Jaymee Marty, one of Sacramento's elite masters marathoners, blogs about getting bitten by a dog.
This happened to me last year, and I blogged about the mistakes I made that contributed to the bite (biggest mistake: raising my arms above my head).
Anyway, Jaymee's story actually makes me feel like less of a dork. I figure, if someone as speedy as her can get nipped, it could happen to anyone.
A few years ago, Marathon & Beyond magazine ran an interesting story about runners vs. dogs and how to protect yourself. Here's an excerpt:
Experts say that if you are confronted by an unfamiliar or aggressive dog, it is best not to run away from or scream at the dog. Also, do not look the dog in the eye, as the dog may perceive this as a challenge. A dog that perceives your behavior as a challenge or a threat is more likely to attack. You should be silent and remain as still as possible with your arms at your sides. If the dog loses interest, withdraw slowly and gradually so as not to revive its interest.
If you are knocked down, it is recommended that you curl up into a ball and try not to move or make a sound, no matter how terrified you are. If you are bitten, the Humane Society recommends that you immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water and contact your doctor for further advice. It also recommends calling your local animal control authority and giving as much information as possible about the attack and the dog involved.