Sundays are my long runs. This past Sunday was a nice 10 miler. However it’s almost Wednesday and I’m still super sore which means my legs aren’t recovered enough for running during the week. I’m not sure whether to push up long runs for Saturdays and do a medium run on Sundays or cross train Monday through Wednesday. Ill have to try it out but it just sucks not being able to run in the beginning of the week. I am happy to report my lower legs are ready to go!! Thanks of course to my new pro compression socks. I’m going to do a full review this weekend but they are as amazing as advertised. Ill share my opinion as an average runner packing a little more in the meat department vs. a super runner whose trunk don’t got junk. Get the hint. Me = average in all areas and I feel it’s important for there to be reviews of fitness gear by average Joes and Josies. My next hunt will be for a running skirt that provides coverage, cuteness, and no rub on the chub. If this is at all possible. I have been reading reviews of all brands Target, Brooks, Nike, Adidas, Lululemon- the hunt is on!!! Hump day tomorrow = half school day = beginning of spring break yay!!
The .1 was from yesterday when I put the collar on Pick, told him to come and he hid.
Today was better but I am realizing this may take weeks/months/years. Well more like months. He is so head strong and wants to do what he wants. He hasn’t understood completely that if he responds to the command the stimulation stops. He kind of gets it so hopefully with more practice he’ll be a well trained pup.
Today we worked on come. I give him a 4 out of 10. He did it but then when he became distracted or done that was it.
Sit. He sits only when he wants
– same with down
The major progress which is one of the most important was stay! He actually stayed in the door way and I only had to correct him 3 times. It was great and really a step in the right direction.
He also stopped barking when stimmed him. Which is a very important one since most people aka certain family members can’t stand.
Take a look at today’s lesson:
Is a terrible thing. The attitude and chocolate cravings.
Workout today was terrible it was lack luster and had no motivation behind it. Felt like a dirty chore like cleaning a toilet. You know you have to do it but it really stinks. 20 mins elip 10 mins run 5 walk pathetic abs.
Dinner was a salad with delish shredded lettuce from Walmart so good !! And then a treat that left me unsatisfied and still craving chocolate.
Rolling pinned my legs– very sore today ouchies!
Tomorrows wod will be better. Ummmm sure 🙂
I just love that little pup!!
Every weekend seems to fly by without much productivity. Well this weekend I got the essentials out of the way. Col and I visited Mommom and decorated and cleaned her house. It was a visit overdue. Crazy how in just 2 months it’ll have been a year since her passing. In that time I don’t think there has been a day that I haven’t thought about her and missed her beyond imaginable. It’s hard sometimes to think that you won’t see a loved one ever again, unless of course you meet them in the after life. I’m not so sure but either way it’s a really long time!
We went to the mall where I replenished my stock of bare minerals and got two new charms yay! I got a seashell with a starfish and a bunch of little stars. Def the most expensive gift that keeps on racking up the change. I love it and love how you can personalize it – yay Pandora and yay a smart bf who got it!
The rest of my day was filled with hanging at Jesus’s crib for an hour and then having a horrible dining experience at the Outback. I don’t even want to relive it!!
This morning I knew I had a long run to complete. I was confident but knew it would not be easy esp. since I have only gotten back up to 5 miles and 8 was going to hurt and be slow. Marcy and I took to the trail and went off. She stayed ahead and I trailed behind. When I was more in shape 8 miles took 1:24 I finished today at 1:30. I was actually pretty satisfied with that. I wore my fuel belt but only took a small sip at mike 4. It was heavy and I totally felt the weight of it. It was a good run and I’m glad I did it. Less the a month til the April Fools half and I got it in the bag. Not going to PR but I know I won’t walk and keep my miles in the 11 minute ranges like today.
A needed trip to Walmart for some supplies for the week and Petco for dog food. That was another bad experience. They had a $15 off 75 coupon they emailed. I assumed like all other coupons I used there I could just show it on my phone. No go and I was pissed so spent 79 instead of 64. Their customer service was horrid and I am beyond done with them. Ill drive the extra 10 minutes to Pet Smart from now on. Boo!!
Sushi was on the dinner/lunch menu and it was delish.
Folding laundry and rolling my legs
with a rolling pin. Yes it works amazingly.
So my eldest sisters birthday was this past Sunday. She is my only avid blog reader and I have completely let her down over the past months. Instead of reading my blog on a daily basis she has actually had to work … Well I’m sure she filled her time there with something else just as exciting as my cool updated daily blog. Anywho, I made her a super cool present in my eyes. Mommoms little cakes. They are little Danishes with fruit in the middle baked. You basically have to eat them within a 24 hour window for them to be the most delish. I also got her an ice cream cake that I forced the bakery department associate to write an endearing word :). Take a look- her birthday was the sole reason I was working my a off all week to weigh the same as last week so I wouldn’t be out another .25$ for gainage per Biggest Losers Middle School Style. You know how I do. Woo!
So Pickles has the sit part. The staying action is the issue. He will be 2.5 years old tomorrow. He has calmed down considerably from last year and even a few months ago. He is growing up and beyond the most lovable dog in the world. Unfortunately, he is so cute that it is hard for me to stick to a punishment. I don’t like to yell at him or hit him. It’s just not in my nature. Not to mention my cousin beat his dogs and I would hear the yelps from across the street… very traumatic for even a 24 yr old. Ha.
Mike took his dog to this place K-9 Basics. It is a couple of retired police officers who decided after years of working with the K-9 unit why not start an obedience school. When I retire, I’d like to start a dog sanctuary for old dogs, dogs whose owners can’t have them anymore for any circumstance, and dogs whose owners passed away. Anyway, Pickles isn’t horrible. He is super smart but lately he escapes when the door opens and run across the street or behind to the next street. Its super dangerous and my mom say’s he’ll break my heart one day. Very true.
Getting back to the
post story, today was Pickle’s and my evaluation. They have a group evaluation at noon on Saturdays. Perfect minus the part where I still did not sleep in past 7! I was going to be a half hour early and decided to take Pickle’s for his first drive-thru car wash. He was not a fan. He was super freaked out and attempted to crawl under my seat. His eyes were wide and his tail was glued between his legs. We did make it out alive and continued on our way. I had to exhaust him somehow… devil.
We arrived 15 minutes early and I walked Pick around. A guy with a 4yr old black lab came and then a 4 month old chocolate lab. Super cute. I was also happy the 4 yr old lab was more rambunctious than Pickles was. We were called a few minutes after 12 to head into the training barn. We were met with a few other awnry dogs – a pug, Maltese, another golden, the black lab, and puppy chocolate, and two dogs who could not behave but their owners were able to sit and stay. The owner, Brian Berg, began with his spiel about how amazing his dogs are because they are properly trained. Pickles could not sit still. The owner asked me to make him sit and I attempted. He did sit then he told me to down him. Um ya I pushed his back to the floor and he sprung right up like he was on top of a trampoline. I was laughed at and I laughed too. He told me he’s got the sit part its the stay action he does not understand. No, the little rat understands it, he was just getting me back for putting him through an inside super soaker bath without able to play in the water. He then said petting your dogs to get them to be still and calm was not correct. It’s only reinforcing his anxiousness and the petting is a reward for acting like a crazed nut. So noted. I smoothly attempted to stop petting him but I was caught – boo me again. He talked some more and his dogs were there super behaved and really amazing.
Their style of training is to use a stimulation. A little vibration that catches the dogs attention. It is in no way a shock collar. We were asked to hold the collar in our palm and he would press the transmitter. We were told to speak up when we felt something. I finally felt it at 22. Others felt it at 30, 33, 27 and so on. I used to get stim for my dying muscles during softball season back in my
glory high school days and it’s nothing unless it’s on a super high level- ouch. He then put the collar on pickles, asked me to take off his prong collar and just use the choker collar. Pickles aka 2 Chainz walked happily away from me and began to sniff around. He began pressing to find out where his level of attention would be received at. The other trainer asked the black labs owner where he thought his dog responded at, he said 10, the trainer said 8. I was shocked, but even more shocked when I answered 12 and Brian said no, 99. Another laugh from the crowd. This bull did not feel a thing! However, I must say it was absolutely amazing to see him hold pickles leash with one finger and guide him through a series of sits, stays, comes, and gos. I was sold… this child needed major help from these people and I was ready to sign up.
Then came the price. They offer unlimited lifetime training classes and offer 9 classes a week. I would typically be able to attend Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between school, working out, and my sanity 3x would be my limit per week, as well as daily nightly training at home. So here’s the deal. It is $615 for the training- it’s done in groups. The collar is a whopping $267 because sharky over here was on the smaller model and he needs the big boy model for an extra $25. No big deal there- however over $900 is a big deal. Especially for this
abused poor one-on-one aide. The price is outrageous and equals 33 pairs of jeans or 9 half marathons, 2 Goofy challenges, 2 car payments, 900 iced coffees, 40 monthly gym payments… I mean you get the point it’s a lot of freaking money!
The trade-off is an amazingly well-trained dog who will be able to frolic around, chase butterflies, eat dandelions, and not get yelled at, or hit by a car. The end. So… my options are as followed:
1. Suck it up, eat the money, and pray Pickles lives until he’s 45… and not in dog years.- live a happy, well behaved life.
2. Attempt to continue training him on my own and get no where and lose my voice and a few more shoes.
3. Buy the collar on Amazon for just over $200 and have Mike teach me what he knows and pray it works.
Option 3 sounds like the perfect middle option without breaking my bank account or Pickle’s neck. It’s a huge decision and I only have 3 days to decide or they bump the price up anotherrrr $100. Jerks – understandably so…everyone’s gotta make their bread. I prefer 5 grain.