Monday, 22 October 2018

The Laird effect…

This is a wee bit of a personal blog this week.

Often when we talk about canicross it’s concentrating on equipment, or training and support for our dogs.

We don’t often talk much about the human on the end of the bungee – and I don’t mean the shoes or waistbelt choice!

The Hardmoors is a fantastic trail race series run across North Yorkshire that allows dogs in almost all of their events. Some of us were out running in the Osmotherley 10k and Half Marathon ‘ish distances on Sunday.

I ran the 10k’ish with my best running buddies Laird and Freya, but I have to confess I was not at my best!

A week of not enough sleep, sciatica, a head cold and then to add insult to injury blooming cystitis had me seriously questioning my life choices.

And yet thanks to Mountain Fuel and the Laird Effect, we not only ran the race but actually ran up every single hill – not a normal occurrence for me!

The secret? Finding a balance that works for me…you could say that’s my life goal!

 I’ve been experimenting with eating a lot less sugar and easily digested carbs for the last couple of months. It’s definitely helped with balancing my blood sugar levels, but made running or hill walking unbearable!

So the compromise of using carb/sugar just for events and in much smaller quantities was put to the test on Sunday.

 Add in a combined 46kg of keen canine help and wow could I feel the difference.

I can’t wait for the Dalby Forest Canicross race on Sunday 28th October when I’m hoping to be feeling less ill and able to really enjoy flying up those hills.

If you haven’t booked yet there’s still some late entry tickets

Happy Running!


Run More With Your Dog – Events Diary 


Tuesday 7pm Canicross Class 

Weekly classes in small groups working on essential skills at various locations around York.

You can still book individual classes - don't miss out on the fun of running in the dark and the mud!

Grab a Tues Cani Class

If you need to borrow kit PLEASE let us know in advance so we have everything with us.

Location (postcode)
Skills focus
Week 1
16th Oct
Heslington YO10 5EW
basics & running in the dark
Week 2
23rd Oct
Wheldrake Woods YO19 6BG
trail technique & passing
Week 3
30th Oct
Huntington YO32 9RE
consistent pulling
Week 4
6th Nov
Welburn Woods YO60 7ED
hill techniques
Week 5
13th Nov
Knavesmire YO23 1EX
race protocols, start line and sprints
Week 6
20th Nov
Heslington YO10 5EW
Commands, directions
Week 7
27th Nov
Wheldrake Woods YO19 6BG
Technique and directions on narrow trails
Week 8
4th Dec
Huntington YO32 9RE
Pace changes and building speed
Week 9
11th Dec
Clifton Ings (Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride) YO30 5XZ
Consistency and pacing
Week 10
18th Dec
Knavesmire YO23 1EX
Mock race!

Sunday 8.30am CaniRun Social (Beningbrough Hall) 

Starts Sunday 2nd December, find out all about it on our Facebook group here: 

This isn’t a formal event, no money needed, just the chance to run regularly and grab a coffee afterwards.

You must have suitable kit and be capable of a 5k run (walking is allowed!).

Introduction to Canicross (half day workshop) Sun 25th November 

Want to really enjoy running with your dog?

Come and learn the essential skills PLUS individual kit fitting and testing

Canicross Improvers Skills Session (half day workshop) Sun 25th November 

Want to boost your teamwork?
Polish your start line skills?
Sort out your overtaking?

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