Saturday was the annual Run thru Hell race. There are two events; 10 mile and 4.8 mile races. My uncle is the creator of this race and has been putting it on for 35 years. I ran the 10 mile along with Chris and a bunch of my running friends. I went into this race as a training run and came out with a 2nd place finish in my age group! I ran the 10 miler in 1:21:53. Slower than last years event but faster than I thought I would run being how tough this course is. Major, major hills!!!!
After the race, one of my running friends Dave and I headed back out to run another 5 miles. We ran out 2.5 miles and turned back. at about 3.5 miles, out of nowhere comes 2 big, black dogs that looked like a Pitt bull mix of some sort. The one charged at Dave, bearing teeth, barking and foaming at the mouth. Dave kicked and punched the dog while I jumped on the back windshield of a parked car. The dogs stood there barking at Dave when a homeowner (and owner of the car I am on) come out. He said they were the guy down the hills dog and told us to yell "go home". We did and the dogs took off towards their house. We grabbed a couple large rocks and slowly proceeded down the hill. The dog owner came out of his house and asked if we were attacked. He apologized stating he had no idea they got out. He called them in and we finished our run. Dave and I jinxed ourselves since we had just talked about how neither one of us grabbed our pepper spray and that we both carry it when running rural roads. When we returned to the race site, we then notice 2 large scratches on Dave's arm and leg. He thinks it was caused by the dogs studded collar. He cleaned it off and applied anti-bacterial ointment to the area. I've always had a fear of being chased and attacked by a stray dog ever since my dad was bitten by one. Now I am not so sure when I will run on rural roads again.
Official Race Results:
Age Group Place: 2nd/18