(Closed) Running with a dog..question?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

I’d start by working out in the gym on the treadmill.  

Did something happen to you to cause this worry/fear?  Or is it something you’ve always lived with?  If it is, I’d suggest seeking professional help to learn ways to cope with the fear.  I’m guessing they will have some sort of exercises to help you with the fear – but I have zero experience in the topic and don’t want to start suggesting ideas that could be hurtful to your progress.

Personally, when I’m out and about I always take my cell phone with me and feel that gives me some plan of calling for help (police is on speed-dial in my favorites list).  I also don’t like to go in super secluded areas… and if I’m feeling nervous, my cell phone will be in hand (vs in my pocket).

I walk my dog a lot and she is a ‘scary’ looking dog.  I don’t rely on her to protect me, though, should someone attack/approach me.  I consider myself HER protector.  I honestly don’t know what she would do if something happened…. although, I had a lady comment to to me the other day “Well, no one is going to mess with you!” (referring to my ‘scary’ dog).

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Get some mace to take with you.  

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

Yes, absolutely and my dogs are very small. My male pomeranian is quite protective and even though he probably couldn’t really protect me he would certainly put up a big fight and make a lot of noise. That is better than nothing. I absolutely do not run in the evening or early morning without them.

As for how to get over this fear I think you need to look back and see what might have caused it. Do you think becoming a mother might have something to do with it? I agree with the PP that if it is that much of an anxiety perhaps indoor exercise might be best for  the time being. Running should be a somewhat enjoyable experience (for some more enjoyable than others…) and if you are genuinely terrified to do it than you won’t likely stick with it anyway. Best to find something that fits better.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I run with my dog. Luckily my neighborhood is safe, but most of my concerns are that if someone attacks me my dog would get hurt trying to defend me. Still, I’m sure that having a dog makes it easier for me to avoid people trying to talk to me.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mace: http://www.safetygirl.com/pepperspray.html?gclid=CO3V0PazrLMCFUid4AodOF4AKw

 

I do think, however, that you need to figure out why you feel the way you do.  Sometimes I get really anxious at night and think there are, you know, demons or whatever…but then I rationalize it.  Honestly, we’re all very safe.  But here is what you should think of: what is the worst thing that could happen?  The noise you heard is a person breaking in.  So what’s your plan if they do?  Or if you’re running, and someone grabs at you.  What is your plan?  

Post # 10
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11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  Could you perhaps have a touch of OCD? I have a slight anxiety disorder but no need for a perscription (yet) but I suffer from similar symptoms you mentioned. My best friend has more severe anxiety with OCD and has to take Paxill to control her symptoms.

I know we all hate to consider it but perhaps a chat with your doctor and/or therapist might be in order?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I run with my dog when I run under 3 miles (he’s a small little guy) & I plan on working our puppy up to this.  I don’t do this for protection though.  I live in a pretty safe neighborhood, and if I’m venturing to the not as safe areas, I won’t do it if it’s dark.

 

I think you need to look at the real issue here and that’s why are you feeling the way you do?  Can you talk to your doctor or a psych about this?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@figgnewton:  My sister carries the lipstick one.  She really likes it because she can take it to a lot of places since it doesn’t look like what it really is.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper

@figgnewton:  Let me know if you get one…I have been considering this as well more for my dogs and protection against bigger dogs than for myself.

@MsAmandaAnn:  I live in an incredibly safe and higher end neighborhood as well and I still just don’t feel right running at night alone. I guess I just think too much…I blame the anxiety. 🙁

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I live in a very safe area as well and do not like running at night.  Is there a track nearby such as a high school or something? If they are lit up and others are also exercising I feel safer there. 

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