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.