I was wanting to do a 5 mile run for my long run this weekend, but the look on a certain little dogs face made me switch it to a 4 mile run so he could tag along. I know I should have probably just taken him for the full 5, but the amount of time spent sniffing and saying "HI!" to other dogs just didn't work with today's schedule. The best part of running with a dog is that they always seem so excited to be out running with you. My dog Frankie loves going on runs. Even the cold winter mornings where I can barely get out of bed a 5am, he's there wagging his tail begging to go on the run with me. I've tried a couple different methods for taking him with me. In the beginning I tried to just hold the leash while we ran, but that screwed up my gate, so I tried to put the handle of the leash around a belt. This method worked a lot better, but I felt that I needed so kind of "give" for when he tried to run a little faster, or lunged after a squirrel. After doing some research online I found the Leash Lady (http://www.leashlady.com/). I can't begin to tell you how much I love this running leash. It's really well made and has a bungee section to provide so give when needed.
When I was training for the Disney Marathon I didn't get to take Frankie o as many runs as I would have liked. Know that the marathon is over and I have a bit of time before I have to ramp it up again it's nice to take the little guy along. I missed my running buddy.