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Call me Ray (not Ishmael)
"Life is short... running makes it seem longer." - Baron Hansen
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√ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013
Boston Marathon 21 April 2014
Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014
TRIing to beat the heat!
The one piece of advice I can give you is to wait a year before running the pup. During this time is when they have their bone and cartledge growth and you don't want to hurt that process.
Sub-1:42 for half marathon √ (1:41 at Disney, Jan '12)
Sub-22 for 5k √ (21:51 in Sept '12)
BQ for marathon- FAIL
I just did my first run with Jake today, he's a miniature pinscher / jack russel terrier. I have always wondered if he would be a suitable companion but I had some doubts because he is on the small side. I finally did some research and found that some small breeds handle the miles quite well, and I decided that he would be just fine. He gets regular exercise already, at least 2-3 times a week we walk around the two small lakes in town which can take up to two hours and most of that time he is free of the leash (I know, I know) so he spends a lot of time running, then we come home and he still wants to chase the b-a-l-l around the house.
Today was a great day as far as the weather goes, mid 50's and a cool breeze. I figured we could do my normal route and just take as long as he needed to since it is definitely the most distance he's ever done. At first we had to stop a couple times so he could evacuate the bowels but then we settled into a pace and made it to the 3 mile mark and I gave him a break to catch his breath. He barely showed any fatigue so we kept the pace for about a mile and then I think he started getting tired. He was a shelter dog so I don't know if anyone has trained him to run before but he was very good at staying next to me up until this point when he started to hang back a little, from then on he ran behind me using my shadow as shade. At mile 5 we took a break so he could drink from the creek and down further at 6 the creek was deep enough for him to jump in and soak for a moment. He didn't seem to be panting heavily and was still plenty interested in moving around so we finished the last two miles, just a little slower than the previous ones.He is definitely a little sluggish around the house tonight but has no visible limp or trouble jumping, still got a fat belly too. I am used to running alone, and I always go out a little fast, so I think next time I'll pull back a little for him in the beginning. I also need to get him used to drinking out of a water bottle, especially when it warms up. I also might look into getting him some booties since there are 3 miles of gravel, and for protection against the hot pavement. Does anyone have a recommendation on a good pair? I will probably get a harness too so he doesn't have the leash swinging in his face so much. I'm super stoked to take him to the pet store and get all his new gear!
Feeling the growl again
I have no data, but agree with the sentiment to wait a year to do any real running. That will give plenty of time to work on obedience and commands. Having the dog scoot across in front of you and pull the leash across you knees midstride is no fun!
My biggest concern with running dogs is heat. Be very careful. My spaniel used to do 4 miles daily with my wife, no issues, but he really needed water and the car's AC on the way home. However running at a faster pace with me he got hot much more quickly. He once did 10 miles with me on a 70-73 degree day, but we were doing a 1/2 mile loop on my property and every loop he's spend 10-20 seconds neck-deep in our pond.
"If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does. There's your pep talk for today. Go Run." -- Slo_Hand
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