Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon is Aug. 25

In its four years in Dublin, the Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon has tripled in size. The Aug. 25 running event that began in 2014 is expecting to be filled up at 2,750 runners and raise money for Welcome Warehouse in the process. David Babner …
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Oakland, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014

The East Bay SPCA will perform up to 90 free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and cats on Tuesday, February 26, 2014 to commemorate World Spay Day. The annual one day marathon promotes spay/neuter surgery as a proven, effective means of saving animals lives.

The East Bay SPCA is offering the free spay and neuter surgeries to pets belonging to families living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties at both its Oakland and Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers. All free spay/neuter appointments have been filled.

EBSPCA offers regular affordable spay and neuter services to privately owned pets Tuesday through Friday at its two Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers, but for many families still struggling in a down economy, any amount they have to pay to have their pet altered is too costly.

We wanted to set aside one day on World Spay Day to help families get their pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats fixed for free, says Allison Lindquist, EBSPCAs president/ceo. While we offer low cost, high quality care year round, we are happy to participate in this international event to bring even more awareness and accessibility to spay/neuter, which is proven to save animals lives.

Lindquist says the number of pit bulls and Chihuahuas entering Bay Area shelters has increased dramatically in the past few years as the breeds popularity has grown. Nearly half of all dogs entering many Bay Area shelters are Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes or pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Sadly, an increasing number of adult cats are also being surrendered to shelters. Spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent more of these unwanted animals from entering shelters.

Spaying and neutering also helps keep dogs and cats healthy by reducing or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. The important surgery also eliminates the problems and risks associated with pregnancy, particularly in Chihuahuas that often have trouble giving birth. And, a neutered dog or cat is less likely to spray and mark his territory or roam away from home, which will keep him safe from becoming lost or hit by a car.

The free spay and neuter surgeries will be performed February 26th at the EBSPCAs Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 410 Hegenberger Road in Oakland, and at the EBSPCAs Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin. All spay and neuter surgeries will include free vaccinations (regularly $ 15 to $ 25 each), and free pain medication. Pet owners can also opt to have an identification microchip implanted in their pet for just $ 10 (regular price is $ 30).

World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in collaboration with animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals lives.

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

I am 5foot 10inches and i weigh 175 pounds so im a little overweight. My motivation to lose this weight in a healthy way is to train for the Dublin City Marathon in 30 weeks. I’m fairly unfit at the moment but i used to be fit. Would it be possible to manage to run the 26.2 miles in 30 weeks? how many miles should i run each day to train?

Answer by Tre
A 30 week personal program should be enough, barring any injuries, to adequately train for the marathon distance, given enough dedication.

The first step would be to forget about the target distance in your immediate training.
Start with what you are comfortable with, as far as time spent running.
Don’t get caught up in measuring miles and routes, and focus on actual time spent running. For example, there’s no shame in spending 45 minutes or more covering 5km.
Even elite level coaches and sports experts do not recommend running at any given time for longer than 2 hours.
The reason for this, put simply, is because the marathon distance at high intensity is beyond the fail point for most people.
Use minutes as your unit of measurement, not miles.

Initially, you should focus on establishing a base. A level of endurance that will benefit you even at slow speeds. As long as you are able to move forward, no matter the intensity, you are moving towards your goal.
Build up your time running slowly, eventually reaching a point where you feel comfortable. For example; for the marathon distance at a beginner level, you should at least be comfortable at a slow jog for an hour and a half. Feel free to take walking breaks in between, or to break up the time into two or three smaller runs throughout the day. Certainly take days off. Your body will need time to recover; to rebuild and improve.

If your ultimate goal is to finish the marathon, forget what anyone recommends regarding speed work.
However, strength exercises will be of benefit. I wouldn’t recommend weights as much as a stationary bike, or elliptical. You’d most likely benefit more from a low-impact exercise, if for nothing else but to avoid injury.

Again: Start slow, build up, maintain; build up; maintain; build up; and so on. Motivation will be the hardest part. I recommend tackling this with a friend. It’s much easier to feed off of one another. Celebrating accomplishments, and pushing through that last 10 minutes.

If you’re starting at 0 and want to end up at 26.2, anything in between is up to you. No one can tell you what to feel comfortable with, and therefore many training programs are for general guidelines only. Of course, no one tells you that.

Answer by Papa
It usually takes 6 months to train for a marathon if you are not currently in shape. I completed my first marathon and use Jeff Galloway as my reference. His program is a walk/run program which increases your chance of completing the marathon. He has a website for free training programs and dieting information. Your milage depends on the week and the amount of time you have until the marathon.