It’s National Dog Day!

In our home it’s always Dog day! But today’s the perfect excuse for all of us dog lovers to brag on ours.

CJ & Esme got to hang out with me at work today, meeting and greeting people and their dogs. CJ loves the people, Esme loves the dogs.

How did your dog(s) spend National Dog Day?

Freddie Mercury doesn’t really give a crap! He knows cats are superior.


Facebook “Silent” Auction

In an effort to raise money for the Run for the Animals (visit for more information, or see my previous blog post), I am hosting a “silent auction” of items with 100% of the proceeds going toward my fundraising efforts for the event!

The items I have available are primarily dog, cat and runner-related that have been donated by outside parties or myself.  I don’t mean to appear discriminatory against pocket pets, horses, reptiles and other animals, but I just don’t have the donor support from those other animal venues at this time.  Please check out my Facebook page for more information!

The Run for the Animals is an event that hold very near and dear to my heart, and you can read about it more on my previous blog post linked above!

Choosing my Running Battles

Today I decided to get in another training run.  4 miles with my running buddy CJ!  My training schedule had me going out tomorrow, but I looked at the weather report and, yeah, I think I won’t be running tomorrow!  I know there are many runners out there that regularly run in temps well below freezing, and I applaud you!  But I absolutely abhor running in the wind, especially the freezing wind and the next two days are supposed to be just that.  So, I chose to run today and come tomorrow I’ll be happy to do my indoor cross training.

CJ joining me for today's 4 mile run

CJ joining me for today’s 4 mile run

The roads were plowed finally late last night so today’s pace was much improved over yesterday.  The packed snow and areas of slush and ice would have been much more difficult to navigate if I didn’t have my Ice Bug shoes.  I really do like them.  I’m thankful that I don’t have to use them very often, but very happy that I have them when I need them.

The bottom of my Ice Bug shoes.  Hard to see but they have

The bottom of my Ice Bug shoes. Hard to see but they have carbide tip studs in the soles to aid in traction.  They really work well!

This weekend’s “long run” is going to be less than ideal as well.  The weather is supposed to be warmer, but I have to go out of town so I’ll be spending some time in a hotel in an unfamiliar area.  Therefore, I will most likely end up doing my long run on a dread-, er…treadmill.  I don’t like running on treadmills because 1) I find it extremely boring,  and 2) when I get off after completing a run my legs feel like rubber.  But, I do what I have to do and will do my best to get all 9 and 1/2 miles completed on Saturday evening.  Maybe the hotel will have a hot tub!  Then it will all be OK.

Happy Running!  >^..^<