Early Morning Runners

I picked up running again this year. I started running back in 2011 but  a few weeks in came down with runner’s knee, which is a painful inflammation in your knees that makes you stop running. I let me knees heal and would start running a little at a time and then stop running because I just wasn’t in to it or it was hot as it tends to get in the summer. But I really committed to trying running again this summer and am absolutely determined. It’s a good form of exercise, I can do it without a gym or equipment and I can take Rex with me again.

So here we are towards the end of July and I have made it to the 1.5 mile mark. It might not be considered great to triathletes or extreme runners but it’s an accomplishment for me. I’m not measuring myself by other people’s standards, I’m running for myself and only myself. I run because I feel great afterwards! I run because it lets me clear my mind of all the garbage that went on the day before or the week before. I run to feel the wind, to smell the air and to feel the ground beneath my feet. I run and I feel exhilarated and free and I’m not bound by any ridiculous rules or procedures or machines.

Running has become a part of my life, even if I can only run a mile and half at a time right now. And let’s not forget Rex, he’s a trouper and loves our early morning runs! He sees me putting on my Bikilas by Vibram and knows, he knows that I’m getting ready for a run or a walk and that he’s going with me. He’s so smart sometimes it’s crazy!

I take it one half mile at a time with my iSmoothRun app. I love that it tells me when I hit another half mile or that I should hydrate! I put in my headphones, tune out the world and with Rex by side we hit the open road in the early morning hours and it’s just the two of us.

Running feet

Running feet

Rex on the road

Rex on the road

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Training with Rex

So, it’s July and I’ve been in a dog obedience training class with my dog Rex for a little while, well, only since April. Tonight we went to class, even though it’s now getting to be disgustingly hot. We braved class and Rex did really well tonight. He’s not perfect but he’s getting better and it’s nice for the instructor to praise us for our hard work, and yes I too have to work. Dog training is as much of a people training class as it is a dog training class. He knows his place cot and his heeling is getting better, but that’s definitely something to keep working on. I try and work on it whenever we go for a run and practice a little before we go out each day.

Sometimes I feel like when I take him to class and it’s just me and him that life is pretty good. I can forget about the crappy day, or week, or month at work I’ve had and just enjoy being with him and having fun. We’ve started a tradition where we go for frozen yogurt after class, he loves fro yo! It’s so adorably cute to watch him just totally dive right in and lick all the yogurt out of the cup. We’ll see if he continues to improve, but either way fro yo ends the night.

Rex

Rex