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This morning Zeke and I had our 2 mile Doggie Dash race. What a blast! I didn't sleep well last night because I didn't want to miss hearing my alarm go off in the morning. I basically didn't get much sleep after 3am. At 6am I got up, showered and made coffee. I ate half a bagel and put everything in the car. Then I had to wake up my two sleepy head little girls who didn't want to go to bed last night. The 2 year old woke up happy and ready to go. The 3 year old wanted to go back to sleep. It was not fun trying to convince her to get dressed and ready to go at 6:30 in the morning.<br><br>
We headed off for our 45 minute drive to the race at Forest Nolde State Park near Reading, PA. I was a bit nervous during the drive since this was my first race and I had no idea what to expect. (I ran a 5K 6 years ago but don't remember anything about it except for really hating it.) I got my number and my bag of goodies ... dog food samples and a tennis ball which my dog will never play with - he's not a retrieving type of dog. We took a little run to loosen up and calm my nerves. Zeke just kept getting more jacked up the more dogs he saw. Thankfully, my mom came along to hang out with the girls while I raced, and to be my official photographer, even though she's not the best at taking pictures.<br><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u161/jillfo/Doggie%20Dash/doggiedash07_start.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
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We lined up and we were off! I thought for sure we would all tumble over each other and our dogs in the first 50 feet, but things evened out and we all took our place. This also happened to be a trail run, my very first! During the first quarter mile, maybe less, I realized my pace was a bit fast since I was breathing heavily. Adrenaline probably had something to do with that. I backed off until I calmed down a bit. I told myself that this was only 2 miles, so I could run faster than I normally do. I gauged my pace by my breathing, allowing myself to breath heavier than normal, thus I knew I was running faster than normal.<br><br>
We started off going uphill. It wasn't too steep and I had no problem with it. A sharp turn here, then there, the communal watering hole for the dogs who needed it at the half mile mark. We plodded on. Zeke wanted to run. He was so excited and wanted to catch up to everyone in front of us. I had to keep holding him back for fear of tripping on the roots and rocks, and also because I couldn't keep up with him. Poor dog is always forced to run at my pace.<br><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u161/jillfo/Doggie%20Dash/doggiedash07_finish.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
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Since I normally run a 10 minute mile I kept an eye on my watch so that I knew how far we had run and how much further we had to go. 10 minutes, more than half-way since I was running faster than normal. 15 minutes. Okay, I can see the parking lot, I'm almost there. I started sprinting and crossed the finish line to win second place for our category (61+ pounds). I didn't hear our time, and I forgot to stop my stopwatch. I can only guess it was around 18 minutes because a few minutes later I remembered and looked at my watch and it said 20 minutes.<br><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u161/jillfo/Doggie%20Dash/doggiedash07_award.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
 

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Jill,<br><br>
Congratulations to you and to that wild animal Zeke. What a great idea for a race, both as a whole and as a way for you to get your feet wet. Your enjoyment of the event is clear from your story... great job! Oh, and I think you probably did better than 18 minutes.
 

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Jill, great photos and congratulations on 2nd place!<br><br>
Like Grizz said, you likely did better than 18 min. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Awesome!!! Looks and sounds like it was a lot of fun. Congrats on the hardware!<br><br>
I don't think my guy could run a 9 minute mile...
 

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Hey Jill (and pooch)!<br><br>
Great job on the race, and great pics! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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awesome job!!!!!!!!!!! I love the pictures. What a great race. Congrats on the awards.
 

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Congratulations! I saw your photos and read that you won 2nd place in your category, but somewhere along the line I overlooked the fact that this was your first race ever. Way to go!!!<br><br>
Now, bookmark this thread so you can return to it in the future and relive the experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I'm like Bard - I had no idea this was your first race ever, Jill (I guess that would make it Zeke's first race as well?)<br><br>
That race just simply sounds fun - congrats to both of you on a great effort and a second place finish!
 

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Jill, congrats on your race! That seems like it would be so fun! Maybe I should relent and let my husband get a dog. That might be motivation enough to get out and run! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well done <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I soooo want to organise something like this for over here in Brisbane... it looks like great fun. We've got some great state forest with gravel roads and trails not very far from my place, it'd be perfect.There's a neat site in the UK called canicross.co.uk - they look very organised. Who was the race organised through? I'd love to drop them an email and get some suggestions for setting one up.<br><br>
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nice job!! and what fun pictures, too! glad you had a blast.. i so wish i could do something like that with mulan (my yellow lab) but shes too old for that kind of stuff. heehee. congrats on your first comeback race.. heres to many more!
 

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Jill-I didn't know you got second place! Congratulations! Zeke is adorable, or maybe I sould say handsome he's too big to be adorable! What a great race-I have to get a dog before next years race-that will be my incentive to finally make a decision. The kids would be thrilled<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<b>Audrey</b><br>
Here is a link to the group who organized the race: <a href="http://www.makebreak.com/" target="_blank">http://www.makebreak.com/</a>
 

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How fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Congratulations Zeke on such a fine race. So nice of you to take mom along on this run with you. You look very proud Zeke, sitting there in that 2nd place spot. You are a fine looking dog. I can tell you like to run with such a good muscle tone. Pass my congrats on to mom for doing such a good job on her first race and coming home with hardware!
 
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