Day 49 – Off-leash police

18 02 2010

I need to apologize (does this count?) to the lady in the park today who was the victim of all my frustrations… I squeezed in a 3-mile run just before school was out and just before it started snowing.

Grey skies and cold wind were ushering in the snow clouds, so I bundled up in a few layers and leashed my lab Lottie for the duration – her longest run yet.

On the first park loop, two boxers came bounding toward us. I’m sure they just wanted to play, but I had to stop running and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We live right on a large park where dogs must be on a leash according to the posted signs. I tend to politely remind strangers of the rule when their dogs are frolicking freely.

It’s not that I don’t want the dogs to have a great time. I am a huge dog lover and would have several more if I had a larger yard and/or a farm… and a more willing husband. My dog would LOVE to be off her leash too. But you can’t run wild in a public place where kids are playing and runners are trying to run. I shouldn’t have to fear lose dogs and their intentions. There are enough worries with the coyotes.

So I mentioned to this boxer lady that the park rules required her dogs to be on a leash. “Oh – they’re usually not so excited,” she told me. And I explained that I lived by the park, which is not a dog park, and would appreciate her leashing her dogs or taking them to a dog park instead.

“Well, I’ll just inform the other people I see here with their dogs,” she said…It went on for a few rounds like this with her telling me that other people do it, so it is ok. Enough. I told her that people commit murders every day but that doesn’t make it ok! A rule is a rule!

I actually said this – out loud – to a total stranger. And I probably could have chosen a less extreme example, but I was not so quick in my angry state. So I am sorry for being so rude in the end, although I am still shocked by this woman’s attitude. Kind of like arguing with a police officer when you know you were going 55 in a 45 zone.

A leashed Lottie and I ran on at a much faster-than-usual pace thanks to the pause to lecture the law-breaking lady. Lucky for all involved, the boxer gang had left the park by our second loop. And I started looking forward to tomorrow morning’s calm, quiet, indoor Pilates class where everyone obeys the “No drinks in gym” sign, and I will not have to cause such commotion!


Day 4 – Walk, don’t run

4 01 2010

In an effort to take a “rest” day and still exercise, I opted for a very long walk — much to the delight of my faithful, fit friend Lottie the Labrador. She is ALWAYS up for exercising and thrilled to loop the park tracking birds and bunnies hiding in the winter grasses.

We walked for an hour before heading to pick up the kids to walk the 1/2 mile home from school. Lottie requires at least one walk a day. She usually gets the school-and-back route if weather permits. Since we adopted her in June, she has definitely kept me motivated to at least walk most days (Scott often does take turns though.)

I don’t technically count walking as real exercise, although overdressed in a down coat today I was sweating. It was hard to force a day off from running while the temps are still in the upper 30s and the sun is out. But I know from reading lots on the subject that muscles need to recoup – especially after a holiday hiatus like mine.

My longtime friend Wendy, who is loyal enough to read my blog, suggested a “Shred” DVD for days off that seems worth the $8 price. I think that would feel more like a workout to me than my long walk did.

I do have to say that walking and running both allow for much-needed quiet time away from my computer and household chores (will someone please pack up those ornaments already?). Time with my happy puppy to listen to the slower songs on my iPod and take in the beautiful Colorado mountain view is mental therapy that may be one of my favorite perks of this resolution!