Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone! We made it to Friday!  And, tomorrow is Halloween!!

Here are pictures of all of my favorites from the week.  

 

Monday’s Post was my favorite from the week! 

10 Tips for New Runners

Apple Cinnamon Cheerios – YUM!!

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Tuesday’s run – It was the best run I have had in a while!

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Tuesday night dinner:  breakfast, my favorite!

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The Royals lead the World Series! Way to go American League!

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Wednesday’s lunch:  Subway oven roasted chicken chopped salad.  

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Long walks with Jake everyday, picking up pecans.  

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Wednesday’s dinner: I love cooking with Jeremy! 

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Thursday’s run!  I felt awesome, and feel like I’m ready for the race Saturday! 

Friday Favorites

Have a great Halloween Weekend!!

 

Pile on the Miles Challenge 2015

I have some exciting news to share with you, but first let me catch you up on what I did yesterday.  Yesterday was pretty much just a typical week day.  I woke up to a storm.  There was no rain in the forecast!  It stormed hard for a few hours, then the sun came out.  I started off the day with yogurt and green tea for breakfast while I watched the rain.  

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Then for lunch, I had a chopped salad from Subway.  It had oven roasted chicken, banana peppers, bell peppers, red onions, pickles, shredded cheese, croutons, and the new Subway vinaigrette.  It was huge!  I couldn’t even eat half of it! 

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I ran around town looking for a new Halloween shirt to wear to the race Saturday, but I had no luck!  Walmart had a $2 rack of Halloween shirts and I got really excited until I went through them.  They were all for little boys.  I tried a couple of other stores, but no one had any Halloween stuff left.  I guess that’s my fault for waiting until the last minute.  So, I pulled out the only Halloween shirt that I have, which is the same shirt that I wore when I ran this race 2 years ago.  But, I guess it won’t matter if I wear it again. We are going to Norman the night before the race, so maybe I will try to find one there. 

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After running errands, I came home.  I was planning on running yesterday, but my leg was a little sore from Tuesday’s run.  So, I decided to just take Jake for a walk and ice it.  We went for a walk to pick up pecans, but didn’t stay long because the sun went down and it got cold!  Jake found a branch today and decided he wanted to drag it around for a while. 

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I also found this weird thing in a tree while we were walking.  I have never seen anything like it.  It looks like a brain!

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Jeremy and I fixed dinner last night for his dad.  We fixed pork chops two ways.  Some were fried, and some were broiled.  

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I seasoned them with olive oil, Cavenders, Lawrys, and garlic.  

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Jeremy’s aunt gave us a bunch of fresh okra, so we fixed it!  

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We had my oven roasted okra, and I fixed fried okra for my father in law.  

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And, we had scalloped potatoes.  It was all really good, and we had so much left over!  

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What I am really excited to share with you today is that I signed up for RunEatRepeat’s Pile on the Miles 2015 challenge. 

 

 

This is the 7th year for this challenge, but it will be my first.  The challenge runs the entire month of November.  The goal of this challenge is not to pile on the pounds during the holiday season, but instead pile on the miles.  This is not a competition.  You choose your own goal. My goal is to walk or run for at least 30 minutes every day.  The challenge is all done online.  You check in daily to help you stay accountable, and you report once a week on RunEatRepeat.com.  Each Saturday if you check in, you are entered in a drawing for prizes!  Each week, the big prize will be a $100 Amazon gift card!  I challenge you to join me and sign up as well.  You can sign up here

Are you joining me??

Halloween Race!

Happy Wednesday!  We are half-way through the week, and I am really excited about this weekend!  I love Halloween!  I love dressing up, and I love seeing all the kids in their costumes.  I can’t wait to hand out candy.  But, as thrilled as I am about all of that, I am even more excited about Saturday morning.  I signed up yesterday for a 5K!  I am so pumped!  This will be my first race since April, and since getting injured.  I’ll say it again – I’M SO EXCITED!  I have been thinking about this for the last couple of weeks.  I just started running again, and am still trying to adjust my form and landing to keep from hurting my leg.  I also feel like I am a little out of shape since I have been off for so many months.  But, I just kept thinking about how much I wanted to do it.  So, I signed up!  I am not going to worry about my time, I’m just going to go have fun and enjoy it.  I am so happy to be running again, but I needed a little motivation to get back on track, and this will do just that.  I am going to be running the Monster Dash.  It is a Halloween themed race, and people wear ridiculous costumes, which makes it really entertaining!  I really can’t wait! 

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Monday morning, I woke up at 3:15 am and could not go back to sleep.  I laid there until 5:30 and got up.  All day I kept thinking that I would start feeling tired, but I never did.  I really had a lot of energy!  The weather was back to being warm again, and I couldn’t wait to get outside.  But, I had some things to take care of, and was on the phone most of the afternoon.  For lunch, I fixed some of my new favorite salad

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And later, I laced up and headed out for a run.  I got a phone call that I had to take in the middle of my run, so I had to cut it short. 

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But, I did end up taking Jake for a walk before dark. 

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Jeremy was working late, so I had some Apple Cinnamon Cheerios for dinner.  While I ate, I watched 27 dresses with Katherine Heigel.  She is great! 

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Around 10, I took a Benadryl (I still have a few hives left, and my face has been very puffy) and it put me to sleep.  I really hate taking any kind of medicine, especially things that make me sleep.  But, once I went to sleep, I really slept good!  That was probably a mixture of the Benadryl and only getting a few hours of sleep Sunday night. 

 Yesterday morning, I did not want to get up.  I felt like I could have slept all day.  I had some green tea when I got up but the caffeine wasn’t enough.  So, I had a Herbalife Lift-off with my salad at lunch. 

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Those things really work!  Since I signed up for that race, I wanted to see how my time would compare to what I was doing before I got hurt.  Before I was hurt, I was consistently running 3.1 miles in right around 27 minutes.  Yesterday, I didn’t push myself, and I did take some walk breaks any time I felt a pain in my leg.  I ran 3.1 in 30:02.  I am really happy with that time! 

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After my run, I took Jake for a really long walk.  We walked and picked up pecans for an hour and 45 minutes.  Jake got tired of me stopping to pick up pecans, so he would lie down until I was done. 

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He also found a huge stick that he drug around for a while.   

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Then I came home and turned on the World Series.  I am really bummed that the Yankees didn’t make it.  So, I will be cheering for the Royals.  I could not believe that on the first night of the World Series, they were having technical difficulties with the broadcast!!  The game kept going off for a few seconds and a screen would come up saying “we are experiencing technical difficulties”!   But, way to go Royals for taking the first game in extra innings! It was a late night!

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We watched the game and I fixed some breakfast for dinner.   We had eggs, bacon, and toast.  One of my eggs had 

two yolks! 

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I love breakfast for dinner!  

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I hope you have a great rest of the week!  

10 Tips for New Runners

10 Tips for New Runners

There are so many little tips I have learned from running that I wish I would have known before I started.  I wanted to share some of the things I have learned that I have helped me out. 

I have had bad experiences from shoes and blisters to overtraining and injuries.  But, I have learned from these mistakes and want to share some of the things I have learned.  These tips have helped me go from absolutely hating running and dreading my run each day to loving it and looking forward to my run each day. 

  1. Shoes – Shoes are the most important part of running.  The wrong shoes can cause injury and make your run miserable.  My biggest mistake when I started was not getting fitted for running shoes.  When I first started out, I just ran in a pair of shoes that I already had.  I ended up getting bad shin splints in both legs.  A friend suggested that I get fitted for new shoes, so I did.  I had no idea that I needed a bigger shoe than what I was wearing.  It made all the difference in the world!  My feet and shins no longer hurt when I run, and it was much more comfortable.  I also had a pair of shoes that made blisters on my heels so bad.  The shoes cut into my heels and bandaids wouldn’t stay on.  My shoes and socks would be covered in blood by the time I got done running.  I had to tape the back of my shoes in order to run in them.  I knew when I did that, that these were not the right shoes for me.  I went to a different store and got fitted for a new pair.  I have been running in Brooks Ravenna’s ever since. 10 tips for new runners
  2. It gets easier – Don’t start off thinking you are going to run 3 miles. You will have to build up to that.  The more you run, the easier it becomes and the more you will build up your endurance.  Don’t set big goals when you start out.  Start out with the walk/run method.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t run for very long, you will get there.  When I first started out, I would set little goals for myself.  I started with running from one mailbox to the next.  Once I could do that comfortably, I would run from one mailbox to a one further down the street.  I eventually was able to run all the way down the street without stopping.  I just kept giving myself little goals until I could meet them.  As I began to build up my strength and endurance, I started setting bigger goals.  I would tell myself that I will run for 30 minutes, or that I will go 4 miles.  (walk/run method)  But, don’t get discouraged.  It is a process, but it is worth it!  I still have days when I have run / walk.  Just try to be consistent and run several days a week.  This will help you to build up your endurance. 10 tips for new runners
  3. Find a partner – The biggest help to me starting out was having a partner. This helps you be accountable.  Starting out is hard, and I would come up with every excuse not to go.  But, I didn’t want to cancel on my friend, so I would go.  My friend was very patient with me while I was building up my strength.  She would walk with me every time I needed a break.  But, running with her also pushed me to keep running longer than I would if I was alone.  This helped tremendously in getting me started. 10 tips for new runners
  4. Start out slow – When you start your run, start out slow. You want to run at a comfortable pace and you won’t do that if you start fast.  If you start running fast, you will get tired quickly, and won’t be able to run as long or far as you want to.  You need to pace yourself.  I learned this at my very first race.  I had been running 3 miles and was proud of myself for being able to do that.  I was really excited about my first race, so when the gun went off I started out really fast.  About halfway through I was out of energy.  I wanted to quit, and I was so frustrated with myself.  I had to walk almost the entire last half.  I finished, but my time was about 8 minutes more than what it had been on my practice runs.  I was so discouraged, and it was all because I started out way too fast. 
  5. A short run is better than no run – If you are busy and don’t think you have time for a run, it’s better to get a short one in than none at all. This helps when you are starting out with building up your endurance.  If you are busy, and decide to skip a day, that day may turn into two or three.  Then anything that you have gained will be lost.  With this same topic, I will also throw in that a bad run is better than no run.  There were, and still are, days when I have an awful run.  I can tell when I start out that it’s going to be bad.  Maybe my body is tired, or my stomach is too empty or too full.  I can just tell from the beginning that the whole run is going to be difficult.  Instead of quitting, I keep going even if I have to walk half of it.  This is still better than sitting on the couch! 10 tips for new runners
  6. Change up your routes – If you run the same route every day you will get bored. Plus, your body will adjust to that route, and you will not build anymore strength.  You need to change it up and run different routes.  Run hills.  I hate hills, with a passion!!  But, they will make you a better and stronger runner.  This also goes for running on the treadmill.  There is a huge difference in running inside and outside.  You will get stronger when you run outside because of the hills. 
  7. Run to music – Music helps me to enjoy my run! I make a good playlist and grab my earbuds and get lost in the music.  Sometimes I just need to tune everything out and just run.  A good playlist will help you to enjoy your run and forget about how long you are running.  I also listen to Podcasts when I run.  This really helps me on my long runs to get caught up in the story and forget about the miles.  Some Podcasts that I like are Serial and Undisclosed. 10 Tips for new runners
  8. Eat right – This is a big lesson that I have learned. First of all, I can’t run on an empty stomach.  I get sick and feel weak.  I have to have something in me to be able to run.  But, I have also had to figure out what I can eat that is agreeable with me before I run.  Everyone is different.  You may have to try things out and see how they settle in your stomach.  For me, I have figured out that granola bars, peanut butter and jelly, and bananas are the best.  I have tried yogurt and oatmeal, and many more foods, but they just don’t settle right and then I am feeling sick the whole run.   I have also learned that if I eat junk, even if it’s the night before, I feel it during my run.  Or if I eat a big lunch and then try to run a few hours later, I don’t run very well.  Again, everyone is different.  You have to figure out what works for you.  But, if you eat junk, you will be able to tell a difference in your runs.  As you start out, it may be a good idea to record your meals and your runs.  Pay attention to how you run when you eat certain foods, this will help you figure out what foods help you and which ones hurt you. 10 tips for new runners
  9. Track your progress – Starting out, this will help you tremendously with motivation. Use an app to track your runs.  Then you will be able to see when you start running further or faster or for longer.  There will be days when you feel discouraged, but if you can see an improvement from where you started, then you will want to keep going.  I use Map my Run to log my runs and track my progress.  I also have it connected to My Fitness Pal, so I can track my food too. 10 tips for new runners
  10. Remember your rest days – Remember that rest days are for resting. Your body needs that time to rest your muscles.  I used to try to run 7 days a week.  I might could do that, but I wasn’t getting any faster or being able to go any longer.  I started resting a few days a week, and my runs got better and I could go further.  You can also use running rest days for strength training.  One of my favorite strength training workouts is a squat workout.  While this does make your legs tired, it also helps to build up your muscles which I think helped me to run better. 

I’m not an expert, these are just things that I have learned that have helped me out.  I hope that there is something on this list that can help you out too! 

Weekends Are Made For Relaxing!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I know I did.  We really didn’t do much, but that was much needed.  We stayed in Friday night and watched TV and ate hot dogs.  It was nice to not have anything to do.  On Saturday, we slept in.  Well, we tried to sleep in, but Jake wanted to get up at 7:00, and then again at 8:30.  He went from side to side around the bed whining until we finally got up with him.  We went grocery shopping and got it done for the week.  I bought some more southwestern salad kits for lunch this week.  I am hooked on this stuff!  I also found some really good grapes to snack on.

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After we finished grocery shopping, we went to ride the 4-wheeler.  It was very cloudy and cold, but the sun was trying to peek out.  

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Our neighbor has 100 acres behind her house and no one uses it for anything.  She gave us permission to ride the 4-wheeler around it.  We rode around for a while and then we just walked and hiked.  

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We walked for a couple of hours and explored.  

 

 

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We found the remains of an old house.  It was really cool that the wood was still standing there.  

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We also found a huge creek that runs through there.  Jeremy knew it was there, but I had never seen it. 

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It was beautiful out there and so peaceful.  I could have sat there and watched that water flowing all day.  It was nice for us to get away from everything for a few hours. 

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I also found this really cool spider web with water droplets on it.  

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When we got back home, we got ready to go to the rodeo.  Yeehaw! 

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It was an IPRA southern regional finals rodeo and Jeremy and his dad were a sponsor, so we had an all-access pass. 

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We got a free t-shirt and front row seats directly in front of the chutes.  It was a really good rodeo and we had a lot of fun! 

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The clown was very entertaining and made us laugh a lot.  He was probably the funniest one I have ever seen.  He did a lot of different acts, and he changed clothes a bunch of times.  He wore a lot of dresses!  I really enjoy the bare back riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding.  I get pretty bored during all of the roping events though, and they had several.

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The bull riding was really good.  Almost all of the contestants rode the 8 seconds.  I did see something that I have never seen before though.  One of the bulls fell when he came out of the chute, and broke his leg.  I have wondered all day what they will do with the bull.  I hope they can fix it.  

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After the rodeo, we went to eat a late dinner.  I lied last week when I said we wouldn’t be going back to Chili’s anytime soon.  Jeremy wanted to go use our free dinner coupon, so we did.  We got seated at the exact same table, and had the exact same waitress.  She remembered us, so we actually had really good service.  We ordered chips and salsa to start with. 

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I really wanted Mexican, so I ordered chicken fajitas again.  Jeremy wanted ribs again, but he was worried about it being late and was afraid they wouldn’t be good.  So, he ordered a burger instead.  Our food came out really fast, and it was hot.  The fajitas came out sizzling this time, and there was no mold on the cheese.  That was a bonus!  But, they were not very good.  The guacamole was brown, and the peppers and onions weren’t cooked very much.  I’m not a fan of their fajitas, remind me never to order them again at Chili’s.   

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Jeremy’s burger looked good, and it was hot.  And, he actually got fries with his meal this time.  But he said the burger was dry and he had to ask for some mayo to put on it.  He wasn’t very impressed with it. 

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So, now I can say we probably won’t be back for a long time! 

We got up Sunday morning and the sun was finally out after 3 days of rainy weather. The rain has washed away our road since they tore the asphalt off a month ago.  Now it is full of holes and they haven’t even started to fix it! They have one job to fix the road. That’s it!

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Seriously, you had one job! 

We went to ride the 4 wheeler again on our neighbor’s land.  It was nice out, but it was still chilly.  The weather was hot, and then got really cold.  There was no in between this year.  We went back to the creek and walked along the top of the ravine overlooking it.  We spent another couple of hours walking around. 

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After we came back, we had lunch.  I ate some Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.  They are so good!!

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Jeremy’s aunt and uncle came to visit for the night.  We all went to walk Jake. 

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We also picked up pecans.  It’s like hunting Easter eggs!  With all of us, we ended up with 2 buckets full!  I decided that this is what everyone is getting for Christmas.  Shopping done! 

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Later that evening, we went to eat dinner.  We ate at a local café.  We started with fried zucchini.  They were monstrous and they were really good! 

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I also had a side salad.

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For my entrée, I had grilled chicken with grilled onions on top.  I got another side with my meal other than my salad, but I didn’t want it.  So, I ordered some tator tots for Jeremy. 

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After that we went back to my father-in-law’s house to visit. 

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This weekend was so relaxing and we needed it so much!  I can’t wait until next weekend for Halloween!  I got my costume and am really excited about it! 

Have a great week! 

Two Days in Pictures

Hi!  Here’s a photo update on what’s been going on the last few days!  

Thursday:

I woke up with hives everywhere!  I don’t know what caused them, but they itch so BAD!! (And, it’s Saturday night and I still have them!)

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 Lunch: my new favorite salad! Southwestern chopped salad.  

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I made Jeremy some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing – his favorite. 

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My icing skills are not so great, but at least they tasted good.  

It stormed all day, so Jake had to stay inside.  He got a new toy and tore it up in less than 10 minutes! Good thing they are cheap!

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Rain = no running. So it was Blogilates, squats, and weights. 

   
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Friday

Breakfast of champions!

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Lunch – my favorite salad again! (I ate this for lunch 5 days in a row!)

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We went for a walk after the rain stopped.  

 

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While we were walking, I was looking for pecans and spotted this really pretty red plant.  It stood out since everything else is brown.  THe picture doesn’t do it justice, it was bright red and beautiful!

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I found these and I would LOVE to have one, but they are $70 and I just can’t spend that much on a cup! 

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Dinner:  Hotdogs – they tripled in size!

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The sunset was beautiful!

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Dog Training Tips

I get asked all the time how we trained our dog, because he really is well behaved.  I would like to just credit him and say that he is just exceptionally smart, but I know that’s not all of it.  I won’t claim to be an expert in dog training, because I haven’t trained very many.  But, I will say that I think we did a good job with Jake! 

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The most important thing in dog training is to remember that it takes time and you have to be consistent.  Puppies need a schedule, and they will adjust to it.  It will make your life so much easier if you start this when you first get them so they can get used to you.  You also need to reward them when they show the behavior that you are expecting. 

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When we first got home with Jake, we made sure to take him outside every thirty minutes.  When we took him out, we would stay out until he went.  Then we would bring him in and praise him and give him a treat.  He picked up on this fast, and he only had one accident in the house.  He was even quick to learn to sit at the door when he needed to go. 

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We also never had any trouble with him chewing on things.  I believe this was because we made sure to give him lots of different chew toys and bones.   This way he didn’t want to chew on our shoes or socks.  

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We also kept all of our stuff put up that he might chew on.  When he did occasionally get a towel, we would swat him, take it away, and tell him no.  Now, he will take towels, socks, gloves, hats – pretty much anything he can find, but he doesn’t chew on them.  He just wants to be chased.  When we say no, he drops them.  I think it also helped that we gave him a lot of attention and spent a lot of time with him.  He wasn’t really ever left alone to chew up anything. 

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The hardest thing for me was crate training.  When we started this, he would cry and whine and I could not handle it!  Jeremy was the strong one during this training.  We would put him in his crate and leave for 20-30 minutes at a time, just so he could get used to it.  We would give him a treat, so he would go in and we also left a TV on for him.  It really didn’t take that long to train him, and I think I hated it more than he did.  After he was house trained and we knew he wouldn’t chew up anything we started leaving him out.  Usually when we came home, he was laying in his crate anyways.  He got to where he would sleep in there at night too. 

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What really amazes me is that when Jake was a baby, we let him get on the couch.  We had some old furniture then and it was okay.  A few years later we got new furniture and we put a sheet over it so he could still get on it.  Once we bought our house, we took the sheet off and he wasn’t allowed on there.  He has not ever tried to get on it since we have taken the sheet off. 

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I don’t know if he just thinks he can’t since the sheet isn’t there, or if it’s something different and he doesn’t want to.  But it is amazing how smart he is.  He will go to my father-in-law’s house and get on his couch.  He knows which one he is allowed on, and that is the only one he gets up on.  I think we were just blessed with a very smart dog! 

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One of my roommates in college had a lab, and I can remember her getting so mad because it chewed up everything!  That dog chewed up her TV remote!  We have been very lucky with how easy Jake was to train, and how well he minds. 

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We make sure that Jake gets lots of exercise everyday.  We take him for long walks, or he goes on a run with me.  This keeps him from getting bored and tearing stuff up.  Plus, I love to see him happy!  

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I’m not expert, this is just what has worked for me!  The main advice I can offer is to be consistent and give a puppy a schedule.  They will adjust to it, and it will help you both.  

Exciting Food Find!

I have a new food find that I am so excited about! I found this awesome new southwest chopped salad mix kit at Walmart. 

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All you had to do was dump it in all in a bowl and toss! 

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I love when things are so easy!  It was low in calories, and it was really, really good! 

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The mix included a seasoned cheese blend, spicy tortilla strips, and pieces of fried jalapenos which gave it a spicy kick.  

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The package made two big salads and they were very filling!  This is my new favorite salad mix. 

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In running news,  I have now run three times with my new orthotic insoles.  The left one is really comfortable, but the right one is causing the sharp pains to come back in my leg.  When I ran on Sunday, it hurt, but not bad.  So I thought I just needed to adjust the placement of the insole in my shoe.  I tried to adjust it for my run on Monday.  I got it in there where it felt comfortable when I walked on it, but once I started running, the pain became unbearable.  I could not go any further than 3 miles, and that was with a lot of walking limping.  It feels like there is something really hard pushing on my arch, like a big rock in my shoe, and it sends pain up through my foot and into my shin.  I tried just walking in them, and that hurt just as bad.  Tuesday, I tried again to adjust the placement of the insole and went for a walk.  It was really painful, so I took Tuesday off and iced my leg and took some ibuprofen.  I also massaged my foot and shin and yesterday, it felt a little better.  It was back to just being sore.  I took the insoles out of my shoes and had a really good run with no sharp pains, and no having to stop and walk!  I think I will try for a while to just really pay attention to how I land and see if I can run without the insoles.    

Sweaty post-run selfie!
Sweaty post-run selfie!
My run yesterday was awesome!  I have been pretty down lately because of my leg, and I have not been very motivated because I can’t run the miles like I was before I got hurt.  Yesterday I was really tired, and I kept coming up with excuses as to why I needed to skip my run.  I finally just made myself go, and I was so happy with how I ran.  It really helped give me some motivation!  I felt so good after I finished too.   Usually the days when I don’t want to run are the days when I need it the most and I do the best.  I truly believe what is said about it being a mental thing.  Once I change my way of thinking and push all of the excuses aside, I do really well. 

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After my run, I took Jake for an hour long walk. He went to the groomer and got a bandanna!  Running, Salads, and long walks New Blog Post runandlivehappy (12)

 We also picked up pecans.  I wish I could teach Jake out to sniff them out so he could help me find them.  That would make it so much easier! 

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I am really wanting to run a race on Halloween, but I’m afraid to push it and hurt myself again.  I am thinking that I may just go do it to have fun and not worry about my time. 

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In other news from this week, Jake had an ear ache and had to visit the vet. 

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He loves going to the vet.  He gets really excited to ride in the truck, and then he goes nuts when we get there. 

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They all love him because he is so friendly.  Everyone wants to pet him and he loves all the attention. 

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Once we were in the room, Jake wanted to get up on the table.  But, it was too far to jump. 

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The vet checked his ears to make sure there wasn’t anything stuck down in them, and they were good.  He said one of them was pretty red and he wanted to try out a different kind of treatment.  Usually this time of year, Jake seems to get ear aches because he is outside more.  We have ear drops and a rinse that we use and I keep his ears very clean, but he always gets at least one ear ache a year.  So, the vet said that since they weren’t dirty, the rinse and the drops wouldn’t do much except bother him more, so he squeezed a little tube of gel in each ear. 

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He said that it takes a week to heal and then if they are still bothering him, he will put another dose in and it lasts 45 days.  He said while that gel is in his ears, there is no need to rinse them or clean them; the gel takes care of everything.  I am hoping that it works because after we got home, he continued to shake his head and paw at his ear all night.  He doesn’t act like he feels bad though and he is eating and drinking normally.  I just hate it when something is bothering him.

So far, my week has been full of salads, running, and a couple of long walks.  I am really going to try to continue to go slow with my running and get back on a schedule like I was before I got hurt.  I am hoping that if I don’t push it too hard, and I continue to take it easy I will heal and be okay! 

I hope you’re having a good week and enjoying the fall weather!    

Tips for the Long Run

I have a love / hate relationship with the long run.  I love the way I feel when it’s over.  It’s such an accomplishment, and I am so proud of myself for doing it.  But, I hate the part of actually doing it.  It gets tedious, and I get bored.  My mind starts telling me to quit.  So, I have put together a list of the things that help me to complete my long runs. 

  1. Break up the miles – Don’t think about how many miles you have to do.  Just go start your run.  When I think about the miles, I find myself coming up with excuses to not complete them, or even excuses to not go at all.  I start thinking I don’t have time, or I haven’t fueled properly.  If you keep telling yourself that you have X amount of miles, it will begin to get overwhelming.  Break your miles up into parts.  Do 5 miles, then when you finish that, do another 5 miles.  Keep doing this until you reach your total.  Or, break it in half.  That way once you reach the half way mark, you just have to finish.  By breaking up your miles, you are taking away the mental part of the run that will stress you out. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (6)
  2. What’s the goal – I think about why I’m doing this. Am I training for a race, or just running for my health?  I also set small goals for myself when I am running to help pass the time.  I may tell myself that I am going to run to the end of this street, then once I’m there I’ll set a new goal.  This helps me to keep going.  I am goal oriented, so thinking about what my goal is helps to reach it.  I also visualize the race while I am training.  This helps me to realize what I am working for, and this is the way to achieve it. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (8)
  3. Get some sleep – You can’t have a good long run if your body is tired. The entire run is miserable, and you don’t perform like you normally would.  Then it becomes mental because it’s so frustrating that your body is not cooperating with what you want it to do.  When you don’t have enough sleep, you can feel it in throughout your whole body.  It is hard to keep running when your legs feel like heavy weights under you. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (7)
  4. Podcasts – These have really helped me get through my long runs. I get so wrapped up in the story that the time and miles pass so quickly.  I have even extended some of my runs in order to finish an episode.  I have really enjoyed the Serial and Undisclosed Podcasts. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (5)
  5. Good playlist – Sometimes I just need to get lost in the music. I set up playlists on my phone with names of what I’m running.  (5K, 10K, 13.1)  This way I know that it will last the entire time without repeating anything.  I have two or three playlist for each distance, that way I can choose a different one each day.  I also update them regularly so I don’t get tired of the same songs. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (4)
  6. Food – Think about that favorite food or meal you are going to have once you’re done. Sometimes visualizing what you are going to eat will motivate you to finish. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (3)
  7. Try a new route – I usually run the same side street when I run. It’s a half mile down and back.  When I am running more than 3 miles, it gets really boring.  Change up your route.  Find a new one to run, or several new ones to run.  Before I run a route, I drive it to make sure that it is safe, and also to clock how far it is.  I also take familiar routes and try to figure out ways to loop them to add more miles.  This helps break up the monotony of the same route. Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (2)
  8. Fuel and hydrate – Make sure you fuel before and during your long run. It’s hard to complete a long run when you have not fueled properly.  Your body will tire out quickly, and you may start feeling sick.  I also take a GU with me to have in the middle of my run.  If I’m running 13 miles, I try to have my GU somewhere between miles 6 and 7.  Also, make sure to hydrate so your muscles don’t get tired and sore.  I have found that if I drink a lot of water before and after my run my legs do not get sore.  Your body will thank you for doing this! Tips for the long run #Newblogpost Run and live happy (1)
  9. Pick a mantra – I can do this, I am capable, just keep running. Find something that motivates you to keep you going.  Repeat this to yourself over and over.  Tips for the long run #Newblogpost runandlivehappy.com
  10. Weather – Schedule your runs around the weather. Why would you enjoy running during the hottest or coldest time of the day?  When I run in the heat of the day, I sometimes get sick from the heat and have to cut my run short.  If I know I’m going to have a long run, I try to schedule it either early in the morning or late in the evening.  Also when it’s going to be cold I look to see when the warmest part of the day   Run and Live Happy Tips for the long run new blog post

Bonus:  Who’s at the finish – When I’m running a race, it helps me to think about who’s waiting for me at the finish line.  I always picture my loved ones faces and get excited about how proud they will be when I finish the race.  That helps motivate me in the middle of a race to keep going.  I also do this during my long runs.  I think about how proud my husband will be when I get home and tell him how far I ran. 

Weekend’s Complete!

I have some more updates for you!  Since it was such a busy few days, I had to break it up into multiple posts. 

Saturday morning we got up and went to an estate auction.  I’m not sure why Jeremy is all about these all the sudden, but it is interesting to see what people auction off.  The advertisement for this one had a bunch of tools listed on it, so that’s why we went.  But, when we got there, it was actually just junk! 

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They kept trying to auction off boxes of “miscellaneous items”, and they even started the bidding at a dollar!  No one would even bid that.  So, they would add it all to a big pile that they were going to try and auction at the end. I did try to talk Jeremy into letting me get the vases and then resell them.  I knew I could get more than a dollar for them.  The auction went pretty fast, since no one was bidding on anything.  I did try to get a steam cleaner for my house.  It was brand new, and they said it had only been used once.  But every time we bid, this old man would bid too.  He wasn’t backing down, so we let him have it.   Jeremy got a new extension ladder for $15!  That is a bargain! 

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We left there and went home to take Jake for a walk. 

Then we got ready to go back to the woods. 

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Jeremy decided to let me sit by myself.  This was the first time I have ever sat by myself, and I was a little nervous. 

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We got there about 4:30, and around 5:00 we had three deer come out.  There was a baby with them, so I refuse to shoot any that have a baby with them.  They stayed for about twenty minutes and left.  Then, the feeder went off at 5:30 and we had three more come out.  They also had a baby with them.  But, then another bigger doe came out by herself.  I kept thinking that I would try to shoot her. 

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She was big, and I didn’t think she was with the baby since she had come out later.  I had a perfect shot several times, but something didn’t feel right.  At one point, I even pulled my bow back, but I just couldn’t do it.  Now, I’m glad I didn’t.  It turned out that she was the mom.  When they got ready to leave, the baby followed her.  I would have felt so bad!  They left around six, and we sat there until seven. 

We went home and got ready to go eat dinner.  I had wanted Mexican, but by the time we were ready, it was close to 9.  All of the Mexican restaurants in town close at 9:30, so I didn’t want to go in there when they were about to close.  So we decided on Chili’s because they have Mexican food.  This was probably the worst experience we have ever had at Chili’s.  It’s safe to say that we won’t be going back there for a very long time!

We got there a little after 9.  They were busy, and it was extremely loud in there.  We were seated on a wall next to the kitchen, and we couldn’t even talk to each other because the staff was in the kitchen yelling and beating on the wall.  We had to wait around 15 minutes for our server to bring our drinks.  I think she was new, and she had pretty much the entire room by herself.  I only saw two servers for the entire restaurant and they were both running around in a panic!  And, there were about 5 people standing in the bar area doing nothing.  We ordered chips and salsa while to eat while we looked over the menu. 

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We decided to do the 2 for $20 and I ordered combination fajitas with chicken and pork and Jeremy ordered ribs and fries.  We waited over 45 minutes on our food to come out.  When the waitress finally brought it, my skillet wasn’t sizzling, and it was cold to touch.  The food on it looked disgusting, and they were out of the pork. 

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Jeremy’s ribs weren’t even cooked, and didn’t even have any sauce on them, and he didn’t have any fries.  His ribs were ice cold and were so hard that you couldn’t even cut them apart. 

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When she came back to check on us, we asked if she could have it warmed up, and she put her hand on Jeremy’s ribs to see if they were cold!  Right then he decided that he wasn’t eating it.  While we were sitting there waiting on her to come back, we noticed that the plate of cheese that they brought me to go with my fajitas was moldy.  Then, she randomly brought out a bowl of French fries without any other food. 

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We told her that we didn’t want any of the food, and that we would pay for our drinks and chips and salsa.  She went and got a manager and he apologized and gave us a “coupon” for a free meal.  I’m not sure how we will actually use this “coupon”.  He just wrote it on a card and gave it to us. 

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But, he didn’t charge us for anything but Jeremy’s tea.  Which I thought was a little ridiculous.  So after being there for almost an hour and a half, we left and went to Taco Mayo.  It was late, and I had filled up on chips and salsa, so I just ordered one taco.  I love their tacos!  They are always so fresh, and the meat is really good.  I also love the white corn crispy shells.  

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After we ate, we went to bed and slept in on Sunday.  When I got up I went for a run to try out my new insoles.  I’m not sure about them yet, but I will try them out again and see what I think.  I ran 3 miles and I had to go slow to try to adjust to the insoles.  

On my run, I had to spray the dog that bit me in April.  It came at me again and wouldn’t stop.  I yelled at it several times and it still kept coming.  I sprayed the pepper spray at it.  I don’t think it got on it because it didn’t whine or roll around or anything.  But it stopped and just sat on the side of road and watched me for a little while.  Then it went back to it’s yard and watched me from there.  I didn’t want to spray it, but I was really scared it was going to bite me again.  It came across 2 yards to get to me and was barking and growling.  I really would have felt bad if I sprayed it and it hurt it, but I guess I just scared it enough to make it stop.  Hopefully it will leave me alone from now on.     

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After my run, I ate some turkey wraps.  I used 4 pieces of thin sliced turkey, 1 piece of white cheddar cheese, and a pickle on each one.  I usually use pickle spears, but I was out.  

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Then I took Jake for a long walk and I picked up a bucket full of pecans!

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Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing!  

What did you do this weekend?