Hot Spots refers to the awful hot, awfully humid weather this week — until today — and also, unfortunately, what developed with Bandit this week.
And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)
- Monday: 3 Miles Easy, PB Toning (35 min)
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 3 Miles Easy with 4 x 20ish sec strides, Pilates for Runners (25 min)
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, Vinyasa Yoga (60 min)
- Thursday: Firecracker 4, PB Toning (10 min)
- Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga Booty Ballet (35 min)
- Saturday: Dogwalk, Yoga for Knees (30 min), Pilates (20 min)
- Sunday: 6 mile LSD, Yoga? Strength Training?
Mileage: 16 (+1)
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I was juggling lots of stuff and oh-so-tempted to hop on the treadmill later in the day as it got warmer, but in the end I got out in the morning to the Park for an easy 3 miles.
I definitely didn’t want to tackle big hills a couple of days before my race, but I chose a route in my neighborhood with some small, rolling hills — cause, you know, hilly race coming up. Lots of cloud cover so it actually felt fairly comfortable and was another nice, consistent run.
Did 4 strides at the end to remind my legs they could go fast and called it a day.
Seriously, why is July 4th always so damn hot? Firecracker 4 is always a tough race, and this year was no different. Good friends always make it better though. I’ll recap it on Tuesday.
While most of our group ran Saturday, which was just godawfully humid and hot, Running Buddy D and I agreed Sunday looked much better. It was — 10 degrees cooler and far less humid. We enjoyed perfect Summer running weather!
Favorites of the week
I discovered PUR Precious Metals Shimmering Dry Elixer at Ulta. It’s a combination of oils with some glitter in it, basically. It is in liquid form but dries very quickly on the skin. I’ve been using oil instead of a moisturizer on my skin for a while, but had finished what I had. I like the fact that it’s dry pretty much instantly.
Speaking of shimmer, there’s also BARE Republic Sparkling Rose sunscreen. Years ago I’d used a natural sunscreen with shimmer that I really loved, but eventually it was discontinued. So I was happy to finally find another one that’s similar.
Not loving? Bandit developed a hot spot, which is basically where they gnaw at something that’s bothering them until they’ve removed all the fur and create a sore.
It started small one day, actually seemed better the next, and then on the fourth was much worse (of course, on a holiday).
We took him to the vet the next day, and they were able to treat it without muzzling him or getting bitten (he’s not an easy dog at the vet even when he feels good), and now he is wearing the cone of shame (and not too happy about it poor guy). We had to get the softer version because the plastic one from the vet really made him miserable, but he can still get at the hot spot, so we also need to keep a close eye on him and stop him whenever he tries to gnaw at himself (the softer collar helps, but doesn’t completely prevent him from reaching it). Fun times.
I’ve written about how Bandit is not a snuggly dog, except when he wants something — food or to go out, usually. Well, he’s definitely been more snuggly now, but of course you don’t want it that way. Poor guy is so uncomfortable. We are also not getting a huge amount of sleep, keeping an ear out for if he’s gnawing on himself under the covers (or him asking to go out at 2 am).
Mr. Judy’s adjustment to his collar seems to be working, or the meds are; whichever, he doesn’t seem quite as sad today (and therefore less snuggly) or trying to get at it as much. Bandit is about 11. We’ve had him 3 years (the 3rd was actually his adoptiversary). This is the first time he’s ever had a hot spot.
Bandit goes through periods where he doesn’t eat well, and he had actually just gone through one shortly before all this happened. Normally he eats great, but he can still be picky. Thankfully he’s taking the meds in with his food just fine (vet said that was ok). I was really worried he wouldn’t.
If you had a heat wave, has it broken?
If you ran a 4th themed race, how did it go?
If you have a dog, have they ever had hot spots? Chester got them when we lived in TX, but nowhere near as bad as this. Totally bizarre.