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Run Away Dogs - Geek Turned Athlete

Run Away Dogs

I’m not going to lie. Last week was not a good week. My babies (2 youngster weims) broke out of yard (chewed through two fences) 3 times last week, and work just flat out sucked. I wish that I could tell you more about work and my thoughts on it, but considering I would like to keep the job for now, that wouldn’t be a very smart thing to do.

Needless to say, I was ready for the weekend to come when it finally did. Saturday had some mild training– just an hour ride on the trainer followed by a 5 mile run in order to get ready for Sunday.


Sunday, I went on a fabulous 70 mile ride with a friend of mine, Phil, and I was nervous for it because I had never rode 70 miles before nor tried to run after such a long ride. Also, I had hadn’t cycled outside since my injury two weeks prior. Plus, this guy is a GREAT cyclist. He could of easily dropped me on this ride and saved himself an hour of riding. He didn’t though. Phil’s goal for me: Keep us at a 17 mile/hr pace for almost the entire time. Surprisingly, we held this pace and held a conversation at the same time. The incentive of Starbucks 1/2 way through our ride kept me motivated in the beginning.


Yes, I’m a high maintenance latte drinker…


The last 1/2 the ride was going great until we stopped for a potty and a voicemail break about 20 minutes from our cars. My dogs had run away again, and they had been gone for the past two hours. I guess the hubs had them in his truck, and instead of running back in the garage and into our yard like they normally do when they get home, the pups decided to run down the alley and run away AGAIN!! They ignored my husbands calls to come.

Since the hubs and I don’t have kids, the dogs ARE our kids. I was very upset and pretty much on the verge of tears. The hubs told me to finish the planned 7 mile run after the bike and not to worry, but that wasn’t going to happen. Since I didn’t have my garmin on me the entire ride, I had no clue how fast I was going. All I knew was that I needed to get back to the car asap so I could start calling clinics. Phil just held on as I started back out on the trail dodging walkers and other cyclists. Fifteen minutes in, my cell rang. A nice lady had picked up our dogs, and they were playing in her backyard. Oh, thank goodness!! After a call to the hubs with the lady’s info, we were back on for our run.

Phil started teasing me. Evidently when I had found out that my babies were missing, I was going 22-23 miles an hour to get back to the car. Laughing, he said, “Don’t get Nicole mad or she will run you down!” Since I don’t normally ride this fast, I was pretty surprised. I didn’t even realize it. I wonder how I’m going to be with kids if I freak out like that with my dogs!

After the ride, we changed into some running clothes and started our hour out and back. Since I had forgotten my garmin at home that day, my goal was to not take off too fast and try to gauge how fast I was going by feel. It turns out that I took off a little too fast and puttered out by mile 2 oops. haha. Oh well, I made it to the 3.5 mile mark at 30 minutes and turned around to meet Phil. He is a great cyclist, but I’ve got him on the running. I don’t want to feel too full of myself because he also just finished his 2nd Ironman for the year and hadn’t run for about a month. I chatted the whole way back with him, and we sprinted the last 1/8 of a mile. I felt great.

I’ve been really freaking out lately about my Ironman coming up in about a month and a half. However, after that ride and run I’m feeling much better. It really helped in restoring my confidence. And that is also what this next weekend will be about. I’ve only run ONE twenty miler to prepare for the Portland Marathon due to my pelvic injury so it should be be interesting.

In other news, I’m in this month’s Delight Gluten Free Magazine!! I did an interview for them about 6 months ago, and I had completely forgotten about it until Cynthia had tweeted me and told me she saw me in it! I have been looking for the issue ever since!! I’ve never been in a magazine before so I was pretty stoked to find it myself. 🙂

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The backyard has been escape proofed for now. We dug trenches, and put railroad ties in so they couldn’t dig under the fence. And the hubs built a new stronger fence to put up against the neighbor’s. We shall see how long it lasts!! LIttle poops!!


Have you ever had a pet run away?? How did you handle it? Any tips for “escape proofing” our backyard??

Have you ever been nervous for a big race and had that one workout that eased your fears or anxiety?
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  • Heather (Where's the Beach) October 6, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Girl – I’m exhausted reading about the ride THEN run. And sounds like a pretty good pace! I would have been a basket case as well. My dogs are my babies too so I totally feel you.
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  • Lisa October 6, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I hope your pups don’t run away again! I can’t believe they chewed through the fence. LOL

    I’d never had pets before and I got my kitty. He was a kitten (a rescue, he was homeless and abused by neighborhood kids). A few days after I got him he knocked over a huge potted plant in the middle of the night so I put him in the bathroom and shut the door to keep him out of the mess. I woke up a few hours later and checked on him and he’d pushed out the screen in the bathroom window and escaped! I was outside at 4am with a flashlight trying to find him. I was crying and heart broken. 🙁 I lived in an apartment on a busy street and was sure something bad would happen. I was in hysterics!

    I laid down on my bed, kept the front door open with food in a dish and cried. A few minutes later he hopped up next to me and started purring. He’d come back, the little stinker! I was so glad he was ok. He’s been my baby ever since. He’s about 8 years old now. 🙂
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    • Nicole October 6, 2011, 5:23 pm

      Oh my gosh, I was there, I was there! I’m so happy your cat came back!

  • Erica October 6, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Oh man! I would go bonkersss if frank got out! Hugs to you!! What a workout! Way to kick butt
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  • Lisa October 7, 2011, 5:45 am

    Wow, your pups are super cute! My lab is my baby too, and I would be horrified if she ran off. We’ve been very fortunate (so far), so hopefully she continues her good behavior.

    Awesome about your article!! Hopefully the good ride/run, the article, and the puppy proofing your yard starts to outweigh the crappy work stuff. I feel you on that, which I also will not go into details about (wink).

    • Nicole October 7, 2011, 7:49 am

      Your comment totally made me laugh about the wink part. I hope your work stuff gets better too!

  • Katy @ MonsterProof October 7, 2011, 9:42 am

    Glad they made it back! My cat escapes at least every couple of days, but always comes back. Unfortunately, frequently worse for the wear because he gets in fights with the feral neighborhood cats. He even jumped through a screen to get at them once.

    The dog made her second escape just a few days ago, yet again, because she saw those stupid cats (I need them to disappear). She took off out the front door and made the rounds of the neighborhood chasing them. She, too, eventually came back on her own, but I was really nervous about that one!
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  • Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 8, 2011, 6:56 pm

    I’d say Phil was a smart cyclist {w/ the SBux at the half-way point}

    Good luck with finding a solution for keeping your kids in. And congrats on the Delight interview article. Tres cool!
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