Sunday, April 23, 2017

Something you DON'T Want to see on a Run

If you all got a chuckle out of Wednesday's post on what I though I saw, then you're gonnna love this post!



This week was my week to get back at it! I could tell my chest was still a little tight so some full out running was not going to happen (until Thursday). Instead, I dug out my fitness tracker from ifit and gave myself some new goals to work towards. I would try to get 10,000 steps in each day.  I know a lot of you do this every day, but boy it can be a challenge, especially if you are not running(or walking) at least 3 miles a day.



My sister kept me company on a 5 mile walk/run (but mostly walk) on Monday, and then again for 3.6 miles on Tuesday.  Wednesday and Friday I walked and Thursday I ran. It was a challenge but I did get 10,000 steps in each day.

Okay, now back to the Thursday's 3 mile run on the Island.  This time of year the Island Park is just swarming with visitors. Soccer is in full gear and there are always games and practices going on in the fields and kids playing at the playground. The inner paths are filled withe walkers, runners, people with dogs, kids with bikes, etc.  Us serious runners, often deviate from the inner path out to the North and South trails which are in the woods. They are clearly marked as trails and people have been using them for years. Just to be clear, there is no mistaking these are walking/running paths.


Well, I did my first mile on the inner trail (I got my pace down to a 9:12 which I thought was pretty good for me for my first run in a while) and then decided to run the South trail in the woods. The south trail runs along the water, comes to a point, and then I loop and run up the opposite side of the island.  As I was running I could see that some Spring clean up had happened. Trees were trimmed, a lot of brush was cleared out, and some trees were cut down leaving just stumps for now.

Not the exact spot but a picture from the Island Trail.

As I got half way down the other side of the island, I could see further ahead that something was blocking the path. I couldn't quite tell what it was. Maybe a stump? As I got closer I saw a turqoise color and what looked like a plumbers butt.  Had someone fallen? Was someone hurt?  OMG was someone being attacked??

This is NOT a picture from this day, but this is almost exactly where the "incident" occurred and I wanted you to see the path I was talking about.

And then I saw what was happening. Eeek! It never occurred to me to give them privacy and turn myself around. All I kept thinking in that short amount of time was how I would get around them as they were clearly RIGHT ON the path (and this is a dirt path at this point).  The most discreet thing for me to do would be to run below them, but that only gave me a narrow path that is banked into the river and at this point I was running pretty fast and didn't want to take a chance of slipping.  So I ended up running above them. Thank goodness I had my sunglasses on  cus I looked directly down and just kept running.  The man heard my feet shuffling when I ran passed and he quickly got up and I heard them both start to giggle.

I got to the end of the wooded area and turned back around to run the loop in the opposite direction.  I was not deviating my running plan because of these two.  As I ran by them again, they had put themselves together and were standing upright. As I ran by I mentioned to them that this would be my last loop running by and just smiled. They giggled and said I was just fine. Darn right I was fine!  What do they think they are doing????  I am not condoning what they were doing but geeze, they could have at least took it off the path into the grass area. There is a grassy lawn area right above the path that is still secluded with tress and no one ever walks up there, that could have been their spot! For that matter, there are many other "hidden" spots around the island they could have found to be alone.

Clearly these people where not locals or they would have known how busy these paths get (even the wooded ones). My case in point,  shortly after I passed the couple for the second time, I passed another runner coming in that direction.

So, that's my best running story for the week. Heck, it might be my best running story all season. We will see!

Anyone have a story quite like this to share? -M


We are linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!

45 comments:

  1. Funny. And how do you know about all the secluded areas???? ��

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    1. Haha! I've run or walked pretty much that entire island!

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  2. Haha that must have been pretty interesting! People have no shame! I guess they are lucky that there weren't too many runners out there at that time.

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  3. Hahaha!!! OMG, I don't know what I would do if I came across this kind of...activity...on a run! They must have known they could be seen; it may be part of the thrill for them. So funny!!

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    1. I would say so! I don't understand why they chose THAT spot!

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  4. THIS IS AMAZING!!!! I can't believe they couldn't find a more secluded area lol. You will remember this for the rest of your life. How old were they?

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  5. Ewww! Who does IT on a dirt path? Maybe they were walking and passion just overtook them? People are weird.

    I hope they used a condom.

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  6. Right on the trail? How odd! From you pictures, there looks to be plenty of wooded areas to choose from. I'm curious, what was the approximate age of this couple? I think you have everyone beat on "things you see on a run"! Thanks for linking, Meranda!

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    1. Yes, you are right! There are plenty of other spots they could have chosen! I would say they were in their 20's.

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  7. O-M-G! I have luckily NEVER seen that during a run. I don't know how I would have reacted! I think that you handled it very well!

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  8. This is so funny. The Caveman and I were walking on a trail today and passed the spot where last summer we came upon a couple involved in...um...trail head. I swear, what is up with people??

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    1. Oh goodness! Do people not realize they are in public?

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  9. OMG, that is too funny! Maybe they thought there was less risk of poison ivy there???

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  10. Good grief! Right out there on the trail?! WoW people never cease to amaze me!

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  11. Seriously????? Don't you just wonder what is wrong with some people's common sense? (Oh yeah, common sense is NOT all that common these days LOL)

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  12. As the commercials say, when the moment strikes! My parents were in Paris some time ago and were having dinner while sitting on a park bench, and on the next park bench was a couple doing it, and trying to be discreet. And they weren't that discreet.

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    1. Do you think that type of activity happens more often in Paris?

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  13. That is hysterical! I would have never had the guts to do something like that. LOL

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    1. I don't know many who would but apparently some do..haha!

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  14. That path doesn't even look remotely comfortable to get nekkid on, much less how out in the open it is!!! Ewww.

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    1. I know right! And for the record, the guy wasn't nekkid. I couldn't see the girl so I won't comment on her..haha

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  15. OMG!!!!! No, thankfully I have NEVER encountered this on one of my runs! How awkward but you handled it so well! It will be hard to top this story!

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  16. Thank GOD I have never come across that!

    You know, my friend was just asking me if I felt comfortable running trails by myself . . .

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  17. Oh boy, I've never had that experience! I cracked up when you said they were giggling as you passed by.

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  18. Wow, what an experience. That's something that I NEVER want to come across, especially while out on a run.

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  19. ja ja ja!! I love everybody's comments, especially Wendy's!! The passion overtook them!! ja ja!

    I bet the risk of getting caught was part of the excitement for them! But it's pretty rude too!

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  20. Ha Hey I think you handled the "incident" just fine! Yea, they could have gotten off the path but I guess passion just took over! Guess you gotta get it when it's hot! Bahahaha.

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    1. Maybe that's when the Viagra kicked in? "Hey honey, better strike while the iron is hot!"

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  21. OMG WHAT!? It took me a minute or two to realize what it was you saw! Guess it just goes to show that would NEVER cross my mind. Also, I think if it did, and I got found, I would hop up & skedaddle RIGHT AWAY after someone spotted me!

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  22. OK - you win the prize for the strangest thing to witness on a run... OH MY GOSHHHHH>... both funny & equally disturbing. My first reaction was "What if families with kids came through!!!" but then I was like "Good for those two" ;) haha YOLO!

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  23. That is too funny!!! All I can think about is poison ivy, rashes, twigs in my.......oh my! People have no shame! I might have run by screaming "don't mind me!!!!!!"

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  24. I was running a nature trail a few summers ago and a naked women was hanging over the balcony above with a guy behind her and from the noises she was making, I'll leave to your imagination when he was doing to her. I ran very fast and did not run back on the same path.

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  25. Haha oh my word! I think you have the #1 story for outrageous running encounter. Love that you did not let them block your run :)

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  26. LOL I have not seen anything so exciting on my runs!

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  27. They definitely wanted to be caught, don't you think? OMG! I don't know what I would have done if I had been you!

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  28. It is really tough to get 10,000 steps on days I don't run. I try to be really conscious about it!

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  29. Oh my goodness! Can't say that I've ever encountered anything like that on a run. I honestly think I would have had to stop and ask the girl if she was consenting to this activity ....just to let them know that it really isn't an appropriate place to be "humping around"! hahaha

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  30. Oh my gosh - I have never fun across something like that and I would have no clue what to do!

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