1. I can't physically run for more than about a minute without ending up bent double;
2. I don't actually run, I sort of prance which makes people giggle;
3. I can't bring myself to actually go running for the above two reasons.
It's a wonder then that I own some impact resistant running shoes that cost more than most of my other shoes. They're in the back of my wardrobe.
Walking Caesar - about the only exercise I get!
I am conscious that my exercise regime is nothing more than walking each day and wanted to do something about it. "What about riding a bike?" my mum asked one summer afternoon. The last time I rode a bike, I fell off! However, I was keen to have a go so I jumped in the saddle, donned my dad's old cycling helmet and wobbled off down the road. After a short time, I put the bike away, saying 'I'll have another go at that later' and then never did.
Then, late one night, something came to me. "Caesar was abandoned by a guy on a bike..." Damien looked at me blankly "he must be ok to run alongside a bike then?" What I failed to acknowledge was that the abandoner probably knew how to ride a bike. I, on the other hand, don't!
Caesar is a high energy dog!
Running alongside a bike is ideal for him!
So, when my parent's turned up tonight with the bike, I jumped at the chance. "Let's go for a ride!" I said to Caesar. I put on his longer lead with shock absorber to try to steady myself. However, as a safety measure, I made Damien run along side. To begin with, I was very wobbly and had to get my balance before I could take Caesar. But, by the time we were on our way back, I was gaining confidence by the minute. "Pass me the lead."
What I forgot was there are a number of issues when riding a bike with a dog:
1. Lampposts - he went one way and I went the other!
2. Wheels - he kept getting in front of them!
3. Energy - Caesar has more of it than I do!
I didn't peddle the whole way home, I was just pulled along by Caesar who was loving running alongside the bike. I hope I can get enough confidence (and balance) on the bike to keep trying!
Home and having a relax - we're both still in one piece...for now.
Any other cyclist/dog walkers? How do you manage?