Friday, December 23, 2016

Furry Friday Feature All Stars: The 10 Best of 2016

I am super excited to share my Furry Friday Feature All Stars: The 10 Best of 2016. Throughout the year on Fridays I share the furriest, cutest four-legged runners on the internet (and their humans). They are always my most popular posts because who doesn't love meeting cute dogs who run?

You can click-through the links to see more cute pictures, read their stories and follow their owners.

The 2016 Furry Friday Feature All Stars!


Cooper & Riley (@babydoll-brea)


Lily (Fitness for the Regular Guy)


Charlie (Run Mommy Run)


Cooper (Marathon Mom)


Rico (Cupcake cardio)


@RitaZYoga and her 9 dogs! 


Nebby (Let Your Colors Run)


Jog with a Dog (Greenville County Animal Care)


Luna (Happy Runner Girl Blog)


Stella (The Healthy Fit Foodie)



What a great year of furry running partners! Would you like to be featured with your dog in 2017? Fill out this short survey to be considered! 

Ollie and I wish you a happy and safe holiday season!



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 Year-in-Review

One of the first blog posts I ever wrote was a year-in-review of 2008. Funny how time flies, how things change and how they stay the same. Eight years after that first post I am here writing a similar post about 2016. It was a weird year, wasn't it? It was a good year for us (politics and social issues aside) it was a quiet year.

When I started writing this post, I wasn't sure I had a lot of exciting events to share. Sure, I ran a few races, but I was side-lined with a shoulder injury in the 2nd half of the year and had to miss out on a few fun opportunities. But then I started looking through my pictures from the past year and a lot of good memories came flooding back.

2016 was the year that I became an action figure. The action figure me is quite well-endowed.


In March I ran the 2016 Dallas rock 'n' Roll half marathon and froze my butt off! I am on the 2016 Rock 'n' Blog team!


This picture cost $29 + tax. Yes, this one picture. 




In June Russ and I went to San Diego and I ran the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego half marathon while lazy bones slept in. (Let's see if he reads this.) This picture was worth the $29 + tax that I paid.


In June I led a boot camp class for ComCardio's grand opening celebration for Premier Protein and was on local TV news segment. I am a 2016 Premier Protein trainer ambassador!

In July I went to Los Angeles for the IDEA World Fitness convention and BlogFest and was inspired.


...and I met Jenna Wolfe.


In August I got my Revo2lution Running certification. This is Jason Karp at IDEA World.


In August Russ and I celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary. This picture is from 1998 because I think it is the last time he let me take a picture of him. 


In September the lovely and talented Alison Moshart came to Dallas with the Kills. I haven't updated my music blog since 2013 or else I would tell you all about it. Just go see her if you have the chance.



In September we went to Pittsburgh to celebrate my 42 birthday.


We came home with some souvenirs.


I started studying for my Precision Nutrition certification so I can add more nutritional guidance to my boot camp and personal training clients. I hope to finish this early 2017. Science is hard.


My shoulder injury sucks and sidelined me for a better part of the year. I wore this sling on the day of this pic and never again. I was just being dramatic. I had to skip the Vegas and San Antonio half marathons. The swinging arm motion from running would irritate my shoulder so I couldn't train for long distances. I plan to make my comeback in 2017!


As always, Ollie and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for following along, friends. Here's to 2017! Better than ever.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Who's Running Who? Tips for Running with Your Dog #Healthiertogether

This post is sponsored by Nulo™ and the BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated to help share information about Nulo, but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Nulo is not responsible for the content of this article.


I have the best running partner. He never hits snooze on those early morning runs. He never cancels. He is always enthusiastically ready to run. His schedule never gets in the way of our runs. He never complains. He never talks my ear off and he always listens when I talk. He is perfectly content with running in silence. He always strives to protect me against the potential dangers on the road: people, dogs and especially those pesky squirrels. He doesn't care about pace. He'll go as fast or as slow as I want and he loves Fartlucks. "Hey, a squirrel, let's run fast to catch him! Hey, this tree smells interesting, let's stop and check it out."


The only downside? I have to pick up his poop! (I don't have that problem with human running partners.)



Ollie is my running buddy. We are healthier together. We live a physically active lifestyle together. I am a running coach and a dog lover. Running with your dog is a great way for you both to stay fit and healthy.





HOW FIT IT FIDO?


Remember the first time you hit the road for a run? You didn't run three miles on your first time out and neither should your dog. Just like a person, a dog needs to adapt to fitness. Start slow. Take your dog out for a half mile at first, build to a mile and then build from there. Try a walk/run regimen at first. If I am on a long run, I might take him for a three mile loop or two (he is conditioned for that) and drop him off at home while I continue my run. 

Is Fido Fit to Run?


CHECK FOR HOT PAWS


You have those fancy running shoes, your dog's paws don't have the rubber soles to protect from the heat. Before you run on the street in the scorching heat, place your bare skin on the cement or asphalt. If it is too hot for you, it is probably too hot for him too. Dogs will need to be acclimated to running in the heat, just like you. 

HYDRATE YOUR RUNNING MATE


Hydration is important for you and is just as important for your dog. I bring water for Ollie on our runs or I plan our runs past a park or school water fountain. If I see signs of over heating like panting excessively, I let him lie in the shade to recover. His safety is always more important than my run. 

FUEL THEIR INNER ATHLETE


I am an athlete and proper nutrition helps me look, feel and perform my best. Ollie is an athlete too, why should it be any different for him? I make sure he is fueled for all his daily activities by feeding him high quality food  Nulo premium pet food. Nulo‘s unique recipes uses fresh chicken, lamb and salmon and pairs them with yummy things like apples, carrots, lentils, and sweet potato. Pet nutrition is just as important to fuel his healthy lifestyle at nutrition is to mine. I always make sure the first ingredients listed are real meats. Ollie needs quality protein just like his mama. As a high meat protein dog food, he devours Nulo Pet Food. Available at Nulo.com and PetSmart.com

BE A POOPER SCOOPER


Don't be that person who lets your dog poop in the neighbor's yard. Be prepared with plastic bags and do the right thing...clean up after your running buddy.

SHORT AND SWEET CAN'T BE BEAT


Your dog probably doesn't need to run a half marathon. (Some dogs may be trained for it, but you certainly can't expect it right out of the gate.) Too many miles can cause too much stress on his body if he is not properly trained. Keep the runs with your dog short and sweet. A 30 minute run/walk will give your dog a great workout without taxing his body too much.



DON'T COME UNLEASHED

 

No matter how well-behaved your dog is, please always run with a leash. There are too many unknown factors that can change the situation in a blink of an eye. Stay in control with a leash.


Six legs are better than two as long as you apply common sense and put your dog's safety and enjoyment first! Feed you dog like an athlete. Check out Nulo at your local PetSmart or PetSmart online or learn more about Nulo at nulo.com


high-five Ollie!
Do you run with your dog? I love to see pictures of you and your favorite four-legged running partner! Share on Twitter and tag me @leagenders and @nulopetfood or on Instagram @runningwithollie and @nulopetfood. We'd love to see your furry-faced friends!

Ollie would say bye, but he's busy. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nulo. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Friday, November 11, 2016

Furry Friday Feature: Luna & Mairi

Welcome to the latest edition of Furry Friday Feature when I introduce you to the cutest four-legged runners on the internet. This week I am thrilled for you to meet Mairi and Luna from the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland.



Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.

My lovely running buddy is such a sweetie :) She is a 6 year old fox red Labrador called Luna who is such a happy girl.

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

We love to run at the woodlands in the main town of the island. There are lovely trails and places to explore and it's especially pretty just now as all the leaves are all beautiful colours. We also love hitting the beach for some sprints 




Have you ever raced with Luna? 

I haven't raced with her but would love to do a local 5K together .

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.

Running Moments that made me proud are completeing the London marathon, the Isle of Skye half marathon and some local 10K's :) I also have 3 fantastic children that make me proud daily.



Tell us a funny story about Luna.

Luna loves when I practice planks in the living room . She always tries to crawl under me and wags her tail. Needless to say I never maintain them for long.

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

Dogs teach us to run happy and enjoy every minute . Take time to stop and look at the view once in a while.

Thank you so much for including our Luna in the Furry Friday Feature, she's delighted.



You can follow Luna and Mairi on Happy Runner Girl Blog or on Instagram @mairikmac76

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Furry Friday Feature: Jog with a Dog


Friends. This is what Furry Friday Feature is all about. This is the dog love that makes the world go 'round. I am so proud and honored to share the the Greenville County Animal Care's Jog With A Dog program with you for this extra special Furry Friday Feature.

Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.

Greenville County Animal Care's Jog With A Dog program takes high energy shelter dogs to a local park for exercise and enrichment. We take dogs of all breeds and ages as long as they love to run and meet new people.




Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

We run at a local park near downtown Greenville that popular with local runners and triathletes. It has a great running path and allows us to give the dogs some extra exercise and put them in front of the people that might be most likely to want a dog with higher energy.




Have you ever raced with your dog?

Animal Care organizes an annual 5K dog friendly race. Every year I pick a shelter dog and run. The first year we put a gopro on the dog and we were the top male finisher. This year the entire adoptions team picked a dog and entered the race.




Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.

On one run I took a little cattle dog named Leah. She was full of energy and wanted to run and play with dogs all day but was not so great at listening or cuddling with people. I watched her go from very fast, independent dog to one that listened very well to anyone she bonded with and ended up being a huge snuggler! I paired her with a foster that could continue this bonding and we had her adopted in no time! Before the running group she would be very hard to get adopted.





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


The dogs we run with are usually the most stressed dogs in the shelter. When they are out running you can watch the stress disappear. They are just dogs doing what dogs love to do. People need to also find something they love to do (for me its running) and let themselves escape the day to day stresses of life for a while.



Please friend, follow at https://www.facebook.com/gcanimalcare/ to support this cause.


The Jog With a Dog program at Greenville County animal Care has been immensely beneficial in getting the large, energetic dogs adopted and has helped us on our path to create a no-kill community in Greenville SC.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Day in the Life of Ollie the Dog: #HealthierTogether


This post is sponsored by Nulo™ and the BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network. I am being compensated to help share information about Nulo, but I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers. Nulo is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hi. My name is Ollie. My mom says I'm an English Pointer mix and a handsome boy. I like belly rubs, chasing squirrels and stare-down contests with cats. Mom asked me to write a guest post on her blog about a day in my life since we all know I am the real reason you read this blog. My life is so much more interesting than hers anyway. She leaves the house for 9-10 hours every day. I have no idea where she goes but she always comes back.

Hi, I'm Ollie.

My mom likes to sleep (a lot) so every morning it is my job to make sure she gets up on time so that I can go on my morning walk and eat breakfast. Sometimes she tries to ignore me but I know if I keep licking her face she will get up.

wake up mom!

Mom and dad eat a healthy breakfast together every morning and it is my job to make sure no food gets on the floor. I don't mean to brag, but I am pretty good at it. When I'm sure there is no food left at the human table, I am usually ready to eat my own food.

My mom is a personal trainer and is studying nutrition. That means that she helps other people get healthy and fit. She pays attention to the foods that she eats to make sure it is healthy for her body. She knows when she eats a lot of processed foods she doesn't feel, look or perform her best. She does the same for me. Why would she feed herself healthy foods and then feed me unhealthy food? That wouldn't be right. I am an athlete, just like her.

She checks the ingredients on the dog food bag to make sure they are are whole nutritious foods that are healthy and I would enjoy. Nutritious foods makes me feel my best.

She went to PetSmart this weekend and bought me Nulo™premium pet food. She didn't take me with her. Isn't she rude? Doesn't she know PetSmart allows dogs? Doesn't she know how much I love to ride in the car? If you can't get to PetSmart like me, Nulo is available at PetSmart.com and Nulo.com. (Just don't tell your humans that you use the computer when they're not home.)



Nulo™ has everything mom looks for in a healthy dog food for me. The main ingredients are all whole foods. It is high in protein, lower in carbs and grain-free. I gobbled it up so it must've tasted good. Pet nutrition is just as important for active dogs as nutrition is for active humans.



Exercise is important to my mom too so she and my dad make sure I get plenty of exercise every day. My favorite part of the day is my morning walk. Walking is a great exercise for humans and dogs alike. It is so much fun to go out in the neighborhood and see all my friends behind fences.

Whoah, that's a big dog.

I have a girl friend too. This is Laila. Isn't she cute? Doesn't she look excited to see me?


This is my best friend, Copper. He is younger than me and really likes to play. Copper helps me stay active.


When it's nice outside I have a pretty full day playing in back yard chasing squirrels and playing with my friends. I also like to nap during the day when I can. My bed is pretty comfy.


Sometimes when mom gets home in the evening she takes me for a run. I LOVE TO RUN! (Yes, all caps because that is how much I love it.) It is my favorite thing ever and even though sometimes I get tired, I will never let mom know because I never want to stop running. I am an athlete too. Good pet nutrition is so important to fuel my healthy lifestyle. Mom and I are healthier together.

Mom and Dad make sure that I get enough exercise, healthy food, play time and quality time with them. This makes me a happy healthy dog! My mom will let you know how I like the Nulo in a couple of weeks. I just started eating it this week after she went to PetSmart (without me!) and she will give you honest feedback of how it makes me look and feel over the next couple of weeks. So far so good.

Mom and I are going for a run now.



If other dogs are reading this, you can tell your human to buy you Nulo at PetSmart, PetSmart.com or Nulo.com.

If you are an active dog with an active human I'd love to meet you. Share a pic of you and your active human with me! Share your dog pic on Twitter and tag @nulopetfood and my mom @leagenders or on Instagram @nulopetfood and @runningwithollie


See you soon!

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