This morning I got up to pee.
When I stumbled back to the bed, our 120lb pit-bull mixed breed female had moved from the foot of the bed, where she takes all my feet-room each and every night, to the little bit of space I do manage to carve out between my wife, two dogs, 5 pillows and stacks of blankets.
And she won’t move for nutin’.
Over the years, I have spent thousands of dollars on rescue dogs, and opened my home to the joys of chewed up home furnishings, window sills and running shoes. I’ve been through the canine surgeries and the traumatic, dramatic deaths that can bring a family to its emotional knees.
I’ve been known to pull over on the road and bury ducks that have been hit by cars, carry insects from inside to outside, and hang out with local geese as they welcomed their babies to our big, bad, busy neighborhood.
Animals. They run my life.
In Defense of Animals
As some people know, I am currently training to run a 2:55 marathon. This training requires much speed work, which I love, and shorty races are great places to work on that speed.
On Saturday, for the second year in a row, I supported the In Defense of Animals organization by running their local 5K race here in Duluth, Georgia – a hilly, 5K race in which every single penny raised goes to the organization.
Did I mention the race is hilly?
But regardless of the hills, the vibe at the race is something that you have to see. There’s something about a large collection of people, all animal lovers and all up early in the morning to both test themselves and support a great cause.
There are dogs everywhere.
And where there are dogs, and people who love dogs, there are smiles and positive vibes ruling the scene.
No frustrations, just excitement.
No grouchy people, just kindred spirits.
It’s a beautiful thing.
Chasing Cross Country Kids
I love 5Ks and I’m getting a little smarter running them.
Because I knew the course was very hilly, I started conservatively, but still ending up with a 5:55 first mile. The course starts downhill, and I knew some of the runners that shot out to the front would whittle down on the climbs.
I went from 6th place after 2 miles, to 2nd place on the final climb; but it was this fast high school cross country kid that continued to fight me off and refused to let me catch him.
We finished about 5 seconds apart, 19:45 to 19:50, with him holding on to the lead, making for an exciting finish for those watching at the finish tape.
Lastly, making it that much more special was seeing the lovely Mrs. Griffith standing there with two of our mutts and cheering in the runners as well. I have a great family.
Thank You Sarita
So thank you Sarita Raturi for all you do for animals, for putting on such a great race, and for being so nice to me and my family.
As long as we live in the area, we will continue to support your efforts, your organization, and of course that great little hilly 5K.