DGR RUN OF THE DAY #2
DISTANCE: 10.3 km DURATION: 1 hour 13 minutes
Today, Lucy and I switched places, freaky Friday style, and she took me for a run instead of the other way around! My heart and legs were there but my head was not, but Lucy had a plan and that plan was to run along some new residential streets and then finish up in our park! Good plan Lucy! The change of scenery was a treat for both of us, and she enjoyed the dry paths with easy snow access. She set a nice steady pace with lots of stops to roll in snow and take in the warm sunshine. She also saw lots of other dogs but they were a little loud and jumpy so we stayed on our side of the street. She loved prancing by them though! I think she’s feeling a lot better! If was warmer but we were able to keep a pretty steady pace and effort right to the end. And then of course, once inside she zoomed around like she hadn’t had a walk in ages! So funny! Thanks for taking care of me Lucy! I hope you enjoyed our meandering route!
DGR RUN OF THE DAY #1
DISTANCE: 10. 6 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Today Lucy has a public service announcement. Last year she tried to gain control of the park by trying to pull a stick (aka small chewed off tree) from the ground. That unfortunately failed so today she says Vote Lucy! She has a great foreign policy - all dogs might be friends so they all should get a chance, but small dogs should be kept on leashes at all times as a preventative measure. Everyone is allowed in the park provided they pet her and tell her how good she is. Her economic policy is a little tight - there's a pretty steep stick tax that might not be popular with the other dogs. She believes in equal opportunity pets. A vote for Lucy is probably a better vote than anyone else! (Jk) All jokes aside, she had a great day! The weather was perfect, the new scenery was interesting and kept her moving, and we had to stop for a few lights which meant belly rub time! She got a little warm by the end so I turned her fan on low for her and made sure she had a drink of water before I left. It was another great hour, thanks Lucy! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
There were some spooky sightings this week that makes us realize that Halloween is around the corner. Check out our pups and all the pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons!
DGR RUN OF THE DAY
DISTANCE: 9.1 km DURATION: 1 hour 21 minutes
Happy Labour Day Monday Lucy🐾. Let’s kick-off September with some fun and a run. The happiest gal in all of Calgary was excited to see me, as I was her too. I can not believe how long you and I have been running together. I still had you at 5 years old. I was shocked when your Mom refreshed my memory. All I can say Lucy, is that we are like really good wine as we just keep getting better with age😘. I am so thrilled to have you as my running partner. The Scoop: 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Today Lucy and I were in a constant game of 'mouse hunt or poop'. It's always a race to see if I can spot what she's sniffing or before she does and I'm pleased to say that it was a tie! 😂 Luckily, she's a good girl and didn't eat anything. We enjoyed as many of the trails as Confluence Park had to offer, and were lucky enough to find a new one! By the time we found it though, we were almost done and Lucy was pretty tired so we headed home for some park belly rubs and house snuggles. It was a great hour, and I know she had fun because we was more than ready for her nap! Thanks for the awesome hour Lucy! I'll miss you this month! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9 km DURATION: 1 hour 9 minutes
Today Lucy and I had a beautiful, peaceful run where it was mostly a mental break for both of us. Everyone we came across was happy and friendly. The pace was easy, and the weather was perfect. It was quite an entertaining run for Lucy though! We saw a doe and fawn, came right up to a hawk sitting on a fence, saw two guys on a walk with a cat and squirrel, and saw a Bernadoodle! Needless to say, once we got home Lucy was more than ready for her nap! I hope she had a great time today! Thanks for the run Lucy! The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 9.05 kmDURATION: 1 hour 6 minutes
Today was perfect Lucy running weather! We went out pretty quickly and had our usual 10km pace for the first half hour before Lucy started tuckering out. We went to check out the new deck at the Country Hills' pond and we both agreed that it was worth the wait! We then ran along a nice mix of park and residential paths and checked out a few other neighbourhood that we hadn't been in for a while. Lucy's highlights were the cooler weather, coming across a while flock of prairie chickens, and rolling around in the grass! My highlights were seeing her get her endurance back, her constant smiles, and her happy little grunts and sounds she makes when she rolls around in the grass! We kept it under 10km (end distance 9.05km) because she's not quite there yet, and ended our run with the usual pets and treats. All in all, a great run! Thanks Lucy! The Scoop: 1 pee, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 9 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 minutes
Today Lucy and I had perfect running weather, so I decided to push our distance a little bit to get her fitness back up. We headed over to Beddington and Sandstone Valley to enjoy those paths as a way to break up our usual loop and stay fairly flat. Lucy likes exploring new places as she’s quite snoopy and likes looking into everyone’s yards We made some route adjustments as the paths we wanted are also off-leash zones and we came across a giant pack of dogs of all shapes and sizes. That’s ok though, that just meant more yard snooping! We had some shady grass breaks so that she could cool off and catch her breath, but for the most part we just enjoyed the run! I look forward to the cooler running weather, and I think she does too! Thanks for the 9K Lucy! The Scoop:: 1 pee, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.57 km DURATION: 1:01:42
Today, Lucy and I were able to stretch our legs and enjoy a run together. We kept it pretty easy again, partly because neither of us are in shape to do our usual ten, and partly because it was pretty hot out and until I know for sure there's no blue green algae in the creek, I don't want to risk her swimming. She was disappointed, but seemed to like getting a good long run in. We met a 17!!! year-old Golden which was really exciting! He was just trucking along like a dog half his age! We ended our run with lots of water and pets, and I think she was asleep before I even locked the door 😂 thanks for the run Lucy! The Scoop: 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.01 km DURATION: 1:32:18
Today Lucy looked like she was ready to do our usual 10km! I however, was not, so we compromised. We go as fast as I can until we hit 8km and then see how we both feel. We headed into the park to get some trail 'running' in while it's still dry, and Lucy loved the slower pace because it meant she was able to sniff more things! We ran a little bit, but mostly just power walked. We enjoyed what turned out to be a gorgeous morning, and even got a little hot out there! Two big exciting things happened today: 1) Lucy found a GREAT stick but it was too big and awkward for her to carry so she had to leave it, and 2) we ran into a herd of deer! They were right beside the path in some bushes and neither of us saw them until one jumped up and ran away! The other one was more curious and stayed around watching us before jumping off as well. It felt like like we were in a Disney movie! We hit 8km near home and by this point it had been an hour and a half and she was pretty hot, so we went inside and had lots of water and pets. Thanks for taking it easy on me Lucy! Be ready to run on Wednesday! 2 pees, 1 poop.
DIStANCE: 7.7 km DURATION: 1 hour 8 . minutes
Happy Friday, Wiggly Bum. And greetings to you too Sebastian. Long time, no see. Miss L today is a great day for ducks....and doggies too. We all could use a good watering once in awhile. Since we are on the water theme, let's do the pond route. We had a lovely light run today. I think Lucy was getting tired at the end because she let me lead for the last 15 minutes. She had a very healthy sized poop today. Rest well, Laura is back and she will be ready to work out with you. Xo Xo Aunty M.
DISTANCE: 9 km DURATION: 1 hour 23 minutes
Well well, look who is back!!! The happiest canine in Calgary.........Lucy🐾. I was so excited to have my Wednesday start with this ray of sunshine. Lucy was pretty persistent that her red fish had to come for some Vitamin D & exercise 🤣. It was warm for Miss L so we had several walk breaks and grass rolls. So glad you are back. The Scoop: 2 pees, 1 poo.
DISTANCE: 8.01 km DURATION: 1:01:53
Today I got to see Lucy again! I've missed this girl! She must have had a GREAT summer because she was the definition of fast and happy! We took it easy today so that she can start getting back into endurance running, and boy did she need it! There were lots of walking breaks and pet breaks, and by the end of it, she was puffed out Her holidays are definitely over, back to work Lucy! She seemed to really enjoy running again, and had to check out all the usual haunts. We even found a word with Lucy! Wherever she goes, she brings the sparkle! I had a great time seeing her again, and I hope she had a great time seeing me! Thanks for the run Lucy! 2 poops and 1 pee.
DISTANCE: 10.01 km DURATION: 1:13:37
Today was my last run with Lucy, and while I was sad, Lucy was just happy to be out and running as usual! So a usual run it was! We headed off to the creek so that Lucy could take lots of breaks to cool off, and enjoyed both Confluence Park and a few kms in Harvest Hills. We pretty much had the whole park to ourselves so we also went on lots more trails than usual. Lucy loved swimming and really loved staring down (and chasing) all the birds that popped out of the grass! My favourite part (aside from the entire run) was when we found a new little stretch of trail through a patch of wildflowers. Most of our time was spent running, and Lucy was happy to keep a pretty slow steady pace either right beside me or just in front. I call these runs 'Life Behind Lucy' because all I see is her leading me around. Once we got into Harvest Hills, we happened upon our last Word With Lucy - Yahoo! I had to laugh because it is a very fitting word. First because I didn't think we'd find a word, second because Stampede is coming up, and third because it seemed like every time I picked Lucy up, we both had the same though - yahoo! It's run time! Once we got close to 10K, we went to the park by her house so that she could roll around in the grass and sniff around the playground. It's a nice cool-down for both of us! She wasn't super dirty; just a little wet, so our towel time was super short which meant that we could try to capture a picture of our trick we've been working on! The treat is supposed to be on her nose, and she's supposed to be sitting still, but getting the treat to stay on her head for a nanosecond while she whipped around trying to eat it is good enough! I have no words for how wonderful running Lucy has been, and I truly hope that she enjoyed her time with me as much as I've enjoyed mine with her. Thanks for so many hours and kms of fun Lucy! Have a great summer! I will definitely miss you! 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.01 km. DURATION: 1:02:20
Today was my last Medal Monday with Lucy. Both Dad and I both owe Lucy thanks for the weeks of steady runs leading up to our podium finish at the Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay - she's a great training buddy! After our selfie, we enjoyed a nice shake-out run through Confluence Park;, enjoying some of our favourite routes and places. The creek was really high though and Lucy almost got swept away! Well, in her mind she did as I was still attached to her and gave her a bit of a hand when she wanted it. We finally got a picture at 'pride rock' at the top of Confluence, and gave her lots of time to hangout around before continuing.