I feel like I just had my first “bad mom” moment today. I may have made mistakes in the last few months we have had Penny and her puppy training, but this one feels the worst. I have taken Penny on a total of two runs, I think James has taken her on one. All runs were less than two miles. Penny enjoys the short run and sometimes it can tire her out and we can avoid the nighttime-crazy-time.
I wish I did a little more research before getting Penny too active. Apparently, dogs shouldn’t run until they are about a year old. Penny is only 4 1/2 months, a long way off. To make it even worse, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia. Maybe the fact that she’s only 25% Golden Retriever, she could have the chance to miss that gene. We walk every day and we’ll continue to walk a few times a day. Exercise is important to prevent hip dysplasia but too much can also cause it. Just like people, even dogs need good things in moderation.
Last night may have very well been a rest day. I didn’t get home from work until about 6:30 and James said he ate too much to go running. I grabbed a few pretzels and sat on the couch for awhile and watched tv. I don’t know what came over me but about 30 minutes later I figured I’ll just go for a run by myself, maybe I’ll take Penny.
We only went about 2 miles total. I know she’s only 4 1/2 months old but she really likes to jog. One of the best tips about running with a dog is to make sure they do their business before you really get running. James said Penny already went in the backyard when he got home so I figured she wouldn’t need to go again. She peed during our warm up and then we picked up the pace. About 4 blocks into the run, Penny did exactly what I was afraid would happen. Of course I picked it up (I don’t want to be that neighbor) but I had to hold onto it for about 10 minutes until I found a trash can. It was a really awkward addition to our little running club. One mile into our run, Penny started to slow down. I wasn’t going to force her into doing something she didn’t want to do so we took it easy going up a big hill and Penny took a lot of rest breaks.
So two miles done, easy pace. I can’t wait for Penny to get a little bit older, then we can go on longer runs. The quarter marathon is in a little over 3 weeks. I hope we’re ready!
My intentions were to get up early, eat something light and let it digest before my run. I got up a little later than expected (6:30am) and got ready to go on my first long run. It was starting to get hotter out so I contemplated just running on an empty stomach. But then I remembered, training my stomach for the half marathon is just as important as training my legs. If my only goal for this race is to not poop my pants, I need to start early in the training program to adjust to eating before a run.
I finished 3 miles and came back home exhausted from the heat.
Goofy Runner and Goofy Puppy
I made a smoothie after the run (Odwalla mango juice, Chobani Champions, strawberries and added a scoop of protein). I felt full all day to the point I never got hungry. I don’t like not feeling hungry because then I just eat anyways because the clock tells me too. Sunday is a rest day (and my birthday) since I’m adjusting my long runs to Saturdays.