Second time in the last three night runs together that we've been chased by coyotes on the trail.
Two of my standard nighttime trail runs pass through the same wash/drainage system. One is a 5.25 out and back, the other is a longer loop of 10 miles.
I run with my dog on a six foot leash, looped through a belt so I'm hands-free.
First time I heard a rustle in the bushes and shrugged it off. Moments later I sense something behind us and a coyote was only 10 feet away and closing on her. She was oblivious. I charged it, yelled, and it lurched off. That's when another came from the other side of us, staying about 20 feet away. I threw a rock at it, scared it off, started running again. Within 25 yards they were trailing us again. More rock throwing, more yelling. This happened three times before they left us alone.
Similar thing tonight, only I had a headlamp so I could see all the eyes reflecting in the bushes. One came out of the bushes on our right. I threw a rock, scared it off. A second was ahead of us. I threw a rock at that one when I realized there was a third behind us. We were literally being encircled.
Friggin' ridiculous, right out of a zombie movie or something. I'm standing in the dark, holding my dog, throwing rocks and yelling at the eyes circling in the dark.
I got off the trail and onto roads as soon as I could.
To top it off, at about mile 11 and only 1/2 mile from home two pit bulls are unleashed and trotting down the street a block ahead. I added at least a mile to get home in order to avoid them and go around the block they were on.
My nerves are shot. Not sure pup is doing anymore nighttime trail running with me. They're on to us.