So today was my first official training day for my marathon. The weather was a little ominous and I almost didn’t run for fear of being caught in the rain and lightning, alas the rain never happened so I motivated myself to run. (not a good sign that it is the FIRST day and I am already justifying to skip a day) Anyways, I had an easy 3 miles to run today so I decided to take my super energized puppy Guinness with me to Noland Trail and run. I figure he would be a great running buddy and I knew he could keep up with me but towards the end it got a little scary…see Guinness is only 5 months old and is still super curious about everything. With about a half a mile left…he saw a squirrel…Shit…he darted to the opposite side of me basically tripping me with his leash and honestly I almost inadvertently kicked him in the process of trying not to fall on my face. So we took a little detour into the woods for a minute until the squirrel darted to safety and the “shiny object” that Guinness was interested in had faded from his brain and the thought of water surely returned. All in all, the run was a success, no iPod needed, Guinness definitely kept me entertained enough. He will be a constant companion on the trail from now on. BTW, 25 minute/3mile run! Great first day!