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Roxy, Mups, Floydy and Surfermom, and anyone else who looked in and thought of a solution but was too frightened to post.......I have tried to explain the trials and tribulations of yer average long distance runner and his association with our cuddly canine friends.......



(1) Stubbornness is not one of my most attractive traits, but I suppose it’s a fine line between stubbornness and dedication, obsession and self discipline. I owe my success as a runner to all three, anyone who knows me well will realise that Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Sunday’s are running days, and nothing gets in the way, other than a nuclear holocaust or death, well, my own death specifically. So bearing in mind that stubborn streak, altering or changing my running route is not an option.

(2) The farm in question is very remote and miles from the nearest civilisation, it’s actually a bit ‘Deliverance’ out there, and been nipped on the bum by a dog is preferable to some other fate that might be waiting for me should I enter the property of said farm. Farms are usually well guarded by dogs, among other things, and visitors are not encouraged, there is a post box on the gate for the postman so he never needs to enter the property. There is good reason for this amount of security, and it’s because they are so remote that they are an easy target for thieves. Cattle and machinery are the main targets but only just a few months ago a cyclist was stopped by some men in a white transit van, punched in the face, stripped naked, and everything of value was taken from him, including his bike and on the very road I call my regular running route, so I take no chances. I’m more afraid of people than I am of an aggressive hound.

(3) As Surfermom will probably testify (and any other regular runners) a running course must meet certain criteria. Is it the correct distance? Is it a circular, preferably starting and finishing at home? – Very boring running an out and back route on a regular basis or having to drive out to the start/finish every other day. Is it safe and relatively traffic free? Can it be run in the dark safely? Can it be run all year round? – And not up to the thighs in mud in wet weather. With good running shoes the price they are, it’s best not to mistreat them or lose them in the mud. And is it a regular dog walking route? Many a good intentioned owner exclaims “He won’t hurt you” after it has embedded it’s teeth into your £100 Gortex Running top and is been dragged whimpering down the road – And that’s just the runner! So if you are fortunate enough to have ticked all those boxes, you will understand that finding another running course is practically impossible, especially when there are only three roads leading out of the village, two of which contain an excessive amount of morons with cars.
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01-12-2017, 06:10 PM
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I can totally understand why you don't want to change your route. As far as I can see, you should talk to the farmer. You could go to the farm in your car, that would protect you. You could phone him if you know the name, if not, get hold of a voters role and look him up. Get his phone no and then phone. But I wouldn't leave it to chance. Dogs as I'm sure you know can, and do, pick up on body language and if your the slightest bit anxious or up tight then be sure the dog will know, maybe think it's aggression on your part and ............
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There is nothing that will inspire great things in exercise like two back-to-back days of driving. The Smoky Mountains are beautiful this time of year, with the a the gingko and maples still dressed in their brilliant hues. With the first cold front of the season sweeping across North America, we are suddenly in a festive mood and pulling out sweaters and scarves from the depths of the closets and preparing for the holidays.

We just returned from my daughter's triumphant doctors appointments in North Carolina (the top research and teaching hospital in the country for brain disease). To save the forum from the long edition of the story, it seems that she will be making history with her astounding recovery from a four year battle with a rare brain disease. We have been asked for permission and participation in presenting her case formally to the medical community (publication, presentations, etc.) that will save other people from possible death and years of utter debilitation. Remember the movie Awakenings? She is not unlike that patient - only she pioneered a treatment that has her all but back to normal after five lost years.

So, as you can imagine, after a late arrival home last night, I was still up early bursting through the front door and out into the chilly gray morning for a well-needed seven mile run. I was a little stiff, but there is nothing like cold temperatures and being in high spirits to get my feet moving. Bundled up against the northerly winds whipping punishing gusts across the length of the river, I ran alongside it curious about how the pelicans, cormorants, and gulls were navigating the conditions, but alas they were nowhere to be seen. I suppose they were taking shelter in the wide stands of pine trees and the marsh grasses beyond the opposite banks.

In all, my pace today was 8:20 which I am fairly sure is one of my better times for that distance. Nothing like jubilation and feeling frost bitten to keep my feet moving. A blanket warmth reached as I opened the front door where happy tail-wagging dogs, a cup of hot chai, and a steaming shower await.

Aah, there is no place like home....
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Hi Surfermom.
What an awesome achievement your daughter has made with her very rare condition. She's certainly a fighter and I wish her all the best in her further treatment. It's so sad she succumbed to such a debilitating condition in the first place, lost those valuable years of her life growing up, but she can look back and at least know that she may now be saving lives for others. What an inspiration she is!

I bet you were ready for your run yesterday after the long drive and the stress which you have had to endure. Getting out and about really does blow away those cobwebs for a while.

Take care all of you and please, remain positive
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Thank you Floydy, and hello to the rest of you interested enough to pop in on this thread.

While most of my exercise has been limited to pressing the accelerator in the car and walking through shops piled high with merchandise, I have finally carved out enough time to run - and it felt fantastic to be out there after a week of shifted priorities. After a few days off, I always expect to be sluggish or winded, but today, as I usually discover, I felt light and fast. It was thoroughly enjoyable on the winding streets lined with hardy oaks and evergreens.

In the summer my running gear consists of shorts and a tank top. However, this time of year, I tend to look like a inflated stack of tires, stiffly leaving the house in tights, a tank, a long sleeve top, a jacket with reflective material, gloves, and a headband to cover my ears. It's ridiculous, I know, and you all will laugh even more to know that the highs are around 13 C!

As quite the aficionado of the rich and fabulous food that comes with the holidays, I am determined to run 30 miles each week from now until the end of the year. Akin to the metaphorical rabbit chasing the carrot, with each mile, sugar plums dance in my head pressing me forward.

Oh, and my hip joints seem somewhat inflamed, but why ruin the positive vibe...
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