Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon

Unprovoked attack in PWP - this could happen to you (Read 645 times)

    Hello folks - I'm new here, but I've met a few of you on some of the Striders runs. I signed up for the Flying Monkey and ran the 11.2 this weekend, but in spite of warnings I ran about half of it in the dark. I posted this on the Flying Monkey website: Yesterday I was in Murfreesboro and thought since I was close enough to Nashville I would drive to PWP and run the 11.2. This would be the 2nd time I’ve ever ran it, and I got to the Stone Gates at about 6:30 pm. I knew this would mean at about mile 7 it would be pretty dark, but I really needed to run (I think the 11.2 would bring my weekly mileage up to 20 miles – pretty sad.) Anyway – I go into the park and nothing much unusual. I did notice the 0.5 mile marker which is placed where it felt like I had been 2 or 3 miles – nice – I’ll try NOT to look for that the next time. The course was as tough as I remembered and I was slogging along at close to a 10 min/mile pace. At mile 7, I realized what a mistake it was to forget my flashlight. I thought about how it would suck to run in circles in the dark the rest of the night, but oh well, there was nothing I could do except keep running. Somewhere between the 9th and 10th mile, I was jogging along comfortably, thinking about 100 different things, none of which was the fact I was in complete darkness in an unfamiliar park in the woods. Then out of nowhere something nails me in the back of the head! WTF!!! It felt like someone had slapped me in the back of the head with an open hand then grabbed a hand full of my hair. Whatever it was hit me hard enough to make me stumble forward and make the sound you make when someone suckerpunches you in the stomach. I whirled around thinking, “You son of a…” - but no one was there. If I had verbalized my thoughts at that point, I probably would have screamed like a school girl…but there was no time for that - I’m suddenly in “fight or flight” mode…and since I can’t SEE anything to fight, I ran like hell. I was wondering if my head was bleeding and thinking that it would really suck if whatever it was hit me from the front and got my face. Fortunately, in spite of the darkness and my unfamiliarity with the park, I made the right turns, and was REALLY HAPPY to see the park exit. Needless to say, the last part of my run, was…not so fun…but A LOT faster than the first part of it. The only good thing about this was, instead of a 10 min/mile pace which I probably would have had, I ended up with about a 9:38 pace. So seriously – I don’t think this was a bat because it hit too hard for something that small. I’m thinking it may have been an owl, but it’s not that common for owls to attack people. Any ideas what this may have been? Anybody else had this happen? Are shotguns allowed in the park? Since then I did some searching...and found this: http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/2357516/ So I think the monkeys have made an alliance with the owls now. When I saw the video of the other guy I realized I probably looked pretty funny when it hit me...but I didn't laugh at the time. I probably won't be running PWP in the dark again - so just be careful out there folks!


    A Dance with Monkeys

      I have mixed thoughts. It was not likely an owl because owls don't attack runners (despite the linked story). It was not likely a monkey because you survived to tell your tale. I wonder if it was a baby monkey. Or an adolescent, playing with its food if you will. Consider yourself fortunate still to be with us.
        I wonder if it was a baby monkey. Or an adolescent, playing with its food if you will.
        Yes. This is what I experienced when I was attacked...except that it pulled my hair. Baby monkey. Gotta be.

        How do you keep your feet on the ground, when you know you were born to fly?

         

        Just a girl who runs.

          I suspect a monkey with an unusually low VO2 max.
          E-mail: JakeKnight2002@aol.com
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            By the way...is this Manchester Tony?

            How do you keep your feet on the ground, when you know you were born to fly?

             

            Just a girl who runs.

              Hey Candice! You're one of the 4 in the Monkey group that I've seen in real life Big grin Did you do your Olympic Tri yet? Well - when the attack first happened it kinda freaked me out - I had been warned about running in the park when it's dark, but I thought it was just a bunch of hype. When I think about it now it pisses me off just a little - I mean, I don't have a lot of hair to spare. I'm pretty sure I looked funnier than the guy in the video I posted Big grin
                Yes - this is the Manchester Tony Jake - is VO2 Max a shampoo?
                  Jake - is VO2 Max a shampoo?
                  Yes. It gives you full body and vibrant curls.
                  E-mail: JakeKnight2002@aol.com
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                    Hey Candice! You're one of the 4 in the Monkey group that I've seen in real life Big grin Did you do your Olympic Tri yet?
                    I didn't get to do Fall Creek Falls...so no. But i'm doing Music City Sept 14th! How's the swimming going?

                    How do you keep your feet on the ground, when you know you were born to fly?

                     

                    Just a girl who runs.

                      Jake - is VO2 Max a shampoo?
                      POD

                      How do you keep your feet on the ground, when you know you were born to fly?

                       

                      Just a girl who runs.

                        Good I think I'll try some. I have a feeling there's a bald spot in the back of my head now. Am I the only one in this group who hasn't ran the Monkey?
                          I've never ran it.

                          How do you keep your feet on the ground, when you know you were born to fly?

                           

                          Just a girl who runs.

                            Good I think I'll try some. I have a feeling there's a bald spot in the back of my head now. Am I the only one in this group who hasn't ran the Monkey?
                            Who are you? Do I know you? Who am I? Who are any of us? My God, its full of stars. Candice never runs anything. But she wins all the training runs. And has rock-like abs.
                            E-mail: JakeKnight2002@aol.com
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                              I didn't get to do Fall Creek Falls...so no. But i'm doing Music City Sept 14th! How's the swimming going?
                              Swimming sucks about as bad as ever. I'm trying to just look at it as a workout. I can swim pretty good with fins...or with the pull buoy...but "unassisted" I sink like a rock. The only thing I have going for me is my stubbornness...er...determination, yeah, that's it determination.
                                Who are you? Do I know you? Who am I? Who are any of us? My God, its full of stars. Candice never runs anything. But she wins all the training runs. And has rock-like abs.
                                You don't look familiar - is your avatar a recent picture? I've met Candice, House, and Trent briefly on training runs. I live in Manchester, so you probably don't know me.