I run VERY early in the morning, before the sun comes up. I have never really been afraid of running in the dark, even though I have had my fair share of "shady" (haha, pun) experiences. Let me retell the first time I was afraid while running. It was back in the fall and I was on an easy run on my regular 7 mile loop. I ran past the hospital and a bunch of police cars were blocking the road. One of them motioned me over and said that a convict had escaped and I needed to "watch out for a man in an orange jumpsuit." Alrighy then, I ran on. Well, I started having this paranoid feeling as I finished my run. Every house I ran by, I thought I heard the bushes moving. SCARY! Before I knew it, I was sprinting it back to the car. How's that for a tempo run? After that my dad purchased me some pepper spray on a wrist strap. Move forward to this morning's experience.
Since then I have misplaced the pepper spray. I thought it was in my car, but it's not. It is gone. So today I was running in easy pace when out of nowhere appeared a man on a bike in CAMO, riding on the sidewalk. This scared the absolute CRAP out of me. I leaped onto the road and picked up the pace a bit. I had this fear of him following me, so I kept looking back to see if he had turned around. He had not. This was the first pedestrian/cyclist I had seen during an early morning run EVER. Less than a 1/4 of a mile later I saw ANOTHER man. What in the world is going on? Why are all these crazy men out? I picked up the pace even more until I was going much faster than my normal tempo pace. Keep in mind I am supposed to be in recovery phase. I ran about 1/2 a mile more in this pace until I was sure I was not being followed. This incident made me wonder- Would pepper spray protect me if I had it? Could these people hurt me? I will probably never know, but I am looking for some new pepper spray ASAP.