9.22.2010

The Green Girl's Giant Rat Scare

The Green Girl went for a run with her Sole Runners friend, Michelle, last night.

The night sky was filled with fluffy clouds painted in shades of pastels.

Before we reached Shoreline Village, we went down the peninsula towards the oil rigs like we did earlier this month.

As we got further out, it became darker so I turned on my headlamp. Unfortunately, the bright light attracted the attention of the world's fattest rats and they started scurrying back and forth across the path.

We both started screaming at the top of our lungs in terror. I thought for sure a rat was going to run into my foot. We flapped our arms in fright and sprinted back to the mainland.

We were certain someone was going to come check on us after the commotion we had created but nothing happened.

With our hearts still pounding, we realized if something had seriously happened to us, no one would have come to our rescue. It was a humbling realization.

We followed the bike path over to the Shoreline Marina and away from the rat colonies.

We were still a little jumpy but the night was beautiful and we enjoyed the rest of our run. And we didn't encounter any more giant rats.

18 comments:

  1. lol...running and screaming...love it. Awesome, Aesome photos.

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  2. Those photos are fantastic. Sorry about the rat...

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  3. WTH? Rats?!

    Scorpions are bad enough for me!

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  4. Sorry, but that's pretty funny! ;) Rats don't bother me. Either because I'm a scientist, and I've had to work with them, or because I live in Boston, so I see them with some regularity. Now, if I happened across a spider colony, I'd be paralyzed with fear!! It sounds like you have some great places to run.

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  5. Beautiful photos of apparently a pretty dirty place. :) Scary realization that you are out there alone sometimes, with no help coming.

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  6. Love the photo!! Ewww!! I hate rats! They're so dirty and gross!!

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  7. So funny! Something about being caught off guard makes it all so much scarier.

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  8. arm flapping attracts sharks as well - good that you got out of there!

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  9. One word: EEEEWWWWWWWWWW!
    I saw a relatively small rat one time and it completely freaked me out. Rats = gross.
    Glad you got some pretty pics, though. :-)

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  10. Hope you watched your form as you were running and waving your arms. Now will you categorize that run as tempo or maybe sprint? Oh, sorry that was a race. Who won? :)

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  11. Yikes! Mice I don't mind...rats are another issue! Great pics.

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  12. EWW! Glad your ok! WHERE THE HELL ARE THE NINGA TURTLES WHEN YOU NEED THEM!?

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  13. Haha, that must have been quite a sight...you two, not the rats. I have to dispose of a dead rat nearly every day as my cats catch them, bring them inside and leave them when they are dead. The photos are beautiful.

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  14. AHHHH! Well, it least it got your heart rate up. : )

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  15. The Running Mermaid said...
    I didn't know I could run so fast!!! LMAO Our pace had to have been something like 8 minutes miles. Hopefully I'll see one at the marathon.
    Running back to the car for your camera was so worth it... I love the pictures.

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