About the Run: Today I decided to take my dog Annie on my run with me. We also have Bubba, a three year old Yorkiepoo whom we rescued from the North
Me and Annie
Shore Animal League, but Annie is the Princess. She is a nine year old mutt and though she is a bit crazy sometimes, she is the sweetest, most gentle dog. Because I got home a bit earlier than usual today, and because it wasn’t as cold as it has been recently, I thought she would love getting out and going for a run with Dad.
In my post yesterday ( Day 14: Tight Left Calf ) I said that I was going to aim to do in the neighborhood of a 5 mile tempo run, however, Coach Jeff put the smack down on that idea. So instead, we headed out the door for one of my quick two-milers. Annie’s pace was slower than mine, mainly because she wanted to sniff everything we passed, but also because she hasn’t run in a while with my wife as she usually does because of our impending bundle of joy. This was probably a good thing that made me keep my pace in check.
As we got to about the .75 mile mark, I decided to head off my normal route and run up into some of the wonderful paved trails in Inwood Hill Park . I love running these trails, but have not had much opportunity of late to run them. As we made our turn into the park, I stopped to remove Annie’s leash and at the same time paused my Garmin . We went on our way through the wonderful tree-lined hills that make you forget that you’re in one of the biggest cities on the planet. Simply amazing.
As we began our descent, we stopped for a couple of minutes so Annie could answer Nature’s call, and I again pressed the pause button on my Garmin . However, I noticed that rather than saying “Timer Stopped” it said “Timer Started”! CRAP. I had run what I think was about .75 miles with my timer off, and thus my map was not tracking either. This is one problem I have with my Garmin 305 . Now, before I get a flurry of people telling me about the Auto-pause feature, I am well aware of that. Last summer, on many a long ride and run, my data fell victim to the inconsistencies of the Auto-pause feature. It would often not pause at all, and other times it would pause while I was in motion. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my Garmin , but I wish that feature worked a bit better.
We wrapped up our run together, a run that I hope will be the first of many. I also would like to bring Bubba along on runs of his own. However, neither of my pups are going to run in the rain or snow, trust me I don’t need that kind of mess in the house!