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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.

Profile of a Crying Weimaraner

Let me start by saying that I love running with my weimaraners. I love the company and the pure excitement for running.  I would go as far as saying that running is one of Tobey’s favorite things in life (Lillian’s is eating). It’s gotten to the point where it’s almost unbearable for me running alone. One of my events I look forward to each year is the CHA Dog Jog in August. Since 2009, Tobey and I have raised close to $3300 for homeless animals in and near Columbus (although… to be fair, Tobey hasn’t done much fundraising).

Anyway, I usually try to take both pups when I run. Lillian (our Blue Weimaraner) runs on the left and Tobey (our Gray Weimaraner) runs on the right. This adds a level of complexity because I don’t have full use of my arms because I’m holding the leashes. If I’m going for a long run or if I’m tired, my preference is to roll with only Tobey and leave Lillian behind.  This is what happened the other day. Thankfully my wife recorded Lillian’s reaction to us leaving her behind.

If you want to drop a note about how sad Lillian sounds or how cruel I was for leaving her, please use the comment box below.

My First Morning Run

I don’t want to kid myself. With my recent wedding and honeymoon… I haven’t made it a priority to run or exercise. In fact, I’d bet with all the eating and drinking at restaurants and the wonderful cooking by my wife, I’ve put on at least 5-10 pounds. Before I balloon up to 200 pounds, I figured I need to do something to stay in shape and I’d pick up running again (I’ve gone on exactly one run since June 21.) The problem with this is that I hate summer running because of the heat, which leaves my only options as night running or morning running.

In a perfect world, I’d get home, simmer down a little bit, then grab my weimaraner Tobey and go for a run in 60 degree weather. Unfortunately, the temperatures have been in the 90’s lately in Columbus. At this temperature, I don’t feel comfortable taking Tobey out because I don’t want him to burn his paws on the pavement and I don’t want him to suffer from heat exhaustion. Night running isn’t a great option because I like to see where I’m stepping. This leaves as the morning as the best time to run. I’ve never done morning running so this is a whole new experience for me.

Today was our first attempt at morning running. I woke up a little before 6am and it took me about 20-30 mins to rally to actually leave the house. The run was a good experience. We ended up running 2.7 miles at a decent pace. The splits are below:

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The lesson I realized is that not running in three weeks will take it’s toll. Going forward, the plan is to do a morning workout 3-4 times a week. We’ll see if it sticks…. otherwise, I may have a weight loss blog in the future.

Editors Note: This comic came out while I was writing this – http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running …. definitely worth checking out and makes me want to get back on the horse tomorrow

If you have any tips for early morning workouts, please feel free to drop a note in the comments.

 

Life Without Cable – Early Spring Edition

It’s been almost a year since I gave up cable. In that time, I’ve saved nearly $70 a month, which brings my savings up to nearly $600. A sizable number for sure. Periodically, I write about how I’m passing the time without cable. This is the Winter/Early Spring edition.

NCAA March Madness – Name the only university who has made the sweet sixteen the last four years….? If you guessed The Ohio State University, then you got it right! This year’s tournament has been stellar for the Scarlet and Gray. I had nearly given up on this team after the horrible Wisconsin loss on February 17 (Wisc. 71, OSU 49)…. Instead of giving up after that loss, the team has gone undefeated and played their best basketball of the year. For the fourth consecutive year, I have picked OSU to win my bracket. Unlike previous years, I have absolutely no shot winning unless OSU  holds up their end of the bargain. Tip off is 7:45pm on Thursday versus Arizona on TNT. This is the first time where not having cable will affect my plans. I’ll be headed to a sports bar to watch the game.

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House of Cards – Netflix – Just an amazing show. Well written with amazing acting. Currently, I’m at episode 10 and I am all-in. This show is absolutely HBO-esque. Paying $7.99 a month for Netflix is the bargain of the year! I’d put this show on par with Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

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NCAA 2k13 – Xbox 360 – I don’t know why I’m so hooked on this game, but I can’t stop playing. I’m past the dynasty mode and now have created a player and I’m working on getting them to the hall of fame. In year two I won the NBA championship! In year 3, my player is averaging 23+ points a game. Another great NBA game by 2K sports. If only they didn’t crap the bed with their MLB game…. Again.

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Running – As I previously wrote about, I’ve really kicked running into high gear. Tobey and I are averaging over 4o miles a month and our average mile time has dropped to the low 9’s. There isn’t much I like more in life than running with Tobey.

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If you have any recommendations for life without cable or any comments, please drop a note in the comments.

Tobey Turns 7

Today is Tobey’s 7th birthday. He is the greatest companion and friend I have ever known.

Some random Tobey facts:

  • Until last year, he didn’t know what an Ohio State loss to Michigan felt like (he was depressed).  He is 5-1.
  • This year, he’s run over 350 miles with me.
  • I once bought a toy at PetPeople that was supposedly tested with Lions for durability…. within 9 minutes the toy was destroyed.
  • Another story was when I bought a toy made out of recycled fire hose (known for the toughness and durability)… Tobey and Lillian had that destroyed within 15 minutes.
  • Tobey has chased packs of deer on at least 3 different occasions…. he’s 0-3 in catching them.
  • Without Tobey, I never would have met my finance’ (she has a weimaraner and we met at the dog park.