Oh man. Last week’s workouts…where do I begin?
With family visiting all week, all the Christmas festivities (i.e. eating and drinking All the things), our dog Cooper unexpectedly passing away and practically everyone in my house getting sick, you can say that it’s been a week. Needless to say, my workouts were put on the back burner and I did what I could, when I could.
6.5 mile run, 8:40 avg/pace
Kyle and I met up to shake out our legs before all the Christmas Eve and Christmas shenanigans. Tree pose = Christmas tree seemed fitting.
Christmas day walk at the beach with the family
It was a beautiful blue bird day so we opted for some fresh air even if the wind chilled us to the bone. The kids drove their new RC Monster Trucks, Cooper ran around smelling everything and the adults enjoyed the views.
I thought about setting my alarm to hit the gym before work but I opted for spending more time with my parents since they were leaving later that day.
6.35 mile run, 9:00 avg/pace
I met up with Kailey and Kyle for an early morning run. After so many days of not having to wake up with an alarm and fueling my body with food and drink that I don’t normally eat, this run was a little tough at the beginning. But once we started moving and chatting, everything felt just right.
Once I got home from my run, things turned not so right. Cooper had been up most of the night. His belly was swollen and he constantly wanted to be outside. He’s done this numerous times before but eventually he would throw up and it would be all good. Not this time around. He had dry heaves here and there and just looked miserable with his big belly. We called our vet but they told us to go to the emergency vet instead.
Ron and I both had a bad feeling. We knew something was really wrong. It was confirmed within 10 minutes of being at the vet. Cooper’s stomach had twisted. There was two options – surgery or euthanasia. Given Cooper’s age, surgery was not recommended. If we did nothing, he would have passed in a few hours.
It was a pretty traumatic day for all of us especially with trying to explain things to the kids. Even though Cooper was almost 13 years old and we knew his days were numbered, it’s still so hard. He had been doing so well and was running around acting like a puppy on Christmas day. To add to the ache, on December 31st, it would have been his Gotcha Day. Twelve years ago we met our scrawny rescue pup from Tennessee on a snowy day.
Sigh. We miss him lots.
When my alarm went off Friday morning, I promptly reset it for 1.5 hours later. The headache that I thought was from crying so much on Thursday was actually the beginning of a head cold. My throat was sore and my head stuffy. Working out did not sound appealing at all.
2 mile run, 9:41 avg/pace
I spent most of the day laying low, taking down all the Christmas stuff and cleaning the house. By mid afternoon, I was feeling semi-human so I laced up for a short run to see if I could shake some of the snot out of my nose. A million snot rockets later, I felt much better. If I have a cold and I feel like running, the majority of the time I will feel even better post run. Movement opens everything right up.
5.1 mile trail run, 9:53 avg/pace
After sleeping soundly through the night, I felt well enough to meet Kyle up for a trail run. The trails were quiet except for the sound of our feet crunching over the frozen dirt…and us chattering along. We even spotted a beautiful owl watching us. I think there’s something about seeing an owl two days before the end of the year is supposed to bring good luck, right? I have no idea but I’m going with good luck. 🙂
A big thank you to everyone for taking the time to stop at my little corner of the internet this past year. I hope every single one of you has a very happy New Year. Bring on 2019!
How was your week in workouts?
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