If marathons were just dogs running for long distances with no humans involved, I'd probably be more interested in marathons.
How do I know this? A dog randomly ran a half marathon in Elkmont, Alabama, and I've never been more fascinated by the sport. She is like the distance-running version of the dog from "Air Bud."
Over the weekend, April Hamlin apparently let her dog Ludivine out to pee, as dogs tend to do. While most pooches see this as a chance to empty out their bladders, Ludivine recognized the situation as an opportunity for greatness.
She bolted from the backyard during her bathroom break, hit the streets and immediately enrolled herself in the nearest marathon.
She then proceeded to smoke most of her competition, coming in seventh place at Elkmont's Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon.
Ludivine's grand entrance to half marathon running! Posted by Elkmont Half Marathon - The Trackless Train Trek on Monday, January 18, 2016
Hamlin -- who found out her dog was racing after her friends started sending her text messages with Ludivine wearing a medal -- could not have been less supportive of Ludivine's DREAMS, by the way.
She told Runner's World,
My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners.
I can't believe she ran the whole half marathon because she's actually really lazy.
Jeez, Hamlin! Ever hear of the word support?! What makes YOU so great?!
What is truly fascinating is Ludivine didn't even seem to be trying that hard. Jim Clemens, who finished the race in fourth place, recounted,
She would run off to romp through streams and into yards to sniff around for a while.
If it wasn't for her curiosity, Ludivine probably would have won.
Every time I thought she had dropped off to go back home, I would hear her coming back up to me, and she would race past me up to the two leaders.
She's like the Ricky Williams of running. Imagine what heights she would reach if she just asserted herself more.