Encouraged by you lovely lot, the sunshine, a spaniel's yearning eyes and the fact today is a running day I headed for the hills mid-morning. We have a big party today, I was slightly hung over from yesterday evening, feeling narky and a bit in the way, so it suited everybody when I suggested taking the adorable Flora for a run. I learnt relatively quickly that I'm not really ready for this. The terrain is in part really rough, rocky, washed out and sometimes quite steep. So after my second stumble (well fall really) I switched runkeeper off and decided to just take it as it comes. We had great fun, my tumbles have grazed a knee but nothing worse so we just criss-crossed the hills on beautiful paths as the fancy took us. Where the paths were smooth I ran, when it got too rocky I walked. Flora chose - always running back to me, making sure I followed her, waiting at every crossroads to see which way I'd go and then dashing off nose to the ground. Leaping up at me in joy, chasing round in circles. We decided against going down the really steep bits on the wrong side of our hills and just wandered around for about 6 k up there. I ran back home through the village, feeling invigorated, really running now and feeling soooo good.
Lessons learned - running with a well-trained dog is really fun (for both of us!). And don't run up rocky hills or along rocky paths until you can pick your feet up better! Oh, and a run doesn't have to be a non-stop run to be fun. I'm counting it anyway!