One of my favorite runs is a route that is close to home. It’s just shy of 6 miles. Once I get out of my neighborhood and go through another, I am on a paved trail along a creek. Aside from seeing a few other runners/walkers, most of the time I am pretty isolated. The rest of the route goes down a fairly busy street, past a fire station (bummer right?!) through a couple of neighborhoods and back through my neighborhood to home. I have heard from fellow runners the trail along the creek has its share of risk related to having not so nice inebriated creepers. But I have only encountered one while running my 50+ miles there. Thankfully being inebriated and running doesn’t pair well together so I don’t worry too much.
The other day I left for a run way later than I normally would, or should for that matter. After I left I knew I wouldn’t make it home before dark, but I figured I could at least make it past the creek trail part. Yeah well, not so much. It got dark. Not just dark. No streetlights, I could barely see the trail in front of me dark. I started to panic imagining all sorts of scenarios that all ended in me not making it home. But no one can get to where I was to pick me up, so I had no choice but to either walk (but that would take longer!) or run like hell. Thankfully I’ve run there enough to know I need to stay in the middle or I either tumble-down into the creek or into a ditch. And with only a couple overwhelmingly anxious moments when I honestly felt the Boogyman breathing down my neck, I made it. I have ever been so grateful to get to the busy street and car exhaust has never smelled so good. Needless to say, despite being satisfied with my mile time, I was a little peeved with myself. I could have fallen and hurt myself or worse. I don’t know what I was thinking. I will not be doing that again. But the whole experience got me thinking about taking risks. What I am willing to risk and for what? Or maybe this is what it means to turn 40? More on that another time. I am off to go for a run before dark!
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!