My upcoming plans for a fundraiser and awareness for others.
For years, I have loved running and working out with my dogs. Due to my PTSD sometimes it’s harder to get motivated and go on with my “normal” workouts. So starting a challenge for myself to follow and get to a certain point is key and something to plan day to day and work towards. Having my dogs around helps me hold to that training- as they seriously want to go for that run and get out there.
No selfish reasons to run!
So anyway, one thing I like to do is have a reason to run and I have several! So yeah, I have the typical lose the gut goals, over the past few years I’ve gained this gut on me that I need to lose or my heart will simply just give out on me! I’m mentally scaring myself about this point everytime I look in the mirror or even any reflection- so I avoid my reflection- also it’s doubled in how I feel due to my PTSD and anxiety!
Health reasons and more.
So yeah losing those pounds is one reason I want to do this, I want to keep my dogs happy and tired (IE- as they say a tired dog is a happy dog), but we also want to bring awareness that a dog can be the best workout partner ever! (They will always be there anytime, anywhere- ready, willing and able to go for a walk, hike, or run, or even a doga or pupates session!) Or even if you workout indoors your dog will always try to get involved (Just ask my friend Ellen Bernstein Rand over on Facebook- also a Beachbody coach!) If you need a coach, and I hope to work with her on this as my coach.
Anyway, moving on I want to do a fundraiser for one of the following organizations in September: American Vet Dogs, K9s for Warriors, or Paws of Wars. The idea is raise money for veterans and their canine service dogs. As we all probably know the state dog of NY is the SERVICE DOG! And as I train my own service dog, I want to bring attention to the details of service dogs and their training and all as well as the fact that service dogs are helping our veteran everyday more and more with the help of these organizations. I am leaning more towards the latter of the two organizations as they work with shelter dogs over breeding their own dogs.
Goals in September
Which brings me to my September goal: I want to run a 10k a day in September starting around one chosen animal shelter or above organization, so in the long run all will have their individual fundraisers for a given day. I would love it if others will join us for a run that day or even to walk the course as well. This is where sponsors will come in to help with the costs involved- I would like to run with my dogs but on certain days take out shelter dogs to run a mile with me maybe taking a few dogs out for some exercise. They will lead at their pace! It could end up being a walk as well. But getting out there to get healthy and stay healthy is the goal.
I also hope to get others out there to adopt the local shelter dogs, Scouts friend and favorite volunteer Valerie Sanks who goes above and beyond for her four legged friends could help others find the right dog for them as she gets to know these dogs personally! We hope that she will come out and support us on the days we run at some of the selected shelters!
Could these be my sponsors?
Sponsors- I will be asking Nike,Walk for a Dog(Wooftrax), and possibly a few others to sponsor me in my endeavored task!
Working with these awesome people could help me meet my goals!
In my training, which will officially start in late/ mid July I hope to work with trainers locally and virtually to meet my goals. Including Ellen Bernstein Rand, Kyle Kittleson, Lelah Sullivan, Suzi Teitelman, Cassey Ho and Amy Stevens. This training will cover- toning and strengthening, dog training, doga training, doga, and pupilates, and pilates/ yoga.
Ok, until next time, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day. Tomorrow or even tonight I hope to work on some details of this endeavor!