Keeps going

This morning Lucy woke up with a ton of energy. She was already sprinting through the house before 9 a.m.

Her routine has definitely changed over the past week or so. Typically, we go outside first thing in the morning, so she can go to the bathroom, before she comes darting through the front door straight to her food bowl. After demolishing her food, Lucy would find her bed and take a two to three-hour nap.

Well that window has now changed, that quite time for me to dive into my writing for the day, no longer exists. Now, she’s quite active in the morning. Yep, no nap.

This morning as Jason was getting ready for work, she was having her crazy time, running as fast as she could with her butt nearing the ground from room to room. So, I decided to put on my exercise clothes, running shoes and hit the Kingsport Greenbelt.

We went for a walk on the Greenbelt on Monday. Although we ran a little, it was mostly walking at a brisk pace. Today I decided to see how much this puppy could do, of course watching to make sure she was okay the entire time.

When we parked at the Greenbelt, Lucy started to become excited and the crying began. Yep, she knew exactly where she was. I couldn’t get my stuff together fast enough for her, she was ready to hit the ground running.

As soon as we made it to the path, I put her down and she lead the way. We ran for .87 miles before she slowed down and started to walk. I know she needs a break when she runs and starts walking up my leg at the same time, or starts looking up at me. So I slowed down and before I knew it we were on our way once again. At about 1.07 miles we stopped, so she could rest. That’s a lot of running for a puppy and I didn’t want to over push her. So we sat on a bench while we both listened to the creek and birds chirping.
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After a little while, we were up and moving once again. On our way back to the car, we barely stopped. We were done before I knew it.

Today my app told me we ran 98 percent of the 2.93 miles, which was 5,200 steps and 256 calories.

I’ve been saying for the past year that I need to go down to the Greenbelt and start running outdoors. Well, it wasn’t until this little puppy came into our lives that it became a reality. I absolutely love running outdoors in the fresh air. My legs take me a longer distance then when I’m at the gym.

Running provides such great therapy! Oh my gosh, I’m still on a running high and I’ve been home for more than an hour.

My mission has been accomplished. Lucy is sound asleep. Now I can get some writing done!

I can’t wait to head back to the Greenbelt early tomorrow for another run with this amazing little puppy of mine.

 

 

Exercise buddy

Instead of heading to the gym and putting Lucy in her crate, I decided to take her and I out for some exercise.

Although I absolutely love going to the gym, exercising while breathing in that fresh air beats the stale smell of a gym any day.

We headed down to the Kingsport Greenbelt. The path was popular today. There were many walkers, runners and bicyclist also taking advantage of the beautiful sunny, 80 degree weather.

As soon as we parked, Lucy started to cry with excitment. Of course that made me smile, she was just as happy as me to be outdoors.

As we got moving, I decided to turn on an app on my phone, my new GalaxyS5. It’s called S Health. It provides the options of tracking your walking, running, cycling and hiking.

I wanted to see just how far our trip was today. (5,748 steps, 2.93 miles and 194 calories) I was pretty excited to see our numbers when we were finished.

Instead of heading left down the path, I decided to take this pup in the other direction.

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I love the Greenbelt. Although usually busy by other active individuals, it’s a quite path.

Occassional chains clicking on a bicylce while an individual yells “to your left,” feet hitting the pavement as they walk and run by, birds chirping up above in the lush green trees, leaves swaying as they catch in the wind and ducks quaking in the water that calmly rushes over rocks, are the typcial sounds that fill the space.

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How could you not like traveling this path?

Today on the other hand we were greeted by this . . . not a huge fan.

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I spotted the snake before Lucy and squealed, which then got her attention. It caught me off guard. I’m so glad no one was around at that moment.

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Lucy, almost 5 months old, is an amazing exercise buddy, especially on the way back to the car. She had me moving at a brisk pace while I was walking and even faster when we ran.

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Yep, I’ll say it again. I’m so glad we adopted Lucy. She is such a great companion.

Definitely back into the swing of things

I am enjoying working out even more than before … I’m pushing myself to new limits and witnessing great results.
Today, after taking two days off for moving furniture and boxes into our apartment, I went back to the gym.

Although I knew I was going to be sore from moving, I didn’t realize the extent of what muscles would be talking to me the following day.

It feels incredible, well it feels like we are home now that we have everything we own in our apartment once again. The first night of having our belongings, I laid on our overstuffed couch and instantly fell asleep with a kitty by my side. Yep, we are now officially home.

That first night of sleeping in our own bed felt like heaven, granting us beautiful dreams. Thursday night was my best night of sleep since leaving Fort Myers. We didn’t have to pump air into our bed anymore, once we laid down we slept, we slept all night long.

Today after I finished writing an article I laced up my running shoes and headed to the clubhouse. I needed to relieve some stress.

I started my cardio workout on the bike riding almost 16 miles in 60 minutes. I gained new speeds while riding the bike sweating and working off more calories than a few days before.

After I finished stretching, I began my run, again increasing my speed, and almost beating my fastest mile. Seconds away from my top time, another reason to head to the gym tomorrow.

Again the stresses that have accumulated in the last few days were all released, making me a new person when I walked out of the gym.

Personal record

I walked in the gym determined to run my fastest time today … mission accomplished.

It’s an incredible feeling to set new personal records when running, even if it was only a second erased off my time.

I keep record of each run – thanks to a great app – with my time, distance and calories. Although it’s great to see how many calories I shed each run, the most enjoyment comes from watching my time slowly get faster over time.

Cardio gives me such a natural high, even if my legs are screaming at me.