I wiped my brow and plopped down in my chair after a heart-pumping 4-mile run with Denali. As I caught my breath and drank my requisite post-run water, I started catching up on my e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
It was at Twitter where I found a link to a Runner's World article, "A Few Rules to Run By." These weren't the normal "Make sure you have good shoes" kind of rules. These were the practical rules that everyone thinks should exist but never say out loud ... like "Let Angry Motorists Go" and "For Pete's Sake, Stand Still at Red Lights."
But my favorite was "Run Like a Dog." Mark Remy writes:
My dog, a shepherd mix named Cooper, doesn't care where we are or what time of day it is, or even what the weather is like. He doesn't know what his resting heart rate is and rarely bothers to wear a watch. He just loves to run. And every time he does, his face and his body telegraph one simple message: This. Is. AWESOME. I'm runningrunningrunningrunning!
The "Run Like a Dog" Workout (Including Warmup and Cooldown) Walk 8 seconds. Trot 4 seconds. Stop. Sniff. Sprint 7 seconds. Freeze. Walk 5 seconds in any direction but forward. Stare 9 seconds. Lunge at rabbit. Double back, walk 3 seconds. Urinate. Repeat six times. Collapse on rug.
If you would like to customize the workout, ala Denali, lunge at squirrels not rabbits; freak out when a garbage truck passes and trip anyone within 10 feet; and find a stick to carry in your mouth to make you feel like you're really doing something.