At 6&6 we all love our dogs. But I must leave him behind…I must. All three of us are training to do the Ragnar Relay Race in April. It is a 200 mile relay race starting in Orange County, through Riverside and down to San Diego. I’m running 3 to 4 days per week and I can’t take Seamus, my standard-sized “Irish Poodle.” Oh the eyes he gives me, the anticipation as I lace my running shoes. I tell him he can’t come but he still looks at me with adoration and anticipation.
Our long runs are 7 miles on the weekends. We are working up to 10 miles for our longest runs. You may know how exciting this is if you too are a runner. I find it fascinating that we can train our bodies to do anything. If you want to run a marathon, you can do it. You can train your body little by little each week to run farther. Seamus does not understand all this. During the week, 6&6 is running twice a week for 4-6 miles each. As we approach the Ragnar, we will run 3 days in a row to prepare for the 36 hour race.
If you’re not familiar with the Ragnar Relay, check it out! We are super excited about doing it. We are part of a 12 person relay team. There are two vans, each with 6 runners. We start on a Friday and finish the race on Sunday. Each runner runs between 12 to 22 miles. I am running 17 miles total but most of it is flat..phew! Our team, Temecula Beer Buns, has some very fast and strong runners. It should be a blast.
Our name combines Temecula Beer Runners (a social running group 6&6 manages…http://www.facebook.com/pages/Temecula-Beer-Runners/361734030547147?fref=ts) and Great Harvest Bread Company, our sponsor. We all have official tank tops, t-shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with Great Harvest’s logo for the race. We like to look good while running My whole family loves Great Harvest bread, sandwiches and snacks. Seamus has participated in my training by eating the delicious 9 grain whole wheat bread as well as cinnamon burst bread from our kitchen counter. He has eaten approximately 3 loaves in the last two weeks. He may be concerned with my carbohydrate consumption. Or…he is carb loading for the long runs he keeps waiting for!
Enjoy your dog. Take him on runs, just not long runs. Seamus suffered from blisters last year when I took him out on a longer run. Okay, I must get ready for today’s run, lace up my shoes and endure the longing looks from my fluffy brown friend. Happy tails…I mean trails!!