Remember to Run "Safe"
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I had an interesting encounter this morning on my run and just wanted to remind others to be careful and aware of your surroundings at all times. Fortunately nothing bad happened, but you never know.
I'm a little crazy and run in the wee hours of the morning, 3:15-3:30 am during the week. I have to leave for work early and get the kiddos all dressed, fed and off to the sitters, which leaves me the early mornings to exercise by myself. Normally when I run, it is just me, the dog and the paper delivery guy (sometimes a cop on patrol, too). Because of the early time of day and being by myself, I conceal carry while I run. I never want to use it, but I also do not want to end up on the evening news. I have always played the "what if" scenarios in my head and hoped that if I ever was threatened I would be able to calmly react.
Well, this morning tested my "what ifs". It was about 3:25 and I headed out the door with dog for a three miler. I turned onto the first street and noticed a group of 5-7 guys approximately late teens/early 20s tuning off of the next side street and coming toward me. They were all dressed in black with hoods up coming down my side of the street. I calmly crossed to the other side, took the dog controller out of my right hand, hung it off of my left wrist, loosened the leash from around my left hand and moved my right hand to my cc pouch. As I passed them, they kept saying "looking good, looking real good". I quickened my pace and made sure I was not followed and finished my run.
During my cool down walk, I noticed a spot light flashing between houses. A cop a street over was shining his spot light from his squad car, I assume looking for them. After the cop had passed, a bottle rocket shot off not to far from me. While getting the kids ready I noticed other squad cars driving through our neighborhood. I called the non-emergency police number and reported what I saw.
I have no clue what these boys were up to, at 3:30 in the morning on a school night, but they were coming off of a construction site when I saw them. Maybe they were partying and just heading home or....?
The point of all of this, is just be careful when you are out there all by yourself. It is better to play out all of your options before hand than to become a statistic. I am in not advocating using deadly force, but use your head. Know who's houses have someone up when you are out that you could knock on their door if need be; don't run with music or keep it at a low level so you know who is approaching (or hear cars coming); carry pepper spray for the occasional rogue dog or God forbid something else (Road Runner sells pepper spray that velcros around your hand - you hardly know it is there); or if you are like me and have a concealed carry permit, get yourself a running holster (quite comfortable actually).
Be safe out there!