During the summer we hike once a week average and walk several times a week. The rest of the year it is chilly and rainy in the City, and there is too much snow in the mountains, to walk o hike for any significant duration.
Earlier this year, in an attempt to motivate me during the dreary season, I posed a couple of challenges to our readers that involved walking with your dog regularly. I finished the challenges with Chester and Gretel but it didn’t change our habits long-term like I had hoped.
It’s spring in Seattle now which means that we get more showers than constant drizzle and more sunny days, or moments, than the weather man predicts. There is still too much snow in the mountains but we better get in shape because the full-blown hiking season will soon be upon us.
We’re ready for another fitness challenge to motivate us.
During the month of June we are participating in K9 Kamp, hosted my Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place. You can visit their blogs for all of the details but the meat of the challenge (sorry pups…there is no actual meat involved) is to get active with your dog 30 minutes extra, 3 or 4 times per week.
Seeing as how we haven’t been doing much at all, we will meet the challenge by walking around our neighborhood or Local Park 3 to 4 times a week for 30 minutes. This will be the “extra” added to the low-elevation, snow-free hikes and Adventureweiner Club walks that are already planned.
K9 Kamp runs for four weeks, three or four times a year, with each Kamp session offering 3 1/2 weeks to complete a specific dog-and-pet parent fitness challenge. This first K9 Kamp runs from Friday May 31-Tuesday June 25. There is a core group of dog bloggers participating in this challenge but anyone with a dog is encouraged to participate with us.
I am working on some small challenges myself to put forth between the K9 Kamps to keep the motivation and progress toward better fitness going. Stay tuned for those. Also stay tuned to hear how our K9Kamp experience is going.
If you join the challenge, please post an update on your blog before June 20th about how it is going for you. If you don’t have your own blog you can let us know how it is going by leaving a comment on our K9 Kamp Challenge update post.