In an attempt to kill a about a million birds with one stone, I’ve started running in the mornings with my partner in crime, Sadie. My dude and I adopted Sadie this July and it was easily one of the best decisions we’ve made. Running with her not only gives me motivation and keeps me company, but teaches me some valuable lessons about running in the process.
Here are just six things I’ve learned running with my dog:
- Don’t Over Think It
Advances in exercise science make it easy to overthink the whole thing. There is so much advice out there in the world about what to do before, after, and during a run that it can sometimes be conflicting and overwhelming. Sadie gives absolutely no shits about what science says, she literally runs. Maybe we should embrace this a little bit more and not put too much thought into it.
- Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Do you all remember the scene from Friends where Rachel goes running with Phoebe and learns a lesson about not caring what others think? Well, in this case I’m Rachel and my pooch is Phoebe. When I see him/her running with their tongue flailing out one side of her mouth I will suddenly care less about perfect form and have a bit more fun.
- Always Stretch
The first thing Sadie does when we get back from a run is go right into downward-facing dog (it’s not just for yoga, dogs actually do it in real life!) and streeeeetches right out before plopping down. It just feels right! Always stretch after a run.
- Sometimes It’s OK To Sleep In Instead
We run in the mornings, right after my fella gets home from his 3rd shift job, so sometimes we hit the pavement before the sun is even up. Usually there is a tag-wailing pup eagerly awaiting me, but every once in awhile I find her on her pile of pillows like the princess she is and she’s not getting up for the biggest bone in the U.S.A. Remember that sometimes it’s ok to decide to just sleep instead, just don’t make a habit out of it!
- Chase Your Goals Like They’re A Squirrel
When Sadie sees a squirrel, there is not a thought on her mind other than getting that nut-eating furball. So, I’ve ensured to leash it with a good-quality leather strap from https://dog-gear.com, in case Sadie got too rambunctious. Channel that same energy into what you went your end time to be and go for it without hesitation.
- Have Fun
When Sadie and I start running, she’s not with me to lose weight, run a marathon, or get killer legs, she’s out there because she genuinely has fun. She loves it and that should be the heart of anything you do. The key to exercising is to find something that you genuinely enjoy. If you love running, keep it simple and just enjoy the run.