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Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Have you ever been running down a rural road in the wee morning hours and seen something dark lurking a far off? That was the case for me this morning. As I got closer and closer to this dark form it started looking just like a skunk. I've had a few encounters and a couple close calls so I started weighing my options.

I could run into the field and WAY around the skunk and hope it didn't have any family members hiding in the hay....or I could turn around and make this a out-and-back route instead of a loop...or I could just hope and pray for horse poo and keep running straight on.

I decided to go with option number three since the shape hadn't moved at all during my planning. I started repeating a new running mantra of mine "Please be poo, please be poo, please be poo, etc..." Now I was getting close enough that I was either going to have to quickly dart around the line of fire or hurdle over it. "PLEASE BE POO, PLEASE BE POO,..." Then just before I came upon it I finally could see enough to discover that it was a tumble weed smashed in the road.

WHEW! Wow, all that build up adrenaline for nothing. But ya know what, my pace for the last 3 miles was hoppin'!!! Check out my splits...

Mile 1 - 8:21
Mile 2 - 7:52
Mile 3 - 8:21
Mile 4 - 7:42
Mile 5 - 7:20 (Scene of panic)
Mile 6 - 6:56
Mile 7 - 6:42

I originally set out this morning to do my Kenyan #3 drill (see last post on hill drills) but ended up tacking on a tempo run for the last few miles thanks to the mystery lump in the road.

Have a wonderful day!


Trainer T.s Fitness said...

Lol....that was funny and I could see myself doing the same thing.

I have ran into a Mexican stand off with a baby racoon :-)

Great times keep it up!

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BTW, funny post! Me and my running partner had almost the same experience this morning but it was just a big stain, thank the Lord!!!

Andrew Opala said...

"Hoping for Poo" - this could be a whole new religious movement or something!

My wife and I walk by them on our evening walks, they don't seem to be too aggressive (at about 4 or 5 yards) but I guess they're used to walkers.

Rae said...

Yay for tumble weed!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Holy sweet times especially towards the end.

I see alot of wildlife on my runs, fortunately not skunks though!

Mornings runs tend to include a lot of rabbits and raccoons. Afternoons and evenings are more ducks and geese though.

Glenn Jones said...

Ha ha ha! That was a funy story. Here where I live, it would probably be a dead cat. Or maybe a possum....