Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon and a PR

After the 5k on Saturday, I spent the afternoon with my mom and took Gracie to a fundraiser doggy wash. I also had errands like grocery shopping and laundry that had to get done. Since this was a local race, I didn’t feel like I could kick up my feet and rest for the half marathon on Sunday. I have started employing a strategy where I don’t allow myself to nap after the early Saturday wake up and 5k. This means I’m ready for bed much earlier than usual, and I get more sleep the night before the half marathon. I was wiped out and in bed by 9 pm. I went into this race being concerned that I had not been consistently putting in long runs like I should have. I didn’t feel prepared for the half marathon. I planned on alternating walking and running as needed to get through the miles. Yes – “get through”. I decided to ignore my time and instead focus on my form, specifically on tackling hills and the position of my arms. I have a bad habit of doing a sideways boob sway with my arms, and I’ve been working on swinging my arms straight...
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Adorable Adoptable: Gus, the Chihuahua Mix

My latest foster is the sweet and hysterical little Gus! He’s a Chihuahua mix and about one year old. He is energetic and loves to play with toys and go for walks. He walks very well on the leash and moves at a pretty good pace for having such short legs. But when he’s ready for a nap, he becomes a big cuddler!     Gus has some very funny quirks and a big personality. He army crawls along the carpet for fun. He dive bombs under the covers and will stay snuggled up under the blankets all day! He likes to lay on his back in your arms (yes, like a baby!). Gus absolutely cracks me up! He adapts in new situations and gets along with his fur sibling, Gracie. Gus is available for adoption through Dallas Pets Alive! To fill out an adoption application for Gus, visit their website. All Dallas Pets Alive! adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines upon adoption.0

Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 5k

I knew I had to take on another Remix Challenge from the Rock ‘n’ Roll series when I realized they were holding one in Dallas.  I had so much fun in Las Vegas (read more on the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k and half marathon), it was a no brainer that I would register. I got my shop on at the expo on Friday. As a local with a Monday-Friday job, it was tad difficult to get to the Convention Center on Friday during the workday. But luckily I snuck away around lunchtime and was able to get my packet and purchase merchandise I wanted needed. After packet pickup, I was again a magnet for a loose dog. Long story short – I spent 5 hours in the rain but was able to get him into the car and to Dallas Animal Services where hopefully his owners will claim him. It was a very soggy afternoon, but my calling to help animals in need doesn’t always have perfect timing. Races and rescues.  That’s me. This was the first year Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas added a Saturday 5k before the half marathon on Sunday. It started and ended at Fair Park,...
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Race Report: Hot Chocolate 5k and a PR

When a friend asks, “Hey, do you want to do a race next weekend that gives finishers chocolate?” you don’t hesitate and you say yes. One text is all it took to get me to sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Since it’s still early in the season, I opted for the 5k distance. Race morning hadn’t started as planned. First, I went to bed way too late the night before and only got about five hours of sleep the night before the race. I went to grab my standard English muffin and peanut butter for breakfast, and realized I was out of English muffins. Dang, Greek yogurt it is, then! I planned on taking the public rail system to avoid traffic. I drove to a station where there had previously been ample public parking, only to find out the public parking was no longer available. Well shucks. Guess I was going to be driving to the race this morning. Luckily, I made it to the race in plenty of time. Since it was rather cold, I stayed in my car for about 20 minutes before walking over to the start line. I warmed up with some squats, leg swings,...
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Fresh Mountain Air

My dad taught me to ski when I was four and we were living in Germany. He strapped me on (what felt like) two sticks and sent me downhill, and we’ve been skiing ever since. Now that I live in a different state from my parents, it’s so nice to have a week of the year to look forward to spending with my dad on the slopes. This year, we returned to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a week on the mountain. Our trip was great. There wasn’t much new fresh snow the week we were there, but that’s just how the weather chips fell. I was sore the first two days, but once my mountain legs and muscle memory kicked in, I felt great! And how could you not love the view? Fresh mountain air does wonders to cleanse the soul and mind. Spending time on the slopes is surprisingly independent. It gives me time to spend with my dad, but also time to think through some things that have been on mind. I pondered: Getting a coach. I certainly see the value, but need to work on some more time and money budgeting before taking the plunge. Uh…when’s my...
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Fitness Apps That Support Rescue

I’m always excited when I can combine my love of exercising with animal rescue support. Luckily, I found 3 fitness apps that allow me to do just that! Simply download each app on your phone and take it with you when walking, running, or riding your bike. Just remember to open the app and log in before heading out, and the rest is taken care of! Charity Miles Free, App Store and Google Play For every mile you bike, run or walk, you earn money for your selected charity from Charity Miles’ corporate sponsors. Just launch the app, choose a charity and leave the app running while you walk, run or bike. The selected charity then earns money for every mile covered. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to the initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. There are several great charitable groups supported, including two animal-friendly organizations: ASPCA and World Wildlife Fund. Walk For A Dog Free, App Store and Google Play WoofTrax, through the Walk for a Dog mobile app, creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues while encouraging dogs and their humans to exercise together regularly.  First, set up your account and select the shelter...
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Wiggling and Jiggling: #DontSweatYourPants

I have a confession. Last night, I may have given more of a show than anticipated at bootcamp. And I’m not talking about the free gun show to my biceps, hardy har har. It took me less than two minutes into the warm up jog to realize my tights were too big in the waist. As I jumped, lunged, squatted, and ran through my workout, my waistband kept trying to head south. I repeatedly had to do the annoying pull-up tug and wiggle every few minutes, which was really frustrating. During a set of mountain climbers, I felt a bit of a breeze down my back and leapt out of fear of flashing anyone and everyone near me. I flopped around to yank my tights back up. Are you wiggling and jiggling to keep your pants in place? That’s it. These tights have to go. No offense to theses tights – they are in great shape, very cute, and ran through a half marathon with me. But it’s time they move on to a better life where they can help someone else and maintain their appropriate position on the waist. I’m so glad I was recently contacted by SIX:02 about...
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