I really appreciate all the kind comments regarding my foot pain. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and icing it frequently. It is feeling much better but I’m planning to take it easy through the week, and hopefully get back to running this weekend. Fingers crossed.
But all that being said, something much more serious happened in the little town I live in today, that I thought would be worth sharing and hopefully discussing in the comments.
At 3pm today, in broad daylight, on a bike path that is near neighborhoods, local businesses and even a major (and relatively busy road), a woman was biking on a bike path and was stabbed in the throat by a random man. The details are still coming out, and as I type this local and state police are still trying to track the guy down. The woman is in the hospital but it sounds like she will be okay, thank goodness.
The bike path that this happened on, is one that I have frequently ran on. The hubby and I lived right along it before we bought and moved into our house, and I have been running on it as my training runs have gotten longer, because it is a good, scenic way to add in a 5 mile out-and-back route. In fact, I ran on it the last time I ran, on Sunday. To say I’m freaked out would be completely accurate. And although I get that this isn’t about me personally, I feel the effects of it.
As a female, I do tend to “watch my back” when I am walking in town after dark alone, or walking to my car in a dark parking lot or garage. Though I am watchful when I am running, I definitely feel a (false) sense of security when it is daylight. I do have a couple habits that I have put in place to protect myself;
- I carry my cell phone,
- I do change my route frequently, including running in different areas when it’s dark, or taking my running inside to the treadmill,
- I have taken a few self-defense classes,
- my dad and I run together occasionally,
- my husband always knows my route and ETA back home,
- and I have the runner pepper spray, but honestly I only carry it when I run in the early morning darkness (but that will change now).
I plan to not run on this specific path for a while, and maybe never on the more remote parts of the trail alone. I’ll be sticking to highly populated neighborhoods for the remainder of my training cycle.
I hate to feel scared, and hate that someone could cause me (and others I know) to feel scared to go running outside alone. I think this is just a reminder to me to re-assess my running habits and re-think about how I could make myself safer.
What do you do to protect yourself when you are running?