Thanks to the snow fall event last week my plans to run intervals were put on hold for a few days . I was optimistic that it would melt by Friday, but it didn’t.
The trail was still snow-covered so I decided I’d run intervals on the road. First problem, I must run with my dog as it just wouldn’t be right to exclude her. However, running intervals with her on a leash is not much fun for either of us. I decided if I ran the same piece of road back and forth, Kobi could run on the trail beside the road when I ran west. When we ran east, she’d be on the leash and unhappy only half the time. That didn’t seem so bad.
First interval Kobi ran on the leash and was okay. Second interval I let her off so she could run on the trail while I ran on the road. That didn’t last long. There was a pile of traffic exactly at that moment and it made me way too nervous having her off leash.
Third interval, Kobi attempted to trip me about 4 times. She was getting even with me. Fourth interval was uneventful. During interval five, Kobi decided that she was going to run behind me and provide resistance. I swear I heard her laughing. On the final interval I took her off the leash and she ran on the trail (there was no more traffic). She was happy again and we were both filthy messes covered in road grime – no photo – I was too cranky.
On Saturday I ran with friends (one who is freakishly fast) and Kobi’s friend Zola the Rhodesian Ridgeback. We ran the trail in town which still had 2-3 inches of slush on most of it. First 2 minutes in and I stepped in a hidden puddle (covered in snow) when I went to clean-up Kobi’s first of 3 poops. That was awesome. After 20 minutes both feet were equally soaked.
The snow is mostly gone now and it certainly made for an
frustrating interesting week of running.
PS. The cranes are arriving! A sure sign of spring now.
Do you cancel work-outs if the weather outside is frightful or do you tough it out? Ever run intervals with a dog helping/hindering? Did you know Rhodesian Ridgebacks originated in South Africa and were used to hunt lions?