Friday, April 18, 2014

Furry Friday Featuring Run Your Mutt Off with Jessica & Molly

Did you know that this week is Runner's World Dog Week? You can hashtag (hashtag is a verb, yes?) your running dog photos with #RWDOGWEEK and then search the hashtag (also a noun) to find other like-minded dog lover runners! Here is my contribution.

D'uh. Every week is dog week around here.
That sounds great and you can bet that I've been hash-tagging that shit all over the Internet, but here at Running with Ollie, every week is dog week (and every day is dog day). Once a month on a Friday I introduce you to a runner and his or her favorite four legged running partner (although we've been lacking on the "his" entries, where are the boys?). Regardless, My Furry Friday Feature is easily the most adorable post of the month.

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.

Please show your support for Jessica at Run Your Mutt Off by checking out her blog and following her on Twitter and leaving a comment here about how much you love Molly.

If you're  a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry 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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  1. I'm so excited that Molly famous and featured on your blog! (She however is sleeping through his momentous occasion, apparently being an internet sensation doesn't mean much to the mutts). Thanks so much for featuring us. Smooches from me, extra slobbery licks from Molly.

    1. we love extra slobbery kisses around here!

  2. What a cute series!! And Jessica has a super cute blog name!! and heading over there now to check out her blog! I love finding new-to-me blogs :) I do not run with my dog. My hubby used to take him for a mile or two after his runs but hasn't for awhile. It would really wear my hubby out after cuz our dog (Dexter) would be running a sub-6 minute mile but would not tire Dexter out at all! He has lots of energy!

    1. Ollie never gets tired either and he is way faster than me!

  3. This is super cute and cool. I have entered to participate:) I enjoyed this Lea:)

    1. thanks! I do them in the order I receive them, I'll let you know the week before yours will go live! Thanks so much for participating!

    2. Great...I will send a photo in once I hear from you:)

  4. This is So cute! I have a yellow Labrador I run with! I'll check out the page!

    1. Cute! You should fill out the form to be featured in an upcoming post! :)

  5. Cute series idea! I would love to run with one of my dogs. But the other one with get SUPER jealous if we left without her and not be nice when we got home. She is a bit of a bully to the boy dog.

    1. aww. I guess it would be too much to take them both? We had two dogs once, one was a runner and one wasn't...the non-runner was always sad when I would leave with the runner.

  6. I love this feature! I alternate running Charlie and Pete (my two pups) as they're not good running together. Charlie can go longer but Pete holds his focus better... go figure! Going to out Jessica's blog now.

    1. that's cool! You should submit your info for a future feature!


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