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Week 3 of NYCM training and training with your pup!

NYCM Week 3 Training

It was definitely a better week of training than week 2 but OH MY GOD can we talk about how horrible that 12 mile run was? Friday morning had crazy thunderstorms that were moving through the area quickly. I wanted to be running by 7/7:30 but decided to wait out the storms. Well, this resulted in not starting until after 8:30, making the run way too hot and humid to even remotely be considered comfortable on what was supposed to be a “level 5” run.

Looking back, I probably should have started my run on the treadmill and then hopped off once the storms passed. By mile 9, the only way I was making it home was via run/walk. I ran 8 minutes and walked 2 until hitting mile 12 a block or so from my apartment. Good grief.

Training with your Dog

Every time we bring Mr Big to the vet for his annual, we are told he’s the epitome of health. “He’s in such great shape!” “We can’t believe he’s 9!” “He has so much energy!”

Yes – he is, us either, he does.

In addition to Big eating good food and being spoiled with an insane amount of love, he exercises… a lot.

But he recovers well too, don’t worry.

He’s such a country dog 🙂

Anywho, speaking of doggy fitness, PuppySpot, a service committed to placing healthy puppies into loving homes, created the below guide for how to include your four-legged friend in your workout.

When Mr Big isn’t chasing squirrels, birds, or the gopher at our upstate house, he loves to run alongside me for a few miles.

A few years ago, I posted some tips for running with your dog based on my experience running with Big and they all still apply. I’ve learned one more thing now that Big is a little older so I’d add one tip to that list – be mindful of pace!

If I let Big control the pace, he’d begin every run all out. If I let him do that (and it’s a pace that is okay for me), I’ll be dragging him back to the house after the turn-around point. Now, I only bring him on my recovery runs, which are anywhere between 2 and 4 miles, and always at a relaxed pace. I have to keep him back the first few miles because he wants to go-go-go but if I didn’t, he wouldn’t have the oomph to finish up strong and feeling good.

The last time I took Big on a 4 mile run, he came home, drank some water, and then spent the next 30 minutes chasing squirrels around the yard so I know our pace was just right (he spent the rest of the day on the couch snoozing though lol).

Luckily for Mr Big, we’ve got lots of running to do in the next few weeks – week 4 of marathon training is underway!

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Wishing you and your pup lots of exercising fun 🙂

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