Now for the past weeks or months now, I’ve been training with my dogs- my American Foxhounds to run a marathon on December 25th. Ok, for those who have ever ran or even thought about running a marathon THIS TAKES SO MUCH TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE, and the slower a runner you are (I must admit I’m slower than I use to be these days- not sure why, I think it’s due to having a health scare……a few years ago I had a stroke- nothing massive but it was a wakeup call!) So anyway, besides training it takes time to schedule runs and to think about and make up running routes……
I had planned on running the marathon on December 25th, 2016, but we had our first snow already and I keep hearing from reliable sources that more snow is on it’s way, so getting the marathon over with is something I want to do. So we have decided to move the marathon day up a little and since the shelter is having an event on December 3rd we decided to run then. The rain date will be December 8th, but it will be our last marathon for quite sometime. We will be running 6 miles or less from that point on.
First, think about your dog- does your dog have GREAT- not good but GREAT (that means 100% voice recall- meaning when your dog is called does he or she come every single time?….Where are you running with them? If in the middle of Montana or Wyoming or a wide open place less than 100% may be ok, but if your running in NY- Long Island or a busy place you need to have your head on straight and have 100% recall! Are there other dogs around, wildlife, how does your dog react to these distractions, other dogs may end up being on leash and not like your off leash dog coming up to them…..
Second, starting with shorter distances and running longer each week is not only recommended for you but your dog as well……As they say baby steps!
Ok, it is the morning right now of the great marathon day for us…..we will be head out between 6 and 6:30am hopefully arriving between 12:30- 1:30pm at Kent Animal Shelter…..we have treats, leashes, vests, our apps are ready, and we’re rested and ready to go…..we don’t mind walking as well as running today, as our training ended up that way as well…….Oh and we have battery backups to power up the phone when needed……I think we’re set!!
We hope to be at the halfway point at 2.5 hours…….
And we’ll have a crew at Kent waiting for us at the end….woo hoo!
Here goes our last long run for a long time……
The Dog Runner