Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi


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Post Run Polka Dot Pig

Fortunately I have no epic wipe-outs to write about this week (so far).  However, it is currently snowing outside!  Yes, snowing.

Up until today, the weather had been getting warmer and my runs had to centre around Kobi’s need to stay cool and refreshed.  Laying, swimming, and wallowing in water is the only way she can re-charge her superpowers in the heat.

Her favorite superpower recharging location is a small lake that is reasonably close to my home (just under 4km one way).  Getting there involves running in a few areas that bears like to inhabit resulting in my being a bit freaked out.

dog swimming

Kobi swimming away…

I do carry bear spray and a phone.  A phone is likely not all that helpful in a serious bear encounter, but it makes me feel better knowing I might have time to call someone or at least get some cool photos for my blog.  Kobi is also highly sensitized to their presence and turns into a barking Godzilla when she sees one or smells one.

gravel road

This is the road that scares me, but it’s so pretty

I’m quite sure one was close by when we ran to the lake on the weekend as Kobi turned into a 40 lb white, hairy Godzilla and charged into the woods all hackles up and barking.  I felt safe and scared all at the same time.

And then I thought what I always think when I encounter a bear or something scary, “at least dinosaurs are extinct, that would be much worse.”  I’m not sure why that helps, but it does.

wet dog

superpowers restored

Okay, now to the real reason I published this post.  I wanted to attach a funny video of Kobi.  I’m not sure why she does this, but after a run she gets really hyper.  She either runs around the yard at super high velocity, terrorizes the cat, or plays with one of her toys with great enthusiasm.  Perhaps she’s just happy we didn’t encounter any dinosaurs.  In the video she has found her most obnoxious toy to play with enthusiastically (before crashing for a nice long nap).

Does your dog get super hyper after a run or walk or is Kobi just odd?  Have you seen any cool wildlife while out running?  Are you grateful dinosaurs are extinct or am I just odd?

 

 

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Finally, the Long Run and Only One Bear

white dog after a long run

Kobi covered in dirt and burrs after our long run

You’re probably getting sick of hearing about bears and hopefully soon I won’t be running into them and can write about other adventures, but not yet.  Yesterday’s long run (20km) had no serious bear run-ins, unless you count the one Kobi chased away.  She’s my hero.  Here’s how it all started…

The night before this run I was laying awake in bed trying to think of a route that was outside on trails, would be somewhat safe from bears, and would afford Kobi some off-leash time.  It didn’t help that two of our neighbors had just called to warn us of bears in the neighborhood.

I landed on running in the area where I live (regardless of the phone calls).  There are ATV trails worn in beside the roads and some gravel roads that are okay to run (if all the other neighborhood dogs aren’t up yet).  I also thought being close to a road would be safer as someone is bound to drive by at some point.  The only issue is there is a 1.5km section of lonely road/trail that I have to run through to get to more populated areas, and of course, this is where all the bears like to hang out.

We had no problems at the start of our run.  It was the last 5km that were quite exciting.  That was when the very sweet truck driver stopped and warned me that he had seen a bear about 15 minutes ago.  Not 1km later (in the 1.5km section of no-man’s land)  I smelled the most horrible smell ever.  If you have ever smelled a bear you will never forget it, kind of like skunk, cat pee, and something dead for a long time.

Kobi then proceeded to see the bear and bark and chase it into the woods.  I think I let out a loud expletive and then I know I really picked up the pace.  I only had 4 km to go and really wanted to get this run done.

Why must I run knowing there are bears all over the place?  Three reasons:  1) because they aren’t as bad as Velociraptors, thank God those are extinct, 2) I imagine I’m the star of a cool reality television show, except it would be hard for a camera crew to run behind me and the video would be bouncy and likely cause motion sickness when viewed, and 3) it wears Kobi out and I get a break from entertaining her all day long.  I can hardly wait for Monday’s run.

Dog and kitten

Young Spock, the kitten, would not let Kobi sleep after her run