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My New Four-Legged Friend Isn’t A Runner

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I often use stock images featuring adorable dogs to illustrate my posts. Clearly, I love the pups. This past weekend I took a step toward owning a tail wagger of my own—I became a foster mom to an adorable 8-year-old, German shepherd mix. He’ll be hanging with me for the next three months, which will give me a taste of what it’s like to care for (wo)man’s best friend 24-7.

It’s definitely a full-time job and this sweet creature has already put a cramp in my morning routine. Thanks to his walks, I no longer have time to run in the a.m. Sure I could get out of bed even earlier, but I hate being up before the sun and I get nervous running in the dark alone. Sadly, he can’t run with me—he’s completely out of shape after months of living in a cage at a shelter. (He also has sores on his front legs that he needs to stop licking and scratching—hence his crazy outfit in this photo.)

I packed clothes and sneakers with me today and plan to run home from work (about 7 miles). But running in the evening just isn’t as satisfying for me. I’m curious, how do other pet-loving morning runners fit it all in?

Got any scheduling advice? Do you run with your dog?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.
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