As a running blogger, I am supposed to run. And blog. This week I did very little of either thing and I feel incredibly unproductive on both counts. However, I’m trying to look at it as a glass half full situation: even if I haven’t been logging miles or workouts, I’ve been spending lots of time with my family and friends. That’s worth quite a bit more.
Sunday – 3 miles beach walk
Due to lots of unexpected scheduling conflicts, we never got the chance to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Finally, we found a date and planned a day trip to Amelia Island, one of her favorites.
One of her favorite pastimes is shelling, so I took on a three (ish) mile, sandy trek, so she could fill her bucket with all kinds of shells, sea glass and shark teeth.
By the time we finished, it was lunch time so we got burgers and a birthday cake milkshake at Tasty’s.
Monday – 13,211 theme park steps
On Monday, a dear friend and I took the kids to Sea World. The plan was to visit Aquatica, but on the drive, the kids decided they were in a roller coaster mood so we made the adjustments.
It was a wonderful day. The kids are old enough to take on some of the rides by themselves, which was great because I just couldn’t handle Mako twice in a row.
Towards the end of the day, storms hit. We took cover until the rain stopped, and then headed for home since the thunder and lightning was keeping the rest of the rides closed. It was still such a fabulous day.
Tuesday – 9Round
As a running blogger, running is kind of part of what I do. It bothered me that I was too tired to get up and run after our big day at the park, so I managed to scoot into 9Round with Mr PugRunner instead.
There have been some new trainers so it’s fun working out with new people and getting a new take on the different moves.
While little man had Scouts, I went out with a friend who needed a shoulder on which to lean. It was a nice evening spending time with her and I was glad I was able to be there.
Wednesday – 4.4 miles, running
Finally, a run for the running blogger! It was about time! Only problem is that we got rained out just shy of 4.5 miles. Ugh.
I was super disappointed with this, but I didn’t have time to dwell on it. There was a PTSO meeting to attend, and then some final errands for back to school.
Thursday – rest
One of the last things little man wanted to do this summer was tubing in the Springs. We had never visited Rock Springs at Kelly Park, so we made that the plan for a day out with friends.
Since the Springs always close when they reach capacity, we left for the two hour trip before sunrise. Our reward was a mostly empty park for at least an hour.
We took advantage of the 30 minute spring run and fresh swimming hole, before enjoying a picnic lunch.
Little man’s 6th grade orientation was in the evening. I was scheduled to work the PTSO and Spirit Wear table, so Mr PugRunner handled meeting all the teachers, walking around the classrooms, renting the locker and purchasing a PE uniform.
This middle school thing was getting real.
Friday – rest
The 7th and 8th graders had their Orientation in the morning, so I reprised my PTSO role. During that time, my parents took little man out to breakfast, and then Mr PugRunner picked him up to go see the Stanley Cup in St. Augustine.
We criss crossed back and forth across town for the rest of the day, with little man ending up watching a movie with a friend and me having dinner out with some girlfriends.
Saturday – 3 miles, running + 9Round + IOA/Jaguars Stadium Challenge 5K
And then it was Saturday.
Little man was scheduled to help with an Eagle Scout project, and I thought I would be assisting as well, so I took another running blogger hit. Boo. However, the Troop ended up not needing my help so I squeezed in a quick run, even though it was so freaking hot.
With my extra time, I hit up 9Round.
I was absolutely exhausted at this point, so I went to check on little man’s progress. The team had cleared a huge area and started laying personalized pavers in a prayer garden. I was pretty impressed with their efforts and progress.
In the evening, we went downtown for the IOA/Jaguars Stadium 5K Challenge. This is a tough one: it’s always hot and humid, and includes all the concourse ramps in the stadium. Ugh. However, we set out to do it and all of us came away pretty happy with our performances.
August is off to a super slow start in miles and classes. I am so close to 50 in 9Round I can almost taste it. There are still a few weeks to make up what I haven’t been running. Just over 10 miles in a week does not make me feel very good about myself as a running blogger.
Cooking was a no go. We ate out quite a bit this week, since we really weren’t home very much. I’ll get back on top of it now that little man is back in school.
Hydration was great this week, too. When it’s this hot and you’re spending lots of time outside, you really do have to stay on top of it.
So now what?
Well, little man headed to middle school today, so that opens up some hours for me to get on track with work and get back to being a running blogger who actually runs on the regular. It’s hard to believe that our summer is over, but it’s also nice to be back on schedule.
I hope you’ll join us for the #RIOTS (Running Is Our Therapy Sisters) link up every week on Sundays. We’d love to be a part of your weekly routine!
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How was your week in training?
Is summer over for you yet?