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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.
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  • JLITT62
    My dogs are small & sprinters, and they're definitely not coming with me on my HM training! Usually I walk them first, then run later. I used to run really early so I could do it before walking them, but I just haven't been into that this summer.

    But it helps train your heart, so it's all good!
    3189 days ago
    I think your idea is a good one! I run with my dog, Fritz, but he's a big German Shepherd and probably helps me go faster!
    3190 days ago
    I like the two walks plan. You've got me wanting to take my two dogs on my walks with me...although probably not at the same time, lol!
    3190 days ago
    Definitely a good plan! I started out not counting my dog walks because I did them for my dogs (let them stop to sniff and mark, etc. do the little things dogs like to do, just like you do) and I wasn't doing them specifically for myself. Then I decided every little bit could help as far as minutes go! :)

    But I still keep my exercise and theirs separate because we have different goals and needs and I don't want to quash their enjoyment of the more leisurely pace :)

    Good luck!!
    3190 days ago
    If you've got the time for two walks, that's a brilliant plan and I'm sure your dog would thank you for it if she could. :-) Have fun!
    3190 days ago
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