Why Run With Your Dog?

Personal training for dogs. You’re kidding, right? Actually, no, we’re not. Research suggests up to 40% of our dogs are overweight, and they suffer from the same health complications that overweight people do. Veterinarians (including myself) are becoming more and more concerned about the increase in joint pain, heart disease and other obesity related illnesses in dogs. Hence, Pooch to 5k. Dogs can’t lift weights, or use the gym. If you’re going to increase their fat burning, you need to increase the intensity of their exercise. This means that a daily stroll just won’t cut it any more, it’s too laid back. The Pooch to 5k program will help you get your dog from doing nothing much to comfortably running 5km, over a period of 12 weeks.

Because you’ll be running with your dog, you’ll also get a great workout three times a week, as you train yourself to run 5km. Why not subscribe to our dog health and fitness newsletter and grab your dog, and you’re ready to go!

May
01

The Importance of Proper Injury Recovery

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A young woman massaging her painful knee

This post is for the human in  your running partnership and has been written because I’m injured, I was getting better and I didn’t rest enough and now I’m sore again. It’s my own fault, and I’m frustrated.

Everything is going great; running is like breathing, training becomes the most freeing part of the day, miles fly under your feet rather than passing slowly, and then all of the sudden: ouch! Sometimes, the pain of being told not to run is greater than the actual pain of the injury. But this is the most dangerous time for runners.

When the will to run becomes strong and the injury stops hurting after a couple of days, health professionals can seem ridiculous in saying to wait weeks to get back out there. After all, you know your own body. It feels fine, and surely a short jog wouldn’t hurt? Doctors, podiatrists and physiotherapists tend to be over-conservative in their prescriptions for rest time, right? When we want something, rationalisation becomes easy and the years of training and experience that our medical team have under their belts seem irrelevant. They aren’t.

The pain of not running for a couple of weeks (or even months) doesn’t compare to chronic pain later on, or even worse, a serious injury that could have been avoided if we listened to our health professionals. Many runners know of someone who ran through a minor injury and their recovery took way longer and was more difficult than it would have been had they just hung up their shoes for a few weeks. But, we all have 20/20 hindsight.

Try and see rest as another aspect of training, another chance to flex your mental resilience.  Use this time off your legs to get more sleep, gain flexibility, clean up on nutrition you may have been slacking off on, or to strengthen muscles to prevent the injury in the future. Don’t think of your time off from running as regression, think of it as another aspect of training. Your body has told you to stop, and your health professional told you to stop for even longer than you think your body did. But both your body and your doctor know some things that you might find hard to hear. Make sure to listen to them both, in the long run you’ll be back on your feet in no time, and likely find some time for other forms of fun cross-training activities in the interim. 

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