weekly wrap: 10.2 – 10.8

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!

Guys, this past week was pretty awful. Hurricane Matthew came made its way through the Caribbean and up the east coast, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. While we are no strangers to hurricanes, having lived in South Florida for almost 15 years, it’s always pretty scary and nerve-wracking.

Sunday – rest

We started the day with a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. It is one of my favorite aquariums, thus far, and the boys had such a great time exploring.

We figured if we left after lunch, we would make it home in time to clean up, make a quick run to the grocery store and be in bed at a reasonable hour. Well, you know what they say about roads to hell and good intentions. With construction and lane closures, it took us almost 10 hours to get home (regularly a 5 1/2 hour trip). We were spent when we rolled in the house around 11:30 and I vowed it would be a long time before I got back in a car.

Monday – rest

Mondays aren’t too forgiving, so we dragged ourselves out of bed and tried to get back into some semblance of normal. I wanted to pick up some little things for the boys for their upcoming Cub Scouts camping trip, as well as get socks for little man’s pack service project on Thursday.

Most of all, we were all looking forward to bedtime. We made it through, even though it was pretty rough. Boo, Monday. Boo.

Tuesday – 4 miles, speedwork

The plan called for 3 x 1 mile repeats, sandwiched between a warm up and cool down. It was as awful as I imagined it would be and I really struggled holding the pace prescribed. You could feel the storm in the air, and I was starting to worry that Matthew wasn’t going to pass us by.

The morning wasn’t all wretched, though. I met my friend for breakfast. A recovery breakfast, obviously. We had a great time chatting and catching up.

Wednesday – rest

We celebrated National Walk To School Day by meeting up with some teachers, staff, classmates and parents to… you guessed it. Walk to school. We’ve done it every year since little man started kindergarten, and every year there has been a fabulous turnout. It always seems to be a little rainy, but that doesn’t seem to stop anyone.

While we were at breakfast, Mr PugRunner had a conversation with me regarding evacuating.

I really wanted to stay home for the hurricane, but he made the point that the pugs wouldn’t fare so well if the power went out for a few days, and, much as I hated to admit it, he was right. We went back and forth discussing different plans of attack, and we finally settled on St. Petersburg. He found the last pet-friendly room available and after we had lunch with one of our friends, he let me know it was time to start packing.

We already had our water, gas, cash, important documents and other incidentals together. I sent him to the vet for anxiety meds for the pugs, and packed clothes for the three of us in one suitcase. We secured what we could in the house, and shared our plans with our neighbors so we could all stay in touch throughout the week.

Thursday – rest

We packed the car, gave the pugs their medication and got on the road fairly early in the morning.

I was worried about traffic, but we stuck to the back roads and made excellent time to our hotel.

Molly and Bentley were fine through the drive, but Delilah was an absolute head case. We ended up having to crate her in the backseat, because she kept trying to break out of her harness. It was miserable, but it was the safest option for all of us.

When we checked into the hotel, I think we were all just done. We couldn’t even enjoy our view of the Gulf, because we were exhausted and nervous and generally on edge. Mr PugRunner picked up dinner to have in the room, and I obsessively watched The Weather Channel to follow the track of Hurricane Matthew.

It was a monster, and it was headed right for us. The track just didn’t seem to be wavering and we were worried for our home and our city.

Friday –  running 6 miles

Even though Treasure Island was experiencing Tropical Storm conditions, I had to get out for a run. I was supposed to go for six miles, but with the wind off the Gulf, I could only manage four. My head wasn’t in the game at all.

Mr PugRunner took the remote away from me and suggested I take little man out for the day. He had work to do and he didn’t think it was healthy for me to watch the endless loop of storm coverage. We had friends who had also evacuated to the area, and they were planning to see Hope and Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so we joined them.

It was a gorgeous facility and the kids all loved it. It was an especially good distraction for little man, for which I was grateful. I was so preoccupied that it took me several days to process that we were in the presence of Winter, the amazing dolphin with the prosthetic tail.

After our visit, we met Mr PugRunner for lunch. I had been worried about leaving the pugs alone in the hotel room, but they were absolute rock stars. They seemed to really adapt to the close quarters and having to go for several walks a day (usually, we just let them out back), with an elevator or stairs as part of the deal.

By the time we got back to the room, the storm had moved from St. Augustine to Jacksonville and photos of the damage started to flood in. It was gutting.

The storm surge flooded our beautiful coastal town. Beachfront houses were destroyed, chunks of road washed away. Winds of up to 80 and 90 mph downed power lines and trees, toppled boats and scattered debris. It was surreal and I was in a bit of shock.

When the winds cleared a bit, our neighbor went to our house. The storm had knocked down a good portion of our backyard fence and a tree in the front yard. She wasn’t able to get inside, and we were hopeful that we wouldn’t come home to any leaks or roof damage.

Saturday- rest

By Saturday morning, I was done. I just wanted to be home, and I wanted to make sure the rest of our house was ok. My neighbor had sent some more pictures, and I finally just burst into tears. After several days of being in a hotel room with three people and three animals, we were all pretty overwhelmed. Grateful, but ready to be back home.

By later in the evening, we had learned that electricity was restored, so Mr PugRunner canceled the extra reservation he had made at a hotel closer to home and we planned to leave the next morning. I think we were all pretty excited.

Ok, maybe not the pugs, who were enjoying hotel life.


Obviously, my training plan wasn’t a huge priority this week. I did what I could manage, but it was more for keeping my own anxiety down than to train for any races.

I don’t know how the week ahead is going to go. We are fine. Our home is fine. That is all that matters for us. Others are not so fine and so we are doing our best to help where we can. We did some clean up around town yesterday, and now that the kids have returned to school, I have time to focus on those people and places who are still in so much need. Already there has been so much done to help restore things, but the beaches and coastal neighborhoods are in need of cleanup, there are people who have completely lost their homes, businesses and jobs, and the linemen, military and first responders are busting their butts for the community and could always use backup and support in the form of drinks and ice.

Additionally, our thoughts are with those in the Caribbean and along the coast who also lost so much with this awful hurricane.

We are just going to do our best to get back to as normal as we can.

How was your week in training?

Were you in an area hit by Hurricane Matthew?


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21 Responses to weekly wrap: 10.2 – 10.8

  1. Darlene says:

    so glad that you are safe.

  2. These storms are so scary! I few years back when Super Storm Sandy came through, my area was hit pretty hard. I was lucky to have no damage at all, but was without power for a full 7 days. That was a challenge as my water comes from a well. No power, no well pump. But I was able to store enough water for the dogs and horses before the storm so we made it through.
    I’m glad you made the decision to get out of dodge. Better safe. Homes can be rebuilt. So happy your home wasn’t damaged and you’re able to help out those less fortunate!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was kind of funny – when I was younger and living in South Florida, storms would hit and I would pack EVERYTHING. I would bag the TV, DVDs and CDs (yes, I’m that old), and all the knick knacks and trinkets. This time, I put the photo albums on our second floor away from the windows, got little man, the dogs, our important documents/insurance paperwork, one suitcase for all of us, and my laptop. I figured the rest wasn’t that important.

      We were very lucky.

  3. Oh wow! I am so glad yall are safe! I can hardly imagine being in the heart of it! I have family in Jacksonville and they stayed at home. No real damage thank goodness!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      While I wish we had stayed (I’m a control freak that way), I’m also glad we didn’t have to be here while it was going on. I’m so glad your family wasn’t touched by this. We got so lucky with that slight eastward shift. Things are awful, but they could have been so much worse.

  4. I have been through many thunderstorms, and LOTS of blizzards with shoulder-deep snow…but I cannot imagine the wrath of a hurricane. I have seen lots of updates on FB, and it’s really eye-opening. Glad you are all alright and were able to stay safe.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Give me a blizzard any day. The thing with hurricanes is that you have time. You can make plans and decisions, get prepared and even get out. Which is great. But it’s also so humbling to be sitting there, watching the news and being powerless to do anything to stop it. I am broken hearted for my city and for those others that were crushed by this storm.

  5. We got hit with a lot of rain and wind from Matthew, however the other end of the Province (Cape Breton) got nailed. So much flooding in houses, schools and roads washed out…just completely gone! It’s really sad to watch your frinds going through such devistation. Glad you are safe.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m so sorry your friends are going through that right now. I hope that help is available and the community is getting the support it needs to rebuild. My thoughts are with you all.

  6. Oh man. Having gone through Hurricane Sandy, I understand how scary a storm can be. I’m glad you guys went out to the hotel for a few days to stay safe, and I’m glad your home is alright. I hope your community can recover. Positive vibes to all of you! xoxo
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Sandy was awful. I know things still aren’t the same after that. 🙁 We have been through several huge storms, but in South Florida, where we are used to it and where the infrastructure is better equipped.

      The community is amazing. People have been going out every day to assist with cleanup and delivering supplies to those in need. I am so very proud of my city.

  7. I’m so glad to hear that you guys were safe during the storm, and that your house didn’t sustain any major damage. Definitely something to be quite thankful for!
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  8. Carmy says:

    What IS that?! The bun on your breakfast looks so cool!
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  9. I”m glad that you, your family, and your home is ok. I”ve been to St Augustine and it makes me sad that such a beautiful historic town was hit so hard. Hopefully, no serious damage was done and things will be back to normal soon.
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  10. Oh my goodness! I am so sorry that your town was affected by the storm. It must have been incredibly stressful being evacuated and wondering what was happening. Thinking of the people in your city!

  11. I am glad you are dafe and minimal damage. It is so easy to get sucked into storm watching- it is crazy! The Clearwater Aquarium was a great escape, right? My daughter and I loved it. Continue to stay safe- St. Augustine is one of my most favorite runaway spots!

  12. Toni says:

    Glad you are safe, the storm caused so much damage, but it could have been worse.
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  13. HoHo Runs says:

    I’m glad to hear you evacuated and kept your family, including the pugs, safe. I know it must been stressful to watch the TV coverage. I’m glad your home had minimal damage, yet it’s heartbreaking to hear about your beautiful city. Thanks for linking, Jenn!

  14. Angie says:

    I am glad you didn’t have much damage. I live just west of I-95 in Jacksonville so I was a bit worried since I stayed. Luckily, I didn’t have any damage except some fence panels that were blown down.
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