Thursday, March 5, 2009

I was just out for a stroll...

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An interesting thing happened to me as I was out for an afternoon "stroll."

So I'm in week two of training for Team Challenge.

I am so blessed to say I have raised $550 in just over 48 hours. (BTW, you can still donate to the cause by clicking here!)

I am slowly increasing my mileage. I am at just under 2 miles now. And a month ago, I thought that would never happen.

Amara has dance class after school on Wednesdays. Trying to squeeze in a run anytime I can in my manic mommy schedule, I decided to dress in my running regalia. I dropped off Amara, parked the Mom-mobile, and took off like the wind.

I was running along a busy industrial parkway. Cars were whizzing by me left and right. But everyone was courteous and shared the road.

At about a mile and half into my journey, I could sense a vehicle slowing down behind me. I quickly realized the car was not going to pass.

The car was literally inches from my backside.

I thought, "Oh my gosh, I'm going to be kidnapped and raped and killed."

I left my ID, my car keys, and Blackberry in the car, so I had no way of calling for help.

I was in between two companies and in the midst of a wooded area.

My mind was racing.

I could hear the vehicle's window rolling down. This is it, I thought to myself.

And that's when my girlfriend yelled out a huge "hello!"

Phew!

But that got me thinking.

There is beautiful nature center in my neighborhood. But I rarely go alone.

I enjoy the peaceful feeling that surrounds you there. But unless a friend or Dad2Amara come with me, I never take Amara into the preserve.

Maybe it's the industry I work with that makes me skeptical. Maybe I'm paranoid. But I'm afraid something horrible will happen.

So I guess it doesn't come as too much of a surprise that I was frightened during my run.

How do women stay safe?

I used to carry Mace with me when I lived alone in Chicago. But now, as Mom2Amara, I don't want it in the house. I don't want her to get a hold of it.

I could carry a whistle with me. But on the busy parkway in between large factories, there's no way anyone would have heard my cries for help.

Am I overreacting?

Is there something I can do to stay safe?

Anyone have any tips?

3 comments :

  1. I know the feeling! I love nature, and I would love to go on more hikes and walks, but I am paranoid too! Especially because you do hear about joggers and walkers going missing or getting attacked! Its a sad thing, isn't it, about our world these days...

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  2. We have much better running routes in my neighborhood! Well marked bike lanes. You should run over here. (And pick me up on the way!)

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  3. What about running with the dog? - Jaci

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