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Run Maddie, Run

by Meghann on September 15, 2011

Five reasons Maddie is a better runner than I’ll ever be.

  1. No tummy worries – she can pop a squat anywhere
  2. The ability to run while looking back at me with a huge smile on her face like it’s nothing
  3. The never ending amounts of energy she contains
  4. Her speed!
  5. Post-run naps (all 8 hours worth of them)


Can I nap too? πŸ˜‰

Maddie was going crazy this morning when I started putting my running shoes on. I’ve been holding off taking her on runs because of the heat, but lately the mornings have been slightly cooler and perfect for morning runs with her.

We conquered four miles around the neighborhood and Maddie was on cloud nine the entire time. She was so busy enjoying her run, that the kids we passed on their way to school didn’t even make her flinch. She stuck to her side of the sidewalk and just kept on doing her thing. (Maddie isn’t a fan of little kids, men, or – really – any strangers ;( )

We made it back, Maddie had a couple of beef sticks and a big bowl of special ice water, and I had my own fancy breakfast.


One whole wheat pita stuffed with honey peanut butter, peach slices and granola then grilled on the George Foreman until hot and gooey.


Not the same as Maddie’s beef sticks, but I was a big fan. πŸ˜‰

How are your pets around strangers? Are they everyone’s best friend or hide behind your legs with their tail tucked to their butt?

1 Lauren September 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

My dog always knows when I’m going running too, and she jumps on my as I’m putting on my shoes. She’s very friendly with strangers and other dogs.
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2 Cait's Plate September 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

Awww she’s so sweet in that first picture. My sister’s dog is a DISASTER around strangers. We seriously have to shield her eyes and not let her see other people. It’s so bad, haha.

3 Krystina (Organically Me) September 15, 2011 at 9:32 am

I’ve always wanted a dog to run with. πŸ™

4 Mimi September 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m impressed that little girl can do 4 miles! My dogs LOVES all people, but she does have a really good sense when something’s off. She’s the perfect balance between being friendly and being a good watchdog!
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5 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’ve never tried pushing her more than 4 miles, but something tells me she would run a full 10k if I let here. it’s AMAZING how much energy those little legs have!

6 Hilary September 15, 2011 at 9:35 am

My cat HATES people. The only people he doesn’t hiss at or run and hide from are my fiance and me. So we ask people to ring the doorbell when they come over as a signal to him to run and hide (he hates the doorbell too).

7 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

Maddie can’t even stand when they ring the doorbell on tv!

8 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 15, 2011 at 9:38 am

Our dog is like Maddie, not a fan of strangers and especially not kids. Kids that are like 12+ are fine, but the little ones I think freak her out and therefore she gets scared of them and kind of snippy. I have no idea why, we socialized her a TON as a puppy but somehow it happened.
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9 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

We socialized Maddie a ton too, but never around kids – we just didn’t know anyone with kids at the time to socialize her with.

10 Carolyn September 15, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’m loving these cooler Florida mornings…. the end is in sight!

Food Truck Rally on the 24th. Wanna go?
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11 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I’ll in be in Augusta that weekend otherwise I would totally be there! I was so bummed when I discovered it was the same weekend as my HIM. πŸ™

12 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

I just got a 10 week old chihuahua and would love to take him on runs with me! How old was Maddie when you first took her?
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13 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

They say you’re not suppose to start running with your dog until they’re at least a year because the bones are still growing or something. I started running with her about that time.

14 mel September 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I started running my lab at 6 months b/c the vet said it was fine and her little joints grew just fine! She is 60 lbs and still growing at a 14 months but we only do 3-4 mile runs 4 to 5 days a week and we started her slow and built up the distance. I wouldn’t try too much too soon!

15 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I just remember when my sister started running with her dog on the blog about that age and people JUMPED on her case, but I would trust a vet over mass commenters and it’s always good to get their opinion first anyways. Thanks for the tip.

16 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

That sounds like a DELICIOUS breakfast! I love love whole wheat pitas! They are so versatile.

I bet that was a super fun run!
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17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

Ahh to have the life of a dog! πŸ™‚ My previous dogs were complete opposites around strangers – one would bark at them like crazy and want to run up to them etc, and the other couldn’t care less! I miss having pets around… I’d love to have a dog as a running buddy!
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18 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

One of my cats love everyone and anyone, but my other is scared of her own shadow and will only come out from under the bed to see me or my husband! They are like night and day, soooo different!
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19 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

Bowser doesn’t like other people or dogs his size and smaller. He’s usually OK with larger dogs, and he loooooves cats (which is weird, because he’s never really been around them). He’s a fighter, not a lover. πŸ™
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20 Lindsay September 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

Pictures of your puppy make me melt. I had a Jack Russell (Cheers :)) who lived until the ripe old age of 18. Aren’t they the best? I miss having a pup!

21 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups September 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

My dog definitely wants to be everyone’s friend. He’s kind of huge so people don’t approach him like they do a small dog, and he never understands when people don’t want to say hi. I don’t think we could run together though. He gets too excited when we go on walks and does these jump spins and zig zags all over the place. He wears himself out!
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22 Meghann September 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

That’s what breaks my heart with little kids and Maddie. They see a small dog that’s their size and want to play with her when really they should be more scared of her than most big dogs. I had a little girl run up to her in Petco the other day – about gave Maddie a heart attack and the girl didn’t understand why she couldn’t play with the ‘pretty puppy’

23 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 15, 2011 at 10:03 am

I realized that running with my dog is a great way to get in fartlek workout. Her bursts of speed are entirely random. Overall, she’s a bit slower than I am so I don’t like to run with her all the time but if I want to get some randomized speed intervals in, then she is just the ticket.

24 Nikki September 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

Aweee Maddie is so cute!

And your breakfast sounds amazing…I have never thought of doing something like that…so simple, yet delicious sounding!
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25 Amanda at the red table September 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

My dog’s also a Parson/Jack Russell terrier. We adopted her a year ago, and I think she had a pretty rough life before we could love on her. Her breed and previous “life experience” make her pretty territorial — she doesn’t like strangers coming to the house or other dogs on our walks, most of the time. Once she gets comfortable though, she loves being loved by whomever is doling out the hugs and kisses! She looks a lot like Maddie, only she’s wire-haired and a bit taller πŸ™‚
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26 Reenie September 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

It still cracks me up ….thinking of lil Maddie running! =)

I have 2 cats. Chubbs is 15….she pretty much goes from her bed to the kitchen rug, to eat, to the cat box. HA! She doesn’t hide anymore when people come over ~ I’m thinking cause I’ve noticed her not being able to hear as well. But, Lucy ~ she hides ~ very few people will she come out and show herself.

27 Kimberly @ Healthy Strides September 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

My dog has been known to just stop on a walk and wait for a stranger to pet him. He’s such a little socialite! On runs, though, he is usually pretty focused and will just turn his head to see who passed him.
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28 khushboo September 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

Maddie sounds like the perfect running buddy! You get the company/motivation and are still able to zone out to your ipod!
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29 Hope September 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

That breakfast looks SO good! It’s such a good idea too. I might have to try that! πŸ™‚
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30 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

That breakfast looks delicious! I’ve been in a breakfast rut lately—I need to try that!
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31 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

My dog LOVES people! Whenever we pass someone on our walk, he pretty much stares them down until they give him some sort of attention.
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32 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

Haha wouldn’t the convenience of popping a squat anywhere by nice… Or gross? My dog goes crazy any time I put my running shoes on too. Poor guy doesn’t always get to go though.
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33 Ashley September 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

My dogs like people in general, but when they are on leashes they are horrible around other dogs. I don’t know what it is. When we go to the dog park, they run around and play with the other dogs, but when we are walking on a leash they growl and get all huffy. It’s really embarrassing! They are terriers so I think they have ‘little dog syndrome’. πŸ™‚

34 Erin September 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

All my dogs have LOVED people. We used to joke that they liked the strangers at the dog park better than us. Which I think it pretty impressive considering we got all of them as adults from shelters so we had no idea what their backgrounds were.
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35 Faith @ For the Health of It September 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

Hales is unbelievably friendly – she even jumped on the fed ex man this morning when we went out for an AM walk!
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36 Erin September 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

We just adopted a Jack Russell mix (although we’re not sure what the mix is- she looks like a really tiny JRT!) and she’s good around people and kids, but is scared of other dogs on the leash! We’ve been working on it with her by having her “Find It!” when other dogs walk by. When we’re walking and see another dog, we throw a treat down for her to find. Slowly she’s becoming conditioned that other dogs = treat and her attention is focused on finding her treat and us, not the other dog. So far it’s working really well! No more going from super cute to vicious in a split second!

37 Laura September 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

Yay Maddie! I love running with Leland – he’s great for intervals. Sprint all out, then stop and sniff, then repeat for several miles. He’s interested in other people but doesn’t really want them to pet him. He’s scared of dogs bigger than him, but if they are his size then its on.
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38 Michelle September 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

My dog goes crazy with strangers and wants to jump all over them

39 Lindsey September 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

My cat doesn’t like people… I think she tolerates me and my husband since we feed her, but really in her world, SHE only matters πŸ˜‰ haha. She likes to pretend she likes you and uses her cuteness to draw you in but then she will swat and hiss at you. What a brat!
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40 Jess September 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have cats, so they clearly don’t get out much but they’re actually super social and love anyone who comes over to visit. And they play fetch…maybe I should try taking them on runs? lol
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41 Heather September 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Charlie doesn’t care for strangers at first, barks and is skittish around them. But, once he gets to know them or sees me interact he is ok. He’s especially leary of strange men around, more so than women or kids. It takes him a while to warm up to a dude he doesn’t know.

I wish he was well behaved on runs. He gets so distracted that he stops and starts too much to really consider it a run. He tripped me so bad one time I skinned my hands and knees and hurt my arm really bad. LOL, I should just learn to stick to walks with him.

42 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

One of my cats hates strangers and hides under the bed whenever we have new people come over. She’s gotten better at it, but still slinks around until they leave. My youngest cat LOVES people because they pay attention to him! and! pet! him!

he’s excitable.
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43 Sophie September 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Haha, I think the sight of me picking up my running shoes is my Dog’s favourite sight!
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44 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous September 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My dog is impossible to run with. First, he is 50 lbs and has no idea of the concept of running in a straight line. He’ll cross in front of me, cross behind me, trip me with his leash, you name it.

And don’t even try running with him if there are people or anything interesting around. He has to sniff, lick, and get up on his hind legs to box (he’s a boxer mix) anything that comes his way. It’s never aggressive at all, that is just how he “greets” people.

So yeah, makes for a really disjointed, dangeous (due to falling) run. He doesn’t get to join in the running festivities on a regular basis πŸ™
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45 Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls September 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Yeah, being able to pop a squat anywhere…that would be the life. πŸ™‚
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46 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

our pups loooooove strangers… a little too much! i can’t run with either of them because they get just way too excited when we pass a person, an animal, a tree… anything really!
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47 Marie September 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Our pup loves people, as well as kids. He also converts non-dog lovers. πŸ˜‰ My SIL, her husband, & son watched him while we were on vacation for 10-days to Destin. We got back in yesterday, and she insisted we didn’t have to pick him up until Sunday. πŸ˜‰ Course, we picked him up right when we got into town.

48 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

My family dog thinks she’s a person. She’s not at all interested in other dogs, and looks at them like, “What is this creature and why is it smelling my butt?”. She’ll totally ignore them and go straight for their owners. She loves everyone, and in the event of a home intrusion, I’m sure she’ll just come up and lick the intruder and hope they will give her a treat.

No loyalty haha!
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49 Coco September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I have two dogs- I also have a jack russell- he was a rescue pup and had some issues with bitting people when I first got him and even for a while would just randomly nip at people.. Thankfully he’s out of that! It’s so nerve wracking when people want to pet your dog and you have to keep guard to make sure they behave! My other dog is the biggest goober around and will lick you to death. He’s super social- and although he too is a rescue, he was much younger and we were sure to socialize him like crazy so that he would be a good boy πŸ™‚
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50 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Winston (my Jack Russell) used to be really weird around men. If we have like the pool guy come to our house, he still is, but now if I bring over a new male friend, he is fine and he loves kids. Clementine (my mini daschund) LOVES everyone, especially new people haha. I think Winston really grew on strangers when we got Clementine because he saw her getting all of the attention and wanted in on the action!
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51 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

haha, my cat’s the perfect guard cat by letting me know someone is near. Heck, if someone is so much as LOOKING at the house, she’ll run behind the couch and stay there for hours!
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52 erica September 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

my little yorkie suffers from small-man-complex. he things he’s big and ferocious….he’ll either be super friendly OR in must-protect-mama mode and go bark-crazy! (especially in elevators)
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53 Lara @ TresLaLa September 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Mason & Dixie are flat-coat retriever mixes and are litter mates (twins!). Dixie (the girl) is such a love muffin. She will go up to strangers and lean on them, showing love, and then will just sit there, staring up at them with googlie eyes. If she were my teenaged daughter, I’d be a bit worried. Mason (the boy) is such a scaredy-dog! He rarely likes new people. BUT, once he warms up to them, he is a buddy for life!
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54 River September 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That breakfast looks so good! I need to try something like that.

55 Michelle September 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I just adopted a 9 week old Shepherd/Retriever and I’m crossing my fingers for a good running buddy. He hasn’t been around kids too much yet, but I’m hoping to change that soon. He sees strangers and just wants to love on them though, so I’m not too worried.

56 Ali @ Ali Runs September 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

My family’s dog loves to be around people so much that she starts wiggling and pulls leashes to get to them. Unfortunately, we know how nice and loving she is, but strangers are often putt off by it because they don’t know her.
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57 Cynthia @ Cynthia's Adventures September 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

My black lab Penny loveeessss people!! She goes up to them expecting to be pet πŸ™‚ Sometimes its a good thing, sometimes people don’t like it cause she is so big! She is a big teddy bear πŸ™‚
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58 Army Amy* September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I just started running with my dog, Geronimo. He loves to run, and it’s so fun for me to see how happy it makes him.*
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59 Lauren September 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I am so impressed Maddie runs with you for that far! I’ve tried taking my pup (who is about Maddie’s size) and he can only last 1/2 a mile. His little legs can’t keep up. πŸ˜‰
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60 BroccoliHut September 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Margot LOVES strangers. She goes up to everyone we meet on our walks. Even last weekend when I took her on her first trip to the dog park, she was way more interested in all the people than the other dogs!

61 Nicole September 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

I love Maddie posts! Such a sweetie. πŸ™‚
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62 Jonathan | World of Diets September 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

Maddie may have more energy, but you have longer strides. I think you can outrun her (-:
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