Friday, September 23, 2011
Fall Training and a Few Random Musings
I have to admit I've grown fond of running in the dark. There is a mystery and beauty to the mountains untainted by the presence of humanity. The soft caw of a roosting crow, the scream of a falcon just waking, the chirping of various night insects, and the whistle screech of a buck calling to warn off other males fill the pre-dawn darkness with sound. We are alone on the the road through the mountains, but watched by wary eyes to either side.
We run a half mile out and a half mile back to the house, as we are both still getting in to shape. I feel better than I have since last racing season and know I'm on the right track. This year I hope I will not be the one holding the dogs back!
Finally I was able to get her and Yukon out the door, but it took a lot to get her hooked in as she kept jumping and screaming to go. Yukon danced and shimmied, but settled immediately when I told him to wait. Quivering with anticipation, he let me finish hooking him in and connecting the neckline between him and Princess. He's such a good dog! He even waited when I told him to wait on the road, holding back a screaming jumping Princess while I wheeled the bike to the center of the road and got my foot on the pedal.
When I said "Okay!" He lunged into his harness, and we were off! Princess was yipping in excitement with every stride! Yukon kept up with her for the first quarter mile, then began to slack off a bit, and I wondered if he was ok. He looked like he was running fine, but only just keeping up with Princess, and not keeping tight on his tug. Taking note of this, I turned us around at the 1.5 mile mark and headed us towards home.
They both very eagerly consumed their meat patty treat, and I checked their feet, ankles, wrists, shoulders and general condition. They both seemed fine, so I let the other dogs in, and gave G'kar his glucosamine chewies. Yukon was begging for one, so I handed him one, which probably was a mistake. He ended up throwing up his meat patty and the chewie (they have corn in them, so he may have developed an intollerance for corn since I do not feed them any food with corn in it, or it may be the richness of the chewie upset his stomach having already been hot from running?) So I cleaned that up before giving Bandit his medicine ball, then cooking his breakfast for the rest of his medicine.
I ate my breakfast while Bandit's cooled in freezer (usual morning routine with my epi boy). I usually make a little extra for a treat for the rest of the dogs, but Thursday morning's extra I fed mostly to Princess. Before leaving for work, I asked Jim to keep an eye on Yukon and make sure he wasn't sick.
When I got home, I checked Yukon over, and he seemed fine, even playful, but Bandit seemed overly whiney and clingy. I didn't feel the weirdness I get before Bandit seizes, but kept an eye on him anyway. When I went to bed, he crawled in the bed next to me and whined softly. I pet him until he fell deeply asleep.
This morning it was a cool 55 degrees, and I wanted to give Moony the chance for some exercise, but who to run with her? I ended up choosing Ace mostly because she was there and bugging me to go. Moony whined and howled, excited to get the chance to go and Ace kept jumping on me and dancing around quietly. She rarely makes noise. James got up and I asked him to help me put the other dogs out back, and when that was done, he went back to bed. After readying the bike, I went back for Moony and Ace.
After medicating and feeding myself and the pack, down came the rain. Thank goodness it waited until I was done.