100 Mile Challenge: Miles 17.59-20.29 – Bulldog Badge

Tough run today. Technology issues – GPS turned off, music wouldn’t play and headphones that wouldn’t connect – caused a lot of frustration early on that felt tough to run against. I contemplated just not running, but did anyway. Along the way I developed a little pain in my knee and got a bad headache. However, I managed to get in 2.70 miles, which made it all worth it.

Miles Run: 2.70
Time: 29 minutes, 28 seconds
Miles to Go: 79.71
Days to Go: 115
Average Miles Per Day Needed: 0.69

Not really much going through my head on this run…Just enjoying the late summer air with just a bit of heat. However, I crossed the 20 mile mark of the challenge (10 miles in a week) and earned the Bulldog badge. In a neat coincidence, we picked up our bulldog puppy on Saturday morning.

Two days after last Christmas, we had to put our older bulldog, Digger, to sleep after the vet discovered tumors on his kidneys and blood in his abdomen. It was a painful experience for my family and we decided that we would wait some time before getting a new bulldog puppy. Then Covid came along and with Andrea and I home for the foreseeable future, we realized it was a good time to be able to train a puppy. While the timing of the renovation of our kitchen and this is not ideal, we will make the most of it.

The puppy, of course, is adorable and worth the challenges he brings. The boys are pretty excited to have a second dog in the house, again, and I think this is a good thing for all of us. So, it was neat to get the bulldog badge today.

Andrea found this challenge online to run 100 miles between now and the end of the year. I have been wanting to run more consistently and have also been wanting to write more often, so I thought it was perfect. I figure I could run and document it here in my blog.

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