Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I love running on the trails by my house. I don't have to cross roads and the trails are newly paved and wide so there's plenty of room for runners, walkers and bikers. Lately, I have been feeling so guilty when I lace up my shoes and get ready to head out. My dog, Hazel, knows that I am going out and starts begging me to take her with me! It's pathetic, really. I have taken her many times and just walked my route and she seemed pretty energetic and spry for the 10-year old girl that she is. I have also read blogs about other sparkies running with their dogs. I decided to give it a try.
So I waited till the temperature cooled last night (about 8:00) and leashed her up and headed out. She was delighted and could barely contain her excitement, I mean literally spinning in circles, whining, barking at me.....(SMH) Did I mention that she is pathetic?
I have a flexi leash that I use for her as she is a lab and loves to smell everything. When we walk, her nose does most of the leading and she goes this way and that way..... She is all over the path. The last thing I wanted was for her to suddenly change her direction and cause us to crash or stop suddenly (been there, done that while trying to ride my bike with her). So, I put that on her for the first bit and then when we got down by the river on the path, I let her loose. I am not supposed to do that in my community, but she is my shadow and would never stray too far, thankfully, as we literally ran into a bunny and a deer and she didn't chase them.
I felt wonderful running, nice and strong and I had my buddy by my side! We did it and I was so happy.... that is for about the first mile. Then she began looking at me like "Really, we're going to continue this running????" Of course, I didn't want to overheat her, but she does have four legs to my two and then I thought about her coat... it's a lot thicker than mine and she can't sweat like I do to cool off, so after about a mile and a 1/4, we stopped running. We walked another mile to a spot where she could get into the river for a cool down and a drink and then we walked home. I must say I was a little disappointed to not be able to finish the run, but I do enjoy time with her and maybe if she "trains" a little, she can work up to a longer distance and be able to keep up with me!! One thing is for sure, next time I lace up my shoes, she will beg me to take her with me..........