Where have I been for two weeks? Enjoying two small mini-vacations and a houseguest, is where! Friends, it was some much needed time away with some of the people I love most. And with school starting in about one week, its was just the thing. Really.
Sunday – 5.27 miles, walking
I don’t know how it happened, but Sunday ended up being a super long walk. It was nice to be out there, especially with all the rainy weather we have been having.
We also picked up A from his grandparents’ house. They love doing Camp Nana and Papa, so it was a nice little break for him.
Monday – 2.8 miles, treadmill
Monday did not go as planned. I was supposed to go to the bridge, run my miles, and have breakfast with a friend. However, I woke up to a terrible rain and thunder storm, and had to bail on the plans. Instead of risking the lightning, I went to the gym with Mr PugRunner and had a miserable treadmill run. Boo.
Tuesday – 5 miles, running + 1.37 miles, walking
Run run run! That’s what Tuesdays are for.
And I was even more grateful to be outside.
Packing was the order of the day. And can I introduce you to my new friend? It’s a blow-dryer brush by Revlon, and it makes drying and styling my hair so much easier.
I followed with a Committee Meeting for Scouts and got to bed super early so we could get on the road.
Wednesday – 3 miles, walking
I woke up super early to get in some miles because it was vacation day!
A while ago, I had won some hotel nights and other amenities in Port St. Joe on the Gulf Coast. With school starting, we had to make use of them, and this was the time. It was about a four hour drive and we arrived by lunch time.
Port St. Joe is a very small fishing community. It is a lovely town, surrounded by water, and while it is quiet and unassuming, we had such a nice time enjoying most of the things they had to offer.
Thursday – 4.51 miles, running
Yup. I run on vacation! The concierge gave me a little map to a biking/running trail not too far away, and I had a blast exploring.
It’s always great to see new sights.
We spent the day trying new restaurants and hitting the beach. It was perfect… until the boys encountered a 1.5 foot long shark and had to scoot out of the water. Oops.
After lunch, we got hit by some nasty storms, which really put a damper on the day. Things settled down by dinner, and we were able to have a great night (and A tried his very first oyster And loved it!
Friday – 4.16 miles, walking
Back to the bike trail for another walk. I was going to miss this awesome roadway.
Originally, we planned to detour to the Florida Caverns on our way home, but we got a nail in the tire and had to rethink things. Fortunately, it was a quick fix at a local shop and we were on our way. Instead, we drove through Tallahassee to show A the state capital, got lunch on the road and headed home.
Saturday – 5 miles, running + 1.12 miles, walking
This run was dismal. DISMAL. I felt awful after four hours in the car, and the temperature was so high. I ran about two miles before I realized I was I’m the danger zone. J and I had hoped to run eight, but after an honest conversation about the line between tough and stupid, we agreed to just walk. What can you do?
But it was Meghan day! That’s right! Meghan came into town for the weekend! Whoo hoo! We went to a local brewery, and then hung out at the house. I even made a grazing board for us all to enjoy while we watched Lollapalooza on TV.
Sunday – 2 miles, walking
In the morning, we picked up donuts on our way to the beach.
From there, we logged some miles on the sand (still streaking, yo!) and enjoyed a morning with the sun and water.
More Lollapalooza in the evening and then we called it a night.
Monday – 3.52 miles, walking
Before Meghan had to leave, we went to walk the bridge and have breakfast. It was a great morning for it, and its was a great finale to the trip!
Tuesday – 5 miles, running + 1.09 miles, walking
It was travel day again: this time to the Margaritaville Resort for Mr PugRunner’s belated Father’s Day gift. I got up to run, but this time alone as J wasn’t feeling well.
The hotel was gorgeous. Our room wasn’t ready so we headed straight to the pool. A won poolside trivia, which meant frozen drinks for all of us (non-alcoholic for him).
When we did get in the room, we were thrilled to find it was huge and gorgeous with a view of the quiet pool. We had a great time getting dressed up for dinner and I was so happy to spend time with the boys.
Wednesday – 3.44 miles, walking
I took the morning to explore the property.
There was plenty of sidewalk, and I took advantage. After breakfast, we rented a cabana at the pool for the day. It was a little rainy, but it worked out perfectly, because we could just hole up in the cabana until the sun came out again.
Thursday – 5 miles, running + .10 miles, walking
Another run, another great day. I found these beautiful wings and was so happy to pose with them.
We decided to spend the morning at the pool, and then head to lunch. From there, we could get lunch and get home before dinner. We also had a meeting that night that we had to attend. It wasn’t the most exciting way to end a vacation, but so it goes.
Friday – 4.63 miles, walking
Despite a late night, I dragged myself out of bed for a nice walk. It felt great to stretch my legs after a long drive.
When I got home, Ollie the Frenchie got dropped off for the weekend. A does great with his petsitting, so it’s always a good time.
That evening, we went to a Court of Honor for the very first female Eagle Scout out of our troops. It was such a wonderful celebration, and I am s proud of our newest Eagle! She worked so hard too get there, and she is going to do great things.
Saturday – 7 miles, running + 2.02 miles, walking
Sweet, sweet redemption! I didn’t feel like running more than seven, but we did it and its wasn’t awful! I needed that!
With school starting a week from Monday, we split up to conquer tasks. I zipped off to Target for school supplies, and the boys went to the cycle shop to get A’s bike tuned up. I am in such denial.
At night, we rented Jungle Cruise, which was really cute. I love our movie nights.
I’m so happy to be back in town and back to blogging.
This week is the final countdown to 8th grade. I will be volunteering at the school again, and have some things already scheduled for the week. It’s going to be something.
I’ve been tired, but I feel my mojo coming back. I definitely feel more back to myself, and that’s good.
What a great way to start August!
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How was your week in training?
Any big goals for August?
Darlene S. Cardillo says
You definitely deserved a vacation. Love all your walking activity. I’ve been slacking. But I need to find new routes.
Your running is amazing considering the Florida temps.
No big goals. Just keep it going. Having fun with friends.
Having fun is so important!
Looks like a fun 2 weeks and I’m glad to see you got your mojo back!!!
That combo hairdryer brush tool reminds me of the very early blowdryers from back in the 70s! It’s so funny how things come back. Obviously, the newer rendition is much more powerful and better. I may have to try one out!
I had a dryer brush a few years ago and it did nothing. People raved about this one, and so I caved. It was well worth it.
What a fun getaway and how nice to spend time with friends! I cannot believe how quickly back-to-school came up.
I can’t believe it either. It feels like we had no summer at all lol.
Kimberly Hatting says
You’ve been busy! Glad you’ve joyed your vacation(s) 🙂
Always! It was good to get away!
Deborah Brooks says
I love running and exploring on vacation. It’s the best way to see a new town. Looks like you had fun few days
We had a great time!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures says
Looks like a wonderful time!! Great job keeping up the streak too! School starts on the 19th for my son. I really hope we can have just a bit of normalcy this year!! Is your son going to be in class, or remote?
He is going back to class. I think. We have orientation on Friday, and I guess I just have to see how it feels. I’m a mess of emotions. Ugh.
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Looks like a fun and busy few weeks! Its so nice that you’re able to make the most of the time before he starts school. I have one of those volumizer brushes and I love it!
Best beauty purchase I ever made.
Arg. Our first day of school is today! It was hard dropping my daughter off, especially since she’s starting 7th grade and said she was nervous. 7th grade was not my finest year. Anyway… sounds like you really made the most of the last couple weeks of summer! Those trips look beautiful. And I see you’re putting your charcuterie board skills to good use!
I’m glad you had that good seven mile run. While other parts of the country are looking forward to a cooldown, we’ve got a couple more months of heat ahead of us! Ugh.
Isn’t it funny how the regions go with weather?
Middle school wasn’t my favorite, so I hope your daughter has a great 7th grade year. We have orientation tomorrow. I’m trying to get myself pumped for it.
Kim G says
So glad that you enjoyed your time away! After the year 9well more like 2 years) that we’ve had, everyone need that time to reset and just enjoy a little break. i also love all the photos that you shared, specially the grazing board (yum!) and the wings (so colorful).
I always run on vacation, no matter where I am. It’s the best way to explore a new city and not have to deal with traffic 🙂
yes, Yes, yes, and yes! New runs are always so great.
New routes & sights are the best! That last hotel looks like Vegas. How cool!
I think you did great balancing activity & vacation.
Oh no on the shark though! Eek!
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The Margaritaville Orlando Resort is something else. It’s really beautiful and new, and has tons of onsite amenities, which is what we were looking for. Mr PugRunner loves that kind of thing and we wanted to treat him, for all the hard work he puts in for our family.
I was not happy about the shark LOL. Here, we have a lot of waves, and while I know there are sharks out there, I have this feeling that the moving water keeps us safer (this is not a logical belief, but it is what it is). In the bay, the water was so still and quiet, and I spent the whole time just scanning for fins. Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and got out. And that’s when the shark swam up.
You’ve packed in a lot of fun! That fishing town looks so cute. Looks like you did a good job staying active too. Good luck with all the back to school stuff!
Port St. Joe was really cute. Next time, we will definitely book a fishing charter, but this time, the storms were so bad, we just couldn’t make those kind of arrangements.
Zenaida Arroyo says
I am so jealous of your two weeks! Looks like a blast and fun time! Yikes on that shark. 8th grade already? I hope A has a great year!
It was a little shark, but I was glad I wasn’t in the water with them! Eek!
Michelle D. says
Yay for some time away! So glad you had such a fun break!