Friday, June 19, 2015

Furry Friday Feature! Running with Reds!

Hi, friends! Happy Friday! I am excited to bring you another edition of Furry Friday Feature. In case you are just joining us, furry feature is a fun monthly post when I feature a furry four-legged runner and their favorite human. Because who doesn't like looking at pictures of cute pooches?

This month I am excited to introduce you to Michelle from Running with Reds and her favorite four-leg running partner Stella.

From Running with Reds: "Join me as I journey through life as a mommy to a little red headed boy and four red australian shepherds and wife to an awesome hubby who can't say no. My addictions include distance running and training dogs (specifically in dog agility) and my job is in science so expect a dose of a little bit of all of these things. Running with reds is how I keep my sanity."


Hi, Michelle. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
I have three (Harley, Deuce and Stella) but my favorite is Stella. She is a three year old Australian Shepherd. We have been running together for about two years now and she trained me for my first half and the four subsequent halfs that happened after I got addicted, as well as my first 25 K trail run. She is a very high drive aussie so she is the perfect partner for running. She was bred to work so she can literally pace run all day.


Furry Feature: Michelle and Stella

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
All around my great little town called Wamego Kansas. We have a mix of in town and out of town rural areas we run as well as a nice limestone paved trail in Manhattan Kansas.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
I have raced several times with my dog. We do an annual trail run that benefits one of the local shelters and even got 2nd in our age division! We did another trail run that benefits another local shelter and got 2nd again. I will be completing another half marathon that also allows dogs and will be training for our first full marathon. I love races that allow dogs. I know sometimes it is pain and a liability but I wish more races would allow them. Our partners train with us so why can't they race with us?


Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
Finishing my first 25 K trail race. That was tough and she trained with me the whole way. I can't wait to complete our first half marathon together as she completed her first virtual half this year but a real race will be so much more fun!

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Stella loves to run. She doesn't worry about anything other than just the sheer joy of running. I have been on the injured reserve and I have missed the joy of running and what a gift it is!


Any parting thoughts that you would like to share with the Running with Ollie Blog readers?
It's funny, I have a dog that is a sprinter (Deuce) and a dog that is a pacer (Stella). It's so funny to see their personalities come through when we run. Deuce does dog agility, which is the obstacle course for time, so it makes sense that he likes to go out as hard as he can. He has learned to pace but it has been a long process. I love running with my dogs, it keeps them in shape and provides a bonding time for us all.

Thanks to Michelle and Stella from Running with Reds!

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Keep Running,

Lea

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1 comment :

  1. My running partner has 3 legs! He got knocked down when he was a pup, but still loves to come running. I hope it's ok to post a link up of his first race? http://www.halfmarathonjames.com/2014/09/waggy-races-5k-tollymore-forest-park-28.html

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