This morning Tim and I got up bright and early to race together!
I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to race today. I was coughing, hard, all night, to the point where my lungs were tired and I was just pathetically wheezing. Luckily, I woke up feeling pretty okay—I think my cold is definitely on the way out and I just have to get all the gunk out of my chest once and for all.
Anyway, today we were doing a one mile Dog n’ Jog race for the Humane Society of Kansas City. Tim and I are HUGE animal lovers and supporters of all kinds of rescue, so we were excited to support the cause. There was also a great fair going on before and after the race.
SO MANY DOGS! Milhouse’s sniffer was in overdrive.
He was very well-behaved, but as a beagle, we had to sniff EVERYTHING. It was funny watching him try to sniff a Great Dane—he was so tall Milhouse couldn’t even reach his butt to give him a good once-over!
Anyway, we walked around and gawked at all kinds of dogs, large and small and costumed and uncostumed. At 8 o’clock, the 2 mile run started!
I’d say that probably 90% of the people running were with dogs! It was funny to see how all the different breeds ran. Amongst the canine winners of the two-mile race were a Catahoula, a lab mix, a golden mix, and a boxer. There were some beautiful greyhounds racing (although they’re sprinters, not distance runners), too!
A portrait of the first-time racers:
Anyway, around 8:30, the one mile race started. It wasn’t the most official race—no chip timing—but it was a lot of fun! I THOUGHT Tim and I were going to run together, but once the starting horn blew, he took off and left me in the dust! (To be fair, Tim is 8 inches taller than I am. He should be faster. But, hmph.) Milhouse and I ran the whole way together—beagles are really, really fast when they want to be!
(I think the one mile race was for smaller dogs. We passed a few dachshunds, a chihuahua, and a Pomeranian that barked happily the ENTIRE race.)
According to my Garmin, the course was a bit short, but I still managed to pull it in around 8:26! Not too bad. (If it had been a full mile, I would have been around the 9 minute mark. Still not bad, for wrestling a beagle and having a head cold.) Tim finished just ahead of me, probably around 8:20. I’m so proud of him! I think he wants to start Couch to 5K to keep the momentum going.
Milhouse promptly lapped up a whole bunch of water, and then we went home. He was definitely tired out!
When we got home, we both took a nice, long nap.
It was a really fun morning! I love dogs so much.
Get excited—tomorrow begins a week full of extensive wedding recaps with professional pictures! One will go up every morning for the next week.
Do you have a dog? What’s your favorite breed?