Since I’ve upped my game a few weeks back to running 6 days a week, I’m a little more tired. Funny how that works. Add to that the Texas heat, which forces me to wake up before the sun has a chance to be fully erect in the sky.
That early I’m usually half asleep when I start my runs. So I kind of feel like a zombie – The Running Dead.
Also, I gotta say, our town is pretty much overrun by bunny rabbits. On any given run, I’ll probably pass by 30+ of the little carrot eaters. No different this morning…But this time they brought a friend.
As I rounded a corner I could see a couple rabbits up ahead next to the path I was on. But one of them was bigger. As I got closer, I could tell it wasn’t a hare, but it was too dark to make out exactly what it was. I hoped it wasn’t a small bobcat.
To be safe, I made some loud grunting noises and clapped my hands. Normally that scares them off (and gets me sidways glances from neighbors). But this animal was giving zero F’s. It paid me no mind (too bad cause zombies eat brains).
Fearing it might be a rabid raccoon (yes, we have those here this summer – and yes, they go up to humans when rabid), I moved off the path. But then I saw what it was – an Armadillo! He/she was digging for grubs to eat.
I still kept my distance because they have sharp claws, but it was cool to see one alive. Usually when I see one, it’s roadkill. I also didn’t get too close cause she/he wasn’t as fun loving as the ones I see in local bars.
This wasn’t as cool as the time I saw a real unicorn on a run, but it was still kewl (my street lingo is totally hip).
How bout you? Seen any different animals recently? Are you a morning person? Would you party with an armadillo?
6 days a week eh? I’m at 5 days/week and my two “rest days” are sacred. Isn’t it exciting when you see an armadillo alive?! I saw one last week rooting around in the grass and actually thought “So that’s what you guys do before you make the suicide attempt to cross the street”. We have an abundance of skunk roadkill around Wylie…nothing like running under the beautiful starry sky with the aroma of freshly run over skunk to guide you through the miles.