My book is going to begin with my purchasing running shoes, which I did today. I went to a local store – buying local is good – and the clerk was extremely helpful. In fact, he was so helpful that I knew that I made the right decision in going to this place. We talked about trends – right now the trend is for less sole support – this way the proprioceptors in the feet enable the runner to better feel the ground and to back off if they begin to feel pain.
This fellow also listened when I told him what I hope to do – run on trails with my horses. I’m not sure that he grasped fully the enormity of what I was getting at – but that’s okay. I’m not sure that I have grasped it either. I am thinking that I want to run with my horses rather than ride them. Problem is, I am not yet in good enough shape to do this, so they would languish away while I attempted to get up to speed.
But I am going to give this a try. Tonight, very late, I had Hrimmi out – went around the loop while Pete walked Tinni. I did run with her although I was wearing my hiking boots. Clunk, clunk, clunk. So, now thinking out loud – what I can do is (perhaps) go riding and wear my hiking boots and then change into my running shoes and run on portions of the trail.
Most importantly, I need to start very slowly. And I won’t be able to get serious about this until the end of hunting season. Right now the hunters are out in force – on Sunday’s ride we saw one skinned out moose and also moose parts hanging between two tarps on a tree.
I like the idea of being in good shape and running with the horses. Last year I took Tyra and Hrimmi out on the trails, but I ran minimally. They enjoyed this – and there is no reason why can’t do this again this year.
It would be fun to do a ride and tie ride – one person runs and another rides a horse. Your time is based on whoever crosses the finish line last. Pipe dreams – I’m having more of them now that marijuana is legal in this state.
Next: 251. 9/11/17: The Horse Life: Tyra’s Big Day