Runnings hazards

What are yours...

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11/03/2009 at 09:50

A couple of months into my training schedule and i'm getting most aware of what to be afraid of. At the top of my list is DOGS!

I run first thing in the morning as its quiet, little traffic, fresh air and is the easiest time for me to fit in. What i'm noticing more and more are the dog owners that just open their door and let their pooch out in the morning for a dump and harass any unlucky passers by...often me. Great big German Shepherd the other day come bounding up to me..thankfully it lost interest after I went past. Maybe my quick  'Oh CRAP!'  and diversion helped. This morning I had a Rottweiller go for me, thankfully its owner managed to reign it in before it anchored itself to my leg. The owner muttered ' well come on then' as I shat myself at the same time as checking traffic on the road i'd just had to jump into... like it was my fault..hmmm

Then two staffies bounded up on the way to the local school playing field for a dump, owner thought it was funny as I swore and made sharp deviation.

 Ah well, i guess its what comes from running in suburbia. What other running hazards am I likely to come across? I can think of a few - dodge the dog turd is one.  Morning van drivers taking advantage of the quiet roads to demonstrate their belief that they are Stirling Moss incarnate...arrgghh.

Still, I much prefer running early doors - great time of day!

Edit: just noticed the extra 's' at the end of 'Running' in the title - any way this can be edited

Edited: 11/03/2009 at 09:59
11/03/2009 at 09:55

Tourists taking pictures are my main hazard.  My run home from work takes me past Harrods, and is always interrupted by snap-happy tourists - I have to wait for them to do it, or dodge behind them as I don't want to ruin their shot.  Bring on the later evenings when it will be safe to run through Hyde Park and I can avoid Harrods altogether.

 Also milling crowds at bus-stops.  Drive me MAD!

11/03/2009 at 10:00

you are good Litdog!! i just run through the picture! I hate it when people think they can stand their family one side of the pavement and the photographer stands the other end... and they EXPECT people to wait .... grrrrrrrr

Griffsters- I find you have to be more careful as a runner while using zebra crossings- apparently traffic doesnt have to stop for a runner using one of these....

11/03/2009 at 10:00
Litdog - sounds like some of the reasons I run in the morning!
11/03/2009 at 10:23

Badgers.  Only wanted to do a wee in a bush and do you think he would let me???  Frightened the life out of me. 

Run past the same place quite often and it is now known as Badgers bush. LOL

Nam
11/03/2009 at 10:26
My main running hazards are my feet.
11/03/2009 at 10:28
runnersbeen - If you wanted to wee on me i'd be none too pleased either..!
Edited: 11/03/2009 at 10:30
11/03/2009 at 10:28
Mine is also dogs.....i'm really scared of them but have got better at knowing when they've got no interest in me....however i was running along the canal once and a big dog bounded up to me so i moved off the path to let it go past but my legs got caught in a prickly bush and my legs were cut to shreds, i had to run home with blood dripping all down them, it was awful...and the owner didn't even ask if i was ok!
11/03/2009 at 10:45

Most dogs will show some interest in you, but won't actually touch you. 

I've found that if you just ignore them they will either run alongside you for a short while or just lose interest immediately.

11/03/2009 at 10:56
Other runners...they just sail past and it p*****s me off!!!!
11/03/2009 at 11:01

i was tripped up in the dark by a dog's lead the other morning.

the owner was oblivious as they walked down the other side of the path with the huge extended lead right across to the other side of the path where the dog was happily walking along. I didn't even notice the owner, thought I was just avoiding the dog.

11/03/2009 at 11:01
Yes I agree!  I hate being overtaken.  Don't mind men overtaking me as I can kid myself that men are built differently but when a girl overtakes me it really puts me in a bad mood!
11/03/2009 at 11:08

Wilkie - Yeah, i'd agree. the GSD was just curious I think and once I showed no interest and had gone past it stayed where it was..the Rotty this morning on the other hand really wanted me for breakfast. Quite un-nerving!

Edit: tried the quote thing but didnt work

Edited: 11/03/2009 at 11:09
11/03/2009 at 11:22

Two hazards that I often encounter.

After dark: cyclists in dark clothing, no lights or anything reflective, hurtling along a pitch-black towpath (where there's a large river alongside).

Anytime: dozy numpties meandering in a zigzag along a path, unable to go in a straight line because they're either zoned out with an iPod or twiddling with a mobile phone.

11/03/2009 at 11:23
mine would have to be two or more people walking towards me who find it really hard to give me the slightest space on the footpath.  Oh!  And there's a zebra crossing where cars never stop for me.
11/03/2009 at 11:27
Litdog- I think exactly the same as you- that men are built differently therefore should run faster! ha ha!!!!!!
11/03/2009 at 12:27
Embarrassingly it's lamposts.  Every now and then, I misjudge where they are and have to dodge them at the last minute, normally when I'm nosing into someone's front room
11/03/2009 at 13:18

I nearly ran into a bollard in the middle of the pavement the other day during a fun run. It was near the beginning of the race so the field of runners was quite thick and I think others had the same surprise. There was probably some mention of it in the briefing.

11/03/2009 at 16:30

Lol, I agree with the others about zebra crossings and bikes that seem to think they own the pavements. 

Another hazard I find, especially in built up areas is smokers - nothing so horrid as running down a road where someone has just been smoking

In the countryside - and this has been really getting my goat lately is Quad bikes.  They roar about ruining a nice peaceful run and curning up paths and tracks so they're all muddy and bog like, thus meaning that if you try to run on them you either end up shoeless, with a twisted knee or both.  Or you have to pick your way around the worst of it and end up in brambly bushes that scratch you.  AND they're so pointless, all they do is ride around in circles destroying the landscape and my run.

Sorry - rant over.

11/03/2009 at 16:48
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