Day 19 Reach4Raw marathon training

Finally a cool day to run! I’m really pushing past my current fitness level now, the last few minutes of jogging were actually walking. It was uphill, in my own defense.

Oreo wanted to stand up in her DoggyRide when we got near the pond, which made it nearly impossible to steer with its front wheel locked in the jog position. That’s the first time she’s ever done that. I didn’t realize how much her sitting near the back of the carriage helps with pushing and steering it.

We pass the same people most every day, and they all smile and say things like, “She’s got it made in the shade,” or, “Now there’s a lucky dog.” Now that they see us all the time some of them are actually asking what the deal is. Today a guy asked if she has a bad hip or something. I said she’s missing a back leg, which I don’t usually say because she doesn’t actually miss it at all, she gets along just fine without it. Usually I just say she’s an amputee.

Day 19 Oreo in the car

A little slower today because I was pushing myself.

Day 19 stats

Day 14 Reach4Raw marathon training, did great!

We got a late start (I guess I needed those ten hours of sleep!) so it was quite hot. The rest day yesterday really made a difference, I was feeling strong. It was over 80 degrees, so Oreo got to ride most of the way. There was a 5K going on as we started our walk, so hearing all the music and seeing all the runners was really exciting. Some of them were just heading toward the finish line as we got started so we gave them encouragement like, “Woo hoooo! Almost there! You can do it! You can do it!” Most of them looked at me like I was some kind of hatchet murderer. Sheesh! At least the Jehovah’s Witnesses passing out pamphlets at the end of the race were nice to me.

P.S. We started after and finished before a good amount of runners. 🙂

And the stats. I think I pressed something when I was loading Oreo into her carriage so after walking for what seemed like a very long time I re-did a jog segment. I think the GPS actually worked today. I got the halfway prompt at about the halfway point and the “Whew! Nice work, you made it!” prompt at about the same place I’d started the loop.

Day 14 stats

Day 13 Reach4Raw marathon training, rest day

We did the Wooftrax Walk for a Dog app today. I can’t seem to get it to work when the Couch to 5K is running, must be operator error (or my new downgraded phone and service, I’m not sure). Oreo had fun, stopping and sniffing along the greenway. Our mayor just announced a huge upgrade to the city’s greenways, they’ll all be connected which will be great, maybe I can run the whole thing to train for marathons. Again video below is sideways; one of these days I’ll figure it out.

Day 13 stats

Day 12 Reach4Raw marathon training

Today was the first day I didn’t really want to train but I did it anyway. And look at that happy face after it was over.

Day 12 face

It was warm, I think about 80 degrees.  Oreo got to ride after the 5-minute warm-up, too hot for my furry girl.

And here are the lying stats. I know I went farther than this, because I went farther than last time, which was 1.96 miles.

Day 12 stats

Day 11 Reach4Raw training, rest day

We walked for about six minutes before Oreo laid down in the grass. Too hot, Mama! The only thing that got her going again were two squirrels racing up and down around a tree. She was on her 30′ leash, working on our recall. It worked about twice, then she got to five feet away from me and dropped to the ground like, “You come to me, human.” Nuh-uh, no treats for that, missy! 😉

I’m still trying to work out my new phone, the GPS worked yesterday but not today. I’m sure it’s operator error.

Oreo helped me TNR two stray cats today, both turned out to be pregnant females, so now they’re spayed, ear tipped, and my neighborhood is saved from possibly 10 homeless kittens. Sad reality of animal rescue. Fix your pets, people! Please!

On a happier note, I think I figured out how to embed video. Below is Day 10.  Below that is Oreo resting.

Oreo resting

Day 10 Reach4Raw marathon training, “Hot enough fo’ ya?”

Quite hot, but I used some tip money from a DogVacay client and bought an a-DORABLE skort and sports bra and yes, I JOGGED IN IT! That’s the new rule, over 50, you can wear whatever the heck you want. Those shirtless guys are just lucky I wasn’t THAT hot… 😉

Video link at the bottom (of Oreo, not me). 🙂

Day 10

Oreo rides when it’s hot

Day 7 Reach4Raw marathon training – Rest Day

So I woke up with a headache, and I have a guest dog here through DogVacay, and I have a lot of editing to do today, and blah blah blah. I did a free run to the park and back, essentially walked a 22-minute mile. I’m a bit concerned that my new phone didn’t track my distance and I had to put it in manually. Hopefully it will work tomorrow when I do an actual training day. Video link is at the bottom of this post.

Oreo and Jack

Day 7 stats

Day 6 Reach4Raw marathon training

Today was the easiest day so far. I thought my phone malfunctioned because the training was over so quickly. Turns out the app worked fine, but my phone did actually die a couple of hours later. Hopefully I can figure out my new phone before tomorrow’s training. Here are the last two pictures I got off my old phone before it kicked the bucket. In fact, Oreo’s sporting her new GPS tracker because her old one fritzed out. Weird. Must be our magnetic personalities freaking out our electronics, ha ha.

Day 6 Oreo's new tracker

Day 6 stats in km

Day 5 of Reach4Raw marathon training, back at it

This is getting easier! Well, getting out of the house is anyway. I’m using the ramp for Oreo to get in and out of the SUV too, we’re both too tired to either lift her or for her to jump in. Tonight I’ve got my smoothie ingredients in the Vitamix in the fridge ready to go in the morning. Oreo and I share bananas before and after the training. The earlier we get out, the cooler it will be.

IMG_4280 Oreo by the fountain

Reach4Raw marathon training
Reach4Raw marathon training

Day 4 of Reach4Raw marathon training, rest day

We had a rest day today so just walked at Oreo’s pace. When she got hot she got a buggy ride for most of the rest of the way. When *I* got hot she had to get out and walk on her own uphill, ha ha. We saw some people with New England Patriots gear on and I knew they were actually from New England because of their lily-white legs. The video came out sideways, not sure why.

Day 4 R4R video

Rest day
Rest day