I’m baaaack! I missed the Weekly Rundown last week because I was almost six hours away, immersed in Scout Summer Camp in Georgia. It was my first time at summer camp, and I was so proud and pleased to be there on behalf of our two Scout troops, as a leader.
I’ve been keeping up with #StreakingWithTheCoolKids, by doing a dedicated mile walk every day, and in that time, I took a week’s break from running. Let’s check it out.
Week 24 – Sunday – 4 miles, walking
Got moving out there on a Sunday. We had no major plans, short of reviewing our packing lists and hanging out. It was just too hot for much else.
Monday – 4.5 miles, hill repeats
You know I love the bridge. I got in my mile and felt great.
In the afternoon, we made a quick stop at The Hyppo for a natural, craft popsicle. I got the watermelon and it was the perfect treat on a hot day.
Tuesday – 5 miles, running + .87 miles, walking
Got out there for a run with J. The mornings have been so hard with the heat and humidity, but we push through as best we can.
Wednesday – 3.65 miles, walking
Things were starting to get real. These miles were dedicated to 215 Indigenous children who were found in mass graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This kind of tragedy can never happen again.
Thursday – 5.01 miles, running + 1.63 miles, walking
Hurray for a great Thursday run. It wasn’t awful, but summer is surely here to stay.
Mr PugRunner and I went out for date night. We started with test new Italian restaurant in our area (sadly, meh), and ended with trivia night. We need to do that again.
Friday – 4 miles, walking
I wanted to go for a longer run, but it’s just been so hot. A four mile walk with J was all I could give.
I dedicated the rest of the day to packing. Luna was not pleased.
Saturday – 3 miles, running + .46 miles, walking
One last run before Summer Camp! Whoo hoo!
As soon as I was done, we packed the car, made our way to our meeting area, and started the six hour drive to Camp Bert Adams in Covington, GA. It was a long haul, and I had four Scouts in the car. Our scheduled plan was to check in early, and be fresh and ready to go for camp check-in on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday – 1.44 miles, walking (total of 25, 410 steps)
Camp officially started today! The morning began with my own personal walk around the campsite to get acquainted with everything. It also included a trip to the First Aid building, as one of our campers went down with severe dehydration (the kids woke up early, didn’t take the time to have a great breakfast, and tore out to explore the trails on their bikes). He got fixed up and was able to return to camp.
We checked in around lunchtime, and about an hour later, our camp guides showed up to take us for a tour. We had a walking hike of the 1500 acre property, which culminated in the swimming test. Everyone who wants to set foot in water has to pass the test, including adults. I was all for it, until I found out we had to jump in a lake instead of the pool. Floridians DO NOT go in lakes, thanks. The lifeguard testing me had to talk me down for about ten minutes before I finally just pitched myself in the water (you have to jump feet-first into water over your head, then come up, swim 75 yards freestyle/breast stroke/side stroke/trudgeon, 25 yards in an elementary backstroke, and then float on your back.
That evening, we had our first flag ceremony, meal in the dining hall, and campfire, which meant a super late bedtime. I was spent, and I know the kids were, too. It was a great night’s sleep.
Monday – 1.01 miles, walking (total of 18,968 steps)
I woke up at about 4:00AM with a terrible migraine. With a tent mate I didn’t want to wake, and the bathroom about 1/4 mile away through the woods, I had to lay awake until it was light. I. Felt. Awful. The second I had the chance, I booked it for the showers, and promptly threw up once there. I cleaned up, got in some Tylenol and caffeine, and made a conscious effort to pump myself with electrolytes for the rest of the day.
It was super hot, but not incredibly humid, which made it hard to realize dehydration was setting in until it was too late. I ended up buying a larger water bottle at the trading post, and kept it full. In fact, I joked with the medic that I probably had water poisoning, because I was drinking more in a day than I drink in a week. Still got after that mile.
Tuesday – 1 mile, walking (total of 20,832 steps)
Camp was in full swing. I had a busy walking day again. l attended my meetings and started checking things off my Scoutmaster’s merit badge. Yay.
Did I walk my mile? Yes I did.
Our Troops did an amazing job at the flag ceremony that evening, too. It’s really amazing how incredible these young men and women prove themselves to be every single day. While the kids had dinner in the mess hall, the leaders had a steak and potato dinner across the camp. It was really nice.
Wednesday – 1 mile, walking (total of 19,360 steps)
Another day, another walk. I took a moment to ponder life while sitting on a rock, per the Scoutmaster’s challenge.
I also had some downtime, so I did some painting.
In the evening, the camp hosted a huge flag retirement ceremony. I did not attend, but every Scout got to participate, which was incredible and beautiful.
Thursday – 2 miles, walking (total of 29,354 steps)
I think Thursday was the hardest day for everyone. We were all tired, and cranky, and hot. We were through the middle of the week, but we still had a ways to go. So I walked. A lot.
I had my own class today, and that was interesting. Next year, I hope to take a few more courses. That night, the Astronomy class had their star party, so I attended that with A.
Friday – 1.22 miles, walking (total of 24,678 steps)
Friday was a DAY. We had a morning brunch, followed by the Scoutmaster’s Golf Tournament. Yes. We had to make our own clubs. Yes, mine was awful LOL!
The rest of the day was spent picking up health forms, cheering on our Scouts at camp wide games and the mile swim, and starting the packing process.
Someone was so ready for his last dining hall dinner!
I had to miss our closing campfire due to a situation that needed to be handled, but our Troops did us proud with awards and recognition. Yay!
Saturday – 1 mile, walking
Home again, home again. I took my walk while getting to the shower and my car in the parking lot (almost 1/2 mile away) and that was that. Yay for streaking.
From there, we packed up camp and loaded up the trailers and cars. It took about five and a half hours to get home, and it was magical to be there.
Biggest goal these weeks was to keep my streak alive and get in my water. Both were a win! I drank more water at camp than ever.
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How was your week in training?
Ever go to summer camp?
Liz Dexter says
Wow, what a week, well done for getting through that, esp with the migraine!
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I was able to squelch that pretty quickly, thank goodness!
Darlene S Cardillo says
That was a lot of running prior to camp.
Good job in keeping your streak.
You are a saint for doing this. I hope Aiden appreciates you.
Not training and running was meh. Saw lots of friends this week so that was great.
I went to Girl Scout camp.
I am really, really, REALLY glad I was there. I got to witness such an amazing group of kids (two really – we have a boys’ and girls’ troop), do such incredible things. I was blown away by their willingness to work together, learn new things, come out of their comfort zones, and stand up for what’s right. It was a whole new perspective and it was good for me. He was glad I was there.
Sounds challenging but also like you enjoyed it. Love the painting!
Good job on keeping your streak alive. The migraine sounds awful.
I did go to summer camp. Day camp, Girl Scout camp, a couple different music camps . . . . Then I started to work in the summers.
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I am really excited that A wants to be a camp counselor in training next summer. He loves this organization so much.
After reading this, I feel like there should be a badge for Scout Moms. Geez. Sounds brutal. “situation’ that needs to be handled?
I think you are ready for a marathon after this.
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It was a really great week in so many ways, but nothing is ever perfect. We had to have some tough administrative conversations, but everything is in a good place, now.
I feel like I probably walked a marathon several times over!
Michelle D. says
Wow…I agree with Wendy I think you earned a badge or two! I think it’s amazing that you took this on. That migraine sounds awful – I’m glad it didn’t linger for too long.
Great job keeping your streak alive!
I will be getting a badge! And now I’m so motivated to do more with the troop. The migraine passed once I got some electrolytes in me. I’m so used to humidity that I didn’t even register I was overheated.
That week sounds HARD!!!!! Being at home, working and doing your usual workouts will be a piece of cake after that. I guess that’s the point- doing hard things is good for us!
oooh. It was something else. I am so glad I did it and now I know I can take on a backpacking trek for sure.