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You Ain't Nothin' But A (Half-Marathon Dominating) Hound Dog

Most people spend months training and preparing for a marathon or half-marathon.

But most people aren't Ludivine Hamlin.

That's largely because Ludivine isn't a person, but a two-year-old Bloodhound from Elkmont, Alabama, who finished the town's half-marathon in seventh place -- without any prior training. Yes, that's right. A dog not only completed the entire 13.1-mile race, but did so in SEVENTH PLACE.

According to Runner's World, she crossed last week's finish line in an impressive 1:32:56. Ludivine's owner, April Hamlin, told the magazine she just let her out of the house to relieve herself, but Ludivine ended up finding the race instead. "All I did was open the door, and she ran the race on her own accord," Hamlin said.

"My first reaction was that I was embarrassed and worried that she had possibly gotten in the way of the other runners."

Obviously, her initial embarrassment quickly turned to pride as the race progressed. Starting amongst the leaders, Ludivine maintained pace -- even when she stopped to check out a dead rabbit, you know, like all competitive runners do. After the race, she was given a medal and the unofficial title of world's coolest dog. Or at least, I assume that second part to be true.

I know it's early, but this is definitely my favorite story of the year thus far.

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