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What Lone Runners/Walkers Need

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yesterday,my exercise regimen was interrupted by an incident that had me shaking. As I live on the periphery of town, houses are separated one from the other. Just taking out the trash is exercise in itself, because our house sits far from the road. The norm out here is friendly, smiling faces, but yesterday noone was around when I took the dogs out for their morning walk, and I was greeted by something sinister -- namely, a man following my every motion, first with his eyes and, then, very purposefully with his car. (He actually had to make a u-turn.) I yanked the dogs' leashes and sprinted toward the neighbors woods. As I ran, my periphery vision took hold and it was apparent to me by the slowing of his car, that he was up to no good. I was far into the woods, and rather than follow on foot, he gave up.
The only good part of this is that I was scared skinny, but it also inspired new goals:

*I will buy mace.
*I will not be on the road without my Smart phone -- ever.
*I will try to organize a neighborhood running/walking group.

I also have a suggestion for other runners and walkers: There are apps available for those with Smart phones expressly for emergencies. The two I have are "IHelp" and "Ice," but there are others available in the app store. Paramedics claim that the information they get from these types of apps helps them greatly.

As for me, I am happy God endowed me with a sixth sense.

That stupid man cost me more than a day of happiness; I ended up at the mall. If I knew his address, I'd send him the bill.
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CHANGINGHORSES 5/22/2013 5:21PM

    I'm glad that you had enough gumption to listen to your instincts, right or wrong, you did what felt best for you. That is one reason that I never listen to music when I walk or run. I want to be fully aware of my surroundings. The dogs are a good deterrent usually for any creeps.
Another thing that I have done is call someone immediately and talk to them and tell them what is going on and all the pertinent info like where I am and if you lose me send help right away. I have had to talk my way through a couple of incidents and none of them amounted to a hill of beans, but it made me feel better. Once I feel like I am in the clear, I carry on with my walk/run.
I really do not want to live my life in fear and hide. Generally speaking, it is not necessary. We need to practice certain precautions and use common sense for our own safety, but we can enjoy our freedom in the great outdoors.
Once I had to make the phone call because of a bear and I crossing paths while I was out running. That was interesting but it seemed in the end that the bear really didn't even care about me. I was more afraid of it. I have been doing things by myself for years and I can only remember 3 times that I felt uneasy and had to call someone. That is a pretty good record I think.
I hope that you do not let this stop you from enjoying your outdoor exercise.

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MOMTOMONKEYS2 5/22/2013 4:32PM

    I work with law enforcement and we recently had this happen in our community. The runner called the police who in turn had a chat with the individual who was acting creepy. You should call and make a report to the police with any identifying information you have (make of car, license plate #, physical description). It is good for law enforcement to have a heads up that someone is perpetrating this behavior.

I'm glad your safe emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 5/22/2013 3:59PM

    How scary! You were smart to head to the neighbor's house. I'm so glad that you are okay!

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PMRUNNER 5/22/2013 2:11PM

    Glad to hear that you are OK! Sorry to hear that you had to go through that. Stay safe!

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LEWILL1982 5/22/2013 12:35PM

    Wow! Scary, it's so important to be aware of our surroundings. Sorry, you took your stress out on the mall, better than the fridge I suppose. :-)

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LEWILL1982 5/22/2013 12:34PM

    Wow! Scary, it's so important to be aware of our surroundings. Sorry, you took your stress out on the mall, better than the fridge I suppose. :-)

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OBIESMOM2 5/22/2013 9:55AM

    emoticon
dad gave me a canister of mace that straps to my hand. I promised him I would carry it, and I do (unless there are TONS of folks out and about).

very good that you are AWARE of what's going on. Too many people are oblivious and end up victims because of it.

I will tell you a story to give you a smile:
the company I work for tends to open offices in smaller towns. They like for the main business person to be in an area where they are very well known; often that's the little home town where they grew up.
One of the folks had moved back to her hometown and opened her office. She's a runner. She went out for her run before sunrise and noticed this car was right with her, slowing, speeding up, slowing again. She got spooked and ran into a neighbor's carport. The car passed and went on their way.
The next moring, the same thing happened! This time she got the tag info & asked one of the local cops to run it.
uh...newspaper delivery emoticon

on a serious note, I hope if you see this guy again, you can get the tag & description of the vehicle for the cops to check out.

glad you are safe.

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SKATER787 5/22/2013 9:49AM

    Sorry to hear that. With so many creeps around, I'd get at least one real dog like a German Shepard, preferably two if the trail is that isolated. Otherwise, it's treadmill time and staying home. Just a thought.

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AKATHLEEN54 5/22/2013 9:31AM

    I am so sorry for that. It is so scary walking alone sometimes. The majority of time I walk I am alone except for my dog. I primarily walk at a state park so there are usually plenty of friendly people around. Occasionally, when all is quiet and I hear a rustling in the woods or "think" I see something in my peripheral vision a chill runs down my spine. For all intents and purposes I have my dog, who I hope if need be, would jump on any non-welcomed passerby. But I have spent so much time training him no to jump I'm honestly not sure how he would react even if the situation called for action. I always bring my phone with me, but unfortunately is a dinosaur and I cannot add an app. Maybe a small can of mace is not a bad idea. I find that often I am too trusting of people.
I am glad everything worked out in your favor, but you can never be to careful and not doubt it did ruin a perfect day for you, leaving you feeling shaken and insecure. You do have a good plan though. emoticon

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