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Jumping Logs!

Both Saturday and Sunday were trail running days at Starkey Park.  Saturday was a longer run of 7 miles, and also some more work on the Map Project.  We did not run on any brand new trails, but went on some that I had not run on in a while, just to get my bearings again.  I will add them to my growing Starkey Map.  I’ve already had a few requests for copies of the map as soon as they are available 😉

I also took a slight detour (meaning, off the trail), for a little parkour fun.  It’s not a huge log by any means, but NiKYO and I had a great time leaping back and forth across the log while Sean snapped photos.  NiKYO is getting a lot better at hearing commands (“Over”) and reacting immediately to them. That dog sure was born to trail run!!



What I’ve Learned From My Dog about Trail Running

I take my dog running with me on the trails a lot.  My reasons for taking him originally began because he is an energetic dog, and he needed the exercise and the outlet.  But lately he is becoming a better trail buddy (his breed, a Belgian Malinois,  did make Top Ten Dg Breeds for Trail Runners!) and I really enjoy exploring the trails with him.  I’ve even learned a few things from this young pup 🙂  Here’s the best advice I’ve taken from NiKYO, my one year old Belgian Malinois:

  • Pace doesn’t matter. Sometimes it is really fun to run fast, but sometimes slow it down and enjoy the movement of your body. Don’t waste time checking your watch.
  • If you get a chance to get outside and run, it is a GOOD DAY.
  • Mileage?  Just run, whatever you have time for, even 15 minutes outside running makes it a GOOD DAY.
  • Stick with your running partner.  If they are having a hard day, help pull them along.
  • New paths are fun! You never know what you might find around the corner.
  • Getting to see some wildlife on the trail is really, really, cool.
  • Always bring extra poo bags. Always.

He has a quite simple philosophy about trail running.  And I always know his answer if I ask him: “Do you want to go running??” 🙂