a super lucky ultimate coffee date

And so we head into March, holding on to all the luck we can. This is probably the first month where I’m starting to feel hopeful about things really looking up. It’s taken a while to genuinely get to this point, and I am very grateful.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to our coffee!

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have registered for that “comeback” 5K. I believe this is going to be a walking situation, and I’m ok with that (it’s a race that benefits Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, and is friendly to all abilities). I’m fortunate to have some really incredible support with me for the event, and it’s lucky that the timing for this one worked out so well.

cupcake run

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I’ve been doing really well committing to real life things again. Injury is very isolating, and I’ve been the hermitiest of hermits for months. Last night, I went to my first Roundtable meeting for Scouts (it’s meeting of the key leaders in the local troop sand Packs) – after some time off, I’ve stepped up as Committee Chair and it’s time to really start doing my (volunteer) job.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I’m thinking about a YMCA membership. We have a great community gym, but I’ve kind of exceeded its limits at this point, and I’m at the point where I definitely need some more equipment (hello, leg press). My membership at 9Round has been on hold, and much as I hate to admit it, I think I’ll be ready to run long before I’m ready to kickbox again. Little man has asked to start going to the gym (he’ll be 12), and it’s lucky there’s a brand new facility right by our house, so it might be something we can do together.

recovery progress

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I finally got a Shamrock Shake! I kept seeing them on Instagram, and couldn’t hold back! Lord knows why I love them so much (what IS that flavor anyway?), but I have one every year. I’m so lucky that Mr PugRunner was kind enough to swing by the drive-thru for me.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I am so grateful for this space and the support I’ve had from so many amazing bloggers through the years. I know I’ve had some bouts of whining and sadness, which is never fun, but I appreciate everyone letting get it out and work through it. It’s not my nature to be incredibly negative, but sometimes life has other plans, and I’m lucky to have somewhere to be open about emotions and fears.


Join us for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date. After reading here, head on over to visit Coco and Deborah, our awesome link-up hosts.

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28 Responses to a super lucky ultimate coffee date

  1. The running blogging community is amazing, isn’t it? I remember when I first started reading your blog, you had just had your tonsils removed and were going through your horribly slow and painful recovery.

    I’m so excited for you to have a 5K comeback race on the horizon. That’s got to feel good! My PT said I can plan on running the 5K in mid-May that mentioned last weekend. Hopefully soon, we can both start writing about running again!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a shamrock shake, but if it’s mint flavored I’m sure I’d love it!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Remember that??? And to be honest, I think I’d rather go through that again than this broken leg nonsense!

      So here’s the thing about the shamrock shake. I can’t figure out what flavor it is. It might be vanilla that tastes different because it’s green. It might be mint. But sometimes, I swear it’s got a hint of lime? It’s the most bizarre thing. I’ll try to figure it out again this time next year.

      Oooh! I’m excited for you! I would love to run our Memorial Day 5K, but it’s a super tight course, and it’s really easy to roll an ankle on the side of the road during the first turns. I don’t think I have the stomach for it this year.

  2. I also pretty much walked my comeback 5k. It feels good to have something to work for. It will motivate you and make you feel like yourself. Thanks for linking up for coffee

  3. Chaitali says:

    Your comeback 5k sounds like a great race! I still haven’t tried a shamrock shake. I keep meaning to try it every year but then I always forget.
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  4. Yay for the comeback 5K! That finish line will feel so euphoric, and you will not take any races, or running, for granted after that 😉

  5. Marcia says:

    I looooved Shamrock Shakes as a kid. I swear they were mintier from some McDonald’s and more vanilla-like at others. Always festive and fun though.
    The YMCA was a wonderful option for us when our kids were younger. Plus they have a deep water pool I love for pool running when I’m injured. Fingers crossed I won’t be needing that anytime soon…or ever!
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  6. Wendy says:

    Can you believe I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake? I always got chocolate, lol.

    The blogging community was amazing (and still is!) after my diagnosis with RA. We’re all there for each other and that’s why I keep blogging! <3

    • runswithpugs says:

      I don’t even like shakes all that much! For some reason, I just really like this (and the peppermint one ChickFilA has at the holidays, but they are too far to commit to a trip for a milkshake).

      Bloggers are the best, for sure!

  7. Kim G says:

    Can you believe that I’ve never had a Shamrock Shake? I really want to try one – I just have to remember to pick it up the next time I’m near a McDonalds!

  8. I’m so glad things are continuing to improve for you. Walking or running, you will rock your 5K. I’m sure it will be very emotional for you.

    I’ve never had a shamrock shake and I doubt I’ll ever try one. For some reason, I imagine them being sickeningly sweet and I really don’t like sweets.

    I love hearing about your scouting activities. My boys are in their 20s, and all three of them are Eagles. We were leaders from the first year of Cub Scouts through all of their Boy Scout years. I’m so proud of their hard work!

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s mostly vanilla, I think, so not too bad.

      The run will be emotional for sure.

      I love to hear that your boys are Eagles! I don’t see why little man won’t go the whole way, but it’s been a fabulous experience for all of us.

  9. Elaine D says:

    I love our local Y! We’ve been members for years now since it opened in my neighborhood. The kids do many of their after-school activities through the Y and I definitely appreciated the Child Watch program when the girls were toddlers. I think you’ll enjoy the variety of programs available.

  10. Coco says:

    That shake is so … green! It’s great that you are feeling better, feeling more hopeful, and feeling like yourself again! Gosh, if my son would go the gym with me, I’d definitely join that gym. Sounds like you are inspiring him!

  11. Catrina says:

    Yay to coming out of the hermit status! Being the Committee Chair sounds like you have quite a bit of responsibility, too.
    I bet you are looking forward to that 5k. It’s going to be great, even if you walk it. Just being back in the game will feel sooooo good.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s mostly an administrative role, but it’s a necessary one. The kids pretty much lead themselves, so at least I’m out of the meeting planning and supervising.

      I am so looking forward to that 5K!

  12. Darlene S. Cardillo says:

    Yay. On a race. Was it me on the shake? I’m trying not to have another. I would love to join the Y but it’s pretty pricey and I don’t have a lot of free time. Going with your son would be so fun

    • runswithpugs says:

      It might have been! I only have one a year and I’m good until next year.

      I think the Y will end up costing similar to 9Round for a family membership, so it balances. I ordinarily wouldn’t do it but it’s actually closer to the house than 9Round so I will go. I’m excited to go with him if his enthusiasm continues. Apparently, he likes stair masters?

  13. Congrats on registering for your official comeback race! The Y membership sounds like a good idea, especially since you know there’s equipment you will use there and it will be fun to go with your son. I haven’t had a shamrock shake in years, the taste is a total mystery and yet…I cannot deny that I’m craving one.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      What is in that shake, even!!!!

      Yeah, the Y should be OK. I’m not a huge “gym” person, but I know it’s going to be a while before I feel comfortable getting back into 9Round.

  14. Janice says:

    Glad to hear that you’re on the mend! Being injured is tough, and getting back to running afterwards is even tougher!
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  15. Farrah says:

    I’m so glad to hear that! I’m excited for your comeback race! :]

    I’ve actually never had a shamrock shake, but I thinkkkk it’s supposed to be mint(?)!

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