I had a very productive Saturday today. I started out early this morning. When I got up around 7am , it was still dry out. The weather forecast was 100% chance of rain today. YEAH! NOT! When I got up and saw that it wasn't raining I knew this would be my opportunity to get a true long walk in.
My primary goal today was to walk to the Starbucks a little over 5km's from our house. My secondary goal was to do it as quickly as I could. Considering I've not gotten that far, I didn't know how long it was going to take. My only point of reference was from several weeks ago when I thought it would take an hour to get to Angus Campell road and we made it there in 40 minutes.
With my ipod playing, Angus and I headed out. We were almost thwarted right away as it was doggy central at the gate to our complex with a brouhaha going on between a Westie, a Lab, a Pug and a Chihuahua. Of course my dog being the dog he is wanted in on the action and started barking from our side of the gate. That of course changed focus of the other dogs and the owners managed to get their dogs untangled and maneuvered towards their respective complexes. I waited another minute or two and then headed out the gate when the coast was clear. Angus was still a little excited but off we went. Of course a few minutes later who do we come across but his arch enemies from our complex the two Jack Russel's. These two dogs bark whether there's anything to bark at or not. Fortunately when we reached the main road, they went to the left and Angus and I headed to the right.
We had a pretty good pace going, but with the starting and stopping and probably a good 5 minutes of dog excitement by the time we got to Angus Campbell Road we were 4 minutes behind from our last time doing this route. I picked up my pace with Angus trotting along beside and little behind me and kept plugging along. I looked at my phone and we were nearing the 1 hour mark. I knew that my wonderful husband would be on his way to meet us and may very well pass us at any time. Sure enough, not even two minutes later Angus plopped his behind down and dug his paws in as he looked over his shoulder. I swear he has the best hearing ever.
My husband stopped and I put the dog in the back seat and looked down at my mapmywalk app that I was using to track our distance. I was a little disappointed as we were only at 4.45 km's and I really wanted to hit the 5km mark. I decided on the spot to keep walking. I told my husband to go on and I'd meet him at the Starbucks. Less than 10 minutes later I met him in the parking lot. I was thrilled with my time and my distance!
This link should take you to my walk today.
Now seeing as how I'd just walked for a little over an hour and we were after all at Starbucks, I decided to give myself a reward for what I had done. I got myself a Grande, extra hot, non fat, 1/4 sweet (1pump of syrup) peppermint white chocolate mocha with no whip and no drizzle. I love me a white chocolate mocha. This drink is how I got my gold Starbucks card automatically :)
Thankfully the rain held off until we headed home. A little while later, I headed out to do some errands for my parents. It took me a few hours to get everything done, and when I got home I was honestly tired. A quick look at my pedometer and I knew why!