Any suggestions for how I can "be safe"? I'm obviously being extremely alert and if I see anything or anyone that looks suspicious I'm running the other way. The homeless man was about 18 years old, huddled in blankets, and in center city with tons of ppl all around.
Do you think I shouldn't run in the city? Just wondering what to do, no attitude here.
It's funny what being safe can mean to different people. I feel safe (stupidly or not) hiking alone in the woods and taking moderate risks climbing rocks and going along narrow trails with steep drop offs to either side. And yet, this summer in London with my sister, I was totally freaked by what looked like a drug buy going down in a car window on a street corner and my sister was completely blase about it saying if we didn't bother them they wouldn't bother us. And my other sister thinks I'm nuts for risking tick bites by going in the woods, but she is totally comfortable around large heavy machinery that I am very cautious of. And don't get me started about dogs and other animals - I must bring out the worst in them since I've been bitten badly once by a horse and three times by dogs. So, being safe is a tricky thing. I know Sandy A carries pepper spray when she runs alone; I used to but haven't for a while. Couldn't tell you why.
And I applaud your generosity with the homeless person. It does not scream "sucker", but rather "caring".
Just being Dad here . . . permitted to worry needlessly. I don't know anything about pepper spray on humans - might just make them mad. On dogs - OK for sure. I'm thinking that it's safer in Winter to run alone, dunno about a nice day in Summer. Bitten by a horse? Wow - a novel in it, for sure.
I run with pepper spray, thankfully have never needed it, on dogs or humans. Agree with Sandy about the homeless guy.
I'm thinking about getting a really loud whistle. This is what my sister Lauren recommends...