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I'm doing a 5 mile trail run on saturday and after 3 months of pounding the pavements decided to go for a run in my local woods and get use to running in mud/off-road. It was a great run, still frosty and a bit of mud and a lot tougher then I was expecting but I think I could get hooked on running off-road.
However one thing I wasn't expecting was the ammount of dogs and their walkers. I dont want it to sound like I hate dogs because I don't (I have a spaniel and have grown up with dogs in the house) or that they should always be on a lead in the countryside. But surely if you take a dog into a public place you should be able to control it! My first encounter was with a big dog and I'm sure it wanted to tear my arm off! All the owner was saying was "he only wants to play" and all I was thinking of was "of course he wants to play, with my arm once he's ripped it from my body".
The scond was with a friendly dog who decided to follow me for a mile at the end of my run. I only realised when I got back to my car and removed my headphones!! I ended up running an extra 2 miles to find the owner and then back to the car!!
Has anybody else had this experiance and how did/do they cope with it?
Hope this doesn't sound like I moan alot, because I don't, life's to short. I just want to make my running experience more enjoyable without wondering how many dogs I will end up with at the end of my run!