Have you ever gone running with a dog?

While I was dog/house sitting for Mr SOTSS this past weekend I figured I’d try and take Chester running with me to give him the exercise that he is used to. Mr. SOTSS normally runs with him 2-3 times per week. Everything went fairly well.

my first running with Chester attempt

my first running with Chester attempt

And I think we bonded a little! He was 90% perfect! I won’t tell you about how he knocked me down at the end of our second run when we were just 2 houses from home in an attempt to get to another dog. :)

Second run....5 miles total. 0 with Duncan, 3.5 with Chester and the rest alone.

Second run….5 miles total. 0 with Duncan, 3.5 with Chester and the rest alone.

I learned a few things:

Speedy first mile!

Speedy first mile!

  1. The first mile—which is usually the hardest for me—became the easiest and the fastest because of Chester. He was just so darn happy to get out the door. Both runs we did together started off with a sub 10 minute first mile. Thanks pal! Way to get my endorphins going!
  2. Dogs stop and sniff a lot……like every single tree! I realized certain blocks that had less foliage allowed for longer stretches of continuous running but some of those tree-lined neighborhood streets were sheer stop and go. It took a little getting used to but eventually I just sort of coordinated walk breaks during his sniff breaks. He kept me running fast when we were actually running so our overall times were pretty consistent with my solo runs.

    sniff stop

    sniff stop

  3. It felt really good to give a dog the exercise that they need. So I felt even more accomplished after my runs with Chester.

    Happy dog!

    Happy dog!

But Chester and I (and Duncan!) took our resting time seriously too.

resting

resting

resting

resting

really resting

really resting

switch positions and rest some more

switch positions and rest some more

I came back home on Sunday night and my week has been fairly uneventful so far. I had a really terrible run Monday. I didn’t get going until about 11am and the sun was just too strong. IMG_5531I worked most of the afternoon and then in the evening I took Duncan to the park for a walk.IMG_5535

Yesterday I changed things up a bit. I took Duncan to the park in the morning, worked all day, and waited until after 6:30pm to get my miles in. While the humidity levels were higher the run overall felt easier without that harsh sun beating down on me. I ran a slow and steady pace but didn’t have to stop and walk at all.

8am walk in the park

8am walk in the park

Evening run

Evening run

So I have a silly poll for those of you who are in a relationship but don’t live together:

  1. How often do you communicate daily?
    A. 0-1 times a day (out of sight out of mind)
    B. 2-3 times a day (just checking in with a good morning or good evening)
    C. 4+ times a day (long text threads or sharing of daily happenings)
  2. What is your preferred method?
    A. Phone Call
    B. Email
    C. Text

Thanks!

I’m taking today as a rest day. My knee is a bit sore.

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Hi peeps,

I’m home after spending 5 days with Mr. SOTSS and his girls down in Williamsburg, Virginia.

IMG_5152We got the “Bounce Ticket” to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg. It was a super fun trip.

The highlights of the trip included:

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I’m still blaming the heat but I haven’t been feeling very “bloggy” lately. So here’s a bunch of randomness, and of course a bunch of Duncan photos.

  1. Having curly hair in the summer is such a drag. Between humidity, being in pools, sweating a ton….I really love my curls but wish they didn’t require so much work to control them.
    #thestruggleisreal

    #thestruggleisreal

    unless i braid it while wet...

    unless i braid it while wet…

  2. My favorite text conversations with Mr. SOTSS are usually in pictures….bitmoji-convo
  3. I have been loving getting 3-4 runs in per week and my knee has completely recovered thanks to my diligence with foam rolling and stretching.
    Monday

    Monday

    Wednesday

    Wednesday

    Today (Friday)

    Today (Friday)

    and I’ll get a 4th one in this weekend!

  4. Last weekend it was so ridiculously hot. We went to the movies to keep cool. It was the first time I didn’t bring a sweatshirt or jacket with me. Usually the A/C is just too much but it felt great.
    Jr. Mints for Mr. SOTSS and Reese's Pieces for me. Plus popcorn that we shared.

    Jr. Mints for Mr. SOTSS and Reese’s Pieces for me. Plus popcorn that we shared.

    Oh and Chester got a bath outside on the deck.

    Duncan was pretty happy to avoid the hose. He hates getting wet

    Duncan was pretty happy to avoid the hose. He hates getting wet

  5. But Duncan’s luck ran out and he went to the groomer yesterday.

    These before and after shots never get old. I love seeing how different he looks

    These before and after shots never get old. I love seeing how different he looks

  6. I’ve been loving our walks in the park. Early mornings are really the only time Duncan can enjoy himself because he isn’t fond of the heat.
    Cheese

    Cheese

    drizzly day gave us the park to ourselves

    drizzly day gave us the park to ourselves

    Me and my shadow or maybe that's my shadow and my shadow!

    Me and my shadow or maybe that’s my shadow and my shadow!

  7. Sometimes I think Duncan gets bored when I’m working at home. He just stares at me. IMG_5085

I’m enjoying a little more cuddle time with him today because tomorrow I’m going on a road trip with Mr. SOTSS and his girls. I can’t wait!

Last cuddles for a few days

Last cuddles for a few days

Have you had any good road trips lately?

Doing anything fun this weekend?

Do you use emojis a lot when texting?

Glistening….shvitzing…..sweating….whatever you want to call it I’ve been doing a whole lot of it lately.

glistening

glistening

This morning I went for a run at 8:30am.

IMG_5057I was up at 6:30 but when I looked at the weather it was basically going to be within a degree or two of each other for both time slots and really does it make a difference if it’s 83 or 85 degrees and 85% or 87% humidity? Not worth rushing out the door. So I had my coffee and toast and took my time futzing around the house for a while before finally getting out the door.

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let’s play around with the timer camera and procrastinate a few minutes longer before going running

gave myself the Aly Raisman bun for good luck

gave myself the Aly Raisman (as in All Around US Silver Medalist) bun for good luck

Interestingly I didn’t feel as affected as I did during yesterday’s run. Maybe it was the bun. 😉 Yesterday I had to take many walk breaks.

walk break central

walk break central

I took my handy dandy Amphipod handheld water bottle and while the water was warm in 10 seconds it was really great to be able to hydrate

I took my handy dandy Amphipod handheld water bottle and while the water was warm in 10 seconds it was really great to be able to hydrate

The intense heat and humidity has left the weather unstable and we’ve had some crazy storms leaving rainbows as the passed. I love rainbows!

Friday rainbow

Friday rainbow

Thursday rainbow

Thursday rainbow

But seriously! I am dreaming of brisk Autumn running…