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  • djsturtevant Amateur 16 posts since
    May 23, 2010

    Just this morning I was running in my neighborhood and a cat pranced over and wanted to show me the chipmunk it has just killed.  He was so proud of himself, jutting his chin up at me with the little chipmunk hanging there limply. I congratulated him and kept on going.

  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    When they dress like Urkel and don't wear underwear

  • redrunner32 Pro 151 posts since
    Sep 29, 2010

    a dead cat and a dead possum


    i watched the possum get flatter and smaller over a period of weeks... soooooooo nasty!


    the cat looked like someone hit it and then moved it up onto the MIDDLE of the walking path - I guess to make sure the owner saw it.  It was only there for a very short time, thank goodness.

  • iRunforSue121457 Amateur 10 posts since
    Mar 24, 2011

    My son and I actually did come across a human body while out on a run one day.  He was sprawled across the sidewalk portion of a bridge.  We got close enough to see he was still breathing and called 911.  Been an ER nurse long enough to know he was just probably passed out from a late night party (young, disheveled, no visible injuries, etc.)  By the time EMS arrived he was up and staggering...confused etc.  We let EMS handle it and we continued on our run.  Now, when I run alone I carry a light weight loaded .38.  I would have to say this was the most disturbing of the dead animals, live snakes, carcasses, sweaty bodies etc I've ever encountered.  Still running....because I run for those who can't.

  • StickingToIt Expert 43 posts since
    Jun 2, 2011

    Okay, I almost stepped on a used condom on the road this morning. I don't know if I was more disturbed that it was on the road (in a neighborhood, 1/2 a block from my house) or the idea of how it might have gotten there! EWWWW!

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  • dogdoc14 Amateur 21 posts since
    Jun 10, 2011

    I'm out in the country, running on dirt roads with little traffic.  There is a dead dog about 1/2 mile into my run that has been there for WEEKS.  It smells awful, but is finally getting better (as in decomposed enough it's almost gone).  I keep begging my husband to go over there with the tractor and move it, but to no avail.  My dog is my running partner, and she has a lot of trouble staying with me at that spot because she is just dying to explore that "wonderful" odor!

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  • shannondynamic Rookie 4 posts since
    Jun 14, 2011

    I have allergies, but I still run outdoors, and sometimes I just gotta spit the phlegm out, butttttt, I spit it in the grass away from the track even though I hate to actually stop running and do that. Fortunately, I run in the mornings, and the track is pretty empty. The grossest thing I've seen is very large piles of dog crap in the middle of the track, and the other day there was a dead frog. I almost squished it, but seen it just in time, so I moved the poor thing with a stick into the grass. I've never had anything thrown at me, but I have had nasty comments hollered at me.

  • Julie Ann Hackett Legend 226 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007

    I'm guilty of spitting and snot rockets too.  I think the grossest would be a pooflinger - a runner who didn't make it or didn't want to stop at the port-a-potty.  I've never seen one, but my friends who have watched some of my races have seen them.  Apparently its very noticable if you are wearing pink shorts.

  • SingingPilgrim Expert 56 posts since
    Jun 12, 2011

    Today I saw a rusty knife and an empty beer bottle within four feet of each other on the side of the road and thought "I sure hope they weren't used together!"


    I've also seen run over squirrels and possums and cats and such.  Oh, and once a pair of underwear!

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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
    Nov 11, 2007

    A dead skunk. Probably had been hit by a car. Actually I smelled it before I saw it. ICK.

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  • reddolp50 Legend 461 posts since
    Mar 17, 2011

    Running through a border state corridor with bridges, the homeless tend to live under the bridge supports.  Last Sunday I came across a homeless person sleeping under the bridge support on a little 3x5 coffee table he had drug up from somewhere and was sound sound alseep.  He had his 12 pack behind him wedged up to the support beam held in place with his back.....and all the previous cans scattered on the ground in front of him.  This was at 9:00 a.m. - at the entrance to the bike path as well and at 1:00 he was still there when I came back on my bike....and finished my ride at 3:00 - still sleeping like a baby with the beer firmly in place.  He was alive as his color was very pink.  


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  • 64spokes Pro 60 posts since
    Apr 24, 2009

    Such scenes are not unique to border states.

  • lbonney Rookie 21 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007

    There is always road kill on my runs.  this weeks carnage - 2 flattened turtles..

  • dogdoc14 Amateur 21 posts since
    Jun 10, 2011

    I accidentally contributed to my nasty things I see.  I ran over a turtle on my way to work this morning, which I'm sure will be ripe by my run tomorrow!

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