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A few things here.
First, no "serious" exercise until she's two years old. Bones, joints, and tissues are all still in formative stages until then. It's OK (and good) to exercise her. But not "steady state" exercise. That's what is damaging.
Second, it depends on a lot of factors. Are you keeping her in full coat or puppy cut? How warm/cold is it? What is the humidity like? You need to think about a LOT more variables when running a dog.
You need to start slow - maybe 1 mile, 2-3 times per week. Work up SLOWLY. Much more slowly than you think is necessary. And as you increase distance, keep a VERY watchful eye. The thing with dogs is you *really* need to know how to read them. Because especially with a breed like Havanese, they will literally run themselves into the ground to make you happy. So you have to know your dog well enough to realize when it's time to stop.
Having said that, I have a staffie who trains for marathons with me. As in, she'll do my 18 mile run with me. Then come home and initiate play with DH, while I'm gasping like a fish out of water and asking for a foot rub...
Tango (hav) is old, but when she was younger, we walked 2+ miles per day. Bandit doesn't particularly like to run with me. We tried it and he's capable, he just doesn't prefer it.
But I did have a pomeranian who worked her way up to 4 miles with me. Full grown she was 6.5 lbs, and her tiny little legs would look like a little blur as we jogged. I was very careful not to run too fast with her. She could only go with me on recovery days, but I took her out about twice a week. Took about 6 months to work up to the 4 miler, but she absolutely loved it.
If you want to discuss more offline, PM me. Don't want to bore everyone with all of the details! haha