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walking the dog

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

11 years ago, we made a trip to the shelter and picked up a wonderful, mostly blue heeler, named Stormy. She was supposedly about 6 months old and had energy to burn. Over the next year, we spent a lot of time walking her - more she spent a lot of time walking herself as we stood in one place calling for her. a half mile chase after some deer was her idea of a good time.

within about a year we built up a routine which included a morning walk of 3-4 miles. a 2 mile walk was considered a lazy day.

well the years have had its toll on all of us. Stormy is a "sturdy" dog. she's way overweight for her size, by about 30 lbs. and every inch of it is solid muscle. it is still too much weight for her little skinny legs. and this year she's feeling the heat and humidity.

If you look at my fitness tracker, you'll see that I'm still posting 2-3 miles every morning, but can assure you we barely make a mile. by the time we are heading home, Stormy is walking slower than I possibly can. So to make up for it, I do WATP steps. 3 times a week make sure I wear handweights and do shadow boxing. Fortunately much of my walk is either in the forest, or on our local street and early enough in the morning that hardly anyone else is out. If people see me out their window, have no problem with being the crazy dog lady. Get my heart rate up, get my steps in, use up those calories.

So yesterday, needed to run some errands and decided to park and walk. I've lost the ability to walk! My body didn't remember how to open up and stride along, I've been doing these little jogging steps much too long!!

stormy in her younger days - a little more grey now, like the rest of us.
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