Friday, May 14, 2010

Run, Puppy, Run!

Sometimes I pretend I'm a runner.  I'm not fast, my endurance kind of sucks, and I definitely don't get out as much as I should if I want to really claim that descriptor.  But I do sign up for races, train for them, and then show up and give 'em a go.


Besides buying running gear (sooooo much fun), one of the best things about running is reading about it.  Serious runners tend to be a goofy and wholly lovable bunch.  There's one writer named Mark Remy who absolutely destroys me.  He wrote a book called "The Runner's Rule Book" that's hysterical, and he also does Runner's World's blog.


A couple of days ago, he wrote about a woman who recently ran the Lehigh Valley Half- Marathon with her formerly-abused shelter dog.  From the pictures to the story to the video, it's all so touching.  I urge you to read it and watch the news report.   


View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.




Every once in a while, I'll take Alice out for a mile or so.  A couple weeks ago we actually did a sub-10 minute mile-- and at the end, while I was huffing and puffing, she just stood there, no panting in sight, and gave me a look that clearly said, "Okay, what do we do now?"  She's like 22lbs of pure power.  Oh, to have four legs! 

2 comments:

Petsitgal said...

Hi there!
Thank you for sharing this story about the abused dog who has been transformed by love. I could not believe that a 10 year old boy had the nerve to beat that poor dog and I wonder if he got punished for it.
I love that you described yourself as a runner wannabe b/c I am one myself. I recently started jogging outdoors w/various dog clients & I think I'm so awesome (haha) to run a whole 5 minutes with them! Hmmm...maybe I'll work it up to your 10 minutes and live to talk about it!

Mr. Puggle® said...

sweet story once you get past the condom commercial with the naked guy standing in the wind tunnel. :)

that lady is a dear for adopting. and hey, cut yourself some slack on running, i think you should be proud of yourself.