The mention of being assaulted has a bit of a different spin on it as the very rural area where I do many workouts and my long run has had numerous day time burgularies in the last month. Normally I do not worry at all about strangers but I do think it might be a rather tight spot to surprise these rather bold burglars by running by as they carry the TV and computer out of someone's house. Esp if it was a friend or relative's house in the area. I guess my only option would be a cross country escape if pursued. They can follow me on the road with a car but I highly doubt it that they will hoof it across the cornfield and marsh. Ironic is that my downfall would be the high visibility of most of my running shirts.
I have been curious if I have came up as a person of interest in police reports as the last house robbed is right near where I usually take a short walk break between tempo intervals. I guess I don't look too suspicious though as I don't normally take my TV for a run.