What would you do?
You’re running on a somewhat familiar trail around a small neighborhood lake. At several points the trail forks and you have the option of which way to go. You go left. All of a sudden in front of you is a snake taking up the entire path.
At one point in my life – thanks to STT science classes at Fernbank – I wanted a corn snake (never got one, though). I am not anti-snake; I just don’t know how to identify them. I can’t tell if the snake will kill me or if I’m good.
When I saw a black and yellow snake ahead, I quickly chose to turn around earlier this week. It wasn’t scary-looking or anything. I just didn’t want to mess with it. I picked up some speed (good work snake) and chose the other fork. Usually, animals don’t do much to me while running. Just ignore that barking dog chasing you and it will eventually stop. That’s always worked for me.
As a part of my plan to expand my running horizons, I have started running around the lake at a local park. Snakes come with the territory. The fish in the lake – I’m not worried about them either. It’s the dogs and their owners on the trail that cause me most problems. Actually the owners are the problem. People, please clean up after your dog, even on an off-road trail. It smells, and it’s no fun to step in. I can avoid the snakes. Poop is another issue. Hopefully, neither will be issues July 4 at the AJC Peachtree Road Race.