Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Dark Running

Oh the joys of running in the dark.

We all know that cobwebs = spiders. Number of webs I ran through this morning....countless. My least favorite insect - spiders. Sure, wasps are a close second.

Lazy dog owners. Gotta love them. Let them dogs out unattended. Out the front door, no less. Meeting up with 2 medium sized dogs on your bike is one thing. You've got a buffer. 2 dogs, in the dark, while running - not much fun. Especially when one's getting behind you! Luckily they were barkers, and I had a moment to prepare. I didn't run, I turned and faced them, and yelled "NO!" as loud and as mean as I could. They still came - crossed the street - at a full run and barked and growled waaaay too close for comfort. I backed further away from their home, still yelling at them and trying to keep both in front of me. I got out to a main street with some traffic on it, and they did not continue the chase. Nice adrenalin rush in the first mile of the day!

Being a tall runner. Being a sidewalk runner. These things don't' mix well. I have to duck for every branch, bush and creepy vine that the city workers, in their infinite shortness, fail to trim away. Night running only makes it even more fun to negotiate this maze of eye-hunting twigs and leaves.

Oncoming traffic. Why do people think it's a GOOD thing to turn on their bright lights when they see a runner? I've got crappy night vision to begin with - sometimes I like to run with no contacts or glasses, so essentially I'm running by feel more than anything. It gives me an excuse to run slowly...like I really needed another one. Lights head on only make the ground surface that much more a mystery.

Humidity. Ah, the morning humidity. Sure it's cooler before sunrise. My lungs feel like I just got done swimming.

The alternative in August in Tampa - run when the sun comes out. Not a very good alternative. I guess there's always a dreadmill inside. How much fun could that be?

17 comments:

J-Wim said...

With ya on the spidies and unsupervised dogs.

You seem a little grouchy there, I thought running was supposed to take the edge off that?
Maybe you shoud go out and do it over.... :-)

ironshane said...

Yikes - not good with the dogs! I get that all the time when I have my 2 dogs with me. Of course, my dogs hide behind ME when another dog approaches. They're so tough...

SWTrigal said...

That was definitely an "Oh shit!" moment! glad you beat the dogs.

bigmike600 said...

Go to the bike shop and get HALTZ. It is dog spray. It is small and has a clip on it so you can clip it to your waistband and you will never know it is there. One spray and those dogs are DONE. If the owner of the dogs shows up to complain that you sprayed his dogs, well you spray him too. Do not spray yourself or you are DONE. This I know but that is another story.
Florida in August= HOTT.

stronger said...

Reminds me of running in FL in August/Sept in the dark many years ago- plus the uneven sidewalks.

And the headlight thing drives me nuts. While I could easily be mistaken for a DEER, it's like running blind for severals seconds.

The spiders...that reminds me of running in Hawaii and those big ol banana spiders. Ewwww.

Kevin said...

While I am nt scared of dogs and have 2 of my own, that is my fear when I am running or riding. Yiou never know if they will be friendly dog or a vicious bitch

Michele said...

With ya on the dogs, I am so sick of being chased, and the bright light blindness is horrible. But is it all bad enough to drive you inside to the dreadmill???

Lana said...

Does FL have a "Dogs Running at Large" statute? TN does...I think it's time they enforce it.

Taconite Boy said...

bring a pellet gun next time

well maybe not

triguyjt said...

I stop and just stare em down...don't move.... and after about minutes (when you've lost momentum and half of your heart rate..I move on... they usually tail behind real slow and lose interest....
then I go change my shorts

Brent Buckner said...

HALTZ sounds interesting.
I make do with water bottles on the bike.

ShirleyPerly said...

Glad you were able to escape. I hate loose dogs too, day or night.

ShirleyPerly said...

I meant to say loose dogs that are not friendly.

greyhound said...

Johnny Rambo just killed the dogs. "They drew first blood, sir."

Di said...

if the Iphone had a taser on it, then you would be allowed to buy one. Too bad they don't.

Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

Pirate has always told me to run away from traffic, not facing it, when it's full on dark. you'll still know when they are coming (headlights) and they illuminate the road for you instead of blinding you. that's safe, i guess, as long as you aren't running IN the road.

Javier said...

Thats why I run with My own dog at night. I let her deal with the loose dogs lol