Just a quick update on the sweet pups that I found on a morning run last week. The owners saw one of the posters that my neighbors made and we put out over the weekend. The pups were taken care of very well over the past five days, and I hope that the owners get these two micro-chipped ASAP. My neighbor’s daughter is heartbroken, but the right thing was done.
Yesterday morning I was taking advantage of a mild (for August) morning by getting in some miles. It was a good run, especially since I have had a slow and unproductive summer of running. I am back in full training mode now, and the weather is no longer a viable excuse. Anyway, this is not the purpose of this post. On my run, I was joined by a couple of running partners.
I was about halfway through my run, I came across two poodle mixed dogs that appeared to have been on the street for a while. They were cautious to approach me, and eventually, I decided to run back to my house to get some food for them. As I was approaching my house, I noticed that the two pups were running stride for stride with me. When I got to my house, my dog Molly was going crazy that I brought two other dogs to the house, and in the process, both dogs hesitated to approach the house. I went in to get some food and water, and when I returned, my neighbor was outside petting one of the dogs. We decided to put the one dog in his backyard and tried to get the second one to approach us as well, but she was having none of it.
Eventually she wondered off, and I made the block on foot with some chicken for her. After feeding her, she followed me back to my neighbor’s house and we placed her in the backyard with the other dog. It appears to me that the dogs are siblings, and have been on the streets for several days. They had no collars and desperately need to be groomed. They are very sweet and playful, and probably are still in the puppy phase. I cannot imagine anyone not aggressively searching for these two.
My neighbor took them to then to the vet and they unfortunately do not have a microchip. We both have posted their information across various social media platforms and animal rescue sites, but we are still in search for the pups family. I hope they were not just abandoned, but that is my fear. My neighbors have graciously agreed to foster the two dogs until we find their owners, and their daughter is completely smitten with the pair!
If you are in the Memphis area and know of anyone that is missing two white poodle mixes, please let me know!
It is amazing that despite how brutal of a summer that we have been having that an evening race in July was bearable, but that was the case for the 2015 Stars and Stripes 5K held at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Tiger Lane here in Memphis, TN. Originally I was not going to participate in this race, but we had a friend, Abby, coming in from out-of-town and she wanted to run in it, so I decided to as well. I ran in this race two years ago, and while I thought it was a fine race, there was a train that ran through the middle of the course, causing several runners to have to wait out the train, destroying their pace and finishing times. Luckily the course has since been tweaked and there were no trains to contend with this year!
Abby was wanting to improve on her time and wanted me to help motivate and distract her along to course. In theory, the plan seemed solid, but in action, I discovered that I am kind of terrible at being a running coach! We started strong, actually probably too strong trying to find a nice section of the pack. During this jockeying, I lost Abby. I tried to slow down or stop a couple of times to wait for her, but with over 1,600, the crowd was too big for any recon, so I just forged ahead. I finished the race, informed Susan and Abby’s mom of our separation, and then headed back onto the course to find Abby and help her finish. I found her about half a mile short of the finish and I started running with her. I tried to minimize what was left on the course and let her know how close to a victory beer she was! As the final stretch came along, I encouraged Abby to sprint to the finish, pointing out a lady a few feet ahead of us that I knew Abby could beat. I actually yelled to Abby “You can beat her!” and then took off. Not only did Abby beat our mark, she sprinted past several people to a PR by over 5 minutes! It was a great performance by her and I was happy to be a part of it! I was so happy that Abby was able to exceed her goal and feel great about it!
Swag: A: After the race, there were burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, beer, and the other staples of a July 4th celebration. There even was a fireworks show for the participants and their families! The ultra soft, cotton shirt was so much better than a cheap, white t-shirt, and holding the event at a football stadium and tailgating venue really helped with crowd control and parking.
Course: A: Not too hilly, and they avoided the train tracks, so that is a plus. Also, with a crowd of 1,600+ runners, the majority of the course was able to accommodate us, even though I was scolded for running outside of the cones during one of the turns!
Overall: A: All in all, this was a very fun event, and thankfully the weather cooperated with us for the run! I will return for at least a third time!
A few weeks ago I shared with all of my wonderful readers the exciting news that Susan and I will be having a baby! Since that time, things have progressed normally and both the baby and mother are doing as expected. Two weeks ago, we finally had the opportunity to discover the gender of our baby at a July 4th/Election themed gender reveal party with our family and friends. And when I say we found out with our family and friends, that is exactly what I mean, Susan and I did not know until everyone else did! It was very exciting, and I am proud to announce that Susan and I will be having a baby boy! Now back to you normally scheduled day of running and battling the heat!
I am not going to lie, staying motivated this summer has been almost impossible. I have allowed the heat and humidity to best me, and there really is not an excuse for this. I live in Memphis, where it is always hot during the summer and this is not exactly my first time experiencing it. I have just allowed it to creep into my psyche, and with each slow run, this negativity creeps further into my mind. The temporary reprieve from the heat last week showed a glimmer of hope for my running, so this is what I am going to build upon.
Six months ago, I was griping about the cold and ice hampering my running, and now it is the heat! I just need to get back into the proper mindset to return to a strong running regiment. The 5K I ran in on Friday night is the first step in this endeavor, but more on that race later this week.
Best of luck to all of you as you battle this heat with me!
Two weeks ago I participated in my second straight Navy Ten Nautical Miler on the naval base in Millington, TN. I loved the race again this year despite the higher temperature and humidity for the 2015 version. As the race progressed, it became more of a just finish mentality rather than pushing for a PR. I am not going to lie, I struggled greatly during the run, and questioned this whole running thing! I ended up finishing the race about 15 minutes slower than last year, which seems to be a theme for this heat and my running. The heat got so overwhelming, but I finished and once I cooled off, my rational mind took over and I was eager to run once again.
The distance of 10 nautical miles is clearly not an arbitrary distance. Rather, it has some significance from the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway was a major victory for the US Navy in WWII, and marked the first naval defeat in almost 100 years for the Japanese Navy. The battle was between June 4 and June 7, 1942. And since the battle was in early June, the race is likewise held in early June, despite the heat and humidity this time of year in Memphis. As was stated at the event, if the US Navy had won the battle in October, the race would be in October.
Swag: A+: This race provided one of the better goody bags that I have ever received. All runners received a good-looking tech shirt, financial book, race decal, KT Tape sample, race logo mixing cup, 10NM race decal, as well as some other promotional items and race literature. Finishers received a fantastic finisher medal that was a heavy-duty anchor on a navy and gold cord. It is an awesome finisher’s medal and certainly stands out on my wall. Also, the Cool Zone fans and ice bag chairs were lifesavers on the hot morning!
Course: B+: Mostly flat course with some rolling hills that serpentines through the naval base and a brief stretch of country road. There were water stops at each nautical mile and good crowd support along the way. From the guys handing out cold beer at nautical mile six and the kids with Super Soakers spraying runners right before nautical mile 7, the spectators helped make the race even better. The only downside was that the course between nautical miles 7.5 and 9 incorporated a track around the barracks/family living units on base. It was a boring stretch of the course.
Overall: A: Great race, with lots of support and excellent swag. I love that there is a reason why they host the event and amount of support from the community as well as the naval sailors and officers. This is a must run the race for those in the Memphis area, and it will certainly be one that I return to in the future. And I am certain that next the weather will be brutal, but I am still looking forward to getting another anchor medal!
Had to share this post from last year since it is the 61st anniversary of D-Day. Once again, a humble thank you goes to all of those that served.
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I was out-of-town last week at a work conference (more on that in a later post) and on my return trip, I witnessed one of the greatest moments of my life. I was at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport changing flights when it was announced over the PA system that a group of World War II veterans were landing at gate C7. I luckily was in the area, so I headed over to the gate. As it turns out, so did the rest of the passengers in C terminal, and what happened next was truly amazing. As each vet exited the plane, they were greeted to a standing ovation and a series of thank yous. One by one these men were warmly greeted by the crowd as they went on to their next stop. The looks of gratitude on the faces of the vets as well as the crowd was truly…
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