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My quest to make James into a super running pup continues.


Because he’s little, I know James will never be able to go miles and miles.  But James is a dog with lots of energy and long legs, and I know he can safely work up to 2 or 3 slow miles.


I learned to run using this method and figure it will work for James, too!  We’ve been doing long strolls of 1.5 to 2.0 miles, and today we graduated to the Galloway Method, which is walk/run intervals.  We ran for one minute at 11:30 pace, and then we walked for two minutes.  I tried to keep him in the grass as much as possible so his feet didn’t hurt.  It took us 20 minutes to do 1.2 miles.  He got really tired towards the end, but I could tell he was having fun.  Go James, go!


I’m going to try to walk/run him for a mile or so every day for a few weeks and see what happens!  If it worked for me, I bet it will work for James!


Before my run, I snacked on some pita chips:


And dinner was a roasted veggie feast:


I had a serving of Kashi Pilaf:

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And a bunch of mushrooms.


The mushrooms were marinated in this yummy balsamic sauce and then roasted for 15 minutes.


And a pile of roasted carrot and parsnip fries.  I could eat these at EVERY meal.  I coat them in olive oil and roast at 420 for about 20 minutes.


Off to bed! 🙂



  • Lauren March 29, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I need to get some parsnips!:)

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 29, 2010, 9:16 pm

    haha i love that you’re having James do the Galloway method!! How hysterical. Dinner looks delish.. I’ve never tried that Kashi pilaf before… is it good??

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 29, 2010, 9:17 pm

    James is too cute!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 29, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Yay for James!!!! Who knew that the method could work with dogs too?!
    Your place mat is TOO cute!!! I need to get some like BAD!

  • Emily Eats Clean March 29, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I love that you have your dog on the Galloway running program…hilarious!! 🙂 Good luck James!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 29, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I love that James and I are using the same method for running. Go, James, Go!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 29, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Agreed – I could TOTALLY eat carrot and prsnip fries at every meal too!

  • Karla March 29, 2010, 9:24 pm

    How cute is James!!! I bet he’ll be a star athlete in no time!!
    I’m dying to get a dog!

  • Emily March 29, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I love love love carrot fries. I made some for the first time a few days ago and I fell in love!

  • Kelly March 29, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Aww good job James! Haha I love that you’re using the walk run method with him.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 29, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I want a dog to run with!!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 29, 2010, 9:34 pm

    You’re making me want a dog even more. My cats are cute and sometimes cuddly, but someday I’d like a dog.
    I’ve been obsessed with roasted veggies recently. They’re so easy and so delicious.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 29, 2010, 9:41 pm

    LOL I think James is faster than I am!

  • Carrie H March 29, 2010, 9:44 pm

    So cute! What would life be like without doggies? 😉 James will be running in no time!

  • Matt March 29, 2010, 9:47 pm

    My dog passes out getting off the couch 😉

  • Jes March 29, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I finally bought some parsnips! I’m going to roast them tomorrow. I cannot wait!

  • Karla March 29, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I love James! Way to go little running pooch!

  • Katherine March 29, 2010, 10:05 pm

    2 miles for a dog is awesome! do you feed him veggies (I know a trainer who gives his dog carrots and the dog thinks they are “treats”)

    • caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:06 pm

      yes, james and maggie regularly eat carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, and other veggies 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 29, 2010, 10:12 pm

    i need to ball up and get some parsnips…they sound and LOOK great! him james a belly rub for me in congratulations 🙂

  • Jenny March 29, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Ahh Satchels sauce!! Did ya like it?

    • caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:13 pm

      so delicious! very good and i could totally taste the love.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 29, 2010, 10:17 pm

    Go, James, go!!! Maybe he can run to a fun dog party where the dogs are all wearing hats 🙂

    My dogs love to run too– you can just see on their faces that they’re having such a good time!

  • Lisa March 29, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Good job James! Love it! My dog Eddie putters out after about 15 minutes, but we are slowly working on it too!

  • John March 29, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Maybe you can start a side business training pups to run.
    You’d have a heck of a time running with my parents bloodhounds 🙂

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 29, 2010, 10:27 pm

    SO cute 🙂 Glad he’s such a rockstar. Jersey (my weimaraner) didn’t look at me for a couple of hours after our first 5 mile run. she collapsed on the floor and pretended to be dead, until I opened her food container… 😉

  • Tiffany March 29, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Whoohoo, go James! I love that James and I are training via the same methods =)

    At this rate, you’ll be able to fly over to So Cal and run the doggy 5k! hehe.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com March 29, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Go, James!

  • evan March 29, 2010, 11:07 pm

    i’m totally trying to convert my little shih tzu, George, from a couch potato to a more agile version of his sweet self. a Galloway-ish method works wonders for little guys like James and George.

    it’s also more successful, at least for me, when i take him to a park where there aren’t a lot of distraction and cars to scare him. that way, his little heartbeat is steadier and he can relax while “training”

  • caryn March 29, 2010, 11:10 pm

    yay for james! doggies make the best running buddies. 🙂 sometimes i don’t feel too motivated to run, but if i mention any form of the word “run” at home, our dog gets so excited that i can’t turn her down! i hope you two have fun training together! 🙂

  • clay March 29, 2010, 11:11 pm

    I may steal James… just saying 😉

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 29, 2010, 11:14 pm

    or RUN James RUUUUUUN!!!

  • Lily March 29, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Satchel’s dressing is the best! I am so glad it was introduced to you…next time you’re in Gainesville you HAVE to eat at Satchel’s Pizza 🙂

  • jess March 29, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I have a pomchi (pomeranian/chihuahua cross) and he’s got pretty long legs. I asked the vet and he said he can run fine for an hour or so. I worked him up like you are with James doing the C25k and now he is a rock star! I’m sure James will be the same!

  • Ashley March 29, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Little dogs have joint problems. Does he get any supplements?

    I give my Collie glucosamine tabs in the warmer months since we walk 3+ miles daily.

    • caitlin March 30, 2010, 8:21 am

      no, maybe i should start!

  • Sarah March 29, 2010, 11:47 pm

    I’m doing the same thing with my pup! Except she loves going for walks/jogs so much that I’m not sure when it’s too much for her. I think she’d go on and on forever.

    The other day we got back after 1.5 miles and I saw she had a little bloody scratch on her paw that she didn’t even notice. Do you know how to tell when your dog has had enough for one day?

    • caitlin March 30, 2010, 8:21 am

      it would be hard to tell if my pup was like yours! sounds like a rockstar. james started to try to lay down in the grass. haha.

  • Sarah March 30, 2010, 12:13 am

    I have a 16lb terrier mix (my husband and I think he and James are littermates separated at birth – they look so much alike!) and I’ve gotten him to the point of running 4 miles at a 10min/mile pace. In fact, I’m the one slowing him down these days. On hot days I make sure to run a 2-mile loop and stop by the house to give him some water.

    I love seeing your James reports! Go, James, Go!!

    • caitlin March 30, 2010, 8:21 am

      where do you live? james was born in Pennsylvania!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 30, 2010, 12:29 am

    I think it is so cute that you are training James!! He is so adorable.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 30, 2010, 3:16 am

    Awh bless James! I bet this time next year he’ll be preparing for his first marathon (or maybe even a triathlon, you never know..you could bike with him in a little sidecar :p)!
    Yay for roasted parsnips 🙂 I DO have them for every meal pretty much 😛

  • Angel31@keepingslimandgettingstylish March 30, 2010, 6:19 am

    Those carrot and parsnip fries look delicious, will have to give them a try x

  • Hedda March 30, 2010, 7:04 am

    Such a win-win situation, it is good and fun for both you and James 🙂
    I did try to run with my Airedale terrier, which should not actually be a problem, because he is quite a big dog. The only thing is.. he is more interested in sniffing around than following me, so it was run for 10 seconds, sniffing for 2 minutes. Haha, I guess I’m the one responsible for this “failure” because I have never been that strict when it comes to behaviour.

  • rachael March 30, 2010, 8:12 am

    I try to run with my dog (a puggle). He starts off strong but totally doesn’t pace himself and can only go a mile or 2. It’s great fun if I want an easy run though!

  • Daniel March 30, 2010, 8:36 am

    I agree with the carrots and parsnip fries at every meal! Whether I broil them because I’m in a hurry or I get the time to roast them for 30-45 minutes, I just love how the outside of the parsnip stays kind of chewy while the inside is light and fluffy and the taste is incredible!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 30, 2010, 8:52 am

    I love that you’re teaching your pup to run! I would love to run with a dog- it’d be such good company!

  • Tammy March 30, 2010, 9:03 am

    Don’t forget to hydrate your pup! I’m sure you do…but it makes me come undone when I see people out, carrying their water, forgetting their “furry” friend cannot dissipate heat like they can!

    • caitlin March 30, 2010, 9:04 am

      true true. i have one of those folding water bowls that are excellent!

  • Liz March 30, 2010, 9:07 am

    My dog is small (30 pounds) but very athletic. So when we went to the humane society I walked right by her because I wanted a dog that could be a running partner. Luckily my husband pointed her out and she turned out to be so speedy….I can run with her for 3 miles and she doesn’t even pant! (In cool weather that is).
    Running with James will be so fun for both of you 🙂

  • Susan March 30, 2010, 9:51 am

    Ohmygosh, how cute are you?? Using the Galloway method on dogs 😛 I bet James’ little heart is thanking you! Dogs need good cardiovascular systems too 🙂

  • Rachel March 30, 2010, 10:34 am

    James is so super duper cute!!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me March 30, 2010, 11:20 am

    Yay James! You can do it!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner March 30, 2010, 11:48 am

    Aww James is so adorable!

    I used the Galloway method when teaching my dog how to run, too 🙂 He’s a pitbull mix, so he’s naturally pretty athletic, but he’s not very good at pacing himself. The Galloway method helped to get him used to consistent run/walk intervals. Then, we were able to graduate to a nice 9:30 min./mile pace. He can usually go for 3-4 miles, so it’s great!

  • Judy (cookbook maven) March 30, 2010, 11:59 am

    I sort of did this with my dogs before I even knew what the Galloway method was. Just started out running doing intervals, and so they did it with me. They were fine until I started to work up to about 5 minutes of running at a time — they’d do it, but they’d just sort of look at me like why are we doing this?

    Hopefully you’ll have better luck with James. It’ll be fun to find out, anyway.

  • Lisa March 30, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I’ve never in my life tried parsnips. What do they taste like?

    • caitlin March 30, 2010, 12:49 pm

      they don’t really taste like carrots, they are much more flavorful and “woody”. very delish!

  • chris March 31, 2010, 3:51 pm

    i never post but i think it’s so sweet how your training your dog to run w/you! i have a black lab and would love to run with her but she stops to sniff everything! ha…good for James tho!

    • Caitlin March 31, 2010, 3:52 pm

      thanks for reading 🙂 we get the james sniffs out of the way at the beginning hehe

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