Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Pet Peeve of Running

The weather has been lovely for the past month or so, and I've been completing all of my runs outside. I love running outside. I find it relaxing... unless I have Charlie with me. 

on our way out for a run this week

You look at the face above & think, "Oh, he's so excited to go running with her! He loves her so much! They must have so much fun together!" No... we do not have fun together. Runs with Charlie are a constant battle of the wills. Where should I start... 

  • Charlie loves to chase squirrels. He takes off on a dead sprint if one comes into sight. I have almost had my arm torn out of my socket on many occasions.
running down his favorite tree lined street

  • Charlie apparently doesn't get enough to eat at home, because he spends his entire run looking for trash to eat. It can be a fast food wrapper, abandoned pizza crust, or rotten fruit. Charlie doesn't discriminate. He especially loves running on Sunday mornings when the street meat carts have been out... prime pickings. 
  • Charlie looks like a very friendly dog. I think it's his omnipresent smile that fools people. Take my word for it, he isn't friendly while running. He fully believes that his duty on these runs is to protect me, and if you get too close his teeth come out. I spend a lot of time on runs reigning him in, switching sides of the street, and warning/apologizing to other dog owners.
  • My last pet peeve is that Charlie knows nothing about negative splits. He doesn't care. He likes to spring the first mile and then mosey along for the remainder of the run.  I'm practically dragging him along by the time we get home. I've given up on keeping pace while running with him. I have to pause my run every 4 minutes for some kind of break, so it just isn't accurate. 
crashed after a run


  1. This is too funny! Poor Charlie's getting a bad rap, might make him feel better to know my dog behaves the same way. I take her through the first mile then drop her off so I can "really" run!

  2. That is too Funny. I can see why you don't want to run with Charlie. I like running with my dog, but he doesn't do what Charlie does.

  3. Hey, new follower from the Aloha Friday blog hop. Haha, this is funny! Looking forward to reading more of your blog. :)