Training Kona for her first 5k
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If you didn’t know, we have two dogs – Kona and Ace. They are both mixed breed dogs. Kona is bred with a labrador and Ace is part corgi. They are also both rescues. We have had Kona since a puppy, and she will be 10 years old, I believe, this fall. Ace on the other hand… maybe he’s 8 …no clue as we got him second hand as a rescue.
Kona has always loved to play frisbee, she would play forever if you let her. Ace likes to sit around and watch and chase the occasional grasshopper while dreaming of a squirrel.
I have taken them on short one mile runs here and there. They seem to do ok, but Ace needs to mark everything, and is spent after that distance. I would like to be able to run with them more or for longer distances.
Then the opportunity came up for a virtual 5k, the Scooby Doo Run Series, I had to give it a try. There are 2 different events available. In September there is the Doo Good 5k and in October the Scoobtober 5k/10k. Each event rewards you and your dog with swag, plus you can do them both for an additional challenge medal
So… my thought is I can get Kona – the frisbee playing phenom – in shape to run a virtual 5k, all why earning more bling?
What is a virtual race? This is an event you can run anywhere, anytime. No need to wake up before the sun on a weekend to get to the starting line. You can just run from your front step using your own timing and maps.
Kona and I have been running on what I would call my rest days. I am on a run streak, so I will run one plus miles to keep the streak going. Currently, Kona is up to two miles in distance. Our major hurdle has been the weather. It seems the heat and humidity will not go away. I am hesitant to pick a date to complete this 5k.
Kona has been doing well on her runs, I wish I would have started running with her when she was younger. I believe she will be able to accomplish the 5k, and will monitor her condition if we need to walk.
I am hoping to continue running with her, so we can set a 5k time and then break it in the Scoobtober 5k.
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The Doo Good 5k needs to be completed in the month of September, and you need to be registered by September 20th. The Scoobtober 5k or 10k needs to be run in the month of October, and you need to register by October 20. If you want to do the challenge, you need to be registered by September 20. Code BIBRAVE will save 10%.
In support of the Scooby-Doo “Doo Good” campaign, a portion of your registration will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society.