I have started several blogs this week and then never finished them. Bad me. Still super busy at work, although I did have one morning off to take poor baby D to the vet. I had been dealing with his allergies this spring with essential oils and his antihistamine, and while it was working for a while, the flare up got the best of him and it was time to see a professional. I HATE having to put him on any steroids, but the decision was made to put him on a super low dose, and try and get that down to the minimum number of days on that super low dose. We also are investigating some new skin products for dogs to increase his skin barrier to keep allergens out. The good news is that my vet truly thinks we are only dealing with seasonal allergies, since all symptoms were gone this fall and winter. I am also going to incorporate some fish oil back into deuce's diet to help from the inside out. I like having a strategy, even if does include some very low dose steroids. So far we haven't seen any of the crazy steroid symptoms we usually see, and he does seem a bit happier about his ear now. That is the part i hate the most, the gunky ear. We all thought the gunky ear was truly a sign of a food allergy, but nope, it seems seasonal as well. We both do think he for sure had a food component as well, probably an allergy to chicken, but, this time around, all symptoms point to seasonal. I just want my baby feeling 100 % again:(
My runs have been pretty good and even keeled lately. The heat has been pretty bad this week, but we got a reprieve on Tuesday, so i moved my speed work to that day instead of wednesday and did back to back runs. Wednesday was suppose to be back in the 100s, and while I can do high temps slowly (or hit the mill), I prefer speed work to be done at the prescribed pace. I had no issues hitting my paces, but it was different doing marathon pace instead of 10 k or even half pace. I had a one mile warm up followed by 4 miles of alternating 5 minutes at marathon pace (targeting 10-10:20) followed by 5 minutes of recovery, then one mile of cool down. I LOVE doing speed work during longer runs, because it makes the miles fly by. I know it is going to be hard not to start out racing at my half pace, because it was hard to stay in that 10-10:20 range just for a few miles. I am so glad Chicago has pace groups because I am going to need it!
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