First – a quick recap of yesterday’s lunch run. It was a good one, with the exception of an unfortunate incident towards the end. I decided to try for progressive splits, starting nice and easy and picking up the pace by about 15 seconds with each kilometre.
Target: 6:00 – 5:45 – 5:30 – 5:15 – 5:00 – 4:45
Result: 5:58 – 5:45 – 5:32 – 5:12 – 4:54 – 4:44
At the beginning of the last kilometre, I came across a man walking two german sheppards. (Can you see where this is going?) They were taking up the sidewalk so I veered onto the grass to give them plenty of space because I don’t like to take chances with dogs. Sure enough, one of the dogs gave chase as I ran by and the owner (accidentally??) dropped his leash! The dog lunged and jumped up on me as I stopped abruptly and screamed various profanities. He didn’t bite, but he didn’t back down either. His owner grabbed him but laughed as he did so. I gave the guy a piece of my mind before carrying on with my run.
This time last year, Hubs was primed to run a strong first marathon at the Hamilton Road2Hope event. Some of you may remember that his day ended in the medical tent (you can read all about it here) after he removed himself from the race at 35K due to injury. He’s run two marathons since then, but this weekend will be his true redemption – returning to the course that took him down.
I can’t wait to see how this story ends.