I am still very new at this thing called running. I started walking Bruno, the Pitbull twice a week at the beginning of the year. Around July/August I started incorporating shuffling along with the walking, everything went pretty well until my calves started paining.
So I stopped running and rested my calves as suggested by the experts. Of course I didn’t (A) apply ice or (B) take care to stretch when I resumed the running. After a short while I found myself back at square 1, in pain. So I did what any sensible person would do, I rinsed and repeated with a slight tweak here and there including a new pair of running shoes.
Naturally when I entered the Runner’s World Dog Run competition on Jeannette’s blog I really didn’t think I would win the ticket. But when I did, I knew I had to bring my A-game. I was ever so slightly nervous!
Chutney and I won a spot in the #RWDogRun race on the 14th of November. It was the first of its kind, held at Walkhaven in Muldersdrift. Had the weather played along, it would have been a huge success.
Here is what I learnt on the day:
- Preparation is key. I wasn’t in my best form and I could feel it. My calves started paining early on in the race. I slowed down to a walk and run stretches of the race. I simply pushed through the pain and it was definitely worth it!
- Preparation is key. The morning was beautiful with open blue skies. Not in a million years did I suspect the weather would turn so drastically in the matter of a couple of hours. From now on I will always have a jacket at hand. Just in case!
- The iPhone 6 plus is way too big for a runner.
- Chutney is an awesome running partner. She was such a little trooper!
- I wish K ran with me. Kobus would have loved! I know our kids won’t always be small, so I can’t wait for them to be a bit bigger so we can do runs like these as a family.
We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and hopefully next year the rain will stay at bay! Either way I will be a lot more prepared than I was this year!
Image Source – Runner’s World