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Let me start by saying this is the first 5K that my son has ran with me in over 2 years. I was beginning to think he was too cool for me. But, when I told him about the race and that the dogs would be joining us, he was all for it! So, I feel like this race is a great way to get your kids involved in walking/running if they aren’t already doing so.
Training: My son and I decided to start training once a week together and then add the dogs gradually into the mix. It was nice to have that one day a week to look forward to having this time just with my son. He’s thirteen, getting older, and doesn’t spend as much one-on-one time with me as he likes to with his dad, so the training runs felt special! We even ran a 5K two weeks before this race without the dogs just to see how it felt and he was tired afterwards but was happy, which made me happy! 🙂 As for the dogs, my oldest dog has run many miles with me and is quite established in running on the leash. However, we still took her several times a week on runs just to get her acclimated to the heat here. Our youngest dog, well, he could probably run miles with all of the energy he has, but we don’t let him because he is so young. So, our training was a gradual build of miles up to 1.5 miles for each dog. We made sure to take walk breaks if they needed to and always had fresh water available as needed.
Race Day: We decided to run the 5K the day after my scheduled long run. I had my son prep the 48 hours before with a good amount of fluids-it was going to be hot! We also made sure we had sunscreen and bottled water available for the run. Due to the heat, we decided to take the youngest dog for the first part of the run and then my oldest dog would finish with us. We even put the Scooby-Doo Run collar our youngest during the fun; he looked really sport in it!
We ended up going slower than we normally would for that distance, but part of that was because of the heat; each dog ran about 1 mile and walked the remainder of their legs. My son also stopped to drink water halfway through, but we paused our watch for that.
After we finished, we placed the finisher’s medal on both of the dogs necks for a photo op-they both looked very proud of their achievement! Then we all went inside for some well-deserved post-run hydration and snacks. We also checked out the cool swag that came in the kit, which included not only the bib, but also a nice water bottle, tech hoodie and finisher’s medal.
Once we cooled down, I made sure to upload our offical time from my COROS Pace watch -it was super easy and we were able to download a finisher’s certificate right away.
This virtual race really is a great value for the race entry and the charity race is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital– how can you go wrong? Registration is still open-register here. You have until October to walk/run. Don’t have a dog? That is okay, you can simply be a Scooby Fan to do this one.
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