Bank holiday monday and it's cold and raining out. Get my gear on add bum bag with doggy treats and poo bags, dog whistle and I'm ready. Rico came out then lay down and refused to move. Oh well - solo run again. Put Rico back in. Go out the front door and he starts barking. So I went back in and got him, straining to get out. Fickle dog. We set off up the hill and did a fairly gentle 7k. 7k before breakfast in 50 mins.
Why so long/slow? Everything was going well. I decided I was happy to do a run/walk as Rico had deigned to come with me. He stopped a few times but mostly trotted happily along behind me as I huffed and puffed up the hills. There was the stop for crab apples and then brambles are in season; there's even a small plum tree on the route and he finds them all but I digress. We got to the sawmill turned right and headed for the long downhill.
As I got about 2/3rds down the hill I disturbed something in the undergrowth and Rico took off like a bullet. A fairly large deer was his target and they flew away into the trees. Much whistling and calling later the bold boy returned minus the deer (thankfully he hasn't caught one yet) and we continued down the hill.
When I got to the cross roads to go past the farmhouse he lay down and refused - he'd had enough (probably recovering from his deer chasing) so we headed up another hill and then I walked the rest to cool down.
No PBs, Not a great time but a really nice jog with my dog.
I did think when I first went out I'm going to have to think about getting some warmer running gear, maybe something for the rain. Then when I returned sweaty and steaming I thought maybe it's not required just yet.
What do seasoned runners have for the colder, wetter weather?
Hope you all have great runs today.