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Proper Running Etiquette

Do you know the polite manners for running on pavement?  I don’t.  I couldn’t even remember which side of the road I was suppose to be running on, or which side of me the dog should be running on, or if I needed to signal to passing vehicles, or what?  So, I looked it up.  I sure do love the internet, don’t you?

Did you also know that not only is there basic running etiquette, but there are rules for running in a race, or running on roads, or running on side-walks, running at gyms, running on forrest trails, running on park trails, and even some unspoken rules?!  WOW, I was a little overwhelmed.  Anyways, for the type of running that I am doing (on roads, not sidewalks, with a dog), this is what I came up with:

  • Run towards oncoming traffic so that we can both see each other.
  • Keep a leash on Pixie Dust and clean up her messes
  • Pixie’s leash should be short enough to keep her close, but loose so that she can still run freely beside me.
  • Run on sidewalks where applicable
  • Always use cross-walks (don’t jay-walk!)
  • Be aware of the traffic

Then, for running with a dog, these are just some good things to keep in mind:

  • Keep a close eye on Pixie and watch for any injuries, especially to her paw pads (which are still fairly soft from pampered indoor living)
  • Don’t let Pixie drink from any puddles: could contain antifreeze, salts, harsh chemicals, unknown products
  • Train her to walk on one side of me, instead of the way that she often switches sides
  • Bring treats to reward good behavior

I’m sure that I’ve still got lots to learn about having a polite and well-trained pooch, but Pixie and I are already off to a great start!  She comes quickly when I call her, she’s mostly house-trained, she doesn’t pull on the leash, she is learning the basic “tricks” of sit, stay, roll over, shake, and lay down (obviously not in that order).  She  still chews on everything in sight, which is a slight problem with kids stuffed animals, but only a slight problem, because usually just telling her to quit is enough to get her to stop.  She also is GREAT with the kids, and lets them hug on her as much as they want.  Yeah, we got a good dog!

Is running with a dog something that you would like to do?  How do you run with your canine friend?

 

Running with a pooch

Ever since I first heard about labradoodles I wanted one.  Hypo-allergenic like poodles, but the amazing disposition of Labradors.  My perfect pet dog, right there!  So, when I saw that some friend of ours was going to be having golden doodle puppies I jumped at the opportunity.  Yes, I’ve lost my mind!  Wanting a *puppy* while I’m in the middle of potty training, terrible two’s, preparing for another year of homeschool preschool, managing a very energetic 3-yr-old and the super silly 4-yr-old, while I’m struggling with keeping up with the housework, and maintaining some sense of a social life.  Can’t you just imagine the chaos that runs in our house on a daily basis?  But, we got her anyways.

We finally settled on the name Pixie Dust, and she settled right into the dynamic of our family.  My youngest, who has always been a bit puppy-obsessed, immediately fell in love with this super sweet little dog, and I’ve got TONS of A.dor.a.ble pictures of the two of them.  Anyways, when we traveled across the country to spend the summer with my family (and to help prep for my sisters wedding!), I knew that I was going to have to do something to keep this little pooch, and myself moving.  See, back in the western part of TX, there is a much larger canine living in our backyard that had served as a wonderful energy expender for Ms. Pixie Dust, but this giant pooch simply could not make the trip with me and my children.  Also, for me, well, I just couldn’t justify spending the money on a guest membership to a gym for 6 weeks.  And so, me and the dog took up the c25k running program.

The first thing that we both needed was the proper equipment.

  • I splurged on some new work-out clothes (which were needed anyways)
  • Got some decent running shoes (my old ones were way too worn down)
  • Pixie got a new leash – a retractable one, which I know isn’t the best thing for running with, it’s bulky and heavy, but if I lock it in place, we manage just fine
  • I also did some research on if dogs need shoes as well.  And decided that while she doesn’t currently *need* any shoes, if I become a marathon runner, then it might be a good idea to get her some to protect those precious paws.

I downloaded the c25k running program on my phone, along with some new songs, found a great place, and perfect time, and we hit the pavement!

  • The first day I took things pretty slow because I didn’t know how well either one of us would do.  However I was pleasantly surprised by both of us.  I wasn’t dying at any point during the run, and she managed to keep up with minimal pulling, jerking, getting under foot, or other distractions.
  • The second day she did even better, and I knew that I had found a running partner.
  • By the third day (end of the first week), she was barking to wake me up, and jumping all around when I pulled out the leash, and I knew that she wouldn’t ever let me quit and I’d be making another purchase for some winter work-out clothes in another 4 months.

As far as fitting in my aerobics work-outs with the running…well…I may have to figure that one out when we travel back to dry west TX.  As for now, I am thoroughly enjoying running with my dog in rainy west TN.

Proper Equipement

Equipment

If you don’t have the right equipment, your work-out could be torturous, and even worse, result in no gain.  You have to have the right equipment.  By right, it needs to fit your specific body, it needs to offer the right kind of support for the activity, and it has to look super chic right?  😛

For running: Shoes.  I started off running with my cheap worn out tenis shoes, and it was murderous on my knees.  They couldn’t handle the stress.  Special shoes designed for running that will absorb the shock, and in my case, support weak arches due to having too many children (loose ligaments cause for stretched bones, etc.) can lighten the stress in your joints.

Women need proper undergarments.  ESPECIALLY if you are rather busty (or breastfeeding, or in my case, both).  Seriously, there is nothing more uncomfortable and awkward than having your ladies doing more moving than you are.  Some women prefer to bind those beauties with tight-fitting sports-brands.  If your breastfeeding, that may lead to other issues, so just make sure that you use something *VERY* supportive.

Cycling Bike at Night

Cycling Bike at Night (Photo credit: epSos.de)

For Cycling: a proper saddle.  I took a 20 minute ride the other day on the saddle that came with the bike…that was four days ago and I STILL have a sore tooshie from the experience.  I opted for a noseless saddle.  Again, I’ve had too many children too recently, my body will not put up with the stress.  It rebels, but it is not union so what choice does it really have?

You’ve gotta have the proper place to do your work-out.  Whether this is a gym, a track, the equipment, a road, your living room floor, wherever.  You can’t do ANY work-out with the place to do it.  At a gym, I would consider cleanliness to be a concern (I really don’t know, I’ve never worked out in a gym, unless you count middle school).  Any equipment that you use (elliptical, weights, treadmill) needs to be in proper working order.  The use of damaged or broken equipment can result in serious and long-lasting injuries.  If you do your working-out in your living room floor (core strengthening, weight training), there has to be room for you.  You don’t wanna be cramped, or have to be worrying about hitting your head or your foot on something.

Women: Something to control your hair is a must!  I have this issue with running upon occasion: Even when the bulk of my hair is in a pony tail, my side-swept bangs become UN-swept and then I can’t see where I am going.  It isn’t just about being comfortable and lessening your worries.  If your dealing with other equipment, your hair can become hazardous getting stuck or even causing scalping!!!  THAT would be pretty gruesome.

Various shoes for sale in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Various shoes for sale in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you’re exercising or working out, you are focusing on your body.  Your attention is on what you are doing, how many reps you are doing, how long you are doing it, you really don’t want to be worrying about things that just don’t relate.  Although there may be some things that you just can’t control: Like, I cycle with my children in tow, that’s the only way that I can do it.  However, the older two are buckled in tight so I don’t have to worry about them climbing out (which they would totally do), and the youngest one is nestled nice and tight so she isn’t going anywhere either.  So, while I do have to be aware that they are there, I don’t really have to worry that anything is going to happen with them.

So, today’s stats on Cycling.  We actually decided to cycle over to the church’s building (my husband is an evangelist), just to see how long it would take.  It turned out to take less than 10 minutes one way, so we might be making the cycle on a regular basis as a means of transportation 😀

Distance: 2.1 Miles

Time: 18:51

Average Speed: 6.8 mph

Max Speed: 10.1 mph

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