FitLabPGH Features 45:19 – Special Feature – Maggie & Puddin

FitLabPGH is a podcast about movement and movement opportunities in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  Once a week we also highlight a FitLabPGH mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Maggie & Puddin – 20K Challenge

We’ve heard you’re participating in the 20K Virtual Challenge from Northeast K9 Conditioning. What motivated you to join the challenge? We believe that movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity.  We want to encourage other dogs, and their humans, to get outside and move more!

Where will you be completing the challenge? We happily walk / jog / hike wherever Ben takes us…now that the weather is FINALLY getting cooler, we’re hoping to complete most of the challenge on the trails of Mingo Creek Park…we especially enjoy hills and single-track trails.

Have you encountered any difficulties since beginning the challenge? Maggie: I haven’t, but Puddin the Puppy sprained her left front paw a few days into the challenge.  The humans are making her rest until it heals. She’s already feeling better, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem completing the challenge!

Do you have any tips for less active dogs who are thinking about joining the challenge? Start slowly! You have until the end of December to complete the 20K (that’s 12.4 miles), so you can start with really short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.  Also, be sure to ask your human for a treat after you finish a walk.

What are you going to do with the medal when you complete the challenge? Post it on social media, of course…forget about “Medal Monday”…we’re going for “Medal Month”!!!

Contact info for Maggie and Puddin: Maggie and Puddin do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can keep up with their activities by following FitLabPGH: