Thursday, November 6, 2008

More Running Terrors

Don't I have enough to worry about when I'm running?

"Do these pants make my butt look too big?"

"Am I the right personality to wear a running skirt?"

"Might I trip over a rock (pothole; beer can; dead pigeon) today?"

"Is there an attacker lurking in that bush?"

"Can Melissa tell I didn't brush my teeth?"

NOW, on top of all that - I read this horrifying article and I have a whole new set of thoughts. If you don't have time to read the whole article, just read the headline - it is quite sobering (once you stop laughing).

Personally, after I stopped trying to visualize how I might have reacted in the same circumstance (no doubt QUITE differently than she did) I started trying to visualize this woman running along all whacked-out and toting a frothing-at-the-mouth fox along with her. In my current, rational, and not-currently-being-attacked-by-a-scary-mammal state I can tell you that I would have dropped that mutha (I don't get to use that word nearly often enough) in a heartbeat, jetted to the hospital and just told them to go ahead and gamble that the dang thing was rabid. DO YOU REALLY NEED TO BRING IN THE OFFENDING ANIMAL JUST TO MAKE SURE????? Like any physician in her/his right mind is going to say, "Gee, patient, if only you had let the animal STAY LATCHED ON to you, we could have been sure whether to give you the shot series." NO, PEOPLE! Maybe there's more to it, maybe rabies shots don't work that way. Or maybe this woman had a heightened sense of getting all rabid animals "off the market" so to speak in order to prevent the same horror from occurring the next day to another jogger on the same trail.

Come to think of it, this little ditty has brought up enough questions in my mind about rabies, I might just go spend some time researching it. You feel free to go do the same. The jogger's world will be a better place.


darmel said...

Just seems to unreal!

littlecbsmom said...

Oh my gosh! That is hysterical! I can't believe that any animal would hold that long! Post what you find out OK! My devotion time this morning was actually spent on worry, there is one I haven't thought about before....

darmel said...

The first comment was for the previous post!

Anyway, this too was unreal! Holy cow at our pace we would have been running for over 10 minutes with the dang thing attached to us! Maybe we would have run a little bit faster but again holy cow! Too funny. Have a good weekend!

Laura said...

Okay that seems sister lives in prescott, AZ, I think this might warrant a call to her to see if all women joggers in her town react this way, what do you think?

Kristin said...

I think that story may have just sold a whole bunch of treadmills. I know I'd be reconsidering outside running...if I ran, that is.