If you have a dog, you probably
take him or her running from time to time, and although
you might not think about it too much, your furry little
friend can be a pretty big help when it comes to training.
Dogs are always there for you, they keep you active and
they might even stop you from going too hard on easy days.
The pros of running with a dog certainly outweigh the
cons, so here are five benefits of bringing your four-legged
training partner along for runs.
You always have a running buddy
Regardless of the time of
day, the weather or any other factors that might prevent
your human training partner from joining you for a run,
your dog will always be ready for an outing. Dogs are
never not happy to go outside and be active, and because
of that, you always have a running buddy if you have a
You can blame them
for the bad runs
As one Twitter user pointed out, you
can blame your dog if you have a bad run. Before you get
upset thinking about runners pointing the finger at anyone
other than themselves after bad days, think about it:
a dog wouldn’t care even if he knew that’s
what his owner was doing. We don’t recommend making
excuses on Strava, but if you’re set on coming up
with one, saying that your dog was lollygagging and slowing
you down is pretty believable.
They keep you accountable
Human training partners are great for
keeping you accountable, because if you make plans to
meet up for a run, you will be letting other people down
when you don’t show up. If you think about it, dogs
can keep you accountable, too. They grow accustomed to
their daily schedule, and if you slack and skip a few
runs, it’ll get to them. They’ll be energetic
and restless, and the only way to solve that problem is
by taking them for a run.
You can’t overdo it
You probably aren’t going to take
your dog out on your hard sessions, so they’re reserved
for easier runs. While some dogs can hammer out a quick
10K, many of them are more comfortable running at a slower
pace. If you run alone, you might push too hard on easy
days, but with a pup by your side, you’ll be more
conscious of your pace.
The silent training partner
It’s great having running buddies,
but sometimes you just want to run in silence. That’s
why dogs are ideal training partners, as they keep you
company without talking your ear off.