I come in peace!!
September 2, 2010 12:11 PM Subscribe
I have been working out a lot at night, on a semi-deserted stretch of walking path. I occasionally pass women (I'm a dude). What can I do to not come off creepy?
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As it's been getting dark earlier, my workouts have taken place, more often than not, when it's dark out. I run along a 4 mile stretch of concrete that is a walking path/bike path. It's well lit, and runs right alongside a road in a (mostly) very safe neighborhood. The last mile gets a little more sketchy neighborhood-wise, but not much.
Often, I'll pass by women going either direction. I am aware that we are alone and that I am a guy, and that they might feel threatened. How can I help put them at ease that I'm not going to attack them? I've crossed over to the other side of the path, often will look down as I pass, and not make eye contact. I'm plugged into an iPod (they are as well, usually), so if I do say something, it's not more than a quick "hey." But often, I feel like that's even too much, and I just pass by.
What else can I do to put them at ease? Should I nod with a friendly smile? Also, if I am completely overthinking this, let me know! I was just out running last night and I thought I'd throw it out on the green and see what comes up.