Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

I’m so Cool


The temperatures have certainly tempered and I have realized that I don’t mind running in the rain. I used to avoid it, but I’m feeling the love right now, so much so that I ran twice in a row in the rain. The second day it started to pour so hard that we (me and Kobi) had to take shelter under the trees as it was hurting Kobi’s little eyes (she doesn’t wear a hat like I do). My shoes are still a mess from that run as the mud was unbelievable after the down-poor. Good thing I have several spares.

sun and rain clouds

One of my rainy day shots, cool sun laser beam effect or aliens

The rest of the time we’ve just been running to the lake, often twice in a row for Kobi’s sake. She wants to live at a lake.

dog watching loons

Kobi enjoying the loons

The last time at the lake, while Kobi was watching the wildlife, one of these flew towards me (recall my love of these flying beetles of terror).

Long horned wood borer

Notice the hooks on its feet? They really hold on.

I did some pretty cool kung fu/jujitsu arm maneuvers which were very very frightening (even to insects) so I was pretty sure it had flown on by.

A short while later, while I was enjoying the view with Kobi, I felt something on my neck. I did what any well-trained ninja master would do, I screamed, loud and high-pitched. Then I grabbed at the crawly thing on my neck and flung it as far as it could be flung, which was about 2 feet.

Of course there was someone at the lake so they saw my kung fu and heard my not-so-ninja-scream (and probably laughed).  I am so cool.

In case you’re worried about the long-horned-wood-boring-beetle-of-terror, it seemed fine and just crawled around on the ground after the fling. Me and Kobi proceeded to run home without any additional insect run-ins.

Don’t you think those beetles of terror are horribly frightening?  Ever screamed in front of a stranger before (over a bug)?  Does your dog like the lake – wait a minute, what dog doesn’t like the lake? 

And here is a random photo of my adorable kittens (enjoying the clean laundry). 




Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

14 thoughts on “I’m so Cool

  1. Oh my goodness, I would die if I ever saw that. You handled it far better than I would. I hate insects like that.

    • They are super scary aren’t they? I don’t feel like I handled it very well as I still screamed and freaked out. I’ve been trying to keep my cool around those flying beetles, but it just hasn’t been happening.

  2. Such a scary beetle – no thank you!!

  3. Haha, I’m sure you judo-chopped that beetle good! My fave comedian – Brian Regan – does a bit about walking into a spider web. He says nobody else sees that, they just see how someone just all the sudden started freaking out and flailing their arms about! Haha!

    • I thought I did a pretty good job judoing! The fling was likely the funniest. I can totally see that comedians routine. It is hilarious to watch someone else dealing with a spider web or scary insect because you never see the insect or spider web, just this crazy person freaking out.

  4. Lakes, swamps, mud puddles, you name it… My dogs are game. Those are the best places to find horrifying gross bugs, too!! Yikes!

    • That’s the same as Kobi, if there’s water, she’s in it and she doesn’t care what the source. Although, she loves lakes best I think, she still won’t pass any water up. Have you seen those giant water beetles? Now those are horrifying!!

  5. Your dog is soo cute! I totally spaz out if I feel a bug on me! Those beetles are scary!

    • She is cute isn’t she? Very very spoiled. I’m glad I’m not alone in regards to spazzing when you feel a bug on you. You should see the spiders that are around this year too. I have shivers thinking about them.

  6. First off, your kittens are so cute! As is your dog. But I’m sure you know that 🙂 And I agree 100%…those beetles are HORRIFYING! I saw them often when I lived in the interior. I was a server on a patio and a few times I screamed and flailed around in front of customers when they flew at me. Very uncool.

    • They are cute aren’t they? Flailing is the move most folks make when they see those things flying at them. I would’ve been fired as a server as I likely would be dropping plates of food and drinks everywhere if I saw one if this bugs coming for me.

  7. Less pictures of beetles! More pictures of kittens!

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