Have you ever stood on a train platform, waiting for a train (obviously!) and had a fleeting thought or fear that someone might push you onto the track when the train arrives? Well, I get thoughts like that sometimes; little thoughts that come from nowhere about random people at random times. It’s happening when I run now, so I thought I would ask the question and see what other runners think. It would be reassuring to know it happens to others too!
I live in a city, and I run in the city, along a sidewalk/footpath that can be narrow in parts. It means I usually pass people as I run, either people moving in the same direction as me or people moving towards me.
So why do I get a little paranoid sometimes? Or maybe paranoid is the wrong word. It’s not like I’m afraid or that I believe anything is going to happen, I tend to laugh at myself and just carry on (sticking to the inside of the sidewalk of course!). But whatever it is, these are the kinds of thoughts that go through my head:
That person could easily just stick out his arm and push me into oncoming traffic!
1 km later:
That person could casually stick a foot out and trip me up!
At the end of my run:
That person could rip my armband off and steal my phone! They probably know I’m too tired to chase after them!
Sooooo…that’s just a little sample of the kinds of thoughts that cross my mind. I don’t know what it means, or if it means anything! Should I be worried or can I keep laughing it off? If you do identify with me on this, please leave a comment so I know I’m not alone!