Last Saturday I easily had my most adventurous run EVER!
My training schedule stated I needed to do a 6 mile long run, which I was more than cool with, so one of the things I am trying to do is not run the same courses, but rely on my Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS watch and explore new areas in my neck of the woods here on the Delmarva.
So...since I had to go to the grocery store, I decided I'd use the high school across the street as my start and end point. Lots of sidewalks to run on, good area, etc.
Another tidbit to this story: My wife has been bugging me to take my phone with me on runs. The only reason I have not been doing this is that as the weather has gotten warmer, it has been more uncomfortable wearing my phone on the arm band, as I have used an old sock to keep it from slipping. But...I decided to heed her advice and wear it vs my iPod, which I can store in my pocket.
Here are the things that happened:
> My youngest daughter called to let me know when she was coming down for Father's Day. So a good thing I had my phone!
> The sidewalk "tripped" me! OK, so what really happened is that there was an uneven part in the sidewalk, my foot caught it, and I went tumbling! So much so that a bus stopped to make sure I was OK, which I was. I did notice later on that I had bruised the palm of my right hand and my right big toe is still sore (probably this is what I caught on the sidewalk).
> After my tumble, was running just fine, saw a little girl waving at me to buy something, I waved at her and said no, but right as I did that I could see out of the corner of my eye a dog running at me! It was a Pit Bull with no collar on!
Note: I like Pit Bulls, but an uncollared Pit Bull can be a very bad thing for a runner!
OK, so back to the story...I have been an avid Cesar Millan follower for many years, and one of the basics of his philosophy for us humans is to be calm and assertive. And that is what I did - I stopped, looked at Pit Bull, became calm and assertive, and he/she turned and walk away!
> My run continued to a park where there were having a summer fun day, with fire engines, vendors, etc. And lo and behold, the DE State Police had their helicopter there, doing take offs and landings! VERY COOL!!
Easily one of the most adventurous runs I've ever taken!