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Friday, September 30, 2016

Join @ASICSAmerica and Prostate Cancer Foundation in the #AccelerateHope campaign

ASICS is putting their money where their mouth is!

For every specially marked product from the collection made available in retail stores nationwide from August 1 to November 30, 2016, ASICS America will donate $10 for each pair of shoes purchased to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000, up to $150,000.

Personally I have family and friends affected by prostate cancer, and staring down the 40 year mark, I'm now on the clock for checkups and upping the statistical chance I could develop the disease personally.  Yikes.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. About one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The Prostate Cancer Foundation generates life-saving results in the fight against this disease by utilizing unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most innovative research programs that are geared to speed the bench to bedside process. In the past three years, research supported by the Foundation has helped deliver six new drugs for patients with advanced disease.

What's great, though, is that every day they are making strides to make detection better and offer less evasive life altering solutions to eliminating the disease when detected.  Options people, options!

But, they won't make any progress without our help in funding.  Not interested in donating directly?  No problem!  Buy some ASICS gear and knock out two birds with one stone.

September is prostate cancer awareness month, and they are encouraging everyone to wear blue shoes on Fridays in September and TODAY is your last chance!

I can't wear mine at work, but I did get my run in with my Gel Cumulus 18's before work.  I traded out my Cumulus 17's from last year after reaching 300+ miles on them for the updated version.

Last year's cumulus 17!  Farewell goo friends!

I'll be continuing my training for the Kansas City Marathon in my Cumulus 18's during the month of October and encourage everyone else to get out and enjoy this awesome Kansas City weather and get some runs in and consider supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation initiative with #AccelerateHope.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Post off the beaten path of Triathlon // New Training Buddy from #MOGS

Yes, it's been a while since last post...

Work has kept me busy and any free time away from the desk is either with family or getting a workout in.  Thus, sadly writing race reports and blog posts take a back seat.

But, I finally got a few minutes to share some exciting news around the house.

We adopted another rescue dog, but not just any rescue.

Go big or go home, and we went big.

Welcome 95 pounds of fury dog, Kinsgton.  He's the German Shepherd on the right with our 9 year old black lab.

We were at a MOGS event a month or so ago and met Kingston and immediately he clicked with our 5 humans (according to my son, we are humans, not just people).

They are a great organization focused on re-homing German Shepherds and finding them forever homes.  They have helped over 1000 dogs get back to health and find homes... 1000.  We thought Kingston was such a great looking and well mannered dog that by the time we applied and were approved, he would be gone.  But, as luck would have it he had one adoption fall through and we got dibs.

We had him over a few times to meet the kids more extensively and meet our lab and terrier mutt from SPCA.  The terrier was fine, but the lab wasn't sure about this 95 pound beast.  It's taken some assimilation, but dogs are getting along and Kingston is getting acclimated to his new home and family.

Sadly he came from a backyard breeder that kept in horrible conditions and allowed him to have skin issues fester for YEARS.  MOGS started treatment and we are working hard to get him over the hump.  He's probably more lethargic than he would be while he fully recovers, but I'll be the first to admit it's probably for the better he's laid back and not too hyper while getting used to the new home.

I write this post up not just to share the news about our new addition, but to also bring awareness to organizations like MOGS taking in purebred specific dogs knowing what they need and finding them homes.

Take a peek below at what Kingston was like when MOGS got him.  It's heart breaking that someone would keep a dog like that and profit off him without consideration of his well being.

Think about that next time you consider buying a purebred dog from a breeder or pet shop.  Ask to see the parents if on site.  The stud dog may not be there and you may not know what genetics are going into your dog.

Be informed.  Consider rescues as the foster families keep them for a while to get them healthy and make sure they are adoptable.  For 3+ months the foster family for Kingston had him and knew his temperament, how he reacted to kids and other dogs... things you just don't know when you buy a puppy from a store or breeder.

Rescues can make great pets!