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Coco Pop: A New Weekly Series

I thought I’d take a break from blogging about marathon training and start blogging about other passions that I have.

And I can’t think of a bigger passion than my puppy girl.

A photo posted by Coco Pop (@littlecocopop) on

Originally I started her own Tumblr, but I can barely write on this blog with consistency, let alone hers. So I’m going to start a weekly series (only one post per week, I promise) on her.

I wish I read more pet blogs (confession: I haven’t really looked) to get ideas and suggestions on pet products, training, etc. But then I started counting how many of my (running) friends have pets and realized I don’t know much about their lives with them. So perhaps by doing a weekly post I can start a conversation about it.

Now that Coco Pop is (already!) a year old, I’m working on having her feel more comfortable being home alone.

When I’m not home, she’s in her crate and I haven’t left her in there for longer than three hours. I just don’t think its humane to do leave her in there for so long, even though she (now) doesn’t mind it. But its put a damper on my social life, not to mention wallet (pet sitters are $$$).

So far I’ve left her home alone, uncrated for 30-min increments. Thankfully I have neighbors with a dog who don’t mind the barking. They listen and let me know how bad her barking and yelping gets (have I mentioned she is also known as “The Loud Barker!”).

They’ve said that the barking/yelping is not incessant; more in increments. That’s how she was when we started crate training so its something that will take time.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of her enjoying some crate time.

A photo posted by Coco Pop (@littlecocopop) on

PS And to prove how obsessed I am with her, you can follow her own Instagram account!

Thoughts on Blogging…

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I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from blogging lately. In fact, this year has been my most inconsistent year of blogging since I started this blog seven years ago.

With many of my blog friends now retired, my motivation waned. And it seemed like many of the remaining active blogs that I read wrote posts that regularly started with “I’ve partnered with…” or “This post is sponsored by…”

No offense to those bloggers, but I feel like they lost authenticity when they wrote “those” kinds of posts too often. And after reading one too many of them, I lost interest blogging altogether. For awhile I even contemplated entering blog retirement myself.

But I recently came across this article that lists 10 reasons why one should blog. And except for number seven, they all apply to me. After reading this post, I found a desire to start blogging again.

So this post is (hopefully) my return to the blogging community. If you’re been reading for a while, thanks for sticking around. While I can’t commit to daily posts, I hope to write at least once a week.

Please hold me to it.

CIM Training Week 1: Aug 4-10

Now that its time to start training, I’m going to recap my Weekly Workout Recaps marking the number of weeks of CIM training:

Mon, 8/4: Rest Day
Tues, 8/5: 50-min Run of 4-minute intervals
Wed, 8/6: Strength Training with Trainer Dave
Thurs, 8/7: 50-min Run of 1-min sprints
Fri, 8/8: Rest Day
Sat, 8/9: VeganRunning Spin class at Equinox
Sun, 8/10: 90-min 70-min Run

My typical routine on days that I run is:

– Wake up
– Take Coco out for a 20-30 min walk
– Come home and eat half a banana and do some dynamic stretches
– Put Coco in her crate
– Leave for run
– Come home and feed Coco (and myself!) breakfast

Except I overslept on Sunday morning. We didn’t get out for our walk until almost 9 am which left me with a scheduling dilemma. I didn’t want to leave for a 90-min run and not feed her breakfast until after 11 am.

I ended up feeding her when we got home, which then meant that I had to wait for her to do her poop business after she ate. By then I was starving myself so I ended up eating breakfast too…

I have been struggling with figuring out a routine for her when I need to run longer miles. I have NEVER done a long run in the afternoon/evening but it was an idea I’d been toying with. What a better time to give it a try!

It would have been ideal to start my run at 6:30-7:00 pm, but I decided to start earlier because:

1. Evening running gives me insomnia

2. Coco eats dinner at 6 pm. She has an extremely sensitive stomach so I don’t like to deviate too much from her normal routine. When I have in the past there were consequences for the both of us.

3. I didn’t want to eat dinner late either.

So even though it was a hot (for me) day, I started my run at 4 pm. Whenever I’ve see people running during this time-of-day I’ve always thought to myself, “Why???” Now I know…

The first couple of miles felt tolerable and then around Mile 3 I crumbled. Had there been some shade I could have managed but it was 95% exposed and well, I don’t do well when the sun is beating straight down on me.


{So pretty to look at, so awfully hot to run in..}

It was so warm that the small water bottle I carried was emptied by Mile 4. I was slowing melting away.

Around the 45-min mark I ran under a tree for shade. I pulled out my phone and send my coach a text message asking him when an acceptable time to cut the run short would be. He told me to cut it the run down by 20-min. I was thrilled but barely made it to 70-min (and was so happy to be done!).

That evening it took hours to wind down from the run – and heat. And as expected, insomnia hit me hard that night. I still felt wired past midnight.

Clearly afternoon/evening running doesn’t work for me. Not only did it throw off my sleeping schedule, it also messed up my digestive system. Even though I didn’t eat anything for at least 2+ hrs before my run, the Vietnamese food that I ate for lunch did not sit will in my belly during the run.

It was a good experiment for me to try as now I can eliminate it from my options (or suffer the consequences again).

Moving forward I need to make a better effort at going to bed early the night before my long runs. And I need to stick to my proven early morning long run routine.

As for Coco, I’m considering having someone watch her (or sending her to doggie day care). That way, I won’t have to worry if she’s been in her crate too long. And I could run long runs elsewhere – like in the cool, foggy (and hilly) City!