I have not been running outdoors this winter (despite the warm temps). I have been fine with it and have put my miles in on my treadmill. I found out a negative to all the indoor running this week: putting on the pounds!
|our small amount of snow|
|52F!! (Yes, it was only 61F inside when I got home...no sense in turning the heat up when no one is in the house)|
Our 'normal' runs go like this: Maddie "pulls" me for a mile, she runs next to me for a mile, I "pull" her for the last mile. Well, today was not the norm. She was ahead* of me for the first half mile and then dropped back and ran beside me. By 1.5 miles she was lagging behind me and looking longingly at all the walkers. Just past mile 2 we passed another runner (who was doing great, but stopped for a moment so we could run by) and Maddie spent the next .5 miles looking back wanting to run with the guy.
Maddie's splits: 10:22, 10:04, 8:08 (for a 9:50 equiv). She may not have wanted to go, but she did manage some negative splits.
I was encouraging and went slower than our 'normal' runs and yet Maddie wasn't up for our normal. We cut our run short at 2.8 miles. I dried her off...those puddles make a dog's belly dirty...and made sure she had lots of water before I cleaned up. Maddie has spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping.
I think I need to take my fuzzy one on more runs so we can get back up to 3 miles without me feeling like I'm pulling Maddie along. And, running will help Maddie drop those pounds she has put on this winter.
*I run with Maddie on a leash and pulling is not literal pulling, rather one of us leading the other.