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The insides of training with my dogs……

By December 3, 2016 About the Six Legged Companions, The Dog Runner's Blog

Now for the past weeks or months now, I’ve been training with my dogs- my American Foxhounds to run a marathon on December 25th. Ok, for those who have ever ran or even thought about running a marathon THIS TAKES SO MUCH TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE, and the slower a runner you are (I must admit I’m slower than I use to be these  days- not sure why, I think it’s due to having a health scare……a few years ago I had a stroke-  nothing massive but it was a wakeup call!) So anyway, besides training it takes time to schedule runs and to think about and make up running routes……

I had planned on running the marathon on December 25th, 2016, but we had our first snow already and I keep hearing from reliable sources that more snow is on it’s way, so getting the marathon over with is something I want to do. So we have decided to move the marathon day up a little and since the shelter is having an event on December 3rd we decided to run then. The rain date will be December 8th, but it will be our last marathon for quite sometime. We will be running 6 miles or less from that point on.

As far as running and training with my dogs, there are rules to follow……img_1101

First, think about your dog- does your dog have GREAT- not good but GREAT (that means 100% voice recall- meaning when your dog is called does he or she come every single time?….Where are you running with them? If in the middle of Montana or Wyoming or a wide open place less than 100% may be ok, but if your running in NY- Long Island or a busy place you need to have your head on straight and have 100% recall! Are there other dogs around, wildlife, how does your dog react to these distractions, other dogs may end up being on leash and not like your off leash dog coming up to them…..

Second, starting with shorter distances and running longer each week is not only recommended for you but your dog as well……As they say baby steps!

Ok, it is the morning right now of the great marathon day for us…..we will be head out between 6 and 6:30am hopefully arriving between 12:30- 1:30pm at Kent Animal Shelter…..we have treats, leashes, vests, our apps are ready, and we’re rested and ready to go…..we don’t mind walking as well as running today, as our training ended up that way as well…….Oh and we have battery backups to power up the phone when needed……I think we’re set!!

We hope to be at the halfway point at 2.5 hours…….

And we’ll have a crew at Kent waiting for us at the end….woo hoo!

Here goes our last long run for a long time……

The Dog Runner

 

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Happenings……

By October 6, 2016 About the Six Legged Companions, The Dog Runner's Blog

This week the pack and I set out to do a 14.25 mile run on a tough challenging course in Port Jefferson, Long Island. Yes there were hills to be seen……not to mention some great scenery along the way.

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Above is the map of our run…..as you can see every step was run for a great cause, a shelter dog at Kent Animal Shelter! Hopefully with all our training Kent will get a nice check from our walks, there are other walkers/ and runners doing the same thing and every I think it’s month a check is cut to all the shelters people and their dogs walk, run or ride for !!

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This course is to be used for the First Annual Port Jefferson Run to the Brewery…..where the dog runner will be volunteering on Sunday. (I think my dogs deserve some medals for completing the course- plus more- if there are extra on Sunday that is! You can find the medal on Instagram @runglirc! It’s a pretty cool medal too!! They deserve it, and honestly so do I! But oh my look at that view, once the runners get to the bottom right next to the water here, they come back up the hill after the turnaround! But it challenges the body! Thankfully I had my three dogs pulling me up the hill!

Oh along the way, our running friend Rick Secor had marked the course on Monday and left a nice little message for all the runners to keep motivated with……check it out, it made Scout smile!

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OK, until tomorrow, have a happy and healthy tail waggin day,

the dog runner and her pack!

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Added workouts continued…..

By October 5, 2016 The Dog Runner's Blog

Yesterday, Scout, Liberty and Sierra and I all ran 14.25 miles on a very challenging course…..so we’re recovering today. If I go out today, it will be a nice easy more like a walk with Justice…….as I let the rest of the pack recover fully!

In the meantime…..another workout I want to mention that I’ve added to the mix is the Simply Fit Board workout, I know you’ve seen the commercial for it. It looks easy right?!?!? Let me tell you it’s not, and it’s not just standing and twisting on the board. You can’t just put on the music and do the twist! There are several workouts on the DVD to accomplish. Most of it is fun, but you have pushups and all using the board.

And even using the board, next time you see the commercial look at the surfaces they are using it on…..granted you can use it on any surface just about at least, but I would put a carpet underneath (they of course sell a mat to put under the board) or you can use a mat in your own house…..the bottom of the board will become scratched pif your on a hard surface and it could scratch your floor! So I got a little carpet to use the board on for a few dollars!

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Otherwise the board is fun and a good workout, and you will feel it working with the first workout!!

Ok, until tomorrow, after a easy workout and recovery from yesterday, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day,

the dog runner and her pack

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Workout options……

By October 4, 2016 The Dog Runner's Blog

To continue with new additions to my workout routine every morning…..last month actually I added this one but the workouts change everyday, and the gang from the workouts make it fun and challenging…..

The workout I am talking about is the Idealshape Up Challenge it lasts for 12 weeks with Lindsey Mathews and her two partners Kaitlin and Daniel!

The workouts are easy to do, ok- if you hate and have a hard time with say pushups  or something they can be a bit challenging but challenging is good. and after each workout comes a challenge, If you have a half hour or less a day you have time for this challenge, and it’s a doable workout for most, they give modifications for each exercise as well. After a few days you feel as if you become good friends with these three as well, you can also connect with them on Facebook, and have their support- their staffs support and the support of all the challengers, everyone is at a different point as well so you won’t be comparing yourself to  how someone else is doing, you may be ahead of someone or vice versa!

I am going to post the very first workout video here, and some info on how to join in on the challenge, it’s only 12 weeks of your life and no more than a half hour a day, so what do you have to lose?….Challenge your body to this challenge today!

I do have to add they do have shakes to sell you that can help you get results, I haven’t bought any of these because I am vegan and when I asked they said they weren’t vegan so once they veganize their shakes I’ll try them but not before, in the meantime I’ll stick to my Vega shakes or smoothies!

Oh the equipment you will need are a yoga mat, swiss ball, weights (preferably different weights i.e. 5lb, 8 lb, 10lb, and 15 lb weights……and a ready to go attitude!

Give it a chance- you can find them here on Facebook and tell then you want to take the challenge!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/198449930539874/

So what are you waiting for……join the challenge today!

 

Ok, I have another added workout for you tomorrow, until then have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day, in the meantime my pack and I will do our workout and go out to do a long run today, see ya soon…..

the dog runner and her pack

 

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Another new workout addition…..

By October 3, 2016 The Dog Runner's Blog

Another addition to my workouts this month…..

Today, we’re still talking about new additions to my workouts…..This one is not new to me but added to this months of workouts…..it’s a 10 to 15 minute workout……and I’m up off the floor……It requires a “machine” if you want to call it that…..honestly your body is the machine, but the seat or chair helps and/ or accompanies you to do the exercises correctly!

Ya ready, drum roll please……

I’m using the ab lounger, and do this basic routine……

Ab Lounger Workout

It really does let you burn your abs…..and combined with my other workouts (like today a nice 4 mile run with my dogs, my 12 week challenge that I will discuss in the next few days, my Doga routine/ practice and study, and all I am hoping to get those abs within the next month or two……)…….And of course eating right, clean…..I am giving up bread and sugar that is refined sugar for the month of October, not that I have a lot or any refined sugar now but……I will be more aware of things that if I go out to eat and if they add any sugar and all. And eat real food as opposed to processed foods. I will talk more about this in another blog in the next few days.

Ok, so as I go work my abs on my Ab Lounger I hope you have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day,

the dog runner and her pack

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