The Fast and The Furriest is a 5 km run for people and their best furry friends. How fun! I saw it advertised last year, but I couldn’t pass it up this year. Now, for anyone who’s been following my blog for a while, they know a little about my mischievous 10 year old Springer Spaniel Charlie. I adopted Charlie as a rescue about 10 years ago, and you can read about his story here and you can see a video he was in about tips on running with your dogs here.
Since the race was the day before Mother’s Day, we decided that we would make it a family affair. Charlie and I ran the 5 km race, while my husband and my son ran the 1 km race. Fun was had by all.
My husband said that Brendyn ran better this time around (meaning he didn’t ask to be picked up once), but his finish time was a bit slower than his first race. He finished with a time of 10:35, which put him 32 our of 38 runners/walkers, but it’s really irrelevant at this stage in life. It’s just a fun thing for him to do.
Brendyn and my husband headed over to the athlete food section to claim their pizza and juice box (Brendyn’s favorite part of racing) while Charlie and I had our little warm up.
The 5 km racers without dogs had a 10 minute head start over the racers with best friends (as they called them). As we gathered around the start, you can imagine all the anxious, barking dogs. The gun finally went off and Charlie bolted at top speed.
Our first kilometer was definitely the fastest then the ol’ boy started slowing down. I knew that I wasn’t going to score a Personal Best on this race, the point was just to have this experience with Charlie.
Our splits were:
They had Gatorade and water for the human folk at the 2.5 km mark, while they had loads of water bowls for the pooches at the 3 km mark, which is probably why are 3rd km was the slowest.
By the end of the race, about the last two kilometers, Charlie was pulling me towards the side of the road where the grass was. I think the hard path surface we were running on was too hard for him, and he preferred the soft grassy shoulders, so I obliged him. I needed to use many encouraging cues in the last kilometer to keep him going.
Overall we did very well, 19th our of 80 racers with dogs. I was fourth in my age group with a final time of 28:55. I was hoping for a sub 30 minute finish so I’d say this was a successful race.
I have to add that I also loved that they had finisher’s tags for dogs and instead of t-shirts for dogs, they had red bandanas.
More photos to come!
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