I don't like running. Is it odd then, that I have signed up for the CIM? Well, it's one of those things people always say they want to do in their lives if they could find the time -- train for a marathon.
So figured, I've got the time and I have the perfect running partner. Beija Flor is a 4-1/2-year-old mutt I rescued from the pound when she was a puppy. She is a great pacer and has learned to be a fabulous running dog.
The true savior to our runs is the Gentle Leader, which keeps her from chasing cats, squirrels and anything else she might take an interest in mid-run. She has learned when the head halter is on that if she pulls, her face will be pulled back toward me and it's just not worth it.
Together, Beija and I did 15 miles last Sunday. We are part of the Fleet Feet training group, which doesn't actually allow dogs at the trainings. We just happen to show up at the public trails at the same time the running group is going out. This weekend, we may happen to show up at the 17-mile run.
We are in the last six weeks of the 17-week training and there have been many firsts for me. Now, as we are building up distance, every long run is the longest run I've ever done. There are terms like fueling and hydration. I finally tossed the cotton clothes after much urging. And, I don't even need to get into chafing. (Who knew butt cheeks rub against each other while running?)
I'll be blogging about these things and more as a first-time marathoner. I'm not breaking any records. But I hope to run the entire 26.2.