10.1

A week ago, I decided to freeze my membership at Snap Fitness until the end of October, and I have to say it was a great idea. I got into a funk and wasn’t going as much as I liked, so needless to say it was time to change my exercise routine up. 

Why not enjoy exercising outdoors while the weather is still nice?

I wake up every morning eager to tie my running shoes and hit the path. My favorite part is hearing how excited Lucy gets when we park in the parking lot of the Greenbelt. I can never gather everything fast enough. It warms my heart that Lucy becomes that excited.

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Lucy, my puppy and I, went running on the Kingsport Greenbelt 5 days this week for a total of 10.1 miles. (We also walked and hiked 5+ miles with Jason this week. Lucy and I only took one day off!! I have to admit I feel amazing!!)

Although we take the same route everyday, I absolutly love running outdoors instead of on a treadmill.

Whenever I ran at the gym I would have my earphones in listening to music. When Lucy and I go for a run, the music is never turned on. My music is the outdoors and the exchange of good morning to those who pass us. I really enjoy listening to the sounds of nature.

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I am beyond proud of Lucy and I! I absolutely love having this little 8 – month old puppy as an exercise budy!

Her stamina amazes me and her pace keeps me going while my legs start to get tired. The best part is she makes everyone smile as we pass them by.

10.1 miles, yippy!

My goal is to add another 2 miles next week to our total. I love setting exercise goals and surpassing them. Incredible feeling.

Good ending

Yesterday was nuts.

Well, let’s rewind, it all started the night before around 11 p.m.

Jason and I were snuggled close on the couch when Leo appeared and laid with us. This is the first time he has laid with me since we brought our puppy home.

Well things changed drastically after this.

Out cat Leo, who we have had since 2010, started to get sick. This of course happens from time to time with hairballs, but never to this extent. He kept throwing up, to the point where it was just stomach vile.

With deep concern, we all finally went to sleep hoping for the best after the vomiting subsided. As we all got situated in bed, yes Jason and I are accompanied by our puppy Lucy and other cat Kimber, every night, I spotted Leo laying on the ground between the wall and our bed. I’ve never seen him lay here before.

I scratched a few of his favorite spots and then put a blanket next to him on the floor.

I soon fell asleep to the quite breathing of Jason next to me.

Lucy woke me up early yesterday morning, 5:45. This is unusual for her. So, we went outside, so she could go, came back in and she had breakfast.

After Jason left for work, Leo jumped in my lap and cuddled close. Ever since we got Lucy in April he hasn’t snuggled with me. I enjoyed every minute, well until Lucy wanted to take his spot.

As soon as he jumped down, Leo started getting sick again. This kept on going on and off until around 11:30 yesterday morning.

My concern deepened with my heart heavy. Leo was exhausted by this point. He finally settled down and fell asleep.

After talking to Jason, I made an appointment at Banfield,  the same place we take Lucy. Unfortunately we couldn’t get him in until 3:15 that afternoon. I was so worried, I could barely concentrate on my work.

Jason came home on his break and helped me take Leo to the vet. I love this man so much for coming all the way home. My emotions were frazzled by this point and I didn’t want to take Leo by myself, especially without a cat carrier.

So after waiting a while after we got there, the vet finally saw him. She said he looked really good and without some extensive testing she wouldn’t know for sure, but it might have just been a rather large hairball that he was struggling to get rid of.

With both of us fearing the worst,  this was good news. Jason drove Leo home as I paid the bill and made another appointment for him.

Words cannot describe how much that meant to me. Jason works a good 40-45 minutes away from home. When I told him thank you, his simple response was “that’s what I do.” I love this man so much.

After he left to go back to work, Leo started acting a little more like himself. He even ate some food. Since I knew there wasn’t anything major wrong with him, I finally left the house with Lucy in tow.

I had to get rid of the stress of the day and give some one-on-one time to Lucy. So we went to our favorite place the Kingsport Greenbelt. It felt so good to be outdoors for an evening run.

Shortly after we starting running, we came to a stop when I saw four deer crossing the path a little ways before us. How cool is that? I love spotting animals in nature. I of course tried to take a picture, but with a puppy that doesn’t sit still it came out rather blurry.

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We kept going, until Lucy spotted our favorite place. This is where we stopped and took a break.

After some exploring, we were on the path once again heading back to our starting point.

We ran 2.48 miles going from 1147 in elevation to 1236.

This run was exactly what I needed, what we needed. So, feeling satisfied, we drove back home to wait for Jason to come home from work.

Yesterday shined some light on our relationship once again. There’s not anything this man won’t do for me and all of our pets. How did I get so lucky?  I’m so glad our paths crossed again.

I’m happy to say Leo never got sick again after returning home from the vet. He’s been talking up a storm today.

Oh, our life is back to normal.

Now to get some writing done, so I can hopefully go to the gym this afternoon.

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.