My weekend was filled with fun, friends, food, shopping, running, and relaxing. All of my favorite things 🙂
On Friday night Andy and I headed out to meet some friends for dinner. One of my good friends from college, Sara, was in town from Washington D.C. where she currently lives. Her boyfriend was coming into town with her to meet her family for the first time. It would be my first time meeting him as well. They’ve been dating nearly a year now and have gotten serious. I was excited to meet him as I had heard so much about him (And he gets my approval, he’s a very nice and charismatic guy!)
We met at a restaurant called the Wine Bar, which is a cute Bistro in Rocky River, OH. We sat outside since the rain finally let up in Cleveland and it was a beautiful night!
They have great food and a nice wine selection. I was not feeling wine though and opted for a cosmo instead. It was a good choice because it was delicious (and strong)!
For appetizers, our table split some calamari and a lobster dip. Both were fantastic. I decided on a mushroom flat bread for my entree which included wild mushrooms, chevre goat cheese, picked thyme and finished with garlic oil. It was good, but I think I would get something else next time. It didn’t have as much flavor as I hoped it would. However, that didn’t stop me from demolishing most of it! 😉
It was nice to get together with my college friends! We spent the evening catching up on each others’ lives, laughing, and reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ in school.
The guys (Lindsay’s husband Jimmy, Sara’s new boyfriend Brandon, and Andy) spent some time bonding and chatting about guy stuff:
We called it a night by 11pm and headed home. I was so exhausted from my day at work and hit the sack right when I got home.
Running with Dogs
I woke up early on Saturday around 7am (I can never sleep in on weekends) and took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a 3-mile run with the dogs.
I’ve been running with my dogs for almost a couple of years and it’s taken some getting used to. I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned along the way to make the runs more enjoyable.
Tips for running with your pup (or pups):
Ease into Running: If your dog doesn’t normally get a lot of activity, ease into it as you would do yourself. I started with a mix of running and walking when I first began running with Boo and Sophia. Now we’re up to running 3 miles at a time.
Watch the Heat: Be mindful of the heat when running with your dog. I run either early in the morning when the sun isn’t all the way up and the temperature is down or in the evening (especially in the summer months).
Have a good grasp on the leash: My dogs are constantly on the lookout for squirrels and other small animals. I have to have a tight grip or they will definitely make a run for it if a squirrel passes by! I wrap the leash around my hands and take an overhand grip on the leash.
Be Alert: I don’t usually listen to my i-pod when I run with my dogs because I like to be alert. I need to keep my eyes and ears out for cars, other people and animals (those pesky squirrels again!) and anything that may be in our way, such as a garbage can or tree branch (I have run into one! hah)
Leash Train: Take some time to train your pup on the leash. My two crazies are not perfect, but they’re always improving 😉 Good leash training pays off. I run with one dog in each hand. It can be awkward at first, as I don’t use my arms as much as I would running alone, but you get used to it.
Potty Time: If I know I’m going to run with my dogs first thing in the morning I make sure to give them adequate time to go to the bathroom outside before we go. I also don’t feed them until after we’re done running. If they do go to the bathroom while running, I always make sure to bring some bags to pick up any mess they leave. While it is not fun to literally run with crap in your hands, it’s respectful to pick it up.
Refuel: Boo and Sophia race to their water bowls when we’re done, so I always make sure to have plenty of fresh water on hand all day. Also, I feed them the right amount for their size and activity level (just like I feed myself!)
Running with the dogs is fun and I feel a lot safer versus running alone. It’s like having two furry body guards with me!
Do you run with your dog? If so, what tips do you have?
P.S. Thanks for your kind words on my previous post!