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Furry Fun Run Recap

Monday, April 15, 2013

My fur-st (get it furry fur-st) 5K race of 2013 was so much fun! There were so many dogs, and I was able to visit with almost all of them.

On Friday, we had some nasty freezing rain and ice, which made me question whether I would be able to bring Jasper to the race. On Saturday morning I made the decision to not bring him with me because it was still icy at my house and he doesn’t like water and won’t go through puddles, so I was worried it may have been slow going or we would have gotten in other people’s way. So I went alone, and promised him I would check it out so I could bring him next year. As it turned out, it wasn’t icy at all in the park, but it was very wet/sloppy so I think it was a good decision to not take him.

The race was a riot. I was befriended by a man with a beautiful golden retriever named Nala, whom did not belong to the man she was with. He admitted he felt guilty going to the race without a dog so he borrowed the dog from a friend. We talked for awhile, and it wasn’t until right before the race started that I realized the man was hitting on me. I’m a pretty friendly person who can talk to anybody, so it wasn’t until he started telling me some pretty personal things about himself that I realized… I can only imagine the look on my face. Lesson learned. I was wearing gloves, so he didn’t know I was wearing a ring, and I realized after the fact that he had brought the dog as a chick magnet. And I fell right into his trap. Fortunately he ran much faster than me, so problem solved.

Once I let all the crazy dogs go ahead of me, it was easy to fall into my regular rythym. In the past, I’ve had a problem with starting out too fast, but this time I didn’t. I think working out only on the treadmill this winter has helped me build a consistent speed. When I felt like I might be going too fast, I just slowed my running pace. I really enjoyed the experience--watching the dogs, laughing. I saw a man in a wheelchair being pulled by two husky dogs—so inspirational! I saw a girl—maybe about 11 years old—carrying a small dog—no matter the weight of the dog, not easy to do. And I kept running. Just past mile one I realized there was a person just behind me pretty close; I realized she was using me as her pacer. That motivated me to keep going.

Just past mile two I realized my legs felt really strong, but it my thoughts were struggling. For me, running has always been 99% mental. If I can break through those thoughts that tell me it’s time to take a walk break, even though I don’t need to, I will finally run the whole race. This race I knew I could do it. I tried to look at my watch to see my pace, and I hit the wrong button. Oh no! I need that pace to tell me I’m not going too fast, and I hit a button and couldn’t get the pace back. So I had to walk to try to get it back. Darn my gadget girl instincts! And worse yet, I couldn’t get it back anyway! In hindsight, I should have just let it go. When I took that short walk break, the girl who had been behind me took the lead. So I ran to catch up and let her pace me to the finish line. As I rounded the corner to the finish, I saw the finish timer of 35:something and I my lungs said “forget us, just let the legs sprint,” and sprint they did to a finish time of 36:14. After the race, the girl behind me thanked me for running the whole race because I was the same pace as her. Well, I didn't really run the whole race...

But I am still kicking myself for that short walk break wondering what my finish time might have been if I hadn’t walked…I really believe I could have done it if my brain would have let me.

My next race is April 27—maybe I’ll find out.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANDY_54 4/19/2013 7:40AM

    Love the recap--and the guy bringing the golden retriever to hit on women was too funny (altho he picked a good dog to do it with, lol). You did great! Hope your next race is just as fun!

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GOOZLEBEAR 4/16/2013 10:24PM

    I think you did great and hopefully next year Jasper can go. I don't blame you for leaving him home though. Well, you are a beautiful woman so that guy just picked you out to "be friendly" to!!!! Glad you had a good time!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/16/2013 9:24AM

    Way to go, that's a great time and now you can look forward to a better time on the 27th knowing you can run the whole thing.

I have a 5K on the 27th as well. I'm still working on running the entire time so I will keep you in my head for inspiration!



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PAULALALALA 4/16/2013 8:54AM

    Enjoyed reading about the funny about the guy with the borrowed!

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LIZARDG7 4/16/2013 7:05AM

    Congratulations! Well done!

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LRSILVER 4/16/2013 6:48AM

    Congratulations on finishing. Technology is great when it works.
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RICKISMOM1 4/16/2013 1:43AM

    congrats on doing it!

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2LABS2LOVE 4/15/2013 9:42PM

    emoticon a romance during the funny! emoticon What a huge compliment as I am sure that no one will be romancing DH is stuck with me!

You write very well. I am going to go back and read more of your blogs. Very funny!

The fact that you are running emoticon is wonderful to me as I can't really do that right now...just too heavy and such...but don't doubt yourself. You did what was best at the time and next time you will be able to make different choices. Experience is the key!

Job well done! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 4/15/2013 8:17PM

    Good job! I bet you can beat that time by the next race!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/15/2013 8:06PM

    Absolutely awesome!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/15/2013 7:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hurray for you, Pattie!

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_LINDA 4/15/2013 11:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Way to finish it!
At least you didn't have a wardrobe malfunction ;)
That is so neat they have a race with dogs!
Keep up the great work and have a wonderful week!

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