Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring, Repeat


The title sums up the weather we’ve been having.  I even experienced both seasons simultaneously on my run on Thursday:  ice, mud and snow, oh and wind.  And it snowed again on Friday.

dog rolling in snow

Kobi doing her snow roll and slide after a run. Notice how muddy she is on the undercarriage.

Because the trails are either frozen ruts, great for breaking ankles, or a soft mess by the afternoon I actually had to run on a road.  Yes, a road!  I don’t think Kobi knew what to make of what we were doing.  She rarely runs on a leash or on a road.

Notice she was sporting her new pretty purple harness and bungee style leash?  I ordered her new accessories from Canadog.  I’m almost a Canicrosser now, almost.

Canadog Sport Harness

Kobi sporting her new purple Canadog Sporty Harness


Salomon Speedcross

Notice how my shoes match her harness?

I was quite surprised she didn’t pull as much as I thought she would on a harness.  I was kind of hoping for some help from her, but she mostly ran just off to the side slightly in front of me.  I’ll try a longer lead next time and see what she does.

I wouldn’t have worn my  purple Salomon’s had I known I wouldn’t actually be running in more mud and snow.  I would have worn my purple Kinvera’s, still a good colour match with Kobi and better for road runs.

I almost sound more concerned about matching my running attire and shoes with my dog’s accessories than actually running.  I’m not really, okay, maybe just a little bit.

Do you coordinate your running shoes with your running attire?  Do you even care?  Do you and your dog have matching accessories (if you run with a dog)?

Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

12 thoughts on “Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring, Repeat

  1. Of course I coordinate and of course I care! 🙂 First I pick which running shoes I’ll wear, and then everything else accordingly.

    • And that’s why you always look so good in your photos! It makes sense to start with the shoes and go from there. I sometimes match my shoes to my outfit which doesn’t always fit the conditions best.

  2. Haha, I do not really care what I look like when I run. Except on race day, then I like to wear my fave stuff. And I definitely do not match up with my dog on runs. Haha! Hooray for a road!!!

    • It’s important to wear your fave stuff on race day (and to look good for photos). Maybe it’s just a girl thing to want to coordinate colours and accessories with your dog.

  3. I always have to match, shoes, clothes, underwear and when my old pup could still run, collars and leashes! I can totally relate! 🙂

  4. Wish my dog ran. She’s fat, and lazy. We got 1/4 mile and she’s done…

    • That’s too bad your dog is fat and lazy. That seems unusual for a dog. Maybe she needs to be eased in more slowly? Running with a dog is very very cool, especially when you get out on a trail together in the middle of nowhere.

      • Yeah, she actually enjoys running around – mostly chasing things – but we got her from the pound and she was super malnourished, and I think it impacted her hip development because any sort of prolonged exercise (even just hiking) and she picks up a nasty limp. Kind of sucks.

      • That’s so sad. At least she has a decent home where she can chill when she needs to.

  5. Sam wears all red but I don’t coordinate with her. I love that you and Kobi are matching!

    • I noticed Sam wore red a lot. She looks good in red. I know Kobi doesn’t care what colour she wears, but for some silly reason I like our colours to match. I’m going to have to find her a purple winter jacket now.

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