Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mutt Strutt 2009 Part 2

Moving right along!

This is my favorite picture from the day - getting some help from dad at the water station!

Moving at a pretty good clip! Emma looks so tiny here!

Walking with Dad, this was near the middle of the race.

Walking on the curb - Emma loves walking on ledges!

Still on the curb!

At the finish line. Emma felt like a sponge when I picked her up!

Now that's one tired doggy!

We stopped at Chick-fil-A on the way home for a post-race treat...Chicken Minis!

Mutt Strut 2009 Part 1

On Memorial Day morning, Chad and I took Emma out to Keeneland for the 2009 Mutt Strutt, a 2k walk to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. We arrived at 8:45am for the 9:00am start. As soon as we got out of the car, it began pouring. We armed ourselves with umbrellas and made our way to the starting area. There were tons of dogs, I'm guessing 75-100, and I don't think Emma really knew what to do. She sniffed the other dogs and made friends - she didn't get aggressive with anyone and no one got aggressive with her. I was a little worried that she would be aggressive, because she can be pretty dominant at times! Especially with small dogs...and small children. But luckily, every thing worked out ok!

After about 2 minutes in the rain, Emma's underbelly was completely soaked, but she didn't seem to mind. She waded through huge puddles and walked through grass and mud. We waited at the starting area for about 15 minutes, and then the walk began. Emma made the rookie mistake of going out too fast, but I think she was swept up in the adrenaline of the large crowd of people and dogs moving swiftly in one direction. She kept to the right, in the grass and mud, and really booked it. We were walking briskly, trying to get her to slow down because we knew she wouldn't make it the whole way at that pace! But she kept on charging through. It stopped raining right before the start so that was really nice - but the conditions were definitely muddy.
I only had to carry Emma for a short spell near the end - she was walking on a little ledge and started teeter-tottering, so we thought it best to carry her for a little bit. She proudly walked across the finish line in 27:45! Here are some pictures from the day - I will post the rest of the pictures in a "part 2" post tomorrow!

Eager with anticipation!

Hiding out from the rain in a horse barn

Taking the obligatory picture with Mama -
but Emma just wanted to check out the competition!

Sizing up the competition

A few of the participants, braving the rain

At the start, pulling hard and staying in the mud

Yep, still in the mud!

...stay tuned for part 2 with more pictures!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gone to the Dogs

This past Saturday, we dog-sat for one of my co-workers. He has a 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Max. Max and Emma have met once before, and they seemed to get along well. Max is a very sweet, calm and gentle dog...sort of the antithesis of Emma!

Max came over about 7:30am on Saturday morning and stayed in his kennel until about 9:30am. We kept trying to get him to come out, but he seemed very content to sit in his little house. After a couple of hours, he ventured out.

About a month ago, Chad acquired an obscure red, square shaped chair with a right triangle type back. It's very strange, and we haven't quite figured out what to do with it yet. For now, it has been relegated to our extra bedroom next to our extra mattress (aka the guest bed), until we can get it moved upstairs.

Max checked the house out, but he settled in on the red chair for his favorite place to lounge. Emma had never shown any particular interest in the chair before...but that all changed when Max wanted to sit on it.

I now present to you a photographic time line of the Battle for the Red Chair.

Disclaimer: no Cavalier King Charles spaniels or miniature dachshunds were hurt in the making of this photographic journey.

While Max was getting used to his surroundings by resting in his kennel,
Emma took it upon herself to play with all of his toys.

Max finally felt comfortable enough to leave his kennel.

About this time, Emma came into the room and realized that Max was on the chair.
Her chair, apparently!

Emma starts her attack by going for the tail.

The battle for the chair raged on as Emma went for the jugular
(...in a sweet, playful way).

Max finally gave up the good fight and conceded the chair to Emma.

Emma decided to flaunt her victory by laying on her side and howling.

The end!

Monday, May 11, 2009

It's Official...

...my husband is a hunk.

A friend just posted this picture on his Tumblr site, and I fell in love with Chad all over again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Meredith takes to the Streets!

Week 1 of my 14-week triathlon training program is off to a good start.

Last night I did my first serious 12 mile training ride - out on real roads, with real cars and real hills. I have been "riding" my bike once a week for the past month or so, but I quickly realized on the ride last night that I know nothing about cycling. Lucky for me, one of our friends, Cody, is a very good cyclist and he has taken me under his wing. He's been cycling seriously for about 5 years, and he is a wealth of information. After a one hour ride last night, I am much more comfortable with my clipless pedals and I'm even starting to understand the why, what and when of gear changing.

Before the ride last night, I was terrified to change gears because I was convinced I would throw the chain. But Cody explained that not changing gears really isn't option - so I started changing gears, and then I kind of got the hang of it. We rode in a few trafficky areas, but Cody taught me the etiquettes of riding on the road and which hand signals to use. I had to leave the signaling up to him, as my hands were clutching the handlebars for dear life most of the time. But overall, my confidence was boosted. I feel like knowing what I am doing on the bike will make me a better rider, and more importantly, a safer rider!

This morning I swam 1000 yards. This is the furthest I have ever swam - on purpose at least. It took me 25 minutes and 13 seconds, but I have no idea if that is a decent time for swimming 1000 yards. I was worried about losing track of my laps, so I set 20 pennies on a kickboard at the end of my lane, next to my water bottle. After every down and back (50 yards) I moved one penny to the right. After going down and back 20 times, I was done! I alternated every 50 yards between the crawl and the breast stroke. As I get stronger in the crawl, I will try to alternate between 100 yards crawl, 50 yards breast stroke, 100 yards crawl, etc. Eventually, I will be able to do 1000 yards crawl.

My workouts so far this week:
Tuesday am: Run 2 miles (19:05 min)
Tuesday pm: Ride 12 miles (roughly 60 minutes...definitley want to get faster on the bike!)
Wednesday am: 1000 yard swim (25:13)

And my scheduled workouts for the rest of the week:
Thursday am: 3 mile run
Thursday pm: 12 mile ride
Saturday am: 5 mile run
Sunday pm: 15 mile ride, 2 mile run (brick workout)

Some miscellaneous pictures from the weekend:

Sunday was a cool, rainy day and Emma took the opportunity to snooze on the couch.

She was not happy when I woke her up with the flash from the camera!

Mother's Day (yes, Emma counts) came a week early when Chad surprised me by cutting off all of his hair! I have been pestering him to cut it for months, and he finally decided that it was time to get a cut. After going to my favorite place for lunch on Sunday (Chipotle), Chad took me to the mall for a "surprise" - I had a feeling we were headed to the salon, but I wasn't 100% sure. When we stopped right outside of "Max and Mia's" my heart jumped. He got probably 7-8 inches cut off - I was afraid the stylist would slip on all the hair! I took the picture above on the way home after the shearing...what a hunk!

I had some leftover pico de gallo from Chipotle, so on Monday evening I decided to make a black bean burrito for dinner. I only used 5 ingredients: tortilla, brown rice, black beans, reduced fat mozzarella cheese and pico de gallo. It was delicious, filling, and pretty healthy! I scooped up the burrito "droppings" with Lays Baked Scoops tortilla chips. I will probably start eating this quick and easy meal at least once a week. I just noticed that you can see Tiger Wood's eyes peering out at you in the top right hand corner of the photo...that is my Gatorade bottle!