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Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson
I went on my 1st run this week after taking a week off! I've had a base building phase building up to 20+ mpw.
I noticed I had some knee/foot pain I've experienced in the past brought on by increasing mileage too quickly.
I decided to take last week off to recoup, and the plan seemed to work!
Since I'm on vacation the week, and usually get my weekday runs in before work, I decided to take our youngest dog with me on a 3-4miler...
She did so great, we decided to go four miles! This was our first run together...since she did so well, I don't think it will be our last!!!
Here she is..."Brownie" 2yr old Tricolor Australian Shepherd
Sister used to have dog (little Doberman) that I took out once for a nice trip around the neighborhood. Mile 5, he refused to move... he just laid there... ...so I carried him the rest of the way home.
Also, it really seems to help with her behavior.
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Looks like chief has some Doberman in him. Our older girl (my avatar) will pull us the whole way on our 6-miler, if we let her.
Whatever he is, he is a sweetheart and a great runner! He adapted to 6-8 mile runs with no difficulty at all...I love running with him, it's an extra motivator, a companion, and a protector, all in one!
Doberman or Coon Hound! I just love hound dogs. Prob. a Doberman by the looks of the ears and eyes though.
My, what big ears you have!
Brownie is so cute! Herding dogs have SO MUCH energy. You're right, running with them is a great way to release some of that pent-up energy. I have a 6 year old Sheltie that still has the energy of a puppy. She runs with me when it's not too hot. When she doesn't get enough exercise, she barks at anything that moves (leaves, birds, squirrels) and runs circles in the house. As long as she gets regular exercise, she's calm and quiet.
Here are a few things that I've learned about running with a dog:
(1) keep a tight grip on the leash but be able to let go if necessary- she saw a rabbit on a run and took off dragging me behind her (I twisted an ankle and scabbed my knee when she pulled me down);
(2) dogs can't tell you when they're too tired or thirsty, don't push too hard and stop for regular water breaks;
(3) beware of salt on streets and sidewalks in the winter, which can irritate their paws (wash paws as soon as you get home);
(4) watch out for cars - herding dogs especially like to chase anything that moves and people in cars don't always pay attention to how close they get to runners;
(5) always take a doggie baggie with you (even if she just went in your yard) b/c the dog will pick the most inopportune time to go again;
(6) keep the dog's nails trim - long nails can break during runs causing lots of bleeding and pain.
Otherwise, I think you've found a great running partner. Enjoy your time together.
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