While I was running yesterday, I started thinking about running safety. I don’t consider myself a paranoid person and don’t really worry about something bad happening, but I make it a point to be aware of what’s going on around me.
I grew up in a hard working neighborhood (code for no rich people, no mansions, no trust funds, no limos, no fake lawns, get it? ) It was nothing to write home about, but it taught me quite a few things that still come in handy today. Being street smart is one of them. While I don’t consider myself a pro at it, I do think I’m diligent about being aware of my surroundings, so I thought I’d share a little of knowledge I’ve acquired through the years with you guys.
I’m not ignorant to the fact that there are bad people out there, and I’m not saying I’m invincible, but I’ll tell you this, I will not to let fear dictate how I live my life.
I see questionable people on the streets all the time. Thankfully I’ve never been in a compromising position while running and I hope you guys have never do either.
Here are a few tips I use to hopefully make a potential perpetrator think twice before targeting me.
- Make eye contact with every person you pass. I usually give a nod or good morning and put a little confidence in it. If I feel a little uneasy, I add a don’t F with me kind of look.
- Act confident, run with intention. I even do this when I’m out in the public by myself. Sometimes when I don’t know my husband’s around (say, we separate inside a store), Mike tells me I do the “bitch walk” when I’m by myself. I think if I act the part, potential perps will leave me alone & find someone who looks weak.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. I try to always scan where I’m at, where I’m headed and glance behind me every so often. Spot people before they see you. Don’t just concentrate on just the 100 feet ahead or behind you, look as far as you can down the trail or street, try to not get tunnel vision.
- Run on streets or trails that have a lot of traffic or people around. This one is obvious, but it’s always worth mentioning. I sometimes find myself looking down at the road instead of paying attention to what’s going on around me.
- Turn your earphones down a bit. I’m not going to suggest running without them because I love running with them. I just keep the volume low to medium. It’s enough where I can hear cars, bicyclist and anyone, including dogs approaching me.
- Don’t make a habit of running the same route all the time. It’s crazy how many time’s over the years I’ve had random people walk up to me and say something like “your the runner girl.” People are always watching you even when you don’t see them. I wear bright clothes, (really cute Lululemon, that costs way too much, my husband says) so traffic sees me, but so does everyone else.
- Run towards traffic on side streets. I don’t know if there’s a law about this like there is with cycling, but I’ve always done it and have never had a problem. I don’t want to give anyone the opportunity to drive up behind me. If you do find yourself running with traffic, and you think some one could be driving behind you, turn around and run past them. If they wanna mess with you now they have to turn around or drive in reverse.
If someone ever tried to attack me, they would probably regret it because I’m not going down without a fight. Of course you never really know how you would react to a situation until your actually in it. I hope that’s not the case for myself or any of you guys.
Another post brought to you by an endorphin fueled run, and maybe, just maybe, too much caffeine. Right now I just feel like such a badass!
Please add your tips in the comments section, we can all learn from each other.
Ever had a run in with someone?
What did you do?