When I was awoken by the most horrendous phone siren in stereo at 4am I have to admit, I got excited. Well, outside of my first reaction which was incredibly annoyed.
Winter Storm Draco! The first (and probably last) winter storm of 2012 is supposed to hit us tonight! The NWS is predicting 6-15″ of snow and 50mph winds. In other words, total blizzard chaos.
In order to enjoy a potential blizzard to the fullest, you absolutely must prepare. I started prepping around 8:30a this morning.
Kip and I ran errands for a few hours including snow boot buying (how have we lived in Iowa as adults for 3 years without snow boots?) and serious groceries.
Okay, not so serious. Basically, the regular necessities plus champagne and orange juice.
Of course, I needed an almond milk latte in hand to power me through. That is just good pre-blizzard etiquette.
After a seriously FUN FXB kickboxing workout at noon partnered with my good friend, Melissa, surrounded by 10 of my other friends, Kip and I left work and headed out for lunch at Panera.
(Kip bam-bam style at lunch)
After a few more errands, we ended up at home and very short on time. I was really hoping I would be able to go for one last long run (5-6 miles) while the weather was still nearly 40 degrees and no wind. However, I had 45 minutes before I had to go to work. Luckily, I planned ahead just in case something like this would happen and I was already dressed in my running gear.
I grabbed Miles the D-O-double G and off we went. We ran our new-ish route.
Do you remember how I mentioned how awesome Miles was on our run yesterday? Well, apparently he wanted to show me both extremes because today he was awful.
It’s those damn squirrels. You see, Miles is obsessed with catching one of those little guys and has been for quite some time. So today, when we were running and a squirrel sat in the middle of the sidewalk; he went for it. At full speed.
I know this dog better than he knows himself, so I was prepared to stop him. It was him or me, people. Miles is so strong I think he could rip my shoulder out of it’s socket. You just have to be on the ball. This doesn’t do any good, however, if the squirrel starts running down the sidewalk directly in front of him! That’s when I lost the battle and had to let go of the leash which led me to a neighbors yard while Miles tried to climb their tree.
There were 3 more squirrel sitings each a little more stressful than the previous one. After he was so close to catching the squirrel on the sidewalk, any other siting made him want it that much more.
Half-way through, he calmed down and we finished our run the way they should always be: peaceful. He ran great the final 2 miles without any stops and very good listening.
(before the storm. on our route about 5 hours before Draco is supposed to hit)
(mid-run after Miles gave up on squirrel quest and we were both enjoying the exercise)
(all finished running. a little puppy love for taking my guy out for a run and I’d like to think a bit of an apology as well)
I guess I was secretly hoping I would’t have to work tonight, but I did and it was great. A lot of excitement in the air about the pending storm and I got to meet a few new members at FXB. Plus, I knew I was ready for the storm and I could just go home and relax. Kip even came in and helped me close up. Love him so much.
If storm Draco is anything like it’s Slytherin namesake, it’s bound to be nasty.
Time will tell.