It's finally feeling like fall here, and I'm loving it. I took Joey for a run today. I was feeling bad because I neglected our walks last week when my cold was at its worst, and Joey LOVES running with me.
It's been easier since I got the hands-free leash, but it's not typically a very "relaxing" run when I go with him ;)
Where most dogs would probably take off after a squirrel, Joey does the exact opposite--when he sees as squirrel or rabbit, he just stops dead in his tracks, staring at it. Occasionally, he'll then take off full-speed after it, but as long as I get him out of his little trance immediately, I can avoid being dragged! Whenever I see a squirrel, I tell him to "leave it" before it even catches his attention.
Anyway, it was super nice running weather this morning--55 degrees and overcast. Like I wrote a couple of days ago, I am going to start following the 10K training plan I wrote, using the sub-60 pace goals as a target, so that I can pace Stephanie in November. I have to start on Week 6 to time it correctly.
The plan is written for time rather than distance, but I didn't take the time to set up my Garmin for today's workout, so I just translated it to distance. Three miles at easy pace, and one mile at tempo pace (which is 9:45-10:00). I couldn't remember what the tempo pace guidelines were for a sub-60 10K, so I just guessed it was around 9:40. Close enough.
I had originally planned to take Joey for three miles, then drop him off and run the last mile on my own, but Joey was doing so well that I changed up my route and let him come with me for the whole run. Even though I didn't feel very good physically (my head felt stuffed up), I absolutely loved my run today. The weather makes a world of difference in my attitude toward running! If I wasn't sick, I probably would have turned it into a long run today.
There was a lot of fog over the lake this morning, so I stopped to get a quick picture. Joey was focused on some geese ;)
I finished the run with splits of 11:05, 11:09, 11:08, and 9:36.
Speaking of Joey, October 1st was National Black Dog Day. I didn't know it until after we adopted him, but apparently, black dogs and cats aren't as desired as other colors, and they don't get adopted as frequently from shelters. That makes me feel so bad! I think black cats are gorgeous; and I honestly didn't care what color dog we got, as long as his personality was a good fit for my family. Eli requested a black dog, so he was happy ;)
Anyway, yesterday, Jerry was going through some old photos on his phone, and he came across a couple of pictures he took of Joey on our way home from the shelter the day we got him. We stopped at PetSmart so that I could run in and get the things we needed for him, and while I was in there, Jerry took a couple of pictures of Joey, who was lying in the back seat. I gasped out loud when I saw the picture--he looked terrible!
|Winter 2015 (adoption day) vs Summer 2015|
I'm looking forward to cross country tonight... the kids have been so used to running in heat and humidity, today will feel like a cake walk!