Friday, January 23, 2015

Rejuvenation

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!
Sunday didn't disappoint us, either. Since Mother Nature had had 24 hours to thaw out the world, we ventured out to the state park to check out the lake. Parts of the trails were still pretty slushy and some parts had pretty deep snow, but there were large clear grassy areas and long stretches of clear trails.


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!

24 comments:

  1. Glad you got out and did some exploring. We are so pissed it is in the 30's. We despise the warm weather in the winter as it only makes a big mess, but this winter is not a good one, not much snow and way too warm. We are happiest when it is in the teens with a ton of snow. Keep on paw padding along and racking up the mileage!

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    1. We prefer the 30s because we can be out longer and get nice walks without too many other dogs around, but there are still bunny tracks and squirrel tracks to check out! The last few weeks, there were no tracks but ours in the snow! Hope you get to have some of your favorite weather soon :)

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  2. So glad the weather cooperated a little bit and you were able to get out. I get cold just looking at those pictures though.

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    1. It was definitely still a cold walk, but my parents got me a nice new jacket for Christmas, so I was comfortable except for my face :)

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  3. Wow - 30 whole degrees! ;) Glad you had warm enough temps to get out for a bit and have some fun!

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    1. We're glad we got to have a bit of an adventure, too! I really never expected 30 would seem warm ;)

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  4. Congrats on a really productive week! And hey, even if there wasn't a whole lot going on to distract you, sometimes that nice solitary walk is a good meditation, too. You certainly had a chance to focus on some lovely views! *wags* - Gilligan from WagsAhoy.com

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    1. Thank you! We love having the world to ourselves to enjoy the nice views, but it's also nice to see some evidence that there are still other creatures existing in the world ;)

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  5. Yeah... I'm glad we don't live in the Midwest anymore. And yay for the rescue donations!

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    1. 80% of the year we love living here, but parts of January and February are always iffy! Luckily, the last week or so hasn't been too too miserable.

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  6. Aw yay! Thanks for donating to LDAR, too :-) Glad y'all got out and about this week!

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    1. We're glad, too! You wouldn't have been the only one having a pet-related meltdown this week if we hadn't gotten out and Mom might have quit answering her phone :)

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  7. Wow, the ice on the lake looks pretty impressive ~ and winter weather sure can be good for the soul :-) Thank you for donating to Boxer Butts & Other Mutts!!

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    1. I love the way the ice looks on the lake--there was more of it last week when I drove by on my way to work, but I'll never complain about less ice when I'm out walking!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I'm not sure I would have ventured out. It looks too cold!

    Monty and Harlow

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    1. Haha! It is cold, but if we didn't venture out, we wouldn't leave the house again until late March or early April--and if that happened, at least one of us wouldn't survive!

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  9. It looks like a fun outing, even if it was cold! Sage would have loved it.

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    1. Sage would have loved it! The grassy areas along the lake were good and squishy and muddy with several big puddles we had to hop over.

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  10. Feel your pain on the snow/ice. Glad it warmed up a little as looks like great fun. Wonderful that you donated! XS

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    1. Misery loves company, so we're glad you understand (but hope that you get a break from snow and ice, too!).

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  11. Oh, that's so great that you've finally been able to get out more! We have too, and it just improves everyone's spirits so much. We're expecting a huge snowstorm tomorrow and that will mean I can finally get my snowshoes out. That opens up some new areas for us to walk too, which is always great, and walking in the snow is definitely an extra workout.
    Congrats to the rescues, and that was so great of you to include all of them, we appreciate it for Peace and Paws.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. The big snow storm has skipped over us so far--but it sounds like things a little farther east have potential to get nasty! Hope you just get good snowshoe weather! I've never tried snowshoes--is it easy to keep up with the pups in them? A few places around here rent them, but I'm not sure I want to try it for the first time with Barley :)

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    2. We got about 6-8 inches of snow, which is just about right I think! Snowshoes are pretty easy to get around in, and I think you'd enjoy the extra workout (for both you and Barley). :) But what's best is that you can get out into the woods. I often go out by myself the first time to "break trail", and then bring the dogs afterwards, it's a little easier that way. It takes just a bit of time to get used to walking in them.

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    3. I might have to see if I can get a friend to go rent some with me to get it figured out and then go for an adventure with Barley some day. :)

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