riots #31: the curious case of the running blogger who neither ran nor blogged

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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18 Responses to riots #31: the curious case of the running blogger who neither ran nor blogged

  1. Coco says:

    Well, you had a busy – and fun – week anyway. You really packed a lot in. I used to love roller coasters but I think I’d pass on them now.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I love coasters. I really do. Mako is just a really hard drop with no shoulder restraints and it freaks me right out. I can handle it once per park visit but that’s about the extent of it.

  2. Kim G says:

    Another awesome job this week Jenn! You got in a great mix of workouts and fun – that’s the way to do it!

  3. wow what a fun family week you all had! Love the look on your son’s face with the ice cream photo. Happy Birthday to your mom
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  4. I don’t run as often as I’d like and I definitely don’t blog as much as I would like. We do what we can do!

  5. Cari says:

    Amelia Island <3
    Shelling <3
    Renting lockers, wow school has changed since I was a kid
    Sea World. Wow, they have rides now? I haven't been in mumbles years ago, and I just remember Shamu. I'm with Coco, I can't do the rides anymore, although I did get dragged on Thunderbolt a few summers ago
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Mr PugRunner was pretty put out about the locker rentals LOL.

      Sea World has had some really great ride for a while. They have three top-notch roller coasters, as well as a log flume/coaster, a rapids ride (the kind where you sit in the big round raft with 8-10 other people and get soaked), as well as two or three simulators and a great kids’ area with splash park and kid-friendly rides. They also have a separate water park with all the crazy slides and pools and another nature-type park with animal encounters. I hadn’t gone in a very long while, but after our Scout sleepover this past year, I was really impressed with all the conservation, rehab and education they are doing. Little known fact: one of my dreams was to become a dolphin trainer. Not sure where that went astray, but I am a sucker for marine mammals.

  6. Marcia says:

    You still were plenty active. I’m in much the same place: Not a lot of running happening here, but there’s a flurry of family-related activity and it’s all good. Running will be there when were ready. All the best with the middle school years!

  7. Hey, you get vacation time from any other job, so running blogger is no different! Don’t be so hard on yourself! You got to have some important family time, and time with friends. Sounds like a pretty great week! Good luck to little man in middle school!

  8. Time spent with your loved ones is irreplaceable so it’s good that you got some of that in! Sounds like you did lots of walking and some other great workouts as well 🙂

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