I run in Florida where I jump over alligators and swim with sharks. I run trails in Michigan where I often run past snakes on the trail basking in the sun. We all have fears, founded or unfounded, regarding certain creatures we encounter due to our outdoor lifestyle. That said, the most aggressive and common attacks that should make us nervous are from bugs! More people get sick and die from mosquito bites than all other animals combined, not to mention the havoc ticks and other parasites can cause as they are out to suck our blood. Call this a bit of a public service announcement kind of midweek runmail. Use bug spray as religiously as you use sunscreen, it could save your life, yikes!
Run safe, run protected,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who along with my wife, have fought a couple bug born illnesses this year and I can assure you they suck!
Who would have guessed that running could have gotten any better, but in such a divided country, running is amazingly nonpartisan, a breath of fresh air! During a long race, I often start up a conversation with a stranger and we can discuss our goals, our training, our upcoming running plans, and our setbacks without even finding out what way they might lean, or not lean politically. One thing for sure is, that if they lined up and are running the same event and about the same pace as me, we are kindred spirits on a physical, and perhaps a mystical, level. Dig it.
Run left, right, straight, and not so straight, but just make sure you get your butt out there!
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner looking forward to setting my soul free with you all at http://runwoodstock.com/, just a month away! Grab a campsite quick, only 20 mystical spots left above the Astral Plane!