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."
DISTANCE: 8.07 km DURATION: 1:00:50
Today, Lucy and I had a much more relaxing run! We did a bit of gopher hunting, but for such a nice day, there were very few critters out. We then went down to the creek and spent most of our run finding the cleanest swimming spots we could for Lucy. We found a few good ones, but only one really great one where I was able to 'rinse' her off. She was in a super good mood (as always) so we explored some of the single track trails a little bit in between creek breaks. We headed home right at our hour mark because it was getting a little hot out for her, but I made up for it by lots of pets and towel snuggles. She is such a sweetheart, I always feel better after a run with Lucy! I hope she feels better too! Thanks Lucy! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 8.21 km DURATION: 1:04:38
Today, Lucy had a very exciting day! We started off with some gopher hunting where she found a hole with a gopher in it that she was pretty sure she could catch if I would only let her dig. Then, we came upon a family of magpies where very much to my surprise, Lucy caught one! It was a baby and I grabbed Lucy right away causing her to drop it unharmed but holy cow were those magpies mad! The mom chased us for a couple blocks squawking at us to make sure we left! After that, it seemed to get really hot so we made our way to the creek where Lucy enjoyed a 'creek spa' where she laid down and let's the current gently wash over her. I was so hot I almost joined her! After that, we meandered around on some single track trail before heading home. It was a very relaxing end to a very exciting run until the cleaners showed up! I have her a bucket bath while they fetched her some water (spoiled girl)! When I left, she was very happily running from person to person for pets, despite my suggestion that she should leave them to do their job. Lucy thought about it for a minute then decided that pets were better. Can't say I'd blame her! Thanks for a really wonderful run Lucy! I hope you got all the love and pets you deserved! 1 pee, 2 poops, 0 gophers, and 1 magpie.
DISTANCE: 0.31 km DURATION: 3:43
Today, Lucy and I had a really modified 'run' on account of the smoke. We went out to her park 3 times to let her pee and have some outside time, but most of our hour was spent inside. I took pity on her and only made her do 4 stair repeats today, and then played fetch in her house. There were lots of belly scratches, pets, and more failed selfies than I'd like to admit! I know she was disappointed that we weren't running; especially because it was cooler out and the temperature would have been perfect, but that's the way life goes sometimes! I hope all the pets made up for it! Thanks for a fun hour Lucy! 2 pees and no poops.
DISTANCE: 7.50 km DURATION: 1:07:21
If I had any doubts that Lucy was a cold weather dog, they are now put to rest. She easily went through 2 bottles of water, and while we ran at a pretty good pace today, we had to have lots of shade stops to let her cool off and rest. Runs with Lucy are runs with no rush or hurry though, so it was really nice to just hop from shade to shade and enjoy each other's company. We showed my mom around some of the beautiful paths in Harvest and Coventry Hills, and surprisingly had most of the paths to ourselves! It's so beautiful out! We didn't find a word with Lucy but we did find a smiley face sticker! Even when she was getting hot and tired, that great big Lucy smile never left her face. I think that's what I love most about her - she is always so happy to just be wherever she is. We ended our run as close to an hour as possible because it was a little too warm for Lucy to run much further, and after some pats from Mom and me, she very happily went into her room and flopped down for a nap in front of her fan. I hope she enjoyed today as much as I did! I hope you've cooled off! Thanks Lucy! 1 poop, 2 pees, and 2 water bottles.
DISTANCE: 8.21 km DURATION: 59:52
Today instead of me taking Lucy for a run, Lucy took me for a run! Sorry girl, I was just way too sore from yesterday - way more sore than expected. That's ok though! We had some mini jogs and lots of leash practice. We've definitely gotten very comfortable with each other to the point that when there are other people around (like my mom who joined us today), she was a little all over the place! She's such a smart girl that only a few little corrections later and she was back to being a star! We saw some beautiful native flowers (Buffalo berries) that I was very excited for but Lucy was not. I guess she's not a flower girl! My race would've been much harder without months of runs with lovely Lucy.The Scoop: 1 poo, 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.73 km DURATION: 1:10:12
Happy Friday Lucy. Did you have a good sleep? Lucy was ready and waiting for my arrival. Today's destination......Beddington. Lucy gave me that glamorous smile. Both Lucy & I must admit, we seemed a bit slower, and are chalking it up to the humidity! Ha Ha, sounds good to us girls. We both ran side by side and I do think it is the heat that was holding us back or maybe we were really hoping to start the weekend early. Nonetheless, we smiled and I laughed when Lucy did her famous wiggle rolls. A man stopped and said " Lucy was gorgeous." I said she is a real sweetheart and Lucy stood up, shook the grass off, and gave him one of her 'gorgeous smiles'. Always fun times being with Lucy. Hope to spend time with you real soon. Xo Auntie M. The Doggy Business Report: 1 health poop, 1 pee, and 1 full bottle of water consumed.
DISTANCE: 6.73 km DURATON: 58:25
Hello Lucy gal! I have heard so much of you and here we are finally meeting! And what a welcome, Lucy brought me her 2 favourite toys and we got ready quickly and out we went. Today was a very warm day. Let’s face it, we are not used to those 17 degrees days. Lucy took plenty opportunity to roll. She is the funniest dog ever.. she wiggles as she rolls. Since I had to “trust” Lucy’s GPS, we ended up in some back alley. I figured out why very soon, as it was loaded with rabbits.. Lucy was in heaven there. lol. Then. we went around a lake, Lucy eyed all those pretty birds. She also wanted to jump into the water and roll but that was a no no. I can’t bring a wet dog home; not for the first time anyway 😁. We had a lot of fun, so thank you so much Lucy. I am definitely part of your fan club now 🥰😍. Lucy had one poo and 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.86 km DURATION: 1:10:04
It was a MAGICAL Monday with Magical Lucy! I was so excited to have a chance to run Lucy. This gal is pure ’Sunshine & Happiness.’ To start our Magical Monday was a sweet card from Lucy & her mom. Well, my week has been made just like ’chocolate icing on top’. After big hugs & hellos, it was time to get down to business. Oh my, Lucy girl you have been training with Laura!! I wish I could blame my healing foot, but this gal has gotten fast!! I think the 2 L’s (Laura & Lucy) should hold speed clinics. It would be a great success - just look at that Auburn beauty. I know I would keep running until I could not any longer. Just to be in her presence. Lucy took pity on Aunty M and slowed down at Gopher Central and let me catch up. Even being attached, I felt a mile behind. 🤣 I can't wait till Friday's sunshine. The Doggy Business Report: 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 10.04 km DURATION: 57:44
Today, Lucy was a water-logged water dog! It rained the entire time but Lucy absolutely loved it! She is a cold weather dog for sure. We showed Dad one of our new favourite routes, and Lucy and I finally made it to Nose Hill! I always wondered if it was in our time and distance range and it is! Just barely though, so we only made it to the sign and then we had to turn around. There were no critters out, but Lucy loved the many unavoidable puddles, and the cooler temperatures. Once we got back, we had so much drying to do that we almost ran out of sheets and towels! It also took so long that by the time I was done she went and stood by the door, ready to go again! Sorry Lucy! I gave her lots of post towel time snuggles. The snuggles were mostly for me though because I'm going to miss her so much next week! Have a fantastic time Lucy! Thanks for the run! 1 pee and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 10.00 km DURATION: 1:08:25
Today, Lucy and I went exploring again. We liked the Beddington neighbourhoods so much last week that I thought it would be a nice treat to head over there with more time and distance to spare. We found some beautiful little paths that Lucy loved! Although, I think she loved the close proximity to squirrels on the paths more than the paths themselves! Whenever we were out of the wind, Lucy got a little warm, so we took our time and had some walk breaks. The paths we found were mostly lovely and shaded though so she was happy to run along and explore. It was another quiet run, but there was one very exciting part for the both of us - a squirrel almost fell on Lucy's head! It was trying to scramble up a fence away from her but wasn't a super good climber. I have dog attack spray, but no squirrel attack spray so I was happy to see it make it up and over. We ended out our run with some cool-down time; walking around her home to finish up our 10km, and then had lots of water and pets once inside. She is such a good girl, and is always so happy to have been on a run. Our post-run snuggle sessions are definitely one of my favourite parts of running Lucy. I hope she's having a great nap! Thanks so much for the run Lucy! It's always fun exploring Calgary with you! 1 pee, 1 poop, 0 squirrels.