I am oh-so happily in the taper week before my first 10K this week! I ran 5 miles this morning and only have a hill workout this week according the training schedule.
I was pretty relaxed heading out on my run. Getting into a groove and enjoying the cool morning was amazingly easy. That ease evaporated when I came a few inches from trampling on what I can only assume was a rabid raccoon! I had moved over to the very edge of the road to allow an oncoming car plenty of room when I caught sight of a furry black creature at my feet. I screamed and pretty much jumped right in front of that oncoming car! I looked back, hoping to see that it was a dead raccoon, but nope the creature was alive and kicking.
My five mile route took me past the raccoon six times! Once the owner of the house stopped me to warn me about her new 'friend'. She said he greeted her on her porch and was not happy he was not welcomed into her home. I bet she was happy to have a back door! I was happy to have a sidewalk across the street from the raccoon to move to when I had to pass the raccoon! Although the squirrels chattering in the trees above the sidewalk sent me screaming and sprinting down the street. I had a fantastic pace the last mile!