Last night I had a track workout. Nothing long- just 6 x 400s with a warm up and cool down. It was 88 degrees when I got off from work at 4:00 pm so I opted to just head home and hang out for a while until it cooled off a little. It really never cooled off per say so I decided to head over to the track at 6:30 pm. By then it was only 83 and I knew that the track would be clear of the high school/Jr. High practice.
I arrived just as the Jr. High kids were leaving so I did my 1 mile warm up through the neighborhood. I got back to back to my car and grabbed my foam roller, water and Nuun and headed to the track to stretch out. I brought my foam roller hoping that I could roll out my super tight quads. As I was finishing my stretching a girl was walking/jogging around the track in lane 1 with HER DOG. She had HER DOG on the track. Just as I stood up the dog (who was on a super long extender leash) got all tangled up around my right leg. You can only imagine what I wanted to say. Instead I politely asked her to move to the outside lanes since it is track etiquette you leave the inside lanes for people actually doing a workout, running fast, etc. She gave me the total stink eye and said that she was using the track too and that she shouldn’t have to move. Keep in mind I still never said anything about her having a damn dog on the track. I just replied that I was doing an interval workout and that the inside lanes were for faster people and that I would really appreciate it if she could just move a couple of lanes over. I was incredibly polite even when I didn’t want to be. She responded with “whatever” and kept walking in lane 1 with her dog taking up 3 lanes because of the extender leash. I stood in lane 1 just watching her until I saw her turn around and glance at me and then move over. There were about 10 other people running or walking around the track too and they were using lanes 2-4 and keeping lane 1 open. One of the couples commented on how rude they thought the “dog girl” was and that she needed to learn some track etiquette. Once I saw her move over I started my first 400 repeat. EVERY TIME I ran by her, her damn dog almost tripped me. I am not even joking. To say that I was livid pissed off is a HUGE understatement.
When I completed my workout it was all I could do to not say something. I wanted to lash out at her so bad, but since I use that track all of the time I wanted to be as polite as possible. Who knows when we might be there at the same time? I wanted to ask her if she was freaking blind since there are multiple signs about “NO DOGS ALLOWED” and additional signs asking walkers/joggers to utilize the outside lanes. I am not trying to be a track snob and I understand that she was also there to workout. I felt like my request asking her to move was polite and justified.
On happy note from the track, one couple clapped and cheered for me every time I ran by. Never had that happen before, but it was really sweet of them.
Questions for you:
What would you have done? Would you have asked her to move a couple of lanes over too or would you have run around her and her dog on every lap? Would you have said something to her about her dog and how they aren’t allowed on the track?