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08/11/2013 at 14:13

For the last year or so I have done the vast majority of my runs with my dog.

I find her a great companion and a incentive to get out there on nights I don't really feel like it.

Most of my runs with here are trail / fell runs-not the best preparation for road races but still the most enjoyable runs I do.

When I increased my milage for a marathon last may I did not do any of my runs over 13 miles with her, not sure at that time she would be ok with the increased pace (most of my LSR were 7:40ish minute mile pace) or distance.

I am now thinking she is better suited to the longer/ faster runs than me-she has no problem on a 42 minute tempo 10k or back to back 12 mile days.

I will start to increase my training for my next marathon soon (London) and think although trail running is not the best preparation I will keep to it and take my dog on the longer runs upto marathon distance I think-any one have experiance on this?

Her stats are

3 year old Weimaraner

5k pb 19 mins

10k pb 41 mins

HM 1:40


08/11/2013 at 14:49

It was on the news the other day when Mike Bushell was at a XC dog race where the winner ran 10 miles in about 30 minutes.

08/11/2013 at 14:50

Hi Runnin Eye,

I can only give you the experience of mine, I would have thought yours would be fine.

My pair are Heinz 57 type terriers, 6" from floor to sternum. All three of us started running at the same time 5 years ago when one was approx 2 and the other approximate 4 ( rescues, no idea on exact age). They've now trained alongside me for a number of Mara's and also completed a 40 miler.  And yes, they were in a better state than me come the end! 

One is long haired and white, you should see the state I bring her home in some times. 

My speed is a bit slower than yours, the dogs though are faster. 

08/11/2013 at 14:52

I should add the above pbs-were measured on my garmin-she will have ran quite a bit further (chasing squirrels on the way) and the time will have been limited by her owner (me)!!

08/11/2013 at 14:56

Thanks Chimney- Its a great way to run isn't it-and never fails to amaze me how she can come from a day lazing around to run 10 miles alot faster and easier than me.

She can stop and get 100m plus behind I will be running a fast interval or the like and within seconds she will come flying past me

08/11/2013 at 15:06

Yep, been there! Thought occasionally of getting a cheap GPS just to see how much further they go than me. 


08/11/2013 at 15:38

I ran the neolithic half many years ago which had  a canine X race.   I ran with a fellow who was running with his dog but the dog was either 100 metres ahead or behind us but whenever he was called he litterally Flew back to his owner. Never seen so many happy dogs running.



08/11/2013 at 21:16

should not be any problem for your Weimaraner. I always run with my Vizsla. Both on roads as well as on trails. But... I take very very good care of her paws and soles and treat them with wax and neats foot oil (to harden). She also has Ruffwear shoes for really difficult running circumstances or.... grit during winter times. 

Enjoy runing with your doggy.

BTW there are some really good things for running with dogs like special leashes (elastic). My dog also has her own back pack!



Edited: 08/11/2013 at 21:16
08/11/2013 at 21:35

hi runningmax-great photo thanks for the advice on paws

where do you shop for the doggy runnig gear?

just got in from 7 miles in the peaks with my dog and my head torch great running

08/11/2013 at 21:40
Peak? I'll look out for you, just moved to Old Whit, Chesterfield from Berkshire. Fantastic running round here
08/11/2013 at 21:50

yes great running in the peak district- we live in sheffield 10 minutes of running and in the peaks and the climbing area of stanage-20 minute walking and in the centre of town or eccelsall road and the restaurants and bars-What a great place to live!!

09/11/2013 at 07:40

7.5m just to get to Owler Bar for me  Burbage, Stanage, Bamford, Froggett, Curbar etc edges are all a LSR or a drive and park. The last time I was running along the top of Curbar I was looking at the view thinking how lucky I was to now be living round here that I tripped over and smacked my knee into a rock. 

Recently joined Totley AC, though currently injured so not running anywhere Met Tim Tett the other week, good bloke. 

Yes, the dogs and I are so much better off living here than in Berkshire.

09/11/2013 at 10:58

@ runing eye: I have a lot of stuff from Ruffwear (shoes, a short leash that stays on her neck, backpack, foldable drinking bowl) and recently a Stunt Puppy running leash. But I will have to try that one, I just bought it.


12/11/2013 at 10:10

I always run with my dog. He is a jack russell cross but he can run 10-12 miles no problem and has done marathon training up to 16 miles.

12/11/2013 at 10:35
12/11/2013 at 11:52

I have a pretty short leash when she has to be on the leash. She runs along with me, head near the knee. No canicross for me since she won't pull

12/11/2013 at 15:52

Looks like there are a lot of quick dogs out there, CaniX looks good but they don't seem to be in my area-Sheffield / peak district.

I know that you can do the park run with your dog-but they have to be on the lead, to me this is the worse case as she pulls and runs much better to heal off the lead-also leads are an obstacle to other runners.



12/11/2013 at 19:44

I've got an English Springer Spaniel and am thinking of starting to take him running with me. He is 2 now but just over a year ago he had one operation on his stomach as it was peferated (eating anything and everything he could get his hands on) and a few weeks later he had another operation his cruciate ligament (as a result of trying to jump a cattle grid, and failing !). I need to get him to the vets and see if he is ok to come running up the peaks with me. 

Running eye - where do you take your mutt in the Peaks ?

12/11/2013 at 21:03

Carterusm I run mainly around stanage, either from endcliffe park and through porter valley (10-14 miles ish) or from lady cannings at ringinglow 6 miles ish.

Another great route is from stanage car park through to longshaw.

Just have to watch out for sheep!!

14/11/2013 at 11:37

Yesterday I ran 24K with my doggy. She was not on the lead although I was passed by a ranger twice. Obviously she was OK so near my knee for him Later I notice some signs about a doggy and a leash....We had great fun together in the forest!

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