Hey guys! I hope all is well with you and you are still keeping up with your run routines. I’ve been MIA lately, but I’m still out there hitting the pavement on a regular basis.
Anyway, my heart has been heavy lately reading about the crimes committed on some of our fellow runners. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about them: Alexandra Nicolette in Michigan, Karina Vetrano in New York, and Vanessa Marcotte in Massachusetts. All 3 ladies went out for their usual run, and never returned home. Worst, all 3 crimes happened just a few days apart. Read all about it here. How sad! I don’t know about you, but reading these stories really hit home for me. I just cannot help but to think what if it was me.
I love outdoor running and would not trade it for indoor running for anything in the world, but I got reminded that it can be dangerous for a female running solo. So in light of all these tragedies, I started wondering what can I possibly do to keep safe while I’m out there running.
This is what I was able to come up with, I’m sure you practice some already, if not I hope you can find them useful.
- Be aware of your surroundings (pay attention to everything and everyone around you)
- Turn your volume down (Don’t have the music blasting so you can hear what is going on around you).
- Run with a partner if you can
- Bring pepper Spray
- Avoid running in secluded areas (avoid backstreets, alleys etc…)
- Keep your runs during the day when there are plenty of people around. (I’ve never been a fan of running in the evening. If I ever do, my fiancé is right there with me. I know some of you have very busy people, just be super careful if you must run late in the day, even early morning before sunrise.)
- Change your routine a bit. Don’t always run at the same time or on the same route .
- Use a tracking device like Road ID (to allow friends and family to track you as you run. I just started doing that with my fiancé)
The bottom line is, you ladies have to be vigilant out there. If anything were to happen, you want to be prepared.
Stay healthy, keep running and be safe!