Blogger for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. All opinions are my own.

It’s been said over and over that you can’t outrun bad nutrition. And while we enjoy treats and splurges as much as anyone else, I do try hard to provide healthy meals for my family. Sometimes we fall into an eating rut, but I make every effort to make sure we have lean proteins, fruits and veggies, and I’ve been working on reducing our grain and carbohydrate intake.

My goal for us is a balanced diet. Eating well fuels us, giving us more energy and keeping us healthier. A good diet is also critical for a strong immune system and good overall health. With our crazy schedules, we just don’t have time to get run down. Sometimes, especially on our most busy weeks, we miss out on some of the nutritional necessities that keep us going, but we don’t have time to let that stop us.

All of us take a regimen of vitamins on a daily basis. We keep it fairly simple – cusotmizing for our own personal needs. Little man and I both take multivitamins and an additional Vitamin C for immunity. My PugRunner takes a men’s vitamin and supplements with a few things for his joints.

One thing we all agree on, though, is Smarty Pants.

We started little man on Smarty Pants Kids’ Complete vitamins over a year ago. He wasn’t entirely consistent with swallowing pills and we liked that these gummies didn’t have any synthetic colors or artificial flavors (they also don’t contain GMOs, artificial preservatives, yeast, milk, wheat, eggs, soy, gluten, peanuts, tree nut allergens, fish allergens shellfish or salicylates). The kids’ multi also contains Omega 3 Fish Oil, B12 and D3, in addition to the  usual lineup (A, C, D, E, Riboflavin, B6, Folate, Iodine and Zinc)

Because they taste great, he is quick to grab them after breakfast, and very rarely needs a reminder.

And he’ll even help me out and grab my bottle of Women’s Complete as well.

My favorite thing about these gummies is they are very easy on the stomach. I can take them before or after a meal and don’t have the nausea or upset feelings I would get after other supplements.

What was new for all of us were the probiotics.

While we are all pretty good about eating yogurt and things that keep our gut health on track, it can never hurt to have a little help. There are plenty of stomach bugs and similar ailments going around and I am more than happy to give Mr PugRunner and I the extra protection from the Adult Probiotic Complete to get through a winter of yucky illnesses.

Best of all, these items are absolutely convenient – I can grab any of them at my local Target or order online if I’m in a pinch. Good health shouldn’t be hard (or prohibitively expensive – a 30 day supply of the Women’s Complete retails for just under $1 a day!) and we are happy to continue with our Smarty Pants!

race report: tour de pain {8.11 & 8.12.2017}

Remember this one folks? The Tour De Pain? Three races in about 24 hours?

How could we forget?

There’s really nothing easy about Tour De Pain. It’s a fairly grueling, August challenge, and while it’s not exactly fun, it’s cool to see exactly how much one can endure throughout the series of races.

4 Mile Beach Run

Guys, I don’t think I have ever run a hotter, more humid, more miserable race. It was close to unbearable. I can say that pretty confidently, as someone who trains and races in one of the hottest states in the country. It was brutal.

I got there early enough to snag a parking spot, but it was still rather far from packet pickup and the race start, due to some nasty construction in Jacksonville Beach. By the time I got my bib and tank, dropped everything else off in my car and went back to the start line, I was already dripping. Yuck.

Usually, being on the ocean affords a gorgeous breeze, but the air that night was hot. And the sun was blazing.

On the plus side, the sand was hard packed and very level. That definitely helped with my hips and my gait. Usually, after a beach run, my legs are sore and achy, but not this time.

The course is two miles out and two miles back, with one water stop at the u-turn. I think this was the first time I’ve taken hydration during such a short distance. It would have been foolish not to.

The way out was fine, and we did have a little benefit of some of the shade from the buildings, but the way back… Ugh. At one point, an emergency vehicle sped towards the finish line, and I made the decision to not push. It wasn’t worth it. I plugged along, focused on one thing: getting it done.

When I crossed the finish line, I grabbed a quick drink and hustled back to the car. I wasn’t interested in anything but something to eat and a shower.

Race #1. Done.

5K Road Race

The 5K road race starts in the very early morning and at a location a little closer to my home. I still had to set my alarm and be out first thing.

This portion of the race is fairly easy. We run on a familiar course and it’s mostly shaded – sure, it was early and I was tired, but it was great feeling the road under my shoes and getting to stretch it out on the asphalt.

I was really, really happy to see that finish line.

Two down, one to go!

1 Mile Sizzler

We spent the time between races at one of little man’s friend’s birthday parties. I was hoping that Mr. PugRunner and little man would come with me to the final race, but it had been a long day for them and they wanted to get home. Totally understandable and it was a good thing we had brought two cars.

The weather was, as the name of this particular race indicates, sizzling. The final one mile takes place in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, starting at 4:30 in the afternoon. It’s an awful time to run, especially in August, but it also makes for a rewarding finish!

There are four waves that go out for this run, to keep crowding on the course to a minimum: Masters Men, Open Men, Masters Women and Open Women. Since I am 40 this year, I finally got to move out of the last wave and into the Masters Women group. Not being in the last group took a bit of pressure off of me and I was glad for that.

Runners make two loops around a big block, before kicking it to the finish line at the Landing.

I had some technical difficulties during this mile. I was adjusting my music on my phone before the start, got caught off guard by the gun and couldn’t get my phone back in my armband. I had to do the whole mile, clinging to my phone for dear life. It totally distracted me from what I was doing and knocked me out of my groove. Boo.

It was still pretty exhilarating to charge down that final straightaway and know that the 24 hours of running were over and it was time to celebrate!

With bling!

And beautiful views!

And pizza and beer!

While it’s always a difficult series, I do love the challenge Tour De Pain presents. That final finish line is a welcome relief, but the journey to get there is even better.

Do you have a summer race series in your town?

What’s your least favorite time of day to race?

gobble gobble: community first thanksgiving distance classic

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my promotion of Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic  and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All opinions are my own.

Thanksgiving morning is always a bit of a hectic rush. My day starts, not with stuffing the bird in the oven, but with a sunrise 5K in Pickwick Park.

The Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic, by 1st Place Sports, is a wonderful way to get ready for the day of feasting. Choose the half marathon or the 5K – there’s even a one mile fun run for the kids!

The running starts at 6:50 AM for the 5K and 7:00 AM for those taking on 13.1 miles. Everyone who registers will receive a gender-specific tech shirt and all the finishers of both distances will receive a custom medal to commemorate the race. Who doesn’t love fun turkey bling?

Organizers ask that participants choose to donate $1 or bring in a canned good in addition to their registration fee. Donations will go to benefit the Mandarin Food Bank.

You may register at any 1st Place Sports location or online here. Packets may be picked up at any store on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the race, or at the race site on race day.

And best of all, when you cross that finish line, you’ll be ready for turkey and all the trimmings!

On Black Friday, you’ll be ready to get back into the swing of things. Start your day with a workout and a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Say cheers to the holiday season and a day of snagging great deals with some of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s yummiest seasonal offerings, like the Very Berry Cranberry, with strawberries and cranberries, or the Cranberry Truffle with yogurt and white chocolate truffle. It’s the perfect treat to round out the Thanksgiving week.

Do you have a favorite Turkey Trot or Thanksgiving race?


weekly wrap: 10.29.17 – 11.4.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

This may comes as a huge shock but this was a CRAZY week! It’s the holiday season and race season and party season, and, well, we are going to do our best to get it all done!

Sunday – rest day

I did it. I finally did it. I went to a spa day and had a sports massage. I have only had one massage in my life and I despised it, but I convinced myself to try again. Granted, it was because I got to spend the day with my girlfriends, but I also tried to have an open mind.

It was a good experience. The massage therapist listened to my anxieties, and talked me through the whole thing. I was sore as heck when she was done, but my right glute felt really good.

We had poolside lunch, drinks and then I went home to carve pumpkins and have dinner with the boys and my parents.

Monday – rest

I was supposed to work late but ended up getting to leave at regular time. Yay for happy surprises!

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

Happy Halloween! And Happy New Shoe Day! I got these Saucony Guides on sale and was happy to take them through their first six miles. The cooler weather didn’t hurt, either.

I was able to leave work early to help little man’s class with some Halloween centers. We made spooky slime, did a candy pumpkin experiment and enjoyed cupcakes.

And then it was home for trick or treating. Our culdesac ordered pizza, and enjoyed some wine before heading off with the kids to knock on doors. We had such a great time I barely got any pictures.

I was glad that little man got over whatever was troubling him about Halloween and spent hours out there with his friends. He even explored one of our neighborhood’s several haunted houses!

Wednesday – rest

After a late night, it was a little tough getting up. However, we got through our day like champs!

Mr PugRunner went out to dinner with a friend and I stayed home with little man and my co-PTA buddy, working on decorations for an upcoming event.

Thursday – 4.5 miles, running

Even though it was cool again, I told my running buddy that I need to keep my miles low as it was a big race weekend. She was very accommodating and we called it quits at 4.5.

Even though it was my day off, I had a ton to get done! Meghan was coming over that night so we could travel to Savannah together and I had a Cub Scouts meeting and still needed to pack! Yikes!

I ran my errands, did laundry, cleaned and changed sheets. I was really struggling with my packing, so I decided to table it until the morning.

Our Scouts meeting went great – we taught the boys how to make foil packet desserts over a fire, using tortillas, and a choice of spreads, fruits and chocolate. Yum.

Friday – rest

After a nice breakfast with Mr PugRunner and Meghan, we loaded up the car and headed off to Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon Weekend!

We hit the Expo and collected our bibs.

And then we started to collect our friends. We had dinner with these lovelies: Amy, Briana and Anna Louise!

And then it was time to get to our hotel and get some sleep. We were staying about 20 minutes out of downtown, and due to heat, the race time had been bumped 10 minutes earlier.

We also had VIP parking and needed to be in our lot by 6:00 AM, so it was critical to get some good rest.

Saturday – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon, 13.1 miles running

Race Day! Full recap to come, but I was really excited! I love this event, love the course and love the people with whom I would spend the day.

This year did not disappoint. It was warm and humid, but not unbearable, at least not for us Floridians. We appreciated the extra hoses and wet sponges on the course, but we were good for the 13.1 miles.

Afterwards, we brunched, snacked and then went back to the hotel for hot showers. Even though we were all exhausted, we decided to treat ourselves to a showing of Thor: Ragnorak at the nearby theater.

We even splurged for the fancy seats!

Mr PugRunner was holding down the fort back home. It was actually our 11th anniversary, and while we were apart, we talked to each other throughout the day and will celebrate later this week. He and little man spent Saturday morning at the Alzheimer’s Walk in honor of my late father-in-law.

It was a tough and emotional day, but they honored PopPop in the best way.


I am home again and back to work. It’s just a few more weeks until the Space Coast Half Marathon, and I am looking forward to it, and a whole bunch of other races in the near future.

How was your week in training?

Do you enjoy running challenges or do you prefer one race and done?

celebrate fall with the bailey’s health and fitness mandarin run + tropical smoothie cafe

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my promotion of Bailey’s Health and Fitness Mandarin Run  and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All opinions are my own.

I love this time of year! The temperatures have dropped and there is just the slightest chill in the morning air in the Sunshine State.

Of course, all of this means great things for the race community: cooler weather means it’s easier to run longer distances, and that equals a greater variety of events!

On Saturday, November 11, choose from the 5K or 10K distances at the Bailey’s Health and Fitness Mandarin Run!

No matter how many miles you choose to run that day, you’ll be participating in a fun race in a flat and fast, residential neighborhood. All registered runners will receive a technical shirt and a custom medal!

After the race, enjoy a post-race celebration and awards ceremony with food and music, too!

Register online here or at any 1st Place Sports location! Online registration closes early, but race day registration is available!

Continue with your healthy trend by treating yourself to a smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Cafe! The apple menu offerings are a wonderful treat and are only available for a limited time, so whether you go for the protein punch of the Peanut Butter Power Up or the lighter flavor of the Green Apple Matcha, don’t miss out!

Will you be running the 5K or the 10K? 

weekly wrap: 10.22.17 – 10.28.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Let’s do this!

Sunday – rest

Rest, glorious rest. Guys, I love my rest days. And I love spending them with my family. Truly.

Monday – rest

Mondays are never really full rest days for me, just because it’s the start of the week and getting things going again. I thought I was going to have to work late, but everything ended up working out, and Mr PugRunner took over karate duty, which eased up my schedule quite a bit.

Tuesday – 6.75 miles, running

It was a good run with S. I have been really loving the morning runs and was proud of almost hitting seven for the day.

We went in to school early to announce the final winners of our fundraising week, and after work, it was time for just a little bit of downtime. We went to the local pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins for carving and managed to snag some real beauties.

Wednesday – rest

Last day of work for the week, and I was glad for it. Mr PugRunner helped out with karate again, which was nice. I used the free time to finish our Halloween decorations and try to get a little more in the spirit of things.

Thursday – 7 miles, running

Since I had a race coming up on Saturday, I pushed for a little longer on Thursday. The temperate had also dropped down into the low 50s, so that made things easier for running.

I had errands for the day, and then I had to get ready for our Scout Pack Meeting. It was the first time this year that my den was getting mega awards, and I was so proud and excited for the boys and all their hard work.

Little man walked away with four badges and awards, which was so great. And all of our new pack members received their Bobcat, which every scout needs. They were all so awesome.

Friday – rest

The bad news this week was that my TMJ acted up. I don’t know if it was stress or the change in the weather, but my jaw had locked up on Thursday and I was a hurting unit. Talking was hard, eating was worse, and so I just kind of rolled with it. I was getting to the point of hangry and struggled hard to eat the sushi Mr PugRunner brought home for dinner.

We watched part of a movie and I turned in early.

Saturday – Durbin Trail Mix Relay, 6 miles

I was really excited about the Durbin Trail Mix Relay – it was a race directed by two of my dear friends and I was really looking forward to supporting them. I will do a full recap soon, but it was such a great event.

I ran the first, six mile leg of the relay, followed by two awesome teammates. We overcame mud and roots and all kinds of water and muck, for a strong finish.

While we were finishing up, Mr PugRunner took little man to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, while I came home to whip up a quick appetizer for a neighborhood Halloween party.

Little man is a little overwhelmed by Halloween this year. We are getting to the age where the kids are watching scarier movies and wearing creepier costumes. He’s still not at all into any of that, so there is some trepidation. As a result, he wanted to leave the party early, so I tagged out to take him home and chill out.


This week is another busy one. I finally got that massage I booked. It’s Halloween, full of parties and get togethers. And on Friday, I head out of town for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile Remix Challenge! (Remember, code RNB15 saves you on select RNR races through the end of the year!)

And Mr PugRunner and I will be celebrating 11 years of wedded bliss!

October miles came in strong at 80. I was hoping for a few more, but I played it smart this weekend at the trail. The plan was to run two legs for 12 miles, but I rolled my ankle several times and decided not to risk it. It was probably the right choice, although I would have like to see the additional miles in my log.

How was your week in training?

Any special Halloween plans?


race report: bridge of lions 5k {7.15.2017}

The Bridge of Lions 5K is a St. Augustine classic. 2017 marked the 33rd running of this point-to-point race, and I am proud to say that I got to enjoy my first time.

Usually, Mr PugRunner takes on this race while I stay home with little man. We make a habit of switching off events, just because it can be really difficult to find a sitter at 5:00 AM. However, this year, we decided to do it all together as a Summer Bucket List Family 5K.

Unfortunately, the race was scheduled for the day before he needed to leave for my father-in-law’s wake and funeral services (little man I would be following on Sunday), and I wasn’t sure that Mr PugRunner would want to proceed with our plans. He said he wanted to do this in honor of his dad, and so we did.

The Bridge of Lions 5K is a point to point race. It starts at the Fort, crosses the Bridge of Lions and then continues through the neighborhood of Davis Shores. Interestingly, I have never run in Davis Shores in daylight before, so this race was going to be a matter of following the people around me.

We took separate vehicles and parked at the finish line. There was maybe less than a mile to the start line, which would have been a nice warm up, had it not been about a thousand degrees with 180% humidity. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it was miserably hot, and I was done before we even started.

I found the boys in line for the bathroom and waited for them so we could line up together.  There was a great crowd assembled and everyone was excited to get moving and out of the blazing sun. After the National Anthem, we were off.

The bridge portion of the Bridge of Lions 5K is within the first half mile of the race.

The benefit of that is that everyone is still fairly fresh and full of energy. However, after the downhill slope, people lost steam incredibly quickly.

It was a bit of a challenge encouraging the boys to keep up their pace and get through the miles. My thought was that the quicker they hustled, the faster we could be done. I’m not so sure they agreed.

Step by step, mile by mile, we got it done.

T-Rex was impressed.

This was an emotional race. We were out there for Pop Pop, and little man was pretty sure he was proud of us for getting through it, despite the conditions.

There was a nice post-race party in the park at the finish line, with drinks and snacks and music. Little man had to leave pretty much immediately to go take a Cub Scouts swimming test (which he rocked), so we didn’t get to enjoy it, but people were having a great time.

These small local races are always such a treat. They give such a new vibe to regular running routes and it’s wonderful to see the community come out in support. Granted, I would have loved this more if there had been a slightly earlier start, but no one ever has control of that.

Do you race in the middle of summer?

weekly wrap: 10.8.17 – 10.21.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Surprise! It’s another double! Life is kicking my butt these days, and blogging is the thing I have had to let slide. I hate it. Writing is such an integral part of my identity, and I despise not having time for it. However, balance is crucial to existence, so these phases will happen.

Sunday – rest

I am fairly sure we didn’t do much of anything on Sunday. We lounged. Little man played with his buddies outside. It was great.

We also got our family photos back. I was so grateful for these and was pretty easily able to grab my five favorites for prints. Huge thanks to Megan Soto Photography.

Monday – rest

This was the week of our big fundraising run at little man’s school. My co-chair and I were mostly ready, but we showed up at school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to hold up signs at the parent drop-off line to help get some more publicity and stir up excitement.

After work, it was right off to karate and then time to crack down on some more final details.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running

This week was such a blur. We ran. We waved signs. We confirmed volunteers and double checked checklists.

That evening, my co-chair and I had our final big meeting and got everything all set up for our record keeping. It was almost go time.

Wednesday – rest

Just Wednesday. As Wednesdays often are.

Thursday – 6.5 miles, running

Event day! Fortunately, my running buddy was also my event co-chair, so we were able to really finalize our plans on our run. Which started at 4:00 AM. Because we’re lunatics like that.

We were at the school at 7:30 to get set up and ready. The students came out three classes at a time, starting from 9:00 and ending at about 12:15. Each class got a photo taken, warmed up, ran for about 15 minutes, cooled down and got a snack before returning to their day. It went very smoothly and I am proud to report that we crushed our goal.

I was an absolute zombie when it was time for Cub Scouts that night. I felt really disorganized and struggled with the meeting. I figure we all have bad ones, and while we got through what we had to learn, it was not without effort.

Friday – rest

I would have like to have had a day of rest, but I had to finish up the shopping for our Spook-O-Ree camping weekend! This is an annual district event, and we were so excited. As a leader,  I had a lot more responsibilities to fill, which was a bit nerve-wracking, but I was up for the challenge.

We packed up the car and left right after little man got out of school. It took just over an hour to get to the campsite and we were unloaded and our site was raised in due order. Our area was comprised of about four families – we had dinner together, the kids roasted s’mores on the campfire and I went to the first leaders’ meeting, where the camp organizers reviewed the weekend plans.

Not going to lie. I slept like a rock that night.

Saturday – rest

The grill and coffee started early, and Mr PugRunner was on breakfast duty. He and another dad whipped up pancakes, bacon and eggs, and everyone enjoyed their meal.

We had a pretty packed schedule. The kids did bb guns, archery, engineering by way of paper airplanes, a scavenger hunt over lunch (our pack won second place!), capture the flag, gaga ball and this really cool obstacle course, with lots of climbing, crawling, and mud. Holy moly, were they filthy.

In the evening, we did a campfire ceremony with awards (our pack tied for top campsite – there would be a tie breaker in the morning) and then the kids and parents broke off to either return to camp, trick or treat or check out the haunted trail. I wanted a shower, and so I headed back, but Mr PugRunner and some other dads took the boys to trick or treat, dropped off one batch and took a few more out to the haunted trail (reports varied from “cheesy” to “tear inducing terror”).

I had one more meeting where we discussed feedback and the check out process, and then in was bedtime again.

Sunday – rest

Per directions, we got up and packed up like lightning. The tie-breaker for top campsite was a game of Chubby Bunny, and we won!

And then it was time to go home. We all wanted to take hot showers, and our only deviation was a stop at a local breakfast place for eggs and mimosas. Perfection.

Monday – rest

I was pretty darn wiped out from the last week. Of course, Monday waits for no woman, and I had to kick back into our routine.

Tuesday – 6.2 miles, running

Not going to lie: I was so grateful to be able to run again. While we were constantly moving on the campout, it wasn’t quite the same as a long run.

I was also so touched to come to this:

Our little guy has the kindest heart and it so appreciated.

Wednesday – rest

I was thrilled to be done with work for the week. I was also thrilled to have a bit of a chance to finish Halloween decorating. I was NOT thrilled to find that the main part of our sprinkler system had been damaged and was spraying water like crazy. Fortunately, one of the neighbors was able to turn it off for me, we pinpointed the problem, and have an irrigation guy on the way to fix it. Ugh.

Thursday – 6 miles, running

The weekday miles really go quickly with someone.

When I got the mail that day, I was thrilled to find my House Puggister Virtual Medal!

This was so clever and I love that help is being given to pug rescue via Virtual Charity Runs.

Friday – rest

Mr PugRunner has been feeling a little neglected, so we made a day date for lunch at a place we had never visited. It was absolutely phenomenal – we had some drinks and shared a charcuterie plate, salad, soup and a sandwich of roast, herbed cheese, horseradish aioli and greens on ciabatta. I was stuffed but couldn’t stop eating.

After getting little man from the bus stop, I went back to the school to help set up for the Family Game Night. Everything looked really cute.

From there, we were off to meet our scout pack at a nearby corn maze. It was tough choosing between this and the school event, but we don’t have much time to fit in any fall activities so we opted for this.

We ended up with so many of our den-mates so it was extra fabulous!

Saturday – 11 miles, running (8 miles + 5K Stadium Challenge)

Even though we got home crazy late, the long run still had to happen. S was gracious enough to run six of my eight with me.

I showered, and threw together an artichoke appetizer for a friend’s welcome home from deployment/birthday party. We spent the afternoon celebrating, but had to cut out early for a race.

The boys had asked to run the IOA Jaguars Stadium Challenge, and it just so happened that we had registered before the party was scheduled. The weather was actually beautiful, and we had a great time. This is a tough run – 3.1 miles of astroturf and concourse ramps, but the last tenth of a mile is on the actual football field and you get to yourself on the jumbotron. I ran with the boys rather than going off on my own, and it was a nice family evening.

I could not wait to get myself in bed after all that.


I can admit that my butt has been officially kicked. It’s absolutely crazy to realize that I have a trail relay in six days, a half marathon in two weeks, and another one in four. I’m fairly ready, but I just can’t believe it’s happening. Also happening? Halloween. Yikes.

The calendar also tells me I have my first massage in over 10 years coming up for next Sunday. I’m terrified, but I know it will be really good for my glutes and that wonky hip. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be super relaxed and just want it done and over, but am hopeful the results will be positive.

The Savannah Women’s Half Marathon revealed their medals for April. Want on of your very own? Code PUGS18 will save you 15% on either distance!

How was your week in training?

Are you a fan of the day date? 

Yay or nay on the massage?

trick or treat with the evergreen pumpkin run + tropical smoothie cafe

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my promotion of Evergreen Pumpkin Run and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All opinions are my own.

We are getting to my favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures may still be out of our reach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the best things about fall.

The Evergreen Pumpkin Run 10 Mile and 5K is an autumn staple in Jacksonville. Traditionally held around Halloween, this Sunday-morning race is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

Runners line up on the path of the historical Evergreen Cemetery. The race makes a 3.1 mile loop though the tree lined walkways, where the 5K runners split off for their finish, while the rest of the field continues on for the next 6.9 miles. The route combines the roads surrounding the cemetery as well as the sidewalks within for something a little different.

Feel free to get in the Halloween spirit, too! Costumes are welcome on the course, and $50 1st Place Sports gift cards will be awarded to the Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Best Overall Costume, in addition to the regular age group and overall awards.

In addition to technical shirts and custom finisher medals for those who complete either distances, runners are encouraged to take home the pumpkins that line the route!

Register online here or at any 1st Place Sports retail location. This race is incredibly popular and often sells out before race day, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Pumpkins are definitely a major part of the full festivities, but let’s not forget the significance of a crisp apple on a fall day.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has plenty of delicious apple yumminess waiting for you. The PB Apple Power Up features peanut butter, green apple, banana, cinnamon and whey, while the Green Apple Matcha blends green apple with banana, matcha green tea, kale, spinach, basil and lime.

Swing into your closest Tropical Smoothie Cafe to give these a try, before they disappear for the winter!

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