There are few things as terrifying as feeling the hot breath of an unknown creature on the back of your calf as you are running at dusk in rural Australia.
As it was, my heart was already pumping pretty hard because I was running a fast interval, but it went up an extra notch due to the sheer terror I was feeling. With great trepidation, I slowly turned my head to look behind me to find out just what was pursuing me. Hot on my heels was an enormous sheep, barrelling its way down the hill right behind me.
I calmed down a little bit, but sheep still have an impressive set of gnashers so I kept running as hard as I could. My training paid off because I was able to outrun the sheep which eventually gave up the pursuit and went back to nibbling grass on the side of the road. Phew!
In unrelated news, I’m really enjoying working with my personal trainer Renee at Anytime Fitness in Falcon. She is helping me put together a strength a program that I can carry on with at my local gym back in Japan. She is also a long distance runner so she knows what needs to be done. So far we have been working on 30 minute sessions that are a mixture of super sets and intensity workouts to target different muscle groups. She has given me sets of exercises using just basic gear because the Naka Ward gym doesn’t have a lot of fancy machines but is well stocked on general lifting gear. By the time I go back to Japan, I should be set!