Can’t Stop Having a Plan and How Fast They Grow

by Joanne on June 1, 2011

Even though my next marathon is MONTHS away, I had to have a plan.  Here it is:  Philadelphia Training Plan.  Yes, I’ve already begun but that’s only because I have a few races planned over the summer and wanted to get some kind of idea of how to prepare.  The plan is flexible and I’ve already changed it due to Ted’s upcoming events.

This past weekend was a fun test of fitness and recovery.  I decided to run however many miles I felt like on Saturday with Shane. It was hot and, to be honest, I ran too far with poor Shane. He was tired and laid down twice when I stopped to give him water.  We went 9 1/4 miles then I finished off the final 3/4 miles for a total of 10.

Once I got home, I had a brilliant idea of cooling my pup off in the shower. I bathed him and clipped his nails.  When Shane SPRINTED from the shower and I turned to clean it, I saw a great pool of blood. OH NUTS! I clipped his nail too short. Those things take 4-E V E R to stop bleeding and sure enough, all day, any time Shane ran around, the nail would bleed. Saturday was an endless cleaning day as you might have guessed.

Sunday was Ted’s Tri. so it was a day off but with a lot of time on my feet.  Monday, Memorial Day (commemoration of those who served and were killed) and a day off of work, I got up and out the door by 6 am.  Ted walked and played with Shane.  Yes, his nail had healed by this point. I was able to run where ever my feet felt like going and managed to cover 15 miles.  I did walk 2 of the steepest hills and I did feel a bit tired with heavy legs but I ran it.  It was a good run because it reassured me of my existing endurance level.

A quote by John Bingham, “Tools and Rules” – Runner’s World

Believe that you can run farther or faster.  Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, …. to accomplish everything you want to do.  Don’t let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.

Speaking of PUPPIES…

Did anyone see the video of Dunder, the German Shepherd growing up?  8 weeks to 1 year in  40 seconds.



So cute.

What’s your favorite game to play with your pet?

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1 Comment

  • At 2011.06.01 13:41, Heather said:

    I love that you incorporate Ted’s plans into your training plan!
    We don’t necessarily play “games” with the dogs, but they definitely play catch. 🙂

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