A surprising new running partner
Saturday, January 02, 2016
When I was finally ready to think about getting a new dog after grieving our dog, Toby's, death for nearly a year, I made a mental list of the qualities I hoped to find in a dog. I wanted a dog that was a bit smaller and easier to handle, one that I could run with, etc. It took several weeks of visiting rescue organizations and shelters, but at last we found a dog that we had an immediate connection with. She was perfect for us even though she didn't match my list 100%. First of all, I wasn't planning on getting a puppy. Also, she is going to be a smaller adult than what I had planned to get. However, this pup has proven to be the perfect dog for us at this time. She did such as good job at puppy school and is very well behaved for being just shy of a year old. Surprisingly, Scout has also turned out to be a pretty good running partner. The last couple of days, after going on a run with my group, I've come home to take Scout on a walk of about half a mile. Usually we just walk around the yard, but since I've had more time lately I thought we could venture down the road a bit. Much to my surprise, this little dynamo has wanted to run and I actually found it hard to keep up with her! She runs very well on the leash and rarely stops to sniff or, well, you know. Perhaps with some training I'll be able to have her as a running partner after all. I know she will never be able to do long distances, but if she gets me out for a run of a mile or perhaps even two on a day I wouldn't normally run, well, that would be great! She certainly can handle a half mile without any problem.
I ran 3 miles with my group again today. One of the ladies I especially enjoy running with was there so I pushed myself a bit more. It was a bit easier than yesterday. What I struggle with the most is getting enough deep breaths in the cold air. Both yesterday and today I had to take a couple of walk breaks. I think this is just going to be a part of running in cold weather for me, although I hope that if I keep at it my winter runs will eventually get easier. Even if they aren't great runs, the winter runs, even though slow, should still help me stay in shape for running the rest of the year.