Thursday, October 19, 2017
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Shoes: Chelsea Crew
Necklace: Kate Spade
That's what I'm wearing today, but I had a nice riding outfit last night too!
Helmet: Charles Owen GR8
Boots: TuffRider Regal
Spurs: Evo Equine
Straps: Stacie Originals
And that's it for today! Any favorites? How's the weather where you are?
Last week I mentioned that I was signed up for not one but TWO 5K's this weekend, and had pretty much zero training under my belt. Well, I'm happy to report that I survived both, and even ran almost all of them! I took a couple minute walk break just before mile 2 both days, but otherwise ran the rest. (Pats self on back).
Saturday was an early morning. The 5K I was running was just a small part of a much bigger event- the Hartford Marathon. It's not as big and important as something like New York or Boston's marathons, but it's a big deal here in my little state. Anyway, we had to be there by 7 to park and find the start lines. All went smoothly! My friends were running the half, and I was enjoying the much shorter distance. I lined up optimistically with the 10 minute milers. Spoiler alert, I was a little slower than that.
|didn't die, got a medal, and a fancy water bottle, I'd call that a win!|
I had some time to kill before my friends finished their half, so I wandered around the park collecting random swag. McDonalds had a booth there with Ronald smiles, so obviously I needed to partake in that:
Then it was home to ride! My legs were a little tired, but I had decent rides on both horses. Jampy popped over some raised cavelletti, but I was saving jumping for Sunday.
Fortunately for my poor beat up body, Sunday's race started a lot later at 10:30. This one benefits a program in my area called The Cove. It's a support center for grieving children. I try to run this race every year because the program really holds a special place for me. My little brother is actually a half brother, and his mom passed away when he was 14 (I was 22.) He went through The Cove program, and I really think it helped him tremendously through that awful time in his life. My family business is a big sponsor of the event.
|That little robot looking guy in the middle is our logo|
Anyway, back to the race. I was feeling a little sore for this race, and while it was cool out (around 60) the humidity was at 93%. That's a little rough when you're completely out of shape and asthmatic! But I managed to shuffle along. I finished a little slower than the day before, at 35:47 (about an 11 and a half minute mile). Still not terrible given my lack of training.
|The face of a very tired, out of shape, 5K finisher|
If you've been following along for awhile, you know Jampy LOVES to spook. So you can imagine how he might be on a windy day. And it was a bit windy out there! Unfortunately, so much so that my phone kept blowing off the fence and I have no media. Womp womp. I did get to jump around a little, but he was really edgy. I opted to keep the fence at the lower height and maybe this coming weekend we'll get to do more. I have no horse media, but here are some photos of my jumps!
Rio felt great Sunday. He felt really even, the soundest he has in awhile! He was a little sassy and really forward. It was a great day for him!
After pony time, I had tickets to see Rags at the local theater.
So I know normally for a fever you give some banamine and hope it comes down and that's that. But it's Rio and he's not normal. Also, I think he's had a fever maybe once or twice ever since I've had him, so that's not normal. (Jampy spikes them more frequently than that, but I think with him it's from stress. He spiked a fever when he flew over from Hungary and had to spend extra time in quarantine even!) But back to Rio. He gets a half scoop of banamine in his grain twice a day, so having a fever despite already being on Banamine is not a good thing. So I called the vet. At 9:45 on a Sunday. Because horses. Fortunately, my vet is a nice guy.
Anyway, we talked about Rio's banamine consumption and how horses sometimes spike fevers at night and we don't even know about it. And how normally in this type of instance it's from a tick bite or something similar, but Rio's not out on the grass much so that's odd. We concluded that Rio is in fact odd, and that I should give him the other half dose of banamine and see what happens. So I gave him that, and then went in the house for a few hours to snuggle the pugs. Because pug snuggles are really effective in stress reduction.
|That Fergus sign right there was the best find ever. It says "I stay in today". For those times when you're up late checking on your horse and may or may not be up early enough to tell your helper to keep your horse in.|
Probably irrationally, but any little thing like this really makes me worry about Rio. He's no youngster at 21, especially give his history. But he keeps plugging along! Love that boy so much. I'll probably have the vet out in a couple of weeks to pull a lyme titer just in case. I really have no idea how he would have gotten sick if not for a tick bite or something. He doesn't go anywhere, and no horses come to my place either. Whatever the cause though, I'm just glad he's feeling better.
Last night I had a braiding job a few towns over for a friend of mine heading up to New England Finals. Since I only had the one to do, I really took my time so he would look great for finals. It's probably not my best work ever, but I think he came out nice.
|that's what 41 braids look like|
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The next annoying thing is that my office was 61 degrees when I came in this morning. 61 is a lovely temperature if you're outside at night in October. It is not a lovely temperature to sit in at work. It's climbed to about 65 so far. My hands are frozen and I'm still wearing my jacket. I also added a blanket. Gloves are next.
Speaking of cold, do you know what brings the cold weather in? Wind. Which leads to today's actual confession. I really hate wind chimes. I thought wind chimes were supposed to be soothing? I find them to be quite the opposite. I never really noticed my distaste for them until Sunday when I heard the tinkling along in the background and consciously though, "Ugh, I hate those things."
It's funny the things you learn about yourself isn't it? Do you have any weird things that drive you bananas? Thoughts on wind chimes?
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Belt: Buckle Down
Jeans: Vigoss Jeans
I had a fun riding outfit last night too for you guys!
Helmet: Charles Owen AYR8
Breeches: SmartPak Piper
Baby Pad: Lettia
Girth: Jack's Mfg.
Half Pad: Horze
That's it for today! How's the weather where you are? Have you switched to the autumn wardrobe? Any favorites from today?