2016 Fast and the Furry - Guest Blog by Mesa


3rd place! 19:36 5k, our 2nd best time ever (fastest was 16:58 in 2012, recap here)
Since my owner has been slow to update this blog-thing of hers, I decided to take over and write about the Fast and the Furry! 

I should take over this blog more often. It's easy, really.
This is always my "A" race for the year, and I know Nichole considers it her favorite 5k of the year as well. We've done it the last 4 years together (the race is 5 years old... somehow I didn't hear about it the first year).

This year I knew I would be pulling Nichole at 18 weeks pregnant, so I told my owners I wanted to be extra tapered. They were pretty busy that week anyway so I didn't log a lot of mileage. By Friday I was twitchy with energy.

Perhaps I was a little "too" tapered. Even though I my coach tells me I shouldn't go crazy with my extra taper energy and instead just try to rest & eat well, I couldn't help myself and tore into a few things around the house. Nichole was not happy to see the green fluff flying through the air one morning as she came down to me un-stuffing my sleeping pad. I ignored her sigh as she picked it all up and sewed it back together. I knew this meant I was ready.

Then RACE DAY came. Finally! After Nichole warmed up alone (I apparently pulled too hard the first couple minutes of her run and caused her stomach to hurt a little, oops), she hooked me up to our Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner leash and we headed to the start line. I figured it was only polite to greet every single dog on our way. 

"Did you know it's race day? Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Are you as excited as I am?" I'd greet one dog, then pull Nichole over to meet the next friend. So many furry friends to greet and smells to take in, and so little time!

See all of the friends that came to race! These are just the dogs near the front - every breed of dog comes, from the big Great Danes to the little Yip-Yip dogs (as owner Nate calls them)
Not sure what the deal is with this watch thing; I run by feel and think it's the best way to run.
And - we are off! Cali and Marco are on the far left (Marco is in green) and the ultimate 2nd place finisher is the pointer to the far right (owner in a blue T-shirt, green shorts)
The gun went off and Nichole was apparently worried about me getting tangled with other dogs and runners. I'm not sure what she was so worried about because within a minute I had pulled us into 3rd place overall, behind Cali from Northfield (who brought one of my friends, her fast owner Marco) and a dog I've never met before. We went through the first mile in 6:10, which included a brief water stop. I'm glad they have water every mile for me & the humans. It was hot out.

After the second mile, which was in ~6:35 (I had to drink from all 4 of the water containers they had out at the half way point!), I could see the 2nd place dog about 30-40 seconds ahead of us.

I became extra excited when I saw my owner and sister out the bike and chariot, cheering for us. Nate said, "Go Mesa!", and I pulled harder! 

I was able to narrow the gap on the 2nd place dog to just ~10 seconds with just 1/4 of a mile to go. Then his owner looked back and saw us and bolted ahead. 

We were no match. I couldn't pull any harder anymore and Nichole was pretty tired. I was still so happy to see us cross the line in 19:36 (clock in picture was off). That's almost 2 minutes faster than when Nichole was pregnant with Greta! Nichole's race recap for that race is here.

Awards! Nichole won top female - a $50 gift certificate to Mill City Running. She went there right away afterwards and I was nice and let her pick out what she wanted. They didn't have any bones or stuffed squeaker toys anyway. 
She picked up lots of weird things: body glide, the How Bad Do you Want It book, dermatone, and some gels. She was excited. Humans.
Cali won Top Dog (17:20ish). I was so happy for her! She won a new Stunt Runner, which we desperately needed after Marco left our old one on top of a car and drove off to work one morning, losing it. My master Teresa was pretty angry at Marco for that. Good thing all is right with the world now.
It was an (p)awesome event! I can't wait to do it again next year. Maybe Nichole can not be pregnant for once and we could vie for the win again! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Can't wait!

Will we see you there next year?

Have you done any other doggie races we should know about?

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

2 comments:

  1. Nice job Mesa! So happy you brought your human family to the race again this year :)

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  2. Matilda wrote a guest post about her 8k experience :) Surprised we didn't see you there. Vizslas are always drawn together (or maybe its their owners, ha!)

    http://www.therightfits.com/2016/05/guest-post-fast-furry-8k/

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