1000 Mile Mom

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Day 51: May 18, 2013- Beware of loose dogs

on May 18, 2013

Day 51: 14.11 miles logged, 616.03 miles to go- Amazing half marathon distance run. Wish I could have gone farther, but had time constraints due to pre-scheduled photoshoots. It was a very hilly run, but I feel like I tackled it well versus the hills kicking my butt like they did the day before. I have noticed that sharp inclines and declines are what I dislike (hard on the way up and finding balance so I don’t faceplant is difficult on the way down). The gradual inclines were manageable, and I really picked up speed on the gradual declines. One thing that I wanted to address, though, is the fact that I got chased for the first time by two large dogs. I wasn’t 100% sure what to do, so here are the details about it and what I looked up afterwards… I was a little over a mile in on a gradual incline when a Weimaraner (beautiful dog, by the way) and a large lab started running after me (both barking their heads off). I was so startled that I hesitated, and the Weimaraner ran up in front of me. So I had one dog to my front and the other to my back. There were cars coming so I felt worse case scenario, I would flag one down. That was a last resort, though, so instead I clapped my hands at the dog in front of me and firmly yelled “No!” about 10 times before I got up the courage to slowly jog around it. They trotted behind me for about 20 feet, but as soon as I got what I thought was a substantial distance between us, I hauled ass and ran as fast as I could up the rest of the hill. So now that the situation is over, I wanted to take a few minutes to share what is actually recommended to do: http://news.runtowin.com/2007/09/26/what-do-you-do-if-a-dog-wants-to-chase-you.html – I hope that you never encounter this sort of situation, but if you do, hopefully, you can be a bit more prepared than I was… On a brighter note, though, I did run my fastest 5k time!!!

P.S… great day cooking at the United Caring Shelter and taking pictures in the afternoon!

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