And now, for something completely different.
I don’t know how many people read this thing, but I have to write about something that recently happened to me in hopes that other people will benefit from my story.
I love to run outside. I love it. I have always loved it. The following experience will not keep me from continuing to run outside, but it will make me even more alert than I was before.
My workout was 6 x 1 minute hill sprints. It was simple to remember, but a challenge to actually do it. Hill sprints are hard, folks! I have learned to love them though, because if you want to get in shape fast, hill sprints are the way to go. I have heard them called the “poor man’s weight room”.
Anyway…I digress. Back to my story. Halfway through my workout, before my 4th hill sprint, a truck that contained two guys and what looked like construction equipment drove by me and the guys said something that I could not decipher. They pulled over about 30 yards in front of me, and I did not have a good feeling about having to run past them during my next hill sprint. I crossed to the opposite side of the road, and they drove away. Super freakin’ creepy.
I am telling this story as a reminder to do four things if you are outside exercising:
1) Make sure you tell someone your exercise route before you leave home.
2) Listen to your intuition. If you have a bad feeling or hunch about anyone, listen to that and get as far away from them as you can.
3) If the sketchy folks are in a car and behaving strangely, get the make and model of their car as well as a license plate number.
4) Do not listen to any inner shame voice telling you that you are being mean or paranoid.
In other words, be safe and have fun out there! *Getting off my soap box now*