Patches has been a trooper for the past few weeks – running almost all of our weekly training runs at close to my goal pace. For his last run of this week we took things much slower – 11 min/mile – and enjoyed just being outside now that it has warmed back up. I think Patches deserves these “treat runs” every now and again, especially near the end of the week. He gets to sniff more, play with any sticks we find and I always run on his favorite trails. I like to think that he remembers these fun runs and puts a little more effort in the rest of the time to keep us happy!