Yesterday morning, I was out on my run and started to think about all the strange things I’ve seen on a run.
There was the time I saw a woman running backwards at the track. I was there for at least 45 minutes and she never ran forwards once. How did she not puke?
The entire Honolulu Marathon. All of it. Strange.
Or the time I saw a goat sitting in a truck eating the dashboard. Although that’s not too weird because it was Goat Man’s truck. If you are local, you know what I’m talking about.
And then there was the run where I came upon 3 teenagers walking along at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning carrying a crow. They told me it was injured and they were going to make it feel better. I didn’t stick around long enough to hear anymore.
Definitely the strangest thing I’ve seen on a run involved me.
I was running in the early morning and came upon an elderly woman who stopped me. She did not speak any English. At all. I’m not sure what language she spoke, but it was coming out fast and furious. From her gesturing and pointing, I figured out what she wanted. She wanted me to help her carry an over stuffed arm chair that someone had placed at the curb for garbage. I felt bad – how could I say no to this woman? She was at least 80 years old, maybe 5 feet tall and tiny! Initially I thought we were moving it to one of the houses nearby. Oh no. She kept going. And going. I kept asking – “Where are we going with this?!?!” Finally, after carrying it awkwardly, for at least a half mile, I told her I had to go. From the rapid fire of her words and the tone of her voice, I don’t think she was too happy with me. I’m quite sure she flipped me the bird as I continued on with my run. I think I laughed out loud for the rest of the run. How bizarre!
I asked my Facebook friends to tell me about their strange things seen on a run. These had me laughing out loud. All I have to say is PEOPLE ARE STRANGE!
Sadly, I don’t have pictures to show off any of these strange events. Feel free to use your imagination.
“I saw someone pooping on the side of the road at the Paris Marathon.” – Sue
Laura also saw this at the Chicago Marathon as did Jennifer at the Enchanted 10k and Princess Half.
So I must admit that I’ve pooped on the side of the road during a marathon. But in my defense, it was on a bike path, in a wooded area during VCM. And I was surrounded by at least a half dozen other unfortunate runners who HAD to go with no port-a-potties in sight. I can’t say I would have done it on the side of the road in plain sight, though. However, when ya gotta go…
“I saw someone feather dusting his BMW. You know, with one of those old-fashioned puffy feather dusters?” – Jennifer
That’s some serious car love.
“I saw a girl bedazzling her Mercedes! I swear, a newer model white Mercedes and she was applying pink rhinestones inside the Mercedes symbol!“ – Tiffany
Seriously. People are strange.
“I found a bag full of costumes in the middle of the woods. A friend opened it and put on a “Wizard of Oz” flying monkey outfit, complete with the fur and jackets. So creepy and awesome.” – Heather
Was is from a super secret woodland production of the Wizard of Oz? My mind can go in some many odd directions with that one.
“Drunk teenagers chasing me on their Vespa at 4:30am on one of my weekend long runs. And then they tried to jump the sidewalk after me (because so fun to do after a few…)and crashed the scooter. And being a mom, I actually ran over to them to make sure they were okay before yelling at them for being butt heads and calling 911. Next weirdest would be mating raccoons. They were NOT happy that I interrupted their little soiree on the running path that early morning.” – Tracy
Tracy is a better mom than me. I would have been on phone with the cops while running in the opposite direction.
“I saw a woman vacuuming a horse. It was one of those wet/dry vacs and it was ridiculous. The horse looked humiliated.” – Allie
I don’t know a thing about horses but I’m assuming that’s not how you clean them?
“I used to run over by the Tennessee River in Chattanooga where I’m from and there was the person who was the mascot for UTC, and he would occasionally run with his costume head on.” – Cynthia
That would totally freak me out. Mascots are just too weird. And to run with only the head on – that’s what nightmares of made of!
“A county sheriff’s wallet on the site of the road, complete with badge & all his credit/id cards. I hurried home with it & called the station to get it returned.“ – Amy
If I would have found that, I would have thought it was a trick to see if anyone would steal it. Way to go Amy for being the good citizen!
“A loaded handgun! Called the police and they picked it up (and let me know it still had a bullet in the chamber).“ – Sandy
Now that is scary.
“Two pairs of ladies panties and a bunch of little liquor bottles alongside the road!“ – Wendy
“I saw a pair of men’s underwear and a mile or so away a bra…these were on rural roads.” – Renee
Sounds like a party to me.
“I was running 1 mile laps around the block. Lap one there was a green condom on the ground. Laps 2-5 it wasn’t there.“ – Daniela
“A horse in the middle of the road. Or Zebras. I can provide photos if you would like.” – Jennifer
That is one thing I’ve never seen in the road while running. Turkey’s, ducks, geese, deer, bear…no horses or zebras. Super bummed about that one!
“People peeing, dog fights, couple fighting….the usual works.” – Ellen
Just another run around the ‘hood.
“I used to see a lady pushing her dogs in a stroller when I lived in NH!!“ – Sarah
“At the local park where I run on my lunch break there is a lady that puts her bird cage in a stroller and walks her parakeets!” – Tiffany
I’ve seen dogs and cats in strollers but parakeets, that’s a new one!
“A “snowman” closely resembling male genitals.” – Jamee
Wonder what it looked like when it started to melt? (Editor’s note: go to my Facebook page to see proof. Jamee posted a pic!
“A body“ – Heather
And Heather wins for the weirdest thing no runner ever wants to see on their run.
Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on your run?