hurricanes and fitness: august runfessions

Hurricanes and fitness? What? We’re talking about that in our August Runfessions! It’s the last Friday of the month, so let’s join up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice and give it a go.


For the past two days, I have been glued to The Weather Channel, Twitter and the Facebook page of a hobbyist storm tracker by the name of Mike. I am obsessively watching the progress of Hurricane Dorian, who is making his slow trek across the Atlantic. Where is he headed?

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courtesy of NOAA Hurricane Center.

Yup. Straight at Florida.

Honestly, it’s all part of life in the Sunshine State: from June 1 – November 30, we are in “Hurricane Season.” Sometimes, that season is quiet and sometimes, it’s heart-stoppingly active. You just never know what you’re going to get, and that uncertainty is tough.

I’m no stranger to hurricanes. I moved to the Sunshine State right after the horrific Hurricane Andrew, and have experienced most every major storm from that point on. Sometimes we evacuate. Sometimes we stick it out. It all kind of depends on how we’re feeling and how the forecast looks.

We’ve got our water and food. The generator and extra gas are good to go. We have our plans in place. So, I’m here, blogging from my couch, sharing some Fitness and Hurricane runfessions.

I runfess…

… that I will be running both days this weekend, and am considering day-of registration for the local Labor Day 5K. Normally, I wouldn’t but Hurricane Dorian is moving at a snail’s pace, and I want to take advantage of decent weather before we get stuck inside. Running in a hurricane is a BAD IDEA. The worst. Don’t do it.

I runfess…

…that I want to eat all the good snacks. When hurricanes come, we tend to buy a lot more junk food. It’s shelf-stable, non perishable and, well, it qualifies as comfort food. I have my eye on those snack cakes and I’m not even sorry about it.

I runfess…

… that the uncertainty makes me edgy. I like having a solid plan and knowing what’s to come. Right now, Hurricane Dorian has stalled over the Atlantic and no one knows when it’s going to move or where it’s going to make landfall. Sure, they can hazard guesses, but we are only about 30 hours into solid coverage and there’s no end in sight.

I runfess…

… that it’s hard to focus on anything else when we have to keep an eye on a major hurricane. I really don’t want to leave the tv, even though I know I’ll regret that decision if we are housebound in a few days. I am hoping that we can get into 9Round on Sunday (they are closed on Monday for Labor Day) and that will help take some of the edge off.

And that’s the story. It’s going to be quite a long weekend, especially since it’s a holiday. I’m over here making bingo boards

while posting memes of Extreme Weather SuperNinja, Jim Cantore.

Send some good thoughts (and Swiss Rolls!) It looks like we’re going to need it!

What are your runfessions?

Ever experienced a hurricane?

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21 Responses to hurricanes and fitness: august runfessions

  1. No hurricanes in Iowa, but we do get tornadoes and crazy thunder storms. Hope you are able to stay safe (and dry).

  2. Coco says:

    I would be so unsettled in this situation too. I hope you get your runs in and are able to enjoy your hurricane snacks without power loss or damage.

  3. Hope you are all safe down there and that the hurricane does not do too much damage.

  4. Marcia says:

    Omg hurricane bingo! Hilarious! The closest I came to a hurricane was running MCM in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy was bearing down. It got sooo windy and weird after mile 16. Our flight was cancelled so my hubby rented a car and was literally waiting for me to hop in at the finish line so we could evacuate. It was crazy! I hope Dorian is kind to you! Now I’m really happy my daughter did not choose to go the U Miami for college! Haha!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Hurricane weather is absolutely weird. I can taste it in the air. The animals go all wonky too. The pugs have been super clingy and Bentley keeps scream-crying at us, which is absolutely unlike him.

      You know, I’m a UMiami alum and went through a few hurricanes in the dorms (my first week of school we went on lockdown and had to spend the night in the hallways with our mattresses) and I have to say, I would rather deal with hurricanes than a lot of other things (tornadoes and earthquakes, I’m looking at you). You have time to stock up and supply and time to get out, if you choose. I think it’s the only weather event where you get that kind of notice.

  5. Andrea says:

    Ha! I love your Hurricane Bingo cards. I hate when they make the reporters stand out in the wind and rain to be like “it’s really windy… and rainy!” We go to Orlando in three weeks and I’m really hoping the hurricanes take a chill out til after our trip…

    • runswithpugs says:

      I deflect with humor. It’s hard but the reporters need their live shot and they also need to make it clear that being outside in the storm is stupid.

      I hope the weather cooperates for you, too.

  6. Wendy says:

    They are really hyping Dorian on the news up here. I hope they’re all wrong. It’s so scary. Your hurricane bingo made me wonder if gamblers in Las Vegas bet on where the hurricane will hit? Yikes.

    Stay safe!

    • runswithpugs says:

      The Bahamas is being devastated. It’s going to take years for them to recover. It’s gut-wrenching.

      Gamblers will bet on anything. I can imagine there’s an over/under on landfall 🙁

  7. Cari says:

    The hurricane bingo & Jim Cantore meme. <3 Glad you're prepared and hope it passes without incident.
    Know you're from up here-ish. Remember Gloria? That was my first. My mom & dad needed bailed out during Floyd, but I was in western New York in college then so it didn't impact me. We had Irene and then of course Sandy. Irene was more damaging in my neighborhood but nothing shut down the city like Sandy.
    Now I want oreos. Meanie!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I do remember Glorida. The sky turned yellow and a bolt of lightning split my neighbor’s oak tree.

      I moved to Miami the year after Andrew, and have been in the state through some doozies, including Katrina and Wilma, and then Irma and Matthew. I very firmly believe in being prepared, but the waiting game wreaks havoc on my nerves. I think Wilma was the worst for us: weeks of no power, days of no water, Red Cross lines for ice, National Guard at the Home Depot for water, batteries and supplies. I was out of work for almost a month because there was no power, no internet, no gas and no access to roads.

      This one is a beast 🙁

      • Cari says:

        WOw, didn’t realize/remember Wilma was that bad. I think I was overseas or I’d have had some recollection. Hope Dorian behaves herself.
        Gloria and Charlie the year after were crazy. The house I grew up in is four houses from the Hudson and we’d walk down to see how high up it came.
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  8. Esther says:

    This brings back all the same thoughts and memories from Harvey 2 years ago!
    Praying y’all are safe and that Dorian doesn’t cause too many issues!
    Please keep us posted!
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  9. Kim G says:

    I’m praying that you and your family will be safe during this impending hurricane, and I’m also hoping that it won’t be as bad as they are saying!

  10. Stay safe in the hurricane! I feel fortunate to live far from where most hurricanes hit. Hopefully your 5K goes ok and is not too windy lol!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It ended up being postponed! It’s a good thing – the LEOs at the race would have been pulled to oversee evacuations and storm prep, so safety at the race would have been an issue. I ran on my own, anyway.

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