DISTANCE: 4.94 km DURATION: 59:48
Zenna had a mind of her own today! Even though it wasn't super hot or sunny, Zenna did not wanna run much today. So we did a lot of speed walking and relaxing in the grass. I tried to take her somewhere a bit different but she lagged behind the whole time. She always makes me laugh when she does her little sit or lay-down protests. There were some lovely blue flowers we happened upon, which Zenna refused to pose in for a nice photo. What a goof! We headed home after that and Zenna was very disappointed to not have any chance to lay in the river, but it was particularly dirty looking and smelly and I didn't think anyone at home would appreciate it. Sorry Zenna! The scoop 1 poop, 7 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.78 km DURATION: 1:04:39
Today, with the smoke. we kept it real chill. We just did some walking to get our exercise in, and I think it suited Zenna just fine. She trotted along right beside me; happy as a clam. We walked along the river, and the paths were much more quiet than usual. The runners and cyclists were missing. The smoke over the river looked a lot like mist, if it weren't for the smell we could almost pretend it was! The scoop: 10+ pees, no poops.
DISTANCE: 5.26 km DURATION: 58:46
Zenna is a strong, independent doggo that doesn't need a human to tell her how to run. We seem to have our best runs when we do everything Zenna's way. We walk when she wants to, we jog when she wants to, we poop when she want to. So Zenna got to lay in the river not once, but twice today! It was pretty hot and sunny so I let it slide since it seemed to help her keep going for a while. Our first stop was near Sandy Beach, a mere 15 minutes into our run! Our pace was around our usual, a steady jog to a brisk walk. I tried to pick the dirt path since it was shadier but it didn't seem to help her to get going faster. She can be goofy. The scoop: 1 poop, 10+ pees.
DISTANCE: 6.04 km DURATION: 1:01:49
Today was probably out best run yet! We didn't go super fast but Zenna kept her speed up for the most part with the fewest stops and protestations. The paths were super quiet because of the rain, so we had all the space and peace to enjoy the refreshing rain. We zoomed along until the stairs by Sandy Beach and we both slowed down quite a bit afterwards. But Zenna didn't make us stop; only really slowing for the last 10-15 minutes or so. She was also super patient with me when I spent forever towelling her off. We also didn't get too many photos since it was so wet out! But today was lovely compared to what the rest of the weekend looks like weather-wise. The scoop: 1 poop, 4 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.61 km DURATION: 58:48
Zenna and I had our typical run! We cruised along great for the first 25-30 minutes and then Zenna started her little protestations. Then it was pretty slow going for the second half of our run. She seems happiest running on grass so I tried to pick a route that had long stretches of grass, and I do think it helped! We also stopped by the river to cool off her belly and dip her toes in. However, this did not seem to do much to motivate Zenna. Part-way through a little old Golden Retriever sneaked up behind us, NOT on leash and NOT in an off- leash area. But I was so proud of Zenna, she was a champ and was happy to say hi and smell some dog bum. No growling or anything! Can't say the same for the next pup we passed, but still nice to see her react so well. 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.18 km DURATION: 59:56
I love these Friday morning jogs with Zenna. She always picks a nice easy pace. Her easy-going style promotes mindfulness not just about running but about the events of the week. The weather was ABSOLUTELY perfect for running - not too hot, not too windy, and dry! Zenna's new haircut is looking sharp! I'm sure it'll be super nice when the sun starts shining again but she still needed to stop and cool off in the snow. We had another little stop by the river. It seems to be Zenna's favourite spot. We came across a few squirrels that piqued Zenna's interest, but she seemed content to simply stare, rather than chase. True to form, about half-way through out run, Zenna slowed down quite a bit and wanted to take her time. Thanks Zenna! 1 poop, 9 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.90 km DURATION: 1:00:10
It's always a leisurely time with Zenna. She kept us at a very smooth and easy pace the whole time. We slowed down a lot after a few kilometres. With all of the scenic paths, it's hard to just speed on past. Zenna always reminds me to take it slow. We headed towards Sandy Beach Park, then through Rideaux Park, and the past Stanley Park where Zenna insisted we check out the water. I didn't realize she would plop herself down in it! I sure she was getting pretty hot considering her fuzz and the hot sun. She definitely wanted to take LOTS of breaks after that to lay in the grass and the shade. Zenna got lots of pets from me when we did, and quite a few little treats to coax her into continuing on. She drives a hard bargain! 2 poops, 11 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.42 km DURATION: 58:17
Well hello Zenna! Aren’t you a cutie pie with that rock star hair do (it kind of reminds me of what I was sporting back in the 80’s). I have a feeling that there will be plenty of river stops!😁 This girl knew the fastest route to the river and didn’t hesitate at all when we got there. She was so excited I almost got pulled in with her as she sprawled out for a refreshing cool-down. We made our way around the path with a few more breaks along the way. The sun was shining and my friend was warm so I explained to her that we didn’t need to move fast - we just needed to move!😂 There’s always bribery! On our way back, we ran into DRG runner Liz and Kahlua! It was a quick hello and we carried on back to the ranch. Thanks for an enjoyable Monday morning meander Zenna! You're a peach! 1 poo and many pees today. Cheers!
DISTANCE: 5.75 km DURATION: 59:46
The sky was all gloom and doom today but Zenna did not let it bring her down! We came across some of the first wildflowers today so that made up from the grey skies. There was a race going on through the park and we had a great time following along with some of the runners and providing some extra morale support. But it was a lot of slow jogging and brisk walking for the majority of our time. Every once and awhile, Zenna would stop and look like she had forgotten where she was going or had forgotten something she meant to bring. Once I'm sure it was to stare at a ceramic rabbit; she must have thought it was real! What a goof. 1 poop, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.93 km DURATION: 58:41
It was so nice to meet Zenna today! She is the perfect pacer for running, I'm sure she could get me through a marathon easy. She got super excited when we crossed through Stanley Park and she got to run through the grass. Zoom zoom zoom! But about half-way, you could also hear a SCREEEECH. She put the breaks on, laid down, and demanded a little break. There were some pets and some treats and we did a lot more walking breaks for the rest of our run. We managed to avoid any rain (woohoo!), and I think Zenna appreciated the shade from the clouds and the cool breezes. Zenna is so funny. She spent most of the run trying to kick up all the leaves and they kept getting stuck all over her! Looking forward to our run tomorrow. 1 poop, 12 pees.
DISTANCE: 5.20 km DURATION: 1:00:15
It was ssslllooowww going today, I thought for sure with the snow and the cool breeze she would be up for a good run. But Zenna let me know very quickly it was gonna more of a jog and brisk walk kind of day. She certainly was happy about having snow to munch on, and loved running on the grass and leaves but it just wasn't quite motivating enough. We all have those days! With a few treats, we got a few stretches of a good speed but her heart just wasn't in it. We went up some stairs and down some hills glad again to have missed getting stuck in the rain or snow. Though it was slow, it was a great way to start the weekend! 3 poops, 6 pees.
DISTANCE: 6.71 km DURATION: 1:08:02
Happy Friday, Zenna! A gloomy day for a run really sets the tone for a somber last run together. However, a little gloom isn't going to stop us! We need to make this last run a gooder. Zenna and I booted down towards the river and this time heading into Brittania and Elbow Park as opposed to Mission. We set our sails towards the Glencoe establishing that as a good half-way point. Zenna and I were cruising during the first half; we set a steady pace with hardly any breaks. It wasn't until we came to the daunting Glencoe hill when things turned from an easy breezy jog to exhausting hill sprints. Although with some convincing and some treats, Zenna and I motored up the hill like champs. At the top, Zenna took a much-deserved lay down full of belly rubs and cookies. We past along Hillcrest Ave to take it the city skyline, I absolutely love the view from up here. Even on a cloudy day like today, the view is still spectacular. It was downhill from there as we zoomed back towards the Elbow River which led us straight back to Zenna's house. Thank you for all this fun these past couples of months, you're such a good girl and were the best way to cap off my running week. This isn't goodbye Miss Zenna; I promise I will see you later! All the best! Love, Paige! The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees.
DISTANCE: 7.19 km DURATION: 1:10:22
Happy Friday, Miss Zenna! What a beautiful day today for a run, or in your case, a hunt for remaining snow patches. It's no secret that Zenna is a fair weather runner, I don't blame her, I too agree that -10C is ideal for a distance run. It's not to warm, not too cold - just warm enough to have a comfortable amount of layers on and in Zenna's case, a comfortable temperature for her thick coat. I debated on cutting our route shorter, but instead, I figured we just took a little longer to make it back home. We may as well on such a beautiful day. We took things slow and steady; stopping at various ice patches, snow spots, and puddles for a much needed cool-down. The other joggers admired her urge just to sit and watch the world go by as they passed by on their lunch workouts. Zenna has this whole running thing figured out, that is not to run at all and really take it the beautiful spring day. Thanks for the entertainment as always. You are such a sweet girl. See you soon! The scoop: 5 pees, 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.68 km . DURATION: 1:09:16
Happy Friday, Zenna!! Finally, for once, we are not covered in icicles! The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for a run! The big melt is on!! Which means, all the hidden smells of last year need to be discovered. Zenna tore through the brown grass; overwhelmed with all the various scents! As we jogged along, she would come to an abrupt stop. Some new smells were just too important to pass up! At least with the sun shining and the temperature above 0C, the wait was definitely bearable. We ran along the river, watching all the geese play in the thawing water. It was a lovely lunch run and I'm so glad I got to share it with beautiful Miss Zenna! See you again next week! The scoop: 2 pees and 1 poop.
DISTANCE: 7.58 km DURATION: 1:07:22
Happy International Women's Day, Zenna!!! I am so glad I get to celebrate such a fantastic day with an awesome girl! You are strong and powerful as well as beautiful with a heart of gold. You're such a sweet girl and I am so glad to have you as a friend! We celebrated this incredible day hitting the pavement for a pretty warm run; we hit the trails hard and fast. That was until we ran into some dogs along our route, Zenna made so many new friends today; it was hard to keep track of the names! Although our distance wasn't as long as usual, we made up for it by playing with all the new pups. Zenna really enjoyed meeting a pair of Australian Shepherds. The three of them could have played all day! Thanks for sharing this great day with me Zenna! Enjoy your weekend! Girl Power! The scoop: 1 poop, 5 pees!