Monday, February 17, 2014

February Vacation Week 2/17 - 2/23

Monday:  I headed to the Reservoir parking area w/Jimmy.  I had planned on running on my snowshoes for about an hour, but my heart just wasn't in it.  I ran about 1 mile with the snowshoes and 1 with them off.  I hung out in the snow and sunshine with Jimmy.  I made the call this morning to the vet that I've been dreading for a long time.  Jimmy has been a wonderful dog to about three people and aggressive towards everyone else.  After three years of trying everything to socialize him, Gina and I made the really tough decision to put him down.  I talked with the vet at his last check-up about if he could be rehabilitated by someone who would be a better dog owner than us.  She didn't think it was an option.  We just can't risk him hurting anyone - especially Brady and Emma.  I feel like I'm betraying him, but it has to be done.  He always wears a muzzle on all the runs we've done together which always scares other trail users whenever they see him.  Despite how hard it's been owning him, I'm going to really miss him.  His appointment is this Wednesday.  I'm going to try and make his last few days happy ones.

Tuesday:  Didn't run, but I hung out with Greg at his house w/Jimmy and Griffin.  We took the wolves to Horseshoe parking area, and we went snowshoeing.  Great time.

Wednesday:  4 miles on HRT w/Jimmy.  We had a last run together in the early morning then Gina and I took him to the vet.  My heart is very heavy.

Thursday:  4 on HRT.  Very tough run mentally.  I'm still swallowing the loss of Jimmy.

Friday:  3 roads of Hdale.   Legs felt pretty peppy today, and I felt a little better mentally as well.  I enjoyed having decent traction on the roads.  A lot of slush and puddles but they were easy to avoid.

Saturday:  6.  First three were nice and easy on the soft HRT.  The last three were around the school loop at Tempo pace.  Good run.  I wore shorts today.  It was beautiful when the sun came out. 35 degrees during the run, but it warmed up to about 45.  After my run we headed to Stoddard to see the family.  Man they have a lot more snow than us, and we have a lot of snow!

Sunday:  7.  Around downtown Hdale.  I hit Depot hill twice and Stage Rd hill once.  I felt decent today.  Wore shorts again today.  34 degrees.

Weekly Total:  26
2014 YTD:  135

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2/10 to 2/16

Monday:  0.

Tuesday:  3 w/Jimmy on Oxbow Rd at night.  I couldn't start another week with two straight zeroes.  I really wasn't feeling motivated about having to bundle up just to go running.  Despite my February fatigue I enjoyed myself out there tonight.  I'm excited for vacation.

Wednesday:  0.  I had a physical after work.  The new doc said I was in great shape except my feet looked a little beat up!

Thursday:  7 w/ Jimmy on the HRT.  I threw on the snowshoes for the first time this winter.  I really enjoyed this run.  I went out to the outer river loop from the ice fishermen's parking area. We had another snow day.

Friday:  0.  I spent a lot of the day shoveling out from the nor'easter.  On a non-running note, Brady and Emma are three months old today.

Saturday:   0.  My hamstrings are destroyed from shoveling yesterday.

Sunday:  5 w/Jimmy on HRT.  Hamstrings still aching, but I needed to get out and enjoy the sunshine.  I underdressed slightly.

Weekly Total:  15

2014 YTD:  109

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2/3 - 2/9

Monday:  0.  I have a cold.

Tuesday:  0.

Wednesday:  Snow day!  I headed down to the HRT w/Jimmy for 4 easy miles.  Snow was really coming down.  We are in the 8 - 14 inches range according to the weather report.

Thursday:  4 w/Jimmy on Oxbow Rd.  I was miserably tight on this run, especially my upper back.  I tried to stretch well afterwards.  Nice bright, cold day.

Friday:  0.

Saturday:  0.  We took Brady and Emma down to Norton, Ma to meet their new cousin.  This was our first big trip - 2:30 each way.  I didn't run, but I was able to watch the New Balance Grand Prix at Tyson's.

Sunday:  5 w/Jimmy on the HRT.  Beautiful sunshine!  I ran at 12:30 and it was perfect blue skies.  The snow was a little soft even with a steady stream of snowmobiles ripping by.  I ran out to the outer river loop which offered some trail-breaking and solitude.  I love days like this in February!

Weekly Total:  13

Not the greatest week.  Two tears in a bucket!

2014 YTD:  94

Saturday, February 1, 2014

1/27 - 2/2

Monday - Wednesday:  0.

Thursday:  1.5 w/Jimmy after the babies went to sleep for the night.  This is probably going to be the best time for me to run, but I usually have about an hour left in the tank before I go to bed myself.  I'll have to adjust.

Friday:  4 w/Jimmy on Oxbow Rd.  Really slow pace.  I've lost a ton of fitness since early January.

Saturday:  6 w/Jimmy.  Broadbrook Rd in Pisgah.  Jimmy chased a big deer (antlerless buck?) and it crossed the trail about 10 yards in front of me.  The trails were in nice shape for running - not enough snow for snowmobiles but not too icy.

Sunday:  3.5 w/Jimmy on HRT.  Nice warm day.  I overdressed, felt slow, and was generally unmotivated today.  Beautiful day otherwise.  I wish the Superbowl was this afternoon.  I doubt I'll make it to halftime.

Weekly total:  15

Dismal week.

2014 YTD:  81