Hi my name is Gypsy and I just love to run. My hooman Carmel started doing parkrun at the end of 2017 just for me since I love to run so much. Carmel is such a good hooman since I know she hates running even more than I love it. I am also a super lucky pooch because I know that Carmel would never leave me at home and go and do parkrun without me because it is our special thing on a Saturday.
We started doing parkrun together as training for the winter Dryland Sleddog season. I have done Sleddog racing for 3 years and since I am getting older (I will be 8 later this year) Carmel thought that maybe I should start taking it easy so she starting doing the Canicross event with me in 2017. Canicross is where the hooman runs behind the dog instead of being on a scooter. We came last in almost every race in our first season which was tough for me because I wasn’t used to coming last. So I had a word to Carmel and she said she would try and do some running practice and that’s what lead us to parkrun. Now we can train in the warmer months in a cheerful and supportive community and get ready for the sledding season later this year so hopefully, we won’t come last this year.
Carmel says that I am a great personal trainer and since starting parkrun we have taken over 10 minutes off our PB. When Carmel has to stop and walk for a bit I try to keep running to encourage her not to stop and if we have been walking too long I start giving her dirty looks over my shoulder to get her going again. If it was up to me we would never stop to walk but I can’t blame Carmel, she is only hooman after all (hehe).
My favourite parkrun is Carisbrook because it is nice and shady for most of the course and the dirt trails are kind to my doggy paws. Since it is such a dog-friendly course we usually get lots of dogs come and run with their hoomans. I think so far our record is 17 dogs at one event. I also like it the best because it runs along a creek so I can stop for a quick swim and cool off during the run. I think sometimes the hoomans running past would like to join me but no one has yet. I also normally go for a quick dip just after we cross the finish line before we go and get our token scanned for our time which usually makes the volunteers smile. We have also tried Mawson Lakes parkrun and I like that one because there are ducks but Carmel gets mad when the ducks make me excited and I start running really fast because then she can’t keep up. The other week we also went to the Largs Bay parkrun launch which was a lot of fun plus I also got to go to the beach for a swim afterwards.
Since Carmel and I have started doing parkrun seven of my doggy friends and their hoomans have also joined in on a Saturday morning. Sometimes it can get pretty noisy while the boss hooman is trying to talk to everyone. Carmel normally has to try and keep me quite because I get super excited and start barking really loud but I can’t help myself. I am just so happy to be there and I am so excited because I know I am about to go for a run. While Carmel gets made I see other hoomans smiling at me which doesn’t help either. There is definitely no problems with anyone knowing that I am 100% ready to run and I am so grateful that all the hoomans let me and my other doggy friends run with them.
Maybe one day Carmel will be able to register me for parkrun and I will be able to get my own timing token too. That would be really special.
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