So I’ve been horrible at blogging lately. I have not one but TWO amazing pumpkin treats recipes I’ve been meaning to share (one pumpkin cookie with a maple glaze and one pumpkin cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting-I wasn’t kidding with my pumpkin obsession) but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But I will soon, I promise, because both were AMAZING! I made the cookies for a co-worker’s baby shower and was soon after bombarded with recipe requests and then made the cupcakes for a bake sale, where they sold out in minutes. So let’s just say that both were amazingly delicious.
But backing up to last weekend…..Leah and I ran our first race together!! I’ve been wanting to run a 5k with her for awhile now, but most races have a strict “no jogging stroller” policy. So when one of our therapy dog handlers told me that she was planning on running a race where you can register your dog I figured, “hey, if you can run with your dog I bet you can run with a stroller!” and low and behold, I was right. This race was a blast. Those fine ladies I ran with are all handlers for our hospital’s therapy dog and it was so fun running together with our favorite pooch. It was hilarious because our beloved therapy dog is so used to listening to her handlers one at a time (we hand her off throughout the day) that she seemed a bit overwhelmed at first with having all her favorite girls together! She would look back and forth between us all and I could just see her thinking, “All my girls!! I’m so happy!!” It was so much fun seeing all the other dogs running and walking as well. And as much as I loved running with Leah, I can see how it would be a bit annoying to run with her during a “serious” race (AKA one I was running to attempt to get a good time) because you get sort of stuck between and behind groups, leaving you to slow down and shout “umm excuse me!” or attempt to run around them in the grass so you don’t run over anyone’s ankles from behind. But this race was just for fun so it didn’t bother me at all when I had to get creative with my stroller weaving techniques. And Miss Leah? Well let’s just say that she had a blast! Not only did she get to be out jogging with mommy (one of her favorite activities) but she also got to run next to so many of her all time favorite animals, dogs! It was so cute as we ran towards the finish line, where spectators were clapping and cheering, to look down at Leah clapping in the stroller and saying “Yayyy” to herself. She’s not modest when it comes to cheering on her own accomplishments. The other thing I learned? I make some super weird/funny faces when I run and talk at the same time. We came home with a camera full of race photos (thanks to my photographer husband!) and yet almost every single one of them I am making some weird face or doing something odd and crazy with my hand. I always run with one arm pushing the stroller and the other arm swinging and yet I never before realized that I seem to have perfected this lovely half raised limp hand swing with my free hand until I saw photo evidence. So thanks for that, Brett. Now I’m all self conscious of my arm swing form whenever I run!
So over all, crazy faces and odd arm swings aside, the race was a blast. I can’t wait for (hopefully) many more fun races with this babe in the future!