My dog slows me down
Friday, September 02, 2011
I use to love walking my dog, but that was before I was training for an event. I walked with a friend the other day and because she is newer to exercise she only walked half-way with me so to keep her company while I finished my walk she kept the dog. I finished the second half of my walk almost 3 minutes faster! Today I took the dog with me as I usually do and it took me an extra 5:30 minutes. At first I thought it was me just me being lazy and then I got to thinking about all the little things I had to do to accommodate my dog during the walk. She is not a very gentle greeter so she has been trained to sit and patiently wait for other dogs and people to walk by. She is easily distracted by cats and pretty flowers and though I use to love "smelling the roses" with her I am on a time schedule now. So, what is a walker to do? I think the answer for me is to walk twice. Once, as training for my event and then again more leisurely as exercise for my dog, who is not overweight but I would like to keep it that way. As I mentioned before I like walking my dog, she gets to experience the world outside of her backyard, gets the cardio that is healthy for her well being, and I get to see the world through the excitement of a happy dog. I think this may be the best of both worlds, for now.