Why I enjoy running outside.

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    Feb 11, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    So I’m running along Solana Beach today, approaching the rocky area at the north end of Dog Beach. The sun is almost down, the temperature is just right at 60 degrees, the tide is low. Wide swaths of seawater are sweeping slowly across the sand. People and dogs are milling about.

    A sheet of water rushes toward shore, washing over my feet, narrowing the running space and forcing me to negotiate the traffic.

    I feel a dog bump against my leg as I slow down. I look down and see a yellow Labrador retriever puppy, so cute! I speed up out of the bottleneck, but the dog continues to scamper alongside me. Apparently I’m this little dog’s new running buddy! I run ahead, expecting the pup to turn back toward its owner, but each time I think I’ve shaken the dog, seconds later it catches up and continues to gently nuzzle my calves.

    This goes on for much longer than I expect. I hear the dog’s owner calling after it, his voice getting fainter and fainter as we get further and further away, but this pup isn’t going to quit—-it’s keeping up with me and clearly enjoying itself.

    I realize that if I continue heading away from Dog Beach, I’m gonna end up with an adorable puppy to keep and take home. So I make a wide turn back, the dog still tailing me, and it eventually reunites with its owner. As I run past, the owner thanks me for giving his dog a workout. I double back and finish my run.

    That little encounter put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. Or maybe it was the endorphins.
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    Feb 11, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    LOL. I like running at the beach too. One time, I was running on the wet sand and I spotted something ahead. Thought it was dog at first. But as I got closer, I realized it was a little seal. I slowed down as I approached it because I didn't want to scare it off. Then as I walked by, the seal turned and stared at me. Kept staring until I walked past him. I continued my run, and the seal continued to chill out on the beach. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 11, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThat was puppy-power that made you feel good. icon_smile.gif

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    +1!
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    Feb 12, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    Cute story Zed. Wish I live near a beach.

    I do agree that I enjoy running outside more than running on a treadmill.
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThat was puppy-power that made you feel good. icon_smile.gif

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    My run was definitely puppy powered! I’m thinking all that nudging and nuzzling was a signal that I was going too slow and needed to get my ass in gear icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. I like running at the beach too. One time, I was running on the wet sand and I spotted something ahead. Thought it was dog at first. But as I got closer, I realized it was a little seal. I slowed down as I approached it because I didn't want to scare it off. Then as I walked by, the seal turned and stared at me. Kept staring until I walked past him. I continued my run, and the seal continued to chill out on the beach. icon_cool.gif

    Hah! I had a similar experience a few years ago (chronicled in my profile) … the outcome wasn’t quite so chill, though.
  • gbc59

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    Feb 14, 2012 8:40 AM GMT
    i go running along a track that runs from my suburb to the city CBD, i dont have puppys but i have to keep a eye out for Brownies, ( brown belly snakes----- they rank in the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world) they love to sunbake on the tracks usually detour around them by about o0 feet icon_smile.gif.
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    Feb 14, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
    gbc59 saidi go running along a track that runs from my suburb to the city CBD, i dont have puppys but i have to keep a eye out for Brownies, ( brown belly snakes----- they rank in the top 10 most venomous snakes in the world) they love to sunbake on the tracks usually detour around them by about o0 feet icon_smile.gif.


    good god, there are so many venomous creatures in Oz

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    Feb 15, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    I get bored on a treadmill. Then again I get tired after a mile of running lol
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    It just feels so damn good especially during misty days.
  • toybrian

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    May 09, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    I like the freedom and the air on my face and the freedom of running as fast or as slow as I want. Like the thrill fo running as long as i want to or as quick as I want to do spurts also. good luck guys to each and every one of you on here..
  • Scott7031

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    May 14, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    That's an awesome story!

    There's a ton of reasons that I prefer running outside. Little stories like this are a big reason for it.

    If for nothing else, being outside is just refreshing and always a different experience. The scenery constantly changes and there's always new people you come across.

    Thanks for sharing your story... I wish you got a pic icon_smile.gif!
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    Jun 23, 2013 5:42 AM GMT
    Whelp, it happened again---another puppy pursuit! This time I'm doing a noontime run along Dog Beach under a brilliant blue sky. I'm sinking my toes into the warm sand when a black and brown German shepherd puppy breaks from its handlers and starts running rampant round my feet. The tiny puppy, only a few weeks old, was so manic in its scampering that I was afraid I was going to step on the little guy. (I'm reminded of the heraldry sense of the word "rampant"---you know, standing on one hind foot, front paws in the air.) Before getting too far away, though, the puppy was called back by its handlers.

    But isn't that how these things go? It's always the youngsters who are inquisitive and energetic and uninhibited, who break free of the rules of decorum and run wild. And then the conventions of adulthood pummel them into submission... There's a lesson in there for all of us.
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    Jun 25, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThat was puppy-power that made you feel good. icon_smile.gif

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    ^^ cute pic. Don't know why people like to run on treadmills esp if the weather is niceicon_confused.gif
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    Jul 23, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    If you live in a city, it's fun to zig zag around different blocks each time you run. Great for those of us with the attention span of a fruit fly.