Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another dog attack!

Dog attack. Last monday the Black Knight called an old friend to run together in the dark around the city. Our friendship began when we were in the same junior high school classroom. After 35 minutes, on a downhill, I was running a couple of steps forward him when a dog came out from a garden barking furiously and trying to bite my leg. I stopped my run to give a kick on his muzzle but Piero (this is my friend's name) didn't succeed in slowing down and hit my back with his little finger. It was a painful situation because he got a bad dislocation of that finger, the phalanx had an angle of 45°!!!! A kind driver drove us to the emergency room for the cures. The dog's owner, an ugly witch, said that her dog is sweet and doesn't attack anyone(???). Here are 2 pictures with Piero and I some years ago.
Training. The training for the Roma-Ostia half marathon goes on, following the scheduled program alternating running and swimming not to overstress my left leg. This morning I made a good long distance run of 22.6 km (14 ml) near the sea and through the country. Tomorrow the swimming pool.

Scheduled races. I have planned to run at least one race every month included 2 half marathons.
How many races have you planned?

Rugby. Today England - Italy, keeping the fingers crossed. Here is the short movie of the penalty during Italy - Ireland last saturday:

video

Happy running, swimming and biking

29 comments:

  1. That's what dogs' owners always say.
    Glad to hear your training is going well, just avoid dogs or maybe carry pepper spray with you.
    I like those photo strips on the side.

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  2. Yikes! Another encounter with a "sweet natured" dog - not good. Hope your friend's finger heals soon - he certainly is tall!
    I have two 10K races planned for this spring, a 15K with Fran in the fall and probably an 8K at Christmas - no half marathons for me this year!

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  3. per esperienza sappiamo che 'cane che abbaia non morde', quindi spesso è sufficiente passare oltre... almeno in questo caso sarebbe stato meglio! :(

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  4. I'm so sorry for Piero's painful situation. We are going to kill those dogs as soon as possible!

    I've sent you my plan by email and I've written the races on the file excell which you sent me.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  5. Dogs coming after you on a run is scary. I too would havecstoppedcto kick it! Sorry aboutbyour friends finger, I hope it is feeling better now.

    I've gotvraces planned through July and hopefullybthe NYC marathon in november.

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  6. Neat pictures, and yes, your friend is very tall. I'm feeling sympathy pains for his finger. I dislocated my thumb last year, and it's no fun. I hope these dogs leave you alone from now on!!

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  7. That would have scared me! Sorry about Piero's finger...glad someone was able to get you guys some help.

    Good job on a great long run!

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  8. What a bummer!

    I love dogs, but not unleashed dogs coming after me on a run. That is never a good thing.

    Sorry about your friend's finger :-(

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  9. You three look like quite the crew. :) I'm terrified of dogs attacking me when I run. Always scares me to see a dog unleashed. I never know. Sorry about your friend's finger. And Rugby...my husband was a rugby player in college...I never did fully understand what was going on...didn't really try though...was focused on my husband and how fast I needed to get the car to take him to the ER...every time it seems...he has war wounds all over from that game.

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  10. New York is largely free of stray dogs, but Cayman is full of them; Brent carries an extra water bottle on his bike for squirting any dog that should be so rash as to chase after him! I like riding there with my friend Max, who is a bit of a dog whisperer - he makes vaguely occult hand gestures and even the most rogue dog slinks away to the other side of the street...

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  11. That stinks! I got a good laugh, however, at your description of the "ugly witch!" She did not sound sympathetic to your cause.

    Enjoy the run and swim.

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  12. I hate when dogs attack when running. I have only had experience with little ones but they are so annoying none then less and make me loose my groove from the added scare. I am not a dog lover enough to not take a kick at one!!

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  13. Legally our dogs have to be behind fences or on leads in public or the owners can be fined if their dogs attack. What is the policy of your local government? Poor Peiro! That would have been incredibly painful.

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  14. I can't believe you had another dog attack. Do dogs have to be leashed or behind fences there? It sounds like the ugly witch doesn't know her dog all that well. It sounds like you will have a busy year with races. I have 10 races planned this year.

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  15. Another dog attack?? UGH. I find the people that immediately say, "he doesn't bite" are the ones whose dogs always bite.

    I played Rugby in college for 4 years...I was a Hooker and a Flanker, I liked Flanker better, and ended up there for the last 2 years.

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  16. Stupid witch that she says he doesn't do anything. My dog would not attack you but she would try to run with you. I always keep her leash short when we approach a runner because I know how irritating a dog can be when you're running.

    Great idea to do a run every month!
    I have only planned my first half in April. And possibly will do 4 other races this year, one of them another half and one with Amy from Belgium in October.

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  17. I hope your friend's finger heals soon!

    I don't have many races planned this spring, but I'll be busy this summer. I figure they'll be a nice stress reliever from wedding planning. :)

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  18. Dogs in Italy have no manners!!!!

    (only joking)

    I wish I knew anything about rugby. All I know is that it is brutal!

    As for races, I have nothing planned past the April 18th marathon. There might be a surprise race before that. I don't race often, just hard.

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  19. I always get nervous when I'm running and see a un-leashed dog, I'm afraid of what it might do. Hope your friend's finger heals quickly. The only thing I know about rugby is that my husband used to play and lost his front tooth...

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  20. Ugh I'm so sorry about the dog attack! As much as I love dogs, it is no fun when they are angry.

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  21. Ugly witches with angry dogs should be burned at the stake!

    I dislocated my little finger in a motorcycle accident once. It still looks wonky.

    If anyone beats the Poms, I'm happy - even Italy ;)

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  22. those are fun photos...I am scared of stray dogs...for that reason...they do attack!

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  23. Never nice to encounter a dog like that but the ugly witch was even worse I think. Not that many running bloggers follow or understand rugby. We will need to lead them to the light. I have many races planned as part of my Comrades training from now to the beginning of May.

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  24. Ow! So sorry about the dog and the finger. So glad you've got some races on your schedule. I've got some half marathons and tris lined up as part of my training for my A races. Now that the weather is improving, it's fun to think about racing again!

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  25. I saw the USA Sevens on Saturday. I'll do a post on it maybe tomorrow. I absolutely loved the game.

    Sorry your friend runs with his little finger out and ran into you. Did you kick the dog?

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  26. Oooh that sounds really scary, I'm always afraid dogs are going to jump out at me.

    I'm still looking for more races, I'm so excited it is warm enough to start racing again!!! My first half is in a little over 2 months :D Good Luck and have a blast in all your races!!

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  27. holy cow, I can't believe it about the dog!!

    Right now I have five races planned, although I'm waiting to find out if I got into my marathon.

    have a great weekend!

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  28. I always carry a couple of dog cookies with me on runs. Helps to bribe the 4 legged locals.

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