So, what do snails have to do with running? Well, there is the obvious...snails relate to running because they are slow and steady and according to the famous fable "slow and steady wins the race"...but I really don't buy into that...if you want to win, I'm sorry, you have to be fast. I'm writing about snails, because I love them and therefore don't want to smash them. There are few things less disconcerting to me than the sound of smashing a snail shell under my foot. It crunches in a way nothing else does...well, maybe kind of like a handful of Doritos (mmmm, makes you want to have some chips doesn't it?!?) The sound is awful, yet the sight of a smashed snail is almost worse. The shell is broken into little pieces and there is slime everywhere...worse is when the snail seems to have somewhat survived the trauma...yikes!
Anyway, I hate smashing snails, but sometimes it is unavoidable...especially when running early in the morning, after a night of light rain, while pushing a jogging stroller...some things just can't be helped. Poor snails...too bad they aren't a little bit faster.