I'm trying different routes around the neighborhood. And what better time to do that then the fall, when it's dark and creepy?
DailyMile has a great mapping feature.....and google does as well. But neither of them show you what your path will look like at 5 am. A snapshot of the street you planned to run down....but one that shows you it will be COMPLETELY PITCH BLACK!!! In the daylight, the entire route I ran today is happy, cheerful, and safe. At night, it's something out of a Freddie Kruger movie. :-)
(that might be a slight exaggeration)
I mean, the neighborhoods are safe and all...but darn. For the first time since I've been running outside in the morning, I actually got spooked.
I'm running along a well traveled road. I actually HAVE a sidewalk to run on....which (if you don't count the ankle destroying condition of it) is a plus! But....there are NO streetlights.
And there are no houses.
I live in a decent sized city...yet when I ran this morning there was a deserted field to my left (an old soccer complex that is grown over and resembles NYC in I Am Legend) and a cornfield to my right. Between me and the cornfield is a row of creaky, spooky, mean looking trees.
I have my headlamp, but the darkness is eating (and spitting out) any light it's producing. If I didn't know better, I'd say I was running into a black hole of some sort. :-)
Up ahead, quite suddenly, I notice a HUGE black mass on the sidewalk. It's as wide as the sidewalk, and nearly as tall as I am.
My running came to a dead halt and I raised my head to point my headlamp in it's direction. I assume it's a deer as I scare off no less than 10 -12 of them every morning.
I put my head back down, it's back.
Standing there, in the middle of the sidewalk.
I'm left with a pretty important choice to make. Do I turn around and run home with my tail between my legs....as fast as my legs will carry me??? Or....do I continue on, and hope the shadow monster will make my death quick and painless?
I opted for not chickening out.....and hoped for quick and painless.
I'm alive to tell the tale. So...score one for Nej!
My run after that was pretty uneventful. I ended up cutting it short by about a mile, after noticing the time.
(stupid uneven sidewalks and the shadow demon totally KILLED my pace)
I did really enjoy this new route.....now I just have to work up the nerve to run it again. I suppose as long as I don't look ahead to where I'm going, I should be OK. :-)