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Little Scare...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I intentionally took off from exercise Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday life and weather got in the way, but today I knew I had to get out and back to it. I'm running in a 5K to raise money for our school district's elementary school playground fund Saturday morning and Judith is participating in a health walk over the same course at the same time. From there, we are driving to Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre, PA to watch our son's "band" perform. I think tomorrow will be pretty much a rest day.

Anyhow, the weather finally decided how it was going to behave and settled to a very light drizzle and I left the house a little before four PM. I did a my standard 10K route in about an hour, which is normal. I felt completely recovered from Sunday's race, but here's the interesting thing. About a quarter mile before the turn-around point, there is a sharp curve. I come around it and less than 200 feet in front of me there is a good sized black bear lumbering across the road. Was I scared? Yes! But so was the bear. It climbed over the railing and ran down the bank. We've seen bears around before. On our property, I feel safe because we have a home court advantage. There are shelters and we know where potential weapons are. On the road, we are protected by our car, but running in my shorts and a singlet with a steep woods on my left and a steeper drop on my right, I felt more like lunch than anything else. What was playing on my iPod? For real! This is not poetic license. MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS "Nowhere To Run".

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  • no profile photo CD2801676
    WOW - I bet that was scary!
    2705 days ago
    A bear? OMG! That's serious!
    2706 days ago
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    Oh, that's awesome!!! I am scared of bears when I run. We don't have them here, but we have them in the mountains (we go once a month). Maybe you should run with a sandwich or something, and then you'll have something to offer him. emoticon
    2706 days ago
    Gotta love those serendipitous MP3 shuffles! :-)

    Glad you weren't lunch!

    2706 days ago
    Glad you were okay! I would definitely be scared too, although I also get scared when I happen upon a buck in the woods :)
    Sounds like you have a great weekend ahead of you- enjoy!
    2706 days ago
    Oh dear, that must have been really scary!
    Being out in the woods with a wild creature so much stronger than you...
    I'm glad the bear was not in an aggressive mood and retreated, so the song you listened to didn't become a prophecy.
    It must have been a beautiful sight, though...

    2707 days ago
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