Mother Runner Amy S. sent in an interesting quandry that also has an audio/visual component.

Mr. Chompy wants to go for a run?

This video was shot in the city where I live,” she writes. “I personally don’t run in this area; however, one of my good girlfriends does. The day after the video was posted to Facebook she cancelled her run because, let’s get real, the thought of coming face-to-face with that guy is TERRIFYING!”

Would you have canceled your run? 
SBS says: Heck no! While that’s one scary-looking creature, I figure there are probably always alligators near running routes in Florida. It kinda goes with the territory. While there are many threats out there in the world, my blend of pragmatism and optimism would lead me to believe that I’m not destined to be that one in a million to be caught in its jaws. It’s the same way I feel about the lottery: Yes, someone is going to win, but it’s not going to be me. I am not going to let fear dictate my actions. Plus, I figure I could outrun the gator. It has such stubby legs!

Your new BRF.

Dimity says: I pretty much go by the cliche that animals are much more scared of you than you are of them—even if they are surprisingly agile reptiles that seem to be oblivious to the world as they cross a busy road. That said, I would have done some very serious research, and would go by the helpful information like from the expert Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours: There is no documented evidence of alligators running after human beings or any other land animal to prey upon them. So I doubt I would’ve changed my route, but I won’t lie: I would’ve been a little more high stepping and observant.  (Now, a Burmese python in Florida? Different story. I still can recall this New Yorker story from 2009. )

What would you do if you? Run or bail?