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Her 5 AM Morning Runs Bothers a Neighbor, But as Tensions Escalate Within the Community, She Learns the Whole Neighborhood Wants Her to Quit.

In the dim light of dawn, the Original Poster (OP), a devoted runner, ignites an unlikely community conflict with her routine morning runs. As OP’s routes inadvertently trigger neighborhood security lights and agitate sleeping dogs, the tension among the neighbors escalates.

A New Dawn

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OP, a 26-year-old woman, has established a routine of going for a 5-mile run early in the morning, usually starting at around 5 AM. Her running habit, while beneficial to her, triggers security lights and agitates dogs in the neighborhood. Neighbors, tired of the disturbance, start complaining via the Nextdoor app, a platform that brings together people living in proximity.

Unwanted Celebrity

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OP becomes identifiable due to her headlamp and flashers, which she uses to stay safe during her early morning runs. Her unwitting intrusion into the quiet morning routine of her neighbors is captured on their doorbell cameras, making it easy to identify her as the culprit. They even went so far as to post videos of her online.

The Neighborhood’s Verdict

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Neighbors, seeking a resolution to the disturbances caused by OP’s early runs, suggest she change her route or schedule. The neighbors begin to attack OP on Nextdoor while OP defends her rights as a runner and community member. The thread veers into an all-out attack on her lifestyle as more voices join in to criticize her refusal to adapt to her routine.

The Runner’s Defense

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Facing the onslaught of criticism, OP attempts to make a case for her routine, mentioning that she does not complain about sprinklers wetting her due to faulty calibration. She pleads for understanding, stating she enjoys the tranquility of her early morning runs.

An Unfriendly Suggestion

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Among the flood of complaints and suggestions, one retort stands out. One neighbor challenges her to “be neighborly” and hit the gym instead. This neighbor’s words become a rallying cry, further incensing the disgruntled community against OP.

The Unyielding Stance

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Despite the growing animosity, OP stands firm in her aversion to running on treadmills. She defiantly rejects the idea of paying a premium for a gym membership, choosing instead the freedom and tranquility of outdoor running.

A Friend’s Advice

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OP’s best friend, concerned about the escalating tension, advises her to adjust her schedule. Yet, OP dismisses the suggestion, citing the risk of disrupting her well-structured morning routine.

Parks Are Not an Option

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A common suggestion from the community is for OP to run in a park. Unfortunately, the only park nearby is a small, single-block area, offering no viable solution.

The Varied Routes

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OP tries to clarify that her routes are varied, taking different streets to distribute the disturbance. Despite this effort, each route presents the same problems of security lights and dogs. This just further exacerbates OP’s attempt at finding a compromise.

Car-less and Cornered

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Neighbors continue to offer more solutions, like the possibility of driving to a different location. She states that driving for her run is out of reach, as OP does not own a car. The lack of cooperation with the alternatives solidifies the community’s stance against her.

The Gym Membership Rejected

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The idea of a gym membership is revisited and firmly rejected once again by OP. Her financial constraints do not accommodate such a luxury, and the closest affordable gym is inconveniently distant. With all of the back and forth, they see it as an unwillingness to compromise.

The Immoveable Schedule

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OP lays bare the structure of her morning routine, insisting that she cannot run later. The strict timeline allows for her 5-mile run, followed by her getting ready for work and leaving for the bus at 7:45 AM. The rigid schedule offers no respite to the disgruntled neighborhood.

A Silent Standoff

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For OP, this has turned her once peaceful morning hours into a time of unspoken conflict. OP wonders if her morning runs are worth all of the hostility towards her. Also, with neighbors posting videos of her online, she wonders if she is even safe to do so.

Was Continuing Her Morning Runs Even Though It Disturbs the Neighborhood Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “Their lights would flash on, and their dogs would bark if it was a car, a newbie cyclist, or a rabbit/homeless cat/feral dog running in front of their houses. What does it matter if it’s you?”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “Unless you are doing something to intentionally set these things off, you’re fine. Maybe these neighbors need a crate or a white noise machine.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “I would say just to ignore that Nextdoor app. We got on it for a minute but stopped. It was all just a group of neighbors who had nothing better to do.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re right if everyone else is wrong together.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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