Uninvited Trail Guest

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The thing about this Brooks pic, is that I wish I could just do exactly that, and sometimes it has felt like I have done that which is awesome.  The last couple of weeks have been hard though, both with work and family stuff going on so keep the sleeping and the dessert and replace the running with working and stress and you’ve got my last 2-3 weeks.  We opened a business we have been working on, there was a close family member who passed away and a quite serious health issue that just got confirmed with a quite close family member (which I’m not quite ready to talk about yet), and then of course also my commercial painting job to keep up with, which I honestly haven’t been able to.  It’s been a lot!

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So the few times I’ve made it out for a run have been absolutely wonderful.  Tonight was my first run in a few days and it felt extremely wonderful.  There was one unexpected visitor on the trail though which I’m not too happy about.  My greatest fear in life are snakes.  I don’t want to be anywhere near them ever, at all, no matter what.  I don’t even want to look at them through glass at the zoo.  HATE them.   There is actually a great story my mom tells (who is the same as me and can’t stand them) where she pet a snake at some kind of zoo in front of me to show me it wasn’t scary in hopes that I would’t have the same affliction she has.  Well, it didn’t work, and knowing she feels the same way I do about them, I can’t believe she did that.  I don’t think I could for anyone.

Anyways, this was not a little snake, it was a few feet long, and I don’t know what kind it was and I’m kind of freaking out.  I will probably research it as soon as I’m done writing this.  I have to say, for all of Nor Cal’s amazing attributes, the two almost deal breakers for me are poison oak and poisonous snakes.  Seattle doesn’t have either.  Also, this snake was slithering right along my normal route.  The reason I say a few feet is that I could see upwards of 2 feet and it was still partially covered in the bushes so I don’t actually know where it ended.  I actually cut my run short because I was going to have to run right back by there and it was getting dark and I was kind of freaking out.  I don’t know how I will ever do my normal route again without being nervous in that area!  No joke, this is the path I run on 97% of times that I run.  Also a lot in the dark and almost always alone.

I wish I had a video of how I looked when I spotted it.  I don’t think I’ve ever run so fast!

Anyways, I am working on getting back on track with painting, writing, and running.  I hope everyone is well and enjoying life!

2 responses »

  1. Ha, glad you’re ok! I’ve almost stepped on a few snakes, but luckily have missed all of them so far. knock on wood. Worst was when I was on the trails and just missed a copper head. That would be bad.

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