17.3 Miles Friday 11-23-12

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5.4 MPH avg…and  ~16 of the miles were fun!  I should have stopped at 16, because after that point we got way too close to the horse who just stood at the fence looking down at the dogs who were standing right below him looking up (eek)…and I had to pull everyone on by it because the verbal command was not being paid attention to!  Then ½ mile later we made a wrong turn and wound up in the (road kill) deer graveyard with 4-5 rotting carcasses, and I had to pull everyone back around and line them out a dozen times or so.  And then there was the stupid pile of cat food that someone puts right in the trail.  We went by it quite well twice tonight, but the last time was too much for them, and the crazy lady returned  : (    I’d get two away from the food and line them out, turned around and there were three more eating it, and so it went for about 5 minutes.  I made them go on by it two more times with some improvement but it proved to be just too tempting.  So, wanting to end on a positive note, we went back to the truck and they all ate turkey skins/meat. 

I double-bootied Tkope tonight but think I had them too tight because he kept immediately laying down each time we stopped, and when I finally took them off (when we were finished on the road) there was a new little rub next to his dew claw.  He didn’t lay down nearly as quickly or as often after they were removed.  He must have been uncomfortable.  Man, if they could only talk to us, and if they could only understand that when we say “leave it” it’s for their own good.  I’m going to have to call the man who’s feeding the cats/fox and ask him to please put it off to the side.  That will be a big enough temptation for us.  Everyone is sleeping now except for Tkope, who found his ball outside and is biting it repeatedly right now and I can hear it squishing all the way down the hall!  He obviously didn’t get too tired out tonight!  (He played for probably 45 minutes with it before laying down!)

My critical side has returned and is attempting to write off this night as a failure because of how it ended (my poor training).  I’m trying to learn to not look back only on the mistakes we (I) made and feel bad that it wasn’t perfect, but instead to look at the really great parts too and progress we’re (I’m) making and instead rejoice that we’re moving forward!  We were functioning as a team again tonight…the leaders ran an inch apart and were beautifully in step, and Tozi got his groove on and ambled down the trail effortlessly, or so it looked.  Lance and Cicely run great next to each other and lean on each other when we stop.  Tonight I saw Cicely peering under Lance’s belly at something on the other side of him.  She’s so tiny, but works so hard  : )  They pulled up the hills better as a whole, and I didn’t get off to help.  And we ran farther than we’ve ever run before!  It’s not the miles that are most important, however, it’s the way I care for and interact with my team, and tonight left plenty of room for improvement yet again.  I will continue to look to the Lord to mold my heart and actions, and rejoice in each one of His little furry gifts to me!    

Philippians 4:6-9  Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

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