There are a lot of natural born enemies in this world. For

example, snowplows are the natural born enemy of school children, holiday foods are the natural born enemy of your waistline, cats are the natural born enemies of mice AND dogs & cars are the natural born enemies of runners.
Lately the dogs and cars have really been out to get me. Seems like every morning on my run, I’m either having to fight off some stray dog or avoid some car that’s not paying attention.
I’ve learned that dogs act brave and tough as long as they’re behind you, but they’re cowards when you turn to face them. Biblically speaking, I’ve “stoned” many a dog who wouldn’t leave me a lone. It’s amazing how quickly a little rock will run off even the biggest of dogs. Most times I know I don’t have to out-run the dog, I just have to out run the slowest runner among our group. Unfortunately, I’m often the slowest of the group, so I’ve learned to become a pretty good dog-stoner.
Cars are a different story. I’ve wanted to stone a few of those too, but by the time I realize which ones need a good stoning, I’m too busy diving for the ditch instead of finding something to throw. Before I realize what just happened, they’re gone on down the road … out of distance for a good stoning. For some strange reason, most drivers think “rules of the road” don’t apply at 5:30 in the morning (like this guy). “Who needs to stop at stop signs or red lights at 5:30 in the morning?” is probably what’s going through their mind. Thankfully I’m learning as a runner that I never have the right-of-way, even when I do.
So … people … let’s stay safe out there. Put those pooches in the fence and watch out for those runners when you’re driving, because I sure don’t want to have to stone ya. :)

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  1. Tim Archer says:

    If you a dog is driving a car behind you, then you really need to watch out!

  2. Stoogelover says:

    Just one more reason I'm not a runner. I have had more than a few cars try to run me down in crosswalks. If I can, I always slap the back fender as hard as I can to make them think they hit something. So far no one has stopped and beaten the crap out of me … for which I'm thankful!

  3. Su says:

    Grrr… Careless drivers should spend some time in carless-driver purgatory. I'm just sayin'.

    I've never thrown anything at a dog, but I'm working on my authoritative "Go home!". Sometimes it works, sometimes not. So far, none of them have done anything besides bark. Or jump up on me and leave mud on my iPod. :(s

  4. Anonymous says:

    It doesn't matter who has the right of way when the odds are so much in favor of the car over the pedestrian. If you get hit even when your right you loose.

    I watch people at cross walks trust their lives to that light at the other side of the intersection by stepping out the instant it changes without a glance left or right because they have the right of way.

    Pedestrians can be right and they can also be "dead right".

    Be careful out there.


  5. Janice Garrison says:

    I don’t have to worry about dogs chasing me or cars running over me. I don’t run for a different reason. I don’t like black eyes…and that’s all I have to say about that. :)

  6. JD says:

    My favorite are the people who like to see how close they can come to hitting you and then swerve out in big loop to miss you. The other day I was running and there was no traffic in the other lane. I was hugging the shoulder and this car seriously wanted until he was a few feet from before he moved over. What's the deal with that?

  7. Tim says:

    I recently increased my life insurance after my 4th close call early in the morning. What I don't understand is, most drives that hit me are texting (or looking at their cell phone) at 5:30 a.m. before they almost hit me. Who are they texting at 5:30 a.m.? I wear a reflective vest, reflective shorts, shoes with reflective strips and an armband and legband that reflect bright blue. I'm thinking of what I could carry, like a hard boiled egg, that I could hurl at the preoccupied driver to wake them up. Any ideas?

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