Dog Day

Happy Saturday! Don’t you just love Saturdays? They are my favorite day of the week. To me, Saturday is the only day that is 100 percent weekend.

Brian and I woke up bright and early this morning to participate in the EQUI-KIDS 5k Cross Country Run here in Virginia Beach. EQUI-KIDS is a local organization that provides therapeutic riding programs for the special needs community. The run was held at EQUI-KIDS’ 92-acre facility, which meant we were running on trails and around the riding facilities and benefitting a great cause. Double-score!

The run was definitely more of a “fun run” than a competitive race, which was perfectly fine with me. I just realized as I was writing this that this was my first race of any sort in almost a year and a half! I was just itching to do some sort of race and this was the perfect way to ease back into that.

The race was fairly small, with only 272 finishers, but the narrow trails were jam-packed as we were starting out. I wasn’t too frustrated by the crowds since I knew I wasn’t going to PR on the soft trails anyways, so I just focused on enjoying myself and the scenery.

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I ended up finishing in 29:18 with a 9:27 pace, which was little slower than I’d expected, but not surprising with all of the congestion throughout the race. I placed 6th in my age group, which sounds pretty impressive until I tell you there were only 37 runners in that category. Whatever, I’ll take it!

After the race came the real action – and my true motive for singing up for this particular race – the Hound Run! Runners could also sign up to run with their dogs on a 1-mile course. Of course I was there to watch all of the sweet pups come bounding toward the finish line.

There were big dogs:

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Small dogs:

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And everything in-between:

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Have I mentioned how badly I want a dog? I am obsessed with dogs, but we can’t get one until we move into a bigger place in the fall, so for now I just have to stalk other people’s pooches. I am especially obsessed with pugs, French bulldogs and Pekingese, but I love all breeds, so if any of you have adorable dogs that you would like to send me pictures of, I will be happy to tell you how cute your dogs are and maybe even post their pictures on the blog!

After the Hound Run, Brian and I headed over to the stables to meet some of the horses. Brian loves horses and used to go riding a lot. I, on the other hand, am terrified of anything bigger than a Great Dane and almost had a panic attack the one time I rode a horse (in Costa Rica during a thunder storm). I did manage to muster up the courage to pet this sweet pony though.

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All that Bananas was concerned with, however, was trying to drink Brian’s complimentary Yuengling. No joke, that horse (pony?) wanted some of that delicious brew. P.S., my husband is not an alcohol who normally drinks at 9 a.m., but we got free drink tickets with our race registration and didn’t want them to go to waste 🙂

This was a really fun event and a great way to start a Saturday. Next on our list is CrossFit, beach time and dinner at a new restaurant. See ya!