Last Sunday I headed out on my longest run for ages- 11 miles. It was beautiful weather- such blue skies- and the leaves were looking fabulous.
I took quite a few photos as I was running and really enjoyed myself. Well, apart from one incident. I was running along the old railway line- it’s a very wide path in some woods. I’d passed people walking or running in both directions, some with dogs. At one point a dog ran out of the undergrowth and in front of me- the people walking it apologised but it was fine as it didn’t trip me up or anything. At one point I was running down the path and I passed a guy running in the other direction who had a dog running behind him. As the dog ran past me, it doubled back and started growling at me. I stood still (I find that dogs seem to like the movement of running and think it’s a bit of a game, and also when the Dog’s Trust came into work they told the children to stand still if approached by a dog they don’t know), but the dog was lurching at me, running around me in small circles and growling. The guy who was running hadn’t even turned around at that point, so I called at him “can you please call your dog?”. He then turned around and called it several times before the dog started to go to him (he was around 20m away and seeing as he was out running I don’t know why he didn’t run back..)- I was about to go when the dog ran back to me again, growling and going around me in circles. I shouted at him “can you please come and get your dog as it isn’t coming” but he just called it again. Eventually the dog ran back to him, so I shouted (I think politely) “if you can’t control your dog, it should be on a lead”. He said to me “sometimes he’s a bit naughty but he won’t hurt you” , so I called at him “you still need to be able to control your dog as that was really quite frightening”. I turned and carried on and honestly I felt like crying- I was really worried that the dog was going to bite me. There were a couple of ladies out walking a bit further down and they had been watching- they asked if I was OK which was really kind of them.
The rest of my run passed without incident thankfully, although it was a rather slow one (11 miles in around 2 hours).
After a shower and breakfast we headed up to Wimpole- we’d been there years ago (and I did the parkrun there a little over a year ago) but as it’s really our nearest National Trust place we felt like we should go a bit more often.
There’d been a running event there in the morning ( a half marathon and 10 mile) and we saw a few people wandering around wearing their medals, and the gazebos in the race village were being put away. We had a wander through the walled garden (getting ideas for our own garden) before walking around the fields- I think we walked most of the parkrun course but in reverse. It was time for a tearoom stop after that!
The tearoom situation was not the best- there was a restaurant with a hug queue and everywhere was busy but the tearoom was really a kiosk where you helped yourself (I really do not like that- especially when people do not use the tongs or jut breathe all over the food)- and there was no seating. I’d chosen a scone and I had to stand around for ages and ended up finding a bench so I could rest the plate on my lap. Must try harder Wimpole! Anyway, it was an enjoyable afternoon out.
Once we got home it was time to finish the last few bits of work before having dinner and watching some TV.
Also, I think I might be the only runner who has not only not applied to the London marathon ballot (not “The marathon”, because there are many more…), but is also not really fussed about it. Partly the ballot system is annoying- I’m not sure why they let you know so much later as the ballot closed months ago. But although I love watching it on TV, the huge crowds make it seem much more stressful. I think I’d rather run somewhere new and see different sights too.
The rest of last week was fairly normal, although we did a new route with the club on Tuesday night- our run leader is great at estimating route lengths and we were told “5 miles, ish”- well it ended up being a little over 6 miles, but a good new route (although we’d need torches for a bit of it). Yoga was great as always although there was a power cut so it started a bit later, and then part way through we had to stop because I saw a massive spider on the floor- they put it outside for me! On Thursday I popped by my parents and felt so tired by the time I got home so I skipped my run in favour of a walk, which turned out to be the right decision as when we got back from the walk my legs went all shaky, not sure why but I think I’d just been really tired.
Did you enter London? Are you keen on dogs? I don’t mind dogs, but I object to anyone telling me that their dog is fine when it is leaping up at me.
6 thoughts on “A longer run and a walk around Wimpole”
It really annoys me when dog walkers like that give good dog walkers a bad name. He should have had that dog on a lead. Not being able to call it back and not even noticing it is really bad. He may be well aware of his dog’s temperament and behaviours but other people don’t. My Alfie might look lovely and cute to me, but to someone not comfortable around dogs he could look terrifying. I remember when I was little my friend had a German Shepherd puppy and he would chase me around their garden. Their dad kept yelling at me to stop but I was terrified and didn’t know that he wouldn’t bite me if I did. He was very jumpy and it made me so nervous. Glad you are Ok!
That’s the thing- most of the dogs I passed were fine and even if they are off leads they go back once called. That’s scary about that dog- especially as those dogs look like mini wolves too!
I love dogs, but totally agree that they should be kept on a lead if the owner cannot control them. When I’m walking my Mum and Dad’s dog, I’m aware of where he is at all times and call him back if he approaches strangers. He’s totally harmless and cute, but if someone doesn’t know him they might be nervous around him.
The thing is, most dog owners are like that and are aware that not everyone will love their dog or want to be jumped up at, but there are always a few who think the rules don’t apply to them. Even though dogs can be very well trained, they are still animals and something can set them off to react in a different way too.
I love dogs but am wary of them when I’m running. I find that dogs tend to think you want to play with them/that running is a game and I’m scared of either tripping over them and hurting either myself or the dog, or of accidentally kicking the dog as I’m running. I agree that dog walkers need to be able to control their dogs when they are in public.
Yes, I can see that the dogs think something running along looks like a game to them, which is why I usually stop and stand still.