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6-Miler with a GiaNormous Anaconda

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.

  
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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/14/2011 8:51PM

    Pretty snake. Just talk nice and don't make it mad!

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DGIBSON02 9/5/2011 4:55PM

    lol, looks like it could cut off your air flow

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 9/1/2011 11:01AM

    omg I HATE snakes. I was kayaking with friends when one tipped and I had to walk back up the rapids to give her the paddle that floated down first. When I was walking up, a water snake swam passed me and I've never been so scared/grossed out.

Congrats on making it through your run in one piece.

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DONNYBELLE 9/1/2011 10:39AM

    dude, i TOTALLY had the same thing happen...well, almost---i saw one while hiking with my fiance and my dog...and i swear i am not afraid to say i screamed like i was little girl and hightailed it back up the path until it was okay for me to cross again---aka when the snake was out of sight.
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and i should probabaly get some pepperspray too now that i think about it.

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ELAINEROSE5 9/1/2011 8:50AM

    I feel like we were on that same trail last night running. (Except I didn't see a snake!!!) That is my biggest worry.

I did have a strange guy ride by me on his bike and take a nice long look and then slowly ride in front of me. I thought I was going to have to pass him. Weird thing is, my husband was running with me!!! People are so weird sometimes.

I noticed a lot of walnuts on the trail and tried to kick them off when I could. They worry me too and all the twigs, sticks, branches and even rocks. I hope they bring something out on the trail to clean it off. I usually look where I'm running, but sometimes look at the sites around me too!

So glad you didn't step on the snake. It doesn't look like a nice one!


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WONDERWOMAN 9/1/2011 12:09AM

    Yiiikkkeees!!!! Well, there's a run you'll remember! I've had a snake encounter and a similar stopped truck this past winter while in GA. Hmmmm....the South - just sayin'.
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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/31/2011 10:50PM

    Sheesh, sounds like you have to be dedicated to go through all that for a little exercise. Glad it turned out well and you returned home safely. What's with all the gumballs?

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2HAMSDIET 8/31/2011 9:02PM

    OH MY ... snakes and creeps.... I hope you also take your phone. It all make me want to run away too. Take Care.

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/31/2011 3:44PM

    Red touches black: friend to jack
Red touches yellow: kill a fellow
I'm sure you were fine, but it would have scared the bejeesus out of me too. Heck, a kitten that came at me out of a cornfield scared me one morning. Haha


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SUEAZZI 8/31/2011 2:27PM

    I worry about creepers... make sure you don't run the same route every day... switch it up all the time. Gumballs? That's a new one! As for the snake, I'd run like heck too!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/31/2011 12:34PM

    hate creepy people! I'm not afraid of snakes but that one would sure get my attention, depending on the rings, one is poisonous and the other is not. Coral Snake and something else.

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HALFFAST 8/31/2011 10:42AM

    Wow, you're the 2nd person in less than 2 days that has ran (literally!) into a snake on their run! A whistle is a great idea - I have one that's on a bungie cord that I wear like a bracelet (when I remember to, Lol!) and weighs practically nothing so you wouldn't even notice it.

I've been doing pretty much all my running lately on the treadmill, and while I haven't seen any snakes, I did have a rather large frog join me in the garage last night ;)

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SCAREWALDORF 8/31/2011 10:36AM

    Gumballs? I'm thinking of the sweets...is that what you mean? What an evening! Glad you're ok!

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JLITT62 8/31/2011 10:11AM

    Snakes don't bother me too much - but that close an encounter would probably creep me out, too.

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CIVIAV 8/31/2011 10:05AM

    What a run!

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HOKIEJEN13 8/31/2011 10:00AM

    your evening sounds like it was eventfully interesting! hopefully this evening won't be so crazy! glad you didn't step on the snake - i also encountered something similar to this when i would run trails when i lived in charlotte. it is rattling to say the least. keep up the great work! (and smart thinking with the pepper spray...tack on the whistle and you're all set!)

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GETNHEALTHY4ME 8/31/2011 9:14AM

    Your snake was a king snake, hon. Not venomous, but I don't blame you for being freaked out. You are a braver person that I am, to even run outside in the real world. emoticon Thank goodness you got home safe!

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NATPLUMMER 8/31/2011 9:10AM

    Gumballs? I would expect maybe one or two. Were there a lot?
I would have been creeped out by that guy, too. A whistle would be good.
I would have run pretty fast from the snake, as well.
I'm glad you survived your adventure.

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Hurricane Irene

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thank goodness we were spared major damage and destruction. It was a pretty boring day actually, so we decided to make our own fun. Hubby and I put up the patio umbrella on the front porch so we could sit outside during the hurricane - all the wind was blowing from the opposite side of the house so we were blocked from the wind, with an occassional rain drop getting up on the porch, hence the need for the umbrella.

I decided to play weather woman and broadcast from our front yard - lol, winds were gusting about 40 mph at this point.

Hardly no damage to the whole neighborhood, again thank Heavens. A tree fell on my usual running route, but that's it.


Glad we came away unscathed and I am so glad I was prepared for the worst. Hoping there won't be another one any time soon. We were blessed.

  
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NAOMIEVA 9/1/2011 9:19AM

    That's great that you guys made it thru unscathed! We didn't really have anything up here in NoVA either... I had 1 dead branch fall in my yard, but that was it.

As for the tree that fell, you should use it as a running hurdle to change things up a bit! Get some jumps in :)

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SUEAZZI 8/31/2011 2:19PM

    We made out okay too. No property damage; truly blessed. Trees, limbs, branches, leaves, electricity down throughout town. I was without power for a couple of days. Lots to clean up in the yard but not too bad. More hurricanes in the horizon for September!

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NOTHIN2IT 8/31/2011 1:20PM

    I am so glad you are ok and there wasn't any destruction! Whew! Sure glad I don't have to worry about hurricanes over here in Idaho.
Have a fantastic day!

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/31/2011 11:38AM

    emoticonI love the pic of you playing weather woman!

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HALFFAST 8/31/2011 10:46AM

    Glad you made out ok! My mom and my husband's family are all on the Jersey shore and my husband was all freaking out about them - it turned out we got more damage than they did! I guess because we are in the valley (Lehigh Valley, PA) all the rain came down to us and we got about 2 feet of water in our basement and the entire golf course was flooded out for a couple days!

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JLITT62 8/31/2011 7:17AM

    We lost power for 3 days, but we weren't home & our generator worked so it's all good! Glad to hear it was no big deal for you.

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STAMPINGADDICT 8/31/2011 6:55AM

    Glad Irene was not as bad as predicted.

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DGIBSON02 8/30/2011 8:04PM

    Only lost power for about 5 hours myself. You should have got more leen into your weather pic.

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SAMI199 8/30/2011 6:44PM

    I'm glad it missed you -it looks like you made the best of it-which is all we can do...I think my son in Richmond is still w/o power-They're looking @ Friday to have it back...small inconvience compared to many folks.I'm done with all of it for now...



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SEEAMANDARUN 8/30/2011 2:42PM

    Glad you came though ok. I was wondering how you fared!

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HOKIEJEN13 8/30/2011 10:56AM

    hooray! did you lose power at all? seems like us richmonders got hit a wee bit harder. finally had power restored in the wee hours this morning (craziness!). but all in all, nothing major!

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NATPLUMMER 8/30/2011 9:40AM

    YAY for coming out unscathed!! I love your weather woman impersonation :-)
I guess your running route will be a tiny bit longer to go around the tree until it is cleaned up.

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SATURNAL 8/30/2011 9:22AM

    Glad it was not as bad as predicted.

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Need Men's Input, Please

Monday, August 29, 2011

I would like to get a magazine subscription for a male friend. He's really into healthy eating, nutrition supplements and body building. Not sure what kind of men's health and body building magazines are out there. What is your favorite and what would you recommend?

  
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GIMPYKNEE 9/1/2011 8:07PM

    "outdoor" is pretty good too.

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SUEAZZI 8/31/2011 2:23PM

    I guess you got your answer!

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BILL60 8/30/2011 8:14AM

    Men's Health get my vote, unless he's a cyclist. If so, bicycling magazine.

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DGIBSON02 8/29/2011 10:52PM

    Mens Health seems to be the overly word here. I get it and its really good.

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SAMI199 8/29/2011 11:55AM

    My hubby likes Men's Health.

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NATPLUMMER 8/29/2011 10:46AM

    I'm obviously not a man but what about Men's Health?

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I don't know what's worse....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

having socks with no shoes or shoes with no socks? Kinda like...

1. Peas without carrots
2. Cereal with no milk
3. A candle without a match
4. A bike without wheels, etc.

...and the list could go on. Add something to my list to make me laugh please.

I improperly packed my workout bag today. Was getting ready for a lunch time run and discovered I didn't have any socks, darn it. So the lunchtime workout was a NO GO, a big, fat BUST!!!

  
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VBPARROTHEAD 8/27/2011 11:01AM

  Rain and no rain gear (thought of this as Irene is dumping water on us)

Air Conditioner and no electricity (another thought because of Irene)

Birthdaycake and no candles

car and no gasoline (another Irene thought)

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/26/2011 12:03AM

    Sorry about the missing socks but put me in mind of someone who was on their way to work one day when they spilled coffee on their shirt and had to go back and change. Those few minutes meant that they were late for work and didnt get to the world trade center on time...go figure. None of us know why things happen but I would like to think there is a reason for everything.

P.S. Thanks for thinking of me and sending me a goodie...you are a good friend!

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KIKI0531 8/24/2011 9:38AM

    How about weight loss without Sparkpeople ?? ;)

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ELAINEROSE5 8/24/2011 7:15AM

    Popcorn and no hot tamales??? (One of my favorites at the movies!!)

(I also eat my cereal without milk, so that one doesn't apply to me)

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SAMI199 8/23/2011 7:47PM

    cellphone with no charge?

Tomorrow will be better... emoticon

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JULESRULES78 8/23/2011 3:31PM

    My hubby "matched" socks for me a couple of weeks. One time I ended up with my 6-year-old's socks. Another time, I ended up with one of mine, and one of my six year olds. I feel for you.

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DOROTHYLEE61 8/23/2011 3:13PM

    Shorts but no underwear.(ick)
One time I went to workout after I got done and showered and started to get dressed, I realized I forgot to put in clean underwear in my gym bag..
Had to wear shorts without underwear NOT to comfortable..


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DGIBSON02 8/23/2011 2:43PM

    Ham but no Burger?

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/23/2011 2:09PM

    Our puppy likes to get socks out of the laundry basket and suck on them. He doesn't chew them up or anything. Anyway, he got into my workout bag the other day and took out only one of them. Needless to say, I worked out sockless. Not so much treadmill and more weight lifting. Silly pups! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 8/23/2011 2:02PM

    Maybe you can squeeze in your run after work; that's my plan as I overslept this morning! I can't think right now but if I think of something I'll come back an edit. emoticon

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BADCHULO 8/23/2011 1:50PM

    Big gorgeous apple with no teeth??

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40ISHHUBBY 8/23/2011 1:31PM

    Don't beat yourself up too much about it. Get back on track tomorrow.

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2011 1:31PM

    I rarely eat my cereal with milk, so that one isn't a problem ;-)
I definitely wouldn't want to run without socks but had my shoes. You could do really barefoot running if you didn't have shoes.

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JLITT62 8/23/2011 1:29PM

    Peanut butter with no chocolate - works both ways! Sorry that you're being frustrated. Maybe it's time for some barefoot shoes!

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Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy

Monday, August 22, 2011


(cute fishy pic from google)

Are you getting the Omega 3's you need? Are you taking Omega supplements? Some interesting facts about Omega 3's I read in book that I jotted down to share with you. Omega 3's....

1. Reduce inflammation (inflammation can cause body fat due to it's effect on insulin.
2. Reduce appetite.
3. Help reduce menstrual pain
4. Improves memory
5. Good for cardio health

Great article on Spark too - http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit
ion_articles.asp?id=873

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/22/2011 10:14PM

    I take it each day for cardio benefits but didnt know about the rest. Thanks for sharing!

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2HAMSDIET 8/22/2011 7:11PM

    I'm ready to go find a fishing pole. emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/22/2011 7:10PM

    I don't like a lot of fish,mainly shrimp, clams and scollops. I probably need to eat all the other Omega 3 items. Thanks for the info. emoticon

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TEACHLIZARD 8/22/2011 4:11PM

    Great Advice! And I never knew it would help reduce my appetite!
I have to take Omega 3's. I have several food allergies and any & all fish is at the top of the list. emoticon

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SKEETER13887 8/22/2011 2:29PM

    I take so much fish oil that I have started breathing through my ears. Please remind your readers to educate themselves about which fish oil supplements have the least amount of impurities. Some fish oils have been found to carry PCBs and mercury. I wouldn't not take fish oil, just investigate which products are the best!

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SAMI199 8/22/2011 2:03PM

    Oh yes,indeed. thanks for the 411-

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JLITT62 8/22/2011 1:09PM

    I eat a fair amount of salmon & tuna, take a supplement AND put a tbsp of ground flaxseed in my oatmeal . . . plus often add walnuts to my salads . . .

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2011 12:09PM

    I do take fish oil and we're having salmon burgers for dinner tonight :-)

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