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Picking Up Where I Left Off

Picking Up Where I Left Off

January 18, 2012
Posted in: Dogs | Reading Time: 2 minutes

Like the rest of the Western world, there's no snow in Switzerland. We saw this light dusting just before the holidays. Mr. Wild Dingo was on vacation and had the pleasure of a freshly fallen snow walk with the cracker and the criminal in the forest.


I'm running again. Last year I tried returning to my old running routine that I had in my 20s.  Juno needed a trotting pace for muscle-building in her hips and I needed to combine their exercise with my own in order to alternate days I rode a bike. But I couldn't maintain it due to the constant joint pain, insomnia and exhaustion that plagued me on and off.

It's been three months since discovering my food sensitivities and changing my diet. And I not only noticed decreased joint pain, but a lot more energy. So last week, I pulled on my sneakers and running clothes in place of my hiking shoes and dog walking kit and headed out for a run. I released the leashes from the dogs and set off on my own pace. When Loki turned to see me jogging, he was so delighted, he ran toward me at a million miles per hour, cracker-jumped his face into mine and let out a lick---but he missed. I guess I'm not the only one happy about my energy level!

On my first run since last spring, I managed 30 minutes with no problem. It's as if a switch went back on in my body after years of fatigue and joint pain. It suddenly just pulled out its normal 3-mile pace as if nothing ever changed. Sometimes, nothing beats the peace I find with that 2/4 rhythm of my breath in a run.  Since then, we've been building and going a bit further and picking up the pace at times. But I'm still no match for a husky.

"Princess, slow down! Wait for mom. She's still behind us!"
"Jog-schmog! She needs to hook herself up to me on a harness so I can drag her slow butt up this hill and we can all get a decent workout!"

And now you know why I won't run on leash with them.

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10 comments on “Picking Up Where I Left Off”

  1. We are so happy to hear you continue to do so much better with your health. Bet the pups love the opportunity to run too.

    Lightning and Ciara together are THE PESTS. Ciara alone is actually a very sweet girl - she has totally mellowed out now that she is all of two years old:) She still loves her TD the best, but she and Lightning are quite the dynamic duo together. He is a good boy most of the time, but he loves mud, just like her, AND he is a barker, not like any other sibe that has ever lived here.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. Once again, beautiful pictures!
    I can't even WALK with Jack sometimes on a leash as he wants to smell every 6 feet. So, although we walk a long time, we don't get very far!

  3. *snicker* I can just imagine the mayhem if you tried to run attached to Loki and Juno now! My prediction is that it would end up with the three of you in one giant snowball. I say run free if you want to avoid future joint pain! 🙂

    I loved your reply the other day, btw! I've gotten some very good advice lately from a few people. Of course, as soon as I started looking for answers, she became an angel overnight! Darned cracker dog!

  4. This is wonderful news! We're so happy for all of you. Juno and Loki's lives are improved when your life is improved, and here's the proof.

    Jed & Abby

  5. Our mom can't be trusted off-lead. All it would take is one quilt shop and BAM! she'd be gone.
    We think it's GREAT that you're able to run with Juno and Loki! I know they love it!!!
    Play bows,

  6. I'm so glad that you're feeling better and can exercise with the dogs again!!!! You and I "talked" a long time ago about some similar health issues that we both had. Well, I was finally Dx'ed with an autoimmune disease that explains all my odd symptoms. Apparently, these diseases wax and wane which explains why a person can feel just fine sometimes and horrible at other times. I just thought that I'd share that... in case you ever decide to pursue it in the future. But, I hope that you feel great forever and don't have to!

  7. Just a quick appreciation for your smooth and totally ethical handling of the suggestive post from the Lacie Beast. Left a comment on her post, but wasn't sure you'd see it. You're an honor to your breed and your position, Judge Loki.

    Jed & Abby the Legal Beagle[mix] Extraordinaire and Official Guardian of Ethics for MM2012

  8. 13 days after your post...and we finally have snow down here in Southern Switzerland! Actually, it arrived on Saturday evening, and it's not making my life any easier, given that I have very short legs. Thank goodness I'm built like a tank 🙂

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