week in review: 10.4 – 10.10

Another week has come and gone, and I can’t believe how much I was able to accomplish. My lovely coaches gave me a wee little bit of a break this week, too: instead of two days of body circuit, they only assigned me one, and I was able to swap out that for something just a little more fun.

Sunday – 4 miles

I needed this run. Pink Up the Pace was fun, but hard, and it was nice to come back the very next day, feeling strong and in charge.

In fact, the only negative was that I had to go out even earlier than normal so that Mr PugRunner could fit in his run as well. It was nice to cross paths with him, though.

It was an easy day. Mr PugRunner and Papa Bear had plans in Orlando, and so little man and I hung out for a bit until Nana came over. I had dinner plans with a friend, and so Nana was kind enough to stay with little man so I could go.

Monday – rest

I didn’t have body circuit, but I did have to surprise little man’s teacher with a pumpkin spice latte, so my morning started pretty early anyway. I also had to go in to work for a few hours: we are getting into busy season!

While I was gone, my parents came over and my mom did me a huge favor by sewing some felt pieces on to shirts for our upcoming race. I was so overwhelmed and she took a very big job off my plate with her help.

Tuesday – 3.25 miles, speedwork

I got this workout done, a little out of order, but done all the same. I had to do my speed intervals at home, before joining up with my group run immediately after. It all worked out just fine.

After dinner, it was time to pack our bags. Wednesday was going to be a big and exciting day.

Wednesday – rest

October 7 is National Walk To School Day, and we were happy to be a part of it. Our school had a huge group this year, and we all walked together from a central meeting place to the school. A breakfast of bagels and fruit was provided for participating parents and students, and we all enjoyed before walking little man to class, wishing him luck on his spelling test and giving big hugs and kisses goodbye. We hurried home, finished collecting our things, tossed the bags in the car and hit the road.

We were off to a wedding in Islamorada!

It took about six hours to make it to our hotel.

We checked in at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa and had just enough time to shower and change before heading to the welcome dinner at a waterfront restaurant.

It was a lovely evening, with lots of friends. When dinner ended, we opted to return to our hotel to enjoy the view and get some sleep. We were exhausted and we had another early wakeup call on the wedding day.

Thursday – 3.1 miles, 60 minutes stand up paddleboard

The bride and groom had invited the guests to a wedding day 5K at their hotel. The sun was just coming up

as we went to appointed meeting spot. The groom gave his race day instructions for the out and back course, and we were off. Mr PugRunner was having some knee pain, so I went on ahead.

It was a good run, even if it was incredibly humid.

We walked over to Bob’s Bunz to refuel,

and then went back to our hotel. I was supposed to spend some time in the hotel gym on Friday, but one of the amenities was complimentary stand up paddle boarding, so some of us decided to take advantage of that, instead.

After lunch and a nap, it was time for J & M’s  beautiful wedding and reception!

Look at us: all cleaned up and out of active wear!

Everything was so lovely and every moment was perfect. We were so honored to be a part of their special day.

Friday – rest

Even though Mr PugRunner begged me not to, I set the alarm. No way was I missing the sunrise on our last morning in Islamorada!

We spent most of the day into the car. I did request that we drive by my alma mater, University of Miami, to just take a quick look, and so we did, stopping at our favorite fan store, All Canes, to pick up some gear for the whole family.

We also got an early lunch at The Big Cheese, one of the best pizza places in Miami (heck, in Florida).

It was every bit as delicious as I remember.

We pulled into our driveway around 5:30, and it was so. Good. To be home.

Saturday – The Great Candy Run, 1 mile

After deciding he didn’t like triathlons, little man had asked me about doing the mile fun run at The Great Candy Run. I’m always game for a new adventure, so I signed him up. I will post a recap, but we had the best time together!

I was pretty much done for the rest of the day. All the fresh ocean air, driving, and early mornings were starting to get to me.

Mr PugRunner ended up taking little man out to dinner and for dessert and I lounged around, before turning in a little after 8:00 so I could be up for ten miles on Sunday.


As you can imagine, it was great to have all of Saturday afternoon and evening to chill. After all the fun and friends and running around, I was ready for it.

How was your week in training?

How do you stay active on vacation? Do you head to the hotel gym or try something more creative?

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36 Responses to week in review: 10.4 – 10.10

  1. Great week! Paddleboarding looks like it is incredibly challenging…had you done it before?
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  2. I’m thinking Islamorada or Marathon Key for our next sister trip! What a beautiful place! How could you not stay active there?
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  3. I love SUP classes. I always see people doing these cool yoga poses on them. Looks like fun!
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  4. I love the idea of National Walk to School Day. What a special way to take your little man to school right before you left for the wedding. And I love that dress on you! The green is a great color!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s a fantastic initiative. We live too far away to safely walk to school, so it’s nice that we are all able to meet up and walk as a team.

      Thanks for the compliment! I never would have picked that color, but I’m glad I did.

  5. My son has been demanding to walk to school . . . but I’m not exactly ready for him to head out on his own, just yet. We’ll see, in a few years.

    That wedding venue looks amazing!

    I have a half marathon coming up this weekend, so I’m just about to enter my taper (after a post-work 15k today).
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Best of luck to you! You are going to do great!

      My little guy wants to walk to the bus by himself, and ride his bike to school. LOL no. We’re just too far and there are too many major roads to cross.

  6. I don’t know where Islamorada is but I want to go there. Beautiful! And I love a couple that puts on a 5k to celebrate their wedding. My kind of people 🙂
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Islamorada is in the Florida Keys. So you really can’t go wrong! The bride and groom are runners so it’s a huge part of their lives. It only makes sense that the guests would all get to run together!

  7. Sounds like you had a lovely week. I want to try paddleboarding some time, but not in the local river. Maybe on vacation some time…
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  8. Maureen says:

    What a fun week! LOVE the dress you wore to the wedding…sounds like it was a relaxing time for you & your husband!
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  9. ahhh, that looks like an absolutely marvelous getaway! those sunrises! I love SUP. I tried it for the first time this summer and had the best time.
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  10. You had an awesome week in review and I love the views from Islamorada. Perfect views.
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  11. Marcia says:

    Islamorada looks like a fabulous place for a wedding! Glad you enjoyed. And congrats to the little Candy Runner!
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  12. Cristina says:

    Recognized Cheeca from the first picture. Love that place! We take any visitors to Miami there for lunch. There’s just something quintessentially “Keys” about it.
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  13. That setting for a wedding is amazing! Part of me wishes I had a beach wedding! You look beautiful in that green dress!!
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  14. Hollie says:

    I’d love to try SUP sometime. Sounds like you have had a great time. I do a mixture on vacation. I am not as strict as normal and try to take new classes to get ideas when I am in cool places.
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  15. Natalie says:

    Looks like such a beautiful location for a wedding!! I am also a huge SUP fan 🙂 So relaxing and such a fun workout.
    What a super fun weekend!
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  16. jill conyers says:

    Wait? What? Out of active wear? Who does that? According to my family active wear is all I wear. Ever! Fun photos Jenn.
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  17. Toni says:

    Great week! I love that dress, you look amazing. Mi have never been yo Miami, but can’t wait to visit!
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  18. What a week! Nice work getting all those runs in even with being away! That green dress looks gorgeous on you! Glad you had a great time and a great week! Can’t wait to read about the candy run with little man!
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