Friends, we really mixed things up this week in all the best ways! It was a long week, but we had so much fun! Was there lots of running? Yes! But there was so much more!
Sunday – rest
I had the best reason for taking a rest day! We booked a TIKI BOAT for the morning! You read that right! In my town, you can rent a floating tiki bar, and spend the morning being sailed around. We opted for a three hour tour (the irony was not lost), that included the sail, but also a stop at the sand bar, where we could get in the water, and swim around.
The tour is BYOB and bring your own food, so J made sangria, and I made little charcuterie boxes. We hopped on board, cranked up the music and off we went.
It was perfect, and the dolphins were out and playing. I’ve never seen a dolphin actually flip in the wild before this Sunday. Sorry, no pictures. We just sat back and enjoyed the show.
When we disembarked, we got some lunch and then said our goodbyes. Did I nap the rest of the day? You know it. I regret nothing.
Monday – 4.5 miles, running
I learned my lesson last week, and popped out of bed to head to the bridge and the beach. My body wanted no part of running, but I got over it quickly. It was warm, but not as awful as it could have been, and I was grateful for that.
A had his second to last standardized test that afternoon, so we hung at home so he could chill out before two hours of testing. Good times.
Tuesday – 5.01 miles, running + .45 miles, walking
Due to some scheduling, we actually switched things up to run in M’s neighborhood that morning. The fun part was that we got to mix up the terrain: some sidewalk and some trail. It was a welcome break, and aside from being chased by a few fairly terrifying flies, it was a great morning.
Around lunch time, J and I took the kids to a local health bar for Teal Tea. A portion of all sales were earmarked to support the family of a young teenager named Tristyn Bailey, who was brutally murdered by a classmate on Mother’s Day. It was a devastating blow to the community, and we wanted to help, even in this small way.
Wednesday – 3.29 miles, walking
I got all kinds of crazy on Wednesday. First, I had to take some photos for a campaign, so I decided to go walk in downtown St. Augustine and maximize the time. It was brilliant.
From there, A had a buddy come over to hang out, and I got a notification that I was participating in a Yelp Elite Virtual Cocktail Making Class with our local distillery. There was a quick scramble to get the ingredients, but from there, I was able to follow along and make three incredible cocktails using a local rum. They were as delicious as they were pretty.
Thursday – 5 miles, running + .92 miles, walking
Who doesn’t love running on rum cocktails? Just kidding. I didn’t really drink very much (I passed them off to Mr PugRunner), so I was in fine shape to snag five miles. Yay.
But more importantly, I was heading out on a road trip to see my Meghan!
Meghan is kind of a big deal. We run and racecation together, and we always have such a great time eating, drinking, exploring, and sharing laughs. it’s been too long since we’ve seen each other, and I was so excited to spend some time with her.
When I rolled in, we went for a quick snack at Kelly’s Ice Cream. It’s so delicious and can’t be missed.
We changed quickly and then headed over to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, for their Sunset In The Zoo event. For $7, guests 21 and over can visit the zoo after closing, and wander around the exhibits with beer or wine. It was such a low-key way to spend an evening and enjoy the zoo.
We brought pizza back to the house, and stayed up late with some wine. It did my soul good to catch up.
Friday – 2.65 miles, walking
Truth be told, I thought this would be a rest day, too, but Meghan told me to pack my running shoes. Her plan was to take me for donuts and coffee at The Salty Donut, and then go for a walk around the nearby lake. It was a stellar plan.
The walk was great, too, considering I had to be back in the car for two hours.
All in all, it was a lovely trip, and I was so happy to see the boys and the pets when I got home.
Saturday – 10.31 miles, running + .19 miles, walking
Oh, yeah! Double digits! It was a rough run, but I’ll take it!
We got through the rest of our day, and then it was time for our dinner experience in a yurt! There is a wine bar and restaurant in our area that offers private boho yurts for dining, and it was just the coolest thing. The evening started with a hiccup when our friends got into a fender bender en route, but the restaurant was so accommodating and we all had such a special evening when they arrived.
Meh on the goals this week. I am just really trying to pack in as much fun before my surgery on Wednesday (and yes, I’m low-key panicking about it). I plan to run through Tuesday, and then just play the rest of the week by ear. I have my fingers crossed that recovery will be quick, but you just never know.
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How was your week in training?
Have you ever eaten in a yurt? Taken a tiki bar boat?
I’m obviously living my life all wrong. I have not sailed on a tiki boat, had dinner in a yurt, or taken a virtual cocktail making class, ever, much less all in the same week! And the road trip! It all sounds amazing.
Maybe I haven’t been paying attention closely- what kind of surgery are you having! Sending best wishes for a SPEEDY recovery! Good luck with everything.
I have two wisdom teeth (one impacted and one doing something else it shouldn’t be doing). Both have to go. I’m also deathly afraid of dental work and have horrible anxiety about teeth, so it’s going to be a great time for everyone.
These fun opportunities keep popping up and we’re jumping on them.
Darlene S. Cardillo says
What a fun week. Love the tiki bar idea. And that trip sounds perfect. Ice cream. Donuts. Yes.
Good luck with the dental surgery.
All the best things!
Kim G says
Such a busy week for you – I don’t know how you fit it all in!
The Tiki Boat looks like so much fun! What a cool way to spend time with friends and enjoy the weather.
Also, did your son grow overnight?? He seems so much taller in that last photo!
SERIOUSLY! He is getting so tall! And now he just got this hair cut and he’s freaking all grown!
It was a busy week, but I was trying to fit in fun things since I’ll be down and out for a few days.
Michelle D. says
Sounds like such a fun and busy week! I love the idea of renting a Tiki Boat 🙂
Hope all goes well on Wednesday!
It was so fun!
Kimberly Hatting says
Busy week! Great job getting it all done 😉 I wish we had a zoo nearby (there’s one in Des Moines, but that’s an hour away), I would love an evening (after hours) visiting all the animals.
We have a great zoo in Jacksonville and a smaller alligator farm in St. Augustine. The one in Sanford that we visited was kind of the best of both of those. Our zoos also do some great after-hours things, but they do get pretty crowded.
Deborah Brooks says
well a floating tiki bar sounds like something to add to my bucket list!
Definitely worth it!
I was just telling AMR. Judy we need a tiki bar on our deck. And I don’t even drink! Of course it would never survive the winter. That sounds amazing. Heck, your whole week sounds amazing!
Good luck on Wednesday.
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It was a fabulous week!
Liz Dexter says
What a lovely week, and great that you got to see your friend. I am pining for my best friend at the moment!
And best of luck for the surgery. Follow those post-op instructions and you will be fine.
Awww. I hope you get to see your friend, soon!
I have all my pre and post instructons ready. Just removed my nail polish/nails (I have no idea why), and I’ll pull my earring out tonight. I’m most annoyed about not being able too eat after midnight. Like a dang gremlin.
Stacie Seidman says
What a great week! Though I’m a little disappointed the tiki boat isn’t a functional bar. Probably some kind of a liability I’m guessing.
Good luck with the surgery, I hope you recover quickly!
Well, it wasn’t a very big tiki, and we did just fine with what we brought. Plus, the captain had his hands full keeping us on track – it floats, but you could see it wasn’t easy to maneuver.
I hope it’s a quick recovery too!
I’m just going to sit here and live vicariously through you! What a fun week of adventures! All the best with the surgery.
Zenaida Arroyo says
What a fun and great week for you! I love the tiki boat on Sunday. I wished we could do that here.
What a great week! That tikki bar boat looks fun, but it’s hard to top ice cream (and more) with a friend!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures says
Oh wow, what fun!! I thought you had gone on a tropical trip for that tiki bar boat – but then realized you were close to home. And a girls trip too? Good for you! I hope the dental surgery goes well. I’m sure the meds will help you out and you’ll be feeling fine in no time!
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
From drinking on a tiki boat to eating in a yurt, you get an A+ for creative experiences. Can I come hang out with you?