Mans best friend, runners worst enemy

IMG_1287 - CopyMeet Patch.  Patch was the first dog my brother and I had as kids.  I think I was about 8 years old when we got him and he lived right up until 17!  He was a Border Collie, so liked to chase things – including people, but we were aware of this so kept him on a lead if we were walking in a people-heavy area.

Last night, there was a Wolves game on TV, so I left Dan shouting at the TV whilst I headed out for my threshold run.  The plan said ‘5x5min @ threshold pace with 90sec recovery’.

The run didn’t get off to the best of starts when my Garmin took ten minutes to find satellites so I was left walking around with my watch in the air and looking like a prat in the middle of town!

Satellites found, off I went.  I had a great first five minutes, with a pace of 7:41, leaving me feeling exhilirated and ready for the next 5 minute burst.  90sec recovery at 12:19 pace then another five minutes at threshold pace.  One minute into the run and up ahead, as the track narrowed I could see two adults, approximately in their fifties with two dogs.  They were headed towards me and weren’t far from the end of the narrow section so I continued.  As I got closer they appeared to be dawdling along.  They made no attempt to let me pass on the track and were walking side by side, but with enough gap between them that they took up the whole path with three labrador dogs behind them, including a puppy which, when I had managed to slow to a walk and head up the hedge to get past the couple, decided to chase me off.  It was only a puppy, I knew it wouldn’t bite, but I was worried about falling over it as it yapped and jumped up in front of me continually.  Eventually I had to slow to a walk again and wait until it’s owners came to collect it.

Despite the hassle in the middle of the rep I still managed a 8:39 pace.  Excellent!  Still feeling great, ready for set #3…

12:17 pace 90 second recovery before setting off at speed again.  Up ahead – four dogs, two owners.  Both trying to untangle their dogs from each other.  Great.  I was in a large field, but there wasn’t really another way around the mess of dogs so I slowed my running down a little and gave the heap a wide birth.  Apparentally the best thing to seperate dogs from each other is a runner, because one of the larger of the four dogs gave chase, whilst the other three sat back and watched.  Yet again, I was being jumped up and barked at and almost tripped up numerous times.  This time I stood completely still while the dog jumped up and barked in a rhythm and the owner shouted out “It’s OK, he won’t bite!” before making no real attempt to remove him from me.  Excellent!  Extremely helpful!  Eventually the dog got bored and followed his owner off again but I was thoroughly annoyed and a dog-hater by this point.

Continued with what was left of my third threshold rep to find a plough blocking the end of the field entrance.  I ummmed and ahhhed about turning around but when I saw a collection of dogs in the distance thought otherwise and instead scrambled over the plough to continue my run.

Thresholds 4 and 5 were 8:50 and 8:59.  I’d lost the motivation by this point so my times slid although I still felt great at the end of my run and like I had had a proper workout.

Please, if you have a dog, keep them under control when there are runners about!  I’ve never been bitten but I know people that have.  If you find yourself getting chased, I’ve been told in the past that the best thing to do is to just stop and become ‘boring’ to the dog and eventually they will leave you alone.  It’s always worked for me.  It’s just frustrating when trying to work at a speed session!

In happy news from yesterday though, I finally picked up my ring again after sending it in for getting split a few weeks back.  I’m pretty sure that the jewellers have had it for more time than I have, what with resizing it and then fixing it!


I also received a package in the post from Fuel after winning a giveaway on Maria’s blog a few weeks back.


I have been feeling rather uninspired with breakfasts lately and need to jazz them up slightly, so look forward to testing this little lot out in the near future!


The thoughtful people at Fuel even had something for Bella!


12 thoughts on “Mans best friend, runners worst enemy

  1. I don’t mind dogs (we used to have one when we were little) but I HATE it when they are not under control. I was out running on the fields before and this massive Alsatian ran up to me (not on a lead) and started jumping- that was terrifying! The owner just said “he won’t bite”- that is no consolation! (And of course made no attempt to grab the dog or anything)- I do try to stand still if a dog comes up to me but I do get nervous and the temptation is to run!
    Glad the fuel stuff arrived- that should keep you going for a while!
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    1. Pretty much exactly the same scenario as me! It is scary when you don’t know the dog, and so distracting when they are jumping up at you. Hate it!
      The Fuel stuff is going to keep me going for much more than 2 weeks! Another big thanks for hosting the giveaway! :)

    1. Yep, it’s all about the bad owners. I should have added something about poo to my ‘Why is it’ list yesterday! Another annoyance of mine from running on trails!

  2. I will always be a cat person – I used to like dogs until I became a runner…now I know better 😛 I’ve been chased numerous times (and I won’t stop because it will mess with my mile splits…I can’t stop my Garmin for anything as it feels like cheating), snapped at and once I was knocked over…coincidentally by a Border Collie! I think it was trying to herd me like a sheep…your pooch Patch looks adorable though, I must say, and really I know it’s the stupid owners’ fault and not the poor dog’s…still, I’d rather give them a wide berth (both dogs and owners lol, seriously how the Hell do people manage to take up an entire pavement, no matter how wide. Inconsiderate buggers).

    That’s a great stash from Fuel! Your last pic made me chuckle – my cat always used to be obsessed with boxes too.

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    1. I do like dogs, but it’s all about cats for me too! Cats definitely have a thing for boxes. Bella’s favourite toys are screwed up paper balls. Such an easy cat to please!
      I do stop on runs if I’m chased so that the dogs can be caught quicker but really, really reluctantly, especially when I’ve had to stop for that particular dog in the past! Don’t even get me started on the people!
      I’ve never been knocked over before, that must have been pretty scary. Collies are pretty strong when they wanna be!

  3. I am both a runner and a dog owner so I know exactly what to do when a runner runs past me as I’d hope other dog owners would do the same for me. Basically I just hold onto Alfie tightly and let them go, it’s not hard! Dog walkers can be so blasé about just letting their dogs wander off. It’s frustrating. It’s also very frustrating when they don’t control their misbehaving dog around Alfie and Alfie gets scared. *sighs*

    1. That’s the thing, it’s all about the dog owners and the way they have handles and brought up their dog. Some owners just don’t seem to think about other people at all!

  4. Ok I need to rant about this..NOTHING pisses me off more than people with dogs thinking it’s ok to let their dogs jump all over strangers. I AM NOT a dog person and not everyone think your dog is cute and enjoys that shit. I HATE it!! Plus MOVE OVER IF SOMEONE is running towards you. I would have been pissed, you handled it much better than me haha. OK end rant! YAY for your ring!
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    1. Haha! Glad so many people have joined me on my rant and that you are so passionate about it! You should have been out on my run to scream and shout and push the people out of my way! Maybe I should get a ‘path clearer’ – a runner infront of me to announce that I’m coming so all dogs should be on leads and all people against the side of the track?…Do you think I could hire someone like that?!!!

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