My husband leaves for work by 6:30am. I am a morning exerciser - if I don't do it in the morning, it won't get done. So I usually run 4 xs a week and do some yoga video 2 xs. 2 of my runs - luckily only 2 - are done in the darkness because I need to be back before my husband heads out to work. Well, technically, only for 1/2 the year are those runs in the dark but it seems like I've been running in the dark forever. . .
Anyways, it's always a little scary for me. I run by myself. I don't live in the nicest of areas of town. But I do try to run smart and run on heavily trafficked roads which are well-lit. Not my first choice of runs, but what I feel safest with.
Well this past week I was about 1/2 a mile from my home and notice someone cross the street real fast. This person had a headlight on and was on the opposite side of the road as myself. As I approached closer, suddenly this person turns around and starts coming towards me and charges her 5 dogs she has to "ATTACK!" No kidding. (Luckily these dogs are what I would call a mini-lassie type of dog. I was not afraid of the dogs. I was afraid of psycho lady.) I start telling the dogs to "No, don't attack me!" And they didn't. Then the lady was all, "Show your face! Who are you!?" And I'm all: "I'm a runner! Sheesh, leave me alone!" as I start running away from all the craziness. I kept saying, "Gosh, Sheesh!" real loudly as I was running away. I heard the lady say something like, "Well, I was just making sure."
I have crossed paths with this lady before - but it's probably been over a year. I've always thought her. . . not quite all together. I do not know where she lives. I'm pretty sure she lives within a few blocks of myself as I always see her around my neighborhood, but that's about it.
Anyways, there are ten thousand things I could talk about this incident. But what I want to know from you ladies is this: Do you have a great dog that runs with you? If so, what kind of dog is it? I would feel much safer just having a dog with me. I don't run super fast nor super far in the dark - usually just around 4 miles. I don't necessarily want a dog that is vicious and would attack someone, but at least something a little more threatening than a min-lassie dog. Any suggestions? This is not something I am going to do right away - buy a dog that is - seeing as I have a dog (a non-running type!), a cat, fish, and my 4th babe on her way this summer. But I just don't want to run another fall/winter in the dark.