Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Topazs' First Road Run

I had been thinking about how I was going to fit in a run today, preferably with Topaz. During the week he is stuck inside of the house for 6 hours, anxiously awaiting his family's return. I didn't want to run without him.

I decided I'd try him on-leash, in town, while Tyler was at his 5:00 guitar lesson. Troy had a basketball practice from 630-830, I was planning on attending the gym during that time slot.

Topaz has run in our neighborhood before, off leash. We live out in the country, there isn't much traffic, I live on a dead end with .5 mile of driveway so he isn't used to moving vehicle traffic. He lives a sheltered life!

After some digging around I found a waist belt webbed leash I purchased for him online but had never put to use before. I found his collar. Tyler packed up his guitar, we were ready to roll.

I don't know why I haven't taken Topaz with me during the guitar lesson run. I guess much of the time it is too warm, the pavement is too hot for him, and I don't mind running without him once in a while. I knew he'd love it, hell, he'd love running over a molten lava field as long as he was running and he was with me. He loves me.

I brought Tyler to his lesson, parked the car and Topaz and I began our run. Oh my gosh, he pulled and pulled and pulled. I couldn't believe how he pulled me forward. He was making that gasping choking sound and I was going as fast as I could go! Thank goodness he was fastened by the waist band because I needed my arms to pump as fast and hard as they could!

We had a few miles in before we came upon the lake, I took out my flashlight so we could see where the rocks were and he went in for a swim and drink. Back out to the sidewalk and another mile before we came upon the real heavy traffic along Highway 10. The asphalt path is inbetween the lake and the highway for a while. Topaz is not used to traffic; this was heavy heavy traffic. Semi trucks, people honking at us that recognized me, trains, etc. He ran even faster! I realized what a country dog Topaz is. He was confused as we waited for a red light. I had him sit and stay and he's like 'why? I have my leash on and we are going for a run. what's up?'

Eventually we came upon a heavily wooded area where I was able to take the leash off and he could romp around as he loves to do. I realized he hadn't fully extended his legs during the whole time he was on leash. There was no way that he could while I was attached to him! He had stopped gasping early on, but there was never any slack in the 10 feet of leash between us.

He ran all out, tearing up the field, legs fully extended. I sat in a ball on the grass and panted.

He kicked my ass. I'm proud of him! He did very well on his first run in town. We now have a new Tuesday run around the lake.

We finished our run in time to pick up Tyler, get back home; pick up Troy and get on back to town for basketball practice, as I went to the gym..for workout #2: shoulders and back.

Is it wrong to have a dog for a best friend?

11 comments:

Susan said...

No no no. Topaz is awesome! You know what's sad - my run in only a walk for Donkey. Do you think that's bad for him? I'm hoping that by the time he's a year old, we'll both be faster.

Did you like the waist band? I just hold my leash.

William said...

No, It's very nice to think about it. Sometimes I think if get the distances back up again I might get a running dog too.

Now, what I would love to see is him tackoing the Western States...

William said...

Sorry, tackling

Julie B said...

Susan, my run is pretty much a walk for Topaz too. He's just so fast and fit. Unreal and no, it's not bad for Donkey. He shouldn't be running too much anyway; he's just a babe.

William, I was thinking I should have Topaz for my next 8K race in Big Lake next June. He'd have me winning my age group for sure! Yeah, WS. Hell, I'll probably never get in the damn lottery. I am going to attend the training camp regardless though this May. Yeahoo!

Anonymous said...

I think that it is sad that you never write about your husband and yet your dog is in most posts . . .

Julie B said...

Ha! It's not sad, it is the way my hubby likes it :)

olga said...

That's some trainig partner! No slacking allowed:) Awesome run!

Lora said...

Of course our puppies are out best friends...they love us unconditionally and never let us down! Who could ask for anything more??!!

So why did you pick the name Topaz? Just curious cuz I love that stone!

Julie B said...

Topaz is a great chocolate at my favorite chocolate shop..as well at Toffee and Truffles (my Ragdoll Cats!!)

Bunny Pants said...

I think dogs make perfect friends. :) What you acomplish amazes me!

Ellie said...

I hear ya. Journey wants to take off at full speed the minute we start running. I reign her in with jerks on the leash and saying, "Slow!" It takes her several miles to run my pace. Lately I've been using a 25-ft extendable leash so she can run ahead and lag behing to sniff things a little. Running with a dog is great... and I feel safer, too.