DISTANCE: 7.00 km . DURATION: 54:05
Pure Joy! There were so many reasons to be happy on this run with Juno. #1) Juno is such an easy-going gal. I did not need to coax her with treats to get her to run with me into the snowy woods. #2) We ran through Douglas Fir Trail and it was so peaceful out. We were the only souls on this trail. #3) It was downright balmy outside (compared to our recent deep freeze). #4) I have a soft spot for Huskies so spending time with Juno was such a treat! #5) I got to visit with Juno's mom post-run and see the rest of the fur family. I can't believe how big Buck has gotten! The Scoop: 1 poo and 4 pees. Juno did get some post-run treats because she was such a doll!
DISTANCE: 7.09 km . DURATION: 57:32
G-g-g-oood m-m-mor-ning J-ju-no! That was me greeting my neighbour through chattering teeth. Unlike this former sled dog, I am not a huge fan of running in frigid weather. She demonstrated that this was nothing. In fact, she nose-dived into the snow to show that it wasn't that cold at all for her. I wasn't buying it. With frozen fingers, I fished out some treats from my pocket so that we could get moving. This went on for about 15 minutes. But once Juno got some calories in her, she fell into her groove and we hit that steady pace of an Arctic sled dog. With blood pumping, I warmed up and came to realize, (like I always do when I have the pleasure of running a DGR dog; especially ones like lovely Juno) what a pleasure it is to run with a nice run buddy, no matter what the weather! Thanks Juno!! Scoop: two poops and a few pees.
DISTANCE: 5.52 km DURATION: 53:36
Juno and I began our run by picking up the other Juno. I knew this would be a challenge. The more I said "Juno", I think the more that both dogs just assumed it was the other Juno I was referring to, so both dogs ended up ignoring me. Great! Good thing they were both so well-behaved. The dogs ran really well together today, and Husky Juno only laid down one time. The dogs even synced strides and were side by side leading the way. Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot. It was chilly this morning, but I was still sweating. By the end of our adventure, my eyelashes were decorated with frost. I think it's my new look. Juno F.: 1 poo, many pees. Juno N.: 0 poos, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.72 km DURATION: 52:18
Well it's still cold out but you just gotta keep on moving to stay warm! Juno and I headed the opposite direction from the Douglas Fir Trail toward Edworthy Park. There was mist visible from the river as surprisingly, it's still running and not fully frozen... a magnificent view indeed! We haven't gone this direction for a while as there was a long stretch on ice but it's much better now! We adored the beautiful view of downtown as we were running along the river and also a large cargo train went by! There was so much to look at! On the way back, Juno was sniffing and staring into the woods, and then started sprinting... I didn't see anything but maybe there was some animal around... you never know.. Great times today! 1 poop and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.04 km DURATION: 49:27
Juno's mom and I decided the forecast looked a bit better for this afternoon so Juno and I headed out for a later run today. The sun was shining but it still felt crispy cold! We went to our favourite trail and found it very enjoyable. It's shielded so not windy and the stairs sure helped to keep us warm! By the time we climbed up the trail, we were sweating!! Such a good workout! Juno would stop at times and dig the treasures out of the snow! We adored some beautiful ice-covered nature along the way as shown in the pics! Great times as always! 1 poop and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.93 km DURATION: 1:00:44
It was such a beautiful day for a run! We did struggle a bit with energy when on sidewalks, but once we got to the trails we took off!! I'm just like Juno - I like scenic routes much more than just sidewalks! So many fun things to see and discover on trails! We saw squirrels, birds, snow, ice, other pups, and trains!! Such a great time today! Did some great climbs as usual! Thank you Juno for such a great time! 2 poops and 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.90 km DURATION: 58:17
Such a great time with Juno this morning! It was a bit chilly but once we got going up and down those stairs on the Douglas Fir Trail, we got warm pretty fast! It was such a beautiful sunny morning. Juno loves sniffing around the dry bushes on the trail so we stop to enjoy the under the snow discoveries. We did some great climbs today! It was such a great workout! We had an amazing view of downtown and the train going along the river. Even though it was daylight, we saw part of the moon - so pretty! Amazing time today and I can't wait to go again! Scoop: 2 poops and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.31 km . DURATION: 54:2
Juno and I had a great run/walk today. We saw tons of squirrels leaping and scurrying across a canopy of leafless tree branches. We heard a volley of chirps between the birds. We also came across another pack of dogs (the same pack twice actually) whom Juno greeted kindly. For some reason, Juno wanted to lay down a lot today. Only when we weren't running the trail since there's not many good places to lay there. I persuaded her to get up with treats and TLC which did the trick. For the most part, I decided to stick to the trail so more progress could be made. Plus - the terrain gives a killer work out. Good job Juno! 1 poo, 5 pees,
DISTANCE: 5.12 km . DURATION: 55:28
Before we even started running, Juno laid down. Nope, this is not happening today Juno. I pulled out a treat which she gladly stood and perked up for. Alrighty, we were on the move. We started off by going straight down into the forest hillside. I had to hold onto a few branches and then roots at some points but Juno and I were enjoying the terrain. Today, we mostly ran on the Douglas Fir Trails. I would have to say that the section of stairs that is to the left of the two-bench lookout is one of the hardest stairs in Calgary but I love it. Juno loved going on the downhill parts. She would pull just a little bit on the elastic leash that I have, and it would slingshot me down the hill. Great run, great dog, and I think it's gonna be a great day. 1 poo and many, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.26 km . DURATION: 55:29
It was a spectacular run today with Juno. We ventured out onto the Douglas Fir Trails and along the paths by the train tracks. We weren't super fast today because it was challenging enough to keep on our feet as some of the trails and paths were partially if not fully iced over. On one occasion, we had to cross a part of the path that had been flooded and iced over completely. An ice pick and crampons sure would've been handy. On the way back home, we ran up the trail that had lots of stairs. Steep stairs. The best way to make a 6km feel like a 10km, it's by adding stairs to the equation. I was panting more than Juno at this point, and she was loving it. She made it look easy as she dodged roots and fallen branches. Great job Juno! 1 poo, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.25 km DURATION: 54:20
(Runkeeper issues, no map)
This morning when I looked at the weather I thought oh my - it's gonna be a cold one today!! That's what I thought until sweet Juno and I started doing climbs in our fave park!! Halfway through, the path was covered with ice for about half a km so we decided not to take our chances and turned around to go on the opposite trail along the train tracks and it was great! Juno enjoyed sniffing the snow and exploring the new path! Not much wildlife on our way. They must be all hiding from the cold but it was sure nice to enjoy the gorgeous woods, views of the city, the Bow River, and the pretty sky! It was a great way to start a chilly day!!! 1 poop and 4 pees,
DISTANCE: 8.54 km . DURATION: 1:02:27
Here's to a peaceful New Year, and reinforcing healthy habits. Juno started out our first run of the year by accidentally forgetting that jumping up was not appreciated. But I'm happy to report that she quickly changed her outlook and rewarded us both with a peaceful and steady run. We ran through our neighbourhood talking in the blustery day and delicious smells released under melting snow. Juno only paused a few times to sniff and discover so we were able to keep moving for most of our outing. It was a good, cleansing run to start our weekend. And a terrific run to help kick off our healthy New Year. The scoop: only 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.53 km . DURATION: 1:03:00
I made a gratitude list today on my run with Juno. Feeling cluttered and flustered, I was looking forward to an opportunity to breathe deeply and focus only on the path in front of me. Juno is the perfect running partner for that task, and I'm happy to say that she outdid herself. We paused only a few times to sniff and investigate the neighbourhood, but for the most part, we listened only to her toenail clicks on sidewalk, and my rhythmic in and out breath. Our gratitude list included our time together, the good shoes on my feet to keep us moving, the perfectly enticing liver treats in my pocket for Juno's enjoyment, and a good leash to keep us both safe. With thanks, I thought how important a good run is for a clear head, and I know Juno was thinking about a good warm home as she sensed we were wrapping up and instinctively pointed her nose in the right direction. Thanks for a perfectly peaceful and clarifying run, Juno. I'm grateful for that. The scoop: 6 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.57 km DURATION: 52:55
Great run today! Our favourite trail looked so beautiful and it was really fun to go up and down those stairs!! There were so many birds out this morning! We also saw gigantic squirrels on our way!! Juno loves digging in the snow and it's sweet to watch her look around and enjoy nature! There were a few icy areas along the way but we were careful and had no trouble! The river was running fast today. With warm temperatures, it almost feels like Springtime today. Once we got to Edworthy Park from the trails, Juno decided to rest but I bribed her with few treats and we kept on going. Great time today! 1 poop and 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.69 km DURATION: 55:25
Today was a run for sisters, as my sister Carolyn joined me and the Junos. And the Junos are pretty much sisters from other misters. They're very compatible and enjoy each other's company. Sometimes, they like to have a little bit of fun with other. Other times, they are just content to be near each other. I told Carolyn I just wanted to do an easy 7K run, and we ended up running that plus a little more. True to form, there was a little bit of stopping on the first half of our run. And then we fell into this "tight formation" as Carolyn put it; where any one of the four of us could reach out a hand (or paw) and touch someone. I tried to take a picture of this but somehow my angle was all wrong and the only face I caught was Juno F, looking like she was photobombing! Thanks for the great run ladies. It was the perfect way to end my week! Scoop: 1 poop and 4-5 pees.