Friday, October 28, 2016

Furry Friday Feature: Kaila & Nebby from Chicago

Welcome to the latest edition of Furry Friday Feature. On FFF I introduce you the furriest four-legged runners on the internet and their favorite humans. Due to popular demand this will be a weekly feature instead of a monthly one! Stay tuned every Friday for even more furry faces.

This week I am thrilled for you to meet Kaila and Nebby from Chicago. 

Kaila and Nebby from Chicago

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

Nebby is an 8 year old Black Lab/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She is a rescue dog and contracted parvovirus at the shelter when she was just 8 weeks old. The vet gave her a 50% chance of living since she was severely malnourished and weighed only 3 lbs. After two weeks of IV antibiotics and fluids, Nebby finally starting to perk up and act like a normal puppy. I started running with her in June 2013 and she has been the best running buddy I could ever ask for!

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch

Swallow Cliff Woods in Palos Park, IL

Do you have any advice for running with your dog?

Leash training your dog for running can be hard. My best advice is to make sure your dog is 100% leash-trained for walking before you begin running with them. Nebby knows the commands "left", "right", "cross", "wait", "get up" (go faster), and "easy" (slow down). I always keep her on a short leash and directly at my left side to prevent any tripping. We had lots of incidents in our first few months of running- her cutting me off, chasing squirrels, etc.- but she learned quickly and is incredible on the leash now. 

Have you ever raced with your dog? 

Yes! Two 5k's (Nebby's PR is 22:28) and several virtual runs (5k, 10k, and a half marathon!)

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud!

My proudest running moment is when I finally broke 20:00 in the 5k. I had been chasing this goal for a few years and working really hard to get my splits down- things like speed training, yoga, strength training, and ab work, double run days. I finally did it in February 2016 with a finish time of 19:43- a 24 second PR! I cried a few happy tears as I crossed the finish line and my coach gave me a hug (which he never does)!

What running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?

Mindfulness. So often on runs I find myself stressed about school, relationships, or how my run is going and then I look down and see how happy Nebby is to just be running with me. It doesn't matter to her if it's a short run or a long run, our neighborhood loop or a new trail, or how fast or slow we go; she is just happy to be there. 

Tell us a funny story about Nebby.

Nebby loves to play with toys (she is amazing at catching frisbees)! Anytime someone comes home or we have guests over, she has to run and get a toy before she comes to greet you at the door. If she can't find a toy nearby, she will bring you a shoe or her doggy brush or anything else she can carry to you. My mom always jokes that if someone was breaking into our house to rob us, Nebby would greet them at the door with a toy.

You can follow Kaila and Nebby on Instagram: letyourcolors_run or on her blog: let your colors run

Thanks Kaila for sharing Nebby with us!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Good, The Bad and the Frustrating (an update)

I am excited to tell you that Lea Genders Fitness strength & running blog is doing amazing. Better than I expected in the short time that I have been focusing on adding regular content. If you haven't checked it out yet, I'd love for you to follow along over there.

I keep thinking that it may be time to put this little blog to bed. It is hard (and time consuming) to maintain one blog, let alone two. But every time I am ready to pull the trigger something big happens as a result of this blog and it makes me realize that I am not even close to being ready to let it go. Besides I need my personal outlet and people want to see Ollie, right?

Lea Genders Fitness is more fitness article-oriented. I give a personal perspective, but it is not a personal blog where I blab about my personal life. That is what this blog is for (thanks for listening). I need an outlet for my writing, my thoughts, my excitement and my disappointments. Speaking of excitement and disappointments...



I am thrilled to tell you that I enrolled in the Precision Nutrition course. I have been following them for about a year. I am always impressed with the quality of information that they put out and have heard nothing but great things about the course. I know a few people who have gone through the self-paced online course. One of the things I love about it is that it is both a science course on nutrition and a coaching course. It doesn't just teach you nutrition, it teaches how to coach nutrition. Having the real-world application was a big selling point for me. My books arrived on Wednesday and so far I completed the introduction chapter. Wish me luck and smarts. I need it.


Well, things weren't looking good for Vegas. I was supposed to run the half marathon as part of the #rocknblog team on November 13th. I hurt my shoulder forever ago. I stopped lifting weights to let it heal and I started running even more since I couldn't lift. Well apparently the arm swinging movement of running made my shoulder worse. Then I was in this extreme pain (extreme for me, I'm a wimp) and couldn't do anything at all. I've been walking on the treadmill and doing some bodyweight leg exercises (occasionally) but it feels like a long slow healing process. I am trying to be patient but long story short, I haven't been training for my half marathon in Vegas. I already bought a plane ticket and when I called to inquire about changing it, I was told there is a $200 change fee because I had bought a non-refundable ticket.

The sling never really helped. 

My sister lives in Vegas but she will only be in town one day of the three that I will there. Many of my running and blogging friends from #rocknblog and beyond will be there so I won't be totally alone. My friend may even fly in from LA one day to meet me. Looks like I am going to go to Vegas to make the best of it...maybe run the 5K. We'll see. I am also on a no alcohol kick again (I do this every once in awhile). To sum it up, I'll be in Vegas for a half marathon that I can't run and can't drink.

I am looking forward to seeing my bloggy/runny friends and I am sure it will be fun, I am just disappointed it is not working out like I hoped. I was just going to cancel the trip and try to change my flight because I wanted to go to Costa Mesa in January for the Women's Strength & Business summit. When I looked into flights to Costa Mesa they were only $250, so it didn't make sense to pay a $200 change fee for a flight that only cost $250 in the first place. So I bought a ticket to Costa Mesa and left the ticket to Vegas alone. Which brings me to my next story


Let me start by saying that I am the worst best friend ever. More on that in a minute. When I heard about the Women's Strength and Business Summit in Costa Mesa, California in January I was pumped! This is the conference for me. It is all about starting and running a successful fitness business, especially for women. I bought a ticket to the summit and then, as I mentioned above, bought a flight to LA. YAY ME. But wait...

Yesterday in passing my best friend tells me it is exactly 90 days to her wedding. Last night my husband asked me the date of her wedding in San Antonio.

"Oh, she just told me exactly 90 let's see... Oct-21 through Jan 21 is 90 Jan 21."

Oh $HIT! $HIT! I completely blanked on the date of my best friend's wedding and I am the maid of honor. Told you. Worst best friend ever. I literally have no plans ever, so the thought that there would be two things on the same weekend is unheard of.

I'm working on cancelling my ticket to the summit and praying that American Airlines will refund my plane ticket since I purchased it 24 hours ago. Wish me luck again. Of course I am disappointed that I will miss the summit but there will always be another fitness conference, your best friend only gets married once. Right?

That's all I have going on right now. Here is a picture of Ollie to hold you over until next time. Have a great weekend, friends.

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Friday, October 21, 2016


Hi, Friends.

TGIFFF. Thank Goodness it's Furry Friday Feature. Welcome to the newest edition of Furry Friday Feature. Once a month I introduce you to a four-legged runner and their favorite human. We have a very special feature today. If you like dogs and treats (aka everyone) you're gonna love this one!

I am excited to introduce you to my new friend Rita (and her 9 dogs)!  I met Rita on Instagram (go follow her awesome inspiring Yoga page now @ritazyoga).

This story began because I posted a picture on Instagram of Ollie with his nose in a pumpkin. I mentioned that I just bought the pumpkin because it was cute, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. 

Rita commented that her dogs loved fresh pumpkin treats and it sparked a whole conversation. I realized Rita had created something great and I knew I wanted to introduce her to you so that she could share it with all of you. I asked her if she would guest post on the blog and share her doggie biscotti treats and she graciously accepted. Let's get to it...Hi, Rita. Take it away...

Hi, everyone!

I’m excited to be sharing some doggie and family fun with you today.

My name is Rita. I am a Yoga based fitness trainer and an amateur runner. I live on a farm with many animals; amongst them are a lot of dogs. Keeping treats in the house was just about impossible and “good for them” treats can be expensive! My dogs absolute favorite treat was a cranberry, pumpkin biscotti. So after constantly running out, I decided I should try to make them myself. I started researching both human biscotti recipes and homemade dog treat recipes. After a few trial runs, I came up with a yummy and healthy doggie biscotti recipe that everyone loves. I do quite a bit of canning & preserving so I use homemade applesauce & homemade pumpkin puree. You can make them too or use store bought…but, try to buy all natural with low sugar.

These treats are small, about 1 inch by 1" x 1.5". They are perfect for any size dog. If you’d like them bigger divide the dough into thirds or in half and make the logs fatter.

Also note: This is a very large recipe (because I have 9 dogs) so feel free to cut it in half.

You may need to be careful when the loaves are cooling…My boyfriend likes this stuff after the 1st bake, when it’s nice and warm. I often catch him sneaking some of it! I think it would be yummy with a nice cream cheese dip, after the 2nd bake.

Doggie Biscotti (for humans too)

This recipe is from the kitchen of: Rita Zwicky (@RitaZYoga)

6 cups of whole wheat flour (white flour or a combination may be used)
¾ teaspoon of baking soda
1/3 cup of chopped, dried cranberries
1 egg
*½ cup of applesauce
1 ripe banana (mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ - 1 cup of bullion (chicken or beef) 1:1 water to bouillon cube
**1 cup of pumpkin puree (I use homemade but you can use pumpkin pie filling if you’d like.).
If you don’t have pumpkin, substitute: seasonal squash (steamed, like the pumpkin), shredded carrot or shredded zucchini.
Note: Zucchini can add a lot of moisture, making the dough sticky. To avoid this, add more flour (small amounts at a time), as needed or cut the amount of zucchini to 2/3-3/4 of a cup.


Preheat oven to 325°
Cover a large cookie sheet with foil - grease & flour or use a non-stick spray - set aside.
In a large bowl (I use the bowl from my Kitchen Aide) combine flour, baking soda & cranberries – set aside.
In a small bowl combine egg, applesauce, mashed banana, vanilla, ½ cup of broth and pumpkin puree – pour into dry ingredients.
Stir until combine well & forms a ball (use the dough hook on your mixer, if you have one).
Add more broth, as needed… only a few sprinkles at a time. DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH broth/water! The dough should be very thick and only a tiny bit sticky.
Place dough on a flour coated surface, sprinkle with a small amount of flour & kneed for a few minutes, until no longer sticky.
Form into a ball and cut into 4 equal sections.
Roll each section into a log about 8” long and flatten to about ½ inch thick.
Flip the flattened log & place on the foil lined, greased/floured (or use cooking spray) cookie sheet.
Bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes. Use the middle rack & be careful to not burn the bottom of the loaves.
Remove from oven & let cool for about 15 minutes.
Decrease oven temperature to 300°.
Slice loaves into thin slices (about ¼ - ½ inch thick). Use a meat slicer or an electric knife if you have one. Try to keep the slices as uniform in size (thickness) as possible.
Put slices on a cookie sheet in a single layer (do not overlap) and bake at 300° for 15-20 minutes or until hard and crunchy… like a cracker. Careful not to burn it but make sure the moisture is gone or they won’t keep well. If your slices are thick, you may want to lower the oven temperature and increase the baking time.
Let cool before serving.
Store in an airtight container. Or better yet… divide into equal portions and seal them using a vacuum sealer for maximum freshness and shelf life.

If you want to make your own applesauce and pumpkin puree, here’s what I do. Please be careful when canning and preserving! If you have never done it, it’s important to do some research and KEEP THINGS SAFE!

*For the applesauce: I use the classic recipe from the “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving”. Use brown sugar at a rate of about one quarter to one half the amount of sugar called for and also add a bit of ground cinnamon.

EXTRA FUN FOR THE FAMILY: This applesauce is great for the kiddos too! You can make a batch using 4-ounce jars (perfect for lunch boxes) and a batch using pint sized jars (perfect for family dinners). They’ll last a year and make great holiday gifts that all my friends and family love to receive. Don’t forget to give their doggie friends some of the biscotti! You can get creative with your gifts by adding labels to your jars of applesauce and ribbons to your bags of biscotti. You can even put them all together in a beautiful basket… BOOM! Enjoy 💜

**For the pumpkin puree: Cut a small pie pumpkin (or 2) into wedges and remove seeds (clean & bake the seeds… they are yummy and good for you too!). Steam the pumpkin wedges until VERY soft. The meat should be easily removed by placing a spoon between the rind and the meat. Mash meat with a fork or potato masher. Freeze any unused puree, in recipe sized portions, to use any time. If you don’t have a steamer: use a metal colander over a pot of boiling water (don’t let the pot run dry). If you don’t have pumpkin, check the recipe for some special substitution ideas! Have fun!

Thank you so much Rita for taking the time to share your doggie biscotti treats with us! These look amazing. As if Ollie wasn't spoiled enough as it is...

You can follow along with Rita and her amazing Yoga practice and her 9 dogs on Twitter @RITAZHEALTHYFIT and Instagram @RITAZYOGA.

If you are looking for other creative ways to use a pumpkin, check out my pumpkin workout over on Lea Genders Fitness!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Winter Running Excuses Debunked & Running Shoes Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. If I hated them, I'd tell you. 

Just as the trees shed their leaves, autumn brings in the perfect opportunity to shed our excuses. It's the season of change. We can either use it to motivate us or use it as an excuse. 

As a running coach and personal trainer I try to help my clients overcome their excuses. What is holding you back? What are the things you tell yourself that are keeping you from progressing? 

Sure, sometimes there are legitimate reasons that we can't run, but a lot of times it is our own excuses, rationalizations and justifications that hold us back. I am not exempt. As the holidays approach we all get a little busier, the weather gets a little colder and the sometimes the excuses start to pile up like presents under the tree. 

I challenge you to examine your excuses and go into the this holiday season more motivated than ever. Need some outside motivation? GORE-TEX® is hosting #owntherun, a social contest that invites runners to overcome their excuses in the spirit of progress.

You can enter by visiting or through a tab on the GORE-TEX® Products North America Facebook page and answer the question:

"What will you conquer to #owntherun?"

There are weekly giveaways of the latest men's and women's running shoes with GORE-TEX® liner:

Brooks Ghost 9 GTX® Shoe

Asics Cumulus 18 GTX® Shoe

Saucony Ride 9 GTX® Shoe

One grand prize winner will receive head-to-toe running gear including new running shoes with GORE-TEX® liner, running shorts, running pants, jackets, headphones, a watch and more! Here are some common excuses people use over the holidays. How will you overcome your excuses? Enter the contest between October 11 through November 8, 2016.



Between the holiday parties, the dinners, the shopping, your kids, your friends and your need for at least six hours of sleep a night, sometimes it can feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get in your runs during the week. But the truth is exercise is just like anything else, if you make it a priority you can find the time.

One success strategy is to get up early to get it done before the rest of the world wakes up. If you're not a morning person, then schedule those workouts on your calendar. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Schedule your workouts like you would any important meeting.

Another way to find time is to multi-task your workouts. Run on the treadmill while you catch up on your favorite show, plan a happy-hour-run (or walk) with friends instead of meeting at a restaurant or run during your lunch break at work.

Maybe you legitimately don't have an hour a day to workout but fitting in 20-30 minutes a day is all you need. Setting bare-minimum goals (for example at least one mile or 15 minutes per day) is a great way to stay consistent when life gets busy.


My running coach used to say, "If it ain't raining, it ain't training" which I learned later was a military saying that means the troops are ready to go in even the worst conditions. The rain doesn't stop them and it doesn't need to stop us.

If you let the weather dictate your running schedule you might get out there a few times a year. If it isn't too hot, it's too cold, too windy or too wet. Unless we are talking about dangerous weather (in that case take your run indoors) we can overcome almost any weather excuse.

If you're a runner you must adopt the runners' creed: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor cold of night...." Wait. I think that one belongs to the US post office, but the runners' creed should be the same.

In wet weather GORE-TEX® lining technology in some of the top running shoe brands prevents rain and snow from from entering the inside of the shoe but still allows your feet to breathe for ultimate comfort in uncomfortable weather. I am wearing the Brooks Ghost 9 GTX running shoe. You can win them too!

Feel the pull to the pavement
Another common excuse this time of year is the cold weather, but this is an easy excuse to overcome. You just need to dress for success. The rule of thumb is to dress as it is 10-20 degrees warmer than the current temperature. Wear a zip-up layer over a synthetic-blend base so you can shed layers if needed as you warm up. Look for performance-wicking fabrics that pull moisture away from the body to keep you warm and dry. Cover your head, fingers and knees. You can lose a lot of heat through your extremities so a hat and gloves can go a long way in keeping you warm in cold temperatures.


it is easy to slip into the holiday mindset and let yourself off the hook until January when everyone else is making their New Year's Resolutions. But what if you start now? What if you get a head start on your goals and come out on the other side of the holidays healthier than before? Want to enjoy the holidays? Great. You tend to enjoy life more overall when you're exercising and eating well. You can have fun, make room for indulgences and run. If you make time to run during the holidays you'll be more successful managing stress and your weight.

So what are your excuses? What are you going to overcome to #owntherun?  Head over to or enter through a tab on the GORE-TEX® Products North America Facebook page and answer the question:

Here is my entry: " I have a tendency towards a "I'll start tomorrow" mindset when it comes to the holidays. Since I know this is a potential downfall for me, I'll be aware of my thoughts and actions and commit to not using this excuse. I know if I want to make changes stick, they need to start now, not tomorrow."

GORE-TEX® wants to give you the confidence, encouragement and gear that allows you to #owntherun. They want you to feel empowered by the GORE-TEX® brand and encourage you to progress as a runner by overcoming your excuses. Giveaway runs between October 11 and November 8, 2016

Now Ollie and I are off for a run outside the #shredshed.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Science of Running: Become a REVO2LUTION Running Coach

I love to run half marathons. As a Rock 'n' Blog team member for the rock 'n' roll marathon series, I get to run them all over the country. I live in Fort Worth, TX, near Dallas. When the big Dallas marathon is going on each December someone inevitably asks me why I am not running it. I always jokingly respond the same way:

"Because I like to make things as expensive and inconvenient as possible. Why run a race in your own city and sleep in your own bed, when you can pay a lot of money for plane tickets and hotel rooms" Of course, I'm joking, but there is truth in the humor.

When Dr. Jason Karp the creator of REVO2LUTION RUNNING certification approached me and asked if if I would be interested in taking his certification course in exchange for an honest review on my blog I jumped at the chance. I read a few of Jason's books over the years and met him for the first time last year at the IDEA World fitness convention when he presented a running seminar. I found Jason to be funny, quirky and ridiculously smart.

Jason Karp at the REVO2LUTION Running booth at the IDEA World Fitness Convention Expo

I am a NASM certified personal trainer and a RRCA adult distance running coach. After reading through the course description I was excited that Jason's course would teach in-depth running material that would help me become a better coach. It also provides the continuing education credits I need every two years to renew my NASM certification. (also CEUs for ACE and AFAA)

Except, like I mentioned above, I seem to never make things easy on myself. I am pretty busy between my full time marketing job, my part-time fitness instructor job at ComCardio, writing this blog, Lea Genders Fitness, being a wife and keeping my house spotless at all times (just kidding about that last one). But that's no excuse. Everyone is busy, right?

Honestly, my biggest barrier to getting started was the course was delivered electronically. Call me old-school (or just old) but I need to read, take notes, fold down corners and highlight on real paper. We have a laser printer and printing seven in-depth manuals seemed expensive, those cartridges could potentially cost more than the whole course.

So I attempted to open the PDFs on my iPad and read that way, but I should have known that wasn't going to work for me. I just couldn't get going.

Then Jason emails me and tells me that my test has expired and I was going to have to repurchase the test. No problem. I was recommitted to getting this going! I bit the bullet and printed out the first manual and never looked back. (Turns out it was not that big of a deal to print out the manuals. It was just a mental block I created for myself. I didn't even have to replace a cartridge.)

What did I learn in the Revo2lution Running certification course? More than anything, the science of running (Insert your own Jessie Pinkman joke here). The course also covered how to avoid injuries, how to design running programs, running technique, nutrition and so much more.

REVO2LUTION is an acronym for three physiological factors that determine running fitness and performance: (RE) Running Economy, (VO2) VO₂max, & (LT) Lactate Threshold. Understanding the science of running helps us know the specific workouts to do to improve.

The concepts covered were not entirely new to me, but that doesn't mean they were always entirely clear. Jason explained the science with a clarity that I hadn't known before. I definitely had a few AHA moments. It was also funny. I mean who laughs out loud while reading a science manual? Well, if it was written by Jason Karp, probably everyone.

But the course is no joke. It is hard. The material is in-depth and challenging. Turned out I needed a little more time to study. Purchased 2nd retest. (Told you I always make things as expensive and inconvenient on myself as possible). I kept studying until I felt ready. Finally the day came last weekend. I was as ready as I was going to be.

I am thrilled to tell you that I passed the exam and I am now a REVO2LUTION RUNNING certified running coach.

I highly recommend this course for both fitness professionals who want to coach runners and for runners who want to improve their knowledge base so they can learn to train more efficiently.

You can use my discount code LEAGENDERS for 15% off the Revo2lution Running certification course.

If you are not interested in a running certification, I recommend Jason's book "The Inner Runner" to all runners. I read it on the plane on my way to the IDEA World fitness convention this year. Running is as good for your brain as it is for your body.

Thanks to Dr. Jason Karp for the opportunity and for sharing his vast knowledge of running! I will use the material I learned in the course to become a better running coach.

Ready to sign up? You can do it on! Tell Jason that Lea sent you by using my discount code to save 15%!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Chocolate Avocado Raspberry Premier Protein Smoothie + Costco Discount

Hi, Friends! I am a Premier Protein ambassador and I am excited to share with you a new protein shake recipe! This simple three-ingredient chocolate avocado raspberry smoothie has all the flavor and nutrition for a meal-replacement or post-workout refuel snack.

I love Premier's ready-made protein shakes. They are perfect just the way they are right out of the fridge, but I love to experiment with adding additional ingredients.

chocolate avocado raspberry protein shake

Chocolate is my favorite Premier Protein shake favor. Who doesn't love chocolate? I blended avocado with the chocolate shake for healthy fats and creaminess, plus raspberries for flavor and antioxidant benefits. The result? Delicious.

The best news is that Premier Protein shakes are on sale at Costco for $6 off through August 23rd! Get down there to stock up while they are on sale.

Premier Protein on sale at Costco until August 23 2016

Give this recipe a spin (or blend) and let me know what you think! Don't forget to head to Costco this month to stock up on Premier Protein and other healthy ingredients.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Furry Friday Feature

Hi, Friends! Welcome to another edition of Furry Furry Feature! Each month I am thrilled to introduce you to the cutest four-legged runners on the internet and their favorite humans.

meet Rico!
This month I am featuring Margarita from Cupcake Cardio and Rico! I met Margarita last year at the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll half marathon. We are both on the rock 'n' blog team for the rock 'n' roll marathon series and were in town for the big race. If I recall correctly she had a great race that day and I had the opposite, but a great time was had by all. I love when I get to meet my internet friends in real life (IRL as the kids say). Now if only Ollie and Rico could play together too!

Rock 'n' Blog in San Antonio!

Hi, Margarita! Thanks for joining us. Tell me a little bit about your favorite running partner.

Rico is an eight-year old lab mix. At least that's what it says on his vet papers. Everyone asks but we have no idea. He looks like a dingo.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

I love rail trails but haven't been to any since moving to Baltimore. The Greenway in Clarksville, Tennessee was a favorite. Right now we're running in our neighborhood and in Patterson Park. We end up at the dog park so it's a favorite.

Have you ever raced with your dog?

Twice. He quit after Mile 3 of a four-miler once. I had to stop and wait about 10 minutes for him to finish as he laid in the grass to the amusement of all the other runners.

The other race we did was a 5K full of other dogs (proceeds went to a local shelter). That's about his max so he was OK with that. It also helped that he could follow all the other dogs.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud!

Crossing the finish line of my first (and only so far) marathon. NYC 2015.

What running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?

I love that dogs run for the sheer joy of it. It doesn't have to be about chasing goals or squirrels. Sometimes it's just great to run.

Tell us a funny story about Rico.

Rico gets severe anxiety and is pretty much scared of all the things. Planes, helicopters, loud cars, boxes, rain, thunder, clapping, balloons. Anything that isn't silent is pretty much terrifying. Because of this he ends up (all 65 pounds of him) in pretty strange places. I've found him on top of the washing machine, in the linen closet (on a shelf) and in a kitchen cabinet. Under the bed and in the tub are favorite hiding spots.

You can see more of Rico and Margarita on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

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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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