RISKY RUNNING: What to do if you’re caught in bad situation

TAMPA (WFLA) – Whether you’re just getting some fresh air or training for a big race, running is a great way to stay in shape. Sadly, it can also put you at risk.

For many people who run, it becomes a way of life. That is how it is for husband and wife, Cody and Janna Angell. They own St. Pete Running Company.

Janna Angell has found herself out running and quickly in a situation she didn’t feel comfortable in.

“One time a gentleman just came up and started running beside me. Fortunately, I was close to the police station. I just turned my direction and ran toward some place I knew was going to be safe,” said Janna Angell.

“It is easy to use running as the escape. We like to be in our own little world, and just ignore their environment all together, but really that is probably the most dangerous things,” said St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Mitch Detty.

He has worked for the St. Petersburg Police Department for more than a decade; he has been an avid runner for even longer. He points out things most people are doing wrong when they hit the pavement.

“When we are running I know it is hard to look behind us. It is something we so rarely do, but do it occasionally. As you see someone coming up to you, make eye contact try to take a look at the person and let them know you see them.  I see a lot of people wearing head phones, probably the best thing to do is take one of the buds out,” said Detty.

MORE: 8 tips to keep you safe while running

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s