There aren’t enough words to describe my emotions lately. Humbled, grateful, lucky, loved come to mind. I never, ever, in a million years expected this story to touch so many people or get so big. I simply wanted to share what happened and to make sure my running friends in Mobile knew to be on the lookout, and for the rest of the running community to realize just how easy something like this can happen.
So. THANK YOU. For all of your kind words, texts, phone calls, emails, facebook messages, tweets, Retweets of the store and shares on Facebook. You will never know how much all of it meant to me. This is really one amazing community. Well, minus the one A-hole whose comment I didn’t allow on here that said “It’s just your boobs” with a fake email address attached to it. Yes, it was just my boobs. Except they are mine. They belong to no one else. It could’ve been worse, and it wasn’t. IT WAS STILL AN ATTACK AND A VIOLATION. None of me was his to touch, grab, fondle, etc. DON’T EVER, EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.
Several news stations called and one of the features is this one below. One thing that was left out was a question about my surroundings. I didn’t realize it until he asked, but I could describe the other runners I saw, cars that drove by, and people in their yards. I was paying attention, and that made me feel good.
I was thrilled when I received the call today that I would need to do a photo identification of a possible suspect. When the US Marshall arrived at my house I was anxious, nervous, and somewhat sick to my stomach. I have never done a line up thing before and wasn’t sure I would feel confident in my identifying, but turns out, your gut is right. I apparently identified the guy they already had in custody.
The news broke the story and apparently the a-hole has a car like the other witness described. He will be charged with 3 counts of sexual abuse (because of other other victims) and I will have to go home to testify. I never thought that I would be like one of my fav shows, Law and Order SVU. All still so surreal to me.
I DID go on my run today. I had my ifitness belt with my phone in it. And, I used my inhaler pre-run and put my mace where my inhaler usually goes. My head was on a swivel and adrenaline pumping, but I felt great. I wanted to yell at everyone to take their earbuds out and pay attention.
Two funny things from this whole thing. And come on, I gotta find a funny. I need it.
1. Dude actually has pretty solid running form. He doesn’t deserve another picture on my blog, but feel free to go look at it.
2. The news stations called me a jogger. I had two friends notice and say, “pretty sure you aren’t a jogger.” Exactly. I’m a runner. Who was running sub 9 minute pace when that POS caught me. I love that both of them noticed it. I originally didn’t (obviously not a real concern) but we runners are very touchy on the runner vs. jogger subject.
I want to give another huge thank you and shout out to the news stations and the Mobile Police Department for all of their help. Not sure we would’ve caught this guy or had others come forward without your help. I’m also very lucky that I happened to be in a neighborhood with security cameras.
Enough with the drama. I’m tired. I’ll be back with a really happy *PR* post from my 5K soon. There was some good in the Thanksgiving trip home.
Again, thank you for your support. Like I said on Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for this fabulous blogger/running community. Virtual hugs.