Last week, Barley and I were both in a funk. We were bored with our limited walking route. With the bitter cold, we could only be out for a few minutes at a time (maybe someday I'll convince her to wear boots), so we could make it about .3-miles from our front door before we had to turn around for several days. We could only go in three different directions because we had to walk in the road and since we were literally the only ones out walking, there were no new sights, new sounds, new smells, and no distractions to keep us on our toes.
Then miraculously on Saturday we got a break and the temperatures came up to the high 30s (I seriously never thought I'd be excited about 30+ degrees). The sidewalks still had a thin layer of snow, but the layer of ice was gone. Since it was above freezing, I didn't mind letting Barley walk in the snow for an extended period of time. We got to add 4 more streets to our route and took our first 2+-mile walk of the year! After two walks, we logged 5 whole miles for the day!
|This is the best walk ever!|
We got to enjoy pretty views of the ice on the lake and walk in an area we hadn't seen since before we traveled for the holidays.
We got muddy and wet and gross. There was a wintry mix that made little ice pellets sting my face occasionally. But it was good for the soul.
We ended the week at 20.52 miles for the week which puts us at 50.52 miles this month--so despite the frustration we were feeling last week, we're already a little farther ahead of where we were at the end of last January with over a week left in the month. I'm feeling better!
Also, we have some winners! We used random.org to pick out two of the shelters/rescues nominated for the "thank you" donations. We're happy to say that The Pixie Project (nominated by Tenacious Little Terrier) and Mostly Mutts (nominated by To Dog With Love) are the winners of the two $50 donations. But we also felt a little sad that only 3 rescues were getting left out, so we're also going to make a $10 donation to Boxer Butts and Other Mutts, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, and Peace and Paws. We thank all of you for your support at reaching our goals this year and hope this helps a few other FitDogs find their forever fitness friends!