I freaking love animals.
I will pet, talk to, bark at, or at least acknowledge any animal I encounter, especially during a run.
And when it’s something exotic? Totally makes my day.
Seriously – some of my favorite runs are not those where I’ve hit a PR or some crazy negative splits or logged a new mileage (although those are all great too) – it’s the ones where I see deer, or a fisher cat or a flock of wild turkeys (all happened).
Yesterday was a scheduled 18 mile training run. And cold for the first day of spring.
I wasn’t entirely sure of my route when I headed out the door. Just a general idea. A long loop with a 3 mile loop embedded it it, done as many times as it fit.
And right before I hit the start of that loop I passed a field where I could tell there was a critter from back a little ways. Turned out to be a fox. Cool!! I stopped and watched him for a moment. Smiled and continued on.
When I came back by at the end, passing that same field it was empty. And I was kind of disappointed. But the next pass on the loop I did see three sets of bird on a pond – two swans, two ducks and two Canadian geese. Bet it’s only a matter of time until those couples are families. Aah spring. Lol
And, as I finished that second loop, my fox was back in the field. And this time he saw me.
I probably stood there for a full five minutes. He seemed as fascinated by me as I was by him. Love how curious some animals are.
I so could have stayed for longer, but I had five miles to go. So I wished him a good day and finished my run smiling.
And when I got home, opened the door with a “sorry, I would have been home sooner, but I had a staring contest with a fox” 😀
Happy Monday my friends. And happy spring running!