Yep, you’ve read correctly – I’m doing a 5k this Sunday with Rex.
I don’t think the poor guy realizes that he’s going to be forced to race for 30 mins but we’ve been training together as much as I can fit into my schedule. He doesn’t have my base, he missed some of my runs (if they were with others or on the tready) However, I believe he can do this!
Earlier in the week I took him out and tried to run at our race pace (9min/mile) for the total distance. Rex was feeling it and whenever I found myself worrying about him I just chucked those feelings aside and focused on positivity and running. He did so great until I decided to sprint for a little bit and then around the 4k marker I was literally encouraging him to keep moving. <—– I feel bad about this, as I am aware you shouldn’t do this to dogs, but I needed him to go beyond his limits so he’d trust me to pace him
We finished in just under 29 mins and I think that was just what I needed – to see that he could do it.
Then it’s been taper town all week. We walked the following day and yesterday did just over 2 miles at a 10 min pace. It was great. We sprinted at the end just because I want his muscles used to finishing hard.
Today we are going to do an even slower 10:30 mile and then rest on Saturday.
I have no idea what will happen on Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see how Rex handles it. We’re running the Drew Hildebrand Race for Teens at Risk. I thought it was an excellent cause and so wanted to jump on board. Although it looks like it’s tons of walkers (dogs and strollers welcome) so we’ll be lining up at the front.
I’m just happy to be racing with my cubby dog
*yes, Logan is in underwear! He has been using the potty for a few weeks now. He is still in pull-ups when there’s lots of excitement going on, we’re out in public and at night but we’re making progress. YAY!
Anyway I hope everyone has a great weekend and I hope those that are racing have a swift and speedy finish xo
1. ever run a race with your pet? your child? how was it??
2. any tips for avoiding going out to quickly??
3. anyone going away this weekend?? what are you doing??