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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Sunday, August 24, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature! Meet Lori and Lola

Welcome to day three of Running with Ollie dog week, otherwise known as Lea is on vacation week!

I'm excited to introduce you to another runner and her furry faced four-legged running partner!  Meet Lori and Lola from Fit and Healthy Journey

When I am on vacation, every day is Friday!


Hi, Lori. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.

My favourite running partner is Lola, a 3 year old Pug. My original running partner was Lola's mom Rosie, but when Rosie passed away, it was then Lola who wanted to run with me.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
I love the trails in the local conservation area to run with Lola, but she isn't really very fussy, as long as she gets to run, she is happy.

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Dogs love to run. They have excitement and joy just from being out and running. They love the simple things in life.

Cute! Who is photo bombing back there? 

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
I love running with Lola. She is great company and is enthusiastic. Sometimes when I don't feel like going out for a run, I look at her face and can't refuse her. Lola keeps me motivated :)



You can follow Lori and Lola on her blog and social media below.

Blog: http://www.fitandhealthyjourney.blogspot.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnvigeurFitness
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myjourneytogettingfitandhealthy

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.)

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

IT'S DOG WEEK! Furry Feature: Meet Corianne and Bones

Welcome to day two of my vacation, otherwise known as Dog Week. Since my busy schedule of travel and relaxation won't allow much time for blogging, I have decided to do seven days of Furry Features! I'm excited to introduce you to all these runners and their great running buddies!


Seven features in seven days! Seven furry faces, seven runners, and (pulls out the calculator) 28 paws! 

Let's meet our second Friday furry feature of the week.

Hi, Corianne. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Her name is Bones. She's a 90 pound black lab who is 7 years old. Her longest run ever was 8 miles. We adopted her from a pet rescue when she was 8 weeks old.


Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
Just about anywhere, and I'm sure Bones would agree with me. She seems to enjoy trail running over concrete, though so when she's with me I try to stick to local parks and trails.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud!
I'd have to say completing my first 5k race years ago was one of my proudest, most pure running moments because it was such an accomplishment for me - not just the 5k, but overcoming medical issues along with it and overcoming fear of the unknown when showing up for that first race. I've done dozens of 5ks, 10ks, a few half marathons and run in 2 marathons and all of it now is just competing with myself to get better and overcome more - it never really feels like an accomplishment anymore. :-)


What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Be crazy, mad, joyful when you can be - go all out and enjoy every minute of what you can. Investigate what sparks your curiosity. Stay near to people you love. Give yourself to what you're doing 100% and don't worry how stupid you might look. Rest will come later and you'll have plenty of time to do it.

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
This year, Bones will continue joining me for one of my training runs each week. (She's not able to do all of them anymore) 

I'm doing a half marathon on May 18th in Greensboro, NC to benefit JDRF and then I will be training for another half marathon in Charlotte, NC with Isabella's Action Team to benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation and help bring an end to neuroblastoma. 

You can follow Corianne and Bones on social media by following her on Twitter or Facebook.

www.twitter.com/corianneb

www.facebook.com/corianneb

If you would like to help Corianne with her race fundraising, you can donate here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/corianne/thunderroadhalfmarathon

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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