friday five 2.0: five reasons to LOVE ready.set.glow 5k!

I am a partner with Ready.Set.Glow 5K. In exchange for my promotion of the event, I will receive complimentary entries for my family. All opinons are my own.


We are ending the week with the Friday Five 2.0, hosted by Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy.


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Today’s topic is LOVE, so let’s talk about

The second annual Ready. Set. Glow 5K will take place on March 31, starting at 7:45 PM at the Ring Power complex in World Golf Village. This event is a group effort between three local schools, with all funds raised going to benefit those institutions.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K raises money for some amazing schools!

In its first year, the Ready. Set. Glow 5K raised $4000 each for Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle Schools. These neighborhoods love their schools, and this event is geared towards the students, teachers, staff and administration who make those schools so great.


READY. SET. GLOW 5K brings families together for fit fun!

A nighttime run with music and all the glow in the dark fun you can handle? What’s not to love? I’m not typically a fan of nighttime running, but surround me with neon lights and I am totally on board.

Oh. The kids love it, too!

READY. SET. GLOW 5K supports the local community!

With sponsors from the World Golf Village area, and a race directing team made up of members of three different PTAs and the ladies from Empower Coaching, this event boosts the businesses that help the area thrive. It’s a wonderful thing when communities can help each other out in such a positive way.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K is the only nighttime, glow-in-the-dark, timed 5K in the area!

Where else are you going to get this kind of experience in your own backyard?

You have to admit – this is a sight to see. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

READY. SET. GLOW 5K is fun for all ages and abilities!

Ready. Set. Glow 5K is open to runners and walkers of every age. With a one mile fun run and a timed 5K race, there is something for everyone.  Last year, race organizers hoped for 500 participants and were thrilled when 623 people crossed the finish line. In March, the race hopes to see 750 registrants donning glowsticks and hitting the course!

Click here to register for the 2017 Ready.Set.Glow 5K on March 31! The price will increase on February 20, so get in before entry fees go up! All runners will receive a bib, t-shirt, and finisher’s medal.


For additional information, visit the official Facebook page!

For sponsor inquiries, please send an email!

We’ll see you there!

Have you ever run a glow run?

race report: wolfson children’s challenge ultra relay {1.28.2017}

This year was the third time I have participated in the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay.

When he was born, little man was transported from our hospital to Wolfson Children’s Hospital because of concerns with his heart. He spent 10 days in their NICU, and while it was terrifying and stressful, we are forever grateful for the care he received while there. (Needless to say, he had grown into the most amazing kid, and has a clean bill of health), and I am always happy to support the hospital.

Empower Coaching put together the team this year, running for Mason and Elsie (who was one of Wolfson’s 55 this year).

There are several categories for runners: a 55K Ultra, 55K Relay and a 30K Ultra, namely. The course is one 5K loop that runners repeat until finished. Runners are welcome to bring their own support crews, and can set up their own drop stations with all the fuel they may need throughout the day. We, with a team of 10, were most decidedly in the Relay category.

We arrived nice and early, and made our way to our tent. The first runners would start at 7:30, and while I was scheduled for the third leg, I was going to help pace our second runner, too. If I was feeling froggy, I was going to go out for three more miles after that was done, for a long run of 9.3.

It was freezing, which seems to be the case for this event. In addition to a camp chair, I had gloves, an ear warmer and even a blanket. I had brought a change of clothes for later, but it really never warmed up so I stayed in capris all day.

At 7:30, we sent off our first runner

And settled in for the wait.

The course changed a little this year, for the better. Last time, we spent a ton of time running alongside Everbank Field and through the stadium’s parking lots. This year, we skipped that altogether and ran through the streets of Jacksonville. There was even a little running along the river, which was nice.

A beautiful sunrise always helps the miles pass more quickly.

My first 6.2 miles went really well. I wasn’t ever able to feel really warm (at one point, I shed my ear warmers, but I had to hold on to the gloves for quite some time).

I’m not sure what was so amusing, but we were laughing about something.

I took a small break after two laps of the course. After a drink and a bathroom break, I headed back out to bring some fuel to one of our teammates. While I was up and moving, I completed the rest of my miles around Everbank Field (not the most scenic, but there were lots of sidewalks and space to run).

And then it was time to enjoy what the venue had to offer. I heard the announcers report that there were record numbers of runners this year, and everything seemed really organized and well put-together, so that was good.

There were plenty of vendors, bounce houses and photo opportunities.

Different local musicians took the stage to provide entertainment for runners and spectators.

And there were plenty of characters out and about. This storm trooper even let me hold his blaster (not a very Storm Trooperly thing to do, in my opinion, but I was absolutely giddy about it!)

We posed for photo booth pictures in Tin Can Photo Lounge, and all of us got a complimentary photo strip, which was such a nice touch.

4Rivers was on hand with a food installation, and a brisket sandwich with macaroni and cheese seemed like the perfect complement to the runner’s free beer.

Before we left, Elsie and her parents came to say hi! She was doing great and we were all so happy to see her! She is such an inspiring little girl.

I was sorry to have to leave before the rest of the team finished, but next year, I am in it for the long haul (to the point that I even mentioned to my friend Stacey that I think I might be up for the 30K!).

Another great year in the books! I can’t wait to do it all over again!

Is there a cause for which you particularly love running?

Have you ever participated in an ultra relay like this?

tuesdays on the run: (florida) winter scenes from my run

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

This Tuesday, we are talking about….

(Florida) WINTER



Running in the winter in Florida? It’s kind of the same as every other day in Florida.

Of course, these sunrises are stunning and inspiring, but a little lacking in winter wonderland quality.

Don’t get me wrong. The temps do sometimes dip into the 20s and 30s. And it’s pretty awful because we aren’t acclimated to it and  for the most part, I don’t have the gear to make those cold-morning runs more tolerable. But it’s nothing like what people in the north and other, more wintery parts of the country face in the month of January and February.

I did have the opportunity to run in snow one time. It was in Savannah last April, and it absolutely flurried on me while I was out for a few miles.

It didn’t stick. There was no accumulation. But somehow, it was one of the most magical runs I’ve been on. I would really enjoy the opportunity to do it again!

What does winter look like in your part of the world?

Do you prefer having an actual winter or do you like the idea of spring/summer year-round?



weekly wrap: 1.29.2017 – 2.4.2017

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

{Deep breath}

This was a bad week. A very, very, very bad week. Pretty much nothing went right for the first few days and therefore the last few were spent trying to get caught back up.

Sunday – rest

It was time for a nice family day. I did the weekly grocery shopping and then we went to lunch and to see the movie “Sing.” It was really cute, although not one of my favorites.

We all desperately needed the down day.

Monday – rest

I thought about getting up early to run the bridge before Mr PugRunner left town, but I wasn’t feeling incredibly motivated. Boo on me.

We had a relatively normal morning, until we left for work and school. There was an odd smell in the garage. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it but it smelled like burnt plastic.

Before leaving for the airport, Mr PugRunner called me at work to let me know that the smell hadn’t dissipated and that he also saw a mouse in the garage. He advised me to call the fire department when I got home to see if they could send someone over just to check things out.

Not at all how I was envisioning my day, you know?

I made the call when I got home, reaching out through the non-emergency number. Dispatch told me they would send someone over shortly. Five minutes later, I heard sirens (the fire station is about two miles away), and was pretty embarrassed when two full trucks, the paramedics and I can’t even tell you who else showed up.

The firemen were awesome and totally sympathetic. They smelled something too but they couldn’t find the source. They went through the whole house, completely decked out in their hazmat gear, but found nothing, other than that the smell seemed to come from the hot water heater (but nothing was reading hot on their equipment). Their suggestion was to call an electrician and go from there.

In the meantime, one of my neighbors had taken little man to her house (she saw he was getting really upset) and promised her husband would come over later to check things out. He is an aircraft inspector, and she said he was pretty good at locating problems.

It took him about 20 minutes to get to the bottom of our situation.

I about lost my mind. Fire is one of my greatest fears, and to have something burning under my own roof was pretty upsetting. My neighbor turned off the fuse to the heater, while Mr PugRunner worked on his end to get our home warranty company to get us a plumber to correct things.

Biggest downfall: no hot water until the mess was remedied.

Tuesday – rest

I begged off my run because I could handle a quick cold shower, but really didn’t want to wash my hair if I didn’t have to. For little man, I heated water in a huge pot on the stove. We were totally pioneering it.

It was just an awful day. I was stressed, out of sorts and worried. I channeled all of that into shopping for big pots and plants for our outdoor patio – we have a beautiful area, but we never really “dressed it up” short of the grill and the table and chairs, and it seemed like a reasonable thing to do.

Wednesday – rest

The plumber was scheduled for right after I got home from work. He walked into the garage, took one look at the hot water heater and made a call to the warranty company to let them know we would be needing a new one, stat. I love having the warranty company because it makes these huge repairs much less of a financial burden, but I was really annoyed that it meant one more day without hot water.

My parents had come over to have lunch with little man at school (he was being such a trooper but he was really out of sorts), and stayed to help with the patio.

It was Papa Bear’s birthday and they had dinner reservations, but they suggested we join them for a more casual meal and use the shower at their house. I really didn’t want to go anywhere, but at the end of the day, it was easier than trying to put something together at home and dealing with heating up more pots.

Thursday – rest

WATER HEATER DAY!!! The plumbers arrived around 11:00 and by lunchtime, we were good to go! I was beyond ecstatic, and when the tank filled up and the first hot water came through, I was beyond happy. Be. Yond.

Of course, that meant it was time to do laundry and run the dishwasher and all that fun stuff, but I didn’t care.

Little man had one last dinner out and then I took him to Cub Scouts. I don’t often attend these meetings, and it was fun to see him in action.

And then, by 9:00 PM, Mr PugRunner was home.

Friday – 6.7 miles, running

And I could finally run again! Glory hallelujah! I got in a lovely five miles in the morning,

and then went out again with Mr PugRunner and little man for just under two in the afternoon. It was heavenly.

I had some work to do for an article I was writing, and then had a “ladies lunch” with a few friends who work in the area.

That evening, I had agreed to take some photos for the Daddy Daughter Dance, and it was a pretty crazy event with tons more kids than expected. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, though, so it went well.

Saturday – rest

Saturday was Pinewood Derby Day! Mr PugRunner took little man to the venue to weigh in his car, named Flash, but then renamed Blur, while I ran some errands. I met my parents at the house and we drove to the race together.

I have never seen a Pinewood Derby in action, and it was crazy! We had a long talk with little man about doing his best, but that there were a lot of kids and dads who had been making these cars and racing for years, so even if he didn’t win, the whole point was that they had fun and cheered on his den-mates. Mr PugRunner really isn’t very handy (he’s got hundreds of great qualities, but building isn’t one of them), so we really didn’t know what to expect for poor Blur.

My heart pretty much stopped when little man’s car came up on the leaderboard. And I about passed out when Blur won all three of his heats! How did that even happen???? Little man was thrilled and shocked all at once!

He came in second place in his den and went on to the final round, where he didn’t place. He was a little disappointed about that, but we pointed out how awesome he did on his first try. While it’s hard to watch them be upset, it did bring out a little edge of competitiveness we never knew he had. Usually, he just shrugs things off, but this time he said “I know exactly what we have to do next year” and jumped right on his iPad to look up derby car designs.

Well, then.

We celebrated his wins and Papa Bear’s birthday with a delicious early dinner and headed home.


I am pretty wrung out after this last week. It was a great deal of stress and upset and anxiety, with absolutely no outlet for me. I was cranky, and miserable, and I really needed a break. And hot water. Definitely hot water.

PS. We never found the mouse.

So. Onward and upward, right? This week is going to be great! I’m going to make it that way!

How was your week in training?

Do you ever have weeks where everything seems to go horribly wrong.

january wrap + february goals

It’s Groundhog Day – six more weeks of winter – and time to see where we are at.

January ended with a bit of a whimper. We had a bit of an emergency at home, which took precedence over pretty much everything, so my training came screeching to a halt.

I was really hoping to score 85 miles for the month, which would put me on track for a whopping 1000 miles in 2017. However, I am 12 short, which really grinds my gears.

I also fell off track with my cross training. The start of the month was all systems go, but my calendar filled up pretty quickly, and with Mr PugRunner not feeling well for so long, I was getting run down and worn out, myself. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping things together, but it didn’t work out like that this time.

Planking was going great, until January 28, when things unraveled a bit. Certainly, I’m not proud of myself for allowing the derailment, but the best we can do is shake it off and move on.

What’s the plan for February? I have a few things in mind.

Running – 

  • 90 miles. That should compensate for my deficit and also be pretty good for my base for some of my longer upcoming races. I really want running to become more comfortable and second-nature, and I think the only way to manage that is by adjusting mimics to allow for it.
  • Time to resume bridge training. While it’s a little later than I would normally start for Gate River Run, I’ve just been incredibly conservative about my training and feel comfortable pushing myself again.
  • Maaaaaybe add in an extra day of running, dedicated to shorter speed workouts? Maybe.

Cross Training – 

  • I am starting back to boot camp on Monday. I promised my running buddy that I would get my butt up at 4:15 AM to meet her for class and I am committed to it.
  • I want to go to yoga at least once a week. There is a Thursday morning class I can usually attend, and they have added a sunrise Wednesday class that I can snag otherwise.
  • Francine the Bike needs to get some fresh air. I already scheduled a long ride with another friend, and now that the weather seems to be warming up a little, getting out on that bike seems way more feasible.
  • I am back in the plank challenge and I plan to plank every dang day.

Nutrition – 

  • I’ve been slacking on my water consumption, and I need to dial that in immediately.
  • I plan to continue being consistent with my protein intake and trying to bulk up on fruits and veggies while watching carbs and sugars. Nothing too strict, but awareness is good.

I love staring down at a clean slate, and I hope that I can get back to feeling like forward progress is happening.

What are your goals for February?

How did you end things with January?

tuesdays on the run: spring race plans

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

This Tuesday, we are talking about….

:cracks knuckles:

I am REALLY excited for this Spring. It’s always crazy race season, and I feel like I missed out on so much last year because of my injury. But I’m back and raring to go!


Best Damn Race Orlando – 10K – 5K Challenge – March 4

First up? A total of 9.3 miles in downtown Orlando. I’m not entirely sure how two races back-to-back like this came to be, but I do know it’s going to be an incredibly blingy day.


I missed out on BDR Orlando last year due to my hip flexor, so I am really happy to give it another go.

Gate River Run 15K – March 11

Ah, the Gate River Run – largest 15K in the United States, with a field of over 24,000. This is the race for which my region is known, and while it is incredibly difficult with a bridge in the first mile and an even bigger bridge at the last, it’s one I love.

Vilano Bridge 5K – March 18

I’m not 100% on this one. It’s close to home, and, pre-injury I used to run this bridge all the time. So it would only make sense to actually race it. It would also be a nice way to come down from the Gate River Run the week prior. I haven’t registered yet, and it may end up being a game time decision, but it would be fun. And if I’m doing a training run anyway…. Well, you see how these things happen.

Ready. Set. Glow 5K – March 31

This one is for the schools. I’m not really a huge fan of night runs, but it’s for a great local cause, and doing it with the family will be a really nice experience.




Publix Savannah Women’s Half – April 8

I have a score to settle with this race. Last year, I had to drop myself from the half marathon to the 5K due to injury, but this year? Nope! I’m taking on the full 13.1, and I’m going to own every single mile!

This race is truly a bucket list event. Historic Savannah is the backdrop for a small and intimate race with a finish line right near the famous fountain in Forsyth Park. In addition to some beautiful bling, participants will receive this gorgeous, expandable bangle.


(Remember – you can save $10 on your registration with code “PUGS”)

The Ultimate Tri – April 23

I said I would do it. And this might be the one.


It’s a triathlon with a pool swim instead of an open water one. The big downfall is that I would have to get back in the water before things start really warming up, but that’s not the end of the world. Everything is lining up to make this “the one”. So I think I need to rise up and face the challenge.


The Corporate Run 5K – May 4

This is a work-related 5K, but it’s fun all the same. Since my colleagues are spread out through the region, this is a great way to have everyone together for some chatting and some running.

Memorial Day 5K – May 29

The fifth anniversary of my first 5K? You know I have to do it.

This is just a familiar, comfortable race, and I don’t think my spring would feel right without it.


An ambitious season? Yes, I think so. Spring always seems to be the busiest for me, but I just can’t turn down some of these great events. There are a few races in there just as training runs – if I’m going to be out there anyway, I might as well get a fun shirt and be surrounded by a great community.

How is your spring looking?

Do you have any bucket list races on your calendar?

weekly wrap: 1.22.2017 – 1.28.2017

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Sunday – rest; plank

Sunday was an interesting day. After I braved the grocery store, I made this chocolate churro dessert (with Nutella dip), and we went to our friend’s house for some help finished up little man’s Pinewood Derby car.

It was a really lovely afternoon, but a nasty storm was brewing. We got home about 20 minutes ahead of a tornado warning, where we had to take shelter. Nothing materialized by us, but there were areas of Georgia that were absolutely devastated 🙁

Monday – rest; plank

Back to school, back to work, back to normal. I was really struggling with my motivation this week and it was very challenging to get myself going. I dragged through the day, got little man to karate (he is almost ready to test again!) and was pretty happy to get myself to bed.

Tuesday – 7.1 miles running; plank

The morning’s run with K was fabulous – in fact, it was so good that we lost track of time and went an extra mile. Oops. On the downside, we got a rather rude reminder: we have been rather lax about mixing things up. As we were making our way down our usual route, we saw a man hanging out near a closed store. He didn’t approach us, or even seem to notice us, but it made us realize that we needed to be more aware and less predictable. Just in case.

It was also a double run day – parents are welcome to join in at Run Club, and little man asked me if I would, so of course, I brought my running shoes to work and went to school right after my shift. It was tough running in the field, but I hung out with little man and some of his buddies and had a really nice time. He seemed to appreciate it.

Wednesday – rest; plank

Wednesday was an awful day. I was completely off all morning, my anxiety was in full gear, there were some situations that cropped up during the day that just threw me even more off kilter, and I couldn’t wait to get home and go out to a much anticipated girls’ night.

Unfortunately, Mr PugRunner has been working through some serious sinus issues and had his worst bout yet. He had finally started taking some meds, but he wasn’t in any shape to parent so I canceled my plans. I was able to watch a movie at home, but it wasn’t quite the same.

Thursday – 5 miles running; plank

Having learned our lesson from Monday, K and I changed our route. I didn’t love it as much, but variety is the spice of life, or something like that. This run was less wonderful than Monday’s – we just couldn’t get in a groove. Our legs felt heavy and every step was a huge struggle. We got though it, but it wasn’t pretty.

I had to run some errands and check out a space for an upcoming party, but I really wanted to be home in my PJs.

The evening was a double whammy: little man’s school had a literacy night with dinner and a professional storyteller. We stayed for some of that and then scooted to his Cub Scouts meeting. I don’t often get to attend those meetings, and it was cool to watch him and his den-mates complete one of their Bear tasks.

Friday –  rest; plank

Mr PugRunner and I met at little man’s school for his “Character Counts” award ceremony. Our school celebrates certain character traits throughout the year, and each class votes for one student who it feels best embodies those traits. Little man has earned a Character Counts award each year since Kindergarten, and this time, his classmates voted for him for “Respect.”

It was a great way for him to end his school week. We had a nice movie night, and I turned in early.

Saturday – Wolfson Children’s Challenge – 9.1 miles running

Much as I wanted to sleep in against the freezing temps, I was all in for the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay all day, but I did want to be around for the team as long as I could.

Full recap to come, of course, but between my own 5K leg and some more running, I was able to score 9.1 miles. And I thought to myself that maybe running a 30K wouldn’t be so bad. Hmmmm.

It took a long time to warm up once I got home. Mr PugRunner cancelled date night in lieu of a trip to the doctor (finally) and so we did some more time on the couch.


Incredibly unimpressive week. I am a little frustrated with myself right now. I feel like I’m just not able to get all my training in, and it overwhelms me. I know it will all be ok, but I know that my body is missing yoga and circuit training and I need to find a way to make it work. Unfortunately, I am neither zen nor patient, so I have to focus on cutting myself some slack.

February – I’m coming for you!

How was your week in training?

Does winter get you down?


tuesdays on the run: a race? take my money!!!

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

Today’s topic addresses the very serious question of money. As in, how much is too much for race registration?

I confess. I’m a sucker for races. Big ones, small ones, local ones and destination ones. Ones with t-shirts, ones with swag, ones with towels, ones with bags. I could go on.

There are a lot of things that attract me to different races. I admit that I am a runner who likes a bit of hoopla and glamour in my races.  While I am always thankful for an accurately measured course, I am usually first wooed by the destination or the bling.

Actual price is maybe my fourth or fifth consideration. It’s important, but once I’ve got my mind set on a race, I’m pretty resolute.

For a 5K, I am comfortable paying up to about $35, which I expect will include a shirt and a medal (or in lieu of a medal, be in support of a really great cause with proceeds going to that).

The Celebration 5K – a small local race on a beautiful course, quality medal, lots of American flags, and a cold beer at the finish line.

I have drawn the line with runDisney 5Ks – I have a hard time saying yes to over $80 for an untimed event. Not saying I wouldn’t do it if it was part of a race challenge weekend or a theme that was incredibly meaningful to me, but there would have to be some epic swag to make the financial hit easier to swallow.

Since 10Ks are rare in the area, I’m a little less discerning. I am generally so grateful to have a chance at the distance , so I can see shelling out up to $50. Again, I look for a shirt and finisher’s medal, and I also make sure that there is some decent course support along the way. Not having to carry my own liquid is a nice perk, and if there are three or four aid stations en route, I am on board with that.

Best Damn Race Jacksonville 10K – I happily paid $35 before the price increase (but would have gone up to $45 if it got to that point) for a cool, urban course, custom medal, free photos, beer and cocktails and plenty of post-race food and snacks.

With  half marathons, I get a little more generous. I think I start to balk at things that are over $100, unless the experience is something unique or exceptional (Run Rock ‘n’ Roll, for example). However, for that price, my expectations go up. If I’m paying more than $100, I want an expo with lots of vendors, a really nice shirt and medal, fabulous support along the course (in the form of aid and entertainment) and awesome post-race amenities (adult beverages, complimentary massages, decent food).

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon weekend – Historic destination, plenty of aid stations and crowd support, on course entertainment, extra bling for extra races, and pie.

I paid, what I consider, an obscene amount of money for the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2013. With fees, it came to about $200, which didn’t include travel, meals or hotel. I promise, I got my money’s worth, with the huge expo and characters and photo opportunities.

WDW Marathon – cost a small fortune, BUT I had fireworks at the start, got to run through all four Disney parks, saw so many characters, shared a Mickey pretzel in Epcot, was handed snacks by so many cheering spectators, and walked away with epic bling and a snack box with the most amazing cheese spread. Worth it.

Running through the parks was something amazing and, for me, worth the price. That being said, I would be ok paying more for something like  the New York or Chicago Marathon, simply for the quality and magnitude of the experience. For that kind of distance, a higher price tag means more stuff going on, and since I am a mid-t0-back-of packer, that’s what I do look for.

It’s always interesting to see the difference in what people prioritize in their race experiences and how they will assign their race budgets.

What’s the limit on what you will spend for a race?


weekly wrap: 1.15.2017 – 1.21.2017

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin!


If you do a weekly recap post, this is a great way to check in with other active bloggers for extra support, sharing and accountability!

Sunday – rest; plank

I was really, really looking forward to this day. After grocery shopping, I was on my own. Little man and Mr PugRunner went over to a friend’s house to get some help with their Pinewood Derby car and I was free to just veg. It was heavenly and so very needed.

Monday – 1.4 miles running; plank

It was a day off for little man, and I was really excited to see him when I got home. Even nicer was that he didn’t have any afternoon activities, so once I was home from work, we were able to hang out a bit.

The boys wanted to go for their training run so I asked to go with them. It was nice to get out of the house and get my legs moving.

Tuesday – 6 miles running; plank

Kait and I met for our morning run. The humidity was back in full force, but we slogged through it. There is really something to be said for the winter slump, even if it doesn’t technically feel like winter here.

But we still planked. Because friends who run together plank together. Or something like that.

Little man started running club at school. I was pretty shocked that he asked to do it, but he was very enthusiastic so I signed the permission form. Parents are allowed to join in the running, but I had a work call that afternoon, so was unable to attend the first session. I promised him that I would start attending – my Tuesday miles are going to increase exponentially. As is my ability to run any time other than first thing in the morning. Stay tuned for more on that.

Wednesday – rest; plank

Another quiet day. I wasn’t really feeling well, so I was glad that we didn’t have much on the agenda.

Thursday – 4.4 miles running; plank

Due to scheduling, we had agreed to do our long run on Friday, so we kept Thursday’s miles on the lower side. It was a good run.

The rest of the day was not quite as fun. I had to help Mr PugRunner get one of the cars into the dealership for some recall work, and then take him back when it was finished. In between I did a little shopping for some running fuel and new clothes. Ok, that part was a little more fun.

The boys had Cub Scouts and got more info on an upcoming camping trip and the Pinewood Derby. I’m really looking forward to both.

Friday – 8 miles running; plank

Sometimes, that first long run after a break is kind of like ripping off a bandaid. I have been dreading and dreading these miles, but with a friend along for the ride, it was much more manageable. I still wasn’t feeling entirely great, but I didn’t regret the run one bit.

I really wanted to go to the movies, but I had been promising little man I would come to school for lunch and it was a good day for it. He was really happy I came (and brought him takeout), and we had a nice chat through his lunch period.

Proud mommy moment? Report cards were posted and not only did he make the honor roll (again), but he was selected by his class for the “respect” award. So proud of that boy.

Saturday – Aerial Athletics, 90 minutes; plank

Saturday morning proved to be quite the adventure: some of the contributors of the St. Augustine Moms Blog got to meet up at Aerial Athlete for a session on the silks.


It was so intimidating and so amazing all at once. I had to push really hard through a lot of my limitations (not letting go, being comfortable upside down, etc), and I really want to go back and push a little harder.

We had a much anticipated date night. Mr PugRunner had gotten me tickets for Book of Mormon for my birthday last year and it was finally time to go!

The show was phenomenal – irreverant and sharp, but so witty and clever, too. I was so glad we were able to finally see it!


In other news, the winner of the lovely Nourish soy candle is…. Sarah G.!

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Congratulations, Sarah! We’ll connect to I can get that sent out to you!


How was your week in training?

What’s something new that challenged you recently?

race into the new year with winter beach run + tropical smoothie cafe

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my promotion of Winter Beach Run and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 28 marks the 42nd running of the 1st Place Sports  Winter Beach Run, a 5 mile and 10 mile race held along Jacksonville Beach.

A time-honored tradition in the local running community, this year’s event promises to be better than ever, boasting beautiful ocean views,

a gender-specific tech shirt

and a pretty fabulous finishers’ medal.

Runners will start at the Jacksonville SeaWalk Pavilion at low tide (2:00 PM), and head north for 2.5 miles before the turnaround. The five milers will cross the finish line on the return, while the 10 milers will push through another 2.5 miles to the south and back for their finish. Whatever distance you choose, the Winter Beach Run is a great way to hold to those New Year’s fitness resolutions and kick off your year of running. (Click here to register online, or visit any one of 1st Place Sports’ six retail locations to register in-store).

It’s going to be a chilly one, with a high of about 59 degrees, so bundle up and be ready to rise to the challenge!

Once you’ve collected your bling, don’t forget to celebrate! You should still have time to catch Shine On Hours at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Refuel with a SuperGreen Caesar Wrap 0r Salad for just $4.99 or try one of Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s new Powerpacked Smoothies for only $1.99 with the purchase of any entree (breakfast and kids’ items excluded).

Sample from Immune Blast (packed with Vitamin C, orange, apple, banana and orange juice), Health Nut (blueberries, mango, banana and choice of protein), Detox Island Green (spinach, kale, mango, pineapple, banana and fresh ginger), or Chia Blueberry Max (a blend of roasted banana, chia seeds, blueberries, peanut butter, almonds, date, coconut, cinnamon, whole grain oats and whey protein).

Shine On Hours are available at your local Tropical Smoothie Cafe through February 19. Whether you are toasting to your first Winter Beach Run, celebrating a new PR, or enjoying healthy meals and snacks to supplement your new year’s fitness regimen, you’ll find something satisfying and delicious.

Will you be running the 5 mile or 10 mile distance at Winter Beach Run this year?

What Powerpacked Smoothie are you most excited to try?

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