I couldn't drag myself out of bed in time yesterday morning to get my run in....so today was the day. My alarm went off....I hit snooze a couple of times...then finally rolled up and out of bed.
Sam was EXTREMELY excited when I came upstairs from the basement with her pack.
I have a plain orange reflective vest for her...so the pack isn't really necessary.....but 1) I want to get her used to it...she'll be carrying her own food, etc when we take her backpacking with us 2) I don't want to have to run for 4 miles with a plastic bag of dog poo in my hand.
I have a two foot leash that is always attached to her pack....but she does such a wonderful job of running just ahead that I usually just let the leash hang from her pack while she runs at her own pace. It's 5:00 in the am, there's no one around, and she's under voice control....so I let her go.
She constantly doubles back to have me pet her head, then goes ahead of me again for a while. If I slow down, she slows down. If I see her getting too far ahead, or I see her start for someone's lawn, I just have to say her name and she comes to me for a pet on the head...then she's off again.
There are more breaks during these runs with her, so my mileage isn't as high. I make sure she's beside me, and comes to a full sit when we get to a point where we have to cross a street. If a car is coming, I make her sit beside me until they have passed.
All in all, I'm really enjoying running with her....and I know that she's LOVING it just as much, if not more!
She's adding to my motivation for getting back into running a little. It's nice to have a fresh start with a new running partner! :-)