DISTANCE: 9.20 km DURATION: 54:57
It took us two tries, but Pirate and I found the path and we were on our way with tons of energy. We saw storm clouds drifting towards downtown and heading our direction but they were slow and we were in the clear. We ran past some kayakers in the river, and it looked like they were setting up a slalom kayaking course as they were placing green and white, and red and white-striped poles in the water. On the way back, we took a detour to check out the marshy area. There was a small wooden bridge that usually sits over the water, but all of it was dried up. Pirate didn't hesitate to walk on the bridge. Even though there was no water underneath, I still think this was a big accomplishment! Great job Pirate! 1 poo, 3 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.52 km DURATION: 54:32
Today was a great day for Pi and me. We wasted no time getting out the door and getting into a nice flow state of running. Today's forecast: sun with 100% chances of down-pours. The down-pours being my sweat going down my face and rushing out of my pores. Aha, see what I did there. By the end of our run, I was gassed. Yes sir, it is a warm one out there. Goodbye sweater weather - hello shorts and t-shirts. If you are thinking about wearing a muscle shirt or tank top. Don't, just don't. Throw it back in the depths of your closet. We get it, you're buff, but it's too soon. On another note, Pirate almost ate a black baby bunny today. But, the black baby bunny blitzed away before Pirate could bite it. Great run today Pirate! 1 poo, many pees.
DISTANCE: 7.30 km DURATION: 52:31
Today, Pirate and I set off in a different direction. We were just following along wherever there was a walking sign down 17th since we didn't want to waste time waiting for a light to change. Pirate was happily leading me down the sidewalks; dodging people, poles, and jumping over metal grates in the ground. Pirate crossed two bridges today which were a part of the road, but he refused to cross over the pedestrian bridge. When we were just about to step on it, Pirate laid down and wouldn't go any further. I don't blame him, I don't always trust that bridge. It always creaks and groans like an old man with bad knees whenever I run on it. Good job today Pi! 2 poos and many, many pees.
DISTANNCE: 6.41 km . DURATION: 51:30
This week has been long and tiring! Oh wait... it's only Tuesday. At least Pirate helped ease my mind with a laid back jog. It was warm enough for just a hoodie today. Wearing my Icebug spiked runners was not the brightest idea for today's conditions. There was barely any snow along the sidewalks, so no need for the excessive traction of the shoes. Each step made me cringe as the metal spikes crunched down on the concrete sidewalks. Pirate took many stops today to smell the pre-spring smells that today had to offer. As always, he was an awesome running buddy. Thanks again Pirate! 0 poos, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.33 km . DURATION:: 50:51
Today, Pirate led the whole way. He doesn't really pull a whole lots and he's a great listener, but he just loves being in front. I let him set the pace which got me nice and sweaty within the first 3km. The reason why my photos were so blurry was because the contrast of the temperatures inside and outside my pocket were very different. The air outside was cold (not as cold as it has been luckily) and the temperature inside my pocket could've reheated last night's dinner. By the end of the run, there was a little bit of steam coming off of me. Great work today Pirate! 0 poos, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 8.76 km DURATION: 1:03:37
I was really excited to meet Pirate. He is a very unique breed and his pictures online showed a beautiful, fit-looking dog who was bound to give me a run for my money (no pun intended). We had a pleasant meeting - I pictured him saying “Arrr Matey!” (sorry I had to say it) - but I could tell he wanted to hit the trail immediately (more like the open seas as the snow was melting and there were puddles everywhere). There was no slowing this guy down and I worked hard to keep up! He was so well behaved and avoided other people and dogs along the busy downtown streets. I tried to head up onto a bridge and he put on the brakes and let out a yelp! Okay, not that way I guess! Maybe Pirate knew something I didn’t. Instead, we cut through downtown which was an exciting detour to say the least... All within 5 minutes, we went past a big crowd of homeless people shouting about something, immediately followed by a crowd of protestors, and then witnessed a car crash! We stopped to give the lady my phone number as a witness and then continued on. By the end, both of us were doggin’ it (pun intended), and we slogged our way through the slush back home. Thanks for the adventure Pirate! The scoop: 6 pees, no poo.
DISTANCE: 7.53 km DURATION: 54:43
Yikes! In the beginning of our run, we were behind the Glencoe and Pirate started to pull. I thought he saw a squirrel or something, but when I looked where he was looking, my eyes fell upon a coyote about 30m away from us. It's sleek figure turned to look at us. Then it made its merry way down the hill, as it didn't want any trouble from us. I held Pirate close to me, as we continued on our way. Once the coyote distanced itself from us, I got the chance to peek over the ridge and take a few pics from a safe spot. Although they aren't very good photos, it was a very cool experience. Pirate ended up scaring the coyote away with a few barks. 0 poops, many pees.
DISTANCE: 8.94 km . DURATION: 1:03:39
Happy Tuesday, Pirate! It sure is nice to meet you, finally! You are too cute. I am loving his little white sock marking on his front paws; the cutest!! Not only is this guy very handsome, he's a real speedster too! We set our sails towards the awesome lookout above Mission and were full steam ahead from there. The view was well worth the hustle, it was a spectacular afternoon for a run. After a little photo op at the lookout, we soared down the hill behind the Glencoe and toward Stanley Park. Now, Pirate was a little worrisome crossing the Roxboro bridge, and I don't blame him. Those creeky noises are a bit scary but not to worry buddy I have a pocket full of treats waiting for you at the end! Pirate is such a good and brave boy; I was very proud of him! After this little adventure, we hurried through Stanley Park and then into Lindsay Park to top our loop off.
We saw lots of wildlife today, Pirate sure has a good eye for spotting all the critters! It was a lovely run, and I am so glad I was able to share it with Mr. Pirate. I hope to see this good boy again soon! The scoop: 10+ pees (I lost count, he was on a roll) and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 9.03 km . DURATION: 1:00:41
What a fast dog! I love running with Pirate. At one point, we reached 6.28 min/km. Not bad! As we ran through a park, he was mildly curious about the bunnies, but wow does he get excited over squirrels! It makes me laugh at how much he wants to chase them. I loved looking at all the beautiful Elbow River homes, and he loved gazing up at all the squirrels in the trees. When encountering other dogs along the way, he was sooo well behaved. Only one little bark out of him over the first dog we saw; otherwise he was pretty chill. We were so fast that we beat the the afternoon snowfall! The Scoop: 1 poo, 4 pees, and a couple of sprays.
DISTANCE: 8.23 km DURATION: 59:49
What a great afternoon for a river run! The weather was fresh and the paths relatively ice-free for Pirate and me. Apart from multiple stops at the beginning of the run to pee on almost every stump and lamppost (Pirate, not me), we kept a solid pace! We encountered three other dogs on our route, and I was very proud of Pirate when he has able to run past the third dog and not bark or charge! He was very curious at the millions of bunnies by the river, but still kept to the path with me. What a good boy! The Scoop: 1 poo, 3 long pees, and multiple tree/lamppost sprays.
DISTANCE: 9.15 km DURATION: 1:00:13
Hello again Pirate! I've been taking notes on your running form Pi. You are definitely one of our faster DGR dogs, and I think it's because you conserve a lot of energy when you run. You don't waste any energy with extra bounce in your step, so I took many pictures of you and tried to emulate this. Even your sniffing is efficient! One quick sniff, with barely a chance for me to catch my breath, and we're off again! There was one section on the north side of the river that must have had some alluring smells, because they needed more than just a quick sniff. Thanks for the running tips today Pirate! Scoop: one poop and 4-5 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.50 km DURATION: 1:04:36
'Tis the season to rush and run, and that puts Pirate in his element. But I would argue that today's run was probably exactly what both of us needed. We didn't really have time to pose for sweet pictures. Pirate said we needed to run. We didn't really have time to stop and sniff. You guessed it. We needed to run. We didn't stop to investigate the broken holiday gingerbread casually left behind on the street. We needed to run. And while I'm sure Pirate would have made time to 'say hello' to those bunnies in the park at the Repsol Centre, it was my turn to say 'sorry, Pirate, time to run'. Many relish an opportunity to slow down and giggle, but we took a different approach. Pirate and I chose to outrun our stress, watch it loosen its grip from our backs, and get left behind on the river path where it belongs. Thanks, Pirate. My soul feels lighter. I hope you feel the same. The scoop: 7 pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 9.99 km . DURATION: 1:04:59
Hey there Pirate, it has been a few weeks since our last run and boy, did I miss you! Today was one of those runs where we both were just in the moment and enjoying every stride together. I let you have a quick stop at Bunny Central and you were inquisitive but polite to those bunnies! You also had one more stop by a school group out on a field trip. You laid down on the ground and the school children giggled at how you wanted to join their class. The only thing that got a bee in your bonnet was a fat bike passing us. I am not sure if you thought there was an alien riding on it but the guy had a helmet and snowsuit on. What a fun time we had today! The scoop: no poop and 3-4 pees.
DISTANCE: 9.39 km DURATION: 1:00:50
Hello again Pirate! Let's go for a lunchtime run! In reading some of the blogs from earlier in the day, I knew many paths were still snow-covered, albeit with melting snow. So I took Pirate downtown, where paths tend to be more regularly maintained. Well, with it being a noon run, we joined all the other runners using their lunch break to fit in a run. It was great! Because Pirate just tends to focus on his run, largely ignoring people, sniffing as he goes and marks along the way. I really wanted to capture a photo of Pirate smiling, because he has such a nice smile. But anytime I pulled out my phone, he would sit and pose beautifully, but without a smile. Thankfully, a squirrel caught his attention and he didn't even notice me snapping a photo of him. Thanks for another great workout Pi! Scoop: countless pees and one poop.
DISTANCE: 10.35 km DURATION: 1:06:12
You may ask what makes a perfect run. Well, my run with Pirate today was pretty perfect. First, you have amazing weather; especially for November 20th in Calgary. Second, you take a keen athlete like Pirate who gives you a good workout and does not pull. Third, you find a lovely river pathway with breathtaking views. Note: we tried to follow the Lululemon Ghost Race course but Pirate voted against crossing bridges so we followed a similar course without bridges. Fourth and final, you realize your run that is your job is actually rejuvenating and hardly work at all but pure joy. The scoop: 1 poo and 3 pees. Thanks Pirate for being a perfect running companion!