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workout: 4 miles; 38:49

mile 1: 10:11
mile 2: 9:55
mile 3: 9:32
mile 4: 9:09

Fast run for in the morning, no? I mean, 9:09 is good for a right-out-of-bed run!

Well that’s because I ran into this monster:

Yeah, that’s right. A fox. I saw a fox this morning. I was a mile from my house and this creature crossed about 50 feet in front of me on his way to a grassy field where I’m sure he hangs with other foxes and freaks out other innocent, groggy runners. *shiver* When I saw him I immediately stopped and stood in someone’s driveway for about 5 minutes before I slowly ran up to the corner where I saw him and crossed the street to book it home. Because, you know, nothing says “a fox won’t attack you” like standing in open spaces and slowly making your way to the spot where you saw the fox, all the while releasing the scent of fear.

It might be a treadmill run tomorrow.

But seeing the fox reminded me that I was prepared with pepper spray, my only line of defense to wild animals. With my luck, he’d like it, like how Scout enjoys bitter apple. It’s an unfair world.

So in talk of safety, here are the two items I never leave the house without in the mornings. They make me feel safe when I run.

Jogger Pepper Spray
Matt made me buy this a while back and I’m sure I complained about it. But now, I feel off if I leave the house without it when I run alone. The strap fits tightly around my hand, so I don’t have to grip it. I don’t like carrying things in my hands when I run, so this is perfect.

Road ID
Matt bought me this for my birthday last year, ironically the same day I tripped whilst running and hobbled home with a bloody knee and hand. He knows me all too well. Mine’s pink!

Now, all I need it bear spray. I assume that’ll work on foxes and other wildlife creatures that might attack? I need to do some research.

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workout: unscheduled rest day

I hate the word “unscheduled.” Unless it has to do with cake. Like, “Have this piece of unscheduled cake, who needs a reason why?!” Sadly, today it doesn’t have to do with cake.

Lately, my right knee has been tight in the back. I went on a walk with Scout last night and it was crazy tight and Matt said it looked a little swollen. I woke up this morning at 5 to run and it still felt off. I had to force myself back into bed. I really wanted to run, but I knew I needed to rest my knee, the same knee I injured last fall. I’m icing it right now (yeah, I’m that person at work) and hopefully it’ll feel okay for a walk at lunch. I’m going to look up some stretches, too.

So while I’m all up on talking about walking during lunch, let me share my necessities that make lunchtime activity successful.

Reebok EasyTone Flip Flops
I don’t think these shoes alone will tone my legs, but they’re insanely comfortable to walk in. They’ve never blistered the top of my foot and my lower back never hurts if I wear them for a long time. They kind of make my feet bounce. It’s fun.

Nathan’s Power Shower Wipes
The folks that bring you awesome water bottles also, randomly, make these refreshing wipes. They’re kind of pricey, but they really make you feel better coming back into the office after a power walk. I sweat walking to the kitchen in my office, so if I say these babies work, they work. I want to find a cheaper alternative. I know there’s one out there somewhere that’s not baby wipes!

St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion
At home, my lotions of choice smell like suntan lotion and almonds and cherries. At work, I like to keep the scent low. Air doesn’t circulate well in my office and there’s nothing worse than stagnant perfumey smells. This lotion is great after using the wipes. It smells soft and clean.

Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee
How else am I not going to fall asleep before lunch?!


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