When I looked at the photos on my phone from this week, it was basically ALL puppy pics.
I can’t help it; Ruth is so darn cute! I’m so happy we have a second dog.
I’m not saying that this first full week with our new family member wasn’t a lot of work, it was! Getting up multiple times in the night for potty breaks definitely left me in a bit of a sleep-deprived daze!I did manage to get in all my training for the Indianapolis Marathon, which is now 15 weeks away. (Isn’t that sort of sad to think that November is only 15 weeks away!)
Here’s how things went this week.
Monday: Easy 6 mile run before work with my friend Christie, 9:20 min/mile. Discover Strength after work.
That evening, Ruth had her first vet appointment; it worked out that Matilda was due for her yearly check-up, so we were able to take them both in together. Lots of vaccinations, but both are healthy! Matilda weighs 43 pounds and Ruth weighs 9. 🙂
Tuesday: Easy 6 miles before work. After work, my friend Vicki brought her golden retriever Breck over to meet Ruth. At first, she was pretty scared of him, but she slowly warmed up and then they played!
Last summer, this race was the first time I ran 3 consecutive miles without walk breaks after breaking my leg!
It’s a summer tradition for me, and this year I ran it with a corporate team that Vicki and I organized. We had over 40 people on the team!
This 5k is part of the Aquatennial Festival, which celebrates Minneapolis as the “City of Lakes!” It runs before the Torchlight Parade, so the course is lined with fans, (i.e. parade watchers.)
The race didn’t start until 7:30 pm. We headed to the start line around 6:30. I did about 2.5 miles to warm-up and then found my friend Sarah at the start.
There was only one corral, which was “Sub-7 min/miles.” I knew sub-7’s were aggressive for me, but I figured I belonged there more than the open corral and my goal would be to prove that I belonged there!
With all the skyscrapers downtown, I didn’t look at my Garmin during the first mile but just stayed closed to my friend Sarah, who said she was running a 7 min/mile.
I actually felt like I was holding back so I figured mile 1 would be around 7:15, so imagine my surprise when we hit mile 1 at 6:17- faster than the Raspberry 1 mile the Sunday before; NOT a smart way to pace a 5k! Yikes.
Mile 1: 6:17
Mile 2 6:59. Then I really fell apart.
Mile 3 was 7:34…wheels came off…in a 5k! Ugh, such poor pacing.
Final time: 22:13 or a 7:09 min/mile average.
With a 7:09 average, I didn’t quite prove that I belonged in that first corral. But other than my amateur pacing, I was still pretty happy that I as much closer to my 5k PR (21:45) than I have been since I broke my leg. I’m getting closer to where I used to be…slowly!
Thursday: Even though the Torchlight was a late evening, I was up early to meet some friends for a 7 mile run.
Friday: 4 miles easy with Matilda (our older vizsla). It was nice to run with her and give her some “special attention” since Ruth (the puppy) has been getting a lot of attention from us. Discover Strength over lunch.
Dustin had a work event (spouses included) at Brit’s Pub, so we played a bit of lawn bowling in the 90 degree heat and had a few beers with his colleagues.
Saturday: I was worried that my legs would be pretty tired after the 5k, plus not great food plus beers at Brit’s on Friday night; not the best set-up for a successful long run!
I was particularly worried because I had a workout in my long run.
I met my friend Nordica at the lock & dam on the river at 7 am. We hadn’t run together in quite some time, so it was so nice to catch up for a few hours!
My workout was 4 miles easy, then alternating between low 8’s working down to sub-8 min/miles for a mile and then 9 min/miles for a mile, for a total for 8 miles (4 miles moderate, 4 easy), then 2 miles easy as a cool-down for 13 miles total.
Workout splits: 8:20, 8:41, 8:08, 9:09, 7:47, 9:20, 7:42. Not perfect, but not terrible on a hot day.
Sunday: Dustin and I ran 7 miles together with Matilda, 8:50 min/mile average.
Not a bad week! I worked hard and connected with friends through running. I’d call that a success.
In puppy news, Ruth had her first day of Puppy School at the Canine Coach on Saturday.
After the class, we grabbed lunch at a food truck that was at Venn Brewing; Ruth’s first brewery visit!
Matilda has generally been pretty patient with Ruth, but we are really trying to make sure we still give her plenty of attention (always greeting her first, one-on-one walks and runs, lots of praise) as I want to ensure we set them up for a positive ‘bond.’ Anyone else with multiple dogs have any tips for us?