I had the dumbest run this morning. I’m so annoyed. I started out on a 3-mile route that I know well, and saw someone I had never seen before (*gasp*), and completely panicked.
Here’s what happened: I passed a male runner, thought nothing of it. Got to the end of the street where I turn around, and when I turned, I saw him again and he headed to a side road. No big deal. But as soon as I passed the side road, I saw him stopped and/or walking toward me. My rational self realized he was probably just walking after his run to cool down like I do after every run, and what every runner does after every run. But instead, my irrational brain kicked on and I completely freaked out. I locked and loaded my mace, ripped my phone off of my arm, and dialed 911. I abandoned the rest of my route, and once I had a familiar person within eyesight I calmed down. In this case it was an elderly Chinese woman who walks every day in my neighborhood. Not that she would save me, but she would be a witness if anything happened!
After “fight or flight” turned off, I continued my run and winged a new route. I ran past my house twice. Thankfully today was tempo day, and I certainly got my speed work done in the middle, but I never sufficiently slowed down after “the incident.”
It was all so juvenile. (Kicking self in butt for being ridiculous.)
So my questions for you are:
1. Was I being paranoid or rightfully cautious?
2. Have you ever panicked during a run for no reason other than paranoia?
3. Any advice on how to enjoy a run without being on edge over silliness all the time?
PS Your answer may be featured on an upcoming runner safety post. 🙂
In less terrifying news, I have a coupon code to share! Today is normally review day but I don’t have anything I feel like reviewing (I actually have a tank and some new capris I want to review for you but they are too new — haven’t broken them in enough yet!). But I did come across this awesome website that sells apparel with empowering messages. Check out Chase Infinite apparel. “Strong Women Empower Women” and “She Will Endure All Things” are among the great items available.
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Have a great day, and happy running!
Was I being paranoid or rightfully cautious about my run this morning?
Have you ever panicked during a run for no reason other than paranoia?