Preparing for a canicross event takes careful planning to ensure that you and your dog both get as much benefit from it as possible. If you are considering taking part in a canicross race or a dog-less event that welcomes canicrossers, here are ten top tips…
It is a well-known fact that dogs love to run, so if you share that love, the natural instinct is to grab the lead and start running together. However, using a lead to keep your dog close to you when running or jogging is not ideal. The constant pulling can be uncomfortable for your arm and shoulder and can also cause strain to your dog’s neck.
Going into the last week I wanted to work on my timings to try and get as close to 5k as possible otherwise I will feel like I’ve failed this experiment. I know it says to get you running steadily for 30 minutes but come on, its called the couch to 5k!
Sure, I get a sense of achievement after I have run but I don’t love it when I’m running and I still work myself up before the run. The Couch to 5k gives you the opportunity to enrol in a forum which appears to be a lovely community full of optimistic, happy and encouraging members. The majority of ‘graduates’ swearing by the fact that you will become hooked.
It’s Monday (26th Feb) evening, I need to get on with Couch to 5k because I skipped Friday but I currently have a mantra running through my head screaming ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do this, I REALLY don’t want to do this’. It’s my internal, whining child voice that just wants to throw myself on the floor and ‘scream and scream until I’m sick’. Actually, I don’t think it was even an internal voice at this point.
There are three different runs this week, run one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, five minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running. Run two: a brisk five-minute walk, then eight minutes of running, five minutes of walking and eight minutes of running. Run three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.