A phone picture dumb of sorts

It has been a very busy few days! I am working on developing my photography skills by taking free pictures for all of my friends. I’ve been glued to my computer researching, learning Photoshop and editing away. It has been so much fun though.

11 days until my marathon! I got outside yesterday for a 4.5 mile run to enjoy the beautiful weather; it was the perfect running temperature. I have 8 miles on Friday and then I am basically done. I can’t believe I am actually doing this.

I totally forgot to tell everyone that whales were spotted (they passed right under the bridge above). I am so mad because I was right there in the morning and I spend a great deal of time at the park where they were first spotted, but I did not see them.

The only other things I got for you are Boomer doing downward dog in the middle of the street
photo 1 (1)Millie’s close up

photoand my new necklace that I bought at the store (where I was just going “to look”)

photo 2 (1)Hope you are having (or had for my east coast people) a great day!

 

Running with Boomer

boomerLet me give you a quick recap as to why we own this character. When I finally got my husband on team having-a-dog-would-be-awesome, we were living in an apartment. We decided we should adopt an older dog on the smaller side since this would be our first pet together, we were both working full-time and the fact that we lived in an apartment.
We came home with a tired momma fresh off the streets, birth and getting fixed:
Millie adopted
While she did grow some hair and gain some weight, she was never much for activity unless it was searching the house for the perfect spot to sleep.

After loving on our sleepy little diva for a year, we decided we really wanted a dog to take out on hikes (all 2 of them we’ve completed) and I desperately wanted to dog to run with. The hubby did some research and he decided we needed to get a Brittany. And if you know anything about my husband, we owned a Brittany two days later.
baby boomerI was worried we had another sleepy, lazy dog on our hands. Ha! Famous last words.
I waited and waited; each birthday a month closer to the golden age of running. On his 9 month birthday, we went for our first run. He did a half mile and has loved to run ever since.
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Since March, he has run 17.95 miles.

Reason I love to run with Boomer:
1. He is FAST. We have never run under an 8:40 mile together. It is a real slap in the face too when he is basically power walking next to me at a 8:30 pace. I want to attach my watch to him and see how fast he can get. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I’m telling you – this stinker could probably run a 7 minute mile.
2. He doesn’t cheat his workouts. There are two ways to get back to our house from where we run. Both ways involve huge hills. I make those an “active recovery” section of my run, but not Boomer. We run that too. I did tell my husband that it is nice to have someone drag me up those hills though. He also never thinks the runs are long enough, but I am trying to be smart about how far we go. His distance PR is 2 miles, but we will probably max out at a 5k.
3. He always wants to go. The best part about running with Boomer is that he never gives me excuses as to why we can’t run. He is always hydrated, never sore and doesn’t care that he doesn’t have any gels.
4. He truly loves it. I can’t help having fun when running with him.
5. Post run recovery means a nap. Which means at least 30 minutes of peace in our household.photo (1)

So, Boomer, it’s a good thing you’ve become my running partner. It spares you from the streets when you eat my sandwich, pull Skittles out of the trash can and steal my drift wood.

Puppy Cast

We started our weekend with a Thai dinner with friends; a first for our family. The hubby and I both ordered pretty conservatively so I don’t think we will be giving recommendations any time soon.

Saturday morning started bright and early with a 12 mile run with some friends. Running is so much better with friends. I much prefer it to running alone, which is weird since I used to be the exact opposite. The day was absolutely gorgeous, so instead of the [husband] proclaimed “lay in bed and do nothing” day, we headed to the reject dog park (empty baseball fields at the park) so the dogs could play. Boomer had so much more fun playing fetch with his daddy. Apparently he throws the tennis ball better than me or something like that. Little does he know, we now own a Chuck It so fetch is about to get even more intense.

photo 1 (1)Even Millie got in on the action.
Disclaimer: This video is horrible, but it serves as proof that Millie does actually exercise sometimes.

Saturday night, we went to see The Great Gatsby and it was AWESOME. Our favorite part was how they updated the music, but left everything else true to the time period.

Sunday morning we headed to the early church service because we needed to get into the city for an afternoon baseball game.photo 2 (1)My brother was actually in town for a summer class so we treated him to dinner and gave him a quick tour of Pike Place Market.
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After taking Sunday off, I hit the gym for a good workout. I decided to treadmill run since the weather was going from raining to sunny every 5 minutes. 
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When I got home, I noticed Millie was limping. Luckily, the hubby got home right when I was on the phone with Banfield, so we rushed her to the vet. She was not very excited. 
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After messing with her paw, the vet decided they needed to put her under and remove the snagged dewclaw. If you remember correctly, she did the same thing in NY but the claw came all the way off. This time it was still hanging on which was actually worse than before. We left this sad little puppy behind so they could do the quick procedure. 
photo 3 (2)We came back to the most pathetic puppy who refused to walk on her leg. (She still wont put her leg down which makes going to the potty very funny) The vet got a good laugh at her for “thinking her leg is broken”. Millie is doing much better today and is getting tons of loving and treats.
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The hubby and I still need to decide if we are going to do surgery to permanently remove her dewclaws. Due to her age, the procedure will be more “intense” than when it is performed on puppies. It’s always something isn’t it?

Boomer’s first hike & a long run

Every Sunday morning I pass a trail head on the way to church. I always forget about it until the next Sunday morning when I see it again and the cycle starts over again. Last week, I headed straight home, got Boomer and we set off to check out the trail. My husband and I went hiking a few times in NY and he has made it a goal to get into hiking. I’m much more of a lets-run-on-a-paved-road type of outdoorsmen, but it will make for a quality time together.

Boomer had never been on a hike before and he had so much fun. Here is the only picture I could get of him looking at me because he had no time to sit for a picture with all of those smells. photo 1 (2) photo 2 (2) photo 3 (1)

^Doesn’t that plant look like something from Jurassic Park?
photo 4We spent about 45 minutes on the trail before it started to rain, much to Boomer’s dismay. I can’t wait for the hubster to get home so we can go together.

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I posted about my long run earlier this week, but I wanted to share this picture. You know you live in Washington and are basically translucent when you get a watch tan line after 2 hours of running on a sunny day.

photo 3I also got a new pair of running shoes. I was going to replace my pair of Brooks PureCadence, but they have cannibalized them with the PureCadence2. I will do a post about them later if anyone is interested. I have about 25 miles on them and have no complaints so far.

The big 1-0

I should be getting ready for my run, but instead I’m sitting here writing a blog post about my run 🙂 Today is a big milestone for me – double digits. I’ve run this distance plenty of times, but I have not hit double digits since September 16, 2012 (death day of the IT band). I’m scared and don’t feel like I’m ready, but if I’m going to run a marathon in June I’ve got to run 10 miles… and then some.

To continue my procrastination, here are some pictures of our furbabies…

photo 1Boomer’s running is going great! He is up to 8.25 miles (total) for the year. On Monday he ran 1.25 miles at once which was his longest run yet. I LOVES to run and this little boy is fast! We ran 1.25 miles in less than 10 minutes.

He also really loves tennis balls. I was rolling my feet out this morning/trying to prevent Boomer from stealing it from me. He caught me off guard when he pounced on my foot and took off running with my tennis ball. Got to love this dog.
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Millie just really loves to sleep.
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I’ll leave you with my view from last night. I was too lazy to get my good camera out, so an iPhone picture will suffice.
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4 things

 

1. I’m finally getting on track with my marathon training. I attempted to do a flexible training plan, but I should have known better than to try a plan. I’m more of an increase my long run when it feels right kind of girl. I’m such a planner except for running – I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants in this arena. Maybe it is because planning for something in June with the military lifestyle is full on crazy. Hopefully my husband wont be coming or going on race day. Well, I guess it is okay if he is coming home on race day. Monday I got in 6.5 miles, 1 yesterday and another 6 today. I am running a 10k on Saturday so I will probably do a short run with Boomer on Friday.

2. Millie went to the spa and got to wear a bow for the first time ever. It lasted just long enough for me to snap a picture.

photo 43. After my run on Monday I was laying in the floor rolling out my legs when a man knocked on my door. My biggest fear in life is getting kidnaped so naturally I ducked behind the couch like any (almost) 24 year old would. I hid for two more knocks before the guy finally went away. About an hour later I saw the note on the door that I missed my flower delivery. Yep, the guy who came to kidnap me was actually a flower delivery guy.
photo 2I’ve never seen anything like this before, but it is cool because it will last way longer than cut flowers. Oh yea, they are from my husband. I guess I’ll keep him.

4. Boomer is getting much better on his runs! I let him set the pace on Tuesday’s run and guess what he decided on…. 8:27. We averaged 8:27! He came back home and took a nap. I’m not sure which is more amazing. I am so excited he likes to run and we are already talking about what hikes we can take him on.
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I lied. One more thing…

5. Deployment #1 is still going. And going, and going and going. After getting some not so great news, I was able to talk to my husband several times (woo hoo!). We are back to “black out” meaning nothing in and nothing out – no mail, phone calls, emails – but we are able to send family grams. Basically you get 10 – 50 words messages, but you send it knowing that anyone (and everyone if they deem it embarrassing) can read it. There are very strict guidelines about what you can’t say or your family gram will get rejected. Of course, we named our dog Boomer, a type of submarine, so I am always worried they are going to think I’m talking in code or something.

 

 

 

Phone Dump and a good run

I finally had a good run on Friday. You know, one of those runs where you look down and you’re already another mile down. I planned on running 3, but once I got to 2ish I was feeling so good I decided to keep on goin’. At 3.5 I was still rocking along, but decided to stop at 4 miles. Ever since I told my husband about the 10% Golden Rule, he is always on me. Probably because I am so miserable (to be around) when I hurt myself and can’t run. I finished feeling strong and proud of myself.

Tomorrow is the start of my Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon training plan. I am still working on getting it together, but I have the first few weeks figured out.

: : Phone Dump from last week : :
I took this picture on a walk with the puppies. First, note that HUGE hill. Most of our area is like this. When we were looking for houses, we actually refused to look at a few because we didn’t want to deal with the cliff they were built on. The main reason I took the picture was to show my mom how packed the houses are. Because we are surrounded by water, everything is built as close as they could get it. They also don’t have zoning in Bremerton so houses are mixed in with businesses. It is really strange. Luckily, we were able to find a house in a neighborhood area.

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Boomer was serenading us this morning with his tune “pleaseeeeee play with meeeeeeee”.
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A perk of deployments and living with color blind roommates – when you are cold you can just keep layering clothes of different patterns and colors. photo 2 (1) photo 1 (1)

Distance PR’s

Last night I finally got 3.5 miles on the treadmill. That’s my longest run since September and it hurt so good. It actually didn’t hurt so much, but the Navy saves money on TV’s and AC. The cardio room is the hottest, most humid room I’ve ever been in. At least I lose water weight just by walking in the room. I quickly realized I need to focus on drinking more water during my runs or I will never last.

Boomer also set a distance personal best today of 2 miles. We have had very cold, windy and rainy weather for the past few days until yesterday when the sun came out. When I woke up this morning and the sun was coming up again I knew I needed to take Boom Boom for a good walk. The poor little guy really needs better walks to spend some energy but his momma doesn’t like the rain.

The Cedar Creek Trail in Silverdale was recommended so I decided to check it out. I cannot wait to come back to run the trail. I am also planning on bringing Boomer back to start training him to run. I’ve read that you can start with short runs at 9 months so we are almost there. I figure once we master not saying hello to everyone it will be time to start running.

1-DSC_0001 1-DSC_0005 1-DSC_0007He did so awesome on the walk that I figured I could be nice and let him run around the dog park at the trail head. There were tons of bigger dogs playing and he could use some socialization with dogs his own size. My main concern was getting him back when I was ready to go. I just knew I would be the crazy lady trying to catch my dog.

I took a deep breath, let him off his leash and told him to have fun.

Boomer didn’t move.

A few little dogs came up to him so I figured he would be fine. The poor little guy wouldn’t leave my side. After he got some loving from a human, I figured we would try again later. I guess he takes after his mom and gets overwhelmed being surrounded by a ton of new people.

At any rate, he is wiped out so it was a successful mission and a great way to spend a rare sunny, albeit cold, day. photo (1)