After a rainy Saturday, the weather here is nice today. So I went to our local greenway for an eight miler. I’m not in marathon shape at present, but I’m still running a few times a week. Anyway, the greenway runs through some very low lying, swampy areas and can be extremely wet after a good rain.
On this occasion, there were patches of ice on the boardwalk that nearly caused me to slide. I made it through fine and got about a 1/2 mile away when I saw a gaggle of women runners coming my direction. I quickly wiped the snot and slobber off of my face and straightened my form to show off my best running posture before they got too close. Just as I was about to gallantly warn them about the icy conditions, my left foot hit a pile of dog poop carelessly left on the trail.
So instead of being a heroic herald to these ladies, I was comedic relief. Oh, it didn’t end with a small slide. I gave them a full highlight reel of Shaggy and ScoobyDoo slipping on a banana peel and nearly knocked a couple of them over as my 210 lb frame came barreling through.
So even before church today, I learned two things:
1. A man’s pride shall bring him low… (Proverbs 29:23)
2. People really should clean up after their pets. These stands are out there every 1/2 mile or so.