So anyway one of the worst stories is about Sherry Arnold. Her story is an extreme one but it can happen to any of us! I have read stories of people getting attacked in broad daylight!! There are also the stories of people just running along and a driver is texting or reaching for a fallen water bottles and they swerve off the road and KILL people.
I am sure if my mother reads this post she will probably get my husband to tie me to my treadmill and keep me off the roads forever but that is not an option. Once the weather gets better my ass is back out there!! But there are things to do to keep you safe. Some are common sense but sometimes those are the first we forget about so it is good for a refresher. For me, I have a Road ID, reflective gear and knuckle lights for evening and night running and I do not go out running if my husband is not home or at least somewhere with a phone and knows I am out running. I also have thought about getting a wrist worn pepper spray, not just for people but a loose dog can do a lot of harm too.....I am honestly afraid I will hurt myself more with it.
Here are some other things to do to be safe – not just while running, but in general.
(Thank you SUAR for this list)
- Always tell someone where you are going.
- Stay on well travelled and well lit roads. Don’t take short cuts through woods, poorly lit areas, etc.
- If possible, run with a dog, a group or at least one other person.
- Ditch the headphones. **I have a 1 ear set so I can be aware of whats going on**
- Bring your phone.
- If someone looks shady to you, cross the street or go the other way.
- Vary your routes. Don’t be predictable.
- Know where you’re going. Looking confused and lost can make you a target.
- Don’t be distracted. Perpetrators specifically look for people who aren’t 100% aware of their surroundings.
- Consider taking a self defense class. You never know when you might need these skills.
- Reconsider the pony tail. This is an easy thing to grab and pull.
- Have an air of confidence. Walk or run tall with your head up.
- Trust your gut. If something/someone doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
- Bring pepper spray, but keep in mind it can be used against you too.
- If attacked, do everything in your power to not be taken to another location.
- Mark your calendars
- Print out a running bib and pin it to your shirt
- Gather your friends, your running club members, your families
- If it’s wet where you are, “laminate” your bib with postage tape and punch holes in it
- If that time doesn’t work, go when you can
- GO. Run as far and as long as you want. Walk, hike, cycle, rollerblade if you don’t want to or can’t run.
- Please share this on your blogs, Facebooks and Twitters
- Keep it simple. Just run with Sherry on your minds and hearts.
The goal for the run is two fold:
- To get the MOST love, momentum and energy moving in honor of Sherry. This run symbolizes a hope for continued healing and honors a woman who was courageous, strong and loved by so many. When we run for Sherry, we also run for other runners who have been brutally attacked.
- The run symbolizes our promise to run as SAFELY as we can, but to not fearfully scramble inside to treadmills or to stop doing something we love due to fear.