This weekend, I was really looking forward to having no plans. Saturday I wanted to get in a long run and Sunday had a plan to run with the dogs but otherwise, I was completely free to relax.
Friday, I took advantage of an evening home alone for grocery shopping and cleaning the house. Furniture was even moved to clean under it and doors were scrubbed cleaned. Seriously, how can we be so disgusting that I needed to clean dirt off several doors from our grubby hands? We don't even have kids and the dogs aren't fiddling with door knobs so I can't blame them.
With a clean house, I woke up Saturday morning and headed out for a long run. The weather was perfect which made it enjoyable but I'll admit this week of running had me wondering why I'm even working towards a 50 miler. Every run was tough and very, very slow this week. Things were getting better towards the end of the long run, although it was only a 16 miler, I may not feel that way if it were longer. I made up my 'plan' a few weeks ago and really have no idea how I decided the long run sequence but I'm sticking with it.
I celebrated the long run by taking a nap, after making a huge breakfast. Post long-run naps are wonderful.
This morning, it was time to take the Muttmobile on its maiden voyage. My husband is seriously the best for building all these crates in and creating a perfect set up to keep this program growing. The pimped out van for Miles and Mutts:
We took six dogs this week and the van holds 9 built in with some extra room where we can add another freestanding crate or two. The ride over to the rail trail was rough. There was a lot of barking, whining and Jack (black dog in the lower right) was going nuts. We've been taking him because he's been a little kennel crazy and needs to get out. He was doing a lot of circling and attacking his own back leg during the ride. He really hasn't been much of a runner but something changed in that dog this week. I took him thinking he'd probably just walk or do lots of zig-zagging like he's done the past times we've taken. But, he actually ran with me the whole time (4 miles) and he was right by my side with a slack leash for the entire 2 miles back. Good boy, Jack!
After everyone finished running, we loaded all the dogs up (picture was from the ride back) and headed back to the shelter. They hardly made a sound and most of them just laid down. Seriously the best feeling ever to see their transformation in just a short time with some exercise.
To top off a great morning, we went out for lunch to a local restaurant that has the absolute best baklava I've ever had. Baklava is pretty much my favorite dessert ever and I savored ever bite of that baklava. Lots of rest, a bit of running and lots of good food this weekend - just what I needed to feel recharged.