A Dog’s Day

My baby had her first birthday today.  We started with a short run on the trails.  It was 80 degrees already at 9 a.m., but I knew it would be her favorite gift.

Since the boys can remember, Matt has decorated the eating area and their dinner chair the night before their birthday.  Cale decided we had to do the same for Sadie.  It was their mission to decorate her bed this morning.

No Peeking…

Then it was time for the big reveal…

Decor Complete

For lunch Sadie got some peanut butter whipped cream.  For her birthday dessert I made homemade chocolate chip cookies and sandwiched vanilla ice cream in them.  Sadie’s was sans chocolate chips.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

She could hardly wait.

For Me?!?

She is the perfect fit for our family.  The boys are beyond attached, she’s such a great running partner, and she is just an all around good girl.  We love you Peanut Butter, Nacho, Sadie-girl (or any other crazy nickname we have given you).

Last Long Run with My Girl

Not much I love more than watching her run amongst the wildflowers.

Wildflower Run

As my mileage begins to amp up in training, my long runs become longer and longer.  Beginning next week I won’t be able to trail run on my long run day.  That also means I go at it alone.  I’m going to to miss her so much.

The Future

Adventure Awaits

I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.   ~Dean Karnazes