Doo Good 5k | Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series

Disclaimer: I received a complementary entry into the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series in exchange for my review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out to review find and write race reviews!

My occasional running buddy is quite handsome. He's a great listener, never complains and pretty much follows me wherever I go. Like a puppy, you could say. (And my husband even likes him!)

Here he is. 11 years old (or 77 in human years) and still looking like a pup, minus his one blind eye:

With Saul not being a young pup anymore and me recovering from an injury, we have been going out for quite a few slow and easy walk/jogs lately. During marathon training, I don't take him with me but this is a great chance to get out as a team. Partly because I enjoy the company when I'm moving slowly and partly because he can always use a little extra attention. And now because we've got our very own race to train for, together!

As a BibRave Pro, I (along with Saul) received a complimentary entry into the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series. This is my very first "virtual run" experience - and Saul's first race ever. This month's part of the Scooby-Doo Run Series Challenge is the Doo Good 5k which gives you from September 1-30 to complete the 5k distance at a pace that works for you.

The cool thing about the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series is that it can be completed at any location, time, or place of your choosing.

Joining in is simple! All you need to do is sign up for one or both of the races (Scoobtober 5k/10k is next month), complete the distance anytime during September 1 - 30 and post your photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #ScoobyDooRun and #DooGood.

Running with a dog isn't a requirement, of course, but it certainly makes it more fun!

As I mentioned above, we're old and injured, so Saul and I broke up our 5k into two runs: first a 2-mile run/walk and then a 1.1 mile run/walk with the baby + stroller. We successfully covered the miles at a pace and in a place that worked for us. He only needed two potty breaks and a water stop!

After completing the race, humans will receive an Official Race Shirt, Doo Good Virtual 5K Finisher Medal and Digital Finisher Certificate. Canine participants also receive their own race swag that includes Doo Good Dog Bandana and Doo Good Virtual 5K Doggie Medal/Tag!

Registration for the Doo Good Virtual 5k is $39 for humans and a $15 Add-On for any canine participants. In support of the Scooby-Doo "Doo Good" campaign, a portion of your registration will be donated to the Best Friends Animal Society. Click HERE to register. 

Use discount code BIBRAVE for 10% off registration!

Have you ran a "virtual race" before?

GF Marathon Training W9

Follow my journey as a I train for the Grand Forks Marathon coming up at the end of September. This is my 11th marathon but first time using Hansons Marathon Method for training!


W9D1 Doo Good 5k, 3.14 mi, 00:42 @ 13:21 pace. Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series: “Doo Good 5k” with our border collie, Saul. We walk/jogged the first 2 miles and finished our the last 1.1 mile with the littlest boy + stroller.

I’m feeling stiff in my groin/hip but it’s not painful. The stride is starting to feel more natural as the days go by. Saul is an old dog and enjoys his walk breaks :)


W9D2 Cycling 20.61 mi, 01:00 @ 20.6mph pace (at "5" resistance on the bike, whatever that means) to replace what should have been a speed workout. I miss what it felt like to run effortlessly... as now every stride seems just different. The stationery bike has been a nice substitute to keep my cardio going. I really don't have any pain now, just discomfort/stiffness while I jog. At least daily life isn't a pain and I feel like I will be back to running in not long. If I CAN run the marathon, maybe my cardio will still be decent. Hoping so.


W9D3 Runner’s Yoga 00:25 with Ekhart Yoga on YouTube


W9D4 Easy Run 1.3 mi, 00:13:04 @ 10:03 pace with the dog. My goal was to run 1 without walk intervals and it went really well. The right groin/hip is stiff and I feel a bit “cautious” still while striding, but I’m just SO happy I could run without pain! All of the prayers have been appreciated!

W9D4 Cycling 20 mi, 01:02 @ 19.3mph pace during baby’s afternoon nap and big kid quiet time.


W9D5 Easy Run 3.11 mi, 00:37 @ 11:48 pace early this morning. Started with a .25 mile warm up walk and then joggers on and off after. Still stiff (maybe part from injury, part from biking?) but no pain. I’m keeping it slow until I start feeling more confident on that leg again.

W9D5 Cycling 8.08 mi, 00:25 @ 19.4mph pace (resistance 4). Quads were still worn out from yesterday!


W9D6 Easy Run 3 mi, 00:36 @ 12:01 pace followed by easy cycling. The run/some walking was pain-free but I could tell I was tightening up near the end. That helped me to make a decision on the GF marathon at least - I’m dropping down to the half and running with a friend, if I can keep up. I plan on taking it slow and walking as needed.

W9D6 Cycling 9.3 mi



Let's Connect!

Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. Good, sensible work here and I love the dog run, your chap looks like a sweetheart!

  2. I've done a few virtual races but never a dog one! LOL! So cute!

    I think you made a wise decision to drop down to the half. Still hard, tho!

    1. Thanks for your reassurance, Wendy :) I think it was the right decision too... Being able to possibly race a Spring marathon will help cure the injury blues slightly!

  3. I used to run all the time when my dog was a young pup but now she is older and much slower. Heck going around the block is a lot for her these days.

    1. She sounds like my Saul! On the cooler days, he enjoys a couple miles of run/walk intervals. On a hot day, he prefers to be in the river!

  4. I used to run with my Mini but stopped when I pulled my groin from trying not to step on her. She crossed in front of me when a kid tried to pet her. Anyway, sounds like a great virtual race. It sounds like you are getting better each day. I know making the decision to drop to the half was tough, but I'm sure you'll still enjoy the race. Thanks for linking!

    1. Oye! Not the dreaded groin pull! Thanks for the encouragement, Holly - I do look forward to racing with my best friend!


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