|Rocky, the moon-walking raccoon.|
Officer: Morning, mam. Can I help you with something?
Me: Well, I just saw a rabid-looking raccoon on the bridge back there. It kind of looked like he might be dying.
Officer: Yea? Was he walking like he was drunk?
Me: Yes. Exactly. At first I thought it was a cat and then as I got closer I realized what it was. He looked right at me so I kind of freaked out and bee-lined it across the street.
Officer: (with a completely deadpan expression on his face) Yea? Did he make you run faster?
Me: Um, yes. I guess he did. I suppose if there was a rabid raccoon at every mile I'd run a pretty fast race.
Officer: (small smirk, but not much more than that) I bet you would, mam.
Me: Well, ok then. Just thought I should let you know.
Officer. I'll go check it out. Thanks for the heads up. Have a good run.
Me: Thanks officer.
I then took off at a relatively swift clip and laughed as I replayed the conversation in my head. I came up with several conclusions as I thought it through. First, wild and crazy things (ie. moon walking animals) will definitely jump start your run and get you moving faster. Do what you will what that. Second, this policeman was either totally serious and perhaps a runner himself, or he was totally f'ing with me the whole time. I'm going to go with the former, but it was more likely that latter. I honestly couldn't tell. And finally, you truly never know what you're gonna get every time you step out your door to go running. It's worth it for that alone, right?
Listen to this:
Own It - Sojourn Society