Our running partner was born to run.
We knew her genes made her take this "running job" very seriously and pull very hard. Training with her for a half-marathon proved that she can easily run longer distances. She really wants to run and even pushed us to run faster. To keep her pulling in check, and to ensure that we maintained proper running form, we ran with the Runner's Choice hands-free dog leash.
Building our dog's training base kept us from training too hard too early.
Nothing crushes your fitness goals quicker than an injury early in the season. The best way to prevent this, and to ensure that you can handle the rigors of endurance training, is to start easy, and gradually build your distance. We reverse-engineered our half-marathon training program from the planned race date. That told us the distances we should be able to run in the first weeks of the half-marathon training, and how many weeks we had to work up to that target distance. Here's the deceivingly easy training plan that we used for the half-marathon training.