hi guys, Something really scary happened on my run this morning. I run in a relatively safe neighborhood in Houston. I sometimes run with a partner, but he is out for a few weeks with an injury. My husband has drilled into my head that "if I must" run alone (at 4 am) then I should carry mace/ pepper spray, which, thank goodness, I did.
I was doing a 6 mile speedwork run (turned out faster that I planned), after my turnaround, a guy came up behind me and said, "freeze, don't move!" It's really dark at 4 am, there is some lighting, but not enough to see clearly, so at first I thought it was just another runner or a biker messing around, but when I turned around, the guy was NOT a runner and was on the grass, in an "aggressive" stance. In slow motion, I looked at the mace in my hand and pointed and shot, then turned around and hauled A$$. I ran into some friends headed towards me, and said something like, "there's a bad man back there..." We watched him running away, and he was running fast.
I would like to think that it was just random, and that he hadn't been watching me for the past few weeks running on my own...and of course, I am SOOOO grateful b/c it could have been SOOO much worse.
So now, besides being freaked out, I am really mad b/c I don't feel safe running "my route"...I will prbably have to change my whole training schedule around this... and let me tell you, running anytime after the sun comes out in Houston is torture. My husband gave me a big helping of "I told you so" which, in itself is bad enough,. but now to justify my obsession and the need to do it in the dark will be that much harder...now I'm rambling, just need the therapy, I guess. Any ideas?