I've started running with the toller.  To those who know me well it's a jaw dropping moment as I have always hated running.  Sure I swam competitively for 16yrs, but never running.  Short sprints around the agility field is fine but that at least is running as part of a larger goal, and it's short.

Alas what started me running was to increase Vito's exercise and endurance.  I'm hoping that doing so will help with his anxiety issues.  I suppose I could just throw a ball for him but he gets so worked up at the mere sight of one that I'm terrified he's going to have a heart attack after only 2 throws.  I was thinking lowering the intensity but increasing the duration would be more beneficial for him.

And that leads to goal #2 of getting myself in shape.  Since I haven't worked out in years I'm overdue.  I started the Couch to 5K program to ease me into it and I'm happy to report that I'm now done with week 4!  And even bigger news is so far I don't absolutely hate it!  I'm pretty sure my "running" speed is the same as my fast walking speed but I suppose that's a goal to work on after I can get some duration of running.

Vito has been an excellent running partner.  I'm using an over the shoulder leash I have that keeps him nice and close while leaving my hands free.  In the beginning it was a bit hard as I'm encouraging Vito to run on the grass instead of the sidewalk and this has always been against the rules in our walking.  I don't like it when dogs wander all over other people's yards so I've never let my dog's stray from the walkway.  It took Vito a few days to get the new rule but now he's doing pretty well.  He rarely pulls and I can see him trying so hard when a squirrel refuses to move until the last second!

The only thing I'm not sure on is how long I can keep it up now that summer is over.  I hate cold and my Raynaud's has already started.  But at least by posting now I get credit for what I did!

Mango  – ( September 23, 2011 at 6:45 AM )  

Good for you! I used to run a lot when I was younger and have had several false starts running with Dexter. For me, it's a matter of making the commitment of actually putting on running clothes. I figure, why bother if I am going to do a walk / run, but then I am running in jeans. Not the best outfit. But they sure do have lots of pockets...

Mango Momma

Kathy  – ( September 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM )  

WHOOO HOOO, good job. I have a freind doing that running program and she loves it, I keep meaning to start it......;-(, bad me! I should check out that type of leash for my next try to start, maybe you will be my inspiration to get off my butt!!!! ;-)

Muttsandaklutz  – ( September 23, 2011 at 7:40 PM )  

Ooooh... You're inspiring me here! I totally need more exercise but the usual procrastinating/laziness gets in the way. Couch to 5k -- I'll definitely look into that. thanks :D

Laura, Lance, and Vito  – ( September 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM )  

I don't think the over the shoulder leash (aka euro leash or 5 in 1) is the perfect running leash. I'd rather get a waist belt. But since Vito runs with me so nicely by my side it works and lets me be hands free. It only gives the dog a little bit of space so it wouldn't work at all with a puller.

Couch to 5k is a really slow way to ease yourself in. I think I would have quit the first week if it hadn't been so easy.

achieve1dream  – ( October 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM )  

That's fantastic!! Congrats. :) I've found with my working out that after I completed the first six weeks I sort of lost steam. You have to make another goal to keep going with it. Keep up the fantastic work. Oh and I totally understand about the cold. I'm the same way. I'm already staying in bed longer lol. Trying to hibernate hehe.

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