This post will be in list form because I have no creative way to mold this variety of topics into a complete thought.
1. I ran a race more than two weeks ago. I forgot about it and never wrote anything on the blog. Is that the point where you start to wonder if you should really keep up a running blog? Anyway, I ran a local 5 mile race that I run pretty much each year. Fast people run it so I would normally never stick around for the awards for a race like that but everyone does because of slight chance of winning the random prize for a trip to Bermuda or $1000 cash. Since both my husband and I ran, we had two chances. I made him stick around. Neither of us won. The good news is he improved his time on the 5 mile significantly! Me, umm, yeah, not so much. Even with not really 'training' for anything, I thought I'd be able to come in under 40 minutes. I was a bit deflated when I ended up crossing the finish line in 41 minutes.
2. I'm to the point where I'm practically begging people to sign up for our upcoming annual 5K for the animal shelter, Peace 4 Paws. Our numbers are lower than anticipated on pre-registrants so far this year. It brings up an interesting point though because I've noticed all local races I've attended this year seem to be smaller crowds than usual. From people I've talked to who organize local races, everyone seems to be feeling it. Anyone else? The saturation of the market seems to be the issue around here. There are races pretty much everywhere, all the time, for every single cause you can think of. I won't even get into the all the 'other' events...you all know what I'm talking about.
3. Similar to the above, but fundraising is way harder than I anticipated. I thought raising $3000 for the shelter would be a piece a cake - I mean get a bunch of people with some small donations and a few family and friends with somewhat larger amounts and we'd be there! Yeah, not so much so we're only 1/3 of the way there. But, hey, that's still more than doing nothing and just showing up to the race so at least we'll have some funds to provide shelter and they are very much needed. And, I will say many of the people who have donated have been extremely generous in the amounts they've been able to give! If I've made you feel bad for me, you can still donate too:
4. I have a time set up today for a local magazine to take photos for a Miles and Mutts article. The whole idea is so incredibly weird to me and I'm freaked out about it. I'm hoping they'll just take some pictures of my dog and call it good. I'm fine with my husband taking photos when we are running each week but specifically going out and running with a dog for the purpose of getting good photographs is definitely out of my comfort zone! When the local paper showed up to do an article the other week I was completely unprepared for it, which in many ways was good, no time to get nervous...though I still refuse to watch the video they posted. I just can't do it and am sure I sound like a nervous moron who can't form a complete sentence. People should understand that if I have a program where I'm around shelter dogs a lot, I probably relate to the dogs better than people.