weekly wrap: 5.28.18 – 6.2.18

Happy Monday!  It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home!

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.

Here’s the week in numbers:

Sunday – rest
Monday –Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 5 miles, running
Thursday – rest
Friday – boot camp, 60 minutes
Saturday – 7 miles, running

The story of this week is rain, rain go away. It has been disgusting here. In Florida, grey skies and all-day rain just isn’t typical. We will get quick flash storms, or an hour or two here and there, but that’s it. This current trend of dreariness was definitely starting to wear very thin.

For all that, it was our first full week of summer, and we weren’t going to let the rain get us down if we could help it.

Sunday – rest

Our big plans for Sunday involved hanging out with friends and enjoying a yummy lunch. The kids were playing so beautifully (even taking on soccer in the light rain and puddles), that we ended up letting little man just spend the night.

Monday – Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K, 3.1 miles running

S and I left bright and early for my 6th running of the Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K. I love this race so much. It’s always hot and humid, but the course is so pretty and it’s just my most favorite 5K for sentimental reasons.

While the race weather was fine, the rain was starting up by the time we got home. Due to the forecast, we had made absolutely no plans for anything. Mr PugRunner said it National Burger Day, so we decided to try a new burger place at the outdoor mall, that was ranked on Yelp as the Best Burger in Jacksonville. I don’t know if that was entirely true, but it was damn fine burger.

And the milkshakes we shared afterwards were delicious, too.

Tuesday – rest

Little man ended up sleeping until 10:15 AM! He is typically an extremely early riser, so this was very against his norm. Obviously, he needed the sleep, so I let him do his thing. We had a huge bucket list of items for the summer and wanted to get started, so we decided to have lunch and visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Little man had never climbed to the top, but he was definitely tall enough, so we braved the 219 stair ascent. Twice.

The view was gorgeous and we visited all the lovely buildings and exhibits on the property.

We made it home just before the rains came.

Wednesday – 7 miles, running

Fortunately, my legs weren’t bothering me after all the stairs, so seven miles with A ended up going just fine.

Afterwards, I took little man to his buddy’s house to practice for the triathlon. His mom had mapped out a little course so they could practice the swim, bike, run and transition portions, and we got some girl time. The kids did great!

Since we hadn’t seen my parents in a while and Mr PugRunner had a colleague in town, we made the drive to Nana and Papa’s for dinner and a little man sleepover.

Thursday – rest

Again, little man slept in a bit, and the weather was iffy, so my parents and I hemmed and hawed over what to do with our day. I was just about to give up and suggest we go out to lunch and call it an afternoon, when a friend posted about the Marineland 80th Anniversary and Grand Reopening. There would be free admission all day with the dolphin area open to visitors and a lunch provided by Rype and Readi, a local farm.

I’m not the most spontaneous of people, but free admission is free admission, so we agreed to head down. We arrived in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony, and had a very enjoyable (mostly) first visit (little man had been before on a field trip).

We saw everything they had to offer, had the most fabulous meal, and little man was even gifted a plush dolphin from the table centerpieces by one of the workers!

Obviously, a day so great calls for an ice cream celebration, and we went for scoops at Cold Cow.

The day could not have been better had we planned it. There might be something to this spontaneity thing.

Friday – boot camp, 60 minutes

S convinced me to join her for a boot camp session at a gym I attend from time to time. It’s always a great workout, full of exercises I would NEVER volunteer to do on my own, but they are quality exercises and judging by the DOMS that started later that day, they were also very needed exercises.

We did another triathlon session, just for practice.

And Mr PugRunner kindly ran to Swillerbee’s to pick up donuts for National Donut Day. Yummy.

The rest of the day was kind of a wash. I just wasn’t feeling well (thanks, migraines) and another storm came through. Blah.

Saturday – 7 miles, running

The plan was to spend the day wrangling bikes into transition and prepping for the 1st Coast Kids Triathlon, but on Thursday, we received an email postponing the event due to… you guessed it… a questionable weather forecast. The race has been rescheduled, and there are (plentiful and reasonable) options for those who will be unable to participate on the new day. To be honest, I was pleased with the decision. While the weekend will probably be gorgeous, I love the event’s dedication to safety. Also, due to the awful weather over the last few weeks, training chances have been slim, so the kids have a little more time to prepare.

So we ran another seven miles.

And in the afternoon, little man had a playdate with a buddy, so we brought some homemade mac and cheese and enjoyed dinner with their family. Perfect.


June is off to a wonderful start, even if the weather has been less than cooperative. I think we will be back to sunny skies soon, and that will make things so much easier and more fun. We have more big plans for the week, lots of miles to run and some cool races coming up on the calendar.

How was your week in training?

Do you tend to be more scheduled or more spontaneous?

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29 Responses to weekly wrap: 5.28.18 – 6.2.18

  1. Kim G says:

    Sounds like an awesome week! I love the medal you received for the Memorial Day race.

    It’s been somewhat rainy here and humid as well. I’d like a break in both very soon!

  2. Darlene says:

    I did climb that lighthouse when I was there. I also ran a 5k. Marineland was closed the last time I visited.

    My schedule is pretty busy with work so unfortunately I have to schedule things.

    Rain does interfere with summer weekend plans. Fingers crossed for dry weekends.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I wonder if they were recovering from one of our hurricanes. That really messed up a lot of places on the coast.

      I think we are done with the bulk of the rain, but now it’s hurricane season, so that means we always have to keep one eye on the Doppler.

  3. That is awesome that your little guy is training for a tri. I may need to take some tips from him soon!

    I always think of Florida as being sunny all the time but at least even when it rains it’s still warm!

    • runswithpugs says:

      The good news for us is that he’s just out to have fun. He get out there and does the work, but he doesn’t care how he does. He was training with his buddy and ended up taking a really long time on his bike. Later, he confessed that he just wasn’t feeling it that day, so he pulled off the path and stopped to say hi to the horses in the pasture. He said that it made him happy to hang with them a minute. What do you even say to that?

      We are in the NE of Florida, so it most certainly isn’t always warm. We actually had a really long and brutal (for us) winter, with several deep freezes and one instance of snow. I just wish there was more of a fall and a spring, instead of just 4 months of winter and 8 of summer.

  4. Marcia says:

    Ugh sorry the weather in FLorida hasn’t been great. We are lucking out with so many gorgeous days here in the Chicago are. I hope I didn’t jinx us. How fun to climb to the top of the lighthouse!
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  5. Despite the weather, you had a great week! Marineland sounds awesome!
    The weather is totally erratic up here too. Saturday was 90, humid, and sunny, but today the high is 60 and it’s been raining.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was really fun. I don’t know that we could go often, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to enjoy it the way we did.

      60! I would love to feel 60 again. I about melted in karate tonight. There isn’t any ac (or heat) in the dojo, and I was just dripping. I feel like I sweat more than any other human on the face of the planet and I hate it.

  6. Shathiso says:

    Having an ice cream after a great day is always the cherry on top! Love doing that with my kids too! What an action-packed week as usual!

  7. Sounds like you had a great week! I’m glad the rain held off for your hike up the lighthouse. I hope the weather clears up for you this week.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I was glad we were able to avoid the rain, too. I felt that last week was an exercise in hiding from the precipitation. I wanted to cry when I hard the rain start while we were in karate. Fortunately, it didn’t last long, but ugh. Enough already.

  8. Coco says:

    Gosh, it sounds like a great week. We had the dreary weather this weekend and it followed me up to Boston today. 🙁 What a neat idea to set up a practice tri for the boys.
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  9. Wendy says:

    Sounds like a really great week in spite of the weather! You seem to have a lot of really good ice cream places around. I need to visit Saint Augustine!

  10. Andrea says:

    Sounds like a great trip, even if the weather didn’t always cooperate. And awesome that your son is training for a Tri! I can’t wait til my girls are old enough to choose challenges like this.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s a really great event – the same company has kids’ triathlons in several states and cities, and I have always been incredibly impressed by the way they manage things. It makes multi-discipline sports very available to children and a lot less intimidating to their parents, at least in my experience.

  11. We have not had hardly any rain in Iowa. Granted, we did get some on race morning (wouldn’t you know!) last weekend, but it wasn’t much.

  12. wow those milkshakes look amazing!
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  13. Renée says:

    whoah Jenn, you actually did a LOT last week!! I don’t know how you guys do that weather thing in Florida, honestly! I think I’d have migraines more often than not!

    I’m also not super spontaneous, but I do try occasionally! I’m the first to admit I like things PLANNED. But last week I was also a bit more relaxed and spontaneous. No real training for me as I have a slight break before reality kicks in next week.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s just what we get used to. Obviously, it’s a lot better than South Florida, where I lived for about 10 years prior to this, but it’s still fairly tough.

      I love planning. However, I’m getting on a roll with just kind of going for it, and it’s not a bad thing, either.

  14. What a fun week! I definitely tend to be more planned than spontaneous, but sometimes those random, last minute outings are an absolute and completely unexpected blast.
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  15. HoHo Runs says:

    Spontaneity is fun! I think it was a great idea to go to Marine Land. You sure did manage to do a lot this week, even with the nasty weather. Climbing those lighthouse steps twice had to be a great workout! Thanks for linking.

    • runswithpugs says:

      I thought it was but, for only 25 calories burned on the way up… I don’t know LOL!

      I am loving being spontaneous. Sometimes, it’s good to retreat back a little, but it’s ok to roll with the punches.

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