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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordy Wednesday - Tea time

How can you resist a cup of tea and a skillet chocolate chip cookie with such polite company? All she's missing is a ribbon!

A friend at work gave me the recipe for a skillet chocolate chip cookie. I'm no longer friends with her, just kidding :). Seriously, this cookie recipe is amazing and it puts any of those pre-made chocolate chip cookie doughs to shame!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Itchy no more

The weather has finally gotten to the point where it's in single digits at night. This means the plants/weeds have started slowing down in preparation for Fall. We're already seeing some yellow, gold, and red leaves in our yard.

This also means that Gimli's allergies have gone away. This was the longest stint he's ever had. He was on the medication for about 3 weeks.

It was sad to see him so itchy, but if there's a silver lining, he's now more demanding of belly rubs. If you're walking past him, he rolls to his back and expects belly rubs.

How can you say no to this face?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fluffy Friday - What's that down there?

From the upstairs hallway if one sits at just the right angle, one can see down into the neighbor's front yard and even across the street.

When the corgis are feeling lazy, they sit up here, look down and bark from on high.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Perfectly good apple pieces

You want me to get into that? For some apple pieces?

There, happy now? I've eaten all the pieces, do you have more?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Long may she reign

We interrupt today's Wordless Wednesday to celebrate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II overtaking Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II has been monarch for 63 years.

Still my favorite picture of Her Majesty

Long may she reign.

Gimli practices his royal wave

When's the party start?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I guess I'm a runner now

I haven't done a running update in quite some time, but big things have happened over the past couple months. I was starting to lose faith in running, it stopped being a challenge and became something to be dreaded.

1. I started looking for a training plan. The ones I had used previously, ramped up too quickly and even though I followed the plan and was out on the specified days, I soon started falling behind and suffering injuries.

I had heard of Jeff Galloway, he's the running coach for RunDisney, so I looked into his methods. He has pioneered the Jeff Galloway's Run-Walk method, so I decided I'd draw up a schedule and start.

2. Over the past year, I suffered the ups and downs of running, getting injured, taking time off to heal, losing whatever ground I had and then starting all over again.

Around the same time, I started researching shin splints and how to deal with them. It seemed like every running site I found all stated the same thing about shin splints, but none gave any recommendations about how to prevent them - other than get new shoes or take it slowly.

Well, my shoes are pretty new and I'd have a shin flare up if I tried running 1k, so I knew that wasn't the root cause.

Finally, I came across a website belonging to a sports medicine clinic. One of the causes listed was a lack of muscle strength in the feet and ankle. It went on to list a number of stretching and strength exercises that would help improve the muscles and help with the shin splints.

I figured, 'why not?' and made a list of the exercises. I started them the next day.

3. I shifted my mental game. I kept beating myself up because I'd been running for close to a year and was unable to run a 5k. I would push myself in training to achieve this fleeting "perfect run", which turned into an injury, which sidelined me, which made me upset, which made me want to push myself... and so it went.

I took stock of where I was over the course of my training. I never thought I'd take up running and I never thought I'd log 263 kilometers in the span of a year. But, I did. And I wanted to continue, I wanted to get better.

Runkeeper stats for July 2014 - June 2015

So, I decided I was a runner. A slow one who looks at the running motivation pins on Pinterest and convinces herself that she can do it, who wakes at 5 am three times a week and hits the pavement, (and dodges frogs, ewww!), but still runs because I'm stubborn and I'm better than my injuries, so help me! Who cares if I walk for part of it? Every runner started somewhere and in time, being able to run the full distance will come.

So, where am I now?

This all came together at the end of July. My injuries were at the point where I was ready to go to the doctor. I decided I'd do the strength tips in conjunction with Galloway's run/walk for the 5k and see how things were at the end of August. Well, at the end of August I'd logged 40k and I was mostly pain free. I had logged three 5ks with very little leg pain/soreness afterwards.

To say that I'm ecstatic is an understatement. I dread the runs less. Let's face it 5 am wake up times aren't fun, but the absence of pain makes it bearable.

I took a week off last week from running and this past Saturday, I started the next phase of my training - to move up to a 10k. I don't have any 10ks scheduled for the next 6 months or so, but I do have a vacation thrown into the mix. In addition, since I've been running outside, when the snow falls in December it will force me to move inside. Sorry, I'm not attempting to run in the snow!

We will see how things go once winter hits. We have an indoor track nearby, which is nice, but it's mind numbingly boring and I always lose track of the number of times I've done a loop. But, since we don't have a treadmill, then I'll have to head to the track. If it means sticking to a set distance and working on endurance all winter, then that's what it will be.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Case of the itchies

Gimli's been having a tough time with allergies this past week. We know he's allergic to some "weed", but we don't know which one. Sometimes he'll be affected just once in a season, multiple times, or none at all. As August came to a close, I hoped he had escaped the "itchies" for the second year in a row, but unfortunately, it hit him with a vengeance.

He's been on Benadryl pills 3 times a day for the past 6 days. He's finally starting to see some relief today, but I don't think he's out of the woods yet.

This morning when I let him out of his crate, his entire leg was wet because of his licking to alleviate the itching.  *sad face*

So, after our walk, they both got a turn in the tub to wash their feet.

Merida went first and with this heat, was quite happy to stand in cool water.

Gimli wanted to hang out with Mike, but begrudgingly headed into the bathroom when Mike asked... in a not so friendly voice.

Both dogs had a good frap after though, something about clean feet must do it :)