I have been thinking a lot about yesterday’s blog post especially after some comments from readers. I always love and appreciate all comments I get, so please keep them coming – I want to continually improve, and your comments help me do that.
I think I was remiss when I did not say if you do run at night, stay safe out there.
Be Safe and Aware
Anne Marie from AM Goals For the Week commented yesterday, reminding me to take precautions – be safe and aware. This is important for all runners, espeshally women, who are the most common victims of an attack.
Sometimes I am a bit blinded by where I live, and forget that most of the rest of the world lives in places a lot less remote than I do, with a lot more people in their town (or city) than 60. My most likely attacker on a run is going to be (literally) a rutting moose or a pack of coyotes. I carry mace for those reasons, but it is also a good back up in case one of those two legged predators decide to make their way to my little town.
A coworker of Anne Marie’s was attacked on a morning run. In her blog she outlines things you can do to stay safe. I just want to repeat those here: run with a group, take a self defense class, carry mace, carry your cell, run with your dog, run in VERY well lit roads. Check out her blog for the full story about how her and a group of co-workers took back their morning run after the attack. Thank you Anne Marie for the reminder.
Kevin from Ironman By Thirty posted a video that I am going to re-post here. When you do run at night, make sure you are visible. I run with a Brooks Night Life Jacket and a headlamp backwards on my head. And to date, I have not seen a car on my “in town” run. But if I do, I want to be sure they see me.
There are a lot of different types of reflective gear out there, it is a must have it you plan on running at night, even under lights.
This video (re-posted from Kevin’s blog) makes it crystal clear how important reflective gear is.
Stay safe, run hard, and have fun out there!