Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Introducing: My New Running Partner

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day, whether you had a Valentine or not. I, for one, ate entirely too much candy. As usual. I also continued my streak with a 3 mile loop just below the park. Accompanying me on this run was the newest member of our household (apartmenthold?), Phoebe!

Phoebe is a pretty good runner. She doesn't appreciate running much more than about 1.5 miles, though. She can do it, but she won't be happy about it. This is what I discovered yesterday. She started hanging back to indicate that she was not very interested in running anymore so I slowed down. The sad thing is she kept up with my slowed pace with what appeared to be a moderate trot. This would be less embarrassing if she wasn't tiny. She's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi who's maybe, maybe a foot off the ground and weighs 20 pounds.

She might have been tired after awhile, but she stuck it out like a champ. The only thing we really need to work on is her herding tendency. In the first two or three minutes of the run she likes to try to run in front of me and barks if I'm not going where I'm supposed to. She also hates grates and those metal cellar doors on the streets and refuses to either walk or run on them. It's a work in progress.

On an unrelated note, if you do road races and might be interested in writing a bit about your experience, let me know! I'd like to start doing some guest race profiles.


  1. Phoebe is beautiful! Is she a permanent addition, or do you foster? She seems like a perfect running mate.... as long as there's a drop off loop! :)
    I'm ready for my streak.... sign me up for 2 or more minutes of killer-form plank a day!

  2. Phoebe is permanent! We adopted her. She's been very rebellious recently, though. I guess she's in her rebellious dog teenage years.