The running this summer has been great. The good conditions with a lot of moisture have helped. Nothing helps more though than having good spots to run. Now, depending on who you ask, beaglers have differing opinions on what makes a great running spot. For me though, nothing beats a big, tough, clearcut with a lot of cover and room to stretch out and run.
I have run one spot 2 or 3 times a week this summer. Usually the most I ever run a spot is once a week. However, every time I have run in this one clearcut I have had at minimum of 2 hours of nonstop running. Jeff Allen and I ran there Tuesday and ran 3 1/2 hours and didn't hardly move. This clearcut is loaded with rabbits, on a steep hillside, and so thick an ant has trouble getting through. Once the dogs get in there and stir up the rabbits, the dogs can run until they can hardly move.
This clearcut has been the most fantastic running spot I have ever run. It helps that it sits in the middle of 1,800 acres of clearcut of all ages. Now, I would like to claim that my superior dogs have been running great and deserve all the credit. Seriously though, I have to admit, it's just one fine spot for running dogs.