BENEFITING: MARLEYS MUTTS DOG RESCUE
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
Call it what you will; destiny, fate, serendipity, God's plan - but running the Chicago Marathon for Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue is my "perfect storm". The bringing together of two things I am extremely passionate about in my life: helping dogs and running.
The dogs have always been there. From the moment I helped convince my parents at age 12 to taking in one of a pack of strays that had been roaming the woods behind our house. Never mind with the "we're military, we move (a lot!), it's not practical" talk that was happening in our family. I just knew that I HAD TO HAVE THAT LITTLE BLACK DOG! And so Gypsy meandered into our lives and hearts and took up residence. I was hooked. Next we found a home for Rebel -another stray that came along by way of the woods. All this eventually evolved into volunteering at the local humane society when I entered college. You know, back before volunteering was cool or a "necessity" for your resume. Fast forward a few years as I'm driving to work in the rain one day. I see a dog(?), deer(?) at the edge of the woods. Yea, you know I'm going in after it regardless of the fact that I'm wearing a dress, high heels and pantyhose. Forty five minutes later I emerge covered in mud & scratches carrying an emaciated yellow lab mix. He's the cute, smiley one in the photos! His name is Trigger and he joined his big fur sister Holly (the other larger, yellow lab mix in the pics) to complete the family. I lost Holly in January 2011 and my sweet, little, old manTrigger just three months ago in February. He & I had over 14 years together and my favorite thing to do was whisper all my secrets in his warm ears and tell him I love him! So in Chicago two of my favorite reasons to run are in memory of Holly & Trigger. My other two doggy reasons are Sam Sam (the black chow mix, rescued from a hoarding situation) and Kiki (the crazy Boston!). Mommy loves you all!
The running is still relatively new in my life. I started 3 years ago when a girlfriend asked me to join her in a couch to 10k program. I hated it from the get go. But I'm stubborn and competitive and I really wanted to kick ass in the 10k Shamrock Shuffle run at the end. So I persisted. Subconsciously, I started liking it. I'm an early morning runner. I like to see the sun come up. I like to hit the streets before the world wakes up and get to that "zen" place. I love knowing exactly where all the dogs live on the various routes I run. :) Finally I realized I really liked running way more than I wanted to admit. And then it all fell apart on my first half marathon. I ended up having knee surgery. So I did the slow, agonizing work of someone who might just be too old to come back from surgery and really run again. Two years later, I finally put together two successful back to back half marathons. All those old dreams of glory returned. Along with the nagging thoughts of "I wonder if I could do a full marathon?". And all of the doubts - whoa those doubts dominated my thoughts!
Remember that "perfect storm" I mentioned above? Well, here I am perusing Facebook one day and one of the many dog rescues I follow cross referenced Marley's Mutts and their call for designated charity runners on their behalf for the Chicago Marathon. Hmmmm, I wonder. And ponder. And procrastinate. And procratinate some more. I'm too old, I'm not fast enough, I can't do this. It's twenty six point two miles for the love of dog! But...what if. This is running for something better, GREATER, than just myself! This is running for the rescue of dogs!! THIS IS MY PERFECT STORM!!!
I would be truly greatful for any support you all offer in helping me reach my goal of raising $1500 for Marley's Mutts. And maybe, just maybe this old dog will learn a new trick!
Love & "pawstive" vibes!