Today was one of those crazy day, SD2 got married just after 11:11 and our schedule was completely changed by that happy occasion. The young man she is marrying is a really nice guy and they should be happy together.
When it came time for the Bennie long walk this morning, I had a feeling that I wouldn’t have much of a chance for a run later, so instead of just walking him, the two of us ran.
Now this is the first time that I have taken Bennie running for more than a couple of hundred yards, usually he is too strong-headed and doesn’t do well running on the leash.
In the past when I have tried, he thinks you are playing and pulls this way and that, puts the leash in his mouth and tries to pull you along faster, while he is going backwards, he can make you feel even slower than you really are or is really are. Surprisingly, he didn’t do any of that this morning, for the most part he just ran along nicely, but jerked me to a stop a couple of times to do his business (which is part of the reason for the long morning walk), until I could tell he was getting tired – oh wait that was me.
We did two miles and he was breathing funny, so I stopped and walked for a couple of hundred yards, to let him catch his breath (he hasn’t run this far for as long as we have had him and I didn’t want him to be too exhausted the first run, actually I think he thought I was slowing down too much and was trying to pull me along faster), then we ran the last part home without any problems.
One thing about running with him is that you do get an upper body workout, he still doesn’t do great on the leash switching from side to side and will try to pull you along faster, every so often, so there is some natural fartlek training when running with him. Unfortunately for him, there was just too much mass on the other end of that leash to get it going at the speed he wanted to go at times, 20 pounds vs 177.
I didn’t time the run because, I figured we would be stopping all the time and it would really not be indicative of the workout that I/we would get. The time would have been slower than usual, but not really that much slower. I think that Bennie enjoyed the running, that is what a Long Legged Jack Russell was bred to do, especially when we would run faster, he acted like he just wanted to keep going at that speed.
The Peregrines did a good job, I was running on a recently fixed dirt road and some stretches were mucky or slimey, but I didn’t get that squishy-slipping around feeling, which gave me confidence to just run. The knee is a little sore and tired, after all I have run more in the past few days than I have in a long time. It might be time to have an easy day tomorrow, we will see.
Time of Day: 8:50 P.M.
Weather: Sprinkling Rain