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Hi Everyone

My first post here.

Cassie, my 20 month old V has become my faithful running partner as I start my training towards a marathon and then onto an Ironman.

You can see a post about it, and the rest of the blog, http://www.wannabeironman.com/running-with-my-hungarian-vizsla/ and http://www.wannabeironman.com/190/.

She's an amazing running partner, and there's something about trotting along together that helps my training massively.

They are such an amazing breed (but I guess you all know that already!)

Is anyone else training in the same way? Thanks for looking!

Dave
 

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Hi Dave,

I wont be running with my V :eek: (I would last 2mins before I collapsed) but my boyfriend cant wait! She is only 7weeks at the moment! bless her but we have high hopes - I will show him this as he is also training to do the london marathon and does half marathons so is looking forward to having his 4 legged running partner.

Good luck with the marathon and Ironman!!

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Yay another fellow triathlete. Cant wait to get one and for it to be old enough to come along with me. Goodluck with your Ironman. Hoping to compete in Ironman UK 2014 myself.
 

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Good for you! No triathlete here but my Flynn was my faithful running partner for many years. I'm currently sidelined due to injury and pregnancy but I'm looking forward to getting back into running in the spring. Luna will be old enough to join us.
 

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Another one looking forward to having a running companion when our puppy is old enough!

Just running though for me, my biking skills are, er minimal!

I used to run seriously though, 50-60 miles per week, marathons, the whole shebang. Now, due to a back injury, my competitive, prize winning days are over but I run for the love of it and for the fitness benefit. Running through the woods is my favourite kind of run, I am looking forward to this immensely :)
 

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A great sight to watch a very well-conditioned runner and a very well-conditioned Hungarian Pointer running down the road in stride with each other.
A picture of health and vigor IMO.

RBD
 

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I am a marathon runner as well, one of the big reasons we chose a Vizsla!! Miles is only 9 months so we have been taking the running slowly as he is still developing but we hope to get him up to the level that Cassie is at! I currently go on a run very early in the morning by myself, then come back to the house and grab him and take him 2 miles on the trail to an off leash park, let him play for a little bit, then run 2 miles home. He seems to be tolerating the running well and is getting faster every week :) Today was one of his best runs ever
 

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I wish i was ironman tough. I do some adventure races and the tough murder every year. Kauzy and i run every morning and evening about 4-5 miles per outing, unless its dog park day (which have become a bit more scarce these days)
 

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Hi my first post, we just took home 8 week old un-named V boy ... one of the things that first drew to me the breed was Vizsla's appeared on almost every best running dog list. I am looking forward to trail running with a stop at the prairie. Thanks for posting this.
 

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I'm a trail runner as well and started researching the best fit for our active family back in 2010. The vizsla came up as a high energy breed that also had endurance, according to the different running sources (Runner's World, Trail Runners, etc.) It will be a long wait to 2 years before I can have Milo run the trails with me although she has already has some great off leash jaunts at our local parks. We are very lucky to live so close to many trails where dogs are allowed to go off leash and we are members of the regional park system. We will be going on many hikes together for now that she is still growing (although she runs plenty of it!). I let her go her pace and turn around when I sense that she's "done." No rush and she is having a blast. Many of my running friends have dogs that we run with and it is such a joy to have them around. I can't wait til Milo can actually be with me on a run and not just a hike.

Best of luck to you, Cassie and your training. I finished an ultra in June and wished I had her with me during months of training. :)
 

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Really happy for you as we also got our Whistler for a running companion/buddy! He's a little over 4 months old and we were told not to bring him out for runs until he's reached 18 months so I have to admit that I'm a bit jealous ;). He does however get his playtime and offleash every day but I just can't wait to bring him out fir some nice trail runs!!
 

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I am not a runner, like OliveJosh I will not last over 2 minutes ;D

However I really enjoy walking - the pups and I usually walk 30-35 miles per week, plus on the weekends they get to run off leash out in a country.
I think vizsla will make a perfect jogging partner!
 

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Don't do it any longer, but did for about 15 years.

My V's were my USCF time trialing partners. Marathon partners, Xterra partners, 24 hour endurance partners. They took me through two full ironmans, and two half's as well as many little dink and dunk local tri's.
In the mid 90's my Vizlsa Boone trained me to the New England and national time trial championships, as well as the festival of speed.
We had the Bear Mtn. Parkway, from the bridge to Buchanan, to ourselves while it was under construction for most of the spring and summer. Every morning we'd nail it before the construction crews got there.

I was no slouch on a bike,or as a runner, and believe me when I state that my V's could put the hammer down and bury me at a moments notice. Maybe not on a TT bike. ;)

They're not the best swim partners though. They scratch when they get competitive,and if you practice the Water Polo pass on them they get really upset. :eek: Ankle, hip, shoulder, over. It's how you swim right over the top of someone.Yep, it will happen
 

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Love reading about everyone running and training with their V! Part of the reason we got Lulu was to join me and my husband in our running and mountain biking excursions. I'm running my 8th half marathon tomorrow morning and Lulu has trained with me for the past 4. We've both benefited immensely from our running together. It's a great bonding experience. My week day running with Lulu has mostly been on leash and as a result, after hundreds of hours of on leash running and training her to stay beside me, sit when I stop, etc , she's been a heeling champ since the age of 1.5 years (she's 3 now). Whenever I think she'll never "get" something I think of that and remember that you really do get out of it what you put into it :).

I would love to do a full marathon sometime in the next couple of years but training for that would seem like another job! Training for halfs is quite manageable when working full time but don't know if I could handle a full! But people do it all the time, I suppose. It's just about getting up early and getting going before the rest of the world :D.

Good luck, Dave, with your training and Cassie! Looking forward to hearing about it!

I've attached a pic of Lulu getting the credit she deserves after my last half.
 

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Hi everyone

Thanks for all the comments! I've put a few more photos up of our V Cassie here: http://www.wannabeironman.com/running-with-my-hungarian-vizsla/

I took her out for a four mile run last night, although Cassie would have almost certainly covered half as much again I think in between chasing and playing with other dogs, then sprinting to catch me up.

Although it took the edge off her energy - she was bouncing off the walls beforehand - she could easily have kept going for much much longer. Such awesome dogs.

I've got a long way to go before my Ironman, but Cassie should be with me for a lot of it.

One of things I like most about the breed is that when I am going for a run I have to get prepared for it - make sure I'm well hydrated, have eaten enough, shoes are OK etc. However for Cassie I just pick up the lead at any time of the day and she'll be like, "OK we're going for a run are we? Cool. Doesn't matter how far let's do it!"

Hope you like the photos and I'll get some more up in due course.

Thanks

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http://www.vizslaforums.com/index.php/topic,2674.msg17618.html#msg17618


If you ever need inspiration take a look at the above thread.

My goal next year, around June, is to take Bailey and Chloe on the Tahoe Rim Trail. 165 miles covering the peaks around Lake Tahoe. Might have to take it in two bites. Just bought a book about this trail and am starting to bump up my hiking distances.

Bailey and Chloe are my personal trainers. Picture taken during last night's hike.

RBD
 

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That's a great film RBD. I've read "A Walk In The Woods" by Bill Bryson and subsequently looked up photos on the web. It looks like an amazing place.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Poor Cassie is a little bit lame in her front left shoulder at the moment. Not sure why but no running for her until it's better. I think everyone on this forum knows what it's like when a V can't fully exercise. I think I might need to build a padded cell for the dog!

Cheers from the UK

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redbirddog said:
http://www.vizslaforums.com/index.php/topic,2674.msg17618.html#msg17618


If you ever need inspiration take a look at the above thread.

My goal next year, around June, is to take Bailey and Chloe on the Tahoe Rim Trail. 165 miles covering the peaks around Lake Tahoe. Might have to take it in two bites. Just bought a book about this trail and am starting to bump up my hiking distances.

Bailey and Chloe are my personal trainers. Picture taken during last night's hike.

RBD
Thats one thing i loved about m brief time i spent over the pond. The scenery and the outdoors you have at your back doors is incredible. Wel Jel as the young'uns like to say HA!
 

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I was attracted to vizslas for the same reason!

I've only done a couple of half marathons. I just started training for a marathon in February. Does anyone have a reliable mileage calculator that they'd like to suggest? I downloaded the Nike app a while back but when I tracked the mileage in my car it didn't match up. I'd like to do some runs on trails so that Otto can join me.
 
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