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Onward Bound

Sometimes life is tough. Sometimes life is awesome. Sometimes it a little bit of both. Either way, you have to keep going. I'll be running, laughing, crying and sharing it all here.

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    Monday, October 02, 2006

    Gertie's First Run

    I swear this entire blog is not suddenly going to become all about my dog. (Ok, that might be a lie.) But this proud dog mommy has to share about Gertie's first run. (After all, this is still a running blog.)

    Anyhow, it was hot in Kansas City -- Indian Summer-- and so we took it easy, especially since we think poor Gertster may have spent her early months of life caged up without a lot of activity. (She has some tough spots on her elbows that indicate a lot of cage time or at least time spent on a hard surface, poor baby.)

    I'm pleased to report she did very well on her first time out. We ran a little further than two miles (2.16 or something like that) at aout an 11 minute mile pace. Gertie quickly learned to stay beside me, but not too close. She happily trotted along, but I noticed around 1.5 miles, she was getting tired, so we slowed down. At one point, we have to stop and cross at a crosswalk. When we arrived on the other side of the street, I looked down and realized, I was holding a leash attached to a collar that was NOT on a dog. My heart jumped a mile, but Gertie was right there next to me, panting while she waited for me to put the collar back on her head.

    And, as she usually does when we return home from any outing, her tail started wagging when we walked in the door. Gertie's favorite thing is coming home, and isn't that the best part of any run?


    At 11:42 PM, October 02, 2006, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

    Awww!!!! I want a pooch to run with! Phog would get sidetracked by a squirrel and then it'd be over.

    ...anyhoo...he pants in an overly-dramatic fashion when we go around the block, no distance running in his future.

    Sooooooooo pics?

    At 3:51 AM, October 03, 2006, Anonymous Amanda said...

    Hey, it's Amanda from Camp. Ran into your blog and wanted to say hi. Congrats on the house! You should post pics of it somewhere!


    At 8:30 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Stephanie said...

    Gertie is learning that run time is not squirrel time and therefore, we stay beside me. I will take pics later this week during our run on Thursday night. We ran 2 miles again last night and Thursday, I think we'll go for three...

    Hi Amanda, tell everyone hi.


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