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Lessons and Improvements

29 Jul

It’s time for my weekly workout recap!!  I know you were on the edge of your seat all weekend wondering how my progress was.  It’s okay.  You can admit it, its just between us.

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Monday: I basically used Monday as a recovery day from my long run on Sunday (a whopping 2.5 miles).  In retrospect, I should’ve done a stretching workout.  It may have prevented some problems I faced throughout the week.

Tuesday: Ran 2.54 miles, but noticed a pain in the arches of my feet.  I’m not sure if this is happening because my shoes are getting old, because I’m getting old, or because I’m just out of shape!  I took walking breaks when it started to get really uncomfortable and that seemed to help.  Also, how awesome is it that I found these single serving chocolate milks on clearance at the grocery store for 39 cents each!?  The box must’ve opened and they couldn’t sell it.  Very convenient for a gal who usually drinks chocolate milk after cardio as a recovery aide!

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Wednesday:  Rest day.  I spent the day obsessing about why my arches were hurting and the shin splints that tormented me all day.  I am constantly battling shin splints and live in fear of having a Kevin Ware-ish moment with one of my legs.  Irrational?  Yes.  But I am so paranoid about getting injured because I just don’t want to have a major setback right as I’m building up momentum.

Thursday:  Cross training day, in which I power walked 2 miles.  This came at a perfect time.  Everything below my knees had been incredibly sore and this walk really helped me loosen everything up.  During the walk, I reflected on why I am feeling weird pains.  I decided that it’s probably because I am pushing myself to run faster than I should be.  I committed to running at a slower pace the rest of the week to see if that would help.  Also, on August 3rd, I will be attending a running clinic offered for The Great Race.  Hopefully they can tell me more about my pronation and steer me toward a better suited running shoe.

Friday: Ran 2.03 miles and had shin splints even worse than earlier in the week!  WTH!!!!  When I got home, I iced them off and on for about an hour and felt a little bit better.  By Saturday, I was honestly feeling really worried.

Saturday:  Cross training day, which I spent helping Christina on the remodel.  Between the squatting, lifting, and just general construction/painting/cleaning tasks I tackled – trust me, this day was not wasted!  None of this helped my shin splints at all, but I also didn’t feel any worse.  In fact, by Saturday night I was having anxiety about my long run Sunday morning.

Sunday:  I woke up and thought Get up and walk around.  If your shins are hurting, don’t push yourself into injury.  Just listen to your body.  And you guys.  My body was ready to run!  I felt great.  I was determined for this day to be better than the previous days.  So, I tried a different strategy: I brought a partner.  A long-legged partner who I knew wouldn’t get tired before me.

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And my strategy worked.  We crushed it.  Yeah, my shins were a little sore when I got home, but during the run I was more focused on Hallie than obsessing over every little pain I felt in my body.  I mean, I didn’t even turn my music on until mile 2.  I can attribute a few things to the success of this run:  having a distraction, slowing down and focusing on distance, listening to my body, and fueling better throughout the week.

Here are my carrots for next week:

This week I clocked 9.57 miles.

My fastest pace was 10:30.

My farthest distance was 3 miles.

34 Days

8 Jun

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May 22nd – Week Three:

This week the doodles are getting much stronger.  They are starting to walk around much better, although they still look like drunks stumbling around the whelping box.  They put their front paws waaaaaay out in front of them and then lean into their steps hard.  It really is like watching a toddler learning to walk.  They do a LOT of sleeping.  The only time they get up is really to eat or go to the bathroom, still assisted by mum.  But, midway through week three there is a big change!  One morning we wake up and head to the box and there are a few little peepers trying to focus on us!  Puppies don’t just open their eyes all of a sudden, its gradual.  The corners near the nose open first and you can see filmy little eyes and subtle blinking.  After about a day or so, their eyes are fully open but they still can’t focus on things.  They can follow light, so when one of us walks by, they follow us.  By the end of the week, we find that they are staring at us – they are very, very observant.  Oh, and teeth!  They are most definitely getting in their teeth.  At first, it was just swollen gums towards the back, but sure enough their sharp little puppy teeth are now out in full force.  They are chewing on each other constantly.

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Week Four

Last week, the doodles were only awake for feedings.  They would literally narc out about 5 minutes after they were done eating – sometimes not even that long!  This week, they are staying up for longer and longer periods of time.  About three times a day, we take them out of the whelping box and have structured play time.  “Structured” is really just putting a blanket down in the middle of the floor and letting them explore.  So far, the dominant ones seem to be the big yellow boy (obviously, he is a beast!), the big black girl, and the fluffiest black boy.  The dogs love to bark at each other and at us and at inanimate objects.  Mostly at inanimate objects.  They are really starting to romp with one another, getting bouncier by the day!  Towards the end of week four, we gave them a taste of some canned puppy food.  Boy, did they go crazy.  A little too crazy.

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They are still nursing with Hallie, but we start to soak some hard puppy food in warm water and let it sit until its nice and gummy.  Since their teeth are in enough to handle harder food, we let them go at it twice a day.  They are still weary of water.  They walk up to the water dish and stick their whole noses in, then they sneeze and gag.  I feel horrible because I know exactly how awful it feels to get water up your nose, but its so cute to watch them learning.

They also had their first baths this week!  Since no one wants to hang out with 8 stinker-doodles, we did baths in the kitchen sink.  That way, I was able to set up a drying station on the counter and we could get through everyone quickly.  They didn’t love it….but they didn’t hate it either!  Man, did their curls come out like crazy.  They looked like little poof balls when they were done.

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Week Five:

Hallie is only nursing about once a day, mostly just to relieve herself of milk.  Her body doesn’t understand the weaning process and is still producing milk for eight.  The pups are doing great with the solidish food.  Two of the little girls have all ready been placed with their forever homes and we have another family coming over tonight to pick their puppy.  Two of them all ready have names, “Ally” and “Lucy” (below with the black/white collar).  The pups have finally outgrown the whelping box.  They are able to climb out and often do when Hallie walks by.  Even though they are on solid food, when they get a whiff of mum, they go absolutely crazy.  Now, they are penned in the kitchen and we have started paper training.  They are doing pretty good!  During playtime, its kind of squat-where-you-are and we have to move/remind them to “go on the paper” about a hundred times.  In the mornings, when we venture downstairs, the majority of the mess IS on the paper.  Score.  Their hair is getting shaggier and shaggier by the day and the best part?  NO SHEDDING!  We’ve been checking every day and there is no hair or fur coming off these babies.

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Sixteen Days

21 May

It has been sixteen days since 10 little labradoodles appeared in my living room.

I haven’t really talked too much about whelping here because…well just because.  But, it seems like you guys really love seeing pictures of the doodle-brains so I will try to a few updates.  I will try to write one every two weeks for the 8-10 weeks before they go to their forever homes.

May 5:

The day of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Cinco de Mayo, and the doodles birthday!  It was the day we hoped and thought the doodles would come.  (Dogs have a fairly typical gestation period – around 60 days.  Based on our calculations, she would have been 60 days on Monday.)  We knew that Hallie was in labor based on a few things:  she was digging around in the bedding of the whelping box, she was panting off and on, and she was having visible contractions (her skin was twitching).  The first doodle didn’t actually appear in the living room, but in the bedroom closet, around 4 a.m.  Long story.  We were elated to find out that he had white tipped paws and a white bow tie coloring.  In 45 minutes, she had 4 more all-black puppies.  Everybody was doing latching well and doing great, including mum!  Around 7 p.m. that night, she pushed out the afterbirth and we were please with our 8 puppies.  Then, about an hour later another puppy started crowning.  Not good.  We went into triage mode at that point because he had been in there for about an hour with no amniotic fluids.  He about gave us a heart attack because he was so lethargic at first, but he ended up being fine.  The following day, a giant puppy was still born.  We are pretty sure that she was so big she got stuck.

Despite losing a puppy, Hallie was a rockstar.  I kept joking that she was a Scientologist because she delivered those puppies so quietly, with such ease that she didn’t even make a peep.  She is a natural.  (This is significant because Liberty, our lab, is not a natural.  In fact, I think she would prefer waterboarding to whelping.)

May 12 – Week One:

Hallie is still rocking the motherhood role.  Everybody seems to be adjusting fine except for one.  He’s looking malnourished, not putting on weight.  Although he does latch on and seems to eat until he falls asleep, we are worried that he’s not getting enough.  His brothers and sisters have doubled their birth weight, yet he is half their size.  We are putting sugar syrup on his tongue hoping to give him more energy to nurse.  His temperature is low.  So, we keep him either under a heat lamp or on a heating pad set to low to try and raise his temp.  We begin dropper feeding him using powdered Esbilac Goat Milk Formula reconstituted with sugar water.  He seems to perk up for a few days, putting on just a few ounces of weight.

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May 19 – Week Two:

On Saturday, May 18th at 4:00 a.m. the very first labradoodle,with the little white tipped feet and the white bow tie, passes away in Christina’s hands.  He just didn’t have any fight left in him.  There was nothing more that we could provide him.  “Parti Boy,” as we affectionately referred to him, was the first puppy that we had ever had fade.  Fading puppy syndrome is the diagnosis given to a puppy that fails to thrive.  A full-term preemie who never develops the strength to live without intervention.  We are both devastated to lose him, Christina moreso because she is the one who got up with him through the night to patiently nurse him.  She is so nurturing and has such a big heart, she took his loss pretty hard.  Hallie hasn’t really been affected  by his absence and neither have the other doodles, which is a good thing.

 

And now, 8 healthy and growing labradoodles continue on their first and best adventure.

Things Yet To Be Seen

13 May

I swear, every time I commit to writing a series (Fish Fridays, Sum Up Sundays to name a few), it completely sucks out any motivation I have to complete the activity.

Do you have a habit of self-sabotaging?  Clearly, I do.

Here’s my current life crisis:

I have a 5K on Saturday.  A 5K which I committed to run in lieu of walking in my own commencement ceremony.  IN LIEU OF.

Then, 9 little labradoodles appeared in my living room.

Then, 1 especially little labradoodle started “fading.”

Then, his two super grand-dogmas swooped in and refused to give up on him!

I don’t know what’s going to happen with him.  He won’t put on weight.  We started dropper feeding him Esbilac’s goat milk puppy formula yesterday, hopefully it helps him.

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Say a few little prayers for him, he needs it!  It’s been stressful and nerve-racking and patience testing.

 

As for my 5K, all I can do is try to get a few decent 2-2.5 mile runs in this week and give it my all.  I’ve been seriously reevaluating my early summer race schedule.

5 Days:  Mr. T Memorial 5K

20 Days:  Greenfield Glide 5K

39 Days:  Man Up! 10K

I will run for fun on Saturday with my brother to memorialize one of my favorite teachers from high school who died very suddenly in class of a heart attack a few years ago.  I will train to beat my current 5K time for the Greenfield Glide, which I’ve walked in but never raced.  But, can I train for 6.2 miles in only 39 days when my running schedule is practically non-existent at the moment?  Maybe.  Just maybe.  If I buckle down hard.  Christina has her doubts.

Will 2013 be the year of the 5K?  Will little doodle thrive?

Whelp.

8 May

Remember those buckets I was talking about?

Sometimes they tip over without you even noticing.  Or they sort of fade into the background because more important stuff is happening that requires you to be present.

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On Sunday morning at 4 a.m., we welcomed a new litter of labradoodles into our home.

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Everyone is doing great, including mum.

We ended up with 6 boys and 3 girls.  7 of them are black, one of them is yellow, and one is black with a white bow tie.  Had he been a full bred poodle, I suspect he might have been a tuxedo poodle.

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The first two days were nerve-wracking, just because they always are.  I didn’t get any solid sleep until last night.  I’ve been eating cereal and junk food for days because my cupboards are completely barren.  I haven’t done a single fitness related activity since Friday.  Oopsie!  Its funny how quickly you can slip off track.  But, these things happen.  Nothing else to do but refocus and get back to the grind.

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