Last night I ran with a new partner. She's my 1 year old Boston Terrier/Lhasa Apso mix named Fala. I didn't think she would make a good running partner because she's generally so skiddish when out and about, but she took to it like a, um, dog to water. We did a 2/1 run/walk around the neighborhood and she didn't try to stop but only a couple of times. We went 2.58 miles, and at a fairly quick pace (11:32 per mile total, even with walking 1/3rd of the time.) It was so funny, during the running portions, she mostly stayed behind me and I had to slow down sometimes, but during the walking portions, she'd jump to the front and was practically dragging me!
Fala is a loving dog, but she's had some behavioral issues lately. Clawing at her gate, not coming when called, jumping up on Connor to lick him, and just a bunch of tomfoolery. It's been suggested that she isn't getting enough exercise so I decided what better way than to drag her along with me on runs. Not only does it motivate me to run more, but hopefully will help her expel her abundance of energy. Who knows, maybe some of that excess energy will rub off on me!