Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I was out running my 6-miler last night on one of my usual routes. I spent most of the run dodging pinecones, downed limbs, piles of pinestraw and ever so deadly gumballs. Ya ever landed directly on a gumball, it will make you flip your ankle in a heart beat, no fun.
There was even two downed trees that i had to go around. Well this guy pulls over on the side of the road right next to me so I just kept running and glancing back to see where he was, the further I got I could still see the car sitting there. I was close to the half-way turnaround and I could still see him sitting there. At this point I was kinda creeped out so I crossed the street and decided to run the way back on the bike path.
This worked out nicely since I could see shadows behind me and I could concentrate of eyeballing the creeps car ahead of me. I took out my pepper spray from my fanny pack and decided I was going to run with it in my hand, just in case - I even flipped the button to have it armed and ready.
I was still dodging gumballs and sticks on the bike path. I zigged right to miss a small tree limb and when I went to step down with the left foot it almost landed on a snake. Holy Ham, I absolutely hate snakes, I totally freaked out. Break out the defibulator cuz I am sure my heart stopped.
Well at this point with the creep in the car and the snake I was ready to get back home, so I kicked it into high gear and high tailed it back to the house. Shooooo, safe and sound.
I came in and told my DH about the humongous anaconda on the bike path, we both laughed and I said.... perhaps I exaggerated the "anaconda" - It was really about 12 inches long and as big around as pencil, but it was very colorful. I googled to find a picture of it, and let me tell you I have the heebie jeebies from looking at snake pics, YUCK !!!!!! so quite an exciting evening.
In retrospect.... I need a whistle to go along with my pepper spray. I would feel much safer if I could blow a whistle in an emergency, and how convenient the little pocket on my running tank would hold a whistle nicely.
This is a pic of my anaconda, lol. I am assuming this is the right one, the only one I could find that matched what I saw - perhaps it was someone's pet, who knows, but keep the anacondas away from me.