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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Of Snails, Sprinklers, Snot Rockets and Sweat

Snails
One hazard of running in the dawn's early light is that the night's snails are still sliming their ways across sidewalks, and I always feel bad if I step on one, so I do my best to keep a sharp eye out for them and avoid crushing them. This is tough to do in the 5 am darkness, but streetlights help illuminate the path and I can distinguish their "snail trails" glistening in the semi-darkness. And lord knows that snails, unlike the lightning-fast lizards, are not fast enough to scurry out of a runner's thundering footfalls, so I always have to be vigilant.

Sprinklers
South Florida has been in a drought for the past few years, so during the winter (which is more accurately called the "dry season"), watering lawns is restricted to either the pre-dawn or post-dusk hours. This means that many communities set the timers on their sprinklers for the time when I am running in the early morning. And unfortunately, it seems that these sprinklers are often times do more watering of the sidewalk than the grass, so I constantly find myself getting sprayed. In some ways, it's not so bad because it's kinda cool and refreshing; but in most ways, it's annoying because the last thing I want on my early morning run is to get splashed in the face with water.

Snot Rockets
I am still somewhat congested, so admittedly, I had to fire off some snot rockets this morning on my run, and one of them did not get much trajectory and I found myself with a stream of boogers on my face. Not so bueno. I had to wipe it off with my hand and then wipe my hand on my shorts. Gross. As Jerry told me last night, "You're cute, but you're filthy."

Sweat
The humidity this morning was 93% (rain is in the forecast), so it was a sweaty, sweaty run, and when I got home, I was literally dripping sweat on the floor of the bathroom as I got ready to shower. Yeah, between the snotty nose and the sweaty face, I was a picture of prettiness. Guess I needed that sprinkler to the face!

24 comments:

Xenia said...

Love the "You're cute, but you're filthy" line. I would be proud to be labeled that. :)

Jamoosh said...

I can't imagine - next time = pictures!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I'm ready this time, I ate breakfast before reading your blog. Sprinklers going off and here we're waiting for the snow!

RunToTheFinish said...

holy crap I was sweating sooooo bad this morning! I thought maybe I was dying, but it was just the weather :)

Marlene said...

Cute but filthy - haha, I like that.

Ick, I had the "crunch" of a snail under my shoe. We don't have many around here.

Ahhh, watering the sidewalks...nobody is watering anything right now, but I remember those days from summer.

Wes said...

Good for you. I avoid critters when I run too. I think to myself, "today is not your day to die." and for that, I am grateful :-)

RunningLaur said...

I wish that we would have sprinkler timing restrictions. One's here just run any time of day, and in the summer the water streams can nearly evaporate before it even hits the grass. Such a waste.
Props to Florida for getting it right.

Jess said...

Lol at "you're cute but filthy!"

Carolina John said...

i hate snails. and slugs. but at least snails crunch when you step on them.

Katie A. said...

I am always in awe of how you run through that pea soup of weather called FL! Filthy and cute, love it! Great job on getting out there!

Ted said...

Snails ??? Ewwww ! At least, you could have some escargot for dinner.

Viper said...

Poor trajectory is a common pratfall. You should see what happens when you have a beard to catch that mess. Cheers!

Heather said...

I love post run dirtiness - always seems like a badge of honor.

shellyrm said...

Oh the sharing that goes on in these blogs! heeheehee

You went from slime trails to splashs to snot to sweating. Should have ending with the sprinklers to wash off. This is one time I didn't need a picture! ;-)

kelsalynn said...

I love you! You crack me up! Boogies and all!

MCM Mama said...

Your descriptions crack me up!

Nikki said...

I love reading about you running in the warmth, humidity, sprinklers etc. It reminds me that summer will return again someday. Cute but filthy - awesome.

MN Mom said...

Snails have quite a friend in you.

Sprinklers in florida do water the side walks and streets nicely.

The Snot Rocket story made me gag!
And the dripping sweat story finished the nausea off...I need a soda cracker.

Mrs. K said...

snot rockets?? tasty!

ew.

weather has sucked lately. needs to improve...and any time you want to meet up for lunch again with our girls would be great! :) just let me know

RunnerGirl said...

Ah, I wish I was getting sweaty during my runs. Instead, I'm freezing my ass off :)

runner26 said...

adding those to the things runners already have to contend with (blisters, chaffing, exhaustion, dead legs, hydration, injury, etc) makes you a super star!

Agate Lake Girl said...

Some of those sprinklers can be quite powerful - they'll knock a little thing like you right over. :)

Stuart said...

That humidity is brutal...remind me why you live there?

sRod said...

South Florida sprinklers are amazing. People spend hundreds even thousands of dollars on them and most of the time they don't work. It would be more effcient to water the lawn yourself.