Running safety tips for women


THERE IS A $50,000 REWARD FOR A HER SAFE RETURN. WELL, THE CASE IN CALIFORNIA IS A WARNING FOR WOMEN WHO LIKE TO RUN. THERE ARE RISKS WHEN YOU HIT THE ROAD ALONE EVERYTHING FROM CAT CALLS TO ACTUALLY BEING FOLLOWED CAN LEAVE WOMEN FEELING VULNERABLE. OUR ONLILY SPANN JOINS US WITH IMPORTANT TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOU SAFE. A RECENT STUDY FROM RUNNERS WORLD FOUND 43% OF WOMEN EXPERIENCE HARASSMENT LEAST SOMETIMES ON RUN AND THAT COMPARES TO 4% FOR MEN. I TALKED WITH ONE LOCAL RUNNER WHO IS DOING ALL THE THINGS RIGHT AN STILL LEFT HER IN A SCARY SITUATION. THEY’RE ALONE, AND SOMETIMES IT’S REALLY DARK OUT. WHEN SHE TRAINS FOR MARATHONS SHE’S COVERING A LOT OF GROUND. AND THAT MEANS THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOME UNWANTED ATTENTION. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN HARASSED? WELL HONKING HORNS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE SCARIEST IT THROWS YOUR RHYTHM OFF AND YOU CAN TRIP, FALL. ON ONE RUN SHE TOOK STEPS TO SAY SAFE RUNNING LAPSE IN A WELL LIT PARKING LOT BUT SOMETHING CAUGHT HER EYE. HE KEPT CIRCLING THE PARKING LOT AND I’M LIKE THIS JUST FEELS WEIRD. HE WASN’T PARKING, HE WAS JUST GOING REALLY REALLY SLOW. AND I’M IN THE MIDDLE. I CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. WHEN SHE PRETENDED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL THAT DRIVER LEFT. TAMPA POLICE SERGEANT IS A RUNNER TOO. SHE SAYS THAT WOMEN NEED TO FOLLOW HER LEAD AND TRUST THEIR GUT. IF IT DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT CALL POLICE. I RUN IN MORE OF A SUBDIVISION, SO IF I NEEDED ASSISTANCE IT WOULD BE EASILY TO DIVERT OFF A ROAD TO A HOUSE. SHE ALSO URGES WOMEN TO STAND TALL WHILE RUNNING, SHOULDER BACK, HEAD UP. RUN WITH AN ATTITUDE. WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING LOOK CONFIDENT. PUT TECHNOLOGY TO USE TOO. GPS WATCHES TRACK YOUR MILES AND PACE. BUT WHEN I STARTED IT, IT WILL TRACK WHERE I’M AT. AND THAT CAN LET OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU’RE RUNNING IF YOU DON’T RETURN AND DON’T FORGET TO USE YOUR PHONE AND SNAP PICTURES OF SUSPICIOUS CARS OR PEOPLE. CAT CALLING AND STUFF, BAD MANNERS IS NOT A CRIME, BUT FOLLOWING STALKING, HARASSING IS. AND THAT’S WHY THE SERGEANT SAYS NEVER HESITATE TO CALL POLICE. THE SERGEANT ALSO GAVE ME 4 MORE IMPORTANT TIPS FIRST OF ALL, STAY AWAY FROM RUNNING ROUTES WITH HIGH HEDGES AND ISOLATED AREAS AND AS MUCH AS WE LOVE OUR MUSIC TAKE OUT THE EAR PHONES LISTEN FOR FOOTSTEPS, TRAFFIC. NEXT HAVE A SAFETY PLAN IN MIND OF WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF SOMEONE APPROACHES YOU FINALLY SHE RUNS WITH A WHISTLE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW SHE’S IN TROUBLE OR SCARE OFF THAT ATTACKER. GOOD INFORMATION. YOU CAN STILL ENJOY YOUR RUN AND STEER CLEAR OF THE SCARY TURNS. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE STATISTICSES YOU GAVE US OF HOW MANY WOMEN ARE HARASSED WHEN THEY’RE OUTRUNNING. EXACTLY AND I’VE LOOKED AT THE ENTIRE SURVEY AND LINKED IT TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE. AND IT’S STAGGERING WHAT WOMEN HAVE DEALT WITH. AGAIN, IT’S NOT A CRIME BUT IT JUST LEAVES YOU WITH THAT SINKING FEELING THAT WHAT IF THEY TURNED AROUND, YOU KNOW IT LEAVES YOU VULNERABLE. IT MAKES YOU UNEASY ONE OF THE THINGS I’VE NOTICED BECAUSE IT’S TYPICALLY HOT AND SUNNY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SHADE THE BIG TREES, HEDGES TO PROBING THEMSELVES FROM THE SUN AND YOU COULD ACTUALLY BE PUTTING YOURSELF IN DANGER. AND ONE OF THE TIPS WAS NO — YOU KNOW HAVE IN MIND WHAT YOU WOULD DO. SHE RUNS WITH A ROAD

4 Replies to “Running safety tips for women”

  1. I have to go through this every single day in south africa..being followed..cat called..stared at…honked at… Theres just no more respect for women. Advice: Get runners pack "fanny pack" with a pocket knife in..whistle and pepper spray or even phone. Helps alot in an emergency, and nobody will know you have it by you as most also have water holders. Stay safe 💙

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