- Monday: Dog walk, 4 mile Speedwork (4 x 400/400), 1 mile WU, 1.25 mile CD
- Tuesday: Dog walk (2), Ballet Beautiful
- Wednesday: Dog walk, Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate, 4 mile Tempo run with Darlene (My First 5k & More)
- Thursday: Dog walk (2) and
strength trainingoops, ST never happened!
- Friday: Dog walk (2), 6 1/2 mile long run
- Saturday: Yoga for Pain Relief Align & Alleviate & Knees, Dog walk
- Sunday: Dog walk at park & photo session
Mileage: 14.5 (+8.5)
Another hard week
It was another tough, stressful week. When I texted my dog sitter to remind her we were leaving the dogs with her, when, and that Chester had had some problems the previous week, she texted back to say she no longer felt comfortable taking care of him.
As mad as I was at her canceling on such short notice, I believe that things happen for a reason, and the truth is it’s just as well. Chester did okay right up until Sunday, although I could tell he was declining again; we’re basically in doggie hospice mode. Could be any day or maybe another couple of months, according to his cardiologist.
We’ve tweaked his meds again and it’s all about spoiling him and making him comfortable. So that movie never happened. I could have gone Saturday, but we were already going out to eat and I was going to my USAFit Albany end of the year party and really didn’t have the energy to go out three times. Saturday was a bad night, and I was pretty exhausted and emotional Sunday and just not feeling it.
So Sunday we took them to the park, which we haven’t done in forever, and made frequent stops for photos. We grilled steak again that night so he could have some (his appetite is still great). I wanted to take him to the local ice cream place which was closing for the season, but in the end we didn’t have time.
My fear (and my hope) is that he will be like my cat Puss: we adopted 2 kittens (one of them was Gizmo) when she was 16 and in kidney failure because we figured she didn’t have long. 5 years later . . . although I’m pretty sure Chester doesn’t have 5 years.
Hot Summer Runs Have a Payoff!
Well, on the brighter side running went particularly well this week. It wasn’t easy, but I pushed my pace. Loosely following Run Faster, Run Less means I only run 3 x week but none of those are easy runs. I had a few little aches and pains off and on that didn’t seem to actually have anything to do with running (except a very, very mild IT ache) and the even better news was that I felt really good after a hard 6 1/2 miles on Friday.
Cross/strength training was nearly non-existent and I need to do better this week. There were a lot of tears and a lot of baking (including dog cookies). I do wish I’d inherited the stress-cleaning gene, but cleaning is the last thing I want to do when I’m stressed (well, any time if I’m honest). Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but sometimes that’s life.
And a huge shout-out to all those MCM finishers! Anyone racing, of course, but that’s the big one I know so many runners were running/spectating.
How do you deal with stress (besides exercise)?