|Picture from hoghunting.com|
Usually, I go to an exercise class at 5:30 on Tuesday mornings, but my shoulder has been giving me some trouble so I decided to give it a rest for a few weeks. I still need my exercise, though, so I got out and ran. The weather has been beautiful this spring and I love being outside as the sun comes up. I am a slow jogger, but speed has never been my goal. Running is difficult for me and I am always proud of myself just for keeping at a trot instead of slowing to a walk.
When I left home I wasn't sure how far I would go. I just headed out, one foot in front of the other. As I got on the main road, a little more than a mile from home, I started to think about how much farther I would go. Up to the next driveway would give me about a 2.75 mile round trip, a little more and I would get in a 5K. So, head down, calculating how many more steps to run, I was in my own little jogging world.
Just then, I heard a sound like a loud growl. My head jerked up and I saw what looked like 2 or 3 wild dogs crossing the road in front of me. I gave a silly little scream and realized that I was seeing a family of wild hogs run from the wheat field on one side of the road into the woods on the other side. They ran in a straight line -- big hog, baby hog, bigger hog, big hog, baby hog -- until 10-15 of them crossed the road. Wild hogs are known to be vicious and I had no idea what they thought of me being so close. It was a growling sound that had woken me from my reverie. Not a happy-muddy-pig-in-the-sunshine sound.
I stopped dead in my tracks, stood still just long enough to gather my wits, turned around and ran back towards home. My total distance this morning was 2.69 miles, not as far as I had planned, but I made it back alive. And that seems like a major accomplishment for today!
I use Endomondo to track my workouts. The program uses GPS to map my runs so I can see my speed, distance, and altitude. When I got home this morning I was curious to see what my adventure looked like as pure fact on a graph. I could see that at the halfway point I stopped and then there was a spike in my speed as I ran faster than I had the whole time. I remember thinking that I didn't want to run too fast so that the hogs wouldn't sense my fear and come after me :)
Next time I get out to run -- tomorrow -- I think I will bring some protection from the wild varmints lurking in the wheat.
Ahhh.... country living at its best!