|D'uh. Every week is dog week around here.|
This month I am excited to introduce you to Jessica from Run Your Mutt Off (cutest blog name ever!) and her favorite running partner, Molly. Let's get started!
|Meet Jessica and Molly|
|Hi, Molly! You're cute!|
|Molly, the running Jack Russell Terrier.|
What is your name and blog name?
I'm Jessica from RunYourMuttOff
Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner
My favorite running partner is my dog Molly. We think she is mostly Jack Russell Terrier and about 4 years old. We adopted her from the Seattle Humane Society in 2011. She's one of five dogs I have at home (4 are mine, and 1 is a foster).
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
Molly and I love to run around our neighborhood (we have routes we like ranging from 2-4 miles) or we head to the running/biking path that parallels the river where we can run out and back. Her longest run with me is about 8-10 miles.
Have you ever raced with your dog?
I've never raced with Molly. I've only found one local race that allowed dogs and the timing the last couple years hasn't worked out for me. Also, we do best hitting popular running paths when the dog traffic is low, otherwise I get a little more of an arm workout than I'd like from all her tugging in anticipation of trying to meet new canine friends!
Tell us about a running moment that made you proud!
My proudest running moment was the first time I ran 9 miles. I love running along the river path near my house. I had mapped the mileage early in my first half marathon training cycle and determined it was 9 miles from the mall a couple towns over, back to my town, along this path. When my 9 mile long run weekend rolled around, I had my husband drive me out and drop me off. There is something invigorating about running point-to-point; the only thing that will get you home are your own two feet! It helped that the sun was shining but it was a cool morning; a perfect day for a perfect run.
What Important Running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
I've learned to slow down and "smell the roses" ... or the tree, or sign post, or fire hydrant, or a random rock! Molly (and all my dogs, really) loves to sniff and there is nothing wrong with taking some breaks to just enjoy being outside on a nice day. Who cares if your pace is slower than usual. Sometimes it isn't about the data, its about being in the moment.
Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
I'm a runner, wife, and mutt mama. - I'm a huge dog lover and also a canine foster mom. I'm training for my 3rd half marathon & 1st full marathon.
I've got 5 dogs total (4 of my own and a foster dog). Tony is 12 years old so walking to the mailbox and back is the extent of his cardio these days. Jack is about 8 years old and can walk a few miles but running is now out of his league. Diamond (our current foster) is blind and prefers the comfort of our home and backyard. And Red, our newest adoptee, needs a lot of socialization practice, he's still getting the hang of the real world, but I hope he becomes a running buddy in the future.
They may not all be running partners, but they're all great dogs!
Any parting thoughts?
I think it's so cool that you're doing this! I'm still new to blogging, and twitter too, but I'm loving the community and new social circle I'm building around my passions - running and my dogs. When I started out, just a couple months ago, I had a hard time finding running blogs that have a focus on dogs; there are a lot of running blogs that focus on food/nutrition, training tips, being a running mom, etc., so I hope to create a little niche for the dog & running lovers.
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