Reluctant Bohemians

Last year we planned a lot of our hill walking and trail running trips in advance which meant we visited some of the best places in the worst weather. This year we’ve decided to try and avoid commitments and head for the hills whenever the sun makes an appearance. So far, winter has been miserable. The crisp, white frost and blue skies of the past two years has been replaced by gales, rain and gray skies. We resigned ourselves to staying close to home and working hard on our fitness in preparation for 2012’s adventures in the hills. As luck would have it, when the sun finally came out we’d been training so hard that all we were fit for was a good rest. So much for the new Bohemian lifestyle!

We still managed to get a good dose of sunshine close to home though.


Having completely fried all my muscles with speed sessions and power-lifting over the past fortnight I’m on a strict diet of easy runs this week. Beanie and Biggles are very happy about this as it means plenty of nice 90 minute runs on the beach for them. Today we trundled along in a civilised manner until their dad appeared with the camera part way along our course. Things got a bit exciting then….especially when dad lured the pups through ice cold water dragging their hapless mum behind them!

That water was FREEZING – there was no way Beanie was going in!

Blue skies, blue sea, warm sunshine and the snowy white peaks of Arran peaking out above the haze. What more can you ask for?


Such well behaved pups!

I’m a firm believer that most things in life are good for you in small doses. And that goes for canicross too. A little bit of pulling in harness is very good for the dogs – it is strength training after all. But just as you and I need to keep strength and speedwork in moderation – and build it on top of a strong fitness base, so too do the pups. As such, the dogs are on flexi leads for most of our long runs (today was an exception because my arms were killing me after a hard gym session!). This is the next best thing to running free as it gives them plenty of scope to vary their speed and run the way they choose. We’ve been trying to take this a step further this winter and have been working on ways to get them off-lead on a regular basis. We’ve come up with lots of off-lead games for the beach which are working well and keeping them close to us, but we also take them to a safe enclosure where they can let rip.





And of course, the sunshine has prompted plenty of play sessions in the garden.


Hopefully our winter training will get us in great shape for the spring and summer. We’ve got lots of trips planned (although no dates set!), the main one being a week long extravaganza of trail running, hill running, hill walking and hiking on the Isle of Skye.

En-route to Mars

In May 2009 Beanie and Biggles signed up for a trip to Mars on the NASA roving laboratory called “Curiosity”. The trip was two and a half years away and our intrepid Beagles were quite blase about the whole thing.

As the day of departure approached they started to think about it some more and became more than a little nervous. They’d heard it’s very dark in space and weren’t sure they’d like that very much. So, we decided to switch off the lights and give them a little taste of how it might feel.

Beanie - black bkg (IMG_1698)

Biggles - black bkg (IMG_1717)



Sniffy Monster is Your Friend

When the vacuum cleaner comes out in our house we get two very different reactions from our pups.
Beanie has always scarpered to the nearest safe place and refuses to come out until it’s safely back in it’s cupboard.


Biggles on the other hand likes nothing more than a good going over with the hoover!


He follows me around the house standing patiently on the spot that I’m trying to vacuum until I relent.


Recently Beanie’s getting a bit bolder. She won’t let me get near her with the vacuum cleaner but curiosity is getting the better of her. If Biggles isn’t frightened of it then how bad can it be?


Left a bit mum