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So This Happened Today…… :)

There aren’t many days in the year when the weather is absolutely beautiful at the peak of fall foliage. Today was that day so I leashed up both pups and ventured outside for a run without any expectations…

After about a mile or two, I felt pretty good and Tobey was doing great so I set a goal of 4 miles…. however, when we got to the turnaround point. The plan was to run to the Powell Library and turn around…. however, when we got there we just kept going. The way the pups were running, they didn’t want to stop.

We were all doing great until the final 1/3 of a mile. Tobey scraped his paw, but he plowed on. In the end, we went 7.02 miles! A new personal record for Lillian and a huge accomplishment for Tobey (just 2 or 3 weeks ago, he was limping and I was worried he may never run again). After the run, I can’t help but smile with a great sense of accomplishment and an hour spent with my two best friends.

Update: After checking, this is my longest run since I ran the same distance on November 25, 2012 and I haven’t run a distance longer since May 7, 2011 when I ran the half marathon.

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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).

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.

2013 CHA Dog Jog

Tobey and I participated in the 23rd annual, 2013 CHA Dog Jog today at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus, OH. The weather was absolutely perfect and we finished the 5k in 23 minutes and 23 seconds. This put us on a 7:45 average mile. The big news is that Tobey finished third and received a gift basket full of treats at the finish! This is the 5th time we’ve run in this race (I was injured one year so I couldn’t participate). The first time was the day after my grandfather’s passing in 2008 so this race has always been special for me. This years time was our 3rd best (13 seconds behind last years time of 23:10).

The last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of fundraising for the event and have raised over $3200 in total. I wasn’t able to do that this year due to the wedding and honeymoon and whatnot, but it still felt great to help a great cause in Citizens for Humane Action (a local shelter in Columbus). We’re already looking forward to the 2014 race!

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If you have any thoughts on the dog jog, feel free to drop a note in the comments

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.