Since the weather has been so icky in the first 9 days of 2015, it seems like a good time to reflect back on the past year since we weren't able to do so earlier. 2014 was a busy year for us.
We set a goal, walking 1000 miles by the end of the year. The year got off to a rough start (much like this one seems to be determined to do), but we persevered and ended the year with 1070.64 miles. The monthly breakdown looks like this:
January: 49.05 miles
February: 47.05 milesMarch: 69.64 miles
April: 95.43 miles
May: 95.77 miles
June: 138.90 miles
July: 118.49 miles
August: 105.20 miles
September: 97.21 miles
October: 89.37 miles
November: 80.48 miles
December: 79.82 miles
We between August and December, we walked 127 consecutive days (the last day we missed was August 26). We set a new personal record by walking 6.37 miles at the arboretum on the 4th of July.
We also walked in four different states while we worked towards our goal: Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, and, of course, our favorite state, our home state, Ohio. We're hoping to add some new states to our list in the new year!
When you break 1000 miles down into individual days, it doesn't seem like that big of an accomplishment--only 2.74 miles a day--but after driving 774 miles home from my parents' house on Sunday, 1000 miles feels like an earth-shattering feat.
2014 also brought some new skills with it. We started the year learning the "paws up" command (which the adorable and talented Rocco over at To Dog With Love helped us with) and it's become a regular command during our photoshoots. We also started noseworks training early in the year because we were getting cabin fever with all of the cold weather--it's been a lifesaver on rainy days, snowy days, busy days and has helped a lot with Barley's reactivity. More recently, we learned to weave (some of us learned better than others--Soth doesn't really see the point of following rules).
With lots of different types of weather, we had lots of opportunities for a variety of outdoor fun from romping in the snow, playing with Barley's tunnel, and birdwatching with Soth.
We also had a many opportunities to smile for the camera as we adventured together. Barley is just waiting for Tyra Banks to cast her in America's Next Top Model: Dog Edition--she's got smizing down pat.
We're setting new goals this year. There are two things I hope to accomplish:
- We're shooting for walking 1100 miles--that's 30 more than this year and averages out to 3.01 miles per day. Right now, our walks are pretty limited with the below freezing temperatures, so we're striving to just get out for a walk every day (which so far has been a couple .5 mile walks a day) and then we'll work on getting the mileage we need when the weather improves.
- My brother got me a Jawbone Up (a fitness tracker like a FitBit) that just arrived on Wednesday. I'm shooting for 15,000 steps per day. Barley will probably be involved in a lot of them with walking, agility, chasing her away from the cat food, chasing her away from the litter box, but this is a goal that's mostly for me. If anyone else has the Jawbone Up app and wants to be team members so we can encourage each other, let me know!
We crammed a lot into 365 days last year--but we never would have achieved our goals without all of you cheering us on and holding us accountable for meeting our goals. Barley and I thought for weeks about how we'd thank you and we've finally settled on an idea. As those of you who have been reading for a while know, Barley was a shelter dog and she changed my nerdy, sedentary English majory life drastically; she got me involved in agility, she's my hiking buddy, and she's given me a reason to get out of my nice warm flannel cocoon during the winter months.
We know many of your have shelters and rescues that are near and dear to your hearts, too, so to thank you, we'd like to make small donations to two of those shelters or rescues. Since Barley was my little discount dog and her adoption fee was $50, we'll be donating $50 to two different shelters or rescues and you get to help us decide where they go! It's not much, but hopefully it helps a dog that's waiting to find his/her forever fitness buddy.
In the comments on this post, tell us which shelter/rescue you'd like to see one of the donations go to and provide a link to their website so I can find out how to get the donation to them; then I'll use a randomizer to randomly select two places. Since everyone's getting back into their grooves after the holidays, we'll choose the shelters/rescues on January 22 to give everyone a chance to comment and announce the selections on the January 23 FitDog Friday!
Hope everyone is staying warm and safe!