I fervently wish for extended sleep.
But, I need to run, so I dutifully start running up the hill toward intervals and certain pain.
And almost have a heart attack.
About 50 meters up the hill there is a pine tree. There are always pine cones on the ground, so I am sure to have my headlamp pointed at the ground during this stretch. I wouldn’t want to roll an ankle after all. My eyes pick out a particularly large pine cone and I step carefully to avoid this hazard – and it JUMPS! Apparently it was a frog (or toad, whatever). I did a little jig that strongly resembled Shaun T’s “Heisman” move in Insanity. Fortunately for my sleeping neighbors, I avoided the girly scream that almost came out. After my heart rate when back to normal, I laughed the rest of the way up the hill.
My intervals went well (10 minute warmup, 4 x 8 minutes with 2 minutes rest). 5.99 miles total / 50 minutes.
And I’m glad I didn’t squish the frog. He can live to scare another runner who isn’t expecting movement near their feet in on a pre-dawn run.
My current tally of wildlife seen on runs (in my neighborhood):
- Deer (frequent)
- Skunk (once was enough)
- Jed the Black Snake
- Copperhead Snake (again, once was enough)
- Squirrels (watch out for these guys – have you seen this?)
Have you had any exciting wildlife encounters?