Running with Armadillos, Skunks, Kanyes & Humans!

I’m tired, kids. Gone over 500 miles the past 2-3 months getting ready for the Chicago Marathon. That’s a lot of 3:45-4:00 am wake-up alarms. The good news is that I still haven’t missed a single day of training. That, and I’m relatively healthy – no major injuries to report – just the odd aches and pains and colds and coughs. It’s going relatively well, all things considered, if you must know, I do declare, but I digress.

The past weekend saw our 2nd 20 miler of the training plan.

If we make funny faces, it'll mask our pain.

If we make funny faces, it’ll mask our pain.

Oh, that reminds me, in August we ran 198 miles. And yeah, I thought about running an extra two, but then I unthought about it.

So close to the double century mark.

So close to the double century mark. Oh well, there’s always next month.

Back to last week – One nice surprise was the rare “short” weekday run – Only a 5k! That’s a far cry from the 12 miles scheduled we ran just 7 days richard prior. Decided to do it on the track – just a few pre-sun 800’s amongst friends.


It was dark. Used a flash. My shoes glowed.

And is it just me, or are there a lot more varmints out and about lately? On the track there was a skunk…a SKUNK…On.The.Track!!!!

There’s also been some coyotes, frogs, bobcats, bunnies, more skunks, and some giant roly poly bugs…

Happy to report we outran the armadillo.

Happy to report we outran the armadillo. And we were sure to cautiously approach the dangerous HS XC team behind us – oh how I hate them with their short shorts, long hair & zero body fat.

Not sure what’s going on…are they all foraging for winter sustenance? Do I need to do the same? Should I start hoarding choco-sprinkle donuts like these smelly critters…?

Strange beasts indeed.

Strange beasts indeed.

Oh, and did I mention the snakes? Indiana Jones would hate it up in hurrah..

It's totes real.

It’s totes real.

That pic above is courtesy of Thursday Night Social Run – as always, things got crazy with TNSR. There is so much going on below, that I don’t even…

Da Fu?

Da Fu?

There’s been some more runs and funs, but I’ll get to that, like later, or whatever, no big whoop. For now, I gotta go lay down, put my feet up and watch the new episode of Drunk History. Hasta luego, playas!

How bout you? Been seeing any critters on your runs? Armadillos – cute or dangerous? If you were an animal, what would you be?


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7 thoughts on “Running with Armadillos, Skunks, Kanyes & Humans!

  1. I saw iguanas, a kitten, a tortoise and an armadillo during my runs last week. Oh, and small children.
    Armidollos aren’t dangerous, but if I was an animal, I’d be a tiger, which hopefully we don’t come across in our runs.

  2. I saw bats flying around this morning. I was hoping to not get bit because then I’d have to get those rabies shot things. Ouch. We get chased by dogs a lot when we bike, too. At least we get our intervals in, even on those “easy” days. Have you seen the video of the armadillo playing with a toy like a cat??? It made me think they were actually cute and like them instead of feeling nothing about them.

  3. I legit did that snake jump a few months back. Damn thing scared the crap out of me. Awesome running in August!

  4. Nice work on August–crazy mileage! I don’t see many critters on my runs, other than billions of gnats that try to fly into my mouth and eyes. Yuck.

  5. First of all you always have the craziest runs! ha
    2nd – WHAATT?! Your mileage is insane! Good job!

  6. yeah yeah good job on all that runnin! Holy smokes, August mileage! I HAVE been seeing lots of critters on my runs lately!! The little frogs been hip-hoppin outta my way, and the other day I really almost did step on a little snake’s tail. I think it freaked us both out a bit. Catch ya on the flip side!

  7. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes

    The only critters I’ve been seeing are my rugrats starting at me while I’m on the treadmill. Your training is impressive my friend, you are going to kick Chicago’s ass!

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