Ever had to talk to wildlife while on a run? Colorado has geese, and in some cities, they're protected (WTF Fort Collins??). At least they're not protected in Boulder, but you still have to deal with them. I finally got outside for a run yesterday after breaking out my new NB shoes, and buying a new pair of running tights. The tights ended up being perfect on the run. It was still nippy in the shade, but thankfully once I started towards the Boulder Creek path, I got beyond the buildings and into the sun. This is where a small flock of geese were, right where the trail starts. They weren't scattered on the path, but near enough to it that I slowed down and started talking. If anyone was behind me, they would've though I was nuts.
Geese can be vicious. My mom and I got hissed at by one a couple summers ago. We were giving the whole flock a wide berth because we know their reputation, but the look-out goose still stood and hissed. So this time, not only did I make sure I was on the far side of the path, but I was talking, hopefully soothingly as I ran by. Yes, I was determined to make it past them without breaking my stride. It seemed to work because they didn't seem to care. Whew! It's winter, so shouldn't they be further south?
The other wildlife I saw coming back a different way (to avoid the geese) were prairie dogs. Prairie dogs are abundant in Colorado, and the running path goes right through a field of their holes. There were a couple scampering about as I passed, but I didn't stop to take pictures. My phone is my iPod when I run outside, and I would've had to stop running, unhook my headphones, and pull the phone out of my armband. They were scampering around to each hole, but I don't think I phased them. They must be used to humans running by.
Sunday was another Pure Barre class. OMG. I was already feeling the workout two hours after the class ended. I'm absolutely not a newbie at this, but the last two classes have been incredibly challenging. That's always a good thing, and if this studio challenges me a little bit more, great! I'm very happy to be back at it after a month away, but my muscles are taking a beating. I definitely made time for my foam roller Sunday afternoon, and I bought Icy Hot to help out too. On my way home I stopped by a store and got a roll of Rock Tape. I got my medical benefits card, so between getting back to the chiropractor and getting more Rock Tape, I hope to have many more runs outside.
Linking up with Hoho Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekend Wrap-up.