Sorry in advance to all you dog owners out there and, don't get me wrong, I like dogs but they are driving me mad.
I started to get a sore back running on the roads so I switched to the village meadow which is just by the river and a lovely peaceful place. Not surprisingly, it is a VERY popular place for dog walkers and therein lies my problem.
I just seem to attract dogs when I am jogging. They bound over, run in and out of my legs, jump up at me (after their swim in the river) and generally get in the way as much as possible. It is just me. I went out on Tuesday with my jogging group of five and they were not troubled at all. And so I have to ask, "Did someone tie a steak to my back?"
It has got to the point when, if I see a dog, I slow down and walk past them - they ignore me then. The last straw was when I came across a man with his dog attached to a 50ft chord (I kid you not). The chord was right across my path and I wasn't about to hurdle over it (maybe next year) nor could I go round either the man or the dog because both were moving unpredictably so I stopped altogether to wait for them to move out of the way.
Anyway, to cut a long story short (which I haven't but never mind), today I went back to pounding the streets for W8R2. I went just by myself with no music or Laura and ran my 28 minutes without stopping. It felt hard, really hard at the end, but I did 3.75km which is an average pace of 8 km/hr! That's a lot faster than I normally run. My back feels fine and there was not a dog in sight to hold me back.