We are a week into the New Year and we have definitely experienced changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes. That’s right! To celebrate Mr PugRunner’s 50th birthday, we loaded up the family and headed south to Duck Key for five days of fun in the sun! How did it all work? Let’s check it out!
- Cardio: 3.69 miles, walking
Happy New Year’s Eve! I didn’t have a great night’s sleep, but I got up and out, all the same. It was so cold I had to wear tights and a regular sweatshirt! Brrrr.
From there, we went to brunch in Jacksonville. We wanted to do a little early birthday celebration, since the actual day was Monday and that’s tough for restaurants and going out.
And then that was kind of it for New Years. Since we were leaving, I spent hours cleaning the house, and finishing up a back log of work. There was so much to do and not nearly enough time to do it.
- Cardio: 5.23 miles, running + 1.84 miles, walking
Mr PugRunner said he was getting up early to go to the gym, so I opted to just run so we would be ready to celebrate when he got home.
We played a fun game where we wrote down options on cards for lunch and dinner, so he picked blindly and then we went to do those things. We also picked up our Turo rental minivan for our trip, and packed.
- Cardio: 1.84 miles, walking
We had a seven hour drive ahead of us, so you know I got out there for a quick walk.
Then we loaded up the van and hit the road. Our first stop was to pick up my brother- and sister-in-law at the Miami Airport (hence the giant vehicle). And then it was down to the Keys!
We stopped in Key Largo for lunch, and bumped into my parents at the same restaurant! So cool! We finally landed at about 4:30 and we were all just exhausted. Florida is LONG and this was quite the journey. It was also pretty chilly, but we braved it for dinner outside at the tiki bar.
We all called it a night earlier rather than later. There was fun to come!
- Cardio: 3.02 miles, running + 1.65 miles, walking
I got up and headed out in the morning. Duck Key is not big, but between the Hawk’s Cay property and the island itself, I had plenty of road to run. I even got to catch the sunrise!
Everyone met for breakfast, and then we broke apart for the day. My parents wanted to explore, while the boys wanted to kayak. My sister-in-law and I went to the adult pool to read. It was still pretty chilly, but the sun was nice, and margaritas make everything better.
For dinner, we all met up again and enjoyed lots of fresh seafood and tropical cocktails!
- Cardio: 3.81 miles, walking
Once again, I got up and headed out for some miles. Again, it was a gorgeous morning.
The guys headed out on their private fishing charter. They had the whole morning on the boat, with tons of success!
My sister-in-law and I had other plans. After a light breakfast, we went to a dockside encounter with the dolphins on property. I couldn’t stop grinning! We interacted with Boomer and rescue dolphin Roux for about 30 minutes, and it was the best time.
After we finished, we met the guys at the on-property restaurant at the marina. They will cook up your fresh catch, so we got to feast on all this fresh-caught fish! Best meal ever!
But wait! There’s more! We got cleaned up and drove another 90 minutes to Key West. We had drinks at Sloppy Joe’s and Key Lime Pie at Kermit’s. The sunset at Mallory Square was lovely. And even thought it was getting dark, we made the slog to the Southernmost Point, and then ubered back to an incredible Italian restaurant.
- Cardio: 4.51 miles, running + walking
Confession: my hips were aching after being in the car so long. I did some running but I did a lot more walking.
We all took our time getting up and about, and had a late breakfast. Again, the chilly morning warmed up nicely, so we moved back to the pool. It was nice to just sit and read. I even went back to the room for a little nap.
For our last dinner, we opted to go to Islamorada to another waterfront restaurant. We had such beautiful views and a yummy meal… which ended in a very abrupt rain shower. Fortunately, we were mostly finished eating, so we just got some key lime pie to go, and went back to the hotel to sit by the fire pit.
- Cardio: 1.62 miles, walking
All good things must come to an end. It was time to head home. I got up extra early so I could get in some movement before another long ride. And of course, I had to say goodbye to my dolphin friends.
We got on the road at 7:30, stopped for breakfast, stopped again in Coconut Grove to drop off our family at their friend’s house, and then kept going. Mercifully, we avoided a terrible accident and a tornado, and pulled into our driveway at 7PM. Done.
Thoughts + Goals
Yes, I kept up with my fitness this week, but I MISS the gym. There was one on property, but we were short on time and I wanted to enjoy myself. Monday can’t come soon enough.
This week will be spent getting back on track. To be honest, my eating was fine in the Keys. I did have drinks, but I also had mostly fresh fish and salads, and I even skipped dessert most nights.
I’m looking forward to a bit of a “couch-rot” tomorrow after we drop off the rental. I just want to put on my comfies, catch up on blog comments, and veg until Monday. We have some laundry to do, and the stinky pugs need baths, but then that’s it.
Have you been to the Keys? Do you love seafood? Ever eat it fresh off the charter? Ever pet a dolphin?