Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On the Run

My heart is heavy today.  Yesterday on my run, I saw one of the most horrific things I could witness.  I'm an animal lover through and through.  I want to bring home every stray I see.  I always have to change the channel when the Humane Society commercials come on because it just breaks my heart.  And yesterday what I saw has left me with a scared image in my mind I just can't get away from.  I was out doing a warm up few miles before heading to the track to do some speedwork.  I could see in the distance two small animals on the median of the road running back and forth.  The road is busy, three lanes in each direction with speed limit of 40 that is hardly ever obeyed.  As I got closer and closer I could see it was two small dogs.  I picked up my speed to try to get to them to call them to me and get them to safety.  With about a 100 yards to go, I saw a truck come around the corner and I put my hands up to signal the driver to stop.  But it was too late.  One of the dogs decided to make a dash for it and he was hit.

His little body went flying like a rag doll.  I screamed bloody murder by the horrific sight I had just seen.  My scream was so loud that it got a man out of his garage to see if I was alright.  The driver didn't stop right away.  I jumped into the street to wave him to stop, when he finally did, he didn't get out of his car right away.  I think he was shocked at what had just happened also.  I could see his little life-less body thrown against the median curb.  My only thought was I hope he died instantly and wasn't laying there in pain.  I didn't have the strength to go up to him.  I tried to get the other dog to come towards me with the man who had come from his garage.  The dog ran back to his home to the open garage.  There were men working on his house in the backyard but only contract workers who didn't have access to the house.  I called my mom right away to get her to call animal control.  I couldn't catch his buddy who had now parked himself in the garage.

I gathered myself after I got of the phone with my mom and couldn't believe what had happened in the midst of just a few minutes.  I was dazed.  I felt so awful.  The kind man who had come said he would also call and really, there wasn't anymore I could do.  I had planned on the speedwork but somehow my mind wasn't into that anymore so I just started running.  I realized at one point I had hit 5 miles and decided to turn around.  10 miles was not on the books but that run was so necessary.  On my way back past the accident I ran on the other side, I couldn't bare to see his little body butted up against the curb.  I kept seeing that image of the accident over and over in my head, it was just awful.  When I got home, I didn't fee like I had ran 10 miles, especially after the fact that I had just run 12 the day before - not ideal.

I have seen some crazy things when running.  Just a few months ago I witnessed a man get hit by a car on his bike.  Thankfully there were many who stopped to help and I think he ended up okay.  I have seen many things thrown from people's cars, random things from cheeseburger wrappers to cans of beer.  Just crazy.  And of course, I'm always subjected to the cat calls and screams.  I have even once been told by some men at a bus stop to, "put your shirt back on!" 

On the roads we are subject to so many things that we don't always witness when we are just drivers.  Not only are we putting our lives in our hands when we run the roads, we are also subjecting ourselves to whole other experiences.  You think when you leave your house your going out to do something good for yourself, that your going out to clear you head and your heart.  When situations like yesterday happen, I wonder why I even leave the treadmill.

I hate to be so down, but I am really sad and upset still from yesterday.  Thankfully it didn't haunt my dreams but as soon as I woke up I remembered it all over again.  So my question to all of you is, what sad, crazy, scary or weird thing have you experienced while running?  Have you seen something as horrific as me?  Have you been witness to a crime or accident?  Do you get the cat calls and whistles, or better yet, told to put your shirt on?  With all of this, it reminds me that I need to be a more aware driver.  I know that driver did nothing wrong, and I'm sure his day was even worse than mine. I can't imagine hitting a dog.  But we are driving potential death traps and sometimes people just don't pay attention or give it the respect it deserves.  I am always so aware of bikers and runners when I drive, I even swerve to miss squirrels. 

So my 10 mile run left me a little drained last night after my adrenaline had finally left.  I know it didn't help that the day before was a long run, but I think my body had finally let itself relax.  I think I might stick to the treadmill for today, I just don't think I'm ready to hit the road.
What crazy, weird or sad thing have you witness on your runs?

24 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Sad face :-(

Aneta said...

omg thats horrible. thats a bad thing to witness. hopefully those horrific images will not be in ur head long. good thing that running is like therapy!

Katie said...

this post makes my heart hurt. how incredibly sad. i can't imagine witnessing something like that. hugs to you.

maybe this will make you smile...i just got down to hug G, and he let loose a super silent but deadly. thanks.

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow, so sorry. That is awful. Awful. Hope you can find peace today. You did what you could. Poor little thing.

James said...

Wow! That was a traumatic night for you. When I was in junior high, I saw my own dog get hit by a car and the image of her body tumbling away was burned into my brain. You did the right thing in trying to help. So many people would have just left and not dealt with it.

Jill said...

Super sad face :(

GeorgiaSnail said...

That is a terrible thing for you to have witnessed, I am sorry. The image will never completely go away, but will soften over time.

Jo Lynn said...

Off the top of my head I can't think of anything, especially like that. Like you, I am a HUGE animal lover. Just yesterday I had to get a little dog off the trail and back to his home. No cars around but I was not going to leave him out there to roam. I insisted on getting him back to where he belonged so I knew he was safe.
It will be a long time until you get that image out of your head, no doubt about it. I just shake my head - I'm so sorry for you Katie. :(

Staci Dombroski said...

That is horrible! I still remember when I was a little girl and I saw a kid get hit by a car. It is something that just sticks around with you!! So sorry :(

Heather said...

So sad. I hit a dog that ran in front of my car a couple of years ago and I cried for days. Definitely a reminder to be a better driver.

Denise said...

*hugs*

i'd be a mess if i saw that, too. i don't know if i could have even kept running. i'm crying just thinking about it. you did all you could. ugh. i don't even know what else to say...

aron said...

uggg katie i am SO sorry. i would be a total wreck too. hugs to you!

N.D. said...

Aw the poor little dog, awful!!! I can't imagine witnessing it. I'm so sorry! I'm glad you were able to call animal control and get help.

Sarah said...

I almost couldn't even read your post. This just hurts my heart. I'm so so sorry you had to see that. Hugs.

Angela and David Kidd said...

That's terrible. I hope you get the vision out of your head soon. I've seen a girl get hit by a car, seen homeless men beating the crap out of one another, and seen lots of drunk kids puking on their way home from the bars. And I rarely get harrassed when I run in the suburbs and only a little bit in other places, but when I run in Florida, holy crap, it's like the red necks come out of the wood works.

But I've also watched the sun rise behind the Chicago skyline, watched the helicopters land at the White House to pick up the president, had those perfect runs where it's just me and the birds singing in the world, run in a light drizzle that just felt perfect and the world went quiet.... Those are the runs you need to remember to get off the treadmill.

MCM Mama said...

How sad! Poor doggy!

I hope the memory fades in intensity for you soon.

Teamarcia said...

Oh how tragic. So so sorry.

Christine said...

OMG, that is horrible! I'm a dog owner and can feel the pain. Last year, my dog and I got attacked by 2 boxers and both of them bit my dog and tried to kill him. The owner tried to stopped them and got hurt himself. Surprisingly my dog got loose somehow and he only had scratches! I was totally in shock during this time, screamed and tried to hit the dogs with my feet, but they didn't even feel that! I don't know hoe my dog survived that without any injuries, but I'm very thankful! :)

d.a.r. said...

Oh my gosh, that is so so so awful :( I am so sorry. Poor puppy.

Tara said...

Damn girl...you know I'm a super freak animal lover and I could barely read your story. So very sorry for what you saw.

I saw a dog get hit by a car almost 8 years ago in April (yea, I'm a freak cuz I remember it so well) and I can still see his little happy face running through the road and then the car hurling his body thru the air. He was a big dog and I tried to help, but it was too late.....

Again...dang. So sorry. I'm sure that the other little doggie made it home ok because of you.

Layla said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through that, but I'm also relieved to see that you could write it all down. That's a good sign, and it's also a way of reminding everyone to be careful. You'll never know, but your post might have made someone drive a tiny bit slower, thus avoiding a tragedy.

I've seen a lot of horrific stuff but in terms of running, the worst was seeing a fatal wreck happen right in front of me on my way home from the Tahoe Relay last year. I later met the victims' family members and this year I'm going to run my leg of the relay in their honor.

L.B. said...

Sorry you had to see that, or that it happened in the first place.

I haven't seen anything that bad while running. I think the worst I've seen is just drivers being a-holes to runners, things like that.

Hope you feel better.

onelittletrigirl said...

I am so sorry you had to see that. A few years back we watched a guy, in front of us, go out of his way to hit a cat on the street. I was mortified in the lack of human kindness. I took his plates and called the cops. I still replay that night in my head.

Tricia said...

:(