Be Careful Out There
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
My Spark email this morning contained a link to an article about Inspirational Workout Songs. I agree that music has the power to motivate us. I would even choose my fitness classes partly on the type of music the instructor used.
However, the photo with the article showed a man and a woman running outside.
I left a comment about the importance of being aware of your surroundings and decided that after my run I would share in my blog a scary experience of my daughter’s.
Little did I know that I would return from my run with an experience of my own.
I didn’t get very far when I heard a soft “jingling” sound approaching from behind.
I turned around to see a small dog running at high speed.
OK, the dog was small, but I remembered him. Last winter he jumped up on me and ripped a hole in my new tights. Now I was in shorts, it would be my skin messed up this time. Fortunately, I heard him coming and was able to react.
My aggressive attitude slowed him down and he darted across the street to “greet” a large black lab being walked on a leash. Cars fortunately stopped, but the lab reacted defensively. Now the lab’s owner was yelling at the dog too. She told me where the owner lived.
We walked over there together. The dog followed and I told the owner about my tights and that he should keep his dog contained.
Now back to my daughter’s story.
When she was a college freshman she was out for a Sunday morning run. A man came up behind her and grabbed her. She elbowed him off and ran to a Seven-Eleven store where she found a police car. She rode with them and they got the guy.
So yes, music is motivating and inspirational, but consider the effect of not being able to hear a mugger, a dog, or even the warning bell of a bicycle before it’s too late.
Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them, until it does. Be fit but stay safe.