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.
DISTANCE: 7.01 km DURATION: 48:50
Today I repeatedly told Lucy that 'rain is a good thing!' to get us through this VERY wet run. The skies just opened up and we were both soaked within the first half hour. As a result, we didn't take many pictures but I promise, she was smiling the entire way! We also found a very nice man in his garage who agreed to take our picture from the shelter of the garage. She loved all the puddles and little streams in the gutters and would very happily run through them every now and then. We turned back early because the wind was getting chilly and I didn't want either of us to get sick, and I think it was the right call because the look on Lucy's face once we got back home makes me think that maybe she's a water girl but not a rain girl? Poor Lucy! Inside we had lots of towel time and she felt so much better that she did a solid minute of zoomies! She acts like such a puppy sometimes! Once she calmed down and our hour was up, we did our usual 'obedience for treats' routine and I tucked her into her room, nice and dry. I hope she had a wonderful time and is all warm and cozy! Thanks for the run Lucy! I can honestly say I would not have run without you! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.16 km DURATION: 1:00:22
Today Lucy was reunited with Dad! She was quite excited to run with him again, and that paired with the cooler temperatures meant she wanted to go fast! We were pretty brisk but once the wind died down it got pretty warm again. We ended up going to our clean creek area for her to have a quick cool off. On the way, we took Dad on a bunch of trails to prepare for his leg of the K100. We all enjoyed the softer surface, and all the surprises that trails bring! The first was an inukshuk and some stacked rocks. The second was the profusion of Wild Rose literally everywhere we turned! After that, we came across a prairie chicken! Since the baby magpie incident a few weeks ago, Lucy has had a taste for birds so she was VERY excited about the chicken! After that, things calmed down and we enjoyed a relaxing run back home where Lucy rolled on the grass and enjoyed many belly rubs and pets. She was dirtier than I was expecting, so she also got an extended bucket bath. It's always so hard to leave, but the smiles she gives me when I 'tuck' her into her room (all her toys and a treat or two) lets me know that it was a job well done! Thanks for the great run Lucy! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 8.64 km DURATION: 1:07:16
Today, Lucy and I made a deal - for every creek break, we have to do 1 hill repeat. This worked well because she got a lot of creek time, and also burnt off some energy that lounging around in creeks wouldn't burn. We also managed to make some distance on the loop to get our miles in. When it's this hot, I don't worry too much about the distance, but I also know her limits by now and know when she's slacking off to eat grass or swim. She seemed to be full of all the attitude! Lucy's attitude is still super lovely and good though - she's a very good girl. As a result, the vast majority of the photos are either right before or right after she got into trouble for eating grass! Silly girl! Another exciting thing that happened was we saw our second garter snake! The first was seen in May, and in both cases, I was so surprised that I didn't have time to take a picture! Luckily, she seems to only have a taste for mice and birds and she was more interested in grass than the snake. We ended off at our designated 'clean' creek stop before enjoying some single track trail back home. She was still quite dirty so we had a big bucket bath where she very helpfully rolled around on her back while I cleaned her feet and belly. It was a really entertaining run with saucy Lucy! I can't wait for Wednesday! 1 pee, 2 poops, 6 creek swims/hills, and 0 snakes! Almost forgot to mention - today's Word with Lucy is Fun!
DISTANCE: 7.05 km DURATION: 45:01
Today Lucy and I played my least favourite game - 'Beat the Tow Truck that's en route to Tow Laura's Car'. This run is a testament to how wonderful Lucy is though - even though my car happily spewed all of its transmission fluid out onto 96th, a run with Lucy takes all the troubles away! She was so happy to be out and going today. We didn't have long, but we managed to: hunt gophers, sprint down some lovely shaded paths, swim in the creek 3 times, sniff after a mystery critter that scampered under a bush, run through a grassy field, and roll on her back in some nice shaded grass. We also kept a pretty good pace considering the heat! Once the driver called we headed back to my car and then I took Lucy home. We had some towel time and lots of big pets, and I made sure she was starting to cool off before leaving. It wasn't a long run, but it was busy and tiring for both of us! Sorry Lucy! I'll definitely make it up to you on Friday! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 10.68 km DURATION: 1:11:33
Today, I did NOT get the 'we're doing sprints today!' memo from Lucy! She was so energetic today that we easily powered through 10k, regardless of the heat. Luckily, towards the end of the run, it started to cool off which kept our momentum up, but for most of it we sprinted from one swimming hole to another. I tried to find clean swimming spots for her but all the areas I found ended up being a little deeper than usual. I was a little nervous but she LOVED it. She was literally was wet from the top of her head to the tip of her tail! We kept some time and distance at the end to air-dry her out in the sun before heading home. Lucy loved it because she LOVES swimming and keeping cool, and I loved it because whenever she got out of the water she would spray me by either shaking or just running in front of my and I was able to keep cool! It was a win-win! We zoomed through Confluence Park and part way through Harvest Hills until we hit 10km then we slowed down and walk/jogged our way home. Once inside, I gave her a bucket bath and then we tried to perfect our 'balance a treat on Lucy's nose' treat. Again, it was a fail, but I got a great picture of her! One day Lucy! All in all, it was a great run and I can't wait for Wednesday! Thanks Lucy!! 2 poops and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.01 km DURATION: 1:14:10
Hi Lucy Lou Lou😘! It is a great day for ducks today, maybe even polar ducks with this low temperature!! No problem for me as a runner as my gal Lucy has a smile that warms everyone’s soul. Mom says come back if we get cold. Anytime I get to run Lucy, I always try and make the most of it. It was pretty quiet out there in the outside world. What's with everyone? A little rain is good for you🤣. We did one of our standby routes, so this makes conversation flow because we don't have to worry about which way we are going. Miss L. did catch me off- guard when we got too close to Gopher Central. Laura suggested to go on the church side of the street instead of the 7-11 side. The 7-11 side has chicken bones galore. The other side, where the church is, is Lucy’s gopher playground. We were at the stoplights and the go sign came on. Lucy stood up on her hind legs and we were off. I mean, I was flying behind trying to touch at least a toe to the ground. Aunty’s heart rate was elevated for sure. We were definitely some comic relief for drivers passing by on this drizzly day. Lucy never fails to make everyone smile. The Doggy Business Report: 1 poop and 5 pees."