I have recently met an experienced Marathon runner through work. A new employee, part of the team I manage, I have now met this man three or four times. Although our conversations always begin about work, they always end about running.
It has been great to chat about all things running, although we are in very different leagues. More than once, this man has invited me to go running together.
At first, I was excited. Another runner! Someone to run with, get help from and share my interest with. At one point I even began a text message to organise such a meet up.
However, I never sent it. It suddenly hit me that in my enthusiasm, and his, I forgot something vital, that this man is a virtual stranger to me. Yes, I have seen him at work and read his CV, but I don’t know if the things written there are actually true.
I was about to meet a strange man, run until I was tired, in a rural location. When you look at it like that, it seems a pretty daft thing to do.
Now, I am perfectly aware this guy may be totally genuine and I really hope he is. I have other reasons for being reluctant to run with him, such as being his boss, but when I get to know him better I hope we can go for a run. My point is, how easy it was to get swept up in my enthusiasm and ignore the obvious safety risk. As runners we often put ourselves in dangerous situations, out running alone over long distances, often in the dark, very early without letting others know where we are going.
What do you do to stay safe? Does it even occur to you? Do you think I am over reacting, being paranoid even?