I Made it but the dog collapsed
This is my dog Arya. She is the brown one on the floor. We named her after Arya from Game of Thrones. We started out with a 5 minute warm up and then I decided that we would switch to a 1 minute jog/1 minute walk program. When we were nearing the end of the run she pulled me over to the shade and collapsed. If you are running with a dog that is a sign that they are too hot. I let her rest there for about 3 minutes and then we just walked the rest of the way home.
Running with my dog was a good decision. She is not nearly as conditioned as I am even though I have the physique of a bean bag chair. Having to stop every so often to give her a rest helps me not bite off more than I can chew. Plus there is something primal about a man running with an animal. Notice I said running with and animal, not from. Though there IS something primal about a man running from an animal. 😉
Keep your goals in sight
This is the beginning of my second week. They say it takes us 2 weeks to adjust to a new habit. If you can make it through the first 2 weeks you have a good chance of continuing. I have selected running as my chosen activity, but that doesn’t mean you have to only run. Feel free to mix in some cross-training. If your daughter is old enough invite her for a bike ride on your days off from running. It will give you a less impactful activity that will allow your legs to rest. Even though you are still exercising you will be using different muscles when you bike.
- This run was actually on Monday, (forgot to publish it). 🙁