So, I ran a grand total of 1.5 miles during yesterday’s very early morning (in the dark!). Here’s how it went:
I left the house around 5:35 in the morning. It was pitch black, but I was constantly scanning the surroundings with my headlamp. About three-quarters of a mile into my run I glanced to the left and picked up a pair of fluorescent green eyes.
I didn’t panic immediately, but I got a nice jolt of adrenaline working. The eyes moved behind a tree and I kept on going. Call it natural instinct, but I ran ahead a bit and looked over my shoulder and saw the two eyes following behind me on the road.
The first thing I did was scream VERY loudly (I apologize to any of the residents of the vicinity who may have woken up a little earlier than they wanted to! ). I booked it up the road and then pulled out my iPhone and called my husband on his cell phone.
It rang and rang and went to voicemail. I then called my mother, who (thank God!) is always up early. I told her what happened and asked her to stay on the phone with me until I got back to the house.
I am guessing that the animal following me was a coyote. They have been known to go down Wild Harbor Road and there is a section of a road that abuts conservation land.
Although there are also fox in the area, I really can’t see a fox trotting after me unless he was just really curious. Either way, I am all set with the close encounters of the wildlife kind. I am going to have to work out a way to run during daylight or drag someone else along when it’s dark!!
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