So I hope you guys got a chance to get out and run in the past few days. At least, in my neck of the woods, the weather has been pretty beautiful, and the humidity has been bearable, which I need to hang onto, because eventually the heat and humidity here in Raleigh become wholly unbearable. I can literally recount dozens of times that I’ve felt nauseous and drippy in the heat.
I managed to squeeze in a very quick 3 miles after a long day at work (can you make some noise if your Monday freakin BLEW) and check out that pace. For exactly 1/100th of a miles, I ran a 5:27 pace. I felt like I wanted to die approximately, so I won’t be breaking any world records anytime soon 🙂
So, let’s chat about something really really terrible and awful I ran into her the other day.
SO I was taking a little walk on a rest day last week when I literally ran smack dab into a snake.
I wasn’t at all interested in sticking around to see what he looked like or what he wanted to eat for dinner, but Austin, being a dude, was interested and made me look, with my poor eyes at him. He was a little baby copperhead, just laying around, looking dangerous, and seemed to be getting more and more agitated at the fact that we were staring at him.
“Babe, we should move him so he doesn’t get run over!” <-Austin
Please guys, I love my animals, but I had no interest in helping a baby copperhead cross the street, but Austin, being the sweet pea that he is, let the baby climb up onto a stick, and then kindly escorted him into the grass where he wouldn’t get run over. Blech, but I get it.
So my runner ladies and gents that do a good bit of running on trails, in grass, or on cool pavement where snakes may like to chill, please, keep your eyeballs open for these guys, because a bite can be an ugly ugly time. I’m not a snake specialist, but from what I understood from Austin (through my hysterics), your best bet if you get bitten by one of these suckers is to remain really calm (don’t go doing anything to get your heart rate up), and call 911 because they’ll probably get you where you need to go a smidge faster that you can (with your now injured appendage).
Seriously guys, chime in. Any other tips for beating dangerous critters on your summer runs?