Explore New Places
Fleet Feet Burbank runners can take their pick of mountains, beaches and urban paths for their next run destination. Even then, they find it’s a lot more fun to have a buddy when scouting out new spots.
“Banjo encourages me to go off the beaten path,” says Provan. “I feel confident enough to go anywhere with him at my side. He loves trails especially, and we both enjoy exploring places we’ve never been.”
O’Reilly says he trusts Halle to lead the way no matter where they go: “We ran with a group that ran backcountry and often non-existent trails. Someone would scout out a trail, and on the day of the run they would run ahead and mark the trail with flour, while also marking false trails along the way. Many times I would be with a group of runners crawling up a hillside through the brush, and Halle would take point. I was completely confident she would find the true trail. I would let everyone know to just follow Halle.”
There was an instance, though, when everyone else had to have a sense of adventure, too: “One day someone thought it would be cute to mark true trail with taquitos. He let everyone know that taquitos meant true trail. Halle ate the taquitos as she found them. I did feel bad for the folks in the back of the pack.”
Even if there aren’t dramatic landscapes to take in and taquitos to eat, a canine companion can still help you explore what you didn’t think to explore. Dogs have a mind of their own, compelling you turn down new corners and forgotten trails. Enjoy the fresh perspective and memories you create together.