Milk disaster

What do you think how much damage a half gallon of milk can cause? To me, A LOT. Just thinking about what happened yesterday makes me frown 😦

Yesterday morning, I needed to go get some milk. Since the milk store we buy the milk opens at 10 am, I killed some time at the grocery store buying sweet potatoes and olive oil. Because of the cashier’s fault, I got the sweet potatoes for free πŸ™‚ Then I went to Oberweis and got two half gallons of fat free milk and a 2% chocolate milk – my post run treat – and headed back home. It was a dark and damp morning and the rain was on and off. Not ideal weather to ride a bicycle recklessly near a busy intersection. I saw one guy on a bike crossing the road despite the red light. The car in front of me stopped and I put the brakes on too. That was when I heard the crashing sound from behind. No, it wasn’t a car accident. It was the sound that one of the milk bottles – fat free milk – broke. I still don’t know how that happened. When I put the brakes on, the milk bottle carrier must have slid forward, but how one bottle out of three got broken into pieces like that, I really don’t know. Especially since the milk bottles are in the carrier which hugs the bottles and provides some barrier between them.

I moved the car to the nearby restaurant parking lot quickly and used paper towels to clean the trunk. It was a disaster. Broken glass and milk everywhere. I tried to absorb as much of the milk as fast as possible. It was a cool morning but I was sweating so much. If I was driving the other car, I would only worry about the milk smell. But it was our new hybrid car. The Prius V has the hybrid battery pack under the trunk and the manual warns the owner not to spill liquids. I was worried sick. What if the hybrid battery were damaged? That will cost us a couple of thousand dollars. I called my husband and told him about what happened. He worried about me and tried to calm me down. Maybe I sounded like a crazy woman.

He came back home early and we went to the Toyota dealer to check the car. It was supposed to be my rest day but I spent the morning cleaning the spilled milk in the car like crazy and spent the afternoon at the car dealer shop. After waiting about an hour and a half anxiously, we got the good news that the hybrid battery wasn’t damaged. We needed to wait another hour or so. They sucked out the milk from the mats and carpet as much as they can and shampooed them. We paid about 100 dollars. But the stress I got the whole day was immeasurable. It was raining on our way back home. We couldn’t open the windows and the smell of the shampoo was pretty strong. I was exhausted physically and mentally. I thought I will not drink milk for awhile because of this.

It was not surprising I didn’t feel good this morning. My throat was very sore and swollen and even my tongue was sore. I woke up early to go to the trail but I changed my mind and rested more. After resting two hours, I started to feel better. The weather was too nice to stay at home. So I went to the trail with Cappy. The temperature was not bad but the sun was strong. I brought Jeter’s cooling vest and put it on Cappy. She was running okay for awhile but as the temperature went up, her pace started to slow down.Β It felt hot for me too. So I ended our run at 2 miles and came back.

“It’s hotter than we thought!”

Cappy enjoyed the car ride and cool air in the front seat – usually my dogs sit in the back seat for their safety just like human kids but today I drove the 3 door hatchback car. That’s the only time my corgis sit in the front seat. After we came back home, I went out alone and ran 1.2 miles more. Even though she ran just 2 miles, the strong sun made Cappy tired – later in the afternoon when I took my corgis out, it felt much cooler than the morning. But running made her happy.Β She looked like she was smiling while she was taking her nap πŸ™‚

“How could you do this to me!”

 

However, unlike Cappy, Jeter was grumpy. When I came back home, he gave me a pouting look. He wasn’t happy about me taking only Cappy. Sorry little buddy, but you will have quality time with me tomorrow -) Taking one corgi at a time is easier for me and good for them since their running style is different. And they can rest and not overdo it.

Overall, it was a much better day than yesterday. No milk disaster and I ran with my corgi. Oh, and I drank milk – the chocolate milk after the run – without being haunted by yesterday’s memory πŸ˜‰

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Tiring out my corgis :-)

As every corgi owners know so well, tiring a corgi out is a really hard thing to achieve. And even if you somehow succeed doing that, these little buggers recover from fatigue so quickly and start zoomies around the house or bring the ball to you to throw for them. But we, corgi owners, can’t give up. Because tired pups are happy pups and you know how cute the corgis are when they get tired out πŸ™‚

After running 4.6 miles at the Forest Preserve Trail yesterday, Jeter and Cappy looked tired. But they were back to their usual ‘Energizer Bunny’ mode soon after taking some rest. So I took them to the trail again today. My husband stayed at home because of a knee problem. It was another cool morning. The temperature was 63 degrees when we started at 7 am. But it wasn’t sunny like yesterday and felt more humid. Without the bright sunshine, the grass stayed wet with the morning dew. I think that added more humidity to the air. And the wetness to my corgis’ bellies and their 8 legs πŸ™‚

We started our running. My corgis’ pace was definitely slower than yesterday. Even my little ‘Speed Demon’ Cappy didn’t try to run like a sprinter this morning. It was good for me because I didn’t want to run hard two days in a row. It felt great but I can’t take a risk of getting injured. I don’t forget that I just got back to running from weeks of non-running. Running with my corgis at a comfortable pace made me feel so happy but it didn’t last long. After 1 mile, Jeter started to slow down and so did Cappy about a half mile later. So I let them walk for awhile then ran slowly again. Today’s mileage at the trail was 3.6 miles. I wanted to run more but I didn’t want to drag my corgis. Jeter looked tired but Cappy still seemed to have some energy left. So when we came back home, I took Cappy out and ran 0.6 miles more at a faster pace. Then she looked tired too. Running 8+ miles in two days can tire your pups out πŸ™‚

Jeter and Cappy rested almost all day. They fell asleep at one spot for a few minutes and moved to other spots and slept there for an hour or so. Jeter even went under the doggy bed a few times. I don’t know why he did that but it was quite funny to watch πŸ™‚

“Don’t wake me up please….”

They will start to act like not-that-tired-corgis sooner rather than later. But I will give them(and me) a rest day tomorrow.

Beautiful day to run with my corgis

You don’t expect to have a nice sunny Saturday morning with the temperature around the low 60’s that often in August. So if you have that kind of weather, you should go out and enjoy it. That’s what we did this morning. It was the perfect day to run with my corgis πŸ™‚

My husband and I went to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail with our corgis this morning. It was 61 degrees at the trail when we started. Jeter and Cappy were full of energy. They didn’t get a chance to run with me since last Sunday. They loved the cooler air. From the start, Cappy was like an Olympics sprint runner. She must have been inspired by Usain Bolt πŸ™‚ Usually I manage to make her walk some as the warm up before we start to run, but today it was impossible for me to stop her from running. So I shortened the warm up walk and ran with her. Even though I’m more of a penguin runner, I was able to run with a faster pace today and Cappy looked so happy. She looked as if every hair on her body was trembling with the great joy of running. I don’t remember when was the last time I ran this hard. It would be a lie if I said I didn’t worry about myself while I was running this morning but I should admit that it actually felt great.

“Daddy, give us some treats!!!”

Cappy wanted to keep running and she wanted to run fast. Usually, when the temperature was higher than today, she would start to slow down after 2-3 miles of run/walk repeats, but today wasn’t that case. Jeter wanted to run too. So for awhile I took his leash too and ran with two corgis. But our sweet Jeter went back to my husband and walked with him later. He didn’t want his beloved Daddy to walk alone πŸ™‚ Cappy checked on my husband too. Every time she couldn’t see my husband and Jeter because of the curved trail, she wanted go back. So we actually ran back and forth several times πŸ™‚ My total mileage for today was 4.6 miles. Cappy ran pretty well even at the end of the run. My legs felt great and breathing was good. It was the best run for me in weeks and I felt like being a runner again!

“Cappy and I had a great time today!! “

When they came back home, they enjoyed the homemade frozen treat and rested on their clean doggy beds. I had a big doggy related laundry day yesterday. Washing and drying 5 dog beds, 3 crate pads, 3 blankets, and some more doggy related things was not a piece of cake. But the more labor intensive part was getting rid of all of their hairs which were embedded in their beds/blankets/pads and refused to be removed. I needed to vacuum the floor first very thoroughly before I tackled the dog hair removal task – and vacuumed again after. Then I used the Dyson, a lint roller and my hands to pick up dog hairs as much as I could before I put them into the washer. It took so much time, effort and patience. Human laundry is much easier! πŸ™‚ Of course I washed my corgis’ beds and blankets many times before, but never washed everything on the same day. I don’t know what I was thinking yesterday. Once those agonizing pre-wash tasks were done, I did 3 loads of laundry. Jeter and Cappy looked lost while all of their beds were gone πŸ™‚ After I put the beds together I put them on the floor, my corgis jumped on them right away before I could put them where they usually placed. I think they missed their beds πŸ™‚

“Don’t take away our beds again!!!!”

We turned off the air conditioner again today and opened the windows. It felt good to enjoy the fresh air. ( the only downside to this are the loud neighbors.) Hope this kind of nice weather stays a few more days. ( But wish the neighbors would quiet down!)

Corgis rested, I ran :-)

I ran again today – two days in a row at the Forest Preserve Bike Trail and in the bright sun. I think I got enough Vitamin D πŸ™‚

Today’s run was a corgiless run. Even in the early morning, the sun was strong. That makes it hotter since there are not that much shade on the trail. And Jeter and Cappy still looked a little bit tired after they walked/ran 4.5 miles yesterday. So I let them rest more and drove to the trail. It was about 75 degrees when I started but it felt so much hotter. Leaving my corgis at home was the right decision. If I brought them with me, they would have parked their butts even before the 1 mile mark πŸ™‚ With my iPod on, I started running. I’m still doing walk/ run repeats but today I ran more and actually I ran faster. On Monday morning, the trail was less crowded and more peaceful. I felt pretty good and enjoyed running a lot. I finished my run in just the right time because when I headed back to my car, I smelled cigar. Then I saw a guy was riding a bike smoking a cigar!! I felt sorry for runners behind him. I don’t think what that bike rider was doing was very considerate. It is outdoors but he shouldn’t be selfish like that at other people’s cost. Who wants to inhale someone else’s cigar smoke when you’re out on the trail in the morning for exercise???

Anyway, I ran 4 miles today. It was kind of a ‘pick-me-up’ run and made me happy. My corgis looked happy to see me when I came back home. I think they enjoyed the rest day today. I gave them lots of hugs and kisses and got more from them. It was a good day for me and my corgis.

Sunday family exercise

My husband and I like to go to the trail on the weekend. But yesterday, it was too hot and humid even early in the morning. And I felt quite tired after I came back from the gym on Friday.(I walked/ran 2.2 miles that day.) I think I’m still not strong enough to run two days in a row. I need to remember it will take time to build the endurance back and I shouldn’t rush or try to do too much too soon. Today, the weather was much cooler than yesterday but I still couldn’t get up as early as I wanted. I didn’t feel good and had no energy. So my husband let me sleep more and took Jeter and Cappy out. They went to the nearby park and walked 1.5 mile. When they came back, I felt a little bit better thanks to the extra sleep. It was still early and the temperature was not that bad so we decided to go to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail.

It was a sunny, beautiful morning. There were more people out at the trail. I think many people were inspired by watching the Olympics πŸ™‚ My corgis were so excited for getting extra exercise. After some walking warm up, I started to run with Cappy. Jeter was walking with my husband but he wanted to run too. So I took Jeter’s leash and ran with two corgis. I was happy and so were my corgis πŸ™‚ But they got tired faster. That was understandable because it was their second workout this morning and the temperature went up thanks to the strong sun. I gave them a couple of water breaks but after 2.75 miles, what they wanted to do was rest under the tree. Dragging them in the sun another quarter mile to the car wouldn’t be a good thing. So my husband stayed there with Jeter and Cappy and I went to the car and drove back to them. They were glad to get in the car πŸ™‚ We shared a banana with them and gave them more water. It was another good Sunday family exercise. My mileage for today was 3. These are pictures I took during a water break today.

Jeter looks so happy and handsome in this picture.

Our wonderful Sunday.. More good than bad :-)

After my husband and I had a good walk/run on Saturday, we planned to go out to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail again yesterday. I got up a little bit late but the weather was still good enough to run outside. Anyway it was still earlier than the time we went to the trail on Saturday πŸ™‚ Because of what happened to Jeter on Saturday, we were going to leave him at home and only take Cappy. But when I told Jeter to go into his crate, he looked at me so sadly with those begging eyes as if saying “You can’t leave me here alone!! My leg is okay! Take me with you!! Pleeeeeeease!!!!” How could I say no to that face. And his left front leg seemed to be okay. I talked to my husband about him and we decided to take him too. But we limited his exercise only to walking and in case he showed any problem, we would cut the exercise and come back home.

Jeter and Cappy were very happy corgis at the trail. Jeter walked with my husband so nicely and didn’t have any problem πŸ™‚ I walked/ran with Cappy. Boy, she wanted to run like the wind! Since I just got back to running, I tried hard not to run too fast but thanks to her, my pace was much faster than Saturday. Thankfully, my legs endured quite well πŸ™‚ Getting injured is the last thing I want. We did 3 miles and it was a very good family exercise. As usual, Jeter and Cappy got a lot of compliments. I wondered how many people at the trail knew my corgis are the same breed with the Queen’s dogs who appeared in the London Olympic’s opening ceremony πŸ™‚

“We are so happy!!!”

“Whew.. it’s getting hot!”

When we came back home, my corgis went into resting mode right away. We let them rest and went out for brunch. Yesterday, we wanted to go to the restaurant we never been before so our pick was “Country Kitchen” in Highland Park. There is a list of good brunch places by Chicago magazine which my husband found and printed. The Country Kitchen was one of many restaurant on that list. But it was not worth the drive. Okay price, meh food. I ordered the french toast and it was insipid. Pancakes and sausage links for my husband was blah. Our waitress was kind of indifferent. There was nothing special about that restaurant. But there seemed to be lots of regulars especially elders. Maybe we ordered the wrong things but anyway, we will not make a special trip to go there again.

But our day wrapped up with a great dinner and that made us forget our not that great brunch. My husband cooked Penne Primavera based on Master Chef Joe Bastianich’s recipes from Runner’s World(October 2010). Chef Joe – the son of Lidia (Lidia’s Italy) is a runner too. Since we read that article, we wanted to try his recipes. Yesterday my husband made Chef Joe’s Pomodoro sauce then cooked the beautiful, healthy pasta using lots of fresh veggies and Racconto 8 whole grain Penne Rigate. It was so delicious!!! One of the best pastas I’ve ever had πŸ™‚

Super YUM!!!!

If you want, you can find Chef Joe’s recipes here HERE.

Today was a rest day from running for me. I played with my corgis this morning and once again my patient boy Jeter cooperated with me and I took this goofy picture πŸ˜‰

That’s it for today. Have a good night!!

Ran away from the Muffin Man

Today was a very hot day. The temperature went up to 97 degrees in the afternoon. It wasn’t much cooler in the morning either. At 5am it was already 75 degrees. I wanted to go out to run my Sunday long run early but again I failed to get up. I still went to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail later but the temperature was about 10 degrees higher when I started to run – it was 89 degrees when I finished my run but it felt much hotter. The sun was strong but the weather wasn’t the only reason I came back home with no energy left. Today, in the heat, I ran faster than usual thanks(?) to one guy.

I understand some guys like to run shirtless on a hot day like today and some shirtless runners can be eye candy πŸ™‚ But today, after 2.5 miles, two shirtless guys jumped in front of me and started to run. One of them had a very hairy back and he was wearing his shorts low enough to show his buttcrack. It wasn’t a pleasant thing to see. But the real reason which made me run faster to pass them was his jiggling/flapping muffin top. It just threw off my rhythm. So I passed them then his hissing sound of breathing was the problem. I missed my iPod 😦

I ran really hard to be away from him. Hot weather plus running hard made me exhausted. My heart rate went up and I sweated like a leaky faucet. One good thing was that jiggly muffin top man and his buddy were not running fast so I was able to keep some distance. But anyway I ran 6.2 miles today. This was how my second week of my Hal Higdon half marathon training program was completed. I don’t know the Muffin Man and I don’t want to see the shirtless hairy back Muffin Man again!!

When I came back home, Jeter and Cappy licked my face more enthusiastically. I think my face was well seasoned πŸ™‚ I could taste some saltiness from my lips too. I ate scrambled ham and egg which my husband cooked for me and took some rest for a while to cool off. Jeter and Cappy were so excited when I put their leashes on but once they went out, they realized right away it was too hot to have a long walk. Soon their tongue were hanging out and they didn’t want to go far. They looked much happier when I got back into the house. Ahhhh…..nice cool air!! I made their frozen treat and Jeter and Cappy loved cleaning the container I mixed the ingredients in. They put their muzzles together in the small container to lick it. I couldn’t take a good picture of that moment because I only had one hand free and couldn’t grab my phone fast enough. Below is only pic I took. Jeter has some mix on his nose and they both looked crazily focused πŸ™‚

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They licked the container in a few seconds. Then they took naps. Sometimes it seems like their life is sweeter than mine πŸ™‚

Happy running Tuesday

Running with my corgis means more things to prepare and bring. As the weather gets hotter these days, I need to bring even more things for them. This morning, I put ice cubes and two water bottles in a little cooler. And I put a big ziplock bag filled with some cold water to soak Cappy’s new pink cooling bandana and put the bag in the cooler. I grabbed Jeter’s cooling vest, a collapsible water bowl, dog treats and a banana for me. While I was preparing all these things, my corgis were getting so excited. After I dropped my husband off at the train station, we headed to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail.

Cappy wearing her new pink cooling bandana

At the parking lot, I took Cappy’s cooling bandana out from the ziplock bag and use the same bag with water to soak Jeter’s cooling vest. Then I took my corgis’ doggy car harnesses off, put cooling gear and leashes on, applied Musher’s Secret pet paw protector wax on 8 paws, wore my hydration belt and finally started to run. Before they came to my life, going to the forest trail to run was much simpler πŸ™‚ But I don’t mind doing all these things. They are my dogs and I love them to pieces. And I want them to run safely.

Jeter wearing his cooling vest

The temperature was 63 degrees when we started to run. It felt a bit cooler than 63, but with strong sunshine, the temperature went up quickly. Jeter and Cappy were full of energy today. I had some hard time to make them not to run too fast in the beginning. After some easy running for warm up, I ran faster than usual thanks to my little corgis. They were like energizer bunnies. Lucky for them, my legs felt good too and we all enjoyed today’s 4 mile-run.

“Let’s rest in the shadow!”

“Now it feels much better!!”

After the run, Jeter and Cappy ate some banana with me and enjoyed the car ride back home.Β Then they were pooped out πŸ™‚ Of course they did some neighborhood watch duty but most of the afternoon, they took naps on many different spots – in their crates, on their 3 different dog beds, on the sofa, on the new bench near the window, on a living room rug, and even on our bed upstairs πŸ™‚ Their sleeping faces looked happy and relaxed.

Jeter fell asleep on the sofa πŸ™‚

Cappy fell asleep on the bench πŸ™‚

Happy running, happy (and tired) corgis, and happy me.

Afternoon speed work

Today is for speed work. The first week’s speed work is 5 X 400 meters. I went to somewhere with my husband early this morning so I did my speed work in the afternoon. This morning I felt so tired because I didn’t have a good sleep last night. After I came back home, I took a nap with my husband and corgis. Then I headed to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail. It was such a nice day to run outside. The temperature was around 60 degrees, sunny and dry. On the bike trail, between 0 to 1 mile, there are marks every 200 meters. I ran 2 miles of easy running then started my speed work. Running 400 meters with a 5K pace and walking 400 meters. I repeated that 5 times. And I added another easy running mile. My daily mileage for today was 5.25 miles. It wasn’t blazing fast intervals but it was good enough for me.

My corgis didn’t run with me again. They are still day-to-day. While I was running, I couldn’t help myself but thinking about them. Maybe tomorrow, I will take Jeter out with me.

Running alone / corgis’ lazy day

Today is the second day of the 1st week of Hal Higdon’s half marathon training program. What I needed to do was run 3 miles. So I went to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail and ran. Including warm up and cool down, my mileage for today was 4 miles. It was another beautiful day but the temperature went up much higher than yesterday. Sooner or later, I need to get up early to run with my corgis.

I didn’t take my corgis with me. It was too hot for them to run. I could’ve come out early with Jeter if I wanted to but I decided to give him a rest day because I noticed the redness/pink skin between his toes yesterday. I think that was from running on the grass and seasonal allergies. Cappy is still on the DL because of the cut on her paw pad. But it is healing nicely and she will be back to running soon πŸ™‚ Anyway, I had a good run today. Following a training program and knowing my daily and weekly mileage will be low made my running easy and fun. Just 3 miles! And Sunday’s long run is only 5 miles πŸ™‚ You need to keep your legs fresh and healthy to do 16 weeks of training. Increase the mileage gradually is harder than people think. Runners can be greedy. I shouldn’t forget that overtraining is worse than undertraining.

After I came back home, I played with my corgis a little bit and took some silly pictures of Jeter with my phone. He looked so relaxed on the sofa so I gave him the remote controller and put a bottle of beer next to him. He liked the coolness of the beer bottle πŸ™‚

Couch potato Jeter

relaxed Jeter πŸ™‚

After the afternoon walk, Jeter and Cappy enjoyed their frozen dog treats and took naps. They were sleeping so soundly near the window.

Zzzzzzz together

Then the next minute, as soon as they heard something, they got up so fast and looked outside the window πŸ™‚

“Did you see that???”

I think they enjoyed the lazy day today. But I missed running with my cute low riders.