Open-faced grilled cheese obstacle course

I totally believe in living a balanced life. Have some drinks, eat your favorite things without guilt, but know when you need to get your body moving or push yourself just a little bit harder in your workout. Or maybe knowing when you just need to calm the hell down and give yourself a few days of R&R.

Yesterday was a play day for me. Definitely off the tracks with healthy eating and water drinking….replaced by beer. So many beers.

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So if you don’t know already, I love my job. I work for a great company, and we get to do cool things every now and again. Yesterday the office closed, and we got paid to go to a baseball game! It was so much fun. Inevitably, some of us ended up going for beers after…. yummy.

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Today I tried to be kinder to my body… Lots o’ water, green tea and spinach feta wrap for breakfast, a grilled chicken salad for lunch, a walk with the dogs mid-day, and a 3ish mile run with the dogs after work on a new path.

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Not that it’s a big deal, but my time on this run was horrid….. as per usual, when running with the dogs. We tried a new running spot, on a nice sidewalk that’s not on a busy road. Yes, the sidewalk was nice, but it was also a major obstacle course for the dogs. In addition to their usual distractions and stops for pottying, I kid you not, we passed more half-eaten food on that one sidewalk than I’ve ever seen in my life.

We saw a half-eaten Zalad (you know, the salad from Zaxby’s), pieces of candy, a rice bowl from Moe’s (I think), a half-eaten open-faced grilled cheese sandwich (what?!), the usual energy drink and beer can litter, and some unrecognizable fodder that made both dogs stop in their tracks for sniffing and both of my shoulders nearly pull out of their sockets, holding onto their taught leashes.

Anyway, it was an adventure. And good exercise. Ole Callie is starting to age for sure. I’ve always known that it’s hard for her to run long distances, mainly more than about a mile and a half, even at a slow pace. Next time I’ll have to drop her off at mile 1 and keep going with the Energizer Bunny that is Lily. Seriously, y’all, she is fast. I knew Lily needed to get some energy out because she was extra destructive today in the apartment. How the eff did this happen?!

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All 3 of us hit the floor as soon as we got back to my place. I brought Cal some water so she didn’t have to go “all the way” into the kitchen. Love her!

wpid-20140722_181419-1.jpgNow I’ll let the gals nap a little while I yoga it up. My hamstrings are feeling that run! Hopefully they will remain in this position and not try eating any more electrical sockets. Oh, Lily.

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“Hello running, my old friend.”

“Hello darkness, my old friend” came on my iPod during a run with the dogs tonight. I realize some may think this is not the best running song, but I love it…and it really builds in the version from one of my faves…“The Watchmen”. This promptly changed in my head to, “Hello running, my old friend.” Because I’m cheesy. And because I haven’t run in so long and I felt like the darkness was taking over……like I could keel over at any time and black out on the sidewalk. I could be dramatizing it just a bit. But seriously, it was hard.

In lieu of staying for the class after mine at the yoga studio tonight, I decided to get the pups out for said run. I just kind of felt like stretching my legs a bit. Of course, I just paid to get the dogs groomed, and it’s been raining on and off the last few days. It started to sprinkle, so we sprinted on and off for about a mile around the ‘hood, with Cal bringing up the rear and Lily leading the pack, just like the old days.

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Here are the girls, freshly groomed. Presh in their matching bandanas, right?

Anyway, it felt great to go for a run. First time in a month or so. My love-hate relationship with running continues.

Meanwhile, I’m totally going Olivia Pope tonight with red wine and popcorn. And maybe even sitting for an hour on my couch like she does, just thinking. Less about B-613 and an affair with the president and more about what color I should paint my toenails and what time I should tuck into bed tonight. Yay for Fridays in!

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HAPPY WEEKEND!!