by Diane Gratrix
Last fall, I was training for my first half-marathon (Scotiabank 2010). I had gotten up early one Saturday morning for my long run. The weather was perfect for running; the air was still a bit crisp, the sun was out but still low. I live in the country and I really enjoy the quiet solitude (did I mention I am the mom of 3 children, who were all under the age of 7?). This was running bliss.
I was on a country road, and it was fairly forested in this area, but had a farm up ahead. In the distance I saw an animal. At first I thought it was a dog. Then I saw there were two. I soon realized it was two coyotes! I didn’t know what to do; I was only about 4 kms into my run and really didn’t want to turn around.
So I did what any rational woman would do, running on an isolated road, early in the morning, with 2 coyotes ahead. I kept running, heart pounding, and was yelling at the top of my lungs a strange war cry! I have no idea how I decided to yell like that, but the coyotes never followed me so it worked. I certainly ran a pretty good pace for the following two kilometres!
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