Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekly Wrap: What Would You Do?

Another week of 2016 gone - they seem to be going faster and faster!  Nothing significant to report, got my runs in and continuing to feel better and more recovered post marathon.  I've actually been feeling pretty strong on my long runs, which has been pleasantly surprising since I've been running on the harder (i.e. hilly) path.  So something happened yesterday during my long run that caused me to reflect for the rest of the run, and I thought I would put it out there as a "what would you do."
Okay, so here it goes.  Part of the path is mixed use, meaning cards can drive on it (though I've never seen one until yesterday).  A guy I don't know flagged me down.  So what would you do?  Would you stop and see what he needed or would you keep running?  On the one hand, I was on a long run (not trying to nail a particular pace), am naturally gregarious and nurturing, and want people to have good opinions of runners.  On the other hand, I was alone, there was no one in sight, and the world can be a crazy place.
Without thinking much, I stopped and provided the lost guy directions.  Nothing bad happened and I got in a great 8 mile run, but it really made me stop and consider if I was right or if didn't follow the "stranger danger" law ingrained in me as a child.  So what would you have done?
This week I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin, fresh from their great time at the Panama City Beach Half Marathon!

What do you do to stay safe on runs?

18 comments:

  1. I always stop and help folks, but I am not you. I feel it is your best judgement in this type of situation. This may sound sexist, but lady's need to be way more cautious than dudes.

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    1. I don't think that is sexist at all. Everyone has to be careful and despite my desire to help people (just like you), I had to stop and question whether what I did was actually smart!

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  2. Oh this is a tough one. I stopped to give directions one time BUT, I was running on a sidewalk in town and it was a lady who stopped me.

    If I was on a back road like the path you describe, I would like to say I would pretend I didn't notice him and keep running, but I suppose a car pulling up beside you is hard to Not notice. I guess as long as you kept your distance (don't stand to close to the car) you "maybe" would be okay. See I am just so skeptical.( I watch too much Dateline and 20/20). Do you carry pepper spray? So to answer your question, I don't know what I would do...lol

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    1. I think you're right to be skeptical! I think I was probably not cautious enough. I just didn't think about it until after the fact. I used to carry pepper spray with me when I lived in Chicago - might have to bring it out again. Good thought!

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  3. In the abstract I would say, ignore them - we've had incidents of people being abducted from cars that stop and ask for directions - but in the moment, I probably would go with my gut and hopefully not regret it later. Glad being kind worked out for you!

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    1. Oh yikes, that's really scary! I may have to practice the "pretend like all you're doing is waving at me so I'll just wave back and keep running." Thankfully nothing bad happened this time, but we can't be too careful!

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  4. Wow, that's a tough call on what to do. Safety says, "Don't stop!" but my gut would probably want to offer help. UGH. It's crazy and so sad that we have to always be on alert.

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    1. It's so tough right? We want to be helpful and I feel like so many of us are such social people. You're right that it's sad. That a few people out there could potentially cause the majority to act in a less than friendly way.

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  5. Girl!! I watch ID channel...I would have stopped to help but from a far enough distance so that I could run if I had too...lol!!! Stranger Danger is real for grown ups too.

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    1. Haha you're right! I've watched enough episodes of Forensic Files that I probably should know better. Hopefully I stayed far enough away - we talked through the passenger side, but I suppose he could have easily driven after me if his intentions were bad ... yikes!

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  6. I think you need to assess the situation and go by your gut. This one's tricky since it's a secluded area, and the trails I use are pedestrian and cyclists only.

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    1. You're right and I've NEVER seen a car on that little stretch of path before. I mean clearly he was lost because there is no reason for cars to be up there. Now, it would have SERIOUSLY freaked me out if it had not been in the middle of the day. Whole other ballgame!

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  7. That is just so creepy when people flag me down--I don't want to stop or give directions. You just never know.

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    1. I agree. I hate to be anti-social ... and would want someone to stop and help me if I needed it ... but you're right, you just never know. I should probably be more careful.

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  8. Well I am so very glad it worked out in your favor. I'm not sure what I would do, it's not like you could ignore them being the only two on the path! I think you did the right thing. Thanks so much for linking up with us, yes I'm still in girls weekend hangover mode and trying to get back to reality! The struggle is real! Have a great one!

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    1. In the moment it sure didn't feel like there was another option! I'm glad it turned out okay, but thought I'd put it to the wonderful community to see whether I was being just plain crazy! Thanks for hosting and good luck with that hangover! Looked like you ladies had an absolutely epic time! Was so much fun keeping up with your pictures on Twitter :)

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  9. I would say don't stop. Most folks these days have phone apps that will easily provide any directions they would need. Leaving a race just recently, a dude knocked on my window after I got in the car and I stupidly let the window down. Turns out he was homeless and wanting money. But it shook me up a little. Thanks for linking, Lindsay! Be safe out there.

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    1. Thanks! It's so hard to know. Honestly, it would really freak me out to have someone tap on my window because I'd feel trapped somehow. I guess we all just need to appreciate that this world can be a crazy place and not lose sight of it. Thanks for the advice and for hosting!

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