Tail Runner Harness: First Run For CC The Border Collie

Running with the Tail Runner harness and bungee lead.

Took CC our border collie out for her first run with the Tail Runner dog harness and bungee lead. I think she loved it. With some time, training and conditioning she may well become a pretty decent running partner

I’d been waiting for CC to be old enough to start her running.

Did CC Run?

She already loves her long walks. Covering 8-10km per day usually and still has a lot of energy. Adding in some running may help keep her happy.

Looks like she will take to the harness and bungee lead quite well. Turns out, she was better with direction and following commands that I though she would be.

CC has been used to walking with a lead and correction chain. I thought there may be some issues with the harness not providing the same level of feedback if she tried to go off course. Running beside me instead. I was pleasantly surprised.

There will definitely be more runs into the future.

Tail Runner

The lead and harness is impressive. Definitely a purchase that I’m happy with. Check them out at Tail Runner

Running With A Dog Is Good Lesson

Dogs don’t care about pace or running statistics. It is about enjoyment. Maybe we can learn something from that.

Why Run?

Trail Dog

One of my favourite videos is Salomon Running’s Trail Dog. It may have brought a tear or two out of me…


Next Level Marathon Training: Earn the right to train hard

How do you reach your next level marathon training?

For me personally most of my run training hasn’t changed much since these restrictions have come in. Mainly because almost all my training is based from home and the runs are by myself. One of the issues with these changing in life is the lack of goals. I have always had a running goal going. Usually some race in the future that I’m aiming for. At the moment we don’t know when any of that’s going back.

Times when I’ve had problems in races and training is when I have neglected consistency.

Running Background

Now training is lots of easy runs, strength work, some tempo runs, the occasional MAF test and long runs. All while getting my Achilles back up to scratch. I still need to be careful not to aggravate the Achilles tendon.

I have a goal. It is to earn the next cycle of training.

Training is now going to go out to 8 or 9 day blocks. I need to be able to complete that training block without any issues cropping up. Without causing injury, without my Achilles flaring up or getting sick. I need to be able to handle and absorb the training.

The structure is to have 2 cycles of 9 days of very similar training. These will be my hard weeks. The first cycle is a step up in training, but the second should be a small extension. After which I will take an easier 9 day cycle which will focus on recovery and testing. This training should build me up, not tear me down.

Running Goals

This provides close goals. They are only 9 and 18 days ahead, so are achievable. The goals aren’t extreme. It’s to get through the training without it breaking me down. This forces me to look at recovery and consistency in training. I’ve got to do the daily workouts. I’ve got to be disciplined in the intensity. Take it easy when I should. Push it hard when I should.

Earn The Right

Earn the right to increase your training next week.

This week you have to be able to absorb, handle and adapt to the training you’re doing. If you pay attention you already know whether you are or not. If training leaves you stuffed for the next 3 or 4 days and you have to miss some training sessions you haven’t earned the right to train at that level. So do what it takes to build yourself up earn the right to train hard people and running.