I wrote here about going through the process of adopting a greyhound. Since then we have taken in a gorgeous black hound who has really changed our lives.
He has slotted in beautifully to our family with minimum fuss, taught the children so much about care, responsibilty and unconditional love. He has been a real passport to the outdoors and to taking time out for exercise, fresh air and thinking time.
As a parent it is easy to deny yourself those important things. Walk/jogging the dog, far from being a chore, gives us an excuse to take 20 mins to ourselves, to exercise, to take a breather from working at home or to wind down after work.
It is a myth greyhounds need much exercise, 2×20 mins a day is fine. But with gentle ramping up of walks, our newest member of the family has really taken to running with me. I’ve had a break so we’re on good footing.
A running partner who is always eager to get outside, who always sets a good pace, who keeps you going when you feel like stopping, is a rare thing indeed.
On our first run our pace was a bit mismatched, he flew off and I tried to keep up and we were soon both exhausted and walking the second half.
Towards the end he saw another dog and his runner on the opposite side of the road, and not to be outdone, he took us for a final sprint finish. Still, this was good for me, running on your own it can be hard to push yourself.
Our second run was more successful, we found a steadier pace and stuck to it for 4.5k. Again I was pleased, normally it takes me a lot more than 2 runs to ramp back up to non stop running.
My shins are sore, my trainers need replacing. Time to take my Winter running kit seriously again. Birmingham runners have a huge range of trainers and running gear.