Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Wild Runnings

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white dog

On Sunday, I completed my last long run prior to my two upcoming races.  I wanted this final run to have lots of long hills and rather than driving 1.5 hours up the highway to the mountains, I opted to run a brushed-in old road/trail out my back door.

As you may or may not recall, I live in an untamed part of the world and I am a bit paranoid of large predators.  The trail is very brushy and thick with berries so I’m extra nervous.  What bear wouldn’t want a portion of protein with their fruit?  So I asked Mr. Husband to ride his ATV while I ran.  He agreed.

More or less what my trails looks like

More or less what my trails looks like

It has to be pretty boring to ride an ATV with someone who is attempting to run up a hill.  I say attempting as it doesn’t really look like running, more like a hunched over sllooowwww jog.  Fortunately there are no photos of my less than perfect uphill running form (just think of Quasimodo wearing a camelbak and Asics).

atv

My bear protection

It was nice to have the comfort of company, but it didn’t help that he kept riding up beside me to say he saw more wolf poo.  This happened like 3 or 4 times.  Then he commented on a weird smell at one part of the trail.  I told him it was stink currants, but it was likely a bear.  Bears really stink and if you are ever unfortunate enough to get close to one or close to where one just was, you will smell it.

I tried the “I’m just going to ignore all these comments” approach as ignorance is bliss, but fear won out and I ended up only running the route twice (I was aiming for 3). It didn’t help that at one point Kobi had her hackles up and wouldn’t pass a part of the trail.  It was probably just a weird shadow as her eyesight isn’t that great, but it still freaked me out.  I finished up my run in a more open area and all ended well.

Would you run with wolves or bears?  How’s your hill running form?  Check out my kittens, they’re growing!!

white kitten

Sleepy Casper – he’s so pale.

Cricket knows how to chill

Cricket knows how to chill

 

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Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

14 thoughts on “Wild Runnings

  1. I have run with lizards once in Australia. Fortunately nothing poisonous. Also, met up with some rabbits and dear in Banff once. Never bears or wolves, thank goodness. That would freak me out!

    • Running with lizards would be cool! Running in Australia alone would be cool – or possibly quite hot. I would prefer to run with rabbits and deer over wolves and bears any day. Kobi loves to chase rabbits so she’d prefer those too.

  2. So scary!! At least you had a little ATV protection. Are bears scared of ATVs?

    • I hope they’re scared of ATV’s! I figured the noise would alert them to someone coming versus just my heavy breathing. It’s the surprises I want to avoid. It was also a faster way to exit an area should we need to get out fast.

  3. Wow! I’ve been scared to run in bear season when I lived in Ontario…the main/only road to our camp was rolling hills with lots of while life around. I was always freaked out!

  4. Very nice! I’m always on the lookout for bobcats and coyotes, tho I know they won’t hurt me. It’s just startling when you come across them unexpectedly. We have a local radio guy who just got back from Idaho. He talked all about how he did these hikes where he had to carry bear spray. He had some crazy stories about that. I cannot even imagine!

    • Bobcats and coyotes are cool. We don’t have bobcats up here. It is kind of crazy to have to pack bear spray and I hope I don’t have to use it. It does make for good stories and brings a whole new dimension to hiking.

  5. Pictures of sleeping kittens = the best!
    (so so so cute!)

  6. I try not to be scared of bears – all my encounters have been mostly when they come in my yard and eat my bird feeders and I just yell “go away bear!” And it gets scared and takes off into the woods. However, when I’m trail running, it’s a whole different story. Every little tree branch cracking sound and I instantly turn into a paranoid maniac. I think that’s why it’s so fun.
    I have called Big A to come pick me up on the side by side before but that’s out of laziness on my behalf 🙂 I don’t know if he would humor me while I trudged up hills. You found yourself a keeper!

    • It’s easy to “try” not be scared of bears, but I’m the same, the second I’m out of my yard I’m constantly on alert and freak out at every little sound. That’s nice that Big A comes to pick you up when you call. I’m sure he’d ride with you while you trudged up hills if you asked.

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