My Achilles tendonitis has been really bothering me lately so I’ve been hesitant to run; however, I can’t be a cripple forever. I found a training program that has you walk for 5 minutes, run for 1 minute, walk 5, run 2, walk 4, sprint for 8 seconds, then walk for 2 minutes as a cool down- that’s the first four days anyway. I finished the third run. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I LOVED IT. I have absolutely loved all three of the run/walks. I carefully stretch before and after so it doesn’t hurt too badly. I should have run yesterday- and I meant to!- but I kept getting distracted by weekend to-do’s. Besides that though, England is proving a beautiful place to run. It is Autumn and the air is crisp and the leaves are crunchy. I am in runner’s heaven. …Except for days like this morning when it is freezing and wet.
In other news, I got a running buddy!
My dog (a 5 year old Sheltie/Aussie/Collie), if you recall, stayed with my parents when I moved overseas. I tried to live the dog-less life, I really did… but I failed.
He is a (now) ten week old border collie from a farm in south Yorkshire. His parents were pets though and not working dogs, so his energy shouldn’t be off-the-wall crazy. His little legs can’t keep up yet, but when he’s bigger he will be a great running buddy. The picture to the right was taken last weekend at a 5k my husband ran. Little man was upset he had to wait on the sidelines.
Border collies need lots of exercise and mental stimulation, so he will be perfect for keeping me motivated to get out and run…. although he is a great snuggle bug. When I sit on the couch to read, he always wants to be up there with me, either sleeping against me or watching passer-bys out our bay windows.