DISTANCE: 8.01 km. DURATION: 54:05
What a gorgeous day! Kahlua and I were off. She took the lead today, and we both took great advantage of this warm day. I had my standard three layers on, and I was sweating up a storm. Kahlua seemed to be just as warm as I was as she wasn't slowing down due to cold paws. Nevertheless, we stuck to drier sidewalks when we had the choice. Today, we came into close quarters with another dog but aside from a few barks from Kahlua, she surprisingly didn't go bananas. What a good girl! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 6.66 km . DURATION: 52:52
Many layers has been a necessity for the past few weeks here in the city of frozen faces. I came equipped for my run with Kahlua today wearing three. Luckily, today felt warmer. The sun rays were able to drip down through the cold atmosphere because there was not a cloud in the sky stopping them. Kahlua and I were moving steady for about 35 minutes, but by that time Kahlua's paws were icing up. I decided that we would walk the rest of our journey, aiming for dryer sidewalks. When we were done, I made sure to defrost Kahlua's paws with the towel by the door. Good job, tough girl! 0 poos, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.24 km DURATION: 58:21
A first great run with this lovely dog, Kahlua! A very brisk and slightly snowy afternoon didn’t stop us from having a good run and a good time. The only other doggie we crossed paths with was with a fellow Dog Gone Runner! We had a nice leisurely pace at the beginning, and then the last half of the run Kahlua picked up speed towards home. All in all, it was a great run! The Scoop: 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.33 km DURATION: 53:40
Hello Kahlua! It was wonderful to meet you today! Between you and me, I’ve got a real soft spot for Labs and you are such a gem. Kahlua was super excited to show off a purple stuffy unicorn when I arrived today (I hope it was yours Kahlua!) She was very playful and kept backing away with her stuffy every time I tried to put her harness on. I was a little worried about being cold on our run today but HOLY MOLY, it was beautiful in the sunshine. We explored one of my favourite neighbourhoods in all of Calgary (Mount Royal), admiring all the beautiful homes. We took the Glencoe stairs down to a single track pathway, discovered the steepest tobogganing hill ever, and did some unexpected bushwhacking. Towards the end of our run, Kahlua was more interested in walking so we brought in the last km walking in the sunshine. Have a great nap this afternoon you lovely Lab!
DISTANCE: 3.29 km DURATION: 39:17
This polar vortex is next level, hey Kahlua?! We had our sights set on doing two 20 minute laps, but we barely made it 10 minutes before Kahlua's poor paws started freezing up. A quick fix was to put her cold paws into my gloves to heat them up as quickly as possible. After that instance, our strategy came to doing one lap around the block then coming in to warm up for a few minutes -- one lap, warm up, one lap, warm up, repeat, repeat! We did this about six times until on our last lap, Kahlua was so cold I had to carry her a bit of the way home. Besides the weather being totally bonkers, Kahlua was in great spirits and she was extra cuddly during our "warm up" periods. I definitely owe Kahlua extra treats next time for her brave and cheery spirit she had today! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 7.36 km DURATION: 59:09
Today was my first meet with Kahlua, and what a wonderful soul this pup has. She is so easy to run, has a relaxed attitude, and is totally comfortable in the cold weather. The only small problem we had was the ice under the snow on the paths. We had to take it easy because I was slipping all over the place. Thankfully, Kahlua doesn’t pull at all, so we had no wipe-outs, except when I decided to run where there was no sidewalk, but that one is on me. We checked out the geese on the river. I assume they decided not to go south, it seems late for them to be here. Today was a very enjoyable outing, I am glad I got to run this fantastic dog, I hope I will be able to sub again. 1 poop, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.06 km DURATION: 51:57
Although my body is in a lot of pain today, this sweet lady helped me push through it. Kahlua and I maintained our pace as usual, and we conquered the slippery sidewalks with ease. Our last kilometre was a little bit challenging as we just ran around the block. Kahlua knew she was close to home, and was going to just walk it out, but nothing motivates Kahlua more than squirrels. Once she lays her eyes on just one of those cute little rodents, she gets a boost of energy from deep inside her soul. Lucky for them she's on a leash, but they still scurry up trees in terror. Good job today Kahlua! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.79 km DURATION: 59:35
Kahlua and I had a bad case of the Mondays today. Luckily, a good run could take care of that! It was a chilly one, so warming up was crucial to get us going. Our normal hilly climb was just what we needed to lift our feet and our spirits. I took Kahlua on a different route today, which included the Bow River pathway. She was ecstatic to see a bunch of other runners and walkers. One thing I noticed that she was cautious about were the underpasses. She's not quite comfortable with the echoing sound of cars yet, but like anything, it just takes some getting used to. I'm super impressed with her ability to be around other dogs. Kahlua may not prefer to be around them, but she sure is working hard to be patient and not react to every furry critter she sees. #GreatJobGirl. Towards the end I wanted to take a few photos of Kahlua, but she was more focused on the run than on the pup-arazzi. I can't help it that she's such a photogenic dog! Have a great week, girl! xx The scoop: 0 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.05 km . DURATION: 1:00:57
Kahlua and I had a great Friday run today! The weather was warming up and so were our spirits. We decided that running to Stampede Park would be a fun little adventure (just to check things out). Boy, is the atmosphere there A LOT different in peak winter. #NoCornDogs We avoided the mucky hilly areas and stuck to the pathways that we knew best, making sure to hit up the most photogenic spots in the city. When Kahlua started to peter out, I took her through a park where I knew there would be a lot of excitement (aka - squirrels and bunnies). She perked right up! Kahlua did a great job though, not once did she lunge or bark at the little critters... but I know those squirrels looked like they wanted to be chased around the tree. What a great start to the weekend!! The scoop: 1 poo, 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 8.08 km . DURATION: 52:05
I love running with Kahlua, and Ice Bug running shoes (I was not slipping today, no sir). Today we did a big loop around the community with lots of up and down hills. The weather we were running in was that of the inside of a shaken up snow-globe. Snowflakes showered on us by the plenty, but Kahlua was loving it. She expressed her joy with her signature smile as we ran. She made me realize that we should appreciate these days, although this snowy weather is cold and bad for driving, it sure is beautiful and special in a way. Whether it makes you want to get all cozy, curl up in bed with a warm mug of cocoa and watch a movie, or go outside and make a snowman or ski. Days like these have some kind of special magic that sometimes we forget about. Thank you Kahlua. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.08 km . DURATION: 51:16
Good afternoon Kahlua! She greeted me with welcoming barks as I walked to the door and with big smiles when I walked in. Today, we just took it easy like The Eagles' song and enjoyed the warmth from the rollercoaster that is Calgary weather. One day - you can't feel your face because it's so cold, and the next day - you have to de-layer to avoid heat-stroke because you overdressed. If you are experiencing headaches, stress, or just bad vibes in general from this crazy season/city then running dogs is right for you. Recommended by 9/10 doctors (the other doctor is more of a cat person). Kahlua wanted me to capture all her angles at the stairs. So we had ourselves a nice little photoshoot there. 2 poops, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.36 km DURATION: 1:12:57
Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be... Kahlua was in no hurry, you see, Que sera sera😊! This was my first time out with this cutie pie and she changed my whole entire day in the best way!😁 I was also glad that she knew where she was going because I didn’t have a clue and on a day like today I wasn’t really in the mood to get lost. When we got to the river I saw this runner with a pooch so focused (unlike us😆). It was Ruth out and about! Kahlua was a little vocal so I yelled a quick hello and we went in the opposite direction. We did a quick loop (not really) and back up the hill home. It was really nice to meet you Kahlua. Thanks for finding my smile! 2 poops and several pees today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 7 km . DURATION: 1 hour
It was a tab bit chilly this afternoon. The tree branches wore a thin coats of crystallized snow, and shone brightly even without the sun shining in the sky. The sidewalks today were super slippery, so I had to granny shuffle down some of the hills. Kahlua and I ran for most of our journey. She wanted to walk the last kilometre so we did. On today's run, my Runkeeper app was having an episode. It paused the run in my pocket twice, which affected our time and distance. We ran 7km total which shows on the map, but not on the distance tracker. I had to hold my phone in my hand for the rest of the run, and it didn't have any more issues. 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.50 km . DURATION: 1:01:11
It was beautiful Monday run for Kahlua and me (which ended up with me shedding multiple layers as we went along). With all the snow and ice melting, Kahlua liked to sniff along the sidewalks -- she has a strong liking to shrubs and long grass! It was a tad icy for us in spots though, so we often had to get creative and navigate to the paths less traveled. I've noticed that Kahlua now has a signal for me when she's getting tired or wants to slow down...she will run closer to my heel (almost with her head touching the back of my leg) and constantly look up at me. Almost like she's saying "OK, I've worked hard enough, where's my treat?!" We took more walking breaks today and I made sure to reward Kahlua for being a great running companion. We are both looking forward to when the weather will be even nicer (wishful thinking!) See you later this week, K! The scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.21 km . DURATION: 58:50
TGIF, Kahlua! Thank goodness the weather smartened up for us, too. There is never a time I don't smile when I see Kahlua waiting patiently at the door when I arrive -- I think we have a mutual excitement every time we have a run together. Not only was it great weather for us, but also great scenery. We hit the river pathway at full speed and took in the fresh air and everything nature had to offer. Kahlua was Speedy Gonzales today, especially when it came to the hills. She must've been working hard for her dinner. Kahlua is also getting more confident around smaller dogs. We no longer have to divert onto a different path when we encounter small pooches. We just stick close together and keep our pace. Those are the two most important things! We aren't quite there yet when larger pups come around, so when we see one, we usually change up our route to avoid any confrontation. I love seeing Kahlua's progressions as much as I love spending time with her. Have a great weekend, girl, & see you next time! xx