This has been such a weird and long week. Christmas already seems like so long ago, but it was just on Tuesday!
I went back to work the day after Christmas and was the only one in the office. I actually got a bunch of work done + cleaned up my desk, so it was a pretty productive day. Yesterday and today have been just me and one co-worker in the office, so it’s been nice to have some easy days before we hit the ground running in the new year!
I’ve been taking it easy on the running front and working more on pre-hab (glutes, IT band, squats, etc) so nothing major to report there.
I’ll keep this post short and sweet and end it with pictures of Murphy (duh!) and his new favorite toy he got for Christmas. See you all in 2019!
Happy Tuesday! I got the day off from work today so I am using it to knock out a ton of errands and some blog stuff. Isn’t that always the case — the days you have are the days you more than most?
Anyways. This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. If you’ve been reading my blog for any time now you know I am obsessed with my dog, Murphy.
Since we’ve moved to town, it is so much easier to take him for runs/walks. Since he is a very active dog, I try to do at least one run with him a day. He loves it, it gets me outside and it (usually) wears him out. A win for everyone!
Since it’s a billion degrees in Kentucky with a ton of humidity I thought I would share some of the simple tips I’ve learned along the way.
– Always warm up and cool down (this goes for you and your dog!)
– Just like when you started running, you will need to build up your dog’s endurance.
– Run with extra water or near water fountains.
– USE A HARNESS
– Give your pup grace for the first half mile or so. Murphy loves to pee on every mailbox, sniff all the things and is easily distracted until he finds his groove.
And just a few other things to remember:
Sidewalks and roads can HOT (duh) but remember to protect your pooch’s feet! Some dog booties or socks can be great in the summer, but can also be used year-round in all kinds of different weather conditions.
Listen to your pup’s body language. Some days Murphy is just not feeling it and we give up after a few minutes. Some days I don’t want to run either, I get it dude.
Anyone else have some tips on running with pets? Murphy will usually fall into my pace, but sometimes he is running on all cylinders and I can barely keep up. We need to work on that…
I took a day off from work today to get everything prepared for our Halloween party, so things are a little random over here today. A trip to the grocery, lots of cleaning and some last minute decorating. I’m hoping to get everything done today so I can relax all day tomorrow! Check back in Monday for a full recap of the weekend’s events.
But keeping with my normal schedule on the blog, here is this week’s Friday Favorites!
1. Our Halloween party!!! <– Yes it requires three exclamation marks because I have been looking forward to this for weeks. I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes, eat lots of great food and spend time chatting and playing games with friends.
3. THIS! Some days I feel like I need to put this sign on my back. So. Many. Interruptions.
4. The winning cornbread recipe from PBFingers. I love cornbread with chili and I can’t wait to try out this recipe in the next week or two!
5. Hustle for that muscle.
I saw this quote on Instagram earlier this week and I love it. It motivated me, so I’m hoping it will do the same for you.
6. THIS VIEW. Give me all the praise hands. I love living in the country. Plus this sunset was pretty amazing — look at these colors!
I love sunny days with Murphy. He has all the energy in the world and would play fetch all day, every day if we let him. On Monday I spent almost my entire lunch break playing fetch with Murphy and his favorite red ball. Yay for being able to come home for lunch!
Someone was not very good at catch today. I love taking a burst of photos because I catch some of Murphy’s funniest moments.
Exact representation of how I felt today. It was busy, a mess and all around chaos. Here’s to a less hectic tomorrow!
But I am thankful for a pup who loves my unconditionally and listens to me rant about my work day. As long as he gets a treat and a belly rub, he is happy.
2. This rice and quinoa pouches have become a staple in our house over the last couple of weeks. They are cheap, healthy and filling! Perfect combo. I’ve been mixing half a bag of this with some grilled chicken nuggets and salsa for a perfect supper.
3. I gave my midterm to my students earlier this week, so I’ve officially made it half a semester as an adjunct college professor! I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve next semester.
4. If you missed my post on Wednesday, be sure to you love your people extra this week.
This has been my first full work week in almost a month and whew! I could definitely feel it. But this weekend is supposed to be glorious and there are lots of local events going on, so I plan on spending all of Saturday and Sunday outside.
But first I have to get through this work and picking up groceries after work. Thank the Lord for Clicklist.
2. So I know frozen meals have a ton of sodium, but this one isn’t too terrible (in retrospect) and it tastes great. I try not to eat this brand too often, but since Aldi is closed and I can’t get my usual meals, this worked as a substitute. Plus, sometimes I just DO NOT feel like cooking. This was the case Tuesday night. Frozen meal for the win. Remember guys, it’s all about balance.
4. This is hilarious. Definitely watch this if you need a laugh.
5. Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I love saving food and outfit ideas from other people! This breakfast toast roundup looked delicious, so took a screenshot and saved it for inspiration throughout the week.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I always do my best workouts on the weekends. I don’t have as many time constraints, I can focus on my workout and I have plenty of time to stretch, warmup and cool down.
But when I travel on the weekends, I feel like I can’t get workout as well as I want.
* I had to include this hilarious picture I took of Murphy while we were traveling.
That was the case this weekend. We visited my in-laws in Tennessee and had a great time, but my workouts suffered.
Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. My family is more important than any workout, but getting in one sweat sesh a day makes me feel better and helps me be the best version of myself.
So while I didn’t get to run and have a killer total body workout, I did get it some solid movements and walks with Murph that worked up some endorphins.
So don’t beat yourself if you chose to spend time with family rather than working out. While I missed my workouts, I know they will be waiting for me Monday afternoon after work.
Hi Internet friends! I’m checking in later than normal today, but I have a very informative post about running in the summer heat with your dog.
One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is run with Murphy. Whether we are at the park or just running around my parent’s neighborhood, getting some sunshine and some miles in always makes us both feel better.
(The first quarter mile is always interesting. Peeing on everything and sniffing ALL THE THINGS.)
After the first .25 we’re good to go!
Every time I get out Murphy’s harness, he goes crazy because he knows it’s time to run. It’s the cutest thing ever. (Can’t you tell I’m a pet parent?! haha)
The great thing about running with Murphy is he makes running fun again. Whether it’s just a couple times around the block or 3 miles at the park, he is so happy to be outside and running.
It makes me want to be more present in my runs and enjoy each and every step.
Plus, post-run naps with Murph are pretty great too.
But with summer in full effect, I wanted to talk about the importance of not over doing it when running with your favorite furry friend.
I always let Murphy dictate the pace, which is never a problem because is definitely faster than me and has more energy.
Some other do’s and don’ts to keep with mind when running with your furry friend.
Do: Check with your vet to make sure everything is okay with your pup health-wise and to make sure they are fit to run. Remember, just like humans, not all dogs are meant to run for miles and miles.
Don’t: Start them too young.
Do: Remember to bring water for them too! Think about how thirsty you get on a run, our pups are even more thirsty!
Don’t: Forget to check for ticks after your run. Even if you’re not hitting the trails, giving your pup a quick look-over will be beneficial.
Do: Have a poop plan. I think this one speaks for its self. Do: Take walk and run breaks if needed. There is no shame in walking.
Haaaappy Friiiiday! I can’t believe another week has come and gone. I love that weekend is already upon us, but man does it feel like time is flying by.
So before some fun in the sun this weekend — let’s talk favorites.
1. One of my favorite things to do is host. I love having people in my home, taking care of them and feeding everyone a good meal. Earlier this week, Emily Ley shared a great post on her blog with tips from others on how to be hospitable and how love people well.
2. Since Wednesday was Global Running Day, Brooks launched the coolest campaign I’ve seen in a while. The thought was that every runner should be endorsed. So by signing up here, you can become an official Brooks endorsed athlete.
3. I’ve been looking into some Whole30 recipes this week. While I’m not planning on completly following the plan, I would like to get some ideas on how to incorporate more whole foods into my diet. Have any suggestions on Whole 30 snacks or recipes? Let me know in the comments below!