So we’re calling our marathon the Doggone Christmas Marathon……training will officially start the week of September 4th. The Dog Runner will also train to run with a full ruck, starting with a light load of 5 lbs then 10 then 15 then 20…..25….30…..40lbs possibly more…..once she hits the 40 lb mark we will see if the ruck will get heavier. Why a full ruck?…..Ok, since it is a Christmas marathon, and we’re raising money for Kent Animal Shelter, the money can buy food and stuff for the animals at the shelter but on Christmas Day they want to visit the dogs and cats at the shelter and bring them cozy blankets and fun toys to make them happy and merry on Christmas Day! (Hopefully a visit from us will also be good for them!)……Donations will be accepted from the week of the start of training up until December 24th! We will be running from home on the north shore of Long Island to Kent Animal Shelter…..on December 25th, early in the morning!
The next few days including today we are expecting RAIN, this is a good thing! (and I’m not just trying to sell a country song here, LOL!)Hopefully it will bring cooler and drier weather our way!…..
Now the Dog Runner has a lot of things on her plate , so she is thinking about switching the Suffolk Marathon to the Half marathon distance because of the training schedule being put off due to the extreme heat and other things taking up time……but never fear a marathon distance will be covered AKA the Doggone marathon of the pack…..so yes, their own marathon…….being that the marathon will take place on December 25th….if we do somehow get a white christmas the marathon date may be changed for safety sake!
But as of now, the training start dates are stated above and the full ruck still applies to the training and marathon…..WHY a full ruck?….Okay, this has to do with the actions of two people…..first a fellow runner and Veteran- Billy Richards- who has run with the American flag and a full ruck all over Long Island and throughout the country…..thanking the police across those states…..I personally support the police overall but cannot do this myself as I was hurt by my local police for no reason, honestly police are not the same as they used to be and I support the past police more than the ego ridden police we have now in Suffolk…..I cannot speak for police outside my county, even Nassau county……I do totally support state troopers as they have a tougher position than our county police a lot of the time!! But I still will rather support and believe they are here for our safety!
Ok, my cause(s) are the animals (and environment)…….for the marathon it is the animals of Kent Animal Shelter, and I will speak with the people at the shelter to try to get someone to be there between certain times to receive our arrival after our marathon……to accept our donations of blankets, toys, and catnip toys for the cats too!…..And hopefully allow us to distribute the goodies to the dogs and cats ourselves (ok, Scout and Liberty will distribute things to their fellow canines, and I will have our ride back and let them hang in the truck with the windows open (and screened) in winter! while I deliver the goodies to the kitties- did I just rhyme there…..why collect more than money on our fundraiser on crowd rise……
Click here to go to crowd rise page….
The idea of collecting and distributing blankets and toys and such to the animals comes from Scouts friend, Valerie Sanks who has cares so much for all the animals in the shelters that she started I think two or three years ago a movement to collect blankets for the shelter dogs to keep warm,cozy, and safe with….also toys and treats are appreciated, and she doesn’t forget the cats and collects catnip and toys for them too…..
my donations can be sent to:Pamela Schmidlin
PO Box 341
Nesconset, NY 11767
donations for all the shelter animals across Long Island can be sent to Valerie as well at:
Valerie Sanks C/O Buster Blankets
PO Box 262
Rocky Point, NY 11778
I will determine the amount of blankets needed by December 25th that is how many dogs and cats are in the shelter, and report back with hopefully weekly updates, hopefully all the animals will find furever homes by Christmas but until then we will keep an accurate count with the approval of Kent Animal Shelter people and every week we will have a pet of the week starting on the week of September 4th…..and every week until December 25th…..
Yes, donations of blankets (you can find inexpensive and comfy blankets at Kohls, CVS, Walgreens, we will also collect gift certificates and coupons to these places and pet stores like Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, and PetSmart!…..Please follow Valerie on Facebook as well, she will be accepting donations starting now, if Kent Animal Shelter somehow clears their shelter by Christmas all donations will be given to Valerie……so donations will be used in the intent they were given, I will personally follow the blankets and distribute them to the dogs themselves as needed……
Okay, so donations of blankets, toys (preferably toys that are indestructible- i.e. black songs, and strong toys, please keep in mind in a shelter situation dogs can get stressed and chew through toys a lot faster and all)……if you opt to send a teddy bear or something please watch out for little things that can be chewed off like plastic eyes and noses, and swallowed easily…..catnip is inexpensive and can be made into cat toys with a small piece of material and a string…..You can find youtube videos on how to do this , in fact Valerie herself may have one out there…….or at least on her Facebook page……..
We will load up the ruck full of blankets and toys and head on out on marathon day…oh and part of our training is to be wearing a full ruck and have to bend down to pickup after my dogs, I know that sounds weird but carrying a full ruck and doing so can be difficult to do…..
We will start running early in the morning on Christmas at 6am-7am and hope to finish between 11am-12 pm. Meeting hopefully the staff that is there to take care of the dogs and cats as the animals are a 24/ 7 responsibility and the Kent Animal Shelter employees know it!!……
Until our training begins…..we will be training for some shorter races and all, and running a local 5k course a lot and doing daily Doga routines and ab workouts inside……
We we also be finishing up the last 13 races in honor of Bill Benson’s 1000 race goal…..he came up 13 races short of 1000 before he left us, the before and after at these races will be just as important as the race as well……here are the races we will participate in this year…..
the first two races/ events dedicated to him were the NYC AMC Doggy Dash and the America Vet Dogs dog walk (2 short miles) yes, my dogs loved to run the course instead of walk, also since Bill was a veteran himself we did this in his honor as well and included it in our events, from one vet to another……
race 3- Aug 7th Sands Pt in Port Washington…..
4- Aug 13th Grape Gallop 5k in Watermill
5- Aug 20th Run the Farm- 4 miles in Centereach
6- Sept 3rd Runners Edge Mile Run- Farmingdale
7- Sept 24th-Running of the Bull 5k- Smithtown
8- Sept 25th- Dog Jog 5k in Calverton
9- October 9- 15k run to the Pt Jefferson Brewery in Pt Jeff
10 October 16th- 6 hour run (minimum of 13.1 miles) in Sunken Meadow, Smithtown
11- October 30th- Suffolk Half Marathon (changed due to training and extreme heat this
12- Aug 18th- Marathon training run at Smithtown Running Company- Smithtown
13- Sept 15th- Marathon training run at Sayville Running Company- Sayville
Until our next blog have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day,
the Dog Runner and her pack