Monday, January 26, 2015
As January comes to an end the final Monday of the month has brought on a blizzard. Pam and I got a short, quick run in before the snow came full bore. Although with the wind blowing toward us in the first half of the run, the snow was blinding Pam and I ended up having to run even more carefully than I usually do with her. To top it all off it was cold out, although Pam decided to really bundle up for her run, so she was nice and toasty. I was warm too because she tried not to go to slow, but with the snow in her face and having to squint half the way she had to keep the speed down for the first half.
Tomorrow, I have a feeling the workout will be watching Pam shovel the snow- and then working out indoors.......doing some Doga and all. Pam did promise to either make an igloo or at least a dugout in the backyard where we can enjoy the snow and the grass all at once (and have a place to well you know without really needing to go tracking in the snow to go!....But we will still make tracks in the snow for fun! And this I cannot wait for, Skyler tells me it's lots of fun!
The entire eastern border of the USA is shutdown practically! Can you imagine that?!??!?!? Ok, at least the Northern portion of it.......We went shopping yesterday to make sure we had enough food for a few days in case we are snow bound. So we are ready for a few days of being home bound! The stores were all packed and apparently the shelves are empty in all the store around us......
Ok, tomorrow I hope to have lots of snowy photos and videos of Skyler, Sandy, Candycane, Benji, and myself.......so come on back and check in.......
Sunday, January 25, 2015
With a week to go before our training officially begins.....Skyler's training and fundraiser as well......Sandy's training and fundraiser......and Candycane's training and fundraiser. We will talk more about our training today....all the other training coincides with my training.....as Skyler's training will be concentrating on our core, legs, and arms.......Sandy's training will be concentrating on our inner health and will challenge us to eat even healthier and cleaner than we have been eating before.....we will be following and dedicating ourselves to our new upcoming book- which will be written during this time as well......the lifestyle being followed will be a compilation of the Paleo Vegan, Vegan, and Raw Vegan til 4 Lifestyles as well as being coupled with the doggy lifestyle. We will be visiting our local veterinarian as well to have them ok, our lifestyle choices from time to time!
And Candycane's challenge to be stress free and really get a good nights SLEEP!......All these combined work together.....you can join us for the challenges or follow along and donate money to your favorite charity......ALL the links will be listed in my blog starting tomorrow!
We do hope to go talk to someone from Pam's old school to help us shoot our videos and stills for our blogs and vlogs........as Pam can really only do so much!......And we want to really bring you quality in our blogs from now on!
Okay, more to come tomorrow,
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Due to a snow/ rain storm last night, Pam had to shovel two HEAVY driveways.....just snow would be ok, BUT we have to have the rain along with it right?!!??! So Pam decided we will workout inside today......oh, we got to be outside and get soaking wet while Pam shoveled the driveways.....we're still drying off hours later- LOL!.....
Anyway, with my marathon training coming up in a week I thought I would share with you some of my other training to prepare for my marathon. Today, I will show you my balance and stretch exercise.....
This exercise is great to condition my core- oh yeah! Hey people to get your dog to do this you can use a treat or toy to lure your dog to the position. Hold the pose for a few seconds, your dog will hold it as long as they can.....do this a few times....and keep those small treats ready!
Oh I should mention avoid this exercise if your dog has a history of back problems OR if your dogs is overweight.
Check out our video here: (I always have fun with this one, and I think Pam did too......Skyler was there to coach us through it all- she loves being the coach/ trainer now!)
Okay, this is just one of the stretches that I will be performing starting in February.....oh goodness, we are only one week away from the next month! I think we're ready......
Until tomorrow, have a great day or night, and stay warm.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Today we went for a short 3 mile run, we ran through our local middle school yard (cutting across to get to the other side.......then we ran towards the bagel place so that I could try to find some bagels in the parking lot.....because as everyone knows, we dogs love to search for and eat bits and pieces of bagels and all off the sidewalk (WHICH ARE FREE!) while our humans like to buy theirs at the bagel store! Go figure.......why on earth would you want to pay for something when you could get it for FREE??!!?! I mean please the bits and pieces are NOT going to kill us......as a dog this confuses me a little! Okay, moving on.....after I found no bagels on the ground, we ran to the other side and for some reason Pam is perplexed at the fact that I pull her to go into the vet clinic......
Check out the video of the day here to experience our run along with us:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Today Pam had to be barked at to get going, she made me wait while she got everything together- IMAGINE THAT....I mean how rude!
Once we got going I decided to do our usually course backwards, and to hit up some trails at the park up the road. The trails there have a few small hills.....for some reason, Pam is being very cautious on running down trails with me! I am not sure why.....uummmm.....moving on......
At the end of the trail that is made especially for the dogs by the way, is the local dogpark. No one was there but I wanted to go in and be off leash for a bit. I wonder if Pam got the off leash thing or if she just thought hey there are no other dogs in there......
Do you think she got that I really want to get into the park!?!??! Watch this short video:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Just touching base today, as Pam and I ran a short 3.25 miles locally. Pam's black and blue's are slowing going away. I hope they're gone by February 2! Guess I'm going to have to push the Vitamin C on her everyday......I will become the Vitamin C pusher in her life.....We have plenty of oranges and clementines for her to get her Vitamin C from......
Anyhow, here is our video of the day......
Pam thought I would get going during part of that run, proved her to be mistaken! Oh, I wanted to go so much that I slipped my harness at one point and made her come after me....hehehehe.......all is ok now though!......
See you for hopefully more training tomorrow.....I'll get Pam on some exciting courses.....maybe some trails tomorrow......gotta get going now, I smell something to go track out!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
|I helped shoot Skyler's video today!|
Finally today Pam took it up a notch and we ended up doing a 8 mile run. I think she was intending on doing 6 miles, but we kept going......So proud of her....Although I need to run at least 20 miles to get rid of my young energy! This will be coming in the next few weeks though......Marathon training here we come on Feb 2nd! Pam get ready to run....because I am!
Today about halfway through our run we got to stop and take a break at PetSmart- they literally just opened the doors as we got there......I got to sniff out some great stuff they have there, just check out this video....(oh, do not worry I may have lifted my leg on the display but I didn't pee on anything. I did find out however I weigh 49 pounds! Guess that's all muscle, afterall I end up pulling Pam all over! Hehehehehehe.......
Watch this video of me in PetSmart:
Monday, January 19, 2015
After her falls/ slides and the black ice yesterday, Pam tended to be a little cautious today as we headed out for our run.....which was understandable!...
Today, we headed out for a 3 mile run......locally.....I saw a cat about halfway through our run and started my howling, and so wanted to chase it, but Pam brought me back to our run and we went on our merry way.
She reminded me that I have two events coming up in the next few months......
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Of course the day we resume our training the roads and sidewalks have patches of black ice (okay, many times white ice-but nevertheless that shiny surface which makes running or even walking dangerous! During our run today, we had to take it nice and slow....watch out for oncoming cars with an extra precaution! And we tried to find as many grassy areas to run on along our path.
You may be able to see the shiny road surface in this video, and the grassy areas that get hound dogs like myself sniffing even more than on the road!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Okay Pam and I have finalized our race schedule for this year.....(with a few possible races- they we going to play by ear on!) Oh our training will resume tomorrow after several days off from a slide/ fall that Pam took as she was in tow of ME!
First, our marathon training starts on February 2.....our first run/ race maybe the Run for the Hill of it 10k on March 29th.......this run/ race will be more of a run than a race, if we indeed do it! Our training will tell us if we do indeed go ahead and run it!
Our first official run/ race will be the St James 5 mile run on April 18th, and I must admit that these hills are just as difficult as well as ALOT more scenic and quiet.....and LONGER distances can be run on these hills, as well as SAFER! Oh did I mention you have the beach right there for the summer weather runs!
Then on May 24th, we will be running our very own marathon (hopefully raising money for Kent Animal Shelter!)......In fact, we will be running from Smithtown to Kent Shelter in Calverton. Which is 26.2 miles! You can donate to a great cause and help out those animals that only want to share their unconditional love with you, here:
Friday, January 16, 2015
Today, Pam decided to give one more rest day to her thigh......she promised me either tomorrow or Sunday we will be resuming our training....after all our marathon training starts on February 2nd! And we have to keep in shape until then. We have to be ready to up our mileage.
In the meantime, today Pam was talking about the Pupilates training video she wants to do by mid February, starring ME. And the Doga training video starring Skyler!
As far as our marathon training goes, Pam was talking about of course the running portion of our training. But also the core workouts we need to do, to strengthen our cores. This included our pupilates exercises, and our Doga poses. She also mentioned how important the warmup and cooldowns were to training, and fueling our bodies right. Pam presently follows a vegan lifestyle, but most recently she has been thinking of going Raw Vegan til 4/ Vegan/ Paleo VEGAN.....of course, keep drinking water- a minimum of 2 liters a day!
There is so much that goes into training.
We will also be using Doterra Essential Oils....you can order your own essential oils through me. I will be blogging more in February to include info on specific essential oils and the blends of these oils! DoTerra Oils have so many benefits to our health as well as our dogs health. I my goal is to uncover these to you this year!
The last week of January we will be sharing more about the specifics of the whole training regiment in which we will be taking on starting Feb 2nd!
Have a great evening,
Thursday, January 15, 2015
No run today, we did some pupilates, I will be sharing with you one exercise that I am still trying to learn as my pals Skyler and Sandy will demonstrate. Pam had her exercise while we had ours. But we were all there and present to help one another out!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Today Pam decided to take it easy today because of yesterday's SLIDE down the hill......oops! Sorry Pam! And also because it was bitter cold out and it was tough getting up today!
So we stuck to indoor workouts.....nevertheless totally worthwhile!
We did some basic Pupilates exercise- here is the chosen exercise of the day......
For Humans: we call it the BASIC PLANK on the SWISS BALL!
Basically you do a plank raised up on a Swiss Ball.
For Dogs: it's the same basic principal......we are working on strengthening our cores and legs during this exercise! Your human will assist you here by putting one hand on the ball so that it doesn't roll away from you. And hopefully if they are kind enough will guide your front paws up on the ball with a treat in their other hand. Watch the video for both human and dog exercises! And if you have more than one dog in your household you can take turns on the ball while the other spots you and your human!
Until tomorrow where you find out what training we have in store, have a great day and try this exercise with your best friend!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Today, Pam and I joined a bunch of people from our running club early in the morning for a run. It was a 4.5 mile run......there was ice on the roads and trails but hey no said running would have PERFECT conditions right!
Everything started off ok, with the exception of the fact that Pam left the tethered leash in the truck and therefore had to handhold my leash the whole way. This was difficult for her because she has not trained like that in sometime. Not to mention the fact she left the lights and reflective vests in the truck. But others convinced her it would be ok, so she trusted the others.
Others were telling her how to run with me, and she listened BUT knew how we run together so well. Running safely together has a lot of things to think about involved in it. And knowing how you and your dog run together is part of that. Fortunately she left the earphones at home and ran without music to constantly communicate with the world around her. That was nice and smart!
I told them hey, I wrote the book on this.....LITERALLY!
Check out our new book.....I co authored it with my pack Skyler, Sandy, Candycane, and Benji....and oh yeah, Pam!
Monday, January 12, 2015
I have to give a shout out to my fellow Six Legged Companion Coach, Pam who is a Certified Healthcoach. I mention this because today is the beginning of National Healthcoach week!
|Scout sporting a doggie reflective vest!|
Reflective Vests are a great idea for nighttime running and in my opinion along with some sort of light should be mandatory.....and early morning running as well. Although wearing reflective vests in the daytime can help runners be seen all around. So think about where your running and whether or not it will help you and your dog be seen better the next time you go out and run!
Don't forget to check and order your copy of our new book today! To live a healthier life with your dog, written by your healthcoaches here from this blog!
Until tomorrow, have a safe, fun and happy run!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
WOW! Can you believe it, almost halfway through January!.......I can hardly believe it. Anyway, Pam and I have come up with the details for our marathon and training plan....we have things ready to go.....
Here are some of the details:
Training starts on February 2, 2015......
The marathon will take place on May 24, 2015
We will be raising money for Kent Animal Shelter, you can donate here:
We will be blogging everyday to let you follow along with our training and hopefully have you train right along with us!
The course will be from our house in Smithtown ending up at Kent Animal Shelter via Rt 25.....we will be training this course from time to time so if your local give us a toot of your horn or a shout out to us.....calling my name may not be the best idea unless traffic is light, so that your not calling me into traffic with Pam right behind. So opt for the horn and a wave!
or give us a shout on your favorite social media- facebook at Pamela Schmidlin, Twitter-theDogRunner, etc......I will give you all the specifics as training comes closer......
Until the marathon we will be doing a few races together, including the St James 5 Miler.......we will be staying towards the back of the crowd, and Pam will keep a tight hold of my lead, ( she may even put spots on me to make me look like a dalmation!)No, I kinda looks like one now- I said KINDA!......physique wise and white with brown and black patches!......anyway, I can pass for the day!......Maybe I'll get the prize for matching the AWESOME tshirts and doing them proud!....Hint- St James FD!.......
Pam will talk further about running with me and all with the St James FD, and details to keep ALL safe, because safety for all is important to me.....YES ALL! I figure it this way, I want to keep running with my dog and have others do the same and if I care others may follow and if others follow we can set a precedent of running safely together and soon running with your dog will be a normal and allowed thing to do in races. BUT precedents need to be set FIRST!
Pam thinks Sunday is a REST day, yeah right, let's go Pam!
I really want February 2 to get here, I keep telling Pam to get going and run! Until then we will be running and blogging so keep checking back for our daily blogs!
See you soon
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Today I did my first trail run at Skyler's favorite place to run in the world, Blydenburgh County Park. I can see why she loves it so much....here is a link to our trail run.....
It was a cold day but it warmed up as we went along. All along the whole trail, I had my nose to the snowy ground tracking something. I think it was fox or deer. By the end of the run my nose had ice on it! Man it was cold......maybe I should run the whole way with my head up?!?!?!? (at least when it snows!)
It was a beautiful run though and like my bestest friend Skyler this is now my favorite run of all time......I love you Skyler.....I just wish I saw some fox or deer along the way! Maybe next time, if I can get Pam up early enough!
Friday, January 9, 2015
This morning Pam and I hopped in the truck and took off for Northport, we were meeting a group of people for a run!.....We had no idea how many people would be there, if others would accept running with me, where and how far we were running, etc.....We did however forget our headlamps and reflective gear as it was still dark out. Oops, fortunately, we were careful and so were the others that ran without their gear! Lesson learned put the lights, reflective gear, and all in one easy to grab spot for those early morning or late night runs!
As we drove up to meet everyone we met Bill, he fortunately is a fan of dogs, as he has his lab that he walked earlier just before the run! Ha, I got to run today! Maybe we'll still meet, time will tell- if not I have my pack at home that I work out with, sleep with, and just pal around with! I love Skyler and Sandy and Candycane!
Anyway, we ended up running a total of 5 miles through the streets and trails of Northport. And if you live within close proximity of the trails you could hear my howl around miles 2 and 3! Pam had to stop and laugh as this was the first time I started howling running with other people! It was the talk of the run, I was the talk of the run! Jim also knows his dogs, he was able to guess my breed and know I was not a pure breed- I am a MUTTIGREE! And darn proud to be.
About 1.5 miles in I had to go to the bathroom, Pam should have been prepared with a bag ready and all. Lesson Two learned for Pam- HAVE A BAG READY- she wasted to much time tearing the bag from the rest and opening it, if she was prepared she wouldn't have had the others or me wait as long as she did!
Oh and around 4 miles, I had to catch Mike- Pam was forced to run and pass everyone.....hey, no was going to pass me up!....Now if only I could get Pam to run in front ALL the time!
In the end, we had a great time and I could have went further BUT I will give it to Pam for rejoining the others for a great group run. I see what Skyler was telling me about these runs now!
See you tomorrow for more training updates......Gotta start a marathon training schedule this coming week as well- that should be fun!
Thursday, January 8, 2015
You can never be too safe! Pam and I always wear our ID tags when we run, and in fact each of us has our own in case we are separated somehow! For me, I have a microchip embedded in me! And I have my dog id tags issued by the local authorities and also by Kent Animal Shelter! Another thing we should have on us are our rabies/ vaccination tags so that others know ok, we are good and up to date on our shots and are safe to be around!
|Scout and his identification tags!|
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
|PLEASE remember to be safe at all times! And as the temperatures drop monitor your dogs time outside! Bring them in and do not leave them outside at night!|
Yesterday here on Long Island we got a little bit of snow and with the snow the trucks came out to sand (and salt the roads).......they do in fact use a mixture of the two here on LI! So we'll be talking about this today.
Okay, first and foremost, we of course protect our feet by putting shoes on them and making sure they're a good fit and are comfortable right??!?!
Just the same we should be doing this for our dogs paws, in the winter time to protect their paws from the elements we have a couple of choices.......we can either choose to put doggie boots on their paws or we can opt to put a protective wax on their paws (actually most dogs until they are used to the boots and putting them on may opt for the wax......)but it is a personal choice between you and your dog to be made.
And after your walk or run, remove the boots or take a papertowel/ towel/ etc and wipe your dogs paws. Even if you use the boots you do not want to leave them on as your dog can chew on them to get the off or start to lick them which is not good for them to digest!
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
|Scout watching his step on what could be slippery roadways!|
And while Pam was trying to fix the Nikeplus or whatever, fiddling around not paying attention to me...which is so very rare for her. I relieved myself and the owner of the property saw, not seeing me she continued on. When we got to the end of the street, the owner of the property asked Pam (he drove all the way down the road as opposed to telling Pam right then and there, hhmmm).....that I had gone to the bathroom, and that she should pickup after me. So she asked which house and he said back there, of course he couldn't tell me which house....like she was going to run in and rob him blind.....NOT Pam just wanted to undo something that should not have happened in the first place, that is not picking up after her me and be responsible. Pam knew where it was as it was the only place we stopped, actually it could have been a little further down the road. So we turned around and went back to pickup the poop. LESSON learned: the next time I go out BE SURE the power is up on the phone and/ or watch and if something goes wrong PAY ATTENTION to EVERYTHING going on around you! (Like Pam usually does, she talks to me during our runs and makes sure I stay on the left side of the road, and out of traffic, she picks up after me (and goes back if she misses anything, LOL!)
I refuse to be one of these people who literally just walk away from responsibility. Of course, he could park his two cars in his driveway, so that others on the curve of the road there, those on foot do not have to walk or run in the middle of the road and endanger their lives.
But Pam can rest assured that she did the right thing and went back before going on.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Today we went for a short run, 2.5 miles.....it was a little windy out which made it feel a little colder....but it's winter so cold is GOOD!.....We decided to stop at the local dogpark up the road from us as we made our loop in the neighborhood. And we got to socialize for a minute or two with other dogs and people. There were two other dogs at the park, and two owners.....I for some reason kept going to one person in particular.....Hey Pam, maybe I'm trying to tell you something!
Sunday, January 4, 2015
In the meantime, we have been thinking of a plan of attack for our fundraiser and who to fundraise for.......and we came up with fundraising for Kent Animal Shelter (the details will be worked out hopefully this week with the head of the shelter, maybe we can get volunteers to meet and greet us at several mile markers, etc....and plenty of news coverage to spread the word about Kent Animal Shelter. http://www.kentanimalshelter.com/
The distance from my home to Kent Animal Shelter is just under a marathon distance taking one way. And if I head a little further north I can get an Ultramarathon distance in. I think hitting up the marathon distance, (adding about 1/2 mile somewhere would be ideal though!) There are other shelters along the way, and Veterinary clinics that we could stop at to make sure Scout and I are still okay to move forward. I know both of us can run up to 22 miles already together.....so the next 4.2 miles will be the challenge. I will have someone following me in a car to make sure I have water, and or added fuel, I need my bagels to keep carbed! Oh yeah, for Pam too!
So this is our latest decision-the run will take place in the spring sometime we are thinking in May!
Again details will be worked out with the head of Kent Animal Shelter in the next few weeks......if not sooner!
I'm ready to run, I hope Pam is ready too!
Check back tomorrow for more training blogs from us!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|Hey Let Me in these are AWESOME vets, and I want to see them even if I am healthy!|
Today Pam and I ran for a our usual course, and as usual I led the way- I wonder if I wasn't leading if Pam would get lost!?!?!?....Probably not.....Anyway, we ran behind the bagel store as from time to time I have found bits and pieces of bagels on the ground, ok, whole bagels too.....Pam prefers to buy hers- go figure!
Friday, January 2, 2015
After your run, you should always stretch out. BUT not only is it important for yourself, it is important to stretch your dog out as well......
I will demonstrate and easy peasy way to accomplish this task.......in this stretch you are stretching out the dogs front and hind legs and when you have them raise their head and all you can include a neck stretch as well.....WATCH!