Monday, May 28, 2012

River Run and Dog Jog 2012


Before I start the race report, I'd just like to say last weekend I was supposed to run a zoo run and the lovely ladies at Tough Girl Tutus sent me an awesome leopard print tutu to review. I'll post a review of it soon, but I got sick and didn't get to race in it yet :( Please go check out their site because the tutu is adorable and great for running!

Ok back to the report: This weekend was the River Run and Dog Jog for New Leash on Life. New Leash on Life is an awesome organization that helps train service and therapy dogs and provide them to those in need. Obviously this is an awesome cause and I was really excited to run the race. There are two options for races, the 5k and the 3k dog jog. The races are at separate times, so I chose to enter both races. My mom ran the 5k with me and my sister walked the dog jog with me. Since the race was on memorial day, you can bet I didn't miss another opportunity to dress up, and we all went as sailors.

Gear all laid out

Monday morning we woke up and headed to Wiley Post Park. The volunteers for this race were phenomenal and I quickly got my race packet and bib and then started to get ready. By the way, the race included tees for the humans and bandanas for the puppies. The first race was the 5k so my awesome sister helped me and my mom get ready while wrangling the dogs for us. Big tip if you've never done a dog run: No matter how well behaved you THINK your dogs are, get to the race extra early. It takes much more time to get everyone ready with a dog. I grabbed a quick pre-race photo and then it was time to head to the start.

My Sailor Memorial Day Running Costume

The Start Line
The race was a simple and flat out and back course (which seems to be the case with all of the OKC 5ks). I was still recovering from being sick, so we took it easy and my mom was a great help to me during the race. I couldn't do all of this running if it weren't for her amazing support. The race was much smaller (in terms of participants) than I thought, but it was really fun. There were lots of volunteers on the course and a few water stops along the way. I will say it again, the volunteers were absolutely phenomenal this race and I'm so glad that there were so many there to encourage the runners. I got quite a few "keep it up sailor!" comments during the race whenever I was starting to feel really sick (yay asthma and colds!) and it helped to spur me along.

Once again I didn't get any pictures during the race, but it was over before too long (thankfully!) and it was time for the dog jog with my sister. The plan for the dog jog was for Ashley, my sister, to carry Buster in a doggy stoller and for me to walk with champ. Before the race we snapped a few photos with everyone in costume.
Buster in his race costume

Me and Champ

My Sister and Buster

All Together
The race started and I think the dog jog was actually bigger than the 5k. Ashley and I had fun chatting while we walked. Maybe if you started in the very front you could actually run this race, but everyone was walking very slow and we didn't have any choice but to walk. We had planned on this, so we were very happy to walk with the boys.

Having never run a dog run before, I was curious to see how Buster would handle drinking out of a cup. Champ has run with me on training runs before and drinks out of cups or water bottles easily but Buster is still learning how to use a leash. The water stops were well manned and there were several along the way. Each water stop has dog tons of dog bowls lined up so we didn't even end up having to worry about Buster. We just took him out of the stroller and let him drink.

It was really hot out so our main concern was just keeping the puppies safe. I think they had a blast and soon we were rounding the corner to the finish line.

Nearing the Finish Line
I didn't really get any good pics of it but not only did my sister get the dogs dressed and ready for the race, she also decorated the stroller with garland and star-shaped balloons. Too cute!

After the race we all tried to cool down and waited for awards. My mom got 2nd in her age group again (go Mom!!) and I forgot my timing chip otherwise I would've gotten second as well (by default of course! haha). She won an gift card to a sports store which will be fun! In addition to our awards for running, there were a few fun contests for the puppies and my boys won best costume. They got a large gift basket full of dog treats.



All in all it was a great day and I'm so glad my puppies had fun!And you better believe they slept like babies on the way home

One sleepy corgi



13 comments:

  1. You and your fam look so cute!! Glad you all and the pups had fun. Buster looks so happy in his costume. =)

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  2. Sorry for the multiple comments but...

    I’ve nominated you for “The Versatile Blogger” award!
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  3. What cute outfits! Keep it up lady! us asthmatics can take on anything! ;)

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  4. How cute were you guys! I LOVE the idea for this race!!

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  5. Thanks so much for your blog! Last October, my oldest nephew (now 16) almost passed away from asthma. After being in ICU for 3 weeks he got to come home! My dad and I and his dad all run, and we have been trying to get him to run to help his asthma! Thanks so much for the inspiraton, and your shirts are awesome!! We have been looking for a long time for good high performance shirts with asthma awareness on them!! Thanks again!!

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  6. Just discovered your blog an I'm in love! I always wanted to be a runner but never thought my asthma would let me run more than a mile. Now I'm training for my first event! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. New to your blog, I noticed that you wear Vibrams while running. I train in Vibrams, but haven't raced in them yet. Is it any different? I'm doing a Sprint triathlon in a few weeks and am really nervous about wearing them, but honestly.... I can't run in anything else because it throws off my form and shin splints occur almost immediately.

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  8. oh my what a cute puppy! I just found your blog via pinterest and LOVE it! I have struggled with Asthma since I was a teenager (I'm 27 now) and it is so refreshing to see another athlete talk about it. I just moved to California and my Asthma has improved dramatically from when I lived in Rhode Island, it is dryer here so that may help. Sometimes before I begin my runs I take a quick puff from my inhaler to prevent myself from using it again and it always works! I'll be sure to keep reading!

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  9. oh my what a cute puppy! I just found your blog via pinterest and LOVE it! I have struggled with Asthma since I was a teenager (I'm 27 now) and it is so refreshing to see another athlete talk about it. I just moved to California and my Asthma has improved dramatically from when I lived in Rhode Island, it is dryer here so that may help. Sometimes before I begin my runs I take a quick puff from my inhaler to prevent myself from using it again and it always works! I'll be sure to keep reading!

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  10. Dude, I'm so excited I discovered your blog yesterday. You're such an inspiration to this asthmatic runner. All of your descriptions and struggles are extremely familiar. Please host another virtual race. I want to be in it!

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  11. I LOVEEEE Corgi's and your puppy is absolutely adorable! Looks like a fun day!

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  12. I just discovered your blog by accident. I am a fairly new runner (but an "old dog" age 51) and asthmatic. I love to dress up for races. In fact, I tell people that I got into running for the outfits. I actually got into running for cancer charity marathons. I was raised in the desert where my asthma was not much of a problem but I did not start running until I lived here, in the very humid Central Florida, where it is very much of a problem.

    Your running outfits are the most elaborate and adorable I have ever seen (and I have looked at a lot of running outfits). The photos of the dogs, in costume, are amazing! I am looking forward to many happy hours reading your old posts. :D

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  13. Hi, I just discovered your blog through Pinterest. I also used to have asthma, and I was wondering if you'd ever tried the Buteyko Breathing Method. I had asthma until early 2009, but I haven't needed inhalers or Singulair at all since March of that year. I highly recommend looking it up, it would definitely benefit your stamina as an athlete. :)

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