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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Last night, I did a new "hip hop" workout with a friend. It was really high impact, but I LOVED it! Since we worked out so late, I set my alarm for a late morning, and planned to skip my workout today.

Well...

I got up anyway, and thought about how much better today would be if I got in some sort of workout, even if I wasn't up for a huge calorie burn. I decided to take the pups on a walk.

Wow. It was a beautiful morning in Texas. Crisp, cool air, a lovely breeze, and just enough humidity to feel perfect. I walked and walked. And then...

Out of nowhere...

It happened.

I jogged.

Yep, your friendly neighborhood "my body can't run girl" jogged.

I was wearing appropriate shoes, and (sadly) a very INAPPROPRIATE bra, but I did it, and I LIKED IT. It felt really good! The speed made it feel extra breezy, and my heart rate perked up where I like it during a workout, instead of down low where it hangs out when I walk the pups.

But...

I didn't get far. My littlest pup, Milo? He is apparently my friendly neighborhood "his body can't run dog."

Aren't dogs supposed to love running? This is the same guy who pulls the leash trying to go faster on EVERY walk. I start jogging? He whimpers and yanks to the side, cowering so we can't go anywhere. Binkley and I were trying to pull him, but it was a no-go.

So, I slowed to a walk, and Milo pulled ahead again. I tried jogging again. He cowered. For the rest of the walk, I tried multiple techniques to be able to get Milo to enjoy running. There were treats, there was a sweet, helpful voice, there was MORE COWERING. He's a rescue, and I have no idea what is going on in his brain, but honestly? As soon as my pace changed, he lost his stuff. EVERY TIME.

But...

I tried to jog and I sort of liked it.

What just HAPPENED???????
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  • STRONGDAWG
    I'm very slow catching up on blogs... but good for you for trying a walk/run. My dogs were never much interested in running for long. Unless they snuck out of the house and were running wild through the neighborhood.
    2047 days ago
  • WICKEDIMP
    Too funny. Running can kind of sneak up on you though, eh? :-)
    2086 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    You dont have to completely redefine yourself if you want to run with yoru dogs once in a while. I like the "desensitizing" suggestion. Also running with the runner dog and speedwalking with the walking dog. Of course, 2 walks a day may get difficult...

    Now go get yourself a better bra!
    2086 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    This is such a cute story! Walking feels, well, slow once you start running. I know it sounds crazy, but try jogging by him in the house randomly to desensitize him (not running AT him, just near him) poor pup...
    2086 days ago
  • XHENA16
    Cute story...I don't jog (yet) but when I am speedwalking my dog seems to have his own agenda...certain things capture his attention that cause him to pause...things like blades of grades, fire hydrants, telephone poles...you know...riveting stuff LOL but the other night I took him out and he seemed totally in sync with me...as if he knew that our purpose was to get that heart rate up and focus on the movement and less on stopping and smelling the flowers :)) Anyways, I liked your story and congratulations on experiencing that 'jogging feeling'...it is contagious emoticon
    2086 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 12:43:12 AM
  • VIXSTERLU
    Haha, we got our hooks into you, now we need to reel you in...first a 5k and then, well, I will let your imagination take you from there. Maybe...just maybe you'll be ready for a half marathon when I will be and we can (slow) go it together. Well, a girl can hope anyway :)
    2087 days ago
  • C4CHRISTINE
    awesome!

    your pup might just be afraid of the new you (that is, the pounding feet) he doesn't recognize you! If you can find a safe place to let him off the leash and try running, he might adjust better. That's what my dog needed. (we used a fenced ball diamond in the mornings)
    2087 days ago
  • CINERICIA
    Be oh so very careful. It is a slippery slope from walk jogging to jogging to running a half marathon because it seems like a fun idea. I think it's some sort of misfire in the brain.

    Seriously, though. Go you! It's great to do something just because you feel like it and it makes you feel good. (Sorry about the pup, though.)
    2087 days ago
  • CKMATHERLY
    It's suprising how your perception on an activity can change.

    I drag my boy dog behind me when I jog, my girl keeps up pretty well, but he is getting better. He was my hyper puppy and now I wear him out. He never cowered though. poor baby.
    2087 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 1:13:51 PM
  • MANDELOVICH
    A whole new you!!!!
    2087 days ago
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