riots 34: goodbye august. hello hurricane dorian

It’s Labor Day Weekend: we are saying farewell to August, but watching the progress of a most unwelcome Hurricane Dorian.

At the writing of this post, the Bahamas is being pounded by this Category 5 monster. Our area is in the projected 3-day cone of the storm. Our coastal and low-lying areas are under mandatory evacuation. Schools are closed for extra days (most of our public schools pull double duty as evacuation shelters).

courtesy of NOAA Hurricane Center

Since we got word of this storm, it’s been an agonizing waiting game. Hurricane Dorian is moving even slower than a snail’s pace, and it’s now considered one of the strongest storms in history.

At the moment, we are not evacuating. We are not in an evacuation zone and we are still hoping and waiting for some decrease in power and a turn back out to sea.

Sunday – rest

Just a week ago, we were enjoying some incredible fun in the sun with old friends. Even though we were exhausted after a late night at the football game, I got up with little man to get a jumpstart on our first ever visit to Volcano Bay.

I am not a water park fan, but little man has been begging to go since he first saw the iconic volcano from I4. I promised him we would try after the initial crowds dispersed and kinks worked out, and I’m glad we kept that promise.

Volcano Bay was one of the most enjoyable theme park experiences we have ever had. It was pristine, easy to navigate, and so much fun. Little man got in a ton of slides and rides in the hours we were there, and we loved the food, the layout, and the offered activities (lazy rivers, “beaches” and pools). I cannot wait to go back.

There was no traffic on our way home, and we did a quick load of laundry, ate dinner and threw ourselves into bed.

Monday – 9Round

Even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t see any reason not to drag myself into 9Round. After all, I could handle 30 minutes of working out.

hurricane dorian

We fell back into routine fairly quickly. Little man went to school and karate, did his homework and all was well.

Tuesday – 5.15 miles, running + 9Round

I finally got in a slow and soggy run. This humidity is just ridiculous and I am over it.

I met C at 9Round after we dropped the boys at Scouts. While I really prefer a morning workout, this is becoming a nice trend.

Wednesday – 9Round

It was tough getting back to kickboxing after working out last night, but I was on a roll so I made it happen. It was another really great workout, with a fabulous balance of cardio, arms and legs. Sometimes, I really love all nine stations and there are a few combinations I wish we could put on repeat.

Next up? Karate and a spirit night at a nearby ice cream parlor! Everything is always better with ice cream!

Thursday – 5.25 miles, + 9Round

S was available to run and it made the miles so much easier! Even if it was pitch black. Earlier school start times mean earlier run times.

hurricane dorian

Friday – 9Round

On Friday, I really started paying attention to the storm, after we went to 9Round. It was another really great session – This may have been my favorite overall week of cross training. I am seeing a huge difference in my arms, too, and that makes me happy.

Mr PugRunner had a a networking system so I took care of things around the house while waiting for little man to get home.

We ended up grabbing dinner at a restaurant near the house, just to break things up.

Saturday – rest

I really intended to get up and run, but I spent most of the night awake, trying to monitor the storm. Ugh. Rest day? Yes, please.

It was a long, hard day. We literally lazed around, brought in the patio furniture, watched the news and napped.

hurricane dorian

In the evening, we went to my parent’s house for pizza. Not long after, my stomach really started to bother me and I was really grateful to get home to bed. Fortunately, I think it was just stress and not a bug or food poisoning. Crisis averted.


August was a bit of a bummer for running. I only managed just under 68 miles this month. I don’t know if it was the heat or the humidity or just so much going on, but I’m really disappointed that I didn’t push myself harder.

That being said, I did get in 20 9Round classes, which is awesome. I don’t feel as productive in those classes, but I’m definitely hanging in there and making the most of my cross training.

I also don’t have anything earth-shattering to report in terms of new recipes, hydration or reading. I have moved on to A Feast For Crows in the Game of Thrones series, and I imagine I will have plenty of time to read in the next few days.

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How was your week in training?

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15 Responses to riots 34: goodbye august. hello hurricane dorian

  1. Thinking about all of you down in Florida and hoping that the storm misses you. I am sure it’s really stressful! Punching things at 9 round helps!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      They are closed today, and I told the owner she probably would have gotten a ton of new clients if she stayed open. People need to get their stress out. Tomorrow, they will be packed for as long as they are open.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s terribly stressful. We see what’s happening in the Bahamas and have to make decisions on what we don’t know. Right now everything is hinging on the perfect timing of three steering winds/currents, and it’s just so hard to work with that lack of info šŸ™

      Hitting things in good.

  2. Hope you’re staying safe in Florida! Labor Day brought me my first (in I don’t know how long) sleep-in mornings…though I still woke up well before 6 a.m.

  3. Good job getting to 9 Round so often. I am sorry you are sitting in the hurricanes cone of uncertainty. That is very unsettling.
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  4. Kim G says:

    I love seeing all your 9Round photos! Looks like such a fun workout.

    Thinking about you and sending you positive thoughts – I hope that the hurricane will be downgraded by the time it comes your way.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I just wish it would poof and disappear. Even if it doesn’t hit us, it has devastated the Bahamas and a direct hit to the Carolinas would also be devastating. It’s just terrible.

  5. Love all of the time you’re spending at 9Rounds!

    Sending good thoughts your way with Dorian – I can imagine how stressful this is. Hoping it shifts out to sea.

  6. Darlene says:

    Be safe.

    Everything is better with ice cream.

    Iā€™m in awe of hard dedicated you are to 9Round.

    • runswithpugs says:

      Ice cream is all that is necessary.

      I love 9Round. It’s a hard workout but it’s 30 minutes and by the time I can convince myself not to go, I might as well be there and do it.

      Also, I love feeling stronger.

      Thanks. We re just sitting and waiting and praying. This storm is a monster šŸ™

  7. That’s a lot of classes you did! Great job! We stayed at the hotel next to Volcano Bay when it was being built. It looked really cool!
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  8. Cari says:

    Hope you’ve come through the storm relatively unscathed. Not a Parks person at all, but Volcano Bay looks amazing. I scrolled too quickly at first and thought your wrap in the first 9 Rounds photo was a brace. Whoops

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