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My Dog’s First 5K Race

I am one proud puppy mama.

When Miranda told me about the Joshua Louis Foundation Walk, Run & Wag 5K and Ice Cream Social to Benefit Animals with Cancer, OF COURSE we had to sign up. I mean, a race with our pups, in a park we love right near our apartments. 

I never ran with Larry before, so I wasn’t sure how this would go. I knew that if he got tired, we could always walk. But I didn’t know if he would run in a straight line or veer all over the place to go on his fact finding missions. And Miranda didn’t know if her Rusty, who has a lot of thick fur, would need to stop at any point too. It was a real test – but what better way to find out than by contributing to a wonderful organization on a day with lots of other pups and animal lovers around, while getting exercise?

Larry and Rusty - pup friends

“You want us to run for how long?”

Sunday was a beautiful day, and Andy, Larry and I walked the 2.5-ish miles to the race start. Larry sniffed and peed on everything he saw on the way. I hoped he was getting it all out of his system so he could focus on the run!

We picked up my bib and got an awesome, fitted race t-shirt, and then chilled on the grass while we waited for the race to begin. When they announced it was time to line up, Miranda and I found ourselves at the very front with our pups. Behind us was all the serious runners without dogs – people there to compete. That was pretty funny. Someone who seemed to be a race photog took pictures of us all lined up, so as soon as I track those down I’ll share.

They blew a horn and we were off! Right from the start, Larry was a rockstar. He was having the time of his life! Huge smile on his face (and he isn’t a big puppy smiler), ears back (aerodynamics?), LOVING life! There was grass along the side at this point so Larry and Rusty both ran in the grass. It was a very good day to be a puppy.


Grass running off roader

We moved onto the waterfront section where the grass is lined with benches, so the boys had to run on the pavement but it didn’t seem to bother them at all. We stopped once to grab some water, and then clocked in the first mile in under 9 minutes.


I could not believe how well Larry and Rusty were doing! Both boys were totally into it, running with the crowd, having a blast. Larry’s running is more like a series of little leaps and it is hilarious to see.

The halfway point came before I knew it — which brought back memories of the two other 5Ks I ran in this park where, when I finally reached the halfway mark, I didn’t know how I could survive another 1.5 miles of this hell – and we stopped so Larry could lap up some water. Rusty is more particular about his drinking and was not interested in water from a strange bowl.


Look at him go!

Once Larry was hydrated, we took off again. I could tell he was losing some steam and slowing down, which makes sense since we’d never run before! But he had no interest in actually stopping, and when we got to the next water station he didn’t even need to drink! We finished the second mile in a little over 10:00 and in the final mile I still couldn’t believe that Larry was running in such a straight line, having fun, doing amazing!

I loved him more in that moment than I ever had before – and that is saying a LOT. I am obsessed with this dog. But this moment was an extra special one in our relationship. The thing with Larry is that whatever situation we put him in, he is perfect. Seriously. Perfect. We even trained him to pass his therapy dog test in under two days. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that he would be a great runner. This boy is so adaptable in ANY situation!











As we neared the end Larry seemed to get a second wind. We got back to the area with grass along the side, where he took a quick pee break and then kept running in the grass. With the finish line up ahead, Larry seemed to sense it was time to speed up and we broke free from Miranda and Rusty (who had run with Miranda before but never for this long!) and sped up for a strong finish!

Andy was standing there taking photos but Larry didn’t even notice him – just kept running to finish his first race.

And we all finished in about 30 minutes – AMAZING for the boys’ first time running a 5K!


Our boys earned their medals!

There was a Ben & Jerry’s truck giving out free ice cream. Andy and I split a Salted Caramel Blondie cone (yes, you have to try that flavor), and Larry had the frozen vanilla greek yogurt.


Proud Mama!


“Look da! A medal!”


Larry wearing his medal!


Two runners in this family!



















Andy, Larry and I walked the 2.5 miles home and a few minutes later…


Pooped pup

I am so happy to know I’ve got myself a new running buddy – and that it is my best friend in the world (sorry Ander). I can’t wait to take him out on more short runs. Not only will I tire him out (always a goal), but maybe this will take care of the pound the vet says he could lose so that he can live forever. And the best part? My Larry Gary LOVES running and I love to see this boy having the time of his life.

Do you run with your dog? 


My Oiselle NYFW Experience [Guest Post at Bella Moda]

Spoiler alert: I ran the Portland Marathon on Sunday as a long training run and had a little PR as well. It was amazing and exciting and I’ll post a full recap (along with my weekly training recap) later this week!

Today I’m here quickly to let you know about my guest post at Bella Moda: Oiselle show at NYFW by guest blogger, Dori (of Dori’s Shiny Blog).

Because I am a spectacular person (slash happening to have a husband who happens to run a swimsuit model website) I snagged an invite to the NOLCHA Oiselle show at NYFW — where they happened to be debuting their own swimsuit line. Fate!

Dori and Andy at Oiselle NYFW show

The two people who most belong at fashion week

I don’t normally care about fashion week, but I do love Oiselle clothes for both running and lounging. Like, a lot. Like, it is all I want to wear ever. I can’t even wear any running shorts other than Rogas because they are just that amazing.

Anyway,  I figured if I wore a Oiselle tank to the show, it was acceptable to wear Birkenstocks on my feet. I am certain I was judged by many at this show (I happened to be in the front row) but really, at what other fashion show could I do that and not be escorted out by security?

Dori's Birkentsocks

Birks FTW

This was clearly the only fashion show for me. And I was enthralled throughout the entire six minutes of it. I tweeted the many photos I took at the show and  Bella Moda — an actual fashion website — saw my tweets and asked me to guest blog about my experience.

And guest post I did. I decided to leave out the part where I met the amazingly inspiring Oiselle CEO Sally Bergesen for the very first time in the restroom before the show because she told me my skirt was tucked into my underwear.

I figured I’d try to maintain some semblance of dignity for this fashion-loving audience.

But I know you guys would appreciate it. Head over to Bella Moda and read about this non-fashion girl’s experience at the NOLCHA Fashion Week Oiselle  Show!

NOLCHA Oiselle Fashion week

My favorite outfit at the Oiselle show. I WILL own this.

Thanks Bella for the opportunity!

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