It is pepper spray with a handy little strap to use while running. Why the new running partner? Last week I was out running my favorite trail and had a little encounter that terrified me! About 10 feet in front of me a bobcat was walking along! (Actually, I am not quite sure what it was. I suppose it could have been a small mountain lion) I stopped cold as soon as I saw it. I had nowhere to go. There was a barb wire fence on one side of me and bushes dropping down to a creak on the other side. I don't even think the cat saw me as he scooted off into the bushes. I was afraid to move forward, thinking that it was going to leap out at me. I checked out the barb wire fence and was planning my escape, figuring that would do less damage to me. After a few minutes though I decided to just keep going. I scooted all the way up to the fence and walked as quickly as I could to the trail entrance (I was afraid running might get the cats attention). I vowed not to go back out onto that trail.
A few days later I was ready for another run, but I just hate running out on the streets! I figured since it was Saturday and later in the morning (the incident was at 6:30 in the morning on a Thursday. Not much foot traffic out there at that time) there would be people out there and I would be safe. I did carry my pepper spray though, and will carry it always while running now. As if pepper spray is going to stop a bobcat!
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