Canicross: Starting Out

by Louise

I am a natural couch potato with no athletic ability whatsoever! I have dipped in and out of various sports over the years – hockey, running, cycling, swimming, yoga and triathlons but never stuck at anything for a sustained period. And, training was always pretty inconsistent!! As I am getting quite close to a fairly major mile stone in my life, I decided sometime in winter 2013 that it was time to start looking after myself and attempt to get fit. So, I started running again. It was really hard at first but I gradually built it up week by week. I entered loads of races so I would stay focused and motivated to run.

I had read about cani cross and actually spotted the group at a dog show in 2013. I thought it looked like fun! After a bit of research, I made contact with the club (many months later!!) and picked up the courage to go along to my first run. It can be quite daunting to go along to a club where you don’t know a soul but the group are a super friendly bunch. And, don’t be put off if you are not a runner (YET!) as there are always run – walk options to begin with.

I started off running with 1 dog and now I run with both of my dogs – a weimaraner and a vizsla. It really is great fun and they definitely help me go faster! I haven’t participated in any cani cross races yet but look forward to running a few later this year. The dogs love it, anytime I pick up their harnesses they get all excited! We haven’t been running over the summer but it won’t be long until we are back at Vogrie on a Saturday morning. :o)

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What I didn’t expect when I came along to the club, was that I would get so much more out of it than just Cani Cross. Superb hill runs, various workshops, ultra marathons (whaaatt??!!), weekly sessions at Arthurs seat, loads of encouragement, good chat and best of all I am hanging out with people who clearly love their dogs as much as I do. My general fitness and running has improved over the course of the year – I can’t foresee not sticking to it this time as I am having oodles of fun as well as getting fit. I am sure the club is going to go from strength to strength and I look forward to sharing many more experiences with you all.