When I started running over two years ago, I didn’t know that I would love it so much. Nor did I know that my running partners would be so important in maintaining my training or that they’d bring me so much happiness.
Most days my running partners are Jake and our dogs Maya and Athena. The beautiful thing about running with these three is they keep a brisk pace. Jake is particularly fast ,so running with him means I have to push myself. The puppies like to be first, so which ever dog is in back is racing to catch up to their sister.
This can be a bit problematic when Jake and his puppy pull away from us. Usually it’s Maya and I holding up the rear. Jake’s got his mile below 5 minutes. Meanwhile, I almost threw myself a party for breaking the 8 minute mile barrier.
Maya trying to keep pace with Jake means we’re pushing race pace almost every run. Since Jake is so fast, Athena is usually super tired after two miles. We’ll switch the puppies and walk them for awhile, so they can catch their breath and cool down a little bit.
By the time we start running again, the puppies’ energy is back and they’re ready to roll. Some runs, Goalielocks or the Mayor will come with us. For those runs, we usually cap our distance at three miles. The best part of running with the puppies is how happy they are when we run.
While in Norway, Jake and I mixed it up a bit by hiking on the mountain trails. It wasn’t a rigorous as our runs, but some parts of the trail were quite steep and took a lot of concentration to master. The views were incredible and so was the weather. No horrible heat indexes to contend with.
The unfortunate part of summer in Florida, is heat indexes in the triple digits. As much as I love to run with my kids and my dogs, the summer heat makes it dangerous for the dogs. Until the heat abates, I’ll be hitting the treadmill and missing my running partners. When I run on the treadmill, there’s no sweet puppy looking back at me smiling as she enjoy the run. Nor is there Jake, who motivates me to run faster and further every time we run.