June 26 2017
Coach Hillary Kigar advises runners to switch up the scenery and surfaces when picking their next running spots.
Aside from not running alone, staying inside the gym to use the treadmill and taking constant self-defense classes, it’s important to continue to find ways to keep yourself safe while running. In my opinion—and I’m not happy about it—there are three common denominators when people are attacked on the run: being alone, being female and running in an unpopulated area.
But I’m going to make a confession here: I still run alone, but only about half of the time and never in isolated areas or after dark. But I still run alone. I also drive a car even though 110 people are killed daily in car accidents. And I know for a fact that all of you do one or both of these things too. But I’m not going to stop running alone—but I will also take every precaution that I can. When you drive, you take precautions by wearing a seat belt, not being distracted, and, honestly, assuming everyone else on the road is stupid. In other words, you’re aware of my surroundings and drive defensively.
What are your additional safety tips for running alone, at night or at all? Tweet @WomensRunning!