A Lesson Learned

A true story:

I went for a short little run before Chris came over last night – we planned on running 3-4 miles together, and I wanted to run a bit more than that.  I put my Road ID app on (it alerts contacts you choose to your run, and they can track you via GPS, and if you stop moving for 5 minutes, it sends a SOS text), and set off for a quick mile.  I finished my mile, Chris arrived, and we headed out for 3-4 miles.

Fast forward a bit, and we had about half a mile left to run, and a police officer stops, gets out of his car, and approaches Chris and I.  He asks if I’m Renee, and asks a few other questions to verify my identity.  Apparently, I forgot to turn my app off after my solo mile, and my Road ID app either malfunctioned, or something happened and it sent my Mom a text saying I had been stationary for 5 minutes, and it sent my last known location (via GPS).  I hadn’t stopped for more than 5 minutes, and the time limit I had set hadn’t happened.  I’m really not sure why the app sent this SOS text to Mom.

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I quickly pulled out my phone and saw 17 missed calls, a voicemail, and several texts.  I felt so bad that the police were out looking for me.  The police officer notified the other police officers/dispatch that I was found, and I called Mom, very embarrassed.  I let Mom know I was safe, and apologized to her and the officer for all the trouble. I texted everyone who called/texted me to let them know I was alive, and Chris and I ran the last half mile to my apartment.

Moral of the story: The Road ID app works.  Another moral of the story: I should have checked and turned off the Road ID app when I started running with Chris – I usually only use the app when I am running alone.  Third moral of the story: Mom knows best, and will call the police if necessary to find me.  Last moral of the story: The Road ID app isn’t prefect, but it’s a useful tool.

Lesson learned.