Sadie’s PDR

Sadie set a personal distance record today!

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A little after 7 a.m., Ryan, Sadie and I hit the pavement to tackle the nine mile run on our half marathon training plan. The longest Sadie ever ran previously was eight miles (she’s done that twice) and while she’s hiked nine miles with us before, this was her longest run to date.

And now she wants us to play fetch with her in the backyard. She’s seriously a nut job.

I always tell Ryan that I absolutely love Sadie as our dog, but if she were a person and could speak, she’d probably be the neediest, peppiest and most annoying girl on the planet.

sadie snooki

(Lesbi honest, I find Snooki highly entertaining. Wahhhhh.)

But at least Sadie would have it goin’ on in the looks department.

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Her little face is the cutest thing in the world to me.

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Our nine mile run started out really well despite the icky weather.

It was super foggy and damp outside. When I rubbed my fingers together I could feel the moisture and there was moisture literally dripping off my eyelashes.

We brought sustenance on our run this morning in the form of a Clif fruit rope  for me and gu for Ryan.

clif fruit rope

I just can’t do the whole gu thing. Something about the texture and goopiness of gu just skeeves me out.

Fruit chews, shock blocks and chewy, sugary forms of carbs work better for me during long runs.

I ate my fruit rope at mile 4.5 and felt rejuvenated until the last mile or so when I wanted to keel over and have Sadie pull me home.

But we finished… and we finished strong!

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I think it’s crazy that the farther Ryan and I run on our longer runs, the faster our pace seems to be. I’m going to blame it on our desire to get the runs over with, though I guess training has a wee bit to do with it.


I wasn’t hungry when we got home from our run but knew I needed to get calories into my system so I made a smoothie since they’re a great way to pack in nutrients and calories without feeling like you’re eating a ton.

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Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/4 cups 2 percent milk
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach

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I have a feeling my hunger will return with a vengeance quite soon. I’ll be ready.

Until then it’s time to get dressed. We have more visitors this weekend!

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  1. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    Agreed…. I would not want to be around my dogs if they were humans! But I love them more than anything in the world as they are now.
    Congrats to Sadie on her new record! 😀


  2. says

    Wow an ipod nano! Lucky lucky girl haha! 🙂 I bet she’s going to be so psyched I know I would be!
    & whoop way to go Sadie! My dog can barely run a mile without wanting to pass out haha. Poor baby is out of shape.


  3. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats says

    I saw a Vizsla on my long run this morning and thought of you! I then proceeded to tell my running buddy random facts about Vizslas…all of which I learned from your blog! ha!


  4. says

    if my dog were human he’w be constantly wining about everything and he’d talk a lot; ever since the first day he’s always making weird sounds, sometimes it seems like he’s participating in our conversations!


  5. Jessica says

    Do you eat anything before your long runs? Or the 1/2? I usually eat an apple but I feel like now that I am hitting 8, 9, 10 miles I should start trying out what I will eat on race day.


    • says

      i eat a bar (like a clif bar or a luna bar) about 1.5 hrs. before a half marathon. during training runs, i don’t eat anything beforehand b/c i generally wake up and run w/in 15 min. of waking and i need to give my body at least an hour to digest food otherwise i cramp up!


      • beth says

        up to half marathon distance i do bread (or toast) and peanut butter. i eat it within 5 minutes of starting on practice runs (because i walk out the door of my house and just go). at a race i’m just never planned enough to bring it with me. i don’t need “race fuel” or water until past half marathon distance. also…i’ve found that eating a lot of mexican food the night before a long run always leaves me energized and feeling good the whole way through my run! go figure!


  6. says

    Poor Sadie would be “that” girl, huh? She does have the personality of an energizer bunny from what I’ve seen. Call me stupid but I can’t wait to get my own energizer box of a dog. I think it’s a great trait for a dog, however, if I had a friend with as much energy and “zest” for life it may be sickening. Good job on the run, too!


  7. Carolyn says

    I’m not sure Sadie’s hip joints SHOULD be trying to run a 1/2 marathon…. on pavement..

    even if she is willing…

    have you ever run this by your vet?

    Maybe you could educate me.


  8. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says

    Congrats to Sadie (and you!) 😀

    I am cracking up at the, “More annoying than Snooki?” caption, BAHAHAHAHA


  9. Danielle says

    I think I make a smoothie after every workout for the same reason! Real food just doesn’t sound good.
    I need a dog that can go on runs with me! Does Sadie ever just stop to sniff or dart off after another animal?


  10. says

    I love all of your Sadie pictures! She’s so cute! And that’s great that you bring her on your runs with you!!

    Also, fruit ropes are AMAzing. They’re so tasty and great to bring on a run. Good thinking!!


  11. ALAINA says

    oh man i know what you mean. i had a race this morning at 7:30 and the humidity was outrageous! talk about a sweat fest! who needs the spa and expensive pore treatments, when you can run? but nontheless, everyone finished strong.


  12. Jess @ Jess Go Bananas says

    I love how you incorporate your dog into your workouts! before you know it will be seeing doggie diets and exercises to keep them “in shape” Sadie will already be top dog!


  13. says

    Wow that is so awesome that Sadie ran that far! And crazy that she still wanted to play afterward haha…how did she have the energy? I was going to DM you on twitter, but I couldn’t so I’ll ask you here- apparently my current post is causing a guy to write some negative comments about me on twitter, do I respond? I know you were part of the negativity talk at HLS and was wondering what advice you have?


  14. Danielle says

    I saw two ‘Sadies’ (I don’t know to spell or pronounce the real name so I call them Sadies) at a dog event the other day. I was like here there’s a Sadle. My mom was so confused.

    What is your recommendation for someone who never runs but wants to start? Walking a mile is torture so I have my work cut for me.


  15. says

    I actually really like Gu. I might be the minority though. I get the Lemon Sublime.
    I tried Jelly Belly Sports Beans this morning though. Delicious

    Sadie amazes me. I can’t imagine having that much energy after a long run. 🙂


  16. says

    Can you post the link to the Runner’s World article on the 5 breeds if you have it? I can’t seem to find it online!

    Thanks, and super job. Our pace was exactly the same today!


  17. says

    What you said about Sadie reminds me of something my cousin said about her CRAZY puppy last weekend. She loves her dog a lot and said “I have to love her more than anything in the world, because otherwise I would kill her because she is so annoying.”


  18. Sara @ RunnerWife says

    That is awesome for Sadie! I cannot believe she runs that far and still has energy! My puppy wouldn’t even make it a mile! 🙂


  19. says

    When I was doing long runs, I was totally obsessed with Sharkies. They’re really yummy, and it feels like eating candy. I didn’t have a belt or anything, so I’d usually run with a Gatorade in one hand, and a bag of Sharkies in the other. 🙂


  20. Isabel says

    Off topic but…. a sign that I’ve been reading PBF wayyyy to much- at a 5K race this morning, I see a Vizsla and decide to start a conversation with its owner by saying “So there’s this blog I read and there’s a vizsla named Sadie…”


  21. says

    congrats Sadie! amazing she still has all that energy after a longer run! humidity was killer today. i was soaked in sweat..!
    i was not hungry at all when i got home after my run and just had chocolate milk. i just could not force anything else down! i know it is important to refuel but…


  22. Kait says

    I need to start figuring out how to fuel on my long runs. So far I only bring water with me, but I think having some sugar and carbs would help get me through the last few miles!


  23. says

    Sadie is so adorable. Congrats on both your long runs! ;D I know how gross FL weather is so props to you I would’ve probably died haha. I’ve never tried GU but I feel like I would be a little creeped out too.


  24. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    Congrats to Sadie on the PDR! That’s awesome!

    I’m a fan of Gu, but I’ve noticed it doesn’t settle well. It tastes like a mouth full of frosting to me!


  25. says

    You are doing awesome on your training! I’m still on the couch to 5k training, more than eager to complete it but my shin splints won’t leave me alone! I spent 2 weeks on the elliptical trying to let my shins heal and I thought they were. The first run went just fine, didn’t feel them at all, then I get on the treadmill for the second run 2 days later and hello shin splints again. I guess I need to stay off of them for like 6 weeks or so huh?

    Did you ever get/or still do get shin splints when you run? I don’t hear you talk about them but would love to hear your experience if you did have them when you started running 🙂


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