13 Tips for Running Safely

If you are like me than you might feel like the amount of articles and news stories on runners being attacked on their runs has been increasing. There was the story of the runner in Seattle who fought off her attacker, the girl who was attacked in the middle of a race and many stories of runners being harassed. As any runner will say none of these events will scare them from the roads or the trails but it does make you more aware. These events just make runners more conscious that things can happen and we need to be prepared.

The common trends for these attacks are the victim is running alone, female and running in an unpopulated area. While most attacks are done on women men still need to pay attention to safety while running.

Be aware of your surroundings. Runners shouldn’t have to fear going out the door on a run. Just like we all get in cars even though we know the dangers we take precautions to make sure we are safe and we should treat running the same way.

These are some precautions to take to be safe on your run:

  1. Always tell someone where you are going and about how long you will be gone

  2. Stay on well-traveled roads. Do not run in dark empty areas

  3. If you can run with a dog or a group

  4. Leave the headphones home

  5. Bring your phone

  6. If someone or something doesn’t look right go the other way

  7. Change up your routes

  8. Know where you are going and show confidence

  9. Don’t be distracted. Be aware of your surroundings

  10. Take a self-defense class. You never know when this will come in handy

  11. Run confidently

  12. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t

  13. Bring pepper spray