Lots of little things added up to a great weekend - lots of running, lots of dogs, some roller skating (?), good food, family, birthdays, more dogs, more running and an anniversary.
Saturday, woke up at 5 AM and headed out for a 10 mile run. I found my happy place about 7 miles into the run and felt like I was cruising all the way back home. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I headed out for the drive to pick up this girl for a morning run.
We ran 5 miles, which seems to be nothing for her so it seems I can try a little more with her. After running, I dropped off brochures at the Better Days booth at Furry Fun Days, which was being held in the same park where the rail trail begins.
After dropping Xena back off at the shelter, I headed home and spent the next hour walking my dogs before getting cleaned up and heading back out.
After a bit of a drive, we arrived for my husband's niece's birthday party. First stop, roller skating. I've never felt more disgusting than after walking out of this dingy old roller skating rink. Gross! Also, roller skating at age 31 compared to roller skating at age 9 is very different. Needless to say, I sucked...really bad. I was intently focused on not falling and never quite fully grasped the concept before we left. After a yummy dinner, next stop bowling. Could we have picked more disgusting, shoe sharing activities? We ended up back home around 11 PM and I crashed!
On Sunday, I was up again at 5 AM and headed out for 5 miles of running with my dogs. Then, it was off to the shelter to pick up 3 dogs for a Miles and Mutts run. I was thrilled. Three people came on Sunday and I spent the time running back and forth between everyone making sure everyone was doing OK. Everyone did really well!! These girls got in 3, 4, or 5 miles.
The plan was to send the other two dogs back to the shelter (with my wonderful husband who helped transport) and I'd hang out with a hopefully tired Abigale and maybe she'd get some interest at the event being held in the park. The event benefited all the attending shelters/rescues so there were several adoptable dogs wandering around. She's been available for adoption for over a year and is a great dog, just high energy which means she often does not show well to potential adopters. After hanging out with her at Furry Fun Days for a several more hours, it was time head out.
Furry Fun Days was an interesting experience. I enjoyed watching a few of the 'dock dogs' but I never knew there could be so many people interested in that sport (?). I remember the time I went skydiving and discovering this whole skydiving sub-culture of people obsessed with it. This was much the same thing. Of course, I guess the running sub-culture is quite the same. :)
After a filled weekend, it was time to head back home and relax for a bit before calling it a day. It was after-all our 4 year wedding anniversary. We lived it up, having dinner at the oh-so-fancy Moe's Southwest Grill.
All in all, a great weekend...I think I can leave out the roller skating in future weekends though!