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
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.
I learned a few things:
Speedy first mile!
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!
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.
It felt really good to give a dog the exercise that they need. So I felt even more accomplished after my runs with Chester.
But Chester and I (and Duncan!) took our resting time seriously too.
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. I worked most of the afternoon and then in the evening I took Duncan to the park for a walk.
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
So I have a silly poll for those of you who are in a relationship but don’t live together:
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)
What is your preferred method?
A. Phone Call
I’m taking today as a rest day. My knee is a bit sore.
Glistening….shvitzing…..sweating….whatever you want to call it I’ve been doing a whole lot of it lately.
This morning I went for a run at 8:30am.
I 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.
let’s play around with the timer camera and procrastinate a few minutes longer before going running
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
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!
But seriously! I am dreaming of brisk Autumn running…