We're headed camping this weekend, with my in-laws, for one last little hurrah before school starts back up. Normally I rest on Friday and do my long run on Saturday, but since we'll be somewhere in the middle of nowhere (okay not really nowhere, but close) and we won't have access to showers (ewww, after running 12+ miles I don't think so) and I'd rather not bathe in the river (that just might be taking "ice bath" to the extreme), I opted to get up early this morning to run.
It was soooo dark. I'm kind of afraid of the dark, not really, but kind of. Actually, I'm more afraid of the things that are in the dark. This morning, those things were raccoons. I'll be honest, I think they are really quite cute in the day time, but you turn off the sun and get their eyes glowing and it's a completely different story.
I opted to get my 12 miles in on the Ruth Bascom River Bank Trail that runs along the Willamette River. Lovely, lovely place to run in the sunshiny daytime but apparently hang out central for everything raccoon during the wee hours of the morning. They. Were. Everywhere. And they scared the crap out of me! (No, not literally.) I swear they kept coming from all over... making loud noises, shining their beady little eyes and one even growled/hissed/whatever it is raccoons do, at me. They were sneaky too, just when I would least expect it, they would make their move (i.e. shake around in the bushes and claw their way noisily up a tree) and give me another panic attack. My biggest fear was that some rabid raccoon was going to jump out of a tree on us (I had Jonny in the stroller) while his pals were biting at my ankles and I'd end up spraying myself with the pepper spray. (Does it even work on raccoons?)
Anyway, we made it through unscathed and unattacked and thanks to the adrenalin I had pumping, managed to run 13.11 miles in 1:52:01 (which was a 3 minute PR from last week). If you're keeping score, though, I think it's Raccoons 1, Laurie 0... and I'm not sure I'm up for a rematch. We'll see.
Happy Running... hope everyone has a great weekend. Watch out for the glowy eyed things in the dark.