This morning was the first snow-on-the-ground run of the season. I was out early enough that the snow was still pristine. Wisteria Way was still sleeping as I was deciding if it was going to be a 5k or 5m kind of day.
As I came around completing my first lap I saw the BIGGEST footprints ever in the snow. It had to be Sasquatch. No one has feet that big. I started to worry a little bit being the only one out and about and only having a little one pound flashlight for defense. What would I do if I ran into this giant? Then I saw the newspaper carrier. Phew! At least if I ran into trouble she could hit Big Foot with her car and I could run away.
As I continued down the street on my second lap I realized that there weren't tracks from my first trip around. That's when I realized that Big Foot was not making an appearance on Wisteria. Those giant footprints were none other than my own size 9 1/2 Mizuno's. Relieved or bummed out I don't know, but the moral of the story is - when you are running alone (ladies especially) be smart.
1) Run in well lit areas
2) Only run alone in areas you are familiar with. Try new trails with a buddy.
3) Take a cell phone with you. It make seem inconvenient as your gearing up, but you would rather have it if you need it.
4) Take pepper spray and/or a whistle