Saturday, April 18, 2009

1st Annual Earth Day 5K

The 1st Annual Earth Day 5K was this morning. I was worried about my time and pacing for the race because my legs were sore (I ran 7 miles on Thursday afternoon, faster than I should have with a race coming up) and because the temperature was rising quickly. The race didn’t start until 10 AM so there wasn’t much shade along the course. I knew my time would be slower than my last 5K (24:09 a few weeks ago), but I was surprised to find that it wasn’t too bad. I finished in 24 minutes and 49 seconds and was the 3rd woman to finish!

Jason came to cheer for me at the finish line, and brought Safyre with him. I could just see her thinking “OK, now this is the lifestyle I was used to - being the only dog, spending time with my people, going places, getting constant attention.” She probably felt like a princess. I even shared my water with her like I used to, pouring from my water bottle so she could drink.

I felt bad that Abe was home alone, but he just doesn’t behave well in public. He barks non-stop and has no concept of personal space. I love him anyway :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An Easter Getaway

We all went out of town for Easter; we stayed at my brother’s house in Louisa County. We spent time with family (people-family and dog-family), got some exercise, and Jason went turkey hunting for the first time.

My brother has a big fenced in area (not really a yard since most of it is wooded) for Abe and Safyre to play in. It’s the only time Abe gets to be outside without a leash on and he loves it! Safyre only tolerates being at my brother’s house. She’s been left there so many times while I’ve gone away for vacation or travel with previous jobs that she gets a bit paranoid that I won’t come back for a week or even a month.

Abe and Safyre have two doggy-cousins at my brother’s house - his dogs Ayla and Annie. Ayla is older, and has a personality very similar to Safyre’s. Ayla is very intelligent, and has a concerned look on her face most of the time. Annie, on the other hand, is a lot like Abe. Annie is a big goofy dog that doesn’t have a clue what personal space is.

While the doggie cousins were all spending time together, I spent some time at my aunt & uncle’s (Bonnie and Marc) house visiting with family. Another aunt & uncle (Henry & Sue) live on the same street, and my grandparents were down from Pennsylvania, staying with Bonnie & Marc, so I got to visit with them too.

Bonnie and Henry both run, so it was really nice to have their company on a couple of runs. We went out behind the houses on a gravel driveway. The route is much flatter than what I’m used to, and the scenery was beautiful! We saw horses, donkeys, cows, and lots of fields turning a fresh spring green.

Jason had been looking forward to this trip for a long time, so he could go turkey hunting with my brother (also named Jason). The went out in the woods Friday night to see where the turkeys were, slept for a few hours, and then went out in the dark early Saturday morning. They only saw a female turkey and a baby fox, so they couldn’t shoot anything. I think they still had fun :-)

Overall, I think we all had a great weekend!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Long Time, No Writing

Yep, I've been busy. The job change was pretty overwhelming, but I think it's getting a little better now. I stopped blogging, but I did not stop running. I ran a 5K a couple of weeks ago and set a new PR and was the 2nd woman to finish. I have another 5K scheduled for April 18, and a half marathon planned on May 3rd. I ran 11 miles yesterday morning and felt pretty good the whole time.

We all got to spend the afternoon outside today! Abe had to stay in the outdoor kennel because after almost 8 years he still doesn’t know how to not run off. Safyre wandered around, played fetch with a giant stick, carried around the tug rope, and rolled in the grass. Jason and I played baggo for a while, then I washed my car. I know we all enjoyed it