Morning running fiends,
So, set out for a lovely 5k at 6:15am today, feeling springy after a 2-day break. Temperature was much cooler at 17 degrees, and the sun was out. Nice.
Did my usual loop through the woodland and then headed out into the wider park to do the last 2km, when this great big lunk of a dog comes bounding up to me barking, and not in a friendly way. Terrified, I stood stock still, not wanting to reinforce in this beast’s imagination that I was a bunny to be chased and eaten. As it approached, I noticed it was muzzled. Phew. But still, it circled me barking aggressively and I couldn’t continue my run. I saw the owner in the distance, so I shouted to her could you come get your dog please? She ignored me. I shouted again, please could you come and leash your dog? She shrugged, and mimed “he has a muzzle, it’s okay”. It was at that point I lost my sh*t big time. I DON’T CARE! YOUR FRICKING DOG IS BEING AGGRESSIVE COME LEASH IT AND GET IT OUT OF MY WAY PLEASE!” The dog got bored and ran back to her of his own volition and she finally leashes him. I was so wound up, and this is not like me, but as I trotted past her I shouted “YOU STUPID WOMAN! YOU SHOULD KEEP THAT MUTT ON A LEAD! STUPID!”
Now I love dogs, and only a moment earlier a gorgeous chocolate lab had bounded up to me (smiling, it was), and licked my leg, ankle to thigh. I was laughing and patting it. That owner was all apologetic! Woman with mad dog could not even see fit to come get her growling, circling, barking devil dog.
I was on course for a 30-min 5k, but what with the stopping for the aggressive dog, and the fact that I had lost my mojo so much I ended up walking the last few minutes, I came in at 34 mins. I am still fuming.
Other than that, it was a lovely run. 😂