I posted a few weeks ago about how I was having trouble making myself run in the cold. Well, I mentioned that having two crazy dogs is good motivation to get out of the house.
My dogs are, in fact, the reason I learned to love running. After graduate school, I started teaching full-time so there were plenty of days when I only had 30 minutes to spend on myself or the dogs. I quickly learned that if I ran with the dogs, I could check off two to-dos with one run.
I also run with my dogs because as miserable as I might feel, the dogs are always so excited I can't help but be happy.