Showing posts with label Dog-n-Jog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dog-n-Jog. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Race Recap: KCHS Dog-N-Jog

I don't want to disappoint you guys, but I DID NOT compete in the triathlon on Sunday.  I will make a whole post regarding that, but my reasons are pretty solid and I am not sad at all.  I will race a triathlon, it just wasn't my time.

Sunday, however, turned out to be race day for me anyway.  G-Bonez and I ran the KC Humane Society's 2 Mile Competitive Dog-n-Jog, my favorite race of the year!!  Just like last year, we registered for the 2 mile race.
It was the perfect day for a race, I was out a little late the night before and drank so I was worried about over sleeping and being dehydrated.  I woke up on time, drank coffee with G and we drove down there.  I had been pumping Goliath up for a few days, so when we finally loaded up in the car he was bouncing off the doors.  He howled the whole way there.

When we arrived, we found our KCREGAP friend's booth.  Then we meandered through different booths, learning about dog camps and foods.   Before long it was race time,  we lined up toward the back because I had no real intention of pushing too hard.  I mentally rehearsed telling myself to slow down, and told myself it was OK to run slower.  This is for Goliath, not you.

famcy dog treats, Goliath hated them, he spit it out

The race start is a total cluster, but is amazing.  I am such a dog person that just being around other crazy dog lovers and dogs elates me beyond bound.  At the start a beagle sprawled out and decided she just wasn't up for a race, and another dog-a chocolate lab-took two trots and decided it was appropriate to drop a deuce in the midst of runners.  Hilarious how embarrassed some people get with their dogs, hello? They are dogs they do funny things.

fun dog obstacle course!

Anyway about the race, it's four laps around the Plaza.  Goliath and I took the first lap slow, 4:35-a nice steady pace for us.  I felt great though, and Goliath wanted to run faster.  He kept pulling, he wanted to see who was next.  He wanted to show off.  We ended up running the first mile right around 8 minutes.  The second mile, we really turned it on.  Goliath wasn't trotting like normal, he was in a full gallop.  The pace was a lot faster than I'd like, but I just kept saying push, push, push-and then the race was over.

We finished in 14:29, and placed 6th overall. Chyea chyea chyea!
That's a true test of fitness: See how long you can keep a husky at a gallop.

There was a Sheridan's booth, which is frozen custard.  We stopped by before, and Goliath knew what it was.  He jumped up on the table and licked up leftovers.  He loves frozen custard, partly because it's what we get after dog park trips and partly because who the hell doesn't?!  They gave us a doggie cone, which he proceeded to swallow in one gulp.  Like mother like son, right?  His mini-counterpart Ellie, however, delicately licked her's and savored the custard.

One cone, one bite

We got sooo much swag, granted it's all freebie stuff, I am excited about it.  Favorite thing evarrr is the collapse-able water dish fo rthe dog park! Sweet that thing is $20 at target! Win!

Now, that I've updated about MY weekend...


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

KC Humane Society Dog-n-Jog Recap

Hands down. Favorite race of the year. 2 miles, 4 laps around the plaza with 2,100 other dogs. What else is there to say?

The "race" was Sunday at 8:15am, so Goliath, Logan and our friends Danee and (you all know) Ellie the greyhound loaded in our car and drove down to the Plaza. We got there early enough to register Danee and Ellie for the 1 mile run, and explore all the booths. Tons of goodies and treats for dogs, and really clever incentives like turn in your picked up dog poop for a entry into a raffle, thus encouraging dog clean up. There was agility workshops and several shelters and this goes without saying, but TONS of dogs.

Every dog was so well behaved, and it was like Goliath and I were in the mecca of people-human-combos just like us. It was a sanctuary for us: dogs that need to run, and furparents that need to run either for the sake of their sanity or their pets. Nobody got all bent out of shape when Goliath sniffed their kids butt, and vice-a-versa. What is going on? You aren't totally anal about who your dog associates with? Guys, I could have cried. Magic. I loved it. Such unadulterated happiness, for us both.

I put race in quotes because: it's not chip timed, running clock, four laps, loosely measured and really not competitive at all. Regardless, I set a goal for us: finish sub16. It was a two mile race, four laps total(woah that gets boring). On our first lap, G-Money took world's largest poo right in the middle of the road. I was mortified. He just stopped short, squatted and done deal-2lbs of poopie for people to run in. So I scooped it up, back tracked to a trashcan and continued to run-only to see another mortified runner guarding her dog's mess. She, unfortunately, had not brought a bag. I untied my spare for her, handed it over and carried on.

The rest is history. We did three more laps, all on cue. Goliath was incredibly behaved, I think he wanted to prove to his counterparts that even though at the dog park he's a nut, on a leash with mileage ahead he's a machine. We'd pass bigger, faster dogs and he'd look bank with a little twinkle in his eyes Yeah, I was bred for road racing-eat mai dust. Once he even barked at someone slowing down, could it be? My little motivator motivating other pups? Nah, he was probably just gloating This is nuffin, I run two miles in mai kennel.

We finished at 15:03, grabbed some water and had our picture taken by the newspaper. Considering our little poopie snafoo, and our benevolence I was really pleased. Goliath was too proper to swim in the dog pools provided, and instead wanted to lick the ice surrounded the water bottles for the humans. Nobody seemed to mind-seriously. Heaven for us, it's a shame it's only once a year.

If you're near the KC Metro area, love dogs and can run even a little bit-definitely do this next year, it was some of the most fun I've had in a long time. OH, and we made a cameo on the news: HERE, we run by at 0:49 mark, and my sassy little spouse is in the background the whole time.

Total Mileage: 2.0

Time: 15:03