From Redditor u/MysteriouScan6405:
I run in a city and choose to run at the worst times of day, but I’ve only ever had one encounter in my life and it was pretty bad.
I turned the block around mile 2 at around 10:00p.m. crossed 2 more blocks and heard a couple dudes behind me. I look behind me and there were 2 guys walking behind me and then I turn forward and I see 2 more in front of me. Before I could attempt to maneuver away, the 2 dudes charged me and the other 2 dudes behind me came up too.
I’ve done years of competitive jiu-jitsu and muay thai, but that probably wouldn’t help me much in that situation, so I just uncorked my elbows and swung as hard as I could until I had enough time to get on my feet and run away.
I don’t run with any valuables, so I didn’t lose anything. Thankfully 1. I’m a runner and I’m pretty good at it and 2. my elbow probably broke someones nose because I found blood on my shirt back at my apartment.