It may be autumn, and with temperatures in single figures, but yesterday I picked up another tick. I wasn't running yesterday, but cross-training with a cycle ride. I stopped off to walk in a wood, to look for geocaches and explore some old WW2 buildings, and I presume this is when I picked up the hitch-hiker. I was wearing capri pants and didn't have any insect repellent on my legs. In the summer I never went out hiking in the hills or the local woods without Mosi-guard on my legs even when wearing trousers, but thought we'd be safe now.
I didn't spot the tick until this morning and had to perform contortions to remove it from my lower leg. Each time I stretched and twisted my leg to get at it, my muscle started to cramp and I had to straighten my leg again! Finally I got the beggar.
Having contracted Lyme disease from an infected tick this time last year, I'm very wary of the things and will go back to using the insect repellent for now.