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The return of the regular Monday night beginners' canicross run

There were no beginners last night. But there were plenty of huskies that needed running, so the run leader took one along with his Labrador; one of the husky owner's friends took three! He is insane (and also a very fast runner). And the husky owner himself took two. My friend D had his pointer and his golden doodle, and another friend had her two staffies, both strong pullers! Taylor Beagle and I being a bit outclassed, D took pity on me and lent me his doodle, who pulls as long as he is in front of her.

What can I say? It is definitely the fastest I have run up hill, ever 😃

We had a nice trundle along the undulations at the top, and all was hunky dory. The problem came when we entered the downhill. I'm not used to actually being pulled downhill at any speed, the mechanics of it are really different, and part way down my right calf went 'twang'.

Luckily we were then just under a kilometre away from the end, so I gave D his doodle back and opted to walk the last little bit with a couple of the others.

I've attacked it with the foam roller, both last night and again this morning, but it's definitely niggling enough to warrant a couple of days rest before I try running again. Hopefully that is all it will need though.

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Oh dear, 'twang' doesn't sound good! 😟 I love the description of the doggies, but 'doodle'? Poodle cross?? Yes, downhill can be really tricky, one dog is bad enough let alone two, and pulling! I usually bring Squiggs close on a short lead, he understands 'steady' and stays near - I would definitely fall over if I let him pull downhill! 😬🐾 . Hope your leg is OK.

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Yes, Mollie is a Goldendoodle, i.e. Golden Retriever x poodle. She is a really tall girl and Taylor had to scamper to keep up with her very long legged trot 😄

I am one of the few people in our group - if not the only one - who is to be heard telling Bella and Taylor to keep going on downhills (you know, as long as they aren't too steep!)

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You must have very good balance!

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Ha! Not really. I do worry less about falling over than a lot of people. I even it out by being REALLY worried about going over on my stupid dodgy left ankle.

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I want to see a video of this - sounds wild!

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It sounds more wild than it looks. I think... I'm kind of used to it now though, so what would I know??

Except someone running with 3 huskies - that is always going to look insane!

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