QUOTE OF THE DAY (OR MORE): "No, no. You don't understand. This is an '89 Calico. I'm pretty sure that exceeds the Kelly Blue Book value. The cat's totaled." --A comedian whose name I forget talking about a vet who presents a $3,000 bill for a 12-year-old cat

Friday, May 14, 2010

Strange encounters of the animal kind

I went for a lunchtime run today. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

When I arrived at the trail, I could barely pull into the parking space straight because of the sight which confronted me when I turned into the parking lot. A bull. with horns. In the grass. On the side of the parking lot at the public running/biking/walking trail. big horns. I said bull, right?

I quickly went to take a picture of it, but of course didn't have my camera with me. Murphy's law very clearly states, in section 102a, "if one were to see a huge bull with prodigious horns standing on the side of a public parking lot, happily grazing on the tall grass without concern, one will not have one's camera with one."

Here's kind of what he looked like (thanks, google images):

WTF, I thought.... and proceeded to begin my workout without having taken a picture, my fellow trail users all around me, more prepared and immune to Murphy's Law, snapping photos of the big fella left and right.

Just not something one sees in the trail parking lot every day. At least not in suburban Baltimore.

I then began my workout, pumped up by something I had just read from an article about a world class triathlete who was quoted as saying: "Always reach beyond what you think you can achieve." I had been in the mood to run all morning. Nothing was going to get in my way of hitting my paces for my 1K repeats....

I did my warm up and was in my first 1K interval, running faster than normal, when all of a sudden I see, up ahead, a LOOOONNNNGG slithery black snake just starting to make his way across the path. Well, so... nothing was going to get in my way of hitting my paces... except maybe a ridiculously long and thick and scary black snake about to cross my path.

You all know how I suck at drawing, especially with a computer mouse, but here goes my rendition:

I promptly jammed on the breaks.... (screech...)

And the big fella kept coming.... but my time was really good so far. I told myself if I stopped for the length of time it took for the scary black snake to sun himself slowly all the way across the trail, I may as well not be out here doing speedwork. I muscled up the courage to slide by him, thinking that if my sons were here they would chastise me for my wimpiness.

As I ran by him, he bit my ankle...
just kidding!!
He was probably more afraid of me than I was of him (nope. uh uh.)
Anyway, perhaps all of my energy was sapped by my encounters with my fellow earth creatures, because I hit the pace for my next 1K but conked after that.
My run sucked. It was hot (the effing temperature went up 15 degrees during my run, for crying out loud) and I'm getting old. And my back hurts, dammit.
I think instead of reaching beyond what I think I can achieve, I'm going to reach for a margarita.
The end.


  1. Long time no see! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad to see you are still running. I'm back at it too these days. I too would have been freaked out by the snake.

  2. HA!! Im glad the snake didnt bite you! :)

    About the bull? Maybe it was castrated, so it wouldn't be aggressive. Did you happen to see *ahem* giant sacks in his butt region?

  3. Now that sounds like something that would happen at my running trail. There are some longhorns on property that borders the park so I'm just waiting for them to come on over.

    Yes, snakes, too.

    Sorry about your run. My entire week felt like that. I think it was the 12 miles on Sunday followed by a long day cooking for the moms. It takes a while to recover from all that!

  4. Hmm, I didn't realize you were such an accomplished artist. I may contact you soon for some graphic design work.

  5. "I had been in the mood to run all morning."

    I find that more strange than a bull in a parking lot or a black snake crossing your path...


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