have you ever been on a run without your phone? forgot your pepper spray? only to spot a scary dog ahead of you and think “crap”? anytime i start to feel scared, i imagine how i would protect myself. i become a jitsu expert. or more like i would drop down into the fetal position.
about a month ago i went for a 2 mile run, the last run, before a 5k race. since it was a short run, i figured i didn’t need a phone or pepper spray. the wind was coming from the east, so i decided to go west and down a gravel, country road. something i hadn’t done before.
i was running along, do-do-ta-do… trying to avoid pot holes and huge chunks of gravel, when i saw two cujo looking dogs up ahead of me. i panicked. i ran by like no biggie while they barked, thinking, “oh nooo… i have to turn around at some point.” otherwise i would have to take an extremely long way back home, and i was on a time constraint. so i turned around and walked past the dogs. one growled, the other barked, and then one ran out of the yard at me. i freaked out. yelling to the house loudly, really loudly, “Hey!… Hey!” i didn’t know what to do. so i just calmly petted him and said, “hey buddy, it’s ok.” he jumped up on me. then the owner came out and said something i didn’t hear. i just yelled back, “your dogs scared the s–t out of me! oh my G-d!” and i ran back home.
funny thing was i felt like there might have been a stone stuck in the bottom of my shoe at some point while i was running. but i kept thinking about the dogs and was more concerned about getting home, so i just kept running. when i took off my shoes, there was a good size stone embedded in the sole. i had to use a screwdriver to pry it out! and it left a permanent mark.
lesson learned. take a phone or pepper spray on runs. really doesn’t matter where or how long the distance.
be safe runners.