Monday – Strength training, consisting of 10 minutes of abs and two circuits of squats and lunges. I normally strength train on Tuesday but after last week’s fall, I took an extra rest day from running to give my knee a break. It didn’t give me any problems the rest of the week.
Tuesday – 3 mile easy run on the treadmill in the morning before work.
Wednesday – 5 mile hill run on the treadmill, with 7 x quarter mile hill repeats. Also a morning workout.
Thursday – Cross training, 30 day shred level 2 DVD workout.
Friday – Rest.
Saturday – 10 mile trail run at Hungry Mother State Park. It was nearly 70 degrees outside! So unusual for December. I nearly forgot my pepper spray, but remembered to grab it right before I left. That became important not too far into my run.
I wasn’t really feeling it from the start of this run. I just felt tired and couldn’t get into a rhythm. That happens on some of my trail runs, though, and things usually get better after the first 30 to 60 minutes. I did finally get into a good groove around mile 6, but unfortunately by that point I was mentally stressed and over the run.
Around mile 1.5, I had an encounter with a loose, unfriendly German Shepherd on a section of trail with a lot of blind curves. I’ll share the full story on Wednesday, since it kind of warrants it’s own post. But the encounter ended with me having to use my pepper spray to defend myself before the owner finally came around the corner and got control of his dog.
So that incident really affected me the rest of my run. I felt freaked out, and couldn’t relax and enjoy myself. There are so many blind curves on the two trails I ran on, and I was just waiting to encounter another loose dog.
I wanted to cut the run short or change my route, or even just go back to my car and go somewhere else to complete my run. In the end I went with my original plan and did an out-and-back up Molly’s Knob.
I did have three more off-leash dog encounters, but only one spooked me a bit. That one was only because the dog barked, and ran at me a little, before going back to his owner. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but after the first incident it did.
Sunday – 4 mile trail run in the morning with Kim at our usual spot. It was super foggy outside, but the temperature was around 45. In my opinion that’s just about perfect for running!
We had a nice run, but unfortunately had another dog incident, too. This one involved two dogs that we encountered who were just running loose in town. The one ran up to us while growing, so we both pulled our pepper spray and I sprayed him. I felt bad afterward, and worried I had reacted too quickly due to Saturday’s incident. But shortly thereafter there was a man walking on the trail who asked us if we had seen two dogs. When we told him we had, he warned us to be careful because they would try to bite us. Kim told him we sprayed them, and I felt a bit better about the situation. Hopefully that’s the last of my unfriendly dog encounters for awhile.
Total Miles: 22 miles
Have you had encounters with unfriendly dogs? How do you deal?
Who else has had unseasonably warm weather for December? Do you like the warm weather? I’m not going to complain, but it’s supposed to be winter and that means it’s not supposed to be 70. Just sayin’.