We would all like to live in a world where we are free to go out running and be safe, whether it’s during the day or at night, whether you’re in an isolated woodland, or a deserted beach, but as women in this day and age, here are some tips that we think all women runners should follow.
4 Safety Tips for Women Runners
Run With A Personal Alarm
I know you love running on your own, hearing the sound of your feet beating the ground as you go. Running with a buddy is the gold standard but if you do find yourself running alone, having a safety device could be the key to keeping yourself safe. There are many on the market and some are designed to look like wrist watches that you slip on and they have velcro fasteners so fit all sizes. Amazon have a wide selection.
So, next time you go for a run after work, especially as the nights draw in, make sure you are wearing one of these great little gadgets.
Running With Music
I don’t know about you but music is my beat and keeps my feet going at the right pace, and my body moving. However, there are some situations when you should never run with your music - times you need all your senses to be fully alert. Plugging in your headphones reduces your awareness of your surroundings so please bear these tips in mind.
- Don’t use when running at night. You can’t see as well and that’s when you need to be able to hear what is in front and behind you.
- Any time dogs, cats or even attackers may be a threat - don’t put your headphones in.
- If you’re running along a street that doesn’t have a sidewalk, you don’t always hear bikes or even other runners coming behind you. Always run towards the traffic so you can see vehicles coming towards you.
Take A Self Defense Class
Learning self defense or at least some basic self defense moves will give you a chance to escape if attacked. Learning how to fight back will give you confidence and a better chance of surviving an attack.
Mix Up Your Routes
Have several different routes that you run but don’t always run the same way. Not only is mixing up your route good for your muscles, a variety of scenery is good for the brain. It also means that if someone is watching you, they don’t know which route you will take.
However, if you have to run the same route, change up the time you run. Suggest running sometimes in the morning and sometimes in the evening or on your lunch hour. Changing up your regular time by 15 minutes can make a difference.
There’s also a good article in Shape that’s been written by a former secret service agent (!) that gives you some good advice - check it out.