Kung hei kung hei! I didn’t celebrate Chinese New Year but I was very happy with the 2 days of public holiday. I get to enjoy an activity I like the most, apart from running and eating which is sleeping. Hah!
Hope you guys had a great long weekend too over last week’s holiday. I started of the long break with a nice tortoise-pace run at the neighbourhood which I grew up in, Sri Hartamas. I arrived at 7.30 am and by then it was already pretty sunny. The route I took starts off at the park in Sri Hartamas, passed the streets of my old home, my secondary school (which has now become a primary school), Publika, into jalan Khidmat Usaha, u-turned, took back the same route to Sri Hartamas, turned left into Desa Sri Hartamas for 2 rounds, passing by my secondary school (SMK Seri Hartamas was relocated to its current location in 2000) and finally back to my car parked at Petronas Sri Hartamas. Phew. I didn’t think I could do it alone but I did. Of course I took lots of walk breaks as usual and I did stop for refueling at Bestari, Publika. Total distance is 13.29 km.
Last Saturday’s LSD route started off the same. I however arrived late; the friggin’ phone alarm had the volume on the lowest setting. Boo! Woke up startled at 7.30am and rushed out by 7.45 am (manage to grab peanut butter biscuits for pre-running fuel and I’ve made some Chia drink before sleeping the night before). I was really worried that the sun was going to bother me; I mean it was glaring but it wasn’t like I was being toasted. Since I had about an extra 1 km plus or so in my training plan, I devised a slightly different route. Started off about the same till I hit the junction in front of Publika, instead of turning left to head towards Persiaran Dutamas, I turned right and headed towards the Wilayah Mosque and government offices. After a loop around the LHDN building, I turned into Khidmat Usaha and on to Persiaran Dutamas. Was threaten by an angry stray dog at the Khidmat Usaha – Persiaran Dutamas intersection *gulps*. It barked, growled and even went after me for a couple of meters – thankfully the dog gave up… Because of that incident, after the u-turn at Jalan Dutamas Raya, I ran on the opposite side of the street which did not have any pedestrian walkway. Dangerous! I’d have to come up with an anti-angry-stray dogs in the future. Any tips? Finished off the run by heading back the same route of the previous weekend LSD. Total distance is 14.54km.
Have you had any experience running into angry stray dogs?
Any useful tips on avoiding/handling future encounters?