Tuesday, September 9, 2008

8.04672 kilometers

That would be 5 miles. Umm yes 5. I ran 5 miles last night. I did this in just over an hour and that was with a pesky dog who quite honestly scared the daylights out of me.

So how did it go? Well I have heard other runners mention a groove or a zone that you get into. I thought I knew what they were talking about as I would get into a grove at about 1.5 miles. I really felt that groove at about 2.8. I was strong. My last 2 miles ended up nearly identical in time to my first two. 11 and 13 minutes. Basically due to hills on mile 2. Mile 3 was right at 12 minutes. I was tired. My legs were a bit dead last night but I am not sore today.

So what about this dog. Well this chocolate brown Shar Pei mix comes out from a yard barking a growling and I had to scream because I was startled and then back down a bit. The whole ordeal took 15 seconds, maybe 30. I am not sure. I can tell you this that I was shocked that midway through the 5th mile I had some reflexes. I jumped and got into a wierd kinda stance preparing for the worst. The owner came out and apologized and off I went. This dog normally barks at me and come midway out in his yard but this was way different. I am kinda glad I dont have a heart rate monitor cause it would have been going nuts. I was pretty frightened. How do you guys handle dogs in a situation like that?

So that is it. 5 miles. I weigh in tonight with no expectation. If I can I will try to get a run in after, but I am not sure it is in the cards tonight. If not, the pavement will be waiting.


WebCudgel said...

I'm not sure how I'd react at this point as I've not had any loose dogs to content with at all in my neighborhood (but I've only run in my area twice, the last few months of running have been near my job). Sometimes the best thing to do is to stop and not move. Seen that in a few situations and the dog's reaction is usually just to come up and sniff ya. However, if they stop or really start growling as they run at you, it might be best to run for it. I'm sure I'd find some sort of sprint speed that my body has never done before. :)

Cocktails1st said...

Im still in shock over the 5 miles - great job I would have never believed it 1/1/08.

As far as the dog goes yell back and keep running - never scream or at least don't admit it :)

Matt Keeling said...

Not like I screamed like a girl bro

SuperDave said...

First of all, Great job on the 5 miler. I think I did my 5 miler after about 2 months of running.
Feels good doesn't it?!
2 dogs in 1 day. LOL!!
Dogs always like a good chase, it's in their genes.
Mizzou is throwing up the numbers aren't they?

new*me said...

Great victory on the walk.........5 miles ...WOW! Dogs make me nervous. I love them once I know them but you just never know about man's best friend!

Andrew is getting fit said...

Congrats! That's an awesome effort.

I've been fortunate and have never had any dog trouble.

Run like hell would be my advice!

Tony said...

Wow that's pretty inspirational. I have a hard time just running one mile. Grats man.