Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Still no Miguel

Jana's front door is literally right across the street from my driveway. When we go for a hike together, the dogs know it. Jana has to open her front door, look down the street for cars and then release the dogs to run over to my house. Spike (the tree climber) will begin his jump into my car, halfway up my driveway.
Izzy is always right behind Spike.
We picked up Bella and headed up to Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. Today is six weeks since I sprained my ankle on this loop. This was our second attempt to find Miguel and thank him for carrying me out of there that day. No such luck. He told us he did the inner loop every day. We have gone at the same time and did the loop in the same direction. Maybe if we don't try so hard, we will run across him some time in the future. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Boomer stood guard on the dock as the black doggies jumped in the lake to cool off.

Here, he started barking at Spike because evidently he was going out way too far. Bella followed the black dogs right over the edge of the dock, into the water. I don't think she knew she was going to go in the water. It was kind of funny, until it looked like she had forgotten how to swim. She swam to the shore though, with Jana and I coaxing her along.

They all made it out of the water safely and we headed down the trail, continuing around the lake.
Here is their last bit of freedom before having to be leashed for the final couple miles of the loop.

And finally, the group photo.

I did run most of the 8.5 mile loop and I must say it felt really good. The only time my knee bothered me was when we were on the flat, paved part. I had my ankle taped up good and I was very cautious about keeping my eyes on the trail in front of me.

Yesterday I swam another 2000 yards after Pilates. I'm getting more and more comfortable with breathing on both sides. Yesterday I was changing sides with each lap. I'm slower breathing on my left side but that's improving too. Pretty soon I will start working on alternating every three or five breaths. I am very happy about the cardio workout I get from swimming. I feel like I have a great mixture of activities to keep me busy right now. That makes me happy. ;)

Pilates and swimming on the schedule for tomorrow. Oh, and an appointment with Floyd.

Until later.............


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Sorry you haven't crossed paths with your angel...Miguel. Someday you'll see him again to thank him, I'm sure of it!

Love the photo of the dogs jumping in the car. I need to get Bandit to do that. He took one look at the Bandit barrier and turned around to get out just as he was hopping in yesterday. Took quite a bit of coaxing to get him in. :-(

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Spike and Izzy can fly. We had to lift Merlin into the car until recently; he didn't dare to make the step:-(

Glad to hear you can run. Sometimes docs just don't know what they are talking about - instead of giving you a no, there are ways around.

Lily on the Road said...

Sounds like a perfect day. Izzy and Spike are a scream!!

As for Miguel, have you thought about running a small thank you in the local newspaper??? Maybe he'd see it and know it was from you ;)

René said...

6 weeks later and you're running - AND swimming - that is AWESOME! How is it on the downhills? I'm approaching hills with caution.

RunningLaur said...

You've come so far from the horrible news of "never again." It's so fantastic to hear.

Love the photos, they turn out so well!

Iris said...

I love pictures of the dogs jumping into the car! Glad to hear you are running again, but also that you're enjoying the cross training.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I need to get back on Pilates... 8.5 miles, NICE!! I hope you find Miguel..

I stole "fun-sized" from another blogger, I used to call my petitie running friends "pocket runners" because they are so cute they fit in my pocket. Then I thought that was kinds mean.. LOL

aron said...

omgosh that is hilarious - LOVE those pics!!! kylie and emma just *know* when they are going somewhere in the car. i can try to act completely normal but they can still sense it and go nuts!! silly girls :)

maybe i should just call in sick one day so i can join you during the week ;)

Judi said...

your dogs are so happy! i can't wait to take mine swimming next week!

Aka Alice said...

Maybe Miguel was an angel? (I'll just throw that out there...)

LOVE the pictures of the dogs...I can't believe you got the shot!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

hope you find Miguel soon, i bet he'd love to see how far you've come :) Awesome pics of the pups!!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Such happy dogs, such a happy JoLynn! Thanks for sharing- you always brighten my day.


Irene said...

The dogs are just hilarious! I love that they're so enthusiastic!

I'm sure you'll run into Miguel again, soon!