Pug 5K

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!


  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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  5. 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!). 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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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  9. 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!

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  12. 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!

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  18. 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 🙂

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