Archie Antics, Recovery, and What’s Next

You may remember that about 4 months ago we brought home a basset hound from the local humane society. Just like our older dog, Gus, he has quite a personality. It’s taken some time for us to get used to having a young puppy in the house again (the shelter said he was a year, the vet said a little older, we feel strongly he was a little less than a year when we got him). He is full of energy and curiosity and loves to play. A few weeks ago he got into a brown paper bag of fresh bread my husband had baked the day earlier and ate a whole loaf.

Yep, he got into this too!
Yep, he got into this too!

This morning my husband’s alarm went off at 5 am and Archie was up and ready to go for a walk… even though I still had 45 more minutes to sleep in! He is very expressive with his paws and likes to come around the side of the bed and very aggressively paw at us. The other morning my husband opened his eyes and Archie barked right in his face. It’s all out of love, though.

Best buds

Gus & Archie have become the best of friends. They love to play together and chase each other. Archie loves to curl up with Gus and take a nap. I even caught Gus grooming Archie the other morning which made me so happy.

This little guy still steals my heart, though

My recovery this week has gone really well. I had taken Monday off from work which gave me an opportunity to just lay around and relax. I haven’t run at all this week, but I did walk at least a mile each day on our regular dog walks. At this point my legs feel back to normal, but I am going to wait until probably Sunday to do a short, easy run. I’m actually not eager to jump back into running right away. I want to take full advantage of this week off before easing back into things. It’s now just starting to sink in that I’m a marathoner.

Still can't believe it.
Still can’t believe it.

I don’t have any races planned for the rest of the year. A friend & I are talking about doing the A Christmas Story 5K together, but this will be fun and I won’t be racing it. It’s my favorite Christmas movie and she has done the 5K previously so it would be fun to do together. I plan to ramp my mileage back up over the month of November to keep a solid base for half marathon training in the new year. I’m hoping to hit a few trails and run on the newest multi-use trail in the next two months. I am 97% decided on what half I want to do, but I am going to take the next few weeks to look into a few others before making a final decision.

Also, this happened at work today…

Halloween is a pretty big deal at our office so next week should be fun.


16 thoughts on “Archie Antics, Recovery, and What’s Next

    1. Isn’t it sweet? There is a real camaraderie between the two. Archie was his shelter name & we felt it was actually really fitting. We’re pretty sure it was after OSU player Archie Griffin, but he likes to lay on our arm chair so Archie Bunker is more fitting 🙂

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  1. No, I retire my shoes by mileage and they don’t have enough mileage on them. How many miles I run on them depends on the type of shoe. If your shoes are so worn out that you are retiring them right after your marathon, then in my opinion they probably weren’t the best shoes to wear for your marathon.


    1. I didn’t retire any during the training process. You can probably get away with just one pair for half marathon training since the mileage is so low, but having two pairs that are different styles to rotate between is helpful to avoid injury. If they are more cushioned shoes, you should be able to get 300-500 miles out of them. But use your best discretion – if they feel flat & dead move on!


    1. I use the 2000s and the Kayanos. The Kayanos are a lot heavier so they take some getting used to, but they are good for long easy runs or recovery runs. Both of them last a long time. Wearing four pairs for marathon training meant only putting 5-8 miles during the week on each pair and I rotated which I wore for my long runs on the weekend. If you get two pairs for half marathon training, they should be able to get you through marathon training if you add two more pairs to the rotation. Good luck!


  2. They won’t make it through another marathon, but I think I will finish my spring half marathon training with two that are good enough to move into marathon training again. Kayanos are the more cushioned version of the GT’s, but they are still stability shoes. Like I said, they are heavy so they take some getting used to, but if you like the GTs the Kayanos should work well for you!


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