DISTANCE: 8.56 km DURATION: 1:00:15
Happy Sunday Funday, Avi!! I am so glad to see your smiling face again! This happy boy could not contain his excitement for our run today. His happy howls and storytelling as we were heading out the door were a sure sign that today was going to be an excellent run! A different scenery from our last run, we traded in the river for the neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant to Collingwood as well as the beautiful Confederation Park. It was great exploring all the new areas with Avi leading the way! Avi and I zoomed around our loop today; it was the perfect run to kick off my official day one of marathon training. Running with a fun pup like Avi sure makes training that much better! A highlight of our run today was running into a pack of Huskies. This family of three were so excited to see Avi. The tails were going, and the howls echoed through the valley of the park. These instant best friends could have played all afternoon; however, we had some more exploring to do! After saying our goodbyes, we soared around the golf course, I didn't realize how hilly it would be; a great butt workout indeed! Well, thanks for sharing your Sunday with me, Avi. Hope to see you again soon. Happy Holidays! The scoop: 1 poop, ten pees.
DISTANCE: 10.66 km . DURATION: 1:13:33
Hello darling Avi! We both are in a running mood today so let's hit the road. We wove our way through Confederation Park and crossed bridges whenever we could. There were only 2 other dogs and their owners out and about, so we ruled the park. On the way home, I took a new route and got lost in the moment. When I pulled up Google maps, it showed we were running away from Avi's home instead of towards it. I even forgot to resume Runkeeper so you will see a break in the map (our total distance was closer to 11.5K). No worries as Avi is like the Energizer Bunny and I have come to realize I am more of an endurance athlete. More time with Avi is always a gift! The scoop: 2 poops and 6 pees. Only one more run with me and Avi in 2018. Thanks again for the post-run snuggle!
DISTANCE: 8.31 km . DURATION: 59:35
Avi gave me his Husky howl greeting this morning so I knew he was a keener! That makes one of us! I have started a weight training regimen so it was really nice having Avi be the motivated one. I love how he gets spurts of speed. He was also really keen on stopping at any yellow mounds of snow to add his signature to them (if you know what I mean). Confederation Park looked so pretty this morning and I saw one x-country skier out with her dog. I wonder if Avi would like to run if I put on skis? The scoop: 1 poop and 7-8 pees at last count. Thanks again Avi for your enthusiasm!
DISTANCE: 9.27 km DURATION: 1:03:56
I thought a creative photo and route were in order for today's morning run with Avi. It is easy to the get the mid-week blues so changing things up and running with this amazing athlete is a real boost. We still went into Confederation Park but took some new twists and turns in the area. Avi got some time to play in the snow and sniff and still got in 9K. On the way home, we met a lady who lost her newest family member. If you see a small white dog with a pink jacket on in this area, she lives across the street from Avi. We hope she makes her way home. The Scoop: 1 poo and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.58 km DURATION: 1:00:37
I think it's appropriate to mention that I found out Avi's full name is actually Avalanche after we barrelled down a hill like one on our way to Prince's Island Park. It was pretty empty there so I had to make things a bit more exciting by running through some trails near the Bow. Of course, we stopped a couple of times so Avi could get a drink. He's an absolutely lovely boy and I'm glad I could make it at least a little interesting for him. It was hills all the way back (yay!) and then some easy paced slightly inclined running through the streets. I got the impression he could go very fast if he wanted to, but thanks for taking it easy on me for the first one Avi! The Scoop: 1 poop, several pees.
DISTANCE: 9.28 km DURATION: 1:05:46
My morning run with Avi started with him howling at me like a werewolf. Actually, he gave me a lovely Husky howl to the moon as he was so excited to run. Okay, my sweet pumpkin, let's go to the graveyard as it is Halloween after all. Avi had some great energy today and I wish I could have run a bit faster for him but I have had some hip issues. Yup, old bones! we just went for distance and Avi definitely earned a post-run treat. The scoop: 1 poo and a bazillion pees. I hope you enjoy Fright Night Avi!
DISTANCE: 8.12 km DURATION: 56:48
Good Morning Avi! Today's theme seemed to be cats. First, we brought along prospective runner Kat for her interview run with DGR. Second, we saw an orange tabby cat at the beginning of our run. Avi was interested in the kitty but its fur was on end and its back arched so we continued our journey to Confederation Park. The morning was quite warm from the get go. There were a couple of boys in shorts out running for their x-country team. We continued for some quiet time in the cemetery at a steady pace. The run went pretty quickly as there was lots to tell Kat about running dogs. In the end, it looks like Kat will not be able to swing running dogs with us but it was nice meeting her. The scoop: 1 poop and 2-3 pees. Thanks Avi for being a role model DGR dog!
Runners: Ruth and Kat
DISTANCE: 9.02 km DURATION: 1:00:55
Hello, Avi! What a different climate today compared to last Wednesday's snowstorm!
As we headed towards Confederation Park, there were lots of signs indicating that Halloween is around the corner. I could tell that Avi is not a big fan of Halloween decor as she seemed a bit unnerved by skeletons and Halloween inflatables. She also seems a bit afraid of the dark as her speed always picks up when we go through the dark tunnels in Confed Park that link the green spaces. However, Avi and I both enjoyed our trip through Queen's Park Cemetery. It was really peaceful and we saw some cool headstones including one with a classic car and the mountains. I totally agree with Avi's assessment of what is spooky! We had fun running through crunchy fall leaves and probably would have gone even faster if I had worn by running shoes versus my weight trainers from my morning TRX class. Thanks again Avi for the Wednesday run! The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.13 km DURATION: 1:10:48
It definitely feels like winter when you are running a Husky and passing mini igloos and snowmen. This is the first time I have run Avi from his new home and I was so excited to take him through Confederation Park. There was hardly a soul out and it was so peaceful. He was really enjoying the snow and seemed so in his element. This is definitely Avi's season. Mid-way through our run, I received a phone call that I was suppose to be teaching a Spin class. Well, we picked up the pace to get back but it was not meant to be. Avi came to my rescue and reminded me to let go and just enjoy the moment with him. The scoop: 1 poo and 5-6 pees. Thanks Avi for the great morning workout and the big smiles!
DISTANCE: 7.38 km DURATION: 1:09:49
Well, I for one am not prepared for this kind of snow this early in the season, but Avi sure was! It was like he was in a dream; jumping and rolling around in the snow on our run this morning. It was definitely slippery on the sidewalks so I was head down watching my step avidly. However, something Avi and I weren’t expecting was the amount of snow that would fall from the trees. So while we were running, we would get pelted by a flying snowball. Both of us finished that run quite snowy but the sun was out and it was actually pretty hilarious. The scoop: more than 10 pees and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.68 km DURATION: 1:03:11
There are many things I learned about Avi today on my first run with him. #1) He has the best welcome howl. #2) He loves squirrels not birds. #3) He doesn’t like pedestrian underpasses. Here are the things I learned about myself: 1) I need new running shoes and 2) I am a sucker for Avi’s big blue eyes. Overall, I had a great run with Avi and we only got lost a handful of times. Looking forward to more runs with this stud! The scoop: more than 10 pees and 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.55 km DURATION: 1:00:00
Good morning, Avi! Can you believe all these other people out running? They should be sleeping! I thought we were the only crazy ones. Guess it seems like we are surrounded by lots of crazy people just like us! Early birds catching the worm! Avi and I set out on our usual path along the river, it was warmer than average today, but Avi didn't seem fazed by it at all. As we are running, Avi is usually in charge of his route, and then all of a sudden, he would come to these screeching halts, I could never figure out why! It turns out, Avi is just a huge fan of Prince's Island Park. Each time I try and go by it he insists on going through, and once we crossed over the bridge, he explodes with excitement, kicking himself into high gear, bouncing around all over the place. Finally, it dawned on me; he loves to run around and chase all the geese. So in we went with Avi leading the way, sprinting around like a maniac with a grin from ear to ear. We zoomed around through the park and out over the other side onto Memorial Drive. Once we are in the westerly direction, this is when Avi realizes we are heading back home and away he goes, the home stretch, horse to the barn mentality, it's go time! A couple of speed demons! LOL Thank you for the excitement this morning, and getting me out of bed! Hope to see you soon, buddy! The scoop: 11 pees. 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 8.56 km DURATION: 1:03:30
Good morning, my speedy Avi! Are you ready for our morning run!? I'll take the howling as a YES, let's go!!! Avi was extremely quick out of the gate this morning; so happy and full of energy I could not help but run with a giant grin on my face. I completely forgot that it wasn't even 6 in the morning yet; his excitement was too contagious. Although, Avi makes me laugh; his mom said it right, in his older age he makes the rules! We were running near Centre Street, and that is where he decided to come to a complete stop and not go any further. I got the "this is my run, I make the rules" face, Avi wasn't budging at all. He was the boss so around we turned and back over the bridge and towards his house we went! I must admit, I love his sass. Avi's way or the highway! With his stubbornness and all, he is such a great boy! Thank you for getting me up and out of bed so early today, this early rise was worth it! See you again Thursday. The scoop: 1 poop, seven pees.
DISTANCE: 8.89 km DURATION: 1:03:59
Good Morning, Avi!! Holy smokes, you sure are one cute boy!! Avi didn't waste any time getting to know me; he blew out the door on a mission. We headed straight for the pathway along the river and joined the various people on their commute to work. I think Avi has run this route a time or two before...he knew exactly where he wanted to go! We set a solid pace and stopped at every potential pee spot. The options were endless! This guy is a great training companion. He had my heart rate all over the place. He would go from a nice brisk jog to the full out sprint with the drop of a hat. Kicked my butt into gear this morning, thanks, Avi! This fuzzy boy made this dreary morning in the rain very enjoyable. What a way to start off our Thursday. Thank you for the fun, Avi! I hope to see you again soon! The scoop: 1 poop, eight pees.
DISTANCE: 9.04 km DURATION: 59:46
Good Morning Avi. It is 6 a.m. which is right around when I normally teach Spin or TRX and you live so close to the gym where I teach that this feels normal to run with you this early. It was overcast and a cool start to the day so perfect running conditions for a Husky like Avi. I have felt like my speed has begun to wane so it was nice to have Avi lead me on a couple of sprints along the Bow Pathway. She has a competitive spirit so sometimes she like to catch up and pass other runners on the pathway. She did come to a dead stop twice on our run and I realized she wanted a quick dip in the water. Once she was cooled off, we got off the pathway to go on an art tour of Kensington. It is one of my favourite Calgary hoods with all of its eclectic murals, benches, phone booths and even painted pavement. The scoop: 10 pees at last count and 1 poo. Thanks for the speedwork and colourful run Avi!