The crazy just get crazier. I can’t say what exactly inspired me, if it was my dedication to Zoomery or if I’ve just taken a masochistic turn, but I have decided to get back into running. And not just casually. Oh no. That would be the intelligent way to begin. You know, slowly. Apparently, I would rather run with an impending deadline that will probably ensure my demise.
Because I am a genius who cares little for her personal welfare, I have decided to enter the 5K race in this year’s Bluenose Marathon. The date of which is May 20th, a little more than four weeks away. There is a reason for this beyond my own foolishness. As with most marathon’s there is a charitable element. This year the Nova Scotia SPCA is putting in a team and I have signed up to help them meet their $5,000 goal.
So if I die, it will at least be an honourable death.
I started my training last week. Since I already go out with Shiva twice a day I figured it would be no big deal to add running to our repertoire. It’s not like Shiva would have trouble keeping up! I did try running with her a few years ago but the added exercise was over-stimulating for her. She spent more time jumping on my back and chasing cats than she did running by my side. It sucked and so I gave up, deciding to leave my old running ways in the past.
It broke me up inside, I assure you.
These days Shiva handles the increased speed on our walks quite well. She does tug a bit more when I slow down and there have been a few times she’s abruptly stopped to snare a wrapper off the ground, almost knocking me off my feet, but overall she has been a good running partner.
I think where the challenges may lie is when dealing with her reactivity. Last night I had to revert to walking quite a few times when other dogs or people approached. Counter-conditioning while running is not a skill I have developed. I have a feeling I am going to have to pick it up fast. No matter what, Shiva’s behaviour training comes first. The last thing we need is a relapse, even if it means I end up walking the 5K instead of hanging out with the cool runners.
The things we sacrifice for our dogs, eh?
Anyway, I am sure there will be more to come on this as my adventure continues. Thus far I am not in too much pain but I have been taking it fairly easy, as per the Couch to 5K program. However, as their plan gives participants 9 weeks and I only had 5, I may have to take it up a bit. Yippee?
My old soccer-playing, cross-country team self is crying in a closet right now.
But I digress. I just realized this morning that I have yet to announce the winner of last week’s Rejuv-A-Wafer giveaway. What a neglectful blogger I am!
The winner of a month’s suppy of Rejuv-A-Wafers by Sun Chlorella USA is…
Anna of AKG Inspiration!
Congratulations, Anna! I will be contacting you for your information. Thanks go to all who commented!