Just a reminder to all us ladies who run alone.
I was out doing a steady 5k today. Just into my last K and I rounded a corner where a youngish man was standing at a bus stop a few metres ahead. When he saw me running towards him, he suddenly set off running himself in the same direction. He maintained a steady pace ahead of me, but kept turning round to check I was still behind him. He wasn't wearing running attire btw.
I felt a little unnerved by this, so crossed to the other side of the road - he followed suit. At this stage of my run I normally turn into a side road which eventually leads to a short rural footpath which brings me back round to home. As the weirdo was ahead of me and not looking round at that point, I dodged down the side road hoping he wouldn't notice.
I ran for a couple more minutes when my Garmin bleeped 5k so I slowed to a walk - at this stage I turned round to see him coming up the lane behind me.
By now I actually felt a bit frightened rather than just irritated and was relieved to see a couple walking their dog just ahead. I upped my pace a bit and walked immediately behind them for my cool down - next time I looked, he had turned round and was was walking away.
Scary stuff - keep safe out there girls xxx