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!

weekly wrap: 10.3 – 10.7

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

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To be honest, this was a tough week. I am spent physically and emotionally, and I ended up taking a bit of a nap on Sunday. Unfortunately, we are at the time of year when things are just going to keep on piling, so I am putting my head down and pushing through.

Sunday – rest

We had our monthly family trip to the trampoline park. Due to schedule conflicts, we were missing a few families, but it was still a nice afternoon.

Monday –  rest

I had work, and then it was on to karate. I was supposed to have an evening meeting, but that ended up bing postponed. I wasn’t at all sorry.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

I met S for 6 miles.

From there, I bounced off to work and was super excited to come home because I had an emergency hair apppointment. I had won a family photo session from a local photographer and desperately needed some work done.

There wasn’t enough time for color, but I figured I could go back for that at some point.

Wednesday – rest

It was a fairly normal Wednesday. They are probably one of my easiest days of the week.

Thursday – 6.25 miles, running

Thursday was a packed day. It started with a 6.25 mile run. We also had an 8:00 AM conference with little man’s teacher. I did a little work at school before meeting a friend for breakfast, and then headed out to buy some outfits for our Sunday photo shoot.

That night, we did an engineering section at Cub Scouts. The kids designed and built bridges out of dry spaghetti, toothpicks, gumdrops and marshmallows. They had fun creating and then seeing how many pennies their respective bridges could hold.

Friday – rest

Technically, it was a rest day. It started with setting up for a teacher luncheon, followed by a PTA meeting, serving at said luncheon and then hitting the road to go shopping for prizes for a fundraising event.

When I got home, I managed a quick shower before dashing off to pick up my Pink Up The Pace 5K packet. And then it was off to my parents’ to drop off little man for the night and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner.

Saturday – 3 miles, running + Pink Up the Pace 5K

Much as I hated to do it, I set the alarm for 4:00 AM to meet S for three miles at 4:30. I had time to get home, shower and change, and make it to downtown St. Augustine for the Pink Up The Pace 5K for breast cancer.

Mr PugRunner spent the morning at a corn hole tournament and we regrouped for a quick lunch and to meet my parents at a nearby Publix for a Cub Scouts popcorn “Show & Sell” (where they set up a table and sell their fundraiser popcorn to shoppers leaving the store). They were absolutely adorable and did a great job.

My parents came back to our house so the boys could hang out. My mom and I had a planned Girls’ Night Out at our local Board & Brush with some of my neighbors. We were both really tired, but it ended up being so much fun and so good for us.

Plus, now we have awesome signs.

We are planning another date so we can make Christmas decor.

 

I am really excited to be done with the fundraising event this week, so I can focus on some other things. It’s always stressful to be in charge of something so big, and I am trying to take it one day at a time.

In other news, I got word today that I have been asked back as an Ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon for a third year! I am so honored – this is such a wonderful race experience, and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with you. Code PUGS18 saves you 15% on your registration!

 

How was your week in training?

How do you handle keeping your head above water when you are overwhelmed?

weekly wrap: 9.24 – 10.2

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

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September has been a good month. I completed 84 miles of running, including a 10 mile long run! Hooray for double digits! Overall, I feel pretty good – my right leg is still a little achy from time time, but I am counting on a massage in a couple of weeks to help set that straight (this will be my first massage in about 12 years).

Sunday – rest

This was the Sundayest Sunday that ever Sundayed. I don’t think we did much of anything.  I had a ton of PTA work to do and so Mr PugRunner took little man on a pool play date with one of his Scouts friends. I was able to get a ton done, even though it wasn’t incredibly fun.

Monday – rest

I do love a good rest day. Having Mondays as my rest day as worked fairly well for me thus far, so I’m going to continue it.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running

I didn’t sleep incredibly well, which meant I got up too early and started on my run before I was supposed to. By the time I picked up my friend and we did our miles, I was already at six. I barely realized it.

I was also thrilled to sport my new Sunset Palms headband from Sweaty Bands. Proceeds

Tuesday night was our school McTeacher’s Night, where the staff and teachers sign up to help serve at our local McDonalds. It’s a really fun evening, and the kids love seeing their teachers in the drive-through window and passing out trays of food. That being said, I was there for about three hours, and was absolutely wiped out by the time I got home.

Wednesday – rest 

I was thrilled to have another day off of running. I was just exhausted and ready to just veg on the couch.

Thursday – 6.2 miles, running

Since I ran six on Tuesday, it didn’t feel right going back to five. I figured I might as well do a flat 10K to really hearn by House Puggister medal. Done and dusted. Those 5:30AM runs are not the best for photographs.

I got dressed, and headed to school to help with some more shirt distributions, health screenings and assorted things in the front office. I ran a few errands and picked up lunch to bring to little man. I hadn’t yet had lunch with him and he had been asking.

It was a really nice experience. Things are smaller at this school, and therefore the cafe is just a little more quiet. I hope to do it again, soon.

Our evening was a bit more rushed. We had our first Pack Meeting for Scouts, which meant everyone had to be in their Class A uniforms and ready for all the awards and honors to come. I ended up bringing two of little man’s friends with us so that Mr PugRunner and their parents could go to Back to School Night. Little man brought home four awards earned over the summer, and was really excited to start his Webelos year off so well.

Friday – rest

My first order of business was breakfast with a friend, and then taking a bit of a breather for the week.

Saturday – 10 miles, running

I got through about four miles before I grabbed S. After I get her, we run a few more, swing by my house so I can grab a quick drink, and then continue on our way. This time, I also needed a bathroom break. Boo.

However, it felt amazing to get in the full 10 miles.

My parents came over for some burgers  (we still had a ton in the freezer from the hurricane) and to hang out. We haven’t seen them in what seems like ages, so I’m glad we could make it work.

I am embarrassed to admit I was in bed before 9:00. I was exhausted from the early start, the on-again, off-again rain and the run.

 

This is going to be a cutback week for me. I have a local 5K on Saturday, and I haven’t decided if I am going to try to log some miles before the race starts. We shall see how I’m feeling – to be honest, my focus is elsewhere this week.

 

How was your week in training?

 

when runs with pugs runs for pugs

Brace yourselves, for this may comes as a shock.

I’m in love with pugs.

I know, I know. There’s no way you could have guessed it.

We are quite proudly owned by a grumble of three.

Of the three, two are rescues (Bentley was unofficially rescued from a neglectful home and Delilah was an official rescue through a local organization). While I really miss having puppies (yes, I’m one of those weirdos who melts at the smell of puppy ears and doesn’t care if I’m being woken up at all hours of the night to deal with potty outings), I am so glad to have provided a loving home and good life to these three.

Quite frankly, I would adopt about 20 more if Mr PugRunner was on board.

Rescuing has its challenges. Bentley is tricky – he really needs a strong alpha to keep him in line, but we’ve learned how to work with him to keep him from acting out. Delilah is pretty aloof and sulks daily (mostly because she thinks we’re not feeding her enough), but she has settled in and gets along with everyone here.

In the meantime, I do what I can to support the rescues and the people who volunteer their time to save as many pugs as they can.

For the past three years, I have registered for the Pug Run with Virtual Charity Runs. I loved the 10K distance, the adorable bling and the fact that proceeds went to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue and Adoption, a rescue near and dear to the heart of Virtual Charity Runs Founder, Shannyn Allan.

This year, the bar has been raised. Not only has the Pug Run incorporated some new theming, but proceeds will be split between NIPRA and Pug Hearts of Houston.

Obviously, I hopped right on the registration train. Are your ready for Game of Bones: House Puggister – Hear Me Snore?

Does it get any more adorable?

Registration is open until October 11! Choose from 1 Mile, 5K or 10K distances, and receive a downloadable bib, as well as a gorgeous custom medal, plus the joy of knowing you’ve helped some sweet pugs in need.

Who’s ready to take on the Game of Bones?

 

 

friday runfessions – september edition

It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s time for Runfessions with Marcia’s Healthy Slice!

I don’t often get to participate in this link-up, but the stars aligned today, and here we are.

Runfession: I need to replace some shoes.

I have a really nice rotation of three pairs of shoes going right now, and I don’t want to I’ve any of them up, even for the purposes of replacement.

I am hoping that the Run Rock ‘n’ Roll themed Adrenalines will make it to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon weekend, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the Supernova STs will go all the way to the Space Coast Half Marathon after Thanksgiving. It’s ridiculous (and a little unwise) that I can’t bring myself to upgrade, but I am at such a sweet spot with them all and I hate messing with that.

Runfession: I have failed at cross-training this year.

I had a lot of goals in regards to cross-training and I have let them get away from me. I’m annoyed with myself, but I also need sleep. Mr PugRunner is working a lot of extra hours due to some evolution and development in his business and so I don’t have as much backup around the house. I am already waking up before 5AM three days a week to run; I can’t bear the thought of adding two more crazy early mornings for boot camp or similar. I need to get it figured out because I know it would improve my strength and stamina and be good for my body and mental health, but it’s just not working right now.

Runfession: I miss running blogging.

Adjusting to a new schedule where I balance, home, work, writing, PTA and Scouts means I have less time for my blogging. I try really hard to get out a weekly wrap post on the regular, but I am way behind on race reports, cute photos and the fun stuff that I love about blogging. I also miss the community and the interaction I have had in the past. Everything goes in cycles of course, but I feel like something is missing from my writing life and I need to get that back.

Runfession: I am pondering a new challenge.

Even though I am excited to try for a race in 50 states, I have my eye on the Run DONNA Booby Trap Challenge in February.

It’s kind of pricey, but the money goes to a great cause, so I am trying to see if I can justify it in the budget. The challenge requires a back-to-back 5K and 10K on Saturday, followed by the Half or Full Marathon on Sunday. I would obviously go for the half. Usually, by February, I am all done with the 13.1 distance, but my miles have been going well the last few months, and I think I could manage it, especially in the parameters of a race like DONNA and if I can wrangle a few friends into joining in the fun.

 

What do you have to runfess this month?

weekly wrap: 9.17.17 – 9.23.17

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

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Things are mostly back to normal after Hurricane Irma. It’s amazing how one storm can derail so many things (and for us, it wasn’t even that awful, once things settled). We basically had to start from scratch with a lot of things, including the return to school – with the kids out for over a week, it was tough to fall back into things.

Sunday – rest

We ordered room service breakfast, simply because it’s one of little man’s favorite things. Mr PugRunner and I enjoyed our egg sandwiches on the balcony, while little man caught some more z’s. He must have been exhausted from everything because not even the smell of bacon woke him right up.

Before our check out, we got in some more pool time. It’s not often that we find ourselves swimming before 9 in the morning, and it felt pretty indulgent.

I had promised little man that we could go to the Lego Store in Disney Springs, but I had an ulterior motive: for months I’ve been wanting to try Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Kitchen, and I was able to snag lunch reservations before we needed to leave Orlando.

While it was a lot heavier than what we would usually enjoy for lunch, it was absolutely worth it: I had the Moonshine Mash (with watermelon infused moonshine), and we all shared deviled eggs and cheddar biscuits. Mr PugRunner and I split the Fried Chicken and Donuts, and little man got a chicken sandwich with macaroni and cheese.

I would have loved dessert, but we were stuffed, so we got cupcakes to go from Sprinkles.

Monday – rest

I wasn’t quite back to normal life – I was supposed to be on vacation, so wasn’t scheduled to work, which left me a fairly wide open Monday. I had some work to do at the school, and then some errands, which kept me fairly busy.

Tuesday – 5.5 miles, running

And running was back on, too! I met S for some pre-dawn miles, and managed to log 5.5.

I had another day off, and then I had to pay a visit to our outdoor mall to grab a few more things for our upcoming Scouts meeting. While there, I had lunch with S and another good friend.

Wednesday – 1.25 miles, running

And finally back to work. It was  a quiet day. Little man seems to be going through  growth spurt because he fell asleep after doing his homework, and missed his karate class. I didn’t want to wake him, just because he never goes down like that, and I was relieved that he didn’t seem to have a fever when he woke up.

Before dinner, Mr PugRunner asked if I would do a mile with him, and I was glad to oblige.

Thursday – 5.5 miles, running

Another early morning run.

I love seeing my miles add up!

In the morning, I helped distribute spirit shirts at the school. It was good to finally have them in and passed out. It’s going to be so cute to see all the kids in their new school-branded gear!

Thursday evenings are for Scouts. My den is almost finished with their first badge for their rank, which is pretty exciting. I can’t wait for them to be presented with it!

Bad news was our upcoming camping trip was canceled due to flooding at the Florida Springs and associated campsites, but we decided to make the best of it with a fun weekend.

Friday – rest

I really wanted to go to the movies, but instead, I rented Wonder Woman on Pay Per View and made myself some popcorn, which I enjoyed after running a few errands between some of my work locations.

We had a quiet night – I think we were all kind of worn out, and I had a long run in the morning.

Saturday – 9 miles, running

Before I met up with S, I managed to run four miles. I was going to stop at eight, then 8.5, but S pushed me to nine and I am really glad she did.

Mr PugRunner and little man took advantage of the rainy day to work on some tasks for a Scout badge. They talked about the circuit breakers and heating system in our home, changed some lightbulbs, changed the batteries in and tested all our fire alarms and lubricated all the squeaky doors.

It was a fantastic bonding experience for them, and we got some home repairs done out of the deal. They still have to wash the cars and take care of a few other things for the badge completion, but it was a great start.

That evening, there was a little birthday party in the culdesac. We had pizza and drinks while the kids played Infection until late at night.

 

I had 21.2 running miles this week, which was pretty excellent. I hope to keep my numbers right in this vicinity. I also hope that I can get to yoga fairly soon. My body really craves some stretching, but there just never seems to be any time.

I’ve got a great Breast Cancer 5K, Pink Up The Pace, coming up in two weeks, the family is going to run the IOA/Jaguars Stadium Challenge 5K (complete with concourse ramps and a finish on the football field), and then I have my Durbin Trail Mix Relay towards the end of October (if you’re local and want to win a free entry to the Durbin Trail Mix, visit the Empower Coaching page on Facebook and enter here). I’m pretty excited that race season is here!

How was your week in training?

Do you ever have those days where you really need to push for that last mile or chunk of distance?

weekly wrap: 9.3.17 – 9.16.17 (hurricane edition)

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

I didn’t post anything last week, for the simple reason that we were pretty much in the throes of Hurricane Irma, including the preparation and aftermath. Things were pretty intense and crazy, but we got through.

Brace yourself for the last two weeks of my life and training.
Sunday – rest

Sunday, Funday! We went to a friend’s house for swimming and BBQ. It was lovely hanging out with some of our favorites.

Monday – RunJax Labor Day 5K. 

In the morning, I drove up to Jacksonville for the Run Jax Labor Day 5K. While it was hot and humid, I ran my fastest 5K since my injury. It was incredibly encouraging.

Afterwards, we grilled at home and had a nice meal with my parents.

Tuesday – rest

With the coming of Irma, people were very interested in shopping for supplies and getting themselves together for the impending storm, making work pretty quiet.

Afterwards, I had a Cub Scouts leadership meeting, where we discussed the plans for our first meeting of the year as well as some upcoming campouts. I am feeling more and more part of that group, which is nice.

Wednesday – 5.2 miles, running

I changed up my run day to Wednesday and got in a solid five miles.

Work was fairly quiet again. Irma continued its relentless trek towards Florida and people seemed way more interested in stocking up on supplies or evacuating. Preparation is key for hurricanes, so I was glad to see it, even if it did make things pretty eerie.

Thursday – 3.4 miles, running

I made the attempt to get back on track, but I was behind schedule so I could only get in 3.4 miles. Not so fabulous, but I had things to do.

The rest of the day was spent doing errands. I had work for PTA, and we needed more supplies for the house. Traffic was awful from all the people evacuating from the southern parts of the state.

Mr PugRunner and I had made the decision to stay put, but things were getting hairy. The school district had called for early dismissal on Thursday, as well as closings on Friday and Monday.

Friday – rest

Since we were home for the day, I organized a mommy-child movie trip. The weather was nasty and drizzly, so it was lovely to get some friends together to see The Emoji Movie. (It wasn’t as awful as I expected, either).

On our way home, we realized that no one felt the cooking, so we invited the husbands to join as at our local Mexican restaurant for some tacos and margaritas before the storm.

It was a great way to blow off some steam and relax a little. I think we all benefited greatly.

Saturday – 2 miles, running

My intentions? Good. Solid. However, the incoming Nor’easter had other plans. I got through almost two miles before I got caught in a heavy downpour. Fortunately, S went driving by and was able to snag my phone and get it to my house before it got soaked. She also treated me to my last Dunkin iced coffee in more than a week.

This was our last day of preparation, and we were in the zone. We had a friend and her two little boys coming to ride out the storm with us, and my parents wanted to pay a visit with my cousin (there is a lot of downtime before a hurricane which leaves people with lots of extra time and nervous energy).

We got everything ready to go, with little breaks to let the kids outside when the weather was decent.

Sunday – rest

The weather was pretty icky, and we spent a good portion of the day glued to the television. By midday, the outer bands had reached us, and we kept an eye on the weather reports from across the state.

Things deteriorated throughout the day. At around 8:30, we had a tornado warning, with the alert to take shelter. We all squeezed into our laundry room, ready to close up, but fortunately, the tornado lifted about six miles from our house. A little too close for comfort.

Mr PugRunner, little man and I slept on air mattresses downstairs so we could keep an eye on the news. The pugs approved.

Monday – rest

Our power cut out at about 1:00 AM. We had been keeping the house at meat locker temperatures leading up to this big moment, so it was tolerable through the rest of the night, even for the pugs.

The winds and rain continued through the morning, finally clearing around lunch time, when we were able to go out and survey the damage.

We were lucky – besides the power, the worst we suffered was some flooding where the canal came past our fence line in one corner of the yard. Fortunately, we had another 25-30 feet before the water would have reached our house so we just had to wait for it to recede. There is also a tree that is going to need to be cut down.

Others were not so lucky. Flooding was a huge factor and the power outages were extensive.

Also nice was that the weather was cooler and breezier than normal. We were able to keep our windows open and get some decent circulation, which made everything so much nicer in the situation at hand.

Tuesday – 5 miles, running

School was canceled for Tuesday, and later for the rest of the week. Many of our schools are used as shelters and there were areas of our town that were not ready for the return of residents.

Even though I knew I would be stuck with a cold shower, I ran my five miles. It was a great way to get out some stress and energy.

That night, just as the weather started getting to the point of uncomfortably warm, the power came back in our neighborhood. I felt ready to take on the world.

Wednesday – rest

It was finally back to work for me, and that meant a long day of getting everything back in place. Not too awful, to be sure.

We also had to come to terms with the fact that our vacation to Islamorada for our friend’s 50th birthday would not be happening. The Keys were flat-out closed due to the level of damage, and we were heartbroken for everyone who had no idea if their homes or business had made it through the storm.

Our Cub Scouts Packmaster reached out that afternoon to let us know that a friend of hers had donated some food and she wanted to set up a cook out to offer to families who were still lacking power. Between what was donated and what other scout families brought, there was enough food to feed almost 80 people. The kids were amazing, assisting with everything from food prep to serving without complaint in the heat, and I was really impressed that the pack pulled it together so quickly with such great turnout

They were even treated to a visit from some of our local firefighters, who were more than happy to load up some plates!

Thursday – 5 miles, running

I woke up a little later for this run. The mornings had been way too early and I really wanted to “sleep in” a bit. I also got to run through some “snow” – crushed ice that someone was discarding from after the storm.

Then it was time to start getting the house back together. Stores were still pretty low on supplies and gas was reported to be tough to find, so I figured we could clean and do laundry. I was pretty thrilled for the opportunity.

Friday – rest

Since I wasn’t leaving town, I was available for our PTA meeting at one of my teammate’s houses. A lot of things on the calendar had to be postponed or canceled so it will take quite some time to sort it all out again.

We braved the mall with my mom afterwards, so I could pick up some things for scouting. The place was slammed and I was a stressed out wreck trying to get a parking spot for lunch and get back on the road. Ugh. Since everyone was out of school, and in some cases work, it seemed like they all came for a day of shopping, food and air conditioning. Completely understandable but the streets were a mess.

Saturday – 8 miles, running

Much as I didn’t want to, I had to get these miles in. My running buddy wanted to join me for five or six, so I got up extra early to run two before I got to her house. It was a struggly run, with my hip aching a little and around mile 6.5, I just couldn’t catch my breath. We ended up walking a bit, and I was grateful for her patience through it.

I needed to be home on the early side because we were taking a small family trip to Orlando. Most of the hotels had emptied out as evacuees and stranded vacationers were able to leave the city, so we figured we could use a little break from reality.

The Mariott Orlando World Center was a perfect relief from everything. Our room was ready when we arrived, so we put on our bathing suits and spent the entire day chilling at the pool. Little man had the waterslides and made a new buddy, there were huge TV screens so Mr PugRunner could watch football, and I was able to read with a mojito in hand.

After a hibachi dinner, we went back to the pool to enjoy the nightly laser light show, and I’m not ashamed to admit we were all sound asleep by 10:00 PM.

 

 

It’s been a rough two weeks. We are familiar with the devastation of hurricanes (you can’t live in Florida and not understand the fury of these storms), but having two terrifying storms in back-to-back years is a lot to bear. According to Slate.com, our area wasn’t expected to be hard hit, but ended up in the top five areas of greatest impact. Not a fun statistic. Once again, I reiterate that we were incredibly lucky regardless, but I’m hopeful the rest of the season is quiet.

How was your week in training?

Have you ever been through a hurricane?

weekly wrap: 8.27.17 – 9.2.17

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin, with guest host Pretty Lil Mudder!

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!

The week leading up to a holiday weekend is always fun. There’s plenty of anticipation, and excitement to get everything done so we can kick back and relax. Of course, that means squeezing in a lot, but as always, we work hard to get it done.

Sunday – rest

My parents invited us over for a delicious Italian lunch. We hadn’t been able to visit in quite a while, so we were glad to have the chance.

Monday – rest

Little man had school pictures so we got him dressed nicely and off to school.

It was a bit of a rushing around day – after little man got off the bus, I had to take him directly to karate, and then leave to help set up for our Cub Scout Round Up. This is an event where current scouts invite their friends who might have an interest in scouts, and introduce them to some of the fun activities we do. There were several stations set up with different activities, some of the leaders grilled burgers and hot dogs, and there was even in-ground cobbler so everyone could get a taste of campground cooking. We had a great turnout, and as a result, lots of new scouts signed up for this year.

Tuesday – 5 miles, running

Even though I was up late, there were miles to be run. I couldn’t get my watch to cooperate so I had a few false starts, but I got in five all the same.

Mr PugRunner was home late from work, but we had a chill evening, regardless.

Wednesday – rest

Little man took a pretty nasty tumble off his skateboard: his goal has been to skate down our driveway, but there is a significant bump. He finally worked up the courage to try, and down he went. Nothing was broken, but he did scrape up his knee, and came down hard on his arm and helmet (one day, he will thank me for being such a stickler about him wearing it).

We skipped karate in lieu of cuddling on the couch. No regrets.

Thursday – 5 miles, running

Somehow, I totally lost track of my miles, even with my watch, and almost ran six. Thank goodness for S who set me straight! The humidity was just unreal, but it felt good to get it done.

Props to me for getting little man back on his skateboard for our trip to the bus stop. He was still a little sore, but I am a big believer in getting right back up on the proverbial horse and he fell right back into the swing of things.

I did some work at the school in preparation for that evening, where I was scheduled to help for the Open House for grades Kindergarten through two. Everything went great, but for a huge lightning storm that rolled through. We lost power in the school, the lights were flickering and we had to wait out the torrential downpour. Ugh.

Fortunately, by the time we were ready to leave, everything had cleared up. Three of us went out for a late dinner to discuss the next few months of upcoming events.

Friday – rest

Fridays can be pretty uneventful. Usually I reserve them for cleaning the house, complete with changing sheets, mopping and washing the pugs’ bedding. So very exciting, right? But  I do  really welcome some downtime, too, so it ended up being a nice day.

That evening, we went out to dinner and to the local college’s women’s volleyball game. One of our friends is the coach and county residents get free admission, so we took full advantage. I have never gone to any kind of volleyball game, and I admit, it was kind of fun. Those women are powerful and it was exciting to see them in action.

Saturday – 8 miles, running

Much as I hated to drag myself out of bed, these miles had to be run. S agreed to go with me, but I squeezed in a few before I met up with her. It worked out perfectly and I felt fairly good when it was all over.

Since it was a long weekend, little man was going to spend the next few days with his grandparents, and they took both him and me out to breakfast before they left for their adventures.

And then, it was into comfy clothes to watch the Miami Hurricanes defeat Bethune-Cookman is their first game of the college football season. I napped, and we snacked throughout the rest of the day. All in all, it was a great day.

 

I was very pleased to have reached 70 miles for the month of August. While my focus has not been on getting faster (because in summer that’s fairly impossible), I am happy to be getting through each distance milestone towards my November half marathon goals.

This week, I will take on a Labor Day 5K, a few more meetings, including my first Cub Scouts Den Meeting as a leader, and we will keep an eye on Hurricane Irma to see what she will do over the next week. I am hopeful that her track will take her back out to sea, but it never hurts to be cautious and prepared.

How was your week in training?

Did you catch up on college football this week?

celebrate with RunJax labor day 5k + tropical smoothie cafe

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my promotion of RunJax Labor Day 5K and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All opinions are my own.

Labor Day weekend is upon us, marking the final days of summer. With many people enjoying a three-day weekend in honor of the holiday, it’s a great time to get out there and hit the pavement for the RunJax Labor Day 5K!

On Monday, September 4, toe the starting line at 7:30 AM at the Baymeadows location of 1st Place Sports for a fast and flat 5K through a quiet neighborhood.

There’s even a one mile Fun Run for the kids!

All participants will score a gender-specific technical shirt and a gorgeous custom finisher’s medal. After you’ve earned your bling, join the huge post-race celebration for plenty of food and drink, and lots of drawings for prizes.

Register at any 1st Place Sports store location, or online here.

As always, Tropical Smoothie Cafe is there for your recovery. Choose from their extensive menu of delicious, nutrition-packed smoothies, or satisfying wraps, bowls and snacks, as a perfect way to recover from the morning’s race, and to prepare yourself for the barbecues and parties later in the day.

Will you be joining us for the RunJax Labor Day 5K?

What’s your favorite recovery smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe?

weekly wrap: 8.20.17 – 8.26.17

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

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!

I have been scheduled to the teeth over the last month, and it’s a pretty delicate balance I’ve been managing to maintain. I’m definitely one of those people who likes to keep busy, but I am also an extroverted introvert and while I can do the whole social thing, after extended periods of putting myself out there, I do need some time to recharge.

Sunday – rest

I was sorry to have to say goodbye to Meghan after our amazing evening, but I needed to get home to see the boys for a bit before heading out to a blogging event.

The St. Augustine Moms Blog hosted a contributors afternoon at Board & Brush, a new creative studio where groups can gather to assemble and paint customized wood signs. We ordered our graphics in advance, brought our own wine and snacks, and when we arrived, everything was ready for us to go. The owner and staff helped us distress, sand, assemble and layer our paints, and it was nice spending time with fellow contributors.

The end result was fabulous and I can’t wait to do another class. There are some adorable holiday and seasonal signs that would make amazing additions to our home.

I guess I can’t leave Sunday without mentioning that Game of Thrones is rocking my socks this season. I can’t believe there is only one more episode in this shortened season!

Monday – rest

We have started falling into our regular routine with everything, so that’s a plus. Even though it was a rest day, I still had to be up and at the school early, so I didn’t really get to sleep in, but that’s ok.

The coolest thing about this day was I had my first post published on The Tempo, Rock ‘n’ Roll’s running blog!

Check it out here and don’t forget, we’d love to see you at one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Tour Stops this year! Remember that code RNB15 will save you on most races!

Tuesday – 5 miles, running

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the giant friend I discovered by way of my Knuckle Lights early Tuesday morning.

This guy is about two and a half inches long, and he has been out there every day before the sun comes up. I may have to give him a name soon.

At any rate, I managed to avoid a web in the face and got in five miles.

Wednesday – rest

I was very grateful for a quiet Wednesday. We did have karate, but I was able to get some writing done while little man was in class.

Fortunately, this was just the breather I needed to get myself back on track.

Thursday – 5 miles, running

I had to get up even earlier than normal for my run because little man had a 7:30 AM dentist appointment! Yikes!

In the meantime, I earned my Launch and bonus Summer Strides medals from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer Virtual Series!

I can’t wait for these to come in the mail in a few weeks!

In other news, little man had his best visit yet – no cavities and everything is looking fabulous. Way to go, buddy!

When I dropped him off at school, I spent some time volunteering and working on some last minute things for our upcoming Movie Night. I feel like school is coming together for us all, and I love it.

Friday – rest

Friday was all about getting ready for our Family Movie Night. I cleaned the house, caught up on all the laundry and worked on final signs for our photo booth and food tables.

I was able to catch a quick lunch with a dear friend

and then my co-team-member picked me up around 4:00 PM and we headed to the school to set up.

Since it was our first major event, it was a little nerve-wracking. We managed to sell and serve pizza, popcorn, candy and drinks, run a small photo booth,

and get everyone settled for a great time watching a movie in the cafeteria.

We were exhausted when everything was broken down and cleaned up, but a margarita with some friends was just what the doctor ordered, and we enjoyed some time winding down from a fabulous night.

Saturday – 7.25 miles, running

I was thrilled that a neighborhood friend agreed to join me for my long run. She did five miles with me, which definitely helped the time pass more quickly.

After a shower and breakfast, we met friends for our monthly family day at a trampoline park. There were some new additions to the ninja warrior course, and little man surprised us by climbing on up and making a leap for the big bag.

He didn’t quite make it, but he also wasn’t too far off.

Of course, I had to calm my nerves with a wine slushy.

We had a great afternoon and were happy to schedule another one in a few weeks.

 

I know I am stretched thin right now, but I always do better when I’m busy. I’ve been meeting and spending time with some amazing people, and I am grateful for the opportunities to push out of my comfort zones and challenge myself.

There are more big events coming up this week and this month (can you believe it’s almost September?), so stay tuned to see if I can get it all done!

How was your week in review?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Thoughts on the season finale of Game of Thrones?

 

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