Okay- so I need to vent..you’ve been warned.
Yesterday in this beautiful weather, I decided to get a good run in. The weather was so great it was impossible to not be in a good mood while running. (It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been able to go out in just shorts and a t-shirt- no layers WOO HOO). I even attempted a tempo style run with advice from this girl and it went fairly well. Might have ended up being more of a fartlek run, but I’m working on keeping my paces up to race speed.
So to the venting part- as I’m coming up a hill, really focused and trying to kick it in and I hear barking and growling. I look up to see a big boxer type dog bolting from it’s yard and across the street straight at me.
To say I was scarred doesn’t even describe how I felt in that 5 second instance. All I did was stop dead in my tracks and braced myself to be knocked over. Luckily for me, the dog didn’t get much closer to me than a couple feet. My heart was racing and I just stood there, as still as possible. A few seconds later a boy in his early teens ran out to try and get the dog to come back in the yard. I stood there for probably 2 minutes while the boy tried to get the dog back in the yard because every time I moved it barked and growled at me more. Finally he got a hold of the dog and I started to run-slowly and then just sprinted away out of frustration.
Let me just tell you this is the 4th DIFFERENT dog that has chased me as I was running in probably the past 3 weeks. And I have changed my running routes MANY times. I just don’t understand why people cannot make sure that their dog has a fence, whether a real one of electric, or at least just make sure the dog has a chain in the backyard. Don’t get me wrong- I am a COMPLETE dog lover! I have 2 of my own- but they have an electric fence!
After this last incident- I realized that I just might have to know what to do if a dog really attacks me- do you know what to do?
I went on to Runner’s World and searched for some articles on this situation. I found some good ones– that actually told me I did the right thing by stopping. Turns our dogs just really want to chase you as part of their natural instinct. I also found this one that said that if you are attacked to make sure you go down and curl into a bowl and keep places of soft tissue such as your face and throat covered.
So that is my venting- But I also thought that I would give all of you some information incase it happens to you! Anyways- I feel better now that I’ve gotten that out.
Have any of you even been chased by a dog on your run?
And I will leave you with this picture of Izzy, a happy smiling puppy, who WILL NOT chase you, mainly because she is more scarred of you than anything! PS- yes she thinks she’s a person