DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 8.5 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
My fingers were numb within the first 10 minutes that it took us to scurry down the Douglas Fir Trail to the train tracks. Juno lead the way. We crossed the bridge over the Bow River, turned right at Angel’s Cafe, and made our way along the path. Our side of the river was overloaded with geese, who weren’t practicing any sort of social distancing whatsoever. The sun illuminated the misty morning sky, and eventually Juno and I were nice and warm. On the way home, we ran up the road adjacent to Edworthy Park. This was when I really worked up a sweat. At that point, I wished I wasn’t wearing four layers. Juno, I find, is always a bit of a faster runner on the way home. So, we booked it down the declining road from Edworthy all the way home. Great job today Juno! The Scoop: 2 poos, 1 pees.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 7.5 km DURATION: 58 minutes
I felt like today’s big story was the weather. We had a good snowfall last night and today’s run with Juno was quite brisk with the wind . Brrrr! We made it down towards the Douglas Fir Trail and got shelter from the wind. I actually kept visualizing a beach in Hawaii. Juno was in her element and she brightened my mood. She knew there were treats in my pocket so she was pretty content running close to my side. Once we warmed up, we enjoyed the back trails with not a soul in sight. We saw a lone caboose so I guess even trains are social distancing as that train is usually super long. The Scoop: 1 poo and lots of pees. Thanks Juno for warming my heart and body.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #3
DISTANCE: 7.8 km DURATION: 1 hour
The neighbourhood streets were quiet this morning as Juno and I started off our run. Snow lightly landed on our heads, and the world seemed still. The silence broke to the sound of a woodpecker pecking on a tree up above us. Unfortunately, the woodpecker was hidden in the branches of the trees and I couldn’t get a picture of it. It wasn’t too cold out this morning, as Juno and I warmed up quickly. She knew I brought treats again because when ever I reached in any of my pockets she’d sit down, even if I was just grabbing my phone. Great job today girl! The Scoop: 1 pee, 2 poos.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 6.9 km DURATION: 1 hour
Juno was great today. She didn’t lay down at all. She even took the lead when we ran along the path to the train tracks. We created some of the first tracks in the snow on the paths down by the Bow. Then we made our way up the Douglas Fir Trails. We walked up them as they were a bit sketchy with the snow and ice on them. When we were a block away from home, we came across a lost dog, although he didn’t seem very lost. He was walking casually on the sidewalk and came right up to Juno and me. He was just out for a morning stroll I guess. Another person who was outside with their dog, came over to help me help the lost boy. I called the number on the back of his name tag (his name was Hank). While I was talking to the guy on the other end of the line, his wife pulled up in her car. “Yeah, that’s my dog,” she said. Hank remained care-free. The three of us went our separate ways after sharing a laugh. Great job today Juno! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 8 km DURATION: 1 hour 2 minutes
I had the opportunity to reflect on how life has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic during today’s run with lovely Husky Juno. At first, Juno was reluctant to stray far from her home. I think everyone can relate to this feeling in light of coronavirus. Once we were in the fresh brisk air, we just got into our groove. Instead of lots of pets, I offered words of praise. Juno is made for the cold so she just got into the running groove on the secluded river pathways. Not much need for social distancing as there was hardly anyone out. We only saw a person with 2 dogs across the river. We did face a challenges with an icy section that seemed too hard to cross. We mitigated any risk by changing directions. Sound familiar? We also faced an uphill battle with the Edworthy Hill. Just like the world is facing an uphill battle now, we just stuck together and took a deep breath. The run ended with a happy dog, a happy runner and a lot of optimism! The Scoop: 1 poo and several pees. Thanks Juno and family!
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 8.2 km DURATION: 58 minutes
Life lessons with Juno. Juno and I had a great run today. She is always so calm, cool and collected but today she taught me 2 things. First, we were running past a special needs school as one student was entering. He says : “Oh, hi!” To which I smile and respond: “Hello, good morning!” His face turns to a scowl as he says: “I was talking to the dog.” So lesson number one, don’t take things too seriously you’re not even the dog. Lesson 2 from Juno was running past a dog walker with 4 dogs they all start barking and going crazy. Juno doesn’t even look up at them just keeps running. So lesson two: don’t focus on the outside noise, just keep running. Thanks Juno for the run and the wisdom. The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 7.1 km DURATION: 1 hour 2 minutes
This morning I woke up with news that Juno’s regular runner was sick. I think the flu bug is going around. Well, my coffee date got traded for a run with this gorgeous Husky. Both Juno and I share a love for trails so we headed into the Douglas Fir Trail. I think we picked the iciest trail in the city. I gave my Icebug shoes a challenging job and Juno was grasping with her claws. We were so excited to make it to flat ground and snow-covered trails that we picked up the speed for that portion. I also knew that we were not going to tackle that trail in reverse for our journey home. This left us with the big CLIMB up Edworthy. I was glad to have Juno there to motivate me. She gave me a better wake-up call than a cup of coffee. The Scoop: lots of pees, 1 poo.
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 9.0 km DURATION: 58 minutes
Why have coffee in the morning when you can just run 9km with Juno. Oh boy, I sure do feel awake. Even though my quads are sore, my knees are stiff and my calves are shot, my brain is as perky as can be. Juno gave me 110% today, as she zoomed up the hills which made up most of the way to our turnaround point. Today we saw a lot of cops, and a check-stop by a school. Are you serious? Is a check-stop really necessary at 9:20am on a Tuesday in quiet neighbourhood? Anyways, great job today Juno! The Scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.4 km . DURATION: 59 minutes
Today I got to be the substitute teacher. Let me explain... Juno’s regular runner Colton woke up sick so I got to head over to run this gorgeous Husky. It has been awhile so like a substitute teacher situation, Juno was going to test me by sitting and not running. This did not last long as I am a seasoned runner and I had liver treats in my pocket. We did a mix of the Douglas Fir Trail and neighbourhood streets. We also did some bushwhacking at the start so we were both covered in burrs. This meant we spent some time with belly rubs and taking burrs out of Juno's fur. So lovely to see you Juno as well as your mom and fur siblings! The Scoop: 6 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.3 km . DURATION: 58 minutes
Juno and I had a swell run today! We kept up a light jog for most of the time, although we did take a couple of walking breaks. Along the way, we saw so many abandoned shopping carts; some with ragged clothes, and some completely empty. It was absolutely bizarre. We also walked out onto the rocky “beach” on the Bow River, and watched the water rush by. Great job today Juno! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 7.6 km DURATION: 1 hour 1 minute
It was just the best day today. Wonderful weather and a sweet new trail we found to boot. We headed down to the river jogging through the trees and hit the pathway at the bottom heading towards Crowchild. We met a couple dogs along the way including Ruth and Bear! We headed up the Quarry Road pathway next to Shaganappi Golf Course. It was the perfect mix of ups, downs and everything in between. We made it up to the top of the hill with tired dogs and a great day out. Thanks for the day today Juno. The Scoop: 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.8 km . DURATION: 1 hour 6 minutes
Today Juno, Jack, and I tried a new route. We took Juno’s favourite path down the Douglas Fir Trail. We ran along the river and looped back around the Shaganappi Golf course. It was a great time with the dogs running side-by-side for a lot of the run. We had a great day in the cool morning weather. Thanks Juno.
DISTANCE: 9.91 km DURATION: 1:12:45
Today went great! Juno met us just out front of the house and we headed out straight away. We headed to our usual river pathway and enjoyed the sun. We ran into 3 other DGR runners on our way! Lots of dogs out today. We headed up the big hill and it always makes me smile to see Juno chugging along. She follows Jack for the first half of the run, runs next to him in the middle, and up the hill and leads him back to the beginning. They make a great running team. Thanks for the run you two. The Scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.19 km DURATION: 1:02:21
Today was an adventure day. We headed to her favourite trail and when we got to the river, we ran a while before turning onto a new path. We followed it until it brought us to Spruce Cliff Drive and so we did a loop around the neighbourhood and back towards the house. She led for a section of the run and loved being in the trees. The scoop: 2 poos, 5 pees. Thanks for the new route. Looking forward to exploring more.
DISTANCE: 6.76 km DURATION: 1:01:18
Out into the wilds of Wildwood! That's what Juno's agenda called for today. And what a fantastic journey it was -- over roots and rocks; through brush and brambles -- Juno leading the way. The day was hot but there was a stiff breeze blowing through Juno's fur. Still, she took advantage of any opportunity to wade in the water. Our stop at the Bow River near Edworthy was especially delightful as we shared the beach with a crowd of young children and their moms. The kids all wanted to touch Juno's coat. From there, we headed west past Edworthy Park and up the trail to the dog park. Once we were back on the street, Juno picked up the pace and we made good time coming home. A great day for a run with this beautiful girl. The scoop: one poop and five pees for Juno.