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Bark In the Park

Saturday, May 04, 2013

First, let me say the weathermen in Chicago have a horrible job. Happy for me, the front (along with the cold and storms) never showed today. It was beautiful! Evil Cherub got to go with me. We had a blast and I could probably write War and Peace about it. I'm going to try for Reader's Digest.

We both had a bad morning. She got up late and had to rush to get me. Hubby and I were doing pictures in the front. I left when she got to me.

Notice anything missing? Neither did I until we got all the way to the race and I realized - I forgot my bib! So I went to the customer service tent and asked if they had someone who was willing to rescue an idiot! It got a good laugh and they gave me a different bib!

Fortunately that was the last of my bad luck. We started by playing at the vendors. I got a "I like big mutts" t-shirt and a ton of samples for the girls. I took a picture with the mascot too! Ran into Michelle_391, I didn't even know she was going to be there. Was actually petting her dog before I realized who it was (there was a lot of just scratch whatever fur walked under your hand). It was great seeing her again.

Then it was time for the race. I was so busy with the dogs, I almost missed the call to line up. Got there less than a minute before the start. Gave my stuff to my buddy, and off we went. I realized about 2 minutes out of the gate that I have left my MP3 player with my friend. So no music today.

I started doing cadence in my head and just went for it. The first mile and a half was the best run of my life. Weather felt good and I had a great pace going. I was dead middle of the pack and going strong.

Just before the 2 mile mark my allergies kicked in and my nose decided to close off completely! I had a cement block for a head. I kept going but breathing was difficult. I wasn't stopping but I know I started to slow. A man came up next to me and noticed my breathing. He asked (very concerned actually) if I was having an asthma attack. I tried to get out that my allergy meds had stopped working but I was so congested it really came out bad. I guess I was nasally enough that he laughed a bit and told me good luck.

I got to the soccer field we had passed on the way out. I know we had less than a half mile left. I was almost more than I could do to keep going. My mouth was parched and I couldn't breathe. What was so aggravating was that my legs and body felt great but I just couldn't get any air.

That last half mile felt like FOREVER and I couldn't actually see the finish line until I was almost on top of it. But I did it. Bulldogs breathe better on a 100 degree day than I was then.

I looked at my watch - 28 minutes and 25 seconds?!? With no air and no music I was just over a minute shy of my PR! I have to say I was thrilled with myself. So water and stretch time. I got a small glass of water and tried to stretch.

However my stretch wasn't going to happen. I sat on the ground to try to stretch at first. I ended up with a cocker spaniel in my lap. Once her owner fetched the cocker, I decided to stretch standing up. I went to do a basic hamstring stretch and as I bent over - I had a chocolate lab through my legs in my face giving me the "whatcha doing" look, followed by a firm lick! I gave up and played with the lab.

We did a quick vegetarian lunch in China town and headed home. My girls were INSANE when I walked in . Tazzy is still sniffing and snuffling my bag. I took the girls for a short walk with hubby. Just 1.5 miles in 30 minutes.

Now I've done dinner. Hubby is playing his new Star Trek game and I'm gonna relax with my girls. Hope everyone had a Wonderful day!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MICHELLEPHANT 5/7/2013 12:31AM

    I like yer lil mascot buddy! I wanna tutu! You are so my hero-ette.....bib beggin n all!

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JUMPINJULIE 5/6/2013 5:09PM

    I'm so happy for you. Sounds like a great day.

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KJELLYBEAN15 5/6/2013 8:57AM

    Sounds like you had a fun and productive day. Great job on the time, especially since you couldn't breath and didn't have your music. Would have been fun having all those dogs around. Keep up the great work girl. Looks like you have kept your mojo going strong.

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PMRUNNER 5/6/2013 5:39AM

    sounds fun, thanks for sharing!

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DARLY55 5/5/2013 8:43PM

    SOunds like a great time was had by all!!!! Congrats on the fast time! emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/5/2013 7:35PM

    Sounds like a good day!

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BESCATS 5/5/2013 7:22PM

    Glad the weather held out, and you had a good day for the race.
So sorry about your allergies, that must be miserable, especially when you are running. But, there is no stopping you. emoticon You did look like you were struggling a bit, in that photo. You had a great time, especially for someone who couldn't breathe.

YOU GO GIRL !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 5/5/2013 6:58PM

    Gosh that sounds like fun!

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LESLIELENORE 5/5/2013 5:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Gotta love those dogs! Great run, especially with yoiur allergies acting up.

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CATHYGETSFIT 5/5/2013 4:22PM

    Sorry to hear about your allergy med's stopping working but it sounds like you had a great day despite the bad luck in the beginning and the allergy med's. It was fun just reading about your day and glad you got to run with the tutu after all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 5/5/2013 3:21PM

    Awesome! How like you to take a bad start and finish fantastic! All with precious pooches too!

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CIPHER1971 5/5/2013 1:38PM


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JUSTME29 5/5/2013 11:47AM

    Sounds mostly great I'm glad the weather cooperated. Maybe next time your allergies will cooperate too.

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MERRY_XMAS 5/5/2013 11:44AM

    What a great day! And congratz for your PR!

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 5/5/2013 11:17AM

    Proud of you kiddo!

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Wahay for Bark In The Park!

Do you take a daily allergy med? I take one year round in my quest to be able to breathe as easily as possible. Sometimes my allergies "bleed through" and I have to take a little something extra during that time.


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GARDENCHRIS 5/5/2013 9:52AM

    glad you had some fun!

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CBGBG5 5/5/2013 9:03AM

    Except for the not being able to breathe part, sound like fun! way to go!!

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NUTRON3 5/5/2013 8:17AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm soooooo happy for you!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/5/2013 7:19AM

    WOW! Great time! Especially under those circumstance. You are my hero!

Thanks for sharing your day. I hope you are feeling great today!

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ANATASHIKI 5/5/2013 3:31AM

    lol, it was fun even only reading about it emoticon emoticon

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GMO_JEN 5/5/2013 3:10AM

    That sounds like an amazingly fun race-and way to go with your time! Even more impressive given your allergy situation. And, the fact you walked the girls when you got home- super cardio day! Hope the rest of your weekend is mellow :)

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APED7969 5/5/2013 1:37AM

    Looks like fun! I get a thorough inspection by my dogs every day when I get home from work, and my pants get an even more thorough one. It makes you wonder what it'd be like to have the ability to smell that well!

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PHEBESS 5/5/2013 12:55AM

    YAY for just doing the race - and great time on it, too!

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EMI794 5/5/2013 12:40AM

    emoticon It's so inspiring that you always keep on going!

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BECKYSFRIEND 5/4/2013 10:54PM

    fun emoticon

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TROOPER1961 5/4/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon You looked great!!! Great job!!

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BLITZEN40 5/4/2013 10:26PM

    Way to go- congrats on your race success! Great time too! Sorry about your allergies but glad you persevered and made it through even sans oxygen... that's pretty darn impressive if you ask me! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/4/2013 10:07PM

    Well, rough start and sounds like breathing coulda been a LOT better! But you did wonderfully!

LOVE the tutu and the dog collar as well. (Remember you said you were going to wear that as a memorial. Way cool).

Well, that's that. Good job!


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SPOONGIRLDEB 5/4/2013 9:51PM

    Sounds like a great day! And it looks like you decided to go with the tutu after all :-). Love the look!!!

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PAMNANGEL 5/4/2013 9:34PM

    Sounds like you had fun!

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UMBILICAL 5/4/2013 9:30PM

  Oh Fun!

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