Hi everyone! Happy Father’s Day first of all. I hope you are all having a great day so far…I know most of you are probably still sleeping.
This week was a big week for me and I wish I could say it was for running. Not even close. It all started Monday morning……
I was sitting at my desk working away when Matt’s sister sent me a gchat asking for help. She said their close friends just told her they had dropped two of their dogs off at a shelter. The shelter happened to be a high kill shelter and one dog’s time was nearing the end. I posted cry out for help on facebook and sent an email out to friends and family in the area. His sister could not take her because they currently have two dogs (one being elderly and needing extra attention). I called Matt to ask him to help and and after sitting in silence for a few minutes he told me to get her, but we could NOT keep her. Instantly we became foster parents. Oh boy. His sister got the dog and filled me in on WHY all of this happened. Apparently the friends decided they no longer wanted to deal with the dogs and the costs associated with them. There was a second dog, but since he was a great dane and the dane rescue came in to help. Could we handle a dog? We had to, she needed help! As the week went on, I realized her living in our apartment was too much. She is scared of the cats, the cats hate her, there just isnt enough space, and with work falling into busy season, I dont have the time. Plus a dog needs a yard to run around in.
If you are friends with me on Facebook, you have seen all of my Peanut posts. Hopefully it is working though. I have two families that are interested in meeting her. She is such a great dog and deserves such a happy life. She has been through a lot and I just found out she was also abused in that household. It just kills me to think someone could do such a nasty thing.
I hope these meetings go really well. I know both families and I would give them to her in a heartbeat.
With all this being said, I think this event was the biggest sign I have ever been given. I dont know if you believe in that sort of thing, but I do and this was the cherry on the cake. A few months ago I was inspired by another blogger to start this. I did a lot of thinking and a lot of planning to see if something like this would actually work. Anytime I had down time to think, all I thought about was this. When I told people about it, they were so positive and supportive I just knew I had to. Then Peanut came into my life.
Since there was nothing like this in my area, I started an animal rescue aid called Trails and Tails. We are a group of people wanting to help shelter dogs exercise and be adopted. We are going to take dogs out on runs, walks, and hikes. Like I said, there was nothing like this in my area and knew I had to start it. I am still in the itty bitty baby phase, but I have done a lot of ground work so far.
I am so excited about this and cant wait for our first run/walk/hike. I hope we can help all of the animals!! Please like us on Facebook! I will post more on this as things progress. My main focus is to find Peanut a home and get through busy season.
Ok, onto running. There hasnt been much this week because of work and the dog (not leash trained). Yesterday I did run the Braves Country Father’s Day 4-miler. I went in with ZERO expectations because of my lack of training this week. This was literally one of the toughest courses I have run so far. We started uphill…just cruel. We ran 4 miles of rolling hills where the uphills were steep and the downhills didnt give you much recovery. Its Atlanta, you have to expect that. I started really strong and I was really proud of how I kept it calm. Of the many hills, there were only 3 that after running 3/4 of it, I just HAD to walk.
But the really cool part was we finished inside of Turner Field at home plate.
It was a well organized race and I was really happy with course, tough or not. I would definitely do this race again.
I was totally motivated after this race to keep racing. I WANT to run my half, I just feel under trained at the moment and I dont know if I will be able to get my long runs in during July.
Anyways. With this race, I bought tickets to last nights game. What a disappointment. The Bravos really stunk it up against Baltimore.
And last but not least
Dont forget to enter the Larabar giveaway! Its ends tomorrow night! Peanut says DO IT!
And go call your dad!
How was your weekend?
Have you ever taken in a foster animal?
Seems like everyone ran a race or had a great run this weekend? Tell me more
Are you working on any projects right now?