Ok.....where to begin. I've been dealing with runner's knee for a year now and after six months of long walks for rehab I've progressed to the point where I can run/walk. I do a lot of my exercise late at night.(between 10PM and 1AM) I have always preferred to run at night as it is cooler and less traffic/more peaceful although maybe not quite this late.
I do a lot of my walk/runs out of my neighborhood and have no problems. But that gets boring after a while. I like to drive to a neighboring town to walk to break up the scenery maybe once a week. So I've been going to this town that I used to live in by the way to do my walks and lately it seems I can't go there without being harassed by local Police. I don't understand it. When I lived there I ran at night all the time and never got stopped once.
I've been stopped 3 times over the last 6 months and been followed a couple other times. The first time the cop said he saw me running from a church. That was an out and out lie because my knee wouldn't even allow me to run at the time. He asked me for ID but I don't carry any when running so he took my name down. When I asked why he wanted my name when I was doing nothing wrong he said......"in case you are lying to me". Left a bad taste in my mouth for sure. Just last Sat. night a different cop(I think) was following me acting like he was checking parking lots and such but I knew what he was doing. When I took off on my running portion he pulled up beside me and said "what are you doing just running". I said yep. So he goes on down the road and pulls in somebody's driveway so I just run on by him as I have already said what I was doing.
He pulls out of the driveway and pulls up behind me down the road and at that point I have to stop. He asks me for ID which I don't have on me so at this point I feel like I'm on the defensive all for exercising. I tried to explain that I used to live there and ran at night ALL THE TIME but I'm still not sure he believed me. He said....."so you are headed back to your vehicle?". I took that to mean this workout is over lets wrap it up.This is getting to the ridiculous stage. It is not a crime to exercise at night. Not everybody works first shift. I'm nowhere near people's property. I'm usually on the side of the road or on a walking path. If I am doing nothing wrong I don't feel like I should even have to explain myself to these cops. Some of you might think it's weird to run at midnight but I doubt there is any serious runner that hasn't at some point. It's more common than you think. I guess they are just power hungry guys probably new to the force that have nothing better to do.
Should I go to the station and file a complaint or something? Will it even do any good? I can see getting stopped once but this is a Really small police force. Don't they communicate at all? Should cops be allowed to stop you just for being out late when you are minding your own business? Thoughts?