Losing a pet to cancer is one of the hardest things a person has to deal with. It's heartbreaking to watch your best friend fade because of something they didn't deserve. You can see the pain in their eyes and you feel helpless against it. I personally have faced this disease twice and both times my furry children fought a hard battle but eventually their little bodies couldn't take it anymore. So no one else has to face this pain, I've put together this blog to help raise money for canine cancer research.
This way there will always be a furry, friendly face on the other end of the leash!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Longest Training Run Since...?!

Coach Judy
Saturday mornings are my long run days.  I learned this from Coach Judy during my time with the Boulder Running Company's Women's Fit Team.  I've trained with Coach and the girls three times so I tweaked the team schedule to fit my upcoming marathon.  Coach said it was okay.  She's busy getting the newest group of women ready for next Saturday's start of training for the Garden of the Gods 10 Miler.   She's a great coach!  I won't be training with the group for that race.  I may meet up with them to get started, but my miles are already higher than what the group will be at next week.  Like yesterday, I had a 13-14 miler on the schedule and was not looking forward to it.  Luckily, I had nowhere to be after my run so I took my time (even getting out of bed).  I didn't get started until 10:30!  (excuse is REI's Garage Sale & no I didn't buy anything)  The Springs has this great trail (see piccy below with link) going through town which connects to the New Sante Fe Trail.  I ran a little of both.  Unfortunately, the Colorado winds were blowing when I got started and didn't quit.  That, along with the direction I chose to go, didn't make things any easier.  I ran north toward the AFA (which I H-A-T-E) to get some hills into my training. Luckily there were lots of people and distractions (dogs!) on the trail today so it wasn't too bad.  I met another Rottie named Dakota (9 years old).  She was a lover.  A couple had a new puppy out for a walk.  A 5 month old yellow Lab with the biggest feet I've ever seen.  They are in for a treat in a few months!  Long dry spell as I went back south until a guy walked up with two beautiful, but not friendly, German Shephards.  He said they were lovers when you're in the house - to which I said the problem is getting IN the house.  Nice chuckle on that one and then back to running.  Turnaround for the last 3 miles.  The ugliest miles ever.  I was so tired of the wind and clouds started rolling over the Peak.  Kept thinking there was nothing in the weather report about rain or snow for Saturday.  When I finally saw my truck, I was so happy it was over.  Treated myself to food from Whole Foods along with a drink one of my fellow bloggers told me about - Synergy Kombucha tea.  Not too bad, but I wouldn't recommend drinking a full bottle on your first try (I drank 1/4).  Read Noshy's review and suggestion about asking WF's to let you try it (they let me have mine for FREE).  Enjoy!


  1. I think I live for the distractions :) I wish I'd have run yesterday instead of thinking I could wait till today. Now it's windy and blech. Meh. Next Saturday the long runs start for me! :)

  2. awesome long run!

    Be proud of yourself!