Quick Post on the 5K for K9’s

My weimaraner Lillian and I participated in the 5K for K9’s last Saturday at Alum Creek state park that benefited Friends of the Shelter. We had a great time and Lillian finished 3rd and received her first medal.

The course was a trail course and wasn’t a full 5 kilometers. It also wasn’t marked very well so it was hard to figure out where to go. My GPS watch had the course at 2.76 miles and Lil and I finished in 22 minutes and 58 seconds. Hopefully next year they’ll have the course marked better or have volunteers at the various turns.

Below are some pictures from the event.

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 Mark & Lil near the finish

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Lili was not amused by her 3rd place finish.

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Afterwards, Friends of the Shelter sent out a nice email.

Despite the course issues, we had a great time and this is definitely a race we’ll participate in again next year (provided it’s on a Buckeye off week).

Street Art in Columbus

Saw this on 4th Avenue in Columbus, OH. It showed up Labor Day weekend….

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2014 Dog Jog and Why It Matters to Me

Before the post begins (or after you read it), if you would like to donate to my 2014 CHA Fundraising, please click this link.

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My first Citizens for Humane Action Dog Jog was in August 2008. It’s something I’ll never forget. The day before the race, my divorce became final, then, in a horrible twist of fate…. my grandfather passed away a few hours later. It was, without question, one of the worst days of my life.

I had signed up for the Dog Jog a few weeks prior because I wanted something to look forward to and thought this would be a good distraction.

When I arrived at the race, I found my good friend, Billy. It was great to have some support at the race. You can see from the picture how young and thin I was.

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Tobey was so happy that day. And I felt great helping homeless animals. It was exactly what I needed. We ran 5k in 23 minutes and 34 seconds (7:30 average).

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I’ve kept the Dog Jog on my  Calendar ever since. I even showed up with a severely sprained ankle one year. I didn’t run, but I was there. I’ve raised more than $3,400 since my first race.

I started bringing my Lillian and the woman who would become my wife. The event morphed into something I looked forward to every year. Something I could do to give back to the animals that can’t help themselves and something I could do with my best friend Tobey.

This year, Tobey is turning 9. It’s something that I’m having a hard time with. He’s started to slow down physically, which breaks my heart. It takes him longer to recover from runs, and he can’t go as fast as he could before. That’s why this year’s Dog Jog is so important to me.

There is a real chance this could be the last formal run we do together. We likely won’t beat our personal record (22:35 in 2009), but we will remain committed to the cause.

We’re going to show up and we’re going to have an amazing time helping other dogs. In the end, that’s what the CHA Dog Jog is all about.

I personally can’t wait.

If you’d like to contribute to my cause, you can do so here…. if you’d like to leave a note, please use the comment box below.

Early Lawn Photos

It’s crazy how fast time goes in the Spring. With yard work and running, I haven’t had as much time as I want to update the blog. A couple of quick notes…. Everyone should listen to the audio books of Harry Potter. The reader should get a Nobel prize. He is absolutely incredible. I’m on the last book and could not be more impressed.

I’m still without Cable TV and loving it. A quick recommendations is Derek on Netflix. A very solid show. I’m looking forward to the HBO shows coming on Amazon Prime streaming later in the month.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the back yard.

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Grammar….

I went to Boston’s pizza for a quick drink before the Columbus Clippers game yesterday. I don’t know why this sign bothered me so much…. I kept wondering why Sports wants to eat Boston’s…. Remember kids, commas are important.

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