Thursday, April 30, 2009

Time to race!

I know you've all been dying to know how Molly is doing. I am proud to say the little baby is now sleeping through the night. Yippie!!! Next on the puppy training agenda is getting her to quit her biting and barking. She does it playfully, but those little puppy teeth hurt! Last night I took her up Pinnacle Mountain, just the two of us since the kids had dance practice (for the Greek food festival). She does great climbing up the trail and the only problem she had coming down was slipping on the rocks. We made it all the way up to #9, which is just about the top. The view was great where we were. That was the first time I've been up the mountain sans family and on a weekday evening without so much traffic. It was so peaceful and beautiful. I really enjoyed it and I accomplished my goal. I wore Molly out.

I'm racing this weekend! Yes, I know, you're shocked. I had been thinking about running the Toad Suck 10K and decided yesterday to sign up. The weather looks "iffy" but who cares. I'm just looking forward to a good butt whipping.

Otherwise, I have nothing on my race calendar and no structured training plan. I am mostly running, doing some speed work, getting in some longer runs, and going to spin class. I've been out on my road bike once down on the river and did sprints. I was pissed off that morning (give you one guess at who) and it really helped burn off some steam. I was surprised that by the 4th interval I was cranking out about the same speed I was last summer. Oh, and I actually went to the pool last week too. If you're on Facebook you already know that. I ordered a new Splish suit last week so I'm excited about wearing it to the pool. I might even swim some laps in it!

I'm contemplating a couple of sprint tri's close by this summer, but I'll see when the time comes. I am just really enjoying having no committments to racing and training this year. I feel like I finally have a grip on life and it's been a really long time since I've felt that way. Let's hope it stays like this for a while.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

All about Molly

Life has been pretty much all about Molly for the past few weeks. I'm finding myself with de ja vu quite often, recalling the infant days with Nada and Luka. Our biggest obstacle has been sleeping. Funny, that was my biggest problem with Nada and Luka too!

The good thing is that Molly actually likes her crate. During the day when we're gone I had been putting her crate in our half-bathroom, leaving the crate door open, but the bathroom door closed, and putting a "pee pad" on the floor (once I determined where she liked to go). This worked really well. Someone tries to come home at lunch everyday to let her out and give her some love. But Molly does not like being in there at night alone. She starts out OK, would wake up at about 2am to go out to pee, but then cried again to get back to sleep. And then she'd be up again at 4am. Well, after several nights of this we were worn out (me and Milan).

Milan feels pets are supposed to be outside. That's how it is in Serbia. No one has house pets. So he felt he should go out and buy a dog house on Friday to put on our deck for Molly to sleep in. Hmmm, she doesn't like being in the house by herself and cries, but maybe being outside in the dark by herself might make her feel better? OK, I better not get started on that one.

I have read so many things on the internet and have asked every dog owner I know where there pet sleeps, how did they train it, and more important, how long did it take for your dog to sleep through the night? We tried letting her sleep with Nada in her bed, and I tried to sleep with them, but you get no rest. She wakes up and she wants to play, whether you want to or not. Friday night I finally decided we'd try putting the crate in Nada's room next to the bed and I'd sleep in there with them so she could see me. I wasn't sure if this would work or if she would just continue to cry, but I was willing to try anything at this point. Fortunately, it worked! The most she did was wimper and all I had to say was, "No! Sleep." She woke up at the usual 2am and I took her out to pee, but surprisingly she went right back to sleep when I put her back in the crate. And she slept until 6am. Last night was even better. She went to sleep at 8:45pm and didn't wake up until 5am. I even checked to make sure she was still breathing. See, just like the first time your infant sleeps through the night!

I decided to gate myself in to the trainer. The last time I rode it my biggest fear is that Molly would stick her paw or nose in my back wheel. I got this new Superyard gate at Babies-R-Us the other day (another de ja vu moment) to gate off my kitchen, but it worked well for the bike to. Now I can ride with peace of mind that Molly won't get hurt. I'm going to let her start staying in the kitchen this week to give her more roaming space. This gate will work well since it's big and doesn't have to be wall mounted.

I finally got a new car last Saturday. My 1999 Honda Odyssey was at the end. To keep it going was to take a new transmission, which wasn't worth it. I ended up getting a 2009 Honda Pilot. Yeahy, no more mini-van! I loved all the space my van had, but I just wanted something a little more "cool". My Pilot is awesome! It is definitely the nicest car I've ever had. I guess the 3 years of PT school was worth it.

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today! Orthodox Easter is next Sunday, April 19 so we'll be painting eggs and having an egg hunt next weekend.