Monday, September 1, 2014

Register for the Virtual Four Mile Fun Run & Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to September. I don't know about you, but I am welcoming autumn with open arms! It can't get here fast enough! Goodbye stifling heat! Hello cool fall running!

If you follow Running with Ollie Blog on Facebook you have probably seen my posts about the upcoming virtual four mile run and scavenger hunt. I've been working hard around the clock (except when I am getting my required 8-9 hours a night of sleep) pulling everything together for the event and giveaway.

The virtual run starts 9/21 and will run (pun intended) through 10/5. If you want to participate, but are like me, and realize there is a very good chance you will forget all about it by 9/21, please register so that I can keep you in the loop!


11 Sponsors. 14 Prizes. 14 Winners. No Entry Fee. Fun and Free!

Sneak peak at the prize sponsors
What is a virtual run, you say?
A virtual run can be completed at any location! Run it on the streets in your neighborhood, on the treadmill, or even at an local organized race. Anywhere! You run in your own area and report back online to join in on the fun with hundreds of runners all over the country.

Run the BIG 4-0 virtual 4.0 mile fun run or walk.
Run (walk or crawl) four miles wherever you are to virtually participate in the Big 4-0 fun run. There are no rules, no pace requirements, no pressure. Virtual runs are the best! There are no parking hassles and no long lines at the porta potty. Just get out there and get four miles in however you can! The winners aren't the fastest runners. The winners are the luckiest (via random drawing).

And what's this about a scavenger hunt? 
Well, I have to leave something for you to look forward to! All that I will say for now is that you will take pictures of things you see along your run for the scavenger hunt and share them on social media with a designated hashtag. All the details regarding the scavenger hunt will be revealed in the 09/21 post at the start of the event. Don't worry, it will be voluntary, but really fun and easy. You're going to love it!

You can use the below form to register for the event. You can also register here. There is no obligation if you change your mind later or something comes up and you can't participate.



So what do you think? Are you in? Preregister now! Ollie is ready to go!!


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Running La Jolla

If you've been following along with the Running with Ollie Blog Dog Week, you probably already know that we spent an extended weekend in beautiful San Diego, California. We got married on the beach in La Jolla in 2005, so every few years we like to go back and celebrate.


We did something a little different this year. We decided to rent a room through airbnb rather than a hotel room. Airbnb is a site where you can find local hosts who are renting rooms, houses, or in our case, a master suite near the beach with a private entrance, private bath, pool and hot tub.

It was different than anything we've ever done before, but we liked the idea of not staying in some stuffy hotel, and it was at least half the price of staying in a nice hotel in La Jolla. We just weren't sure what exactly to expect.

The house was in a gorgeous quiet neighborhood in La Jolla, just two miles from La Jolla cove. Immediately upon being greeted by our hosts, I knew it was going to be great. They were friendly, engaging, and really helpful. They knew of our anniversary and bought us a card and a bottle of champagne as a gift. It felt like we were staying with relatives. They were the perfect balance of being available for questions or short chats, while still allowing us the privacy to enjoy our vacation. It was perfect. I will definitely use airbnb again when looking for rooms in other cities.



Our anniversary gift from our airbnb hosts. I am so grateful!
We immediately hit all our favorite San Diego spots. Hubby's favorite place to eat in all of San Diego is a little dive cafe on the Ocean Beach pier.  This was our first stop after landing, for clam chowder and lobster tacos.

don't judge me. 
Our first night in San Diego we went to Mission Beach to watch the sun set.


Then we played our typical La Jolla game of "find-the-exact-spot-we-were-standing-when-we-got-married." It gets a little harder every time we go back, but I think we found it. This looks right:


We managed to get in three runs in four days and I have to say that our time running together (together: aka hubby 1/4 mile ahead at all times) along the ocean were some of the best times of our vacation. You know you're a runner when running on vacation is the best part!

We've been suffering through stifling Texas heat runs, so even though everyone in California was complaining of a heat wave (laughable!) our runs were the coolest that I can remember in a long time, plus you just can't beat an ocean view while running!

One day we ran along the 101 in Encinitas and it was just amazing. I didn't have my phone during the run, but I made hubby take me back up there with the car afterwards so I could get some shots of the incredible view. The selfie was accidental. I couldn't see the screen at all because of the sun glare and I didn't realize the screen got turned around. I thought it was funny because I didn't know until I was looking through the pictures later. I think the look on my face says it all.
"Hey, who's Grandma did you beat up to steal those glasses?" 
On Sunday most of the roads downtown La Jolla were closed for a 7k. I wish I would have known, I would have loved to run a race while in town. This is something I should definitely look into for next time. I have traveled to run races, I just never thought to look for races in the places that I was already traveling. This was our view on our walk to eat pancakes. Way to guilt trip me, La Jolla!


I even bought a new pair of running shoes because I love visiting local running shops when I travel. I decided to try something different this time. The sales guy really sold me on these: Hoka One One Kailua Tarmac. I bought them my last day in town, so I haven't had a chance to run in them yet. I'll let you know how they go. They are supposed to be really comfortable.


Even though our diet was less than stellar, we did manage to get in several very enjoyable runs, and walked around a lot. I logged the most steps in one day on my Polar Loop since I started keeping track and hit 200% of my goal everyday we were there. Apparently, vacation is good for my health (but not my pocket book). (You can read my review of the Polar Loop here.)

My Polar Loop and my motivate wrap (Momentum Jewelry is a sponsor in my upcoming September Virtual Run and Scavenger Hunt)

We finished out our trip with a lovely outdoor anniversary dinner at Bernini's Bistro, La Jolla. It was the perfect end to our perfect anniversary vacation.

Anniversary dinner at Bernini's Bistro

Our airbnb hosts left us with a parting gift of passion fruit that they grew on their backyard vine. Delicious!


We had the most wonderful vacation. Ease of travel, carefree days, delicious meals, running along the beach...it all was all fun and memorable. But there is no happiness like the happiness of being home. Besides, we really missed Ollie!

What about you? Have you ever booked a room with airbnb? Have you ever been to La Jolla? Do you run on vacation? Do you ever travel for your anniversary? Have you ever worn Hoka One One running shoes? Do you have any recommendations for future trips to La Jolla? Let me know in the comments!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature: Meet Adriana and JayJay

Welcome to the final day of the Running with Ollie blog DOG WEEK! It's been one great week. I was in San Diego enjoying the sun and surf, and in an attempt to keep you entertained while I was away, I've been sharing daily Furry Futures. There were so many great running dogs (and their humans) featured this week. This was probably the cutest week in Running with Ollie history! I hope you've been following along and enjoying dog week. If you've missed any, you can catch up on Furry Features here. Although today is last day of dog week, I'll continue to do monthly Friday Furry Features, so stay tuned for more four-legged furry running partners. 

Today we are featuring Adriana and JayJay from Latina and Triing

Hi, Adriana, Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Her name is JayJay. She is a black lab we (hubby and I) rescued last year after having to put down her sister Anise.

JayJay in the pool!

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
We run around the trails at home.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
Yes. We have done Friends of the River 4mile run and the DFW lab rescue 5K twice.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
Running in general. I don't come from a working out background. Starting to run was painful and started motivated to run with Anise a few years ago. Now have completed multiples 5k, 10k, 3x13.1, 3x70.3 (Tri) and 2x140.6. With a few sprint and Olympic distances in between. So I'm proud of accomplishing all that.


What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Pacing is important. JayJay will want to go all out and I have to push her back to pace her so I don't have to drag her home after 4 or 5 miles of running. It is the same with running you have to pace yourself so you can always finish strong.

Adriana, I am going have to check out the DFW lab reuse 5k! Thanks for sharing your pup and your story. You can follow Adriana and JayJay below:

Have you missed any furry faces? You can get caught up on Dog Week Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature: Meet Walter (aka Disney Groom) and Magnus

I hope you are enjoying the Running with Ollie DOG WEEK. We've been sharing the stories of runners and their four-legged running partners all week. If you've fallen behind you can catch up on Furry Features here. We are rounding out the week and boy, do I have a surprise for you! It's our first ever manly feature on Furry Friday Feature. The submissions for furry features have been pouring in, and I've had plenty of boy dogs, just exactly zero boy humans. Now, I know you guys run with your dogs too (I see you out there, all the time!). So why the shortage of male submissions? It's OK. Our new friend Walter (aka Disney Groom) from www.RunningHappilyEverAfter.com has saved the day!
When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!

Hi, Walter. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Magnus is a 8 month old Pointer Lab. He is a rescue from the Tallahassee Animal Shelter. The vet estimated his DOB to be 12/24/2013, so he is a Christmas baby.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
I prefer to run off-road, and we are very fortunate to have so many beautiful trails in North Florida. Magnus and I frequent many of our local trails and also the beach.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
Not yet. We have only had Magnus for a short time. After we slowly increase his mileage, perhaps we can run a race together this fall.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
Watching my wife finish her first half marathon. She set a goal and through sheer determination and dedication made it happen. There is no greater joy than seeing someone complete what they have set out to do. I can still see the big smile she had on her face as she crossed the finish line. That memory continues to motivate me today.

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Don’t overanalyze, just GO. Whether it’s skipping or dancing in the middle of a marathon, sticking your tongue out and running with abandon, or just stopping to enjoy the scenery. Stressing over splits, target zones, etc. – that’s not for me. Running IS FUN – don’t lose sight of that.


Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
It’s important to remember your own early days of running. You don’t want your dog to have a negative association with running. Start slow, and increase the mileage very gradually. Make sure to stop and allow your dog to drink each time you take a drink. Taking it nice and slow will help make running fun for everyone. Finally, running him through the park is a great way to get him to nap for an afternoon.


Any Parting Thoughts?
Need motivation to run? How about a running partner that is ready to go at a moment’s notice? Want a running buddy that will make you laugh, so those miles just seem to pass very quickly?

An energetic puppy or adult dog will demand exercise and encourage you to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Get to your local animal shelter and meet your new BRF. You will be saving two lives.

Also, if you cannot adopt now for any reason, ask about volunteering to exercise (walk/run) the shelter dogs.


You can follow Walter and Magnus here:
  
Blog: http://www.runninghappilyeverafter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunningHappilyEverAfter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Disney_Groom

Have you missed any? You can get caught up on Dog Week Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature! Meet Chantelle and Felix

I hope you are enjoying the Running with Ollie DOG WEEK. We've been featuring a runner and their favorite four legged running partner every day since Friday! Although, if you ask Ollie, he would tell you (in that way that dogs do) that every week is dog week around here. If you've fallen behind you can catch up on Furry Features here. Let's see who is next. I am excited to introduce you to Chantelle and Felix from www.skylinepetcareaustin.com.

When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!

Hi, Chantelle. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
My favorite running partner is my 60-lb. staffie mix, Felix, adopted from Austin Animal Center where I've volunteered for almost seven years as a runner of shelter dogs. Felix is six years old, and a tireless athlete. He once accompanied me on a 22-mile marathon training run, then he went swimming for 40 minutes, and then played with his cattle dog friend for 40 minutes. He still wasn't tired.
Chantelle and Felix
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
I love running Felix and the shelter dogs on Austin's Town Lake Trail. It has multiple distance options, ranging from three miles to ten miles.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
No, although he accompanied me on every training run for the 2011 Chicago full marathon.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
Finishing my first full marathon in 2010 was a major high. I never thought I could run that far, and definitely not in less than 4.5 hours. For that first marathon, I did training runs exclusively with different animal shelter pups, as I did not yet have Felix.

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
The dogs I've trained with have so much enthusiasm and joy in running. I find their "running is fun" attitude contagious, which makes canines the best running coaches out there.
Chantelle and a shelter dog! 
Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
I've finished three full marathons thanks to Felix and the shelter dogs I continue to train with. Running with shelter dogs is one of the most effective ways of saving their lives because it keeps them from going kennel crazy while they await adoption. This makes it such a win-win: You get in shape and shelter dogs become more adoptable!

Also, my running with shelter dogs has been featured in Fitness Magazine (http://bit.ly/Q5oxRm), Ruffwear (http://dogblog.ruffwear.net/2014/02/20/running-shelter-dogs-motivates-volunteer-to-run-a-marathon) and our local news in Austin (dlvr.it/5gHTXd) - I'm fairly evangelical about what a great thing it is!

You can follow Chantelle and Felix on her blog at www.skylinepetcareaustin.com or on Twitter https://twitter.com/skylinepetcare.

Get caught up on Dog Week Furry Features here.

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature: Meet Meranda and Baylee

Welcome to day five of the Running with Ollie DOG WEEK. What is dog week, you ask? Well it is sort of like shark week, except cuter, furrier, and way less deadly. Sounds like fun, right? We are in full swing into dog week now! If you missed any posts, we've been sharing furry features every day since Friday! Today, I'd like you to meet Meranda and Baylee from Fairytales and Fitness.

When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!

Hi, Meranda. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
She is a Yellow Labrador named Baylee. She is seven. Like me, she started "running" later in life!



Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
A place called Island Park. It's beautiful and surround by the river on all sides. Sometimes it's a challenge to keep her from running in the river ( the Labrador in her is always attracted to water).


Have you ever raced with your dog? 
I have not. She doesn't exactly run in a straight line and I fear she would be a hazard to other runners...haha

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
The day I just decided that I was going to run a 10K. I had never ran that distance before. When I got to the trail it started to rain, but I ran all 6.2 miles with out stopping and thought I made a pretty good time. I was so proud that I ran that far in one shot. That weekend I signed up for my first official 10K race because I needed a time to submit for corral placement for a half marathon.
Aren't they just the cutest?
What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
It's not all about being fast. Some times we have to stop along the course and "sniff" the flowers!


Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
When I run with my dog I leave my music at home. I admit I talk to my dog on our runs! She's great company!



You can follow Meranda and Baylee's cute face on her blog or on social media!

www.Facebook.com/fairytalesandfitness (FB)

www.fairytalesandfitness.com (blog)

@fairytalesnfit (Twitter)

Thanks Meranda! All you need to do now is to teach Baylee how to bike and she can be a TRI-DOG!

If you missed any of our DOG WEEK posts, you can catch up on Furry Features here!

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).


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Monday, August 25, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature: Meet Lynda and Stryker (the Warrior Dash dog!)

Welcome to day four of the Running with Ollie DOG WEEK. I'm on vacation this week and I couldn't think of a better way to keep you entertained than to introduce you to some of my favorite runners and their furry faced four-legged running partners!  Today, we will meet Meet Lynda and Stryker from Fitness Mom Wine Country.

When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!

Hi, Lynda. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Stryker is our family dog. He is a rescue dog and came to our home around Thanksgiving two years ago. He is our fat and spoiled love. He sleeps on the bed with his own special blanket. He hates the water, so bathing him is difficult. He loves to play with our cat {he thinks it is another small dog}.He stays home with me all day while I blog, take care of the house and work out. He is a two year old chihuahua/pomeranian mix. Stryker goes to Color Runs, Mud Runs and goes out with me when running the neighborhood. He is short like myself, so he and I have a good slow pace. When Stryker gets tired, he retires to his crate and I am able to continue my run.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
We live in Sonoma, CA and our town is so cute and perfect for running. Either through the city plaza, downtown or a quiet winery road. I have many places to pick from around here and love it.


Have you ever raced with your dog? 
Stryker goes to Color Runs, Mud Runs, and 10ks. He has not actually entered a race, but stays on the sidelines and waits.
The warrior dash dog!
Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
I did my first "un-official" 10k with a girlfriend of mine, and that made me realize that I can do more than I thought. I am working towards my very first half marathon {this June} here in Napa, CA and am keeping my fingers crossed. Stryker will be waiting for me at the finish.

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Just enjoy being outside. Slow yourself enough to notice what is around you. Bring plastic bags with you all the time. Be aware of other people and dogs around you {not everyone is dog friendly}. There is no reason to hurry, life is a gift and being outside running or walking with our dog makes me feel relaxed and grateful for each beautiful day.


Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
When the kids go out with us, we like to have sprints with Stryker. We take his leash off {a quiet road} and the kids are at one end, I am at the other and I let him go. He runs as fast as he can towards the kids, turns and runs back to me. This makes us laugh and Stryker gets a good few sprints done.

Thanks, Lynda for sharing Stryker with us! You can keep up with Lynda and Stryker on her blog and social media, links below.

Blog http://fitnessmomwinecountry.com/

If you missed any of our DOG WEEK posts, you can catch up on Furry Features here!

Are you a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry four-legged running partner?  Just fill out this form to be considered for a future furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

If you want to check out some other great running dog blogs, check out Top Dog Running Blogs (spoiler alert: clicking on link will lead to cute pictures of running dogs).


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