riots #35: smashing challenges

In a week of upheaval and uncertainly, the highlight was absolutely smashing challenges. Who would have thought that being housebound by a hurricane followed by some record-breaking heatwaves would lead to that kind of victory? Not me, I’ll tell you.

Here’s how things shook out for the week.

Sunday – 9Round #62

The first day of September rolled around, so it was only fitting to get in a workout.

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We took care of more Dorian prep. When a hurricane threatens, it’s always recommended to cut hanging tree limbs and bring in all outdoor decorations and furniture. More food shopping ensued. We wanted to have some fresh things on hand, in addition to our snack cakes and chips.

In the afternoon, we decided to head to the beach to get a quick lunch and support local business. Evacuations had already been ordered, and the hospitality industry suffers horribly when everyone has to pack up and leave.

This fried goat cheese salad with mandarin oranges, honey roasted pecans, cranberries and pickled red onions and red cabbage was the perfect pick me up.

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Monday – 6 miles, running

Happy Labor Day.

Since I has skipped my Sunday planned run and 9Round was closed for the holiday, it was super important to get this one in. I went a little later and regretted everything because of the sun and the humidity. There was a bit of a breeze, but even that didn’t refresh me for very long.

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For the rest of the day, we just hung out. Again, we got lunch at a restaurant and little man spent the rest of the day hanging with friends.

Tuesday – 9Round #63

When Tuesday rolled around, I think everyone in town was already feeling the signs of cabin fever. We were thrilled that 9Round was open and Mr PugRunner went in together for our workout.

There are three new trainers at 9Round, all of whom are great in very different ways. On this particular morning, I met the third. He is quiet and big on motivational pep talks. The gym was full, too, so we really put him through his paces.

When I reached Station 5 (which is my favorite: the wrecking ball), the trainer showed me the combination of uppercuts, which was then followed by five box jumps. I kind of looked at him, and he said I could do step ups. At the buzzer, I started my combos, got to the box, started to step, and decided to go for it.

I haven’t done more than five box jumps in my life prior to that moment. They terrify me. I am so afraid that I will break the box (some are PLASTIC!) or my face, or any other part of me or it. It’s been a huge mental block for me.

For some reason, on this day, though slow, I nailed the set of five each and every time they came around. There’s no going back now!

Wednesday – rest

The storm hit on Wednesday. Or, at least, the outer bands, which was all we were fortunate enough to endure. There was some nasty rain and awful wind. We had one tornado warning. By evening, Dorian had moved on and the kids were absolutely frantic to get out of the house and play.

We were blessed with an incredible sunset, though.

Thursday – 6 miles, running + 9Round #64

Thursday had already been designated as the last “hurricane day”, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t get in a run. It was still hot, but the humidity was way down (67% as opposed to 98%) and that makes all the difference in the world.

I still felt great so I did another session at 9Round. We worked with dumbbells quite a bit and I am proud to say that I have made a marked improvement in what I can handle weight-wise. For someone who has always struggled with upper body strength, it’s a huge victory to have moved to the 12, 15 and 20 lb dumbbells. I’m really thrilled with how far I’ve come in that department.

That evening we enjoyed a hosted evening out at Terra Gaucha, one of our local Brazilian steakhouses. It was great to get dressed up, put on makeup and just kick back and relax.

Friday – rest

Friday was a complete wash. I got less than three hours of sleep, due to a raging case of insomnia. As a result, I had to cancel my run, had zero energy to even attempt a pass at 9Round and felt miserable, unfocused and disoriented for the rest of the day.

Mr PugRunner surprised me with the sweetest iced coffee treat when he came back from the gym, which absolutely melted me. The coffee gave me a little spurt of motivation and I was able to do fairly productive things like put all the furniture back on the patio and purge an overflowing storage closet.

I was in bed by 8:30, and slept like a champ.

Saturday – 5 miles + 9Round #65

Yay for a run!

And yay for my 65th session of 9Round (which was fantastic was far as punch combos and squats)

But wait! That’s not all! We rounded out the day with a trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Farm. The farm has just bought in two new sloths, and we have been looking forward to seeing them. With the heat, they weren’t being too cooperative, so we are going to book the actual sloth encounter in a few weeks for a closer view. We can’t wait.


In the midst of everything, I didn’t really think any goals would get smashed, but between my newfound ability to box jump and the increase in the amount of weight I can lift, I feel like I’ve made huge strides.

This week, we will be back to our usual cooking (I already found a recipe for french dip that I would love to try!) and reading. I did get through some more of my book during the storm but not was much as I should have.

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18 Responses to riots #35: smashing challenges

  1. Laetitia says:

    Way to make the most out of a weird week !!

  2. Great job on all your progress at 9Round! Glad Dorian didn’t do too much damage to your area. Whew!

  3. Box jumps scare the poo out of me! I’m certain I will break my face. And you know, if you believe it, it will happen. Good or bad. So I stay away from them! Ha.

  4. Wow you have already hit 65 classes at 9Round?! How fantastic. Way to make the most of a crazy week
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  5. Kim G says:

    Awesome job and congrats on hitting that awesome class milestone for 9Round. Also, that salad that you had earlier in the week looks delicious!

  6. Man, what a week! I can’t imagine how much those kinds of storms play with your mind — do you prep and hunker down or keep things normal until it’s really obvious the worst will happen? Way to make the most of a bad situation and I’m glad you all didn’t get hit too hard!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Everyone has their own strategy. We have a lot of stuff on hand because we camp, so we are well-equipped with basics like flashlights, small grill, fans, chargers, etc. About 4-5 days out, we will make sure to stock up on things like water, extra extra batteries, check the generator, pick up some extra gas. 2-3 days out, we will pick up the last supplies of food, make sure we have all meds, some cash and the cars are topped off, and bring in all the outdoor stuff. This is our prime evacuation window – if we think things are going to get really bad, we will reserve a hotel and leave town. And then, when we are in the warning time, we hunker down. We’ve lived here long enough that we can kind of get a feeling for what to expect – this one was just so big and so powerful that we didn’t know. It’s crazy what you get used to when you live in certain “prone” places.

  7. Way to crush your goals!! You had a great week of training. And yum to the fried goat cheese!
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  8. Angela says:

    Sounds like you made the most of your week despite the hurricane craziness…glad you are ok too!! I suffer from insomnia from time to time too, so I feel your pain there…ugh!

  9. Kaila Proulx says:

    OMG I am drooling over that fried goat cheese salad. I need to try to recreate something like that at home.

  10. Esther says:

    Girl, I feel ya with the hurricane weather. I am glad y’all didn’t have any issues or damage.
    Way to go on the box jumps! Those are a HUGE mental block for me as well!

  11. At Erie marathon this past weekend I was near a guy with RIOT on his shirt. Due to your blog, I knew what it stood for! I’m pretty sure I would trip or pull a hamstring if I did a box jump. haha! Way to go!
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