Hi All,

It’s 8pm on Thursday evening here in my neck of the woods and i’m tired. I’m always tired at this time of night.

I set my alarm for 5:30am this morning with the big idea that I’d take care of the pup and then getting out the door for a run at 6:30am to beat the heat and give myself enough time to leisurely get ready for my busy day.

So 5:30am the alarm went off and I snoozed it for a solid hour! That’s all it allows, so then I just lay in bed procrastinating the inevitable. Next thing you know it was 7am. I took the dog for a walk and beat myself up for a bit while having my coffee and finally got out the door for my run at 8:30.

Good news is the Garmin resurrected itself and I ran a few seconds faster than snails pace. I’m getting my groove back!


While running I realized that my “Hours of Operation” these days seems to be 8am to 8pm. I am just so groggy each morning and turn into a pumpkin somewhere between 8pm and 9pm. Is this what being 40 is all about? Or maybe it’s my diet that contains more carbs, sugar and caffeine than it should? Whatever it is I’m kinda bummed that I don’t have the stamina to stay up late like I used to. So I’ll try and keep my daily living wild and crazy between the hours of 8am and 8pm LOL! (well, with the exception of early rise for races and running group runs).

After my run, I showered and had a quick bite and then it was off to our local dog park. I used to take Duncan all the time but after he was attacked by another dog and left with a wound that required a big staple to close it I have frequented much less. But today was an exciting day. The National Geographic Channel had a film crew filming the dogs for a show. (not sure exactly but I think they said for a show called Crowd Control).

photo: Wolfe's Pond Dog Run's Facebook Group page

photo: Wolfe’s Pond Dog Run’s Facebook Group page

I entered the park and went all the way to the fence and plopped down on a bench with the doodle by my side. I was a nervous wreck.

That's me in the far right in the purple shirt. And I'm sure you recognize Duncan =)

photo: Wolfe’s Pond Dog Run’s Facebook Group page

That’s me in the far right in the purple shirt. And I’m sure you recognize Duncan =)

There were SO many dogs and all I could do was remember Duncan’s cries when he was attacked right at my feet. Yep, I think I’ll always have PTSD over that. We stayed out of the way of the main action and eventually Duncan went to the gate and gave me a look. So we left. As soon as we did he found a private area and pooped! How funny! My boy didn’t want to poop on camera. =)

Next up was physical therapy. I was put in a different room today. New posters to look at on the wall.

photo 2 and my favorite heat and electrotherapy combo…

photo 1Turns out I only get one more treatment before I’m on my own. The timing seems right as I really have come a long way. And with $50 copays each visit I’m sort of happy that I’m only going one more time =)

After physical therapy I took Duncan in the woods. This was actually more for me than him. I was off today but bombarded with work emails….each one worse than the next. Errors and unhappy clients and miscommunications and just a bunch of Debbie Downer crap. New rule: NEVER read work emails on days off because it just ruins me. I was so cranky and anxiety was creeping in. I just needed to go somewhere peaceful where the cell reception is spotty so no emails would interrupt me. HA!

photo 4 Duncan appreciated my need for tranquility. He LOVES the woods. He has such a great life. I’m a tad jealous (save for having to poop outdoors).

Then I saw this on the ground….photo 3

Is this a sign that I should be questioning life? liberty? the pursuit of happiness? Or maybe it wasn’t meant for me. I’m not the only one who’s pooped by 8pm…

like mother like furrkid

like mother like furrkid

Well, no fighting it…I’m off to bed…

Do you find yourself more fatigued than you used to be in the evenings? Are you a morning person or a night owl? what are your “hours of operation?” 



  1. 40 here too missy! :). Hey btw, great run! Do you wanna try Vega energizer?!. You can take it at any time of the day. Christina (the athletarian) told me to just put them in smoothies to help wake you up. I usually drink one around 2pm.

    • I’ve been thinking of trying something. Some of my peeps use it. I’m seeing them this weekend. Gonna get their insight too…

  2. Errr I’m in my 30’s and tend to be asleep by like 9:30…we hope that by the time I’m 60 it’s not 7PM hehe!

    Ohh and to his point above YES the vega energizer is amazeballs

  3. I love that you posted to many pics of dogs–I remember going to a dog show for the heck of it, and it was SO cool!
    Just yesterday I tagged along w a friend to her dog training class. Favorite dog there? A goldendoodle. Biggest heart breaker ever!
    I’m a nutrition junkie so I would say experiment! What if you felt better wo the caffeine and extra carbs? What if what if. Just test it out and let me know! It’s not about denying yourself…it’s about experimenting!
    Good luck!

    • I like that…I will definitely experiment. i’ve been wanting to experiment with breakfast quinoa recipes to add more protein and healthy carbs to my diet.

  4. I’ve never been a night owl. I’ve always been a morning person. At slumber parties as a child, I was always thankful when the first girl went to sleep (and had her hand placed in water or bra frozen) so I could finally go to sleep! I wake up at 4 to exercise and be home before Hubby heads to work, so my general operating hours are 4:00-9:00 (during the week, during the school year). I would love to go to bed earlier, but if I did, I would never see the hubs. With it being summer, I can go to the gym during the day and take the little guy with me, so I have gotten a chance to sleep in occasionally. There are some classes that I prefer at 5AM, even when it means choosing to awaken at 4:00 during my summer vacation! And, I’m 40, by the way…..

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