Have you ever tried running with your dog and it ends up being the dog running with you? We’ve all experienced this at some point but sprinting in the winter is another story.
Now, the question is, how can you get up and go for your run in the winter? The answer is to get yourself a running partner who is ridiculously enthusiastic about doing everything with you, that has no problem with cold, wet noses and up for an adventure. You guessed it, dogs are the best running partners in the winter and will motivate you to get up and GO! When you trade in those cosy slipper for running shoes, their tails will start wagging ridiculously fast. That is the great thing about running with your dog, all you need is running shoes and your partner – the equipment is minimal but the memories will last forever.
Just like humans dogs also need regular exercise to help maintain their overall health. But, there are a few pointers to keep in mind when running in the winter; the first one is to keep the climate in mind. A general rule of thumb is: if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog and remember your dog is much closer to the ground than you and can get cold much faster. When you ignore this rule, the dangers are very real such as frostbite, windburns and exposure.
The second thing to keep in mind is your running pace. You might find that you need to adjust your expectations in colder weather, keep a pace and choose a distance that fits you and your dog’s ability.
And the last thing to keep in mind is to make sure that you and your dog is having fun, remember running in the winter is more of enjoying nature rather than improvements on pace or distance.
What are you waiting for? Grab those old-fashioned running shoes, “call” your running partner and start to run.