I was excited to start our regular walking routine (well…kind of….it’s more like “committed”) so we actually started the challenge a day early with a 30-minute walk on New Years Eve.
When we got back from our walk, Chester and Gretel were zooming around like crazy! I am sure they can handle more than a 30-miute walk a day (but this is a good start for us).
Their behavior seems to have more to do with the proximity to food time than anything. I find that if we come back within a hour or two of dinner time I get zoomies and in-your-face pestering until I feed them.
This is annoying so I am holding out hope that 1) eventually they will figure out that walkies and dinner time and mutually exclusive and 2) as we move along in the challenge they will get more and more tired from the regular walks and calm down. I think I am being delusional in both cases.
We started the first official day of the challenge off with a bang. Our Dachshund friends Rufus and Porter and their Mom came over to support our efforts. We ended up walking around our local lake for an hour.
They actually walked even longer because it takes them about a half hour to walk to our house and back! Apparently on their way back home Rufus pulled a typical Dachshund move and said he was done by firmly planting himself in the grass and refusing to move (he did, in fact, start to move a minute later though).
Yesterday wasn’t so pleasant. Because I am insane, I took two Flywheel spin classes by 1 pm. All I wanted to do was go home and take a nap on the couch. You would think I would have started trying to make excuses then. Nope! I waited until I actually got home and headed out for our 3o minute walk.
It was then that the excuses (or rather cheating ideas and justifications) started rolling in. We stopped by some of my favorite neighborhood stairs to take a few pictures. It took about 5 minutes.
I thought well, hey, maybe we only had to walk 25 minutes because were were ON our walk and outside when we took the pictures. I didn’t give in to that line of thought though and still committed to WALKING the whole 30 minutes.
Then I thought I could make the time go faster if I called my step-Dad. He is usually good for at least a 20 minute conversation. Nope. He wasn’t home.
Chester and Gretel didn’t make any excuses. Of course, all they did was sleep all morning but it drove a good point home.
Us humans have busy lives and a lot of things competing for our time. It is really easy to do, do, do until things like walking for 30 minutes get squeezed out. It’s easy to put others needs before ours and forget to take time to do things for ourselves. Us humans are complicated. Dogs just want to walk…no excuses.
It really helps that we have had great walking weather so far. It has been super cold but the sun has been shining. Our view from the top of the hill behind our house is pretty inspiring on a good day.
A million more people have joined us in the challenge since I published the initial roster. Well, ok, not a million but enough that I have lost count. I am going to attempt to update the list this afternoon.
If you are a blogger joining us and writing your own update posts, don’t forget to post a link to it on our Facebook page so we can find it.