riots #33: of road trips and tailgates and old friends

We had been planning for this week for a long time. Months, in fact. As a University Miami alumnus and NCAA football fan, getting to see the Hurricanes play is quite the treat, especially since I live in an area where the team isn’t too popular.

Even more of a treat is getting to see my college roommate and her beautiful family, as well as some of the people who I have been tailgating with since right after college. We had our tickets, our hotel rooms, our Universal Annual Passes. Now we just had to get through the week!

Sunday – 4.1 miles running + 3.18 miles walking + 9Round

Sunday morning was a hodge podge of miles. I ran before and after meeting up with M for a purposeful walk. Boom. Done.

Then I promised to meet C for 9Round. I love getting to work out with friends and so it was great to see her making great use of her new membership!

I made myself presentable so we could go the Hunger Fight food prep event. Our Scouts and their families had been invited to take part and we were thrilled that four of the young men attended this event. This local organization works with community volunteers to package meals for food insecure families. We were assigned to oatmeal and our team filled bags with the oats and brown sugar, adjusted the weight accordingly and then vacuum sealed the bags for packing. Between everyone, we put together about 10,500 bags in about 90 minutes. If you are in the North Florida area, I would absolutely recommend checking them out.

Monday – rest

On Monday, I promised myself I was doing nothing. Even when Mr PugRunner told me how great the 9Round workout was, I remained with my butt on the couch. I could have gone, but I was the kind of exhausted that just goes through to your soul, and I thought rest was prudent.

Tuesday – 6 miles, running + 9Round

I had planned my morning run to get in all six miles, and was just heading home when Mr PugRunner told me he was taking little man to urgent care. He had woken up with a nasty cough and since he tends quickly to breathing issues, he wanted it nipped in the bud. Ugh, poor guy.

Fortunately, it was just allergies and a slight cold. I’m blaming back-to-school crud. We had him rest and skip out on his clarinet lesson and Scouts meeting (he was none too happy about either, to be honest), but I used his Scouts meeting time to meet C for another session at 9Round.

Wednesday – 9Round

I woke up to the sweetest Instgram tag from Kim. It was so touching to be the subject of someone’s #WCW and I really appreciated the love.

Of course, this totally motivated me for another session of 9Round. Whoo hoo! Then I had a work meeting, which segued beautifully into a PTSO meeting.

We met up with my parents for a bit, and then karate and a spirit night at a local pizza place which would go to benefit our school.

Thursday – 6 miles, + 9Round

Another hot, early morning run. You can see by the amount of sweat that the humidity is not letting up and it’s a bit of a motivation killer. All we can do this time of year is keep getting out there.

Another day of 9Round. This week, I have been really working on the CHOW (Challenge of the Week), which was Ali Shuffles at Station 1. Sometimes, I struggle with the CHOW and avoid it but this week, I worked almost every day at beating myself. I was getting close.

For the rest of the day, I worked on cleaning, packing and organizing for a weekend away.

I also had a super productive professional day: I’m working on an upcoming event and the pieces are all really starting to fall into place. In my freelance life, I have a few things that are just so outside my comfort zone (sales calls, cold calls and asking for anything), so when I start seeing the fruits of those uncomfortable moments, it’s a huge motivator. Stay tuned!

Friday – 9Round

And finally, Friday had arrived! Mr PugRunner and I both went to 9Round together. It was his 50th class, and while he will downplay that achievement with his last breath, I was so proud. In the years I’ve known him, this is the longest he’s stayed committed to a workout routine (aside from running) and it’s making a huge difference. Excuse my knee sweat.

When little man walked in the door from school, we were ready to hit the road for Orlando. Despite rain and traffic, we made it by 5:00 PM and checked into our (upgraded) suite at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Our dinner reservation wasn’t until 8:30 PM, so we shuttled over to Islands of Adventure to squeeze in some rides. Little man was thrilled to take on the Hulk, Forbidden Journey, Doctor Doom, and Kong in the short time we were there.

And then we met up with our crew at the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner and stories. It was incredible, even though we were out way late.

Saturday – 2 miles, walking

Despite the late night, I woke really early. I had the best intentions about running, too, but not enough sleep and maybe a little too much to drink changed my mind right quick.

Instead, I took a brisk walk to Citywalk for Voodoo Doughnuts. I’ve been wanting to try it out and no one wanted to walk with me. It was totally worth the effort. I was able to enjoy a gorgeous few miles along the “Garden Path” that links several of the hotels to the Universal Parks area, chat a moment with the doughnut folks and enjoy this beauty with an iced coffee in the quiet morning.

After that, it was time for the pool. Little man completed his homework on a lounge chair to get it out of the way and then he played with the kids, until it was time to get ready for the game and tailgate.

We took a few different cars and made our way to the Camping World Stadium after a light lunch. It was a disaster of traffic and different lots and it truly turned into the world’s longest tailgate (parking lots opened at 10AM before a 7PM game! WHAT?!)

The game did not end quite how we would have liked, but it was one hell of a match up, so I’m not too disappointed. I don’t think I got to sleep until close to 2AM by the time Mr PugRunner got back to the hotel room (we were in separate cars and different lots). No matter what, we still love our team and had the best time with our tailgate family.


I’m thrilled with my mileage and my 9Round attendance. I would have liked to run one more day, but it didn’t work out and that’s ok. Progress is not made over the summer and I’m planning to ride this out until I see a break in the scorching summer weather. I think we are all in that slump around here.

We ate functionally this week, meaning no special attention got paid to creativity or new foods. We had mealtimes, so we threw together protein and veggies and ate because we had to. Hoping I feel more chef worthy this week.

I also did ok with hydration. With the heat and time spent outdoors this past weekend, there was no excuse not to be on top of drinking water.

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15 Responses to riots #33: of road trips and tailgates and old friends

  1. Love how much you have gotten into kick boxing. It’s such a great compliment to running. Thanks for joining us this week!

  2. Kim G says:

    I’m glad that you took a true rest day on Monday – it sounds like it was much needed considering how busy you have been!

    It was my pleasure to feature you as my WCW this week! 🙂

  3. Darlene says:

    I get exhausted reading about all your activity. And that weekend looked like so much fun.

  4. What a fun weekend! We’ve been to Universal a few times (loved the Hulk), and Hard Rock Cafe is always on the agenda. We have a local venue that packages meals like that…my place of work has volunteered with it before.

    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s so great your work has been involved. This group goes into larger corporations as well for food packaging days, and I think it’s really wonderful. It just boggles my mind that we were all able to do so much in such a short amount of time.

      Little man loves him some rides. As I’m getting older, I have a harder time, but we still have fun. Since we have the passes, I promised him we would go back for some more rides in a month or so. We are close enough so it’s not too hard to manage.

  5. Coco says:

    You really are crushing it in your workouts, work, and family fun. I’m glad you’re son wasn’t feeling badly for long. Your weekend sounds fantastic!

  6. What a week! So much fun was had! The tailgating and game sound like SO much fun! Glad little man was ok after feeling crummy that one morning.
    Not gonna lie, totally jealous of how accessible Universal is for you. I NEED to get down there!
    Good for you for taking Monday off. I’ve been pushing along for awhile now with work and all of these horses and what not, and my body finally shut itself down Sunday night with a migraine. Apparently I should have listened sooner?

  7. Angela says:

    I love kick boxing! It has been a while since I have done it, but reading this is inspiring me to head back to the gym!!

  8. Esther says:

    Rockstar on your workouts this week!
    You sweat in the knees just like I do 😉

    Your weekend away sounds really fun, even though your team didn’t win!
    Hope you have a great week ahead!
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  9. Jessie says:

    Your kickboxing is inspiring!

    Did you hear a rumor that Brooks is discontinuing the Ravennas? I bought 3 pairs just to stock up!

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