Friday, November 05, 2010

Flashback Friday: Hubby's Turn

First - a quick recap of yesterday's lunch run. It was a good one, with the exception of an unfortunate incident towards the end. I decided to try for progressive splits, starting nice and easy and picking up the pace by about 15 seconds with each kilometre.

Target: 6:00 - 5:45 - 5:30 - 5:15 - 5:00 - 4:45
Result: 5:58 - 5:45 - 5:32 - 5:12 - 4:54 - 4:44

Not bad!

At the beginning of the last kilometre, I came across a man walking two german sheppards. (Can you see where this is going?) They were taking up the sidewalk so I veered onto the grass to give them plenty of space because I don't like to take chances with dogs. Sure enough, one of the dogs gave chase as I ran by and the owner (accidentally??) dropped his leash! The dog lunged and jumped up on me as I stopped abruptly and screamed various profanities. He didn't bite, but he didn't back down either. His owner grabbed him but laughed as he did so. I gave the guy a piece of my mind before carrying on with my run.

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This time last year, Hubs was primed to run a strong first marathon at the Hamilton Road2Hope event. Some of you may remember that his day ended in the medical tent (you can read all about it here) after he removed himself from the race at 35K due to injury. He's run two marathons since then, but this weekend will be his true redemption - returning to the course that took him down.

I can't wait to see how this story ends.


32 comments:

Quinton J said...

IT'S GONNA END HAPPY!

Jogging with Fiction said...

I've had the SAME thing happen with a dog, only it ran out of a driveway and chased/jumped on me while to owner says, "Haha he ran out of the driveway? That's so strange." While the dog is growling and freaking me out.

Drives me crazy!

Aneta said...

good job on the lunch run! yay
too bad about the crazy dog!

and yay for the hubby! he will do great!~!!!!

Lisa said...

Hope he has a MUCH better race experience this time. :-)

lilmeg said...

OMG! I hope the owner was laughing the nervous laugh. What a jerk otherwise. I'd be freaking.

GO MARK GO!

Vera said...

I know he'll go out and kick that course's butt this year! And I really HATE dog owners who act like that...your dog lunging at and jumping on me is NOT funny. Good for you for not letting him get away that ridiculous behavior! Looking forward to hearing how the hubby does this weekend.

dietitianontherun.com said...

It's Gonna end...QUICKLY! 'Cause that hubs of yours is Fast ;) GOOD LUCK to him this weekend - can't wait to hear how it goes!

Indi said...

Quick and fast is how it will end :) Good luck to the hubby!
What a jerk of a dog owner!! I'd have some choice words for him too!!

Jill said...

Grrr, dogs!! I was wondering if you were going to say the dog had a big dump and then you ran in it..but that's just something dumb I'd do. Sorry the owner was a jerko!

Go HUBS...a happy ending story is in the makings!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I can't believe the guy LAUGHED!! That is so horrible. As an owner of a shepard cross and a runner I see NOTHING funny about that situation. Very dangerous to everyone involved, except the guy of course.

YAY for hubs!! I LOVE happy endings and can't wait to read this one!

Lily on the Road said...

Go Hubs GO!!!

I always stop dead or walk when nearing any dog, leashed or not. I've been bitten on the hands and arms and I certainly don't want to have to go through all of the shots again...Glad you gave the owner a piece of your mind...oh RUDE of him to laugh! What a Jackhole!!

Runners Fuel said...

I hate stupid dog owners! Good luck to the hubs!

Amy said...

I hope that dog owner got the message. Good job on the lunch time run and good luck to Hubs this weekend!

Heather said...

Good luck to your hubby!

J said...

Great tempo run Marlene! I hate it when their are dogs around while I am running especially when they run all the way out to the road! Good luck to mark this weekend! Hope he does awesome!

ajh said...

Glad you gave that stupid owner a piece of your mind. Good luck to the hubs. He will do it.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Good luck hubs! Hope to see you on the course..

Laura said...

That's scary. I used to keep a tight leash on our dog so that never happened.
Good racing to the hubs...he will rock it!

Mark said...

Glad the dog didn't bite!!! Good luck to Mark!!!

Teamarcia said...

I cannot believe the dog owner was laughing. Ugh!
Best of luck to hubs! Redemption is sweet!

Heidi said...

Oh that's awful about the dog. People like that give dog owners a bad name. Glad you didn't get hurt.

Good luck to your husband this weekend. I hope he gets his redemption.

Char said...

Some dog owners are such jerks - it's NOT funny being jumped on by a German Shepherd when you're running! Good job on those splits.

Tricia said...

awesome run

Katie A. said...

OMG! What a jerk! I'm sooo sorry!
Nice job on the run, though!
Good luck to the hubbs - revenge will feel so good!
Have a great weekend!

destination262 said...

I can't believe that guy just laughed. That would have made me so angry. Good for you for telling him off.

And good luck to the hubs this weekend! He is going to do great!

Emz said...

I love Q's comment. I'm with Q. IT IS ending Happy x 2!

Nicole said...

Good luck to your hubs!!!!! :) :)

lindsay said...

aller marquer!

Cynthia O'H said...

Leashes drive me crazy when I run - especially with small dogs in the dark. Big dogs I can handle.

Good luck to your husband on Sunday. I'll be running the half.

Her Name is Rio said...

I'm thinking happy thoughts for a wonderful ending!

Sorry about that dog scare, though. Bad owner for laughing!

yumke said...

Good luck Mark!

Julie D. said...

oh my word...so glad you gave the dog owner a piece of your mind!! that is awful!! Good luck to your husband!! Can't wait to hear about it.