Running partners are a great way to stay on track with your running regime. However, your best running partner may not be who you think it is. Here’s why dogs are your best bet for a loyal running partner.
Running partners or accountability partners are essential to successful running. You may not have a running partner, but I guarantee you that you can get one and it may not be who you think it is.
I’ve grown up with dogs, yellow Labrador Retrievers to be specific. There is nothing quite like the love of a dog. We got our first fur babies when I was quite young and I have loved dogs ever since. Fast forward 22 years to when David and I brought home our German Shepherd Izzy (AKA The Bear). We instantly fell in love and she’s been family ever since.
I have taken her running with me from the very beginning and she loves it. Our third partner is with my mom (see her blog) so we’re quite the trio pounding our way down the road. Izzy goes with us on our weekday runs since those are about 4-5 miles. Anymore than that and it is not good for their hips. Keep distance in mind should you decide to take your current fur baby or newly adopted baby with you!
So, why do Dogs make the best running partners?
Dogs are Great Accountability Partners
Accountability, y’all. When you’re a runner, a lot of times you go in the mornings because it is nice and cool plus it just gets that motor going for the day. Believe me when I say that a runner’s high is a real thing. If you haven’t experienced it yet, then there’s probably something missing! That being said, when your alarm goes off at 0 dark hundred your furry partner knows exactly what that means and will come tell you that it is time to get up.
After I had my son, I couldn’t run for awhile. When Izzy and I were able to start up again, we only had to go ONE time before she knew what was up. We went on a Monday, and on Tuesday when my alarm went off, I got a cold nose right in my face and her tail beating the wall behind her. Totally not a morning person, but that made me laugh and out the door we went.
She is a goober and is so afraid I’m going to leave her, that she will not even take her morning constitutional until we are on the road somewhere. #truestory She definitely keeps me accountable and I love it. I think she knows I’m talking about her, she’s laying by my chair while I write staring at me. 🙂
Dogs Provide Protection, Even Without Realizing It
At the risk of sounding corny…. It’s crazy out there, y’all and we have to be safe! Chances are, if you have your companion with you, the bad guys are going to stay away.
Case and point- Izzy and I were out running one morning, this was even before she was full grown and she was half the size of her 104 lb self now. Anyway, we’re out in early morning, sun is just peeking over the horizon and I see that we are approaching an individual that made my radar go off. I’m not really paranoid, but it was early morning. Early enough that the people out at that time of morning are runners, cyclists, folks that have to be at work WAY too early, & creepers.
As we get closer, the person crosses the boulevard then crossed back over the road and went the OPPOSITE direction from us. Izzy wasn’t vicious, didn’t growl or bark or anything, but she for sure saw him. She tensed and changed her running pattern so that she would have been between me and the person should they have not crossed the road. Izzy kept her eye on him the entire time, even after he had crossed the road. Who knows if that person was a creeper or not, but point is, Izzy didn’t trust him so neither did I!
Speaking of protection, when you’re running with your four legged buddy, it’s essential that we keep their neck protected. One thing that your dog should have is a harness. You can grab them very easily on Amazon for around $15. You get the best in running and workout shoes, right? Same goes for your running partner, he or she need to to have their neck protected so grab them a harness by clicking here or on the picture below!
Dogs are Great Listeners
Dogs are some of the best listeners. They can’t speak English, but I guarantee you that they understand you and they feel for you. There’s nothing quite like a giant puppy dog plopping their head down in your lap when you’re sad. Or running down the road with you while the sun stretches her rays up and over the horizon to say good morning. Your dog doesn’t care that you haven’t washed your hair in 3 days, or that you stink when you’re done working out. They run beside you and listen to your stories, your rants, your laughter, or they simply let you just run in the quiet because sometimes quiet is exactly what we need.
No matter where you are in your running journey, you can never go wrong with having a dog as a running buddy. Don’t have one? I promise you that your local shelter has plenty that need a good home and would tag along on your runs.
Dogs are the best running partners because let’s face it, a cat isn’t going to go running with you.