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For the past year I have had a glorious time starting up running with dogs! Mind you, I get paid to run one hour per day 5-6 days per week with a stupendous running budding and neighborhood Labradoodle named Trooper. He is the fur son of one of my boyfriend's personal training clients and he LOVES TO RUN. In between much needed scouting, potty breaks and squirrel moments, we run between 3-4 miles per hour each day that we are together. Since last June 2016, we have clocked an average of 60-70 miles per month give or take a few when we decide to have a beach day. Trooper has become my spirit animal, my friend, and very much my training partner. He has kept my cardiovascular system spinning and ticking away as it should and has strengthened my heart in all manners of way. He is my spirit animal.
Belonging to the Wolf Clan of the Cherokee Nation, it was only a matter of time before Trooper found me. Sure, he may not be MY dog, but he is THE dog...he has taught me bewilderingly about living in the moment, always, always being excited to move and run and play (even when it rains...in fact this may be his favorite), and pure unyielded love. He knows the sound of my car when I pull up in his driveway and likes to take the first 100 yards of our jog to take ME for a walk with the slack of his leash in his mouth. He is a beautiful, curly-haired, tall and handsome dog. People love him and he sure loves people, and dogs, and cats, and seemingly every living and breathing thing on this earth. He is a gift that I can never repay...
Chrystal also has a dog named Fenster. Fenster is adorable and sooooo cuddly. I also hear she is a great running parter like Trooper! Maybe we can get permission to post a picture soon...Chrystal also has a 1.3 year old athletic stud of a son named Tyler and a husband of unknown age but brilliantly supportive and kind named John. I am sure we will get to hear about them in this journey of running.
Jared, my boyfriend, may also be along for a few of the runs...he is a full time personal trainer and weightlifter so running long distances is more detrimental to his training regimen than helpful, BUT he loves Trooper and I am pretty confident he loves me, too, so it is possibly a "go"!
For the marathon, Chrystal and I have decided to use the MapMyRun application by Under Armour on the iPhone. This past year I have been using the MapMyFitness application by Under Armour that seems quite similar. We paired each other's accounts up via email and will be able to see each and every run, split and mile ran in accountability (if Chrystal lets me, I may also be able to see her music playlist that she runs to- right now it is set on "private" because for those of you who do not already know, Chrystal is a music genius!).
Born to Run by Christopher Mcdougall
Chi Running by Danny Dreyer
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Chrystal and I are both set up on Goodreads, so you can find us there. Like the music genius inside of her, Chrystal also has a "weird" genius that awakens in her soul whenever dealing with art, books, style and poise. She is the most beautifully weird person I have ever met in my life. Just wait until you meet her...
So, we have MapMyRun, Goodreads, and of course, Insta"fame" where I will be posting pictures of running training on and off. Most of the time when I need a break I take a picture break- I love photos...to a fault....to a fault that I usually take 5-6 before I choose the one that I will actually post. Don't worry, I am working on this...it is an artistic flaw that I have been told takes me out of the flow, out of the moment, and I want to live in the moment- but I also want pictures, so, stay tuned...we will figure this one out together.
My financial advisor, Stacia, is in fact an Ironman! She has been training with Boca Hawaii for the past, maybe 5-7 years or so....so, after having emailed her, we will also be getting a marathon training plan to use in conjunction with MapMyRun app and will go from there. There are approximately 25 weeks before the marathon so we do have a little time to play with. I would like to get a starting video of running form to post to Instafame just to get a basis for how run form will most likely change and fall into a better rhythm with instruction from the professionals....anyone who involves themselves in a life altering race of 140 miles total gets to tell you how to run right. Lol. Oh yeah.
My shoes: GT- 2000 4 Women's Silver/Turquoise/Lime Punch from the Running Store in Honolulu, HI:
Chrystal's shoes: version of Fresh Foam New Balance Women's Running shoes (Chrys- feel free to put in the exact here)
Running belt. Mainly for Trooper (he hogs all of the water, but he does it so incredible cute that I never get mad- you could watch him drink water all day). This particular one that I got for running with him already has the elastic quite stretched out, but it is able to carry my two 6 oz. small running water bottles, my iPhone 6 plus smartphone, one car key, and 3 poop bags. Not bad. I may have to upgrade to a tighter fitting one for the actual race, but this will do for now.
Headphones. I have a cheap pair or wireless ones I found at Ross (cannot find online picture- but will add later if I do). They seem to do the job for training and allows me to bluetooth to my iPad where I can listen to music and audiobooks on Overdrive while I run. A lot of the wireless earbuds that I have tried previously tend to bounce out of the ear while running, so the over-the-head headphones seem to be best. But don't forget to charge them frequently and they only last for 5-8 hours and you will be out some serious entertainment on those long runs if you do forget...
I will be blogging about different thoughts on running for running, quotes about running, the training process, and anything else that comes to mind. In the meantime, it's all about putting one foot in front of the other. And then the other foot. And then again. Just run!