Thursday, June 27, 2013

Running Partners for Sale

Runners are everywhere. I honestly think I passed over 20 people this morning. Running partners, however, are harder to find. When other's lives are involved, things get complicated very quickly. Oftentimes my schedule is completely incompatible with everyone I can think to call for a little company and encouragement during a run. However, I have found a solution to other people's kids' schedules, my work schedule, my husband's sleep schedule, the ways the stars align, and sharing a car. I purchased a permanent running partner.

Running partners can range from $15/$20 all the way up past $1,000. It really just depends on what you're looking for, and yes, you can be as specific as you'd like. My running partner's name is Willie Mae, and she has the ability to run up to 15 miles or so. She can tolerate the Memphis heat rather well, and her schedule allows her permanent availability. I am thrilled to no longer have to run alone. I feel safer and more motivated knowing that I have a partner who expects to get a daily workout.

In case you missed our selfie pics earlier in the week, I actually shared my selfie with Willie Mae since she's such a big part of my future runs.

And, no, I do not recommend paying people to run with you. I know she's small now, but I cannot wait to run with her when she is old enough. I have already been very strict in training her, and I plan to continue to be when it comes to running on a leash, being around other dogs, and ignoring passersby. 

I've run with very well-trained dogs before, which is why I am so excited about eventually having one of my own to run with. What are some things that you would (politely) recommend to fellow runners with four-legged friends? What are things that I should be wary of and things I should be sure to do to ensure a polite running dog and comfortable experience for everyone else too?


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhh! What a cutie! She's going to be the best running partner ever. Congratulations on the new addition to your family :)

  2. Thanks! I'm so excited to train her and watch her grow. Maybe she can even swim some laps with me?