I have I would say a healthy respect for dogs when out running. I've been bitten twice once by an Alsatian while running for a bus, the second time it was a Jack Russell in a park. I now slow to a walk if I see a loose dog running vaguely unsupervised in my direction.
I don't think it's unreasonable that dog owners should make sure that they only let their dog off the lead if they are paying attention to where the dog is at all times and the dog is well trained enough that it will return immediately when called. If not then keep the dog on a lead. It is never acceptable to get bitten by someone's dog, the owner may get playful bites from the dog themselves and not see what the big deal is but to a stranger that could be a deeply traumatic experience.
I'm training for my first marathon in October with 4 days running and 2 rest days. I've recently started boxing as it's something I've always wanted to do and am incorporating this as my cross training activity.
I see people mention cycling and swimming alot as crosstraining but was just curious if there are any other runners who box and whether people think it has any benefit for crosstraining?
I have suffered with bad headaches after longer runs too and for me it's a combo of dehydration, if I don't hydrate before no amount of rehdydrating after will do it. The other problem comes from my neck and shoulders stiffening up leading to a headache, this has been partly eased by correcting my running stance and making sure I don't hunch but sometimes I do end up having a muscle relaxant like tizanidine if my neck muscles are really spasming as otherwise the headache is inevitable.