Monday, December 7, 2009

The Only Thing We Have to Fear

On this day, it seems another Franklin Roosevelt quotation would be more apropos, but fuck it -- this is my blog.

When I run in Sand Run after work, my biggest fear is not the murderers and rapists that some people warn me about, but the wildlife. As I plod through the darkness, I keep my eyes impossibly wide to ensure that I will catch glimpse of the frozen shadow of a deer before my presence spooks it into dashing into my running path and goring me between the third and fourth ribs. I listen for the chipmunks and squirrels and coyotes skittering about so that I don't trip over them. Forewarned is forearmed, unlike Pearl Harbor.

However, the only animals I tend to see are other humans with the occasional dog on a leash. It seems I only actually see non-domesticated animals in the full light of day, like on Sunday when I spied four dear crossing Sand Run Creek while out for my eight-miler.

These deer were nothing to fear. They were slowly entering the water, as I strode by on the path. Chances are that was as scary as it will get. But that probably won't stop me from keeping a watchful eye on the frozen shadows tonight. Usually, it's just a tree.

I would have made this post about the statistical unlikelihood of encountering doom while on the run, but that would have required tedious research. Besides, Dean at Zero to Boston and Jess at 21 Days have already done a fine job of composing such scientific-sounding posts.

8 comments:

Mike Antonucci said...

Be careful anyway. Trees can be vindictive bastards.

The Sean said...

The most prolific of natural hazards... the ever looming and seemingly inert- root.

GeorgiaSnail said...

From the looks of your fun temp. gauge to the right diplaying 32 degrees currently, I would say you also might want to beware of ice patches....

Jess said...

Glad to hear the woodland creatures are leaving you be on your runs!

S said...

Those trees can be dangerous! I was so busy trying to avoid the roots that I somehow managed to get my laces caught on a branch that had fallen and sliced open my leg from my ankle to my knee. It took FOREVER to heal! Stupid trees!

Roisin said...

Watch out for birds too, so you don't get Fabio'd.

Jess said...

Yes, "sounding" scientific is something I'm rather good at. Fakery is something they teach you on the first day of grad school.

I am curious, however, about your fear of the chipmunks you mention. What did Alvin, Simon, or Theodore ever do to frighten you?

BrianFlash said...

Many more people are hurt by colliding with the inanimate objects (trees, rocks, street signs) then ever get damaged by a rampaging deer or chipmunk ;)