Finding a new running partner
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I talk a lot on this blog about my dog Molly, and my puppy - Grimm. Molly's been my running partner for the last three years, but her recent diagnosis with hip dysplasia means she can't run with me like she has in the past. I wasn't planning on training Grimm to run with me for at least a couple more months, but he seems to be chomping at the bit. So Friday morning I went out alone for the first 20 minutes of my run, then stopped back by the house and picked up both dogs and set back out.
Grimm didn't do too badly for his first run. He's only about 4 months old so I didn't want to run him very far, and he's easily distracted so there was a lot of stop-and-go. It won't be long till he's pushing me to run harder to keep up with him.
That said, I've enjoyed my solo runs this week. It gives me a chance to get out and clear my head. Definitely something I plan to keep up for the long term. I just need to work on challenging myself to run farther, longer, with fewer walking intervals.
I also plan to go to a yoga class this afternoon - even if I feel a little overwhelmed with laundry and school work. I know it will do me good. I've started feeling a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders and had a pretty bad headache yesterday. If I don't get some yoga, next week could really spell trouble for me with all I have ahead of me. I need the physical exertion and mental release to approach this week with a clear head.