Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Dog: Man's Best Friend, Runner's Worst Enemy

Dogs. They're cute. They're friendly (sometimes). They're playful. They make wonderful companions, especially for running. But while a dog can be the greatest source of friendship for one guy, that same dog can be the ultimate pain in the neck for runners. If you read my "Running in the Rain" blogpost, you'll know that I'm pretty fond of dogs. But recent 'events' have twisted that fondess just a bit, resulting in my disdain whenever a dog appears on my run. I'm gonna give y'all a taste of what I had to put up with last week, just promise you won't laugh.


I have been chased by numerous dogs throughout my running career, but never have I ever experienced a 'chase' quite like this. I was on mile 4 of my 8 mile run, relishing in the coolness of the late afternoon and enjoying the serenity of the countryside. It was definitely a good day for me--I was feeling strong and kept perfect form for the duration of my run so far. As I passed a neighbor's long driveway I heard a dog barking but quickly dismissed it since I never had a problem with their dogs before. So I continued running, not seeing the huge yellow lab bolting towards me at lightning speed. Before I could turn I felt the massive ball of fur slam into the back of my legs, causing me to stumble and nearly spill onto the ground. As I scrambled to my feet a sudden fear came over me; What if it bites me? So I did what usually worked; I backed away a few steps and began talking to the mutt in that voice all owners use with their dogs (if you own one, you know what I'm talking about). "Hey buddy! Who's a good boy? You're a good boy, aren't you? Come here, it's okay, I won't hurt you." The lab just stared at me for a moment before waddling over to me, his tale wagging as he rubbed against my legs. I patted his head affectionately, then pointed towards the house saying, "Go home!" The canine promptly sat on my feet, refusing to move. I tried pushing him away but he wouldn't budge. I knew I was losing valuable running time, making this ridiculous situation all the more irritating. After I freed myself, I began running again, hoping that the dog would give up and go home, but after about three-fourths of a mile, the lab was still sticking right by me, causing me to trip every few steps.


I soon came up with an idea: I would run up to the house, tell my neighbors that their dog won't let me leave, and run off happily into the sunset (literally). So I turned around and began heading back to the property, scowling at the grinning dog whose jolly spirit just would not diminish. As I approached the run-down house, I caught sight of another dog. This one looked old and quite mangy, so I didn't really see her as a threat. I looked around the farm--it was pretty large, with sheep dominating a fenced-in area. There was country music playing in the barn so I went to check it out. Much to my dismay, there was no one there, and the two dogs followed closely at my heels. Everything was locked, so I couldn't leave the dogs in the shed. I trekked back to the house and leaped up the steps, politely knocking at the door and calling out, "Is anybody home? Your dogs won't leave me alone!" No reply. I knocked a little harder. Again, no answer. I banged on the door and shouted. Still nothing. I let out a shriek of frustration as I realized that there were no cars in the drive, therefore, no owners to 'save' me. I took a seat on the steps and gave a cold stare to each of the dogs, "I hate you. You two suck."


To be continued.....(mainly because this post is turning out to be really long...sorry guys!)


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