Thursday, April 30, 2009

Running With the Dogs

Wow... about 5 or 6 years ago now I was big into running. Every second day or so... until Winter, of course.

I've been trying to figure out what got me into that groove of discipline in the first place. As I recollect, I really enjoyed running with Riley. Riley is my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is now almost 7 years old.

Last year we discovered that Riley had developed some hip problems. So, I definitely can't run with him any more. This has lead me to try running with my other dog, Reuben. Reuben is about a year and a half old and very much full of P&V.

My first run with him a couple weeks ago was well loved by both of us. Hopefully I can get back in that groove of regular runs with my dog. I am not sure why but when I run with the dogs I forget about my distance, heart rate, or stitch in my side and I just have fun... and they seem to as well.

My rule on running with my dogs is no more than 30 minutes every second day and if they seem sore the day or so after a run they get a pass on the next run. The dogs both now freak out when I put on my running shoes. They love running and I hope that transfers to me.

Here is a picture of the dogs (specially for the Doll from BC). Reuben (on the left) is still a puppy in this picture. I will have to take some more recent pics.

1 comment:

  1. Drew,
    That sounds like so much fun. A friend of ours x-country skis with her dogs harnessed in front of her, dog skijoring.

    Your spaniels are so adorable! For looks they are my favorite breed, but I've heard that they can be aggressive. (Not that I'm at all a dog person).

    Running is so much fun, but I find I get knee problems too easily to take up running regularly. Good luck to you if you're trying to take it up again!