Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

The Power of a Nap


It’s been a rather interesting week.  Saturday I ran through the woods with Kobi and her BFF Dino and my friend, Sunday I rode my bike wrangling zombies while dressed like one (I only scared 2 kids), Monday Kobi and I ran to our favorite little lake, and then Tuesday to Thursday I had to head out of town for work.

Two dogs running

Kobi and Dino running on our favorite trail in the woods.


Me and my friend preparing for the zombie run


The lake Kobi and I love running to

I had a serious travel hangover Thursday.  I’m not great at adjusting to time away as I am such a creature of habit.  I also don’t sleep well unless I’m at home, in all honesty I don’t always sleep well at home either.  Add in a time zone change and I’m really messed up. 

After getting home Thursday morning, I lasted at work until about noon and then had to go home.  I had been up since 4AM so I was pretty much done.  I went to pick up Kobi, but first took her and her BFF Dino for a quick walk (Kobi sleeps over at her house when I go out of town – I can’t thank my friend enough for doing this – priceless) and then headed home. 

I decided I had to have a nap as I could hardly think let alone stand upright.  Of course Kobi and Kato (the hyper-active dog and kitten team) decide this is the time to do laps through the house and Kato must use the bed in his route.  After about 30 minutes, maybe it was 15, everyone settled down and accepted I needed quiet time or perhaps they just got bored or tired themselves.  I passed out and slept pretty hard for maybe 15-20 minutes, woke up quite abruptly (without an alarm), and felt amazing.  So amazing I went for a run with Kobi – our Halloween run. 

ghosts in the trees

Saw some ghosts in the trees while on our Halloween run

This run was like experiencing two seasons all at once, mud and ice.  I was either running through mud or trying not to wipe-out on the ice.  Kobi ended up a lovely two-toned white/brown dog.  She had to have a bath as there was no way this was coming off with a towel.  She loves baths. She drinks from the tap, gets all silly and wiggly, somehow distracts me and then bolts out of the tub, shakes in the hallway, chases Kato, and then comes back for the towel off.  Oh well, I need to wash the floors anyway, and the walls, and the bathroom, and the ceiling.  

Do power naps work for you?  And does your dog like baths?

white dog with mud

Kobi’s brown under-carriage

Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

4 thoughts on “The Power of a Nap

  1. I love naps. 15-20mins is perfect, any longer and I get sluggish and grumpy. Zeke hates baths. Loves the towel drying part though. Great job with the zombie makeup!

  2. I agree that 15-20 minutes is the perfect length of time for a nap. I also read it’s best to nap before 3PM. That’s cute that Zeke likes the towel drying, he’s a very cool dog. I really got into the zombie make-up. I tried to make Kobi look like a zombie dog, but she looked more like she rolled in pink yogurt.

  3. Sigh, I remember the days of naps B.C. (Before Children)! 🙂

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