Old Dog, New Tricks

May 19, 2011 at 7:30 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 2 Comments
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he's definitely a retriever

With spring comes the desire to lose your winter weight. What also comes with spring is the desire to be outside.  So what do you do when it’s nice out and you want to work out? You go for a run, or go biking, swimming, or some other outdoor activity. I’ve picked running for now.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve been running on and off for the past year. Before that I hated it, but I’m growing more comfortable with it.  But that’s of course not the only exercise I get.  I do a lot of walking and climbing stairs. I have no choice in those activities. I live in a 3rd floor walk up at the top of a hill and I commute via train and subway.  I also have a dog I walk twice a day.

There are only so many hours a day and getting to the gym just seems like such a waste of precious time.  I save time by going running when it’s nice out.  How else can I save time?

How about combining walking the dog with my running?  But how would I do that?  How do I teach a five year old dog how to run with me?

It just kind of happened naturally. I came home one day and said, “let’s try this.”  So we’ve been doing this for a few weeks 3 or 4 times a week (minus this crazy rainy week), and it’s working out really nice. I don’t feel the need to listen to music when I have good company, and for the most part, he stays right at my speed (give or take a bird or squirrel sighting). When he does speed up or slow down, I’ve found enjoyment in the challenges of going faster and appreciated the moments I can catch my breathe while he sniffs out the grass.

Old dog, new tricks.  Only I’d say that I’m the old dog in this scenario.  It wasn’t that long ago that I wasn’t a runner and had never owned a dog before.  If you asked me in high school if I would ever be caught running with a dog, I’d probably give you a smart ass laugh, possibly a joke, and say, yea probably no.

Because learning new things is uncomfortable for everyone: man and dog.  But there is some beauty in finding comfort in the unfamiliar.  That, I believe is the key to endless possibilities.


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  1. Ah, how the phrase ‘give or take a bird or squirrel sighting’ resonates with me. When I run with my dog (and I use the term ‘run’ loosely, given my current lack of physical fitness) there are times when he literally pulls me off my feet! But hey, I’m sure that’s good for toning somehow…?

    Anyway, good luck with the spring getting in shape program. I’m starting mine now too, and like you, I never thought running was my thing. But I’m trying to change that!

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