Tag Archive: Dogs

Things are really heating up here in the south.  I’ve heard it rumored that running in the summer air down here is like swimming.  Only underwater, you try not to breathe – outside, you haven’t a choice. It’s a challenge to get enough air right now, but I think this will only help in the long run (pardon the pun). 

I’m amazed at all the support coming in via email and comments regarding the upcoming fund-raising and half-marathon and all I can say is **Thank-you!**  It means a whole heck of a lot to see both friends and strangers reach out with encouragement.  Agreeing to run a marathon is not an easy decision and in this case it’s compounded by the fund-raising goal.  I’m in a new town where I know very few people and I’m not a natural runner.  As with the cancer-battle, this isn’t an act of physical endurance as much it is pure determination.      

This morning, near the end of my run, I thought about the people I’ve met who’ve inspired me.  Thinking of them took away the awareness of my fatigue and allowed me to make one more stride after one more stride until I crossed the imaginary finish-line.  Out of breath from trying to breathe in the thick air, I thought to myself, only twelve more miles to go!  Right now it doesn’t seem possible, but with each stride I’m a little closer to my end goal.  And as a team of mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers; husbands and wives and children; taking on this disease and running full tilt toward a cure; stride by stride, we’re that much closer to our goal for a cure.  

Tomorrow, Celli and I are walking for a cure for human and canine cancers: The 2008 Dogs Walk Against Cancer.  Lymphoma is a common cancer for dogs, so we’re proud to be taking part in an event to raise money and awareness for we two-leggers and our four-legged friends.

Thank-you again for your support!


Celli, the beagle, has done a fantastic job of adjusting to the strange sounds and textures of the city. She’s made friends with another dog who frequents the Canine Cafe’ down the road and she no longer quivers at the sight of an oncoming train.  Still, there’s always a surprise for the little Northern Michigander beagle.

The other morning, as we crossed Bland St. on our walk, a train approached and out of nowhere, the train-crossing road block arms-of-God came down right over our unsuspecting pup.  All four legs went out and I couldn’t budge her in either direction.  As the bells ding-ding-dinged and the train roared past, my dog sprang from the ground to the curb at lightning-fast-instinct-for-survival-speed and I, less inclined toward protest, flew along beside her, happy to be somewhere other than the road.

At home, Celli is frequently rewarded for her daily efforts at normalcy with healthy treats and a lot of love and attention.  She now looks forward to our walks, but remains ever vigilant when we cross Bland St. for those sneaky, pesky road blocks.   sunshineuptown2_08-136.jpgsunshineuptown2_08-132.jpgsunshineuptown2_08-146.jpg

Time: 23:49.51

Not sure yet on the mileage, but I ran the whole distance and felt pretty good about it.  At some point I’ll measure, but I think I’m averaging over 10 minutes per mile, which isn’t great, but not bad considering all my body has endured this year.  I just need to shave off the three minutes and 49.51 seconds sometime in the next year and I’ll be pretty satisfied with my efforts.

Celli made it too, though with obvious strain on her little frame.  I’m amazed she even gets excited when she sees me get ready.  I’m trusting this is good for her, but I’ll likely clear it with our vet just in case.  Lady doesn’t seem to mind at our current pace.

I’ve missed runner’s high!  Woo-hoo!

Time: 23:49.51