Running with Murphy

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.)
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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.
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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.

Happy running!

Friday Favorites v.53

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.
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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!

4. Running and pups. Two of my favorite things.

5. Country livin’ 😍

6. The second biggest project I do all year got sent off the printer yesterday. Such a hufe weight off my shoulders!

7. The difference between dog lovers and dog parents. Haha. It’s so true!

8. ​Fetch is fun. Boomerangs are cool.

How Murphy has improved my life

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time know, then you know how much I love my dog. Murphy is and will forever be my first baby.
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I briefly mentioned it on the blog before, but Ryan and I literally went grocery shopping and came home with a dog. The local animal shelter was hosting a pit bull promotion event at Sam’s Club and I met Murphy and fell in love. He had been abused by his previous owner and was found abandoned in a dryer in an empty house. Every day since we brought him home, I’ve tried to make our home filled with nothing but love, toys and treats.
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But for as much as we’ve helped Murphy, he has helped me twice over.

I can be having the worst day or be stressed about work and come home to his sweet face and he instantly makes me forget about all of my problems. Snuggling with him makes me relaxed and I honestly believe every home needs a dog.

Our furry friends can benefit us so much, even without us realizing it.

Personally, I love that Murphy gets me outside walking and running even when I’m not feeling motivated. No matter how lazy I am feeling, I always go outside for a game of fetch. He has so much energy, I swear some of it rubs off on me 😉

My friends over at PuppySpot sent me the following graphic as a reminder of how much pets can improve our health — and I totally agree!puppyspot_dogs_health_x2_v02.jpg
Puppy Spot’s mission is to connect responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas, and across the U.S. PuppySpot is also a community of dog lovers whose mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes.

If you are not near an animal shelter, or want a specific type of dog, this seems like a great alternative to finding a healthy dog, from a respected and trusted breeder — not a puppy mill. 

Growing up, I never really did have a pet of my own. I lived on a farm with lots of stray cats and cows, but never a dog. Since getting Murphy, I can honestly say my life has improved.

There is a great dog video on Facebook called “So God Made a Dog” and it really pulls at my heartstrings when I think of my own pup. The words in the video are from a poem adapted from another poem called, “So God Made a Farmer.”  

And on the 9th day God looked down on his wide eyed children and said, they need a companion.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody to wake up and give kisses, pee on a tree, sleep all day, wake up again, give more kisses, then stay up until midnight, basking in the glow of the television.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody willing to sit, then stay, then roll over, then with no ego or complaint dress in hats they do not need and costumes they do not understand.  I need somebody who can break wind without a first or second thought.  Who can chase tails, sniff crotches, fetch sticks and lift spirits with a lick.  Somebody who no matter what you didn’t do or couldn’t take or didn’t win or couldn’t make, will love you without judgement just the same.
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs and yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind.  Somebody that will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes for the broken heart.
So God made a Dog.  

It had to be somebody who would remain patient and loyal even through loneliness, somebody to care, cuddle, snuggle, and nuzzle and cheer and charm and snore and slobber and eat the trash and chase the squirrels.  Somebody who would bring the family together with an open heart. Somebody to bark, and then pant and then reply with the rapid wag of a tail, when their best friend says, “let’s go for a ride in the car.”
So God made a Dog.

God said I need somebody who would stand at your side when the world around you collapses.  Somebody to lie next to you during the long nights of pain and sorrow when it hurts to move, to talk, or think, or be.  Somebody to stand guard, play games, snore for hours and repeat as needed.  Somebody to give you strength when you have none of your own.  Somebody to fight when you have no fight left, to hold onto your soul as if it were their favorite toy, playing tug of war to keep you in this world. Somebody to be your companion and guide in this world and the next. Somebody to wait for you on the other side or stand guard in your absence until they can join you for eternity.
So God made a Dog

Hug your pups (or cats!) tight tonight. Give them some extra belly rubs and their favorite treat before bed. We only have them here for a short time. Make the most of it.

Friday Favorites v.51

This week has been so crazy with coming back from STL, Ryan being gone for almost four days and work ramping up. BUT, all is back to normal (mostly) and it’s a three day weekend. So I am counting down the hours/minutes until 5 p.m.
Before this much needed weekend can begin, let’s get through some of my favorites from this week.

1. I know this sounds silly, but my bed is definitely a favorite this week. After sleeping in a hotel for two days plus being at my parent’s house for three days and sleeping in my brother’s bed while he took the couch, I was so glad to crawl in my bed Wednesday night. Buying a king-sized bed was one of the best things Ryan and I have ever purchased.
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2. Ab work. So running is my strong suite (kind of?) If anything, it’s at least the workout I enjoy the most, but (almost) every day for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to do 100-300 ab variations before I go to bed at night. So between crunches, bicycle abs, v ups and every other ab workout I could think, I’ve been trying to build up my core. Annnnd, I think it’s working! I feel stronger at least. & isn’t that what it’s all about?!

3. I got my Simplified Planner in the mail! If you’ve been reading this blog for any time now, you know my love for Emily Ley and her planners. I love her brand and what she stands for and I can’t wait to start filling these pages come August!
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4. Oiselle thinks sports bras can keep girls in the outdoors. 

5. If you missed my burn bootcamp post from Tuesday, check it out. It’s a simple (but sweaty!) at-home workout.

6. My sunburn from the weekend has now turned into a tan. YAY.

7. These MUST-MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER BARS from PBFingers looks amazing. I can’t wait to make + eat these bad boys.

8. Sleepy pup selfies are my favorite. img_0248

Friday Favorites v. 28

Only one more full work week before Christmas! I am so excited to get through the next seven days and then relax and spend time with my family.

Before I start day dreaming of the weekend, let’s stick our normal Friday schedule around here and talk about some Friday Favorites!

1. Writing fun stories at my job. Earlier this week I got to interview a young man who locked himself in a dog kennel to raise money for the animal shelter. He broadcasted the whole thing on Facebook Live and I popped up to say before I did my interview with him. 

2. This rendition of Jolene by Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus and Penatonix is awesome. They performed it on The Voice a few weeks ago and it’s definitely worth checking out.

3. MY TREADMILL IS PUT TOGETHER. So happy. Will report back next week with a full review.

4. For all my dog lovers out there, here is a fun Buzzfeed quiz for you!
What matching holiday sweaters should you and your dog get?


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5. If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts for the runner in your life, check out my gift guide for runners for all kinds of ideas!

6. Check out this story from Runners World. It’s a oldie, but a goodie.
“Bret, Unbroken
His brain and body shattered in a horrible accident as a young boy, Bret Dunlap thought just being able to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and survive on his own added up to a good enough life. Then he discovered running.”

7. I know I’m late to the game but I just discovered FitSnap. I’ve always seen other people’s cute instagram pics with the running stats and wanted to do the same! 

8. Murphy has to be a close as possible to either me or Ryan at all times. Sometimes cute, sometimes super annoying. 


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week.

Thanksgiving weekend

What a great weekend. So much food, family, football and shopping. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Now onto Christmas!

We finished decorating the house for Christmas and I’m in love! Murphy loves the tree (mainly the ornaments because he thinks they are balls to play with) and I love getting in the Christmas spirit. Also, a lit Christmas tree is one of the prettiest sights in the world (technically, I say this about a lot of things, but it’s still gorgeous)


Ryan and I scored some pretty sweet deals when we went Black Thursday/Friday shopping. I got these awesome Nikes and tested them out Saturday on a walk/run at the park with Murphy.

While I normally wouldn’t shop on a holiday, my mom and brother both had to work and Ryan and I had to work Friday, so Thursday night was the most convenient time for us. We hit up Shoe Carnival and Kohl’s (super good deals!!!) and then called it a night. We waited in line at Kohl’s for almost two hours, but saved more than $400. So I think it was worth it. I also woke up early Friday and hit up our mall (which is nothing to write home about) and snagged a purse to replace mine that has been tearing at the seams.

On Saturday I took Murphy to PetSmart to take advantage of some their Black Friday weekend deals. All grooming services were half off, so we got the works done. Murphy wasn’t a happy camper, but he looked and smelled so much better when it was all said and done.

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Sunday was hanging with friends, grocery shopping and catching up on Gotham.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Let me know below in the comments one great thing that happened over the last few days.

Friday Favorites v.20

Hi guys! Are you excited about the weekend as I am?! I felt like I got no good sleep all week, so I’m looking forward to not setting an alarm tomorrow morning.
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1. I don’t know why I am just now finding out about these, but Emily Ley has state desktop wallpapers! If you’ve been reading for a while, you know my love for Emily Ley. Her planners, style and overall outlook on life are something I admire. Check out all of her free printables and wallpapers here.

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2. Favorite Tailgate Recipes <– I regularly look at the Southern Weddings blog. It’s great even if you’re not planning a wedding. So many cute, Southern ideas that go beyond marriage.

3. With the upcoming election, how cute is this Vote Y’all tote from Draper James?! Also, no matter who you’re for or against, please exercise your right to vote! We are so lucky to live a country that respects democracy. Express your freedom and vote! *insert American flag emoji*

4. I love Pitbull memes. Every time I tell someone Murphy is part Pit, they get a little worried. Murphy is seriously the cuddliest pup ever. People need to stop judging dogs based on breeds.
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5. I’m slowly trying to up my social media game. Well I’m not a big fan of Snapchat, I do love Instagram and Twitter. Give me a follow if you want to see random tidbits of running, food, my pup and my crazy (and mostly boring) life 😉 @megkayrich

6. The Real Reason I’m Not Taking Before And After Photos

7. THE GREAT PUMPKIN is on tv basically all weekend. Heck. Yes.

8. Always on the lookout (mainly for rabbits he can chase).img_1131

 

 

Pictures with Murphy

A few weeks ago, the family was at the park to take some of my brother’s senior pictures and basically just to get out of the house and enjoy the day. Since we had the “nice camera” out, we decided to try and take some really nice pictures of Murphy.

Instead…this is what we got. Enjoy!
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Maybe not the best, but definitely pretty funny to look back on. I love this pup so much and I’m so thankful for everyday he is in mine and Ryan’s life.

Happy Thursday!