Saturday, April 4, 2009

10 mile race today

The first race of the season was this morning. It could have been sooo bad, but I do thank God for listening to our prayers to have the rain hold off! It was about 40 with 20 mph winds from the east, which is not the best running conditions, but it could have been soooo much worse!

I finished in 1 hr, 21 min, 46 sec, which is 2nd of 12 in my age group, 9 of 58 in for women, and 37 of 120 total. Considering the circumstances, I was very happy with the outcome!

I had an upset stomach and the wind was fierce, but all in all, a very good day! I do have to wonder why the parking lot of the casino was so busy that early??

Because of the people who have pledged, I raised $70 today for Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue by running 10 miles.

For those not familiar with me or what "Running for a Paws" is, here's the story. I love to run and love animals. I've raised money by running before so decided to make it a local thing. I heard about Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue last fall and am so thrilled to be a part in helping them save the cats and dogs in the Sioux City area. They take dogs and cats from people who cannot take care of them any longer, homeless dogs and cats that are found, and from Animal Control of Sioux City. It is a priority to have all these dogs and cats spayed/neutered and vetted and then find them forever homes. They are "home raised" which means that we depend on foster parents to keep them until they are adoptable. They are not kept in kennels.

I am taking donations of money and/or supplies for Siouxland Paw Prints Rescue (all donations are 100% tax deductible) and also taking pledges for the running that I do in races this year. I hope to run a minimum of 50 miles this year and top it off at the Sioux City Marathon in October, hopefully completing the full marathon but most likely doing the 1/2. Still, 13.2 miles is quite a lot!

Paw Prints was started in June of 2008 to make the life of Siouxland's dogs and cats a better one. Beth Storm and Kris Kava are the co-founders and they pour their lives into this rescue. They amaze me and I hope that I can help.
To date, I have raised $790 cash donations, received cat and dog food from Bomgaars (THANK YOU!) and have about $300 in far. I hope to continue the momentum and raise at least $5000. It's a huge goal, but I know it can be done!

I have been keeping a momma cat and her 7 babies since the mom cat was dumped just before she had her babies-it's so amazing how often this happens. They are all thriving (see pictures on prior post) and they will come up for adoption in just a few weeks.

Please let me know if you are interested in donating anything, fostering (much needed) , and transporting them to other cities that are short of adoptable dogs and cats. My email is provided.

I met a nice woman today at the beginning of the race...sorry I didn't ask her name, but she was very interested in what in what I was doing. I hope your race went well for you!!!!!!! Let me know if you have any questions about this Running for a Paws! It makes running in bad conditions so worth it!!!

Thanks to my newest donors Betsy C., Molly, and Bob L.!!!! You rock!!!
Kudos to Missouri River Runners and Bev's for today's event. Wow!


  1. You did awesome hun! Keep up the great work you are doing. Love you.

  2. Thank you! I couldn't do any of this without your support ~ I appreciate all you do! Love you too :)