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Time for a little hill work

My Canicross running buddy, D, does not like hills. She does not like slogging up them without a dog to help - she owns the darling Pointer Power, Brontë - and hates getting pulled down them (Pointer Power is fast!) 😆

She’s been asking me to take her out for some hill repeats for ages - not that I’m any expert! - but what with one thing and another (generally dogs, or kids, or dogs and kids!) it just hasn’t happened.

But today was sunny but cold, and more importantly not wet - the hill that used to by my nemesis, and is still hers, is loose gritty stuff at the bottom and solid chalk farther up - and we are both under instruction not to run our doggoes in harness (as they’re currently taking part in a Galen massage therapy trial) so off we went. Not a dog in sight 😮

Warm up walk through the farm, then a gentle jog - uphill on the loose stuff - to the steeper part of the hill. 5 x (run roughly 100m up, walk down) followed by a gentle run/walk to the top of the hill. And then 3 x (up a short bit, down the other side, walk back) then a controlled run down to where we began and on through the farm.

We were both late starting our devices so actually covered 5k by the time we finished.

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skysue16, you signed up for this month’s Virtualrunner Dog Jog didn’t you?

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Phew, that hill training sounds tough but hills are soooo good for us!! 😉 The dog massage sounds interesting.

oh my, I totally forgot about the Dog Jog!! I never did sign up. I am worried about a dodgy ankle which has been niggling for weeks (tendon strain possibly). I have been ignoring it because I really need to run with Mr Squiggs but now decided I really must try to rest it😡 i suppose it might improve by the end of January. Are you going to do it?

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We really did take it very easy. Hopefully we’ll be able to make it a regular thing.

Oh no! Definitely give your ankle a rest. I have an odd hip/thigh/calf thin going on at the moment BUT - and here’s the weird thing - it hurts more if I’m sitting/lying down and is fine while I’m walking around 🧐

Oh and yes, I signed up so I’ll do the Dog Jog thing - the local Canicross groups are having a ‘time trial’ event down by the river at the weekend - all just for fun, so I’ll probably use the times from that.

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