Why was I so hesitant?
Sherry Arnold very carefully. Sherry is a mom, wife, teacher, and runner who went missing on January 7th. She was last seen leaving her home for an early morning run and is now presumed dead.
Then I saw this story about a 19-year-old woman who was brutally attacked. This occurred just minutes from my home- my neighborhood- which I always think of as quiet and safe.
Now, I'm not asking you to stop running outdoors and I'm not asking you to never run alone. We can't live in fear... but we can use caution. Here are just a few tips:
this set of LED headlamps. At $11 for a pair, I thought this was a great deal. The girls are happy because their hands are free for making snowballs and they can see where they're headed.
Share your itinerary. Make sure someone knows your regular running route. Leave a note if you're taking a different route. And let someone know approximately how long you plan to be gone. I must admit, I've never been good about these things. But, I plan on changing my ways in the interest of safety.
Keep your ears open. I love music when I run. But not in the dark. Don't deprive yourself of one of your senses. And even in the sunshine, keep your volume at a level that still allows you to hear the world around you.
Check out this post by Dimity McDowell, co-author of Run Like a Mother. Her tips are more extensive than mine.
And I'll add one more... run WITH your kids. Eventually they'll be old enough to follow all the safety tips and head out on their own. Until then, be a team.
What's your best safety tip?
Would you wear the headlamp or would you feel like a dork?