Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall Routines

We've had a relatively low-key week here this week. Midterm grades were due in the middle of the week, so a big part of the week was spent grading papers and just getting up for quick walks to stretch our legs. We didn't stray far from home since the time to drive anywhere was needed to finish up grades. 

Luckily our neighborhood is full of gorgeous leaves right now, so we still got to have very enjoyable walks. 

We've also gotten to use our walks for a little bit of focus work because there have been so many distractions with the sounds of the leaves rustling in the wind. Since many of the trees are already bare, sounds are traveling farther and we can hear children laughing and dogs barking even when we can't see them and Barley has to work very hard to remember to pay attention to me and the camera.



We managed to get a couple "runs" in with C2K5, but it was cold and miserable and made my lungs hurt, so I think I'd rather leave those runs in the past. All together, we got 22.61 miles this week. Happy FitDog Friday everyone!



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  1. 22 miles is still pretty good - and a LOT better than many people, so kudos to you!

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    1. It's just hard to see those numbers after our 30+ weeks a few months ago. We're missing have enough time and daylight for quality walking time!

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  2. That's a lot of miles to log! It's still green here, although we definitely feel the "nip" of fall in the air.

    www.tiffanysdiamonddogs.com

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    1. Barley loves the nip of fall in the air. She's so excited every time we go outside--I could deal with a little less nip, but I do love the colors!

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  3. Fall can be a hard time for us too, for all of the reasons you mentioned! Barley looks like she's doing great despite those distractions! I can't get Zoe to even look at me when all of that is going on! Great mileage, too! :D

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    1. There are several sets of pictures from windier days where Barley had absolutely no interest in looking at the camera--but she's in her Halloween bandana, so I'll save some of those bloopers for the end of the month :)

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  4. Good job focusing, Barley! Focus work is such hard work.

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    1. It is hard work! But she's usually pretty good at channeling her inner Tyra Banks and finds a way to give the camera a smile :)

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  5. It sounds like a good week in spite of the distraction of work and other things. You got some good photos :)
    We ran into some huge bales of hay on one of our walks recently, and Luke was not sure what to make of those!
    I'm not sure I'm going to make it up to my 5K this fall either. Surprisingly, my lung capacity is getting better, but at 2.4 miles, my legs are hurting SO much! Plus I miss having the dogs with me. Since they all have joint issues I don't want them running that much distance.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. We've had a few small hay bales on some of our adventures that I've tried to make Barley do paws up on or sit on, but she thinks they are meant to be sniffed not posed with :)

      My legs have actually been feeling great--I stayed at one of the earlier weeks and have just been adding a little more time on each run to ease my knees into running a little more than the program was doing, and for a while, that was working out great and I was like "Maybe I can do this!" but then it dropped to the 40s and I was pretty sure my lungs were going to just quit on me. I'm so glad I'm not going through this struggle alone, but I hope that your legs start cooperating with you soon!

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  6. You know, your 22 miles are pretty awesome!! So many peeps would rather let their dogs out into their yards as opposed to making the commitment to walking with them, so chapeau to you and Barley!

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    1. Thank you! Walking is Barley's main form of exercise since we live in an apartment and don't have a yard where she can just run and play. Even when we visit my parents' and she can play in their yard, she will only play for a few minutes if I toss a toy for her--usually she just wants to sit on the porch and keep an eye on the yard.

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  7. Whenever we read your blog it makes my mom so happy she is not in school. She was a top student, but she absolutely hated school and is so happy she doesn't have to go anymore. Good you got your walking in. Walking is a good stress reducer from all the work.

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  8. It looks super pretty there, and you did great even with the distractions and cold. Well done!

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