Saturday, September 4, 2010

Nine miler - the good and the bad.

Up and out the door by 6:45 a.m. I was a little reluctant to get out of bed because my bedroom was so nice and so cold and it feels so good to be in bed. Nonetheless, I know there will be a few of you out running this morning and I just want to get the run done so I can do nothing but sit pretty all day.

Mile 1 and 2 were warm-up runs. It was a little slow. I was about 3/4 awake. But I was kinda glad to be out.

Mile 3 and 4 were good. I've some pep in my steps. I was happy to be out running. The air was crisp. It was cool. The shade from big, old oak trees made the run even better. I laughed twice just because I was tickled pink about how perfect this run was going.

Mile 5 was still good. I actually entertained the thought of running 10 miles today. I know I can do it. The temps are cooperating. My legs were cooperating.  I laughed some more. My belly made some noises. I wanted pancakes. Then, I heard more low frequency noises. Seriously that can't be my belly. It turned out to be a lawnmower. Ladies were outside watering their plants, changing out the wreaths on the door.

At around Mile 6.2, I spotted a dog, running loose. A medium-large sized dog. I did some thinking on my feet, changed direction, hoping to avoid that dog. I continued running, happily, thinking that I have dodged the dog until I heard some scuffling behind me. Dang! It's the dog! I knew it! I was displeased actually because I was having a good run out in the open.  This dog has a collar so it belongs to someone. This dog ran around me in circles and jumped at me, multiple times. I saw a young lady across the street and talked to her and I actually asked her what am I supposed to do because I was kinda scared of this dog. She said the dog doesn't bite, but the dog also scares her, and that the owner lives further down the street. Now, I still have at least 3 miles to go and this was not going well.  So, I walked a little, the dog ran past me, and I ran another direction, hoping to shake this dog off my back. He came back. How do I know it is a HE dog? His has some big, low hanging balls and he was marking his territory at every possible spot. Yes. I was not exactly a happy camper at this point.  I am all about letting animals run freely and letting them explore and poke their noises into stuff and smell the roses. I don't put Buttercup on a leash (quite frankly, she won't let me), but I am always by her side/a few steps ahead/behind of her, and we are usually out in the country and not within the city limits. So, if you are going to let your dog run wild, it is fine by me. But please be sure that you are around to take control of your dog.  I don't like laws that restrict this and that. Just be considerate. A lot of times, a little consideration and a little common-sense really help take care of stuff and prevent bad things from happening without the need to enact laws. 
Anyway, I walked to the Y and ran the remaining few miles on the treadmill. It was an uninspiring run after that on the treadmill.  

I was glad the run was done. I drove to Mcdonalds and got a thing of pancakes and a large diet Coke.
Now, I am going to work on another post and just chillax!
What are your thoughts about loose running dogs? Was I overreacting?

Ran 9 miles in 1 hr 44 minutes.
Weekly Miles: 21 miles.


  1. I'm with you on the dog issue. I am a dog owner, and know that my dog would never hurt someone, however--I can totally understand that if he were loose and pursuing someone, they might be scared!

  2. Oooh, I love dogs, but HATE them running up to me on my run! This morning, a HUGE, have no idea what the breed was ran up to me and followed me for a good 2 miles. I mean the head came up to my waist and I am tall at 5'11"! I was actually bit on the ankle last fall on a walk (different road), so I am rightfully scared! Pretty soon it found more interesting things to do. I didn't go to the owners the day I got bit, but if it every happens again - the dog owners will not be happy. Ya got the run done! Don't let the stupid dog ruin it for you! I love the pancakes and diet coke!

  3. I like dogs, but they tend to get REALLY excited and when a runner passes, so I'm in the "keep 'em on a leash" camp.

  4. congrats on the run, christina!! you're doing great!

  5. I'm not a fan of dogs on the loose. It's fine if you have a large property or live in the country, but if I'm on the street or sidewalk and your dog comes at me, I'm not going to be happy.

    Good job on getting the miles done, even if you had to finish on the treadmill.

  6. I'm also a dog owner but I can not stand a loose dog. I think people who leave their dogs unattended are ignorant, because they are not considering other people, kids might be scared or the dog might attack other dogs. Who knows! I'm glad you made it save to the Y and I'm soo impressed you still finished your run! You rock girl!!

  7. I am with you on the dog issue - especially having recent similar experiences. All dog owners should take responsibility for their dogs. Well done for finishing your run!

  8. THat is so bad about the dog. Yes, it is hugely inconsiderate of the owner! I am even more nervous of the dogs on my bike as it seems to excite them more.
    I bet you are a great support for your brother now.

  9. u did the 9! yay!!! good job, chirstina!

    and u love ur pancakes, eh? hehehe.

    very proud of u. thank u for tagging me! :)


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