• Pug 5K

    June 4, 2011

    My first 5k was so fun! I still can’t believe that my little pug legs made it the whole way! I’m so proud of myself!

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    Mom and Dad needed to pick up their numbers before the race, so we arrived bright and early at the First-Ever 5K Run/Walk to Benefit PRoNE. It was held at Castle Island in South Boston.

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    The race shirts were so cool! Mom was especially happy with them!

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    Before the race, I met some new pug friends.

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    And scoped out the competition.

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    Mom also made me take a few photos– you know, “for the blog.”

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    Snapping a photo with Mom only took a few seconds, but it wasn’t as easy with Dad.

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    He’s such a clown, but I love him.

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    Before I knew it, everyone was lining up at the start line for the race.

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    I was so nervous!

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    But, then the race started and everyone took off running, so I chased after them!

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    I started out sprinting, but Mom and Dad told me that I shouldn’t use up all of my energy at the beginning of the race. Mom said: “It’s marathon, not a sprint,” and I think Dad mentioned something about “negative splits.”

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    I had no idea what they were talking about, but, eventually, we found a good pace and cruised right along.

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    I tried to stay focused during the race, but there were just too many new smells along the route– I couldn’t help myself!

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    There’s seriously a ton of dog pee in Southie!

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    I also took a bunch of water breaks during the race.

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    And, at one point, I laid down in the grass to rest for a little bit, but the rest of the time, I was running!

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    Around mile 2.5, I saw the finish line on the other side of Castle Island, so I dug deep and pushed myself to finish strong.

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    Dad could barely keep up!

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    The finish line was so exciting! Our friends, Elizabeth and Nick cheered us on!

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    Crossing the finish line was the best feeling! I didn’t know I had it in me!

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    Mom and Dad were so, so, so proud of me!

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    I got a big high five from Dad at the end!

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    I finished the race in 46:33, which was 1st place in the pug division and 135th (out of 149) overall! Wahoo!

    I’m exhausted now, but I’ll never forget this day for as long as I live!

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Leila June 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Seriously the sweetest thing ever!! I am SO glad I’m not the only crazy dog lady that speaks for her dog hahaha! BTW, I made my first iced coffee & it was pretty much amazing! 🙂


    Marissa June 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Aww, yeah for Murphy! I would love to run a 5K with my dog, but I’m not sure my old boy could make it anymore! He’s got arthritis now, so even a 5K walk is a serious workout for him. Besides that, he’s got short little legs! Haha.


    Skinny Fat Kid June 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Go Murphy! Izzy could easily kill a 5k. Too bad I can’t run! Last time I attempted to try and train for one, I ended up in a walking boot! I’ll have to leave the running to Skinny Fat Kid!


    Andrea Shestopalov June 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Yay for Murphy! I also type for my dog. She even has her own blog. That way my friends don’t get too sick of me telling them stories about her. 🙂


    Lori @ According to Gus June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love this post!! Way to go, Murphy!!


    Sarah June 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Love Murphy’s POV! So cute, way to go little pug!!


    Jen June 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    congratulations, murphy! this is too cute! 🙂


    Ali @ Ali Runs June 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Seriously…..best race recap ever!!! Congrats to Murphy! 😉


    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola June 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This was fantastic! Congrats Murphy!


    Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl June 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    This is the cutest post I have EVER read. Love it!! That Murphy is such a character!


    Danielle June 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    this is the sweetest post i’ve ever seen. pugs have so much personality!


    Delaney June 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    OMG!! Seriously the cutest post yet! Great job Murph dog : ))


    Laura @ prettylittlewords June 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    This is so stinkin’ cute!


    Anne P June 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    This is SO cute! Go Murphy!


    Jenny June 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Love it Tina. I wish my old guy (9 year old Max) had the stamina still for this kind of activity. He looked just like Murphy does at that age, now he is a little grayer and a little lazier, but I love him just the same. I am proud of Murphy he is quite a trooper! This is my favorite race recap you have ever done, except for the marathon (I think I was as excited for you as you were!). 🙂


    Amy June 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    SO cute! Murphy should start his own blog 😉


    Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) June 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Too Cute! I LOVE the Pug High Five at the end!


    Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds June 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    During my walk yesterday… I came across the cutest little pug and I thought of you 🙂 I’m actually not much of a pug fan… but this one was seriously cute! It was a long haired pug… is there such a thing? Or do pugs only have long hair when they are pups? I have no idea… but it was a pug… with really long hair!


    Bri June 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Cutest. Post. Ever. I laughed out loud so many times. WTF Murphy! I need to find a doodle race for my puppy now! 🙂


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    Melissa June 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Adorable! I’m a pug mom and I don’t think my little girl would have it in her. Our normal 1.5 mile route gets a little hard for her in the Chicago heat, even with a lot of breaks (and that’s walking with some running mixed in at the river). Sounds like such a great event and cause!


    Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Love this! Go Murphy!!!


    J July 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Simply put … adorable … can’t wait to run a 5K with my Dante (labrador) … but for now I am told to go no further than a mile. Congrats to Murphy!


    Amanda@RunningOnCoffee September 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Congrats to Murphy on his first race! I have always wondered who uses those dog strollers…It’s sad when people let their pets get that obese though!


    Stacey@Pugmamastace August 28, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Murphy is adorable!! What an awesome race, and he ran the whole way! My Ali is 8 and a half, so she’s not so into running anymore. We did the Petco WalkRunWag 5K9 a few months ago here in Phoenix. She walked about half of it, and I carried her and let her ride in a friend’s wagon for the other half. I am so glad I found your blog! Another Pug Lover and Runner! How cool 🙂


    Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats June 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Hahahahah I’m dying. This is excellent.


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