I touched on Lola briefly in my Friday Five post (read about it here), but here’s the long lowdown (if you’re not interested in the furkids, feel free to skip on down): last Sunday, out of the blue, she started coughing. We were supposed to go to my parents for Labor Day, but it had become really bad and we were afraid it was kennel cough, since we’d boarded her when I did my 1812 race (and no, Bandit wasn’t coughing, nor were any of the other dogs there at the time, apparently).
We really waffled about spending the $$ for the emergency vet, but in the end, while not fun for anyone — seriously, she sounded like an entire flock of honking geese almost non stop — it wasn’t an emergency. I got an appointment for Tuesday afternoon (and had a regular appointment for Gizmo already scheduled that morning).
By this point I’d noticed that she could do a regular walk and not cough at all. And that she would mostly stop coughing when we were outside. Unfortunately it was also about 90 and humid for much of the week.
So the vet listens to her heart, her lungs. Everything sounded fine. She wasn’t coughing at the vet’s office, either, although I’d taken some video of her coughing earlier. But she did eventually cough there, too. Because of her age (12, close to 13) he decided to take some xrays. When they were done, the assistant said he wanted to talk to me. I knew instantly it couldn’t be good news.
Long story short, he thinks, but is not sure, that her heart is enlarged, but that the coughing is due to bronchitis. He said we should make an appointment with a cardiologist, so I’m guessing he’s somewhat sure, anyway.
We have an appointment in November, because yes, that’s how long it takes. By that point she will actually be 13. I expect that she will have several more good years, though.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 5 treadmill miles with 6 x 400 speed repeats, PB Express Core for Runners (10 minutes)
- Tuesday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB Bodyweight HIIT (25 minutes)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 5 TM miles 3 @ Tempo, PB Stability + Dumbells (30 minutes)
- Friday: Dogwalk, lunch walk with Running Buddy D & J
- Saturday: 10 mile LSD, YFR Lower Back & Foundation
- Sunday: PB KB Shred (20 minutes)
Mileage: 25 (+11)
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I planned to get out early and do an easy run. Life had other plans. Ended up not running until late afternoon so ran on the mill. Never easy, but it is what it is.
Finally I was able to get out relatively early for a run to beat the heat. Because yes, it sure did heat up later. After a few relatively sleepless nights I was surprised by a nice strong easy run; cut it short a mile, though — double vet appointments!
It was a very humid 87 outside by the time I could run, and even though I loathe doing tempos on the treadmill, that’s what I did. Bumped up the pace just a bit and survived, although I did only 1 mile warmup instead of 2, because it had just been a hard week and that’s all I was feeling.
Fall like weather — I’d forgotten what you felt like! It made for a glorious long run. Haven’t felt those sorts of temps since before I went to ID in July.
Favorites of the week
Our new AC was installed. Except they didn’t quite finish up Friday. Good thing it was a cool day — our bedroom had still heated up to 80 by bedtime and of course, no AC yet. A window fan brought it down to a sleepable 75.
Unfortunately our string of bad luck continues, because the unit did not work. The new new unit will be installed on Monday, supposedly. Thankfully it’s a cool weekend. But the rain and heat are supposed to move in next week . . .
Ran into some friendly faces I haven’t seen in a while on my long run. And catching up with Running Buddy D, who I don’t get to see too often these days.
I won’t lie, this was a tough week in a long string of tough weeks. But OTOH, we’re blessed in many ways, and I remain grateful for my blessings. And running always helps me to handle the stress in my life.
Feeling the need to get out of the house on a cooler day, we took the dogs up to the Saratoga National Historical Park (and ran a few errands along the way). Lola panted a lot in the car on the way there — with the moon roof open and obviously quite a cool day — but the moment we got home she had some major zoomies (running around the backyard like a nut). She’s slowly getting better and I apologize for the length of this post! Thank you if you got this far!
Let’s get the conversation started:
Does training help you destress or is training another stressor in your life?
Would you rather run on a cool, cloudy day or a sunny, warm day?
Ever taken any of your animals for acupuncture?