After having run the better part of the big loop I cut up to the reservoir loop. It was dark although the moon was bright - probably full. A runner had just passed as I approached the path and just before he made the turn eastward a very large raccoon crossed in front of him from the park side of the path to the reservoir side. I cautiously ran behind, giving both the runner ahead of me and the raccoon ahead of him, plenty of room. I didn't see the raccoon again which gave me time to think. He just crossed into the water side. Was there somewhere for him to go beside in to the water?
And if not, does he swim?
Do raccoons swim?
If he did swim, which stroke would he excel at?
Legs and arms seem to be of about equal length, freestyle would probably be out of the question.
Definitely no butterfly for that poor sap.
He's no beaver, no substantial tail.
Perhaps a modified doggie paddle?
Breaststroke or sidestroke would be ideal.
But what if...
What if that dude worked really hard
What if freestyle were his stroke.
Swimming that stroke a lot makes me feel and start to look like a linebacker.
What would a linebacker-built raccoon look like?
That's what he would look like.
And that, my friends, was the continuing conversation in my head as I finished the 1.6 some odd mi. lap around the reservoir and the remaining 2 mi home through the dark and raccoon-filled CP. Joe would have been proud of that wildlife report.
Thursday - 8.6 miles running in 1:15:02 (8:43/mi)