I haven't posted here properly for a while but thought I would say hello. I have joined the merry tribe of runners in Bridge to 10k here ( I would recommend it for all you graduates).

So having been on the IC for the summer and got sent to running prison ( the gym) I am now back panthering along on my favorite trail run with the goblins ( luckily they are scared of panthers!). Oh and I am all signed up for the BRIGHTON MARATHON...I am soooooo excited :)

For Achilles tendinitis I highly recommend excessive heel drops- hurt but work. The other thing to mention is that all the hours at the gym doing bike/ cross trainer mostly have PAID OFF!! I can feel a huge difference in my core strength, stamina and leg strength so i would recommend it to supplement the running!!

The mountain doesn't ever get any easier but its so beautiful this time of year I find i draw from the power of the trees and the wind ( does that make sense? More so if it rains... The only downside are flipping dogs... they all leap up at me, any advice on how best to manage them? I am really frightened of them and the owners just laugh :(

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  • I love dogs but I hate a lot of their owners! This week a really friendly husky lookalike with his german shepherd friend thought it would be lovely to come and rather boisterously say hello to me. Their owner could see me coming for about 5 mins before we finally passed (I was wearing luminous yellow - I was impossible to miss) but still he didn't think it would be a good idea to restrain his animals. Fortunately I'm not afraid of dogs, but I resent having to stop my run in order to placate them.

    Please dog owners, restrain your animals when encountering other path users, whether running, walking, rollerskating or whatever.

    And don't get me started on all the dog crap on the paths ...

    Rant over. Nice to see you back JJ. Hope the injury stays away now.

  • Thankyou, and yes it's those people that really annoy me as they should train their dogs properly!!!

  • It's the owners who need training - in manners!

  • The gym is clearly working JJ as you have great shoulder definition there! A tip about the dogs. A friend of mine went to a running workshop and the coach told everyone to avoid wearing black when running as apparently it drives dogs nuts. They don't know why but the colour makes them more aggressive.

    I'm with you on the dogs. They are a real pain and the owners don't generally seem to care whether they go for you or not. I've thought about using my attack alarm but I imagine that would make them even more barking mad.

  • Aha...I only ever wear black that explains a lot!!! I try and avoid them but they kind of lunge right at you!! And Thankyou, it's nice to know the effort is paying off!!

  • Always wonderful to read your posts JuJu! As for the dogs and owners - I find that a well aimed kick under the chin helps. And if that doesn't help, you might want to kick the dog as well, although I hope it won't have to come to that.

    Lovely with the mountain. It's the joy of nature that sustains the good running habit :)

    Well done for signing up to Brighton!

  • Hee hee I'll bear that in mind, although it's often old men who are a bit creepy!! You know it really is, there is nothing better than being engulfed in wilderness on a run...

  • Welcome back JJ!

    That is very annoying about the dogs/owners.

    If a dog ever runs up to me whilst I'm out running I normally just try to avoid eye contact with them and ignore them, usually does the trick. Normally they just want to say hello but if you show them no attention whatsoever they should just give up. Hope this helps! xx

  • This is what I do too - has worked so far for me.

  • Thankyou, and that's what I try and do as best I can and just wish they won't see me!!! I will make a point of avoiding eye contact, thanks for that xx

  • Good to know you are hitting the trails JJ.

    I was told by one dog owner that runners should stop when they see a dog. I politely pointed out that I had every right to run on the footpath while they had a legal obligation to keep their dog under control at all times. If a dog is jumping up at you, it is not under control!!

  • Too right!!! If I had to stop every time I'd never get anywhere!!! I know you love the trails too, they are just the best aren't they?

  • Yes, I don't have much problem with dogs, just keep a wide berth & ignore.

    A few times on the parkrun a guy has brought his dog, which he restrains well on the lead, but at the talk at the beginning a loud halers used and the dog starts barking at it, which annoys the runners, as we can't hear what's said. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  • Yes good plan, and I don't mind dogs at PARKRUN as they have to be on a leash, we have a howler at ours too!!!

  • Hmm. I have had bad experience of dogs at Park Runs with a man who had an extendible leash and let ir run right across in front of me and wrap itself around my legs . A bit scarey. I don't really think dogs and Park Runs mix (and I'm a dog owner and dog lover! ) Personally I find loose dogs less dangerous than dogs on those flaming wind-in leads.

  • I hope your eccentric heel drops are working TT! You should see your leg muscles toning up if you're doing them every day. Are you doing them singly?

  • I only do them on the bad one, should I do both???

  • Makes me so sad to hear of irresponsible dog owners. I run with my dog and she is great at keeping up. When we're done our run I let her off her lead and in typical westie style she completely ignores everyone and instead runs in circles on the grass :-)

    There is nothing worse than irresponsible dog owners and parents who seem to think that it's okay to get in the way of people running and making us stop! But I also have a big problem with the running groups that work out in the park as they take up the whole walking space and when I've called my dog out their way they look at me and my lovely pooch as if they are disgusted. Dogs have just as much right to run in the park as the runners and both need to be respectful of each other!

    Sorry, rant over. :-) glad to hear you're back out in the open and soaking up nature again, especially at this time of year with the beautiful smell of the leaves and earth :-D

  • I agree Returning2Run - I may be a runner now but I do not believe the Runner is Always Right - it was that sort of attitude I'd noticed that put me off running. I am disappointed by how few runners and cyclists say thank you for me moving myself and dog out of their way - and the more 'serious' they seem to be in terms of speed and kit, the less likely it seems to be.

    However, it is a big problem if you need to run regularly where there are a lot of poorly controlled dogs who jump up (especially big ones or where you are not sure how friendly they are). And even if you could run somewhere else, which is one solution, no-one should have to feel excluded from a place because of this. I've had my own dog jump up at a runner once and I was mortified. The runner was moving much faster than I realised and I hadn't got to my dog quickly enough to put her on the lead... and as I say, she's never jumped up at a runner (or walker) before, or since (obviously since I have made an effort for her not to have the opportunity but there are always surprises)

    I reckon you get to read dogs and breeds - I am sure I do slightly different things with different dogs. I am sometimes running with warm chopped sausage wrapped in foil (for my own dog's recall), and always with some sort of treat, so unsurprisingly I do attract 'friends', especially of the labrador variety. I generally just carry on and they do drop back.

    My Dad (who used to run in places you run) employed shouting, growling, berating owners, kicking. I never had the impression any of these strategies worked...

  • I always thank nice doggie owners and anyone who moves over to let me through. Politeness costs nothing and makes the world such a nice place to be in. :)

  • You are quite right, it's about mutual respect at the end of the day as we all have a right to be on the footpaths...

  • JuicyJu

    Yes do both legs! Stair hangs as I call them. You can start off doing both legs at a time; go up high as you can and SLOW lower, making sure you get the stretch before going up again. When you have done them for about 3 weeks, several times a day, do single stair hangs. 1 minute each leg

  • Great Thankyou I will... And is that 1 minute of holding it down there? And I have been trying to do bent leg ones too, is that right??

  • Because I'm distracted at the moment I got my calf raises confused with my stair hangs!!!!! LOL

    Do one minute each leg. Bent at the knee stair hangs are good but try it for 30 seconds each leg until you get used to them. I did normal ones for about 3 weeks before doing the bent leg ones

    The thing is that you have to do them religiously. I am doing 4 times a day, plus the rest of the set.

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