Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bragging Rights

In a few short months, this will be my husband and me running the OBX Half-Marathon in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

We started our training schedule on Tuesday evening, and we went for another run last night...with the boys. We felt bad that Brady & Cooper had been cooped up inside all day, and we knew they were still a little sad that their cousin Brinkley left on Monday, so we figured a good run would help wear them out and cheer them up a little. For a change of pace, we decided to run throughout our neighborhood with the boys off leash, and here's where I'm going to brag a little bit. I think we have some of the most well-behaved labs under the age of 2 that you'll find anywhere. The boys ran by our side, at our pace, for almost 2 miles as we traveled up and down the hills in our neighborhood. They were GREAT! I don't think we'll be taking them on all of our runs as we train for our upcoming race (especially as we start increasing our distance) but we couldn't ask for better running partners for the shorter runs in our neighborhood.


  1. I am so impressed! Any tips for getting B-dog (our 6 month Black Lab) to at least walk calmly ON a leash?

  2. Thanks! Honestly sometimes I think walking them without a leash is easier :) Unfortunately, that's not often a realistic solution. When it comes to walking on a leash, I think that practice makes perfect (or better, at least)...the more your dog gets used to being on a leash, the easier it will get (at 6 months, he's still pretty young). When you're walking and your dog starts to pull, try changing directions (or taking him in a complete circle and keep walking)...this may distract him a little and get him to stop pulling and keep walking. If little things like that don't work, consider trying a Gentle Leader (in addition to your dog's regular collar) or similar product - check out this website for more details and a video on how it works - We had one of these for my Golden Retriever growing up and Brinkley had one too - they seemed like different dogs as soon as we slipped the loop over their nose. It doesn't work on all dogs and you should be careful that you don't pull too hard, but it's worth a try!

  3. Do you know that Tag came on our 7 mile long run the other day??? He was dying by the end, but it sure did wipe him out (aka keep him calm for the next 24 hours).

  4. Wow! 7 miles is a good run! Does Tag normally run with you?


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