32 years. My God, we were just kids. Seriously. To put that into perspective, though, my parents will be celebrating seventy years soon.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 4 easy trail miles, YFPR Knees
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy grass miles
- Wednesday: DM HIIT, Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 7 mile LSD
- Friday: Yogaworks AM, Dogwalk, DM Booty
- Saturday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
- Sunday: Lots of little dogwalks (they sure add up)
Mileage: 19 (+5)
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I dropped the dogs off at Lola’s pet sitter — she’s never had Bandit, but it would definitely be easier to leave the dogs with her, at least occasionally, rather than having to drive almost 30 minutes. He did just fine.
Then I hit the trails for 4 very windy, very cloudy, very cold miles. Why does 4 miles on trails feel like about 8 on the road?
Because the park is closer than where I run trails, I got the bright idea to run at the park — only on the grass (and another test “run” for Bandit being uncaged while I was gone; it went well). There are no trails on the grass, mind you. But if I end up doing the trail race I’m eye in a couple of next (just a 10k!), part of it is on the grass. Seemed like a good solution to me.
And then I’ll have my trail trifecta: a half, a 5k, and a 10k — in that order.
Unfortunately, the weather ain’t looking too good for a trail race next weekend (lots of train translating into lots of mud). I’m still debating.
Although it was literally our anniversary today, we were going away the next day, so I wanted to squeeze in that long run. It was actually a great day for a run — warm, but not humid, with a nice breeze. I was working on negative splits at a surprising pace for me (not intentionally), until about mile 5 when suddenly I felt a niggle in my quad. Weird. Never felt that before.
So I slowed it down; better safe than sorry.
I was super glad I’d gotten in that long run Thursday. It wasn’t super scenic where we stayed, and I just ran along the highway (it had nice wide shoulders). I totally missed this barn going out. I kind of wonder why people live there; doesn’t seem to be much there at all. We just needed a dog friendly hotel that had room last minute.
Favorites of the week
I’d bought this travel mug quite some time ago from Stojo (Amazon Affiliate link), but had never used it until this weekend. And now I don’t know why I waited so long! It’s made from silicone and is collapsible, so it packs down small. It’s got a hard plastic sleeve so you can hold it even if your beverage is piping hot. I’m pretty sure I’ll be traveling a lot ore with this in the future.
The weekend didn’t quite go as planned, mainly because it turned out that being in a new place made Bandit very anxious. To the outsider he looked pretty relaxed, but it was difficult to get him to eat or into a crate when we were at my parents (we didn’t want the dogs lose in their apartment when we went out to dinner).
He did fairly well, all things considered: no accidents, no marking, almost no barking at my parents. Barking at the hotel . . . that was a different story. He barked almost any time someone walked past our hotel room. He finally settled down around midnight. Then wanted to go out around 6:30 (and it was 39F out). He did get to sleep in bed with us all weekend, though, and he certainly brightened a lot of people’s day at my parents’ senior living community (Lola, too, of course).
And that’s a wrap
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you mind doing your long run midweek?
How long does your run have to be before it qualifies as a long run?
How do you usually celebrate your anniversary (we usually do go somewhere)?