Long Run: 5 miles

Today’s run felt like I was in slow motion.  It was like the dream I have where I’m being chased by bad guys running at normal pace and I run away like I have cemented shoes.

I may have gotten off to a late start and I don’t think I’ve been hydrating myself enough during the week. I ate a banana with a forkful of almond butter.  Bananas eaten with a fork taste more like a meal.  Another issue was that I felt really thirsty and I didn’t take my water bottle with me because I was carrying my giant iPod Touch (the iPod shuffle wasn’t charged).  I stayed dehydrated for the sake of vanity.

I walked a few times for about 30 seconds each time.  I don’t know why but I always feel like I’m cheating myself out of a successful workout.  I didn’t charge my Garmin and I left the house with only 25% battery life.  It died at mile 4 but I know I ran an extra mile because I’ve gone that route before.

never fully charged Garmin

I was planning on having my second breakfast but 10:00 seems too late since lunch is only about 2 hours away.  Now I’m sipping on some iced coffee with a scoop of vanilla whey protein.  I wouldn’t exactly call it delicious.

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I’m a Bad Dog Mom

I feel like I just had my first “bad mom” moment today.  I may have made mistakes in the last few months we have had Penny and her puppy training, but this one feels the worst.  I have taken Penny on a total of two runs, I think James has taken her on one.  All runs were less than two miles.  Penny enjoys the short run and sometimes it can tire her out and we can avoid the nighttime-crazy-time.

I wish I did a little more research before getting Penny too active.  Apparently, dogs shouldn’t run until they are about a year old.  Penny is only 4 1/2 months, a long way off.  To make it even worse, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia.  Maybe the fact that she’s only 25% Golden Retriever, she could have the chance to miss that gene.  We walk every day and we’ll continue to walk a few times a day.  Exercise is important to prevent hip dysplasia but too much can also cause it.  Just like people, even dogs need good things in moderation.

Running with Puppies

Last night may have very well been a rest day.  I didn’t get home from work until about 6:30 and James said he ate too much to go running.  I grabbed a few pretzels and sat on the couch for awhile and watched tv.  I don’t know what came over me but about 30 minutes later I figured I’ll just go for a run by myself, maybe I’ll take Penny.

We only went about 2 miles total.  I know she’s only 4 1/2 months old but she really likes to jog.  One of the best tips about running with a dog is to make sure they do their business before you really get running.  James said Penny already went in the backyard when he got home so I figured she wouldn’t need to go again.  She peed during our warm up and then we picked up the pace. About 4 blocks into the run, Penny did exactly what I was afraid would happen.  Of course I picked it up (I don’t want to be that neighbor) but I had to hold onto it for about 10 minutes until I found a trash can.  It was a really awkward addition to our little running club.  One mile into our run, Penny started to slow down.  I wasn’t going to force her into doing something she didn’t want to do so we took it easy going up a big hill and Penny took a lot of rest breaks.

 

Oh Marmaduke.

So two miles done, easy pace.  I can’t wait for Penny to get a little bit older, then we can go on longer runs.  The quarter marathon is in a little over 3 weeks.  I hope we’re ready!

 

Goofy Puppy Runner

Penny woke me up at 6am this morning when she was barking at squirrels out of the living room window.  I took her out to do her business and then I took her for a short run around the neighborhood.  It was beginning to rain but it was only a little sprinkle; it felt like nature’s air conditioning.  It was still dark out and we stayed on streets with big trees to keep us dry.  I’m so surprised at how well behaved Penny was during the run.  She stayed at my pace and we still stopped at each corner to sit.  The only time we almost had a bad incident was when she found a bunny sprinting across a yard and Penny thought she should chase her.  I nearly broke my neck!

When it started pouring rain we ran a little faster until we got to the hill.  Penny was so good the whole time but I think she has a bit of a competitive streak.  Penny thought this was a real race and was weaving in front of her competition (me) to throw them off the trail.

We totaled 2 miles but I don’t know how long it took since I didn’t have my watch.  I ate a raisin bread toast, a Chobani Champions greek yogurt and a banana with almond butter.  I’m trying to increase my protein intake during training.

This morning I signed up for The Emerald City Quarter Marathon on September 4th.  James said he would sign up.  I hope he does because I don’t think my furry running partner is eligible for competition yet.