riots #22: overcoming the slump + moving forward

This week, I got some tough lessons in overcoming the slump. It’s ironic since I just posted tips for staying motivated on summer vacation, but the last seven days just didn’t work out how I would have liked.

Sunday – 1 mile, treadmill running

Since Meghan and I are fitness bloggers, I strongly suggested checking out the Fitness Center at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive. Even though we were both dragging, we committed to one mile on the treadmill and finished smiling.

orlando staycation

All too soon, it was time to say goodbye. I drove home through some nasty rainstorms, and made it almost in time for little man to come home from a really cool anime-and-ramen birthday party. Reuniting with my favorites is the best!

Monday – 6 miles, running + 9 Round

I started Monday by jumping into a six mile run with S,

runs with pugs

and then following up with a session with Mr PugRunner at 9Round. It had been a while since my last visit and I was kind of worried I would have lost some fitness. My worries were for naught and I felt great.

runs with pugs blogger

Little man had his first clarinet lesson and I got to sit outside the room and listen. My only musical experience is in piano, but his teacher said he did a great job and he’s been quite dedicated to practicing daily as instructed.

He also had karate in the evening. It’s been a while since I saw him do his forms, but he looked great and I was so proud of him.

Tuesday – 9Round

Tuesday was just for 9Round. I pushed as hard as I could, and had a great workout.

The neighborhood kids wanted to play, so they came over to hang out. It was pretty nice to just have them enjoying themselves. I didn’t mind them chilling at the house, playing video games while it rained. It made for a nice day.

Wednesday – 6 miles, running + 9Round

My week continued strong with a 6 mile solo run.

runs with pugs blogger

When I got to 9Round, I found out it was my 25th class! That puts me halfway to my first milestone, which is awesome!

runs with pugs blogger

I cleaned up, grabbed little man, and headed to Davenport Park for the second stop on the St. Augustine Moms Explore Tour. This has been so much fun for our contributors, readers and new friends, and I am loving getting to check out new parks and meetups in our area.

runs with pugs explore tour

It didn’t end there! That evening, the boys had tickets to a David Bowie Tribute concert with some friends. I sent them off for a steak dinner and to see the show, while I caught up with a friend and some delicious desserts.

runs with pugs blogger

Thursday – rest

I woke up on Thursday, drained and with a terrible hormone headache. It was misery. I parked myself on the couch, worked, and let little man have a friend come over to play because I just couldn’t bring myself to move. Every month, I have a few days where I ride the heck out of the struggle bus, but I’m just glad to have this out of the way so I can enjoy the next two weeks, misery-free.

Friday – rest

I hoped to feel well enough to run on Friday morning, but the headache was back and my hips ached. Boo.

My first order of business was a PTSO meeting. I followed this with a quick lunch and then a second meeting for an upcoming St. Augustine Moms event. I can’t wait to share that surprise.

Our plan was to go out to an early dinner after my meeting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mr PugRunner’s business, but our friends reached out to us for some help. Mr PugRunner ended up taking little man and his buddy to the 21 Pilots concert that evening, and the buddy slept over afterwards.

21 pilots concert

Saturday – 6.2 miles, running

I felt a lot better on Saturday morning, so I went out for 6.2 miles. I’m glad I did.

runs with pugs blogger

I picked up donuts for the boys’ breakfast and once our house was clear of guests, we got into gear for errands and the start of packing for an upcoming trip.

We also cashed that rain check to celebrate Mr PugRunner! We are so proud of all his accomplishments over the past decade!

runs with pugs blogger

Goal-getting

I ended up with 18.2 miles and three 9Round sessions for the week. This was NOT what I had envisioned AT ALL, and I am a little disappointed that I didn’t just suck it up and squeeze in one more 9Round class. Part of overcoming the slump is just pushing that to the back of them and focusing on doing better next week, so that’s the plan.

Reading happened, but it wasn’t fun fiction as I prefer. Instead, I spent a lot of time reading manuals and articles about improving websites. Spoiler alert: changes coming soon.

Hydration went well this week, but cooking and new meals fell by the wayside. We had a combination of foraging for leftovers, eating out and serving cereal.

And of course, I’m so excited about being back on the Best Damn Race Ambassador Crew! Don’t forget to register with my BDR discount code RUNSWITHPUGS to save on any distance at any BDR location!

BDR Discount Code


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20 Responses to riots #22: overcoming the slump + moving forward

  1. Darlene says:

    Your slump is more miles than others not in a slump.

    I can only manage 3 miles during the week.

    You have so many varied activities. Good job fitting in any runs.

    • runswithpugs says:

      You’re absolutely right, but it’s discouraging nonetheless. I definitely feel edgy when I don’t get those runs in, especially when I work so hard to make sure I schedule enough time.

  2. Kim G says:

    I know that you were hoping to get in more 9round classes but I still think that you had a super productive week!

    I love all the locations for those BDR races – I might need to check those out!

    • runswithpugs says:

      Girl, I want that 100 class t-shirt! I was kind of bummed because they had a contest for most check-ins in June and I was totally going to push for it, but we are out of town a lot this month. I hope they do it again another time when I can try harder for it.

      Definitely check them out. The weather is great in all three states that time of year and you really can’t beat the perks and amenities! Let me know if you sign up and maybe we can coordinate a meetup!

  3. wow impressive 9round classes! Do you see a change in your arms or core or cardio? It’s a great stress release huh?
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    • runswithpugs says:

      I am definitely seeing more definition in my arms and my abs. It’s probably the most effective workout regime I’ve used in quite some time. I’m going to miss it while I’m out of town – it’s probably my only “complaint” is that I can’t use my membership at other locations across the country. It would certainly be awesome if that was an option.

  4. Great job on all the 9Round! 25 classes sound like a major feat 😉 Thanks for linking with us for the WRD!!

  5. Sometimes our bodies aren’t on board with our plans. It happens! You still got a lot of miles in and 3 workouts! Nothing to sneeze at!
    Not to mention lots of outings and family time. Glad you’re feeling better!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I know, but it’s frustrating when your brain says RAWR and your body says NOPE!

      I am definitely cherishing all the family time. It’s so great we’ve had so much.

  6. Cari says:

    Oh that NOLA medal looks amazing!
    Congrats on your 25th 9Round class. making amazing pr ogres toward your first milestone
    I feel you on the hormone headache – was an issue for me the other week and isn’t fun
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Oh gosh. It’s absolutely debilitating! I hate feeling this way, but I really don’t want to go the surgery route to handle it. I guess I can look at it as it’s only a couple of days per month, but I would really prefer not to deal with it.

      NOLA always has great medals. These are from last year, but I know the new bling will be just as incredible.

  7. Congrats on getting to 25 9Round classes! Those Best Damn Race medals look like so much fun – I’d love to get to Savannah at some point. I’ll have to check the date on that one.

  8. Wendy says:

    As always, I”m in awe of everything you squeeze into a week! Anxious to hear all about the changes coming up!

  9. I am SO HAPPY I found your blog! I am getting back to running after a couple of years, and this link-up is just what I need, especially now that I signed up for my first race in years!

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