Once again, he had a blast! He was never sure what to do, but he was so excited to be there. He kept running all over the place in the pool, grabbing toys and then promptly dropping them. Every time someone would throw a toy for their own dog, Joey saw it and ran after it, too. I wish he'd try out the deeper water, because I'm curious if he can swim, but he likes to stay where he can touch. (The owner of Lucky Puppy, his doggy daycare, said that he prefers the shallow end of the pool there as well).
|Like a torpedo, right into the water|
|Waiting for that guy to throw the ball for his dogs ;)|
|Not as chaotic as you would imagine|
The weather has taken a GREAT turn toward fall, and I love it. Yesterday, after dropping the kids off at school, I went right from there to the state park, where I ran the 5K loop. The dew point was 52 degrees, which is SO much nicer than the 70-something dew point temps we've had lately! I am excited for the leaves to start changing color.
Last night, before cross country practice, Renee and I were talking about running and how we'd like to start thinking about incorporating more than just running into our routines. I told her that I had just been thinking about that a lot lately, and I've cut back on my mileage quite a bit. I've been looking for other opportunities to stay active. I think cutting back a bit for now will help me to get excited to train for the Indy Mini (I don't have to officially start training for that until February). Swimming has never been of interest to me, but lately I've been thinking about it more and more. I'd like to learn the proper way to swim, so I may look into classes or lessons this winter.
Today, I had plans to meet Andrea at the rec center to swim (well, Aqua Jog, if I'm being specific). I have an extra Aqua Jogger (Jerry's) that I brought with me for her to try out. I had about an hour to kill before meeting her, so I decided to just go to the rec early and run a couple of miles on the indoor track.
When I got there, I realized I had forgotten my foot pod at home. The foot pod is synced with my Garmin to give me the distance when GPS isn't available, like on the indoor track. I decided to just turn off the GPS and see if the Garmin even came relatively close to an accurate distance without using a food pod (using just the accelerometer in the heart rate strap).
Interestingly, after several laps, it was reading the same as my foot pod would have shown! I was really surprised. I had read on the Garmin site that the watch was supposed to be "smart" enough to figure it out after a while, but when I tried that on a treadmill, it wasn't even close to accurate. On the indoor track, though, it was actually very accurate! I guess there is no need for my foot pod there anymore.
After a couple of miles, I went down to the locker room to change for the pool, and then I "swam" a few laps while I waited for Andrea (I put that in quotes because I'm sure a swimmer would not call what I was doing swimming, haha). When she got there, we went in the deep end and I showed her how to use the Aqua Jogger. Then we just chatted for about an hour while we exercised, which was awesome. The time went by really quickly, and getting in the pool after running felt amazing.
Andrea loved the Aqua Jogger, so we're going to make this a regular thing. The timing worked out really well, too--I have enough time to get in a short run before going in the pool, and then I'm still home by 10 to get everything else done before the kids get home.
Today, I had plans to go out for lunch with my mom. She had a La Pita gift card, and you never really have to twist my arm to go to La Pita ;) I'm trying to be more conscious of calories now, so I ordered the shrimp appetizer. I'd gotten it once before when I went to La Pita with Eli, and I really liked it. It's butterflied grilled shrimp and vegetables with a really good marinade. I ordered a side of garlic sauce (my favorite!) for dipping. The garlic sauce had more calories than the food, but it was totally worth it! (The garlic sauce is like an aioli--basically just oil and garlic, only thickened with potato instead of egg).
|The garlic sauce is that white stuff in the top right; 400 calories for that tiny cup!|
The food was delicious and a good way to experience La Pita without a plate containing 1,500 calories worth of food ;)
Finally, this is a bad photo, but I just had to share this pic of Monica politely knocking on the bathroom door while Noah was in there. She is hilarious! The more we get to know her, the funnier she is.
When Estelle wants a door opened, she'll lie on the ground and slide one paw into the room. Then she uses both paws to shake the door back and forth hard, so it's loud enough to annoy us and let her in. Monica, on the other hand, has some manners ;)