Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Signed up!


So Daddy finally signed me up for another Marathon today! Awe.Some. Right?

I mean, seriously. Another marathon! I haven't been able to stop thinking about the last one. Running. People. Dogs. Mud. I think I am just now getting clean from that (despite my best efforts at grooming). It is coming up. Fast. I'm so excited!

Wait, did I say coming up? That is like 3 1/2 weeks (And I don't want to hear any of that "well that is like 5 months in dog year" crap. Oh wait, did I say crap? I'm going to be in so much trouble for that one...). I guess I have already been training pretty well. I've been running 3-4 times per week, and getting in some 15 mile long runs every few weeks. I can do this, right?

P.S. - For the record, I totally won the race last year, and Daddy didn't. I think Daddy is jealous.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My First Marathon!

Today was the day. My first marathon. I've known this day was coming for like . . . dog years, but I just can't believe its finally here. All that training, and today would be the day that I would show my true girl power!

This morning daddy woke me up around 4 a.m. I can't even believe I was sleeping, I was so excited. Daddy was already ready, geared up with the usual: our water bottles, his running clothes, and a hat. But something was a little bit different. Daddy normally wears clean, white running shoes. Today, he had on these black, rugged looking shoes. I asked him why. He says they are trail shoes, and they are good for wet and rough (ruff?) conditions. Didn't really know what that meant at the time, but I would soon find out.

We loaded up in the car - me in the kennel and daddy driving - and headed off to Lawrence (ok, no one told me that this meant a 2 1/2 hour car ride). After what felt like days, we finally arrived. When I hopped out of the car, I realized we were in a parking lot at lake, with trees and trails everywhere! As excited as I was, I've only run on trails one other time - I'm usually a roadie. Could I do 26.2 on trails? Ohhh, I'm so nervous!

When we headed over to check-in around 6:45, I again got really nervous. I started seeing my competition. Now, I'm usually not very competitive. I didn't really care about winning - I just wanted to finish. But these other dogs looked experienced. Could I really do this? We picked up our race packets (I was lucky number 281!) and our timing chips (yep, I got one of those two, but Daddy had to wear it for me). Lucky for us, we headed back to the car for a few minutes to gather ourselves (ok, just me, Daddy didn't seem nervous).

About 30 minutes before race time, we headed back to the start area. Everyone was so nice to me! These people are great. They really helped calm my nerves. Here are some pictures of Daddy and I just before the race (I'm the short one on the right).

And then, just like that, the race director gave a final countdown, and we were off. Finally, we were running. This was going to be so much fun! I took off fast, like an all out sprint. Daddy tried to hold me back. "Pace yourself," he said. He's right. We still had a long was to go.

About 2 minutes into the race, Daddy says that I broke race etiquette by "stopping" suddenly. But I had to go. Sorry about that, everyone, but all that nervous energy. I should have hit the port-o-potty one last time!

We were off again, and we had a ton of ground to make up if we were going to be in first place! But daddy again held me back. "Slow and steady wins the race." I hate it when your parents are right.

A little over a mile into the race, we hit our first water crossing. For you humans, this means calf deep water for about 8 feet and a bit of a leap in and out. For us dogs, that means a short heavenly swim in muddy water! What was daddy thinking? During our normal runs, Daddy doesn't even let me splash in puddles. Doesn't he realize that I'm going to be a soggy, smelly mess? I'm sure not going to be the one to tell him....

About 3 miles in we hit the real trails. Let me tell you, this was awesome! For those of you who have never run a trail race in the days after some fairly decent rain, the trails can get very muddy. Yea, they are a little slippery, and yea you have to work a little harder to battle through, but the trails are so much fun this way. Within a mile of the trail head, I was already a dirty mess! And I wasn't even in trouble for it!

We continued on. I felt pretty good after the first few miles, but I think it was time for me to calm down a bit. Daddy told me I had a long way to go, and that I should save my energy. So I did. I tried to stay right beside Daddy, or just in front. This seemed to help. And the early morning humidity was lessening. Daddy kept me well hydrated, nonetheless. All good things for us furry type.
Around 10 or so miles in, we hit our first aid station. Daddy gave me a refill on my water, and before long we were out. We were making good time, averaging around an 11 minute mile (that is pretty good considering every time I have to get a drink costs us a minute or so). At every stop we would get passed by a number of runners, and then we would run back by them once we got moving. That was fun. I liked the other runners. They were really nice to me (it would be nice that several of those runners would finish right around the same time as me).

The next 6 miles or so (before the second big aid station) were a ton of fun. The trails were just muddy enough, and the breeze was just right. We wondered here and there, and eventually hit the next aid station. The people at that aid station were really nice too. They offered me a sandwich. Daddy said no: "Don't try anything new on race day." Grrrr... I think it would have been worth the risk.

Off we were again. The next 6 or 7 miles took a while. Daddy and I were both starting to get a bit tired (Daddy ran the Boston Marathon on the previous Monday, so he said he was pretty tired anyway). These sections proved to be fairly muddy and humid. That was taking a toll on us both. We continued on, never really losing any ground on our pace, but still not moving forward quite as fast as we wanted.

Then we hit the last aid station, at about mile 23. By now I was in record distance territory. My longest training run was only 20 miles, so I was very excited and relieved that I had made it this far. And with just 3 miles to go, I knew I was going to make it! Our pace began to quicken. To help this out even more, this section of the course seemed to be the driest of the day. We were moving!

And with two quick right turns, the finish line was in sight! I had done it! 4:45:10! Not bad for my first Marathon, on a trail, in some fairly humid and muddy conditions. And to top that off, I won for my species! First place dog (for the record, out of the collective 59 marathons now run by my parents and I, I'm the only one who has ever won)!

So I mentioned mud earlier. Check out the pictures! I took two showers before I got clean!

Thank you to the incredible race co-directors for letting me run. Thank you to all the kind aid station workers who were always watching out for me. Thank you to for taking the great pictures! And thank you to all the encouraging spectators for cheering me on!

I can't wait until the next one (hint, hint, Daddy, sign me up!)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Me and the girls (at least after I got rid of Daddy!)

Last Friday morning, I ran my last "long run" of my marathon training. My race is two weeks away, and my daddy tells me that I have to "taper" before my big race. He says that means that I have to run less to get ready for my big run. I don't get it. I think daddy is just being lazy. I want to run!

Anyway, my run Friday was great. Daddy woke me up at like 4:30 in the morning when three girls (Michele, Madison and Krystle) showed up at the house. They are my new bestest friends. I've run with all of them before, but today was really fun. We run 8 miles, and come back to the house. Daddy traded off with Mommy, as he had another marathon the next day and didn't want to run too many miles. Mommy and the girls took me for the next 8 miles, for a total of 16. Us girls chatted the entire way about really girly things, like boys and makeup. It was really fun. The picture above is us girls (I'm the one with my back to the camera, I didn't know Daddy was ready to take the picture. That is sooo not my best side!)

Another cool thing happened today. Daddy bought me this sports drink called "Go Dog." Its apparently like Gatorade for dogs. Its really yummy. I had my own water bottle full of this stuff, and Mommy and Daddy would let me drink out of my cup like every 2 miles. So cool.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hello again people. I've got big news! After years of begging (literally), my daddy finally agreed to enter me in a real race! He calls it a "marathon," the Free State Trail Marathon in Lawrence, Kansas to be exact. I don't know what that means, other than I get to go a really long ways. Anyway, I'm so excited about it, and wanted to share the experience with you all.

Here goes.

So I have been training. In fact I've been training so hard that I haven't had time to blog. Lucky for all of us, this training is going better than that training that my parents tried on me a while back. You know, that "sit" and "lay down" routine. That didn't work so well on me. This, however, is going awesome. I get to run 5 or 6 times a week! And sometimes it seems like I get to run forever!

Last weekend I went on my longest run ever - 19 miles. It was awesome. Daddy woke me up at about 4:30 in the morning. Normally, I like to sleep until 7:00 or so in the morning (that is necessary for me to get in my usual 16+ hours of sleep a day), but for a run I'm happy to get up at whatever unheard of hour. I never really know how far I'm going that day, unless daddy has on his water bottle belt and the special cup he brings for me to drink out of. When I see that, I know we are in for a long one. And I get even more excited. Well, today was one of those "water bottle belt and cup days," so I whimpered extra hard so he knew I wanted to go.

Right before we started, Daddy's friend Krystle showed up, and she would run with us the entire way. We left the house, and went out on our normal course. It was a lovely pre-morning. I couldn't see anything because it was so dark, but the smells of spring were awesome.

We went past my usual turn-around after 2 miles (for a 4 mile run), and then past the place were we turn around to run 10 miles, and then we go farther than anyone has ever gone before! It was like 10 miles before we ever turned around! So then we headed back. Because our time was running short (it was Easter, after all), we had to cut off a mile on our way back. That was fine, at the end I still managed to run 19 miles! I was sooooo happy!

Then I napped.

So I'm entered into my first marathon, and my daddy says this is a good one. He has as run it several times - he showed me his medals to prove it. And I am so excited to get one of those, I'll wear it everywhere and all the dogs in the 'hood will be so jealous! Anyway, he said that it is a very fun event, with some great people, and a great relatively flat and fast course. More important to me is that it is welcoming to dogs. He says that there are always a couple of dogs in the race. I'm not really worried about beating them. Really I'm just excited about being welcomed.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Awesome Weather!

I love to run. It may be my favorite thing. Well a close second to a peanut butter filed Kong. But anyway, this summer has been rough (ruff). It's been really hot. While I don't really mind, and I still go, I really wears me out. I prefer the cool weather. But today was great! Maybe 80 degrees, maybe even a little cooler. I hung out in the nice weather most of the day. Never really expected to do much else.

Daddy decided to take me out for a run around 5:00. It was a huge surprise. Hanging out all day on the deck, I never even saw him put his shoes on! That was close call, he could have left without me!

We took our normal route. Saw a few friends along the way. A couple of them got in trouble from their parents for barking at me real loud from the back yard. But it was nice to see them.

Got home and just relaxed. Took up a nice spot on the couch. Until I got caught. Then back to the floor. So not fair.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm back!

I've been away for a while. Its mommy and daddy's fault. They caught me up really late one night on chatting on MySpace with my friends. They didn't even know I had a MySpace page! So they were pretty upset. Grounded from the computer since March! So unfair!

Back to my running. Daddy was home for a while this afternoon. He and mommy are leaving for New York tomorrow. Daddy said he would take me for a run before he took me to daycare. I was totally pumped! A run followed by daycare (for 4 days), life is great!

So we ran. It was hot. I panted a lot. But it was fun. I saw this other dog running. I wasn't impressed - he pulled on his leash. I'm not usually stuck up, but I strutted by anyway. I think he thought I was pretty cute.

Well, off to daycare I go. I'll post back next week.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I got to go to day care today. It was awesome. I ran around all day with other dogs. How cool is that?

I got home and my people were getting ready to go run without me. Somehow I forgot that I was exhausted and asked to go with them (OK, I forced myself on them). The obliged.

After a couple miles, I was wiped. By mile 5, I could barely keep up. It was awesome.

I'm going to sleep now.