Sometimes when I run early in the morning, things scare me. Usually silly little things, like leaves swirling behind me or squirrels making really loud noises in the trees. Sometimes bigger things like raccoons and cats or the occasional dog in a yard. However, until today, I never really thought of the fact that I might be something scary too.
A while ago I was running in the dark with Jonny in the stroller. I was wearing my headlamp and as it shines on the path, it also picks up the reflective piping on the stroller so that as we run there is the main light bobbing back and forth (because I can't keep my head still) with two stripes of reflective light running down below. I came across a couple of kids (by kids I mean probably in their early 20's, since I'm 30, I can call early 20ers kids) walking towards me. As I passed them I heard the girl say "Holy Sh*t! I had no idea what was coming at us!" I chuckled to myself but didn't think much of it at the time.
Well, today on my early morning run, in the dark, again wearing the headlamp with Jonny in the stroller, I came up behind a couple of ladies running with their dogs. Shortly before I approached them they stopped in order for their dogs to "have a break" and so I didn't say anything about approaching as they were no longer on the sidewalk. I guess they didn't see me though until I was almost on them because right before I passed one lady yelled to the other one "Oh my gosh! LOOK OUT!" The second lady then jumped about a million feet in the air, kind of squealed and yanked on her dog so hard that it jumped too. I really felt kind of bad and as I passed told them that I was truly sorry, I wasn't trying to scare them. I really hadn't considered the fact that little old me and my jogging stroller were something to be afraid of. I guess maybe in the dark we do look a little like the angler fish from Finding Nemo:
Look out... I'll lure you in with my little blue light and then when it's too late to move, we'll get ya!