Before I talk about our weather affecting our goals, I just want to say that if you or your loved ones live in the Buffalo area I hope that you (they) are warm and safe. After seeing pictures of the storm earlier in the week, I will never complain about snow again! I can't imagine how scary that situation must be. Barley and I are sending everyone affected by the snow love and warm wishes.
We've been dealing with our own unpleasant winter weather, so it's time to reevaluate our goals. I knew that there would come a day when we wouldn't be able to continue walking 3 miles every day--after all, we started off not being able to walk more than half a mile at a time in January and February--but I didn't expect that day to come before Thanksgiving.
Then on Tuesday, I woke up to a snow day phone call. There wasn't much snow on the ground at our place, but apparently campus was basically in a not-so-magical snow globe where there was very little visibility. I wasn't going to complain--it was bitter cold, so being able to stay home was fine with me!
|Feels like 3 degrees!|
Yesterday, our streets were finally clear and relatively dry long enough to get in over a mile. It was still ridiculously cold, but since we had options that would at last keep Barley's feet out of the snow, we were still able to get in a good walk.
|Barley thought we should really be playing on the playground.|
We didn't come anywhere close to meeting the 21-mile weekly goal this week, only logging 14.31 miles. Keep my pup safe is far more important than any other goal, so it's time to reevaluate our goals. We are at 963.95 miles for the year, which means we only have 36.05 miles left or .9 miles a day. While I'm still going to shoot for 3 miles a day as often as possible, we'll consider our weeks a success as long as we hit the .9-mile mark each day. (And don't worry--we'll be heading south for the holidays, so even the cold weather there is still tolerable walking weather for us--I'm not anticipating any problems!)
|So very close to 1000!|
We've also been taking advantage of the extra indoor time to play with Barley's new BarkBox items and even do a little bit of noseworks practice inside.
|Despite this weird face, Barley really loved her little chef hedgehog from BarkBox.|
Soth has also convinced us to spend a little more time snuggling, so he's happy, too!