...you are house shopping and you google map to find running routes near each house before you agree to go see it!
Yes, that is what I did. After my birth into the amazing world of ultra trail running (before which I never was truly alive or a runner!), we went to see seven houses in Virginia. My hubbs is
looking at certain he will get a new job in the VA area. So house shopping we went. The plan has been for him to first go see loads of houses and slim the list down for the family to go see. Of course, what better day to do it than the day after my first ultra?!
I loved three of the houses we saw. Hubbs and I agreed on two of the houses and middle one only liked one. And I seriously did consider where I would be running. I am not a runner who likes to drive to some place to run. I want to walk out my front door and have running options. Safe running options. Let's remember that I often run with the jogging stroller so that is a factor in what is safe enough.
Another thing I did was check out the neighbors. Where our PA home is this is not a concern. I know nearly everyone who lives within 25 miles of me. However, I was a bit scared when I checked and saw that there were 47 hits for "predators" in the area around two of the houses. (versus zero hits at our PA home)
I do understand that there are people who are convicted or accused of a crime and will never offend again. I also realize that there are people who were in a situation such as a 20 year old boy who is accused by his 17 year old girlfriend.
BUT. That is not what I am worried about.
I am worried because I won't know which ones to worry about.
This may seem off topic considering I have been all high about my ultra running lately but it really is something I think about. I am a creature of habit. "Bad" people use that against you.
So I am looking for some words of advice or wisdom from those of you who have moved and run or have children and have faced these same concerns.
What did you do prior to choosing a location/house?
Did you allow the move to change your daily behaviors?
Have you ever google predators in your neighborhood? Were you surprised by what you learned?
On the running front: I ran 3.5 this morning (with no concern of crazies). I made some friends at this trail race and I am already looking forward to finding the next trail race with their experience and guidance. Running people are just the nicest folks ever! Oh wait, you are all runners too. No wonder I like you all so much!
Incase you were wondering about my toenails, I got them drained. Yeah, I just stuck a needle under the toenail. Me = crazy or brave? You choose!