Life in the Fast Lane


Running On Four Legs

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This morning, I joined another run. But it was no ordinary run.

This one involved four-legged family members.

Weeks ago, I signed up for this race and decided to enter Cassie, my chocolate Labrador. She's the more athletic one of our two dogs (the other one being Buddy, our Golden Retriever). Since then, we'd been training for her 1.5K race; I didn't want to overwhelm her by signing up for a 3K race right away, considering this was going to be her first "athletic" endeavor.

At 5:30 this morning, our support team (composed of my sister, mom, and Buddy), Cassie, and I reached the Mall of Asia grounds. When we got there, we were surprised to see so many humans and furballs. Apparently, this event is an annual crowd-pleaser.

This senior Golden was one of Cassie and Buddy's first furriends.

Buddy in action. My mom (in white) trying to keep him calm while he decided to befriend other Goldens.

With Cassie after we had put on her race bib and running bib.

Surprisingly, a lot of small breed dogs joined the race. But the more hardcore four-legged racers (joining the 3K and 5K) were the large breeds.

Meet some of the more hardcore runners.

Cassie and I disappeared into the crowd when we were told to make our way to the starting line. There were 600 human-dog duos joining the 1.5K event alone!

My sister couldn't find Cassie and me at gunstart, so we'll just have to wait for the official race photos. Hopefully the photographers were able to take at least one of us.

Buddy waiting for us to finish.

We made it!

With my sister and momma. Thanks for coming to support Cassie!

Showing off her medal. Yay, Cassie!

Meanwhile, Buddy was happy to pose from the sidelines...

... and meet more furriends.

Time to go!

Lessons learned from signing up, training for, and participating in our first dog run:
  1. Always hydrate before a race. If dogs aren't properly hydrated, you'll hear them panting a lot while running. Some may even stop and refuse to move. I'm fortunate that Cassie was okay all throughout.
  2. Keep an eye out for all dogs. Some may not be as friendly as others, and while running, your own dog may be distracted by other dogs.
  3. Running with a dog is a totally different experience compared to when you're running alone. Don't expect to run your normal pace.
  4. Prepare for weeks (or even months) in advance, so your dog doesn't get overworked come race day.
  5. Make it a fun experience for you and your dog. He/she might not want to cooperate if he/she feels that they're forced into doing something they don't want to do.
Can't wait for the next one!

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