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!
DISTANCE: 8.45 km DURATION: 1:00:59
Not a speck of snow left in Calgary, yet today I ran across an Avalanche! What an amazing run we had and luckily it was early so we got to beat the heat. Avi was very well behaved and at my side all the way to Eau Claire. When we got there, he looked at me with those beautiful eyes that said “I need to cool down!” So we went for a little dip in the pond. That sprung a second wind of energy and we were off again at a sprint! It was so fun racing along with this guy. We had a few more water stops along the way until Avi decided it was time to go home. I really enjoyed meeting this guy and I hope to see him again soon. I think my Luna would love you! One poop, many pees.
DISTANCE: 10.09 km DURATION: 57:04
Good morning Avi! It is so nice to get your Husky howl greeting that signals your enthusiasm for running. I always look forward to running with Avi because he is a true Urban Athlete. He lives in Kensington and we always get to weave in and out of trendy streets with eclectic art and gorgeous murals so the photo ops are great! He is also close to the Bow River Pathway. We can hop on pretty quickly and he can show me his inner athlete. The geese and squirrels were out in full force so that led to a couple of full out sprints with Avi. We also got to run on grass and some was even green. I was excited about this new development but Avi still was happy that there was some snow to eat and cool off in. On the way home, we stopped by Urban Athlete where I teach Spin and TRX. We only had time for a quick photo today but I will introduce you to some of my fellow instructors and dog lovers another day. The scoop: 1 poo and 2 pees. Thanks for the urban tour and great workout!
DISTANCE: 10.62 km DURATION: 1:02:36
It felt great to be awake nice and early for a 6AM run with Avi. I used to start work everyday at 6 and haven't had a good enough excuse since October to be up that early. The air was cool and calm, and only the keeners were up and moving. They were either doing their early morning dog walk, getting a jog in before work, or commuting by bicycle. Even though we ran through one of the busier parts of Calgary, it was still very peaceful. This time we headed east on the Bow River Pathway. Unfortunately, I realized a short ways into our run that I had eaten too much for breakfast before leaving home so was cramping up a fair bit at the start. Avi didn’t seem quite as energetic at the start either. He wasn’t pulling me along like on our last run. However, whenever we would run past a group of noisy birds, I would feel Avi dart ahead and start to pull me as if he thought we might catch one! At the turn-around point, we both picked up our pace for the trek home; my metabolism had kicked into gear, and Avi knew he was headed home to see mom! We didn't set as good a pace as last time but still managed to cover a lot of ground! Thanks for starting my day off on a high note Avi! The scoop: 4 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 10.14 km DURATION: 58:54
Hey there Avi! I was super excited to get the chance to take this Husky X out again. Last time I ran him, our time was cut a little short so I wanted to see just how far we could get in a full hour. Avi did not disappoint, as boy did we have a quick and long run this morning. We weren’t the only runners out this morning as the Bow River Pathway was packed from a running race as well as lots of other joggers and bikers. This meant Avi and I had some very quick people running alongside us to keep our pace up. Avi and I also worked as a mini cheer squad for the racers, and this cute pup put smiles on lots of people's faces this morning. We looped up and down the Calgary Curling Club stairs so quickly that my lungs were burning. We bumped into fellow quick runners Nell and Paige before we headed home. Thanks for the awesome run Avi! The scoop: 1 poo and lots of pees.
DISTANCE: 11.91 km DURATION: 1:06:30
After another fresh snowfall, I was excited to have a fresh new running partner this morning; A beautiful Husky named Avi! I hear this guy can run and will want to pull me along like a sled dog! Time to go for a new running record and try a new route along the Bow River down to Edworthy Park and back. I had only ever cycled this section of the path before. The north side of the river had been plowed but there was still a layer of snow and slush to contend with. My feet were bound to get wet today! Good thing, it was warming up by the minute! After crossing the river, we came to a sign that said the path was closed due to uneven conditions. The gate was open, however, and I could see fresh bike tracks and footprints so we took our chances! I assumed a Husky named after an Avalanche would love some fresh snow to trek through! I also preferred running through the snow. It was a bit uneven but still better than running through puddles and ice! The run down to Edworthy was slightly further than expected so Avi and I picked up the pace on our way home. Thanks for being an awesome running partner Avi! I hope to see you again soon! The scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.74 km DURATION: 44:14
Oh, hey there Avi! This was my first time ever running this sweet little Husky mix and I to have to say he now has me wrapped around his finger. Avi and I had a limited time for our run today. This meant we had to make the best out of our time together, so we went quick. You could say we were almost going as fast as an avalanche! He kept me going with his infectious smile, even through tough bits like those stairs by the Calgary Curling Club. We were also super lucky with the weather we got. The sun was shining, the skies were blue and there was pretty minimal wind. The only real negative part of this run was how wet and mucky me and Avi both were by the end of the run. So after having a pretty busy and stressful day, running this sweet boy was a perfect way to unwind and we both had a pretty good endorphin rush going at the end of our run. The scoop: one poo and many pees.
DISTANCE: 10.15 km DURATION: 59:12
Shhh. Nobody tell my husband, but I just fell in love with a new guy! His name is Avi. He's smart, polite, athletic, and has these piercing blue eyes. All kidding aside, this was Avi's first full run with DGR and I truly was so impressed. Ruth told me what a great dog he was, and she was right. I established a friendly bond right away with a 'sit' command and a treat. And then we were off. It was a quicker paced run, with the occasional sniff/marking break. But those breaks were matched in number with these surges of energy that Avi would have. (Fitting, seeing as how Avi is short for Avalanche.) Overall, we went a great distance, in a very respectable time. My favourite picture today sums up our run. We were urban explorers, which might be a little true for Avi, as he's been living in the mountains until recently. And we definitely made a new friend in each other today. It was a pleasure meeting you today Avi. I can't wait to run with you again. Scoop: one poop and 4-5 pees.
DISTANCE: 6:01 km DURATION: 35:09
Meet DGR's latest athlete, Avi which is short for Avalanche. Avi is a Siberian Husky who spends time in Canmore as well as Calgary. Here are my first impressions: Avi is a perfect fit for DGR as he loves to run and is a clearly an athlete. We headed down the river pathway and he was really polite with all the dogs we met. He was also keen to take first place among all the Sunday joggers so we went past several runners. We went from smooth and steady to Husky speed when his competitive spirit kicked in. At our turn around point, he received lots of compliments on how gorgeous he is. Yes, look at those piercing blue eyes (that match the colour of the sky). We also took a few moments to play in the snow and in true Husky form, Avi swirled and twirled and buried his face. He also clearly loves winter and the snow! We look forward to more runs with this sweet boy and I think he is looking forward to it as well. The scoop: 1 poop and 5-6 pees. Avi, you sure make a good first impression!