I’ve been feeling very good about my IT band this week, thanks again for all of your encouragement and advice! It’s healing up quite nicely. Monday I did a 6 mile run after work (8:55 pace) and it felt great. No pain or tightness at all… I think keeping my pace slower has definitely helped me heal faster.
Tuesday was a very special day. Our baby girl turned 4 years old!!
She is the most spoiled dog on earth on all days, but her birthday gets a little out of hand.
I decided to take her for a run when I got home from work, but unfortunately we had to cut her run short. After we were about a mile into our run, a dog down the street was standing in the middle of the road growling at us with all of his hair sticking up and wouldn’t let us go by him. This is not the first time this has happened with this particular dog. One time he ran up to us and tried to attack Dixie, but luckily the owner was outside and ran over to grab him. The craziest part is they have a fenced in backyard, but decide to just let the dog roam around instead. So frustrating.
Dixie and I turned around and I had to put her back in the house and finish my run solo (3 miles, 9:00 pace). She’s had a few incidents where she’s been attacked by dogs, one of which she had to get stitches, so she’s terrified of most dogs that she doesn’t know and gets really defensive. For this reason, I hate running in my neighborhood, but there is nowhere else to run unless I want to drive somewhere or go to the treadmill. I can’t wait to move.
Which leads me to some more exciting news, which I will get to in a second. But first, more about Dixie’s birthday celebrations. Since her run was cut short we let her have some of our chicken and dumplings and gave her some bacon and peanut butter for dessert. After she was nice and full and tired we dumped warm laundry on her… it’s her favorite.
Okay, back to the moving thing. Thomas and I have been renting our current house for a while now. We moved into this house in a super small town (population of 5,000, ugh) away from both of our families so we could live together. At the time we moved in, our jobs were over an hour away from each other, and this house was right in the middle. Now Thomas has started a new job in the same city where I work, so we are finally able to start house hunting!
I hate that I don’t have a nice greenway or even a sidewalk close by where I can go run. On the weekends I drive over 30 minutes to the lake to do my long runs. On the weekdays I usually run right after work (I work near a college campus and all of the streets have sidewalks) or go to the treadmill, but neither option allows me to take Dixie with me 🙁 Good running options will be a definite factor when we are looking for a house. I’m also going to try to pick a neighborhood without crazy mean dogs running around.
Wednesday was another run after work day, and my legs were not cooperating with me. They felt so heavy and tired, but I pushed through it and got 5 miles in at my favorite pace right now…. 9:00. The whole time I just kept telling myself that this is supposed to feel hard, that I’m building up my strength and mileage right now, and it’s okay to feel uncomfortable. It’s all going to pay off when I HOPEFULLY run Richmond in a little over 5 weeks.
This pretty much sums it up… the part that wants to keep going usually wins!
Have a great Thursday!!!
When you were looking for a place to live, did you make sure there were plenty of places to run?
Ever been attacked by a dog while running??