155. Back and Beter than Ever?

So, obviously, I’ve taken a bit of an unannounced blogging hiatus.  I needed to get myself back into the right place mentally.  I think I’m finally there, or at least I’m almost there.  I’m starting to feel “right” again.  You can expect to be seeing me back in action.  (For real.)  There hasn’t been a whole lot going on while I’ve been away.  Honestly, there’s really only two things worth mentioning right now.

I celebrated Earth Day by adopting a shelter dog!  Okay, honestly, it was a total coincidence, but it sounds like a pretty cool way to celebrate Earth Day.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve really felt a great desire to adopt a dog.  It was strange at first because I’ve never been a dog person.  My mom is allergic to basically everything so growing up we always had lame pets like fish and an evil parakeet who I’m fairly certain was plotting my entire family’s death.  Because of that I just didn’t “get” the whole dog thing.  I had a laundry lists of reasons why Chris and I shouldn’t get a dog (We’re gone too much.  We don’t have a yard. I couldn’t take him to Michigan with me since my family has allergies.); however, after I decided I wanted a dog those things just seemed silly.  Chris and I often work opposing schedules.  Our family’s both have yards.  I have friends with dogs (and yards!) for play dates.  I love getting outside so taking him for walks is no issue.  Chris’ mom has already enthusiastically offered to watch him any time we’re out of town.

Wednesday night we went to the local Animal Welfare League to check out the doggies, and we adopted Maxwell on the spot.  We picked him up Thursday evening after his neutering.

I fell in love with him immediately.  He’s adorable and has the sweetest disposition.  He was an unclaimed stray so the shelter staff didn’t know much about him.  They believe he’s about 5 years old and a Pekingese mix.  I think there’s definitely some pug in him.  Look at that face!

We’re still in the adjustment period, but so far he seems like he was really well trained wherever he came from.  We haven’t had any accidents in the house.  He won’t get up on the furniture.  He’s curious about Hermione, but for the most part, he leaves her alone.  He doesn’t bark much at all.  He doesn’t go after other dogs when we’re out for our walks unless the other dog starts it.  He’ll sit there and just let me pet him forever.  Simply put, he is totally awesome.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Maxwell came from Maxwell Edison in The Beatle’s Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.

Ravenswood Run 5K

Yesterday I ran my first 5K of the season.  I’m not going to say it was a disaster, but it was definitely a wake-up call.  I need to get it together – especially with this half marathon on the Horizon.  I’ve realized I need to step up my fitness game, and I need to stop putting so much crap into my body.  I’ve got a training plan worked up for my half marathon.  It’s based on Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon training program.

My intention is to start using this blog to more actively track my training and reflect on my runs.  Until August, you can expect this blog to be pretty running focused.

Oh, as for how I did in the 5K.  I finished in 32:22 (official) which isn’t too bad considering I haven’t run more than 3 miles a week for several months.

Well, that’s all the updates I’ve got for now.  I’ll see you in the morning.

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