As we’ve previously established I’m not really a runner.
Yes if you wanna hold my hand & pull me along there’s a *chance* Ill follow and run behind you.
Traditional running was not so much for me—–until it was.
Recent life changes (Coop! Coop!) coupled with cooler climes (yay OAKtown!) have sparked this misfit to wonder (again) about exploring the joy of the run.
Even though in my new ‘hood it will look more like *this* than the comparatively flat streets of Austin:
I cant seem to shake the notion running seems the natural progress of things (my whining about not getting in enough steps coupled with a happy new canine companion)—yet there’s one facet which feels completely UNNATURAL to me:
How on earth do I train Coop to lollop happpily beside me?
- I watch some runners virtually dragging their canine behind them (given Coop’s energy I doubt this will be my problem).
- I see some runners essentially being *dragged* along by their dog (given Coop’s energy this could, in fact, be me).
- I spy some runners with canines at their side until said dog spies a rat (it IS Oakland) & then all well-behaved bets are off.
As a result, before I even attempt, I knew I had to look to those wiser and more experienced than I.
What are *your* tips for teaching/training my lovable bundle of boundless boxer energy to best run beside me?