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Dallas, Texas
United States
Thruston Racing
Total Time = 29m 49s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 6/12
Pre-race routine:

No hangover here! Up early, had breakfast and hot chocolate. Drove to Dallas.

Ran into a new BTer-Brachiator in the parking lot! She'll soon realize the depth of the Dallas BT Cult. :) Then ran into Tommy-Zia Cyclist and his wife Michele as well and some other friends of ours.
Event warmup:

Stood in the cold for well over an hour while the course was being redesigned. Heavy rains the past week flooded part of the course since some of it was supposed to be on a trail. The announcer then said it was changed to a 5k. Darn.

I decided to run with Shiner as well. His first race! Not as easy as I expected...
  • 29m 49s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

I am more in shape to run a 5k than a 5 miler anyway, and I'm glad I didn't have Shiner for 5 miles as well.

We started out great, he was pulling and loving the run. There were other dogs and he wanted to beat them (and sniff their butts as we ran). We got to the only water stop about 1/2 mile into the race and stopped for approx. 30-45 seconds. No big deal, I was ok with it.

Mile 1 split: 9:06

Between miles 1-1.5 the shit hit the fan. We're running along, Shiner not knowing how to pace himself obviously, and then he stops. Squats. Oh no. Apparently dogs get the runs while running like people do. I was so embarrassed and it took so much time! We start moving again and about 10 feet later; squat again. Damn dog!

Mile 2: 10:30
We start moving full speed again. I see Aaron coming (it was an out and back) and I yell "Your dog has diarrhea!" We hit the turn around Shiner slows down. A lot. Great. I have to slow down to accomdate the dog now. Any hopes of a good time for me were out the window at the first pooping incident so lets just finish the race. Not too long after that, he stops to pee. He is so high maintenance! After all this stopping, 2 dogs that I had singled out to beat had passed us. :(

Mile 3: 10:13
What would you do differently?:

Eh. It was fun with Shiner. I didn't plan on trying to do well, just have fun so I wasn't that upset about the stopping and slowing down. My personal effort was fine.
Post race
Warm down:

Chatted with Aaron, Sarah, Tommy and his wife and waited for the awards. Aaron got 2nd in his AG.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The dog. I could have placed 3rd or 4th depending on the effort I would have given without Shiner. (25-26 min)

Had I run in the Athena category, I would have placed third with my actual finish time. I didn't know about the category since Aaron had to register me for the race while I was away. Had I run my pace without Shiner I would have gotten first in the Athena category. Good to know for next year!

Event comments:

Good times and a great reason to not go out and drink on New Year's Eve.

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Last updated: 2007-01-03 12:00 AM
00:29:49 | 03.1 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/12
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
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Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2007-01-03 7:09 AM

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Queen BTich
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Subject: New Year's 5-Miler

2007-01-03 7:53 AM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler
Uh, I see.  Now it's "Your Dog", huh?   Great way to kick off the new year, Haley.
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2007-01-03 8:41 AM
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Wife, Mother, Friend.
Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler

nice race.  The dog's so big!  When I take my dogs out for a walk, they pee everywhere.  It's like they save it up just for the occasion.

Will miss you on BT! Be safe!

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2007-01-03 9:04 AM
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Cambridge, MA
Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler

Now I'm re-thinking the whole "dogs would be fun to run with" notion...

Anyway, I'm glad to see that you had a good race, regardless, and that you might go back for next year sans chein  for some Athena hardware. 

Good luck in your continued training back in SC!  I admire anyone willing to serve as an Army nurse or medic.  Tough job, takes a smart person to do it well and remain calm while doing so. 

Cheers, -Sunny

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2007-01-03 9:07 AM
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Orange Park Florida
Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler

Your run with Shiner sounds like some of my runs.Wink

Glad you had fun while you were back!

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2007-01-03 9:22 AM
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Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler

Well good effort there Haley!

 Your RR has led me to ponder new questions:  how do you deal with a dog's pre-race nutrition?  Do they need extra sodium and electrolytes like we do?  hmmmm!

Bon voyage girl.  You should have a little mail pretty quick, I already sent it. 

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2007-01-03 10:34 AM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Subject: RE: New Year's 5-Miler

Why is it that every time you're around Shiner his bowels liquefy? 

No worries, my dog slows me down, too.  Not because of diarrhea but moreso because he wants to greet everyone we meet.  Run with dog = slowness.   

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