No Fairy Wings, Pixie Dust or Green

It is Monday and Monday mornings usually mean an extra large cup of coffee for me whether working or not, so bring on that coffee with flavored creamer, please.
This weekend meant two things, a jack russell terrier fun day and the half marathon and of course church was mandatory in the schedule.

Let me explain what a jack russell fun day is by first explaining that jack russell can get involved in competitions. There are a series of events that jack russells compete in to show off their agility, their hunting skills and their speed. A fun day was simply a day for the jacks to practice doing these events plus it really tires them out and every once in awhile a jack russell needs some fun time too. 
Kip showed off his champ skills in the racing trying to catch a lure that looks like a rat along with 5 other jacks at the same time. First jack through the finish at the end is the winner. The second event he participated in was the go to ground where the jack has to work his way through an above ground tunnel to get to the rat at the end of the tunnel. The rat is in a cage so no rats are harmed in the event. 
Yes, it sounds crazy that us Jack Russell owners bring their dogs to events like these but it helps hone their natural instinct of hunting by going through tunnels to find the rat and racing to get the animal looking object first.
This was the result of the fun day Kip and Kimbia had on Saturday and this was at 3pm and they barely moved from that spot the rest of the day.
Sunday's snapshots

Sunday's snapshots:
The top right photo was taken at 4:30am, please forgive my tired look and the only way I could look better was to change the photo to black and white. Don't judge. The bottom right is my support system after the 3:10am wake-up call. The race started at 5am. I didn't train for this half like I did the two I did last week, I was given 13 days advance notice that I was running yesterday so i figured well do my best. I was hoping that I could cross the finish line by sunrise which was 6:55am so I could say I literally ran a half marathon before the sun came up. My finish time, 1:49:03, with 6 minutes to spare before sunrise. Yesterday's race was the motivation I need to really start running again. Since October, when I did my last half marathon, my running has been constant at least 5 days a week but it hasn't been very good and not very fulfilling. I felt like I flew through the miles yesterday, 1 down 2, down before I knew it there were only 2 miles left and I felt great the whole run. In fact, the race left me jazzed all day. Ever get that feeling?
I felt out of place not wearing anything Disney-related especially fairy wings, anything green or pixie dust but there is always next year...
Now tell me what did you do this weekend?


22 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow that is a great time for not training! Congrats! I don't think I could finish that fast, ever :)

Sarah said...

Holy cow girl, that time is great, especically for no training! =) Good job!

Rachael@HomeSweetHarbor said...

That is so cool that you finished before the sun came up. :) I am most definitely not a runner, so this is super impressive to me. Great job!!

Alexa said...

Oh congrats on your rug Meg...saw your photos on FB and my favorite was the one of Sean sleep-standing. He's awesome! ;)

The Unlikely Runner said...

Congrats on a great race!!! Those Disney races are early but that is cool to say you ran a half marathon before the sun came up! And I'm glad it gave you some new running energy! :)

Valerie Price said...

Congratulations on the race...this is such a wonderful accomplishment! And your dogs are so cute! :)

CALLIE said...

You are a Rock Star, my friend!!!

Ashley R said...

Congrats! (And your pups are seriously sooo cute. I love Jack Russels!)

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

OMG!! WOW!! you are amazing for running and getting up that early!! The Jack Russell fun day sounds exactly that and I would love to see it in person so let me know next time!!

Kristin @ w/milk and sugar said...

I feel so lazy now! Congrats on your half-marathon :) I am impressed, and in awe, of anyone who runs for fun. Kudos to you!

McKenna Ryan said...

That is so great that you ran a half marathon! I really need to get up and start jogging again. Happy Martin Luther King Day!! xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

Awesome you ran a half-marathon. And cute dogs!

Rachel

Alex said...

Congratulations lady! You are SUPER speedy! And your pups are just the cutest :)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! That's great! I could not even do half of what you did. You should be very proud :)

-Jennifer
www.kermit-and-piggy.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

You have me inspired to think more seriously about running the OC half marathon in May....

andreasomething.com said...

What a fun weekend! Congrats on finishing the half!

Also, I LOVE that you let your pups participate in those competitions. My parents have a jack russell themselves, so I know how they LOVE those kinds of activities. They look EXHAUSTED (and super happy)!

ruthy ann said...

dang...your entire household is super fit! :) Me? Oh...just packed, and packed, and packed...i never want to move again!

Sara Louise said...

Both my father-in-law and brother-in-law have Jack Russells and they would love a Fun Day for their pups! What a clever idea!

Mellissa Rondinelli said...

I think it is super cute that you enter your jack russell in competitions! I bet he loves it! Congrats on the half marathon and waking up that early!!

Shia
World According to Shia

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

A huge congrats to you! I bet that is such a fun race, I mean anything Disney is awesome! Hope you're relaxing today!

Care said...

That's an incredible race!! Great time and I think if I looked that good in the morning I'd put that picture in color:) Great work!!

Sarah and Stewart said...

Looks like you had a fun weekend! I was supposed to go snowboarding but instead ended up in the ER with a kidney stone, blech!