She ran from a man with a gun and got away.

There are certain areas of town which you know to be safe.  You know what I’m talking about, the exclusive areas where mostly wealthy people live.  The privileged areas.  I don’t live in one of those areas, or even close.

my hood

Now, that’s more like my neighborhood.  If you don’t have fancy, you improvise.  Seriously though my neighborhood is basically working class, it’s not dangerous but I would never run too far from my house unless the sun is out.  Period.

Coffee Pot Blvd. is a street located near an exclusive area called Snell Isle.  I have friends who live there and it’s a beautiful area.  It’s also what I’d consider super safe.  Until yesterday I would have no problem running in that neighborhood before the sun came up.

Coffee Pot Blvd.

This is Coffee Pot Blvd.

I’ve run in several ‘safe’ neighborhoods just like it many times and often early in the morning before the sun appeared.  Sometimes I’ve seen other runners and sometimes I didn’t see anyone but I never felt unsafe.

Yesterday a 23 year old woman was running on Coffee Pot Blvd. when a man approached her and asked for directions.  It was just before 6AM and it was dark.  She slowed her pace and gave the man directions but he wanted more so he pointed a gun at her and told her to get in the car.

She didn’t.  She ran as fast as she could to the nearest person and then called her father and the police.  She did the right thing.  Her story was all over the news yesterday.  She was even interviewed on a few channels but she asked that they conceal her identity.

As I watched the story I couldn’t help but think about what I would have done in that situation.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten in the car either but who knows really how we’d react in that situation.  What I did realize is that I could have easily been in her place because I like to run alone and I would have felt comfortable in that area, comfortable enough to run before the sun rise but not anymore.

No

Yesterday was a wake up call for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I know things can happen at any time of the day but it’s more likely to happen in the dark and I don’t want to put myself in a situation in which I don’t feel 100% safe.  I also realize that I’ve had this perception of what a ‘safe’ area is and that is not always the case.  And I am keenly aware of how I get lost in thought and don’t often pay attention to  whats going on around me and that can be dangerous.

Thankfully the 23 year old runner did all the right things and ran away unharmed.  But I think it’s important to remember that it doesn’t really matter where you run.  What matters is that you’re cautious and that you are always aware of your surroundings and that you’re prepared, just in case.

Do you run alone?

Do you run in the dark?

Do you carry pepper spray or any sort of protection with you?

Tuesday, two places to put your money, do it!

Hey y’all.  Last Tuesday I told you about the Defend Six, a safety wearable that alerts you when someone is approaching.  The kickstarter campaign launched last night.  It’s an all or nothing campaign and they have 30 days to raise the funds to get this thing going.  I am providing the link here.  If you can’t help fund the product, please help spread the word.  Every little bit helps.  This is a product we could all use and I would love to see it out there on the trails!

Defend Six

Most of you are probably aware of Gabe Grunewald and her cancer battle.  During the summer she continued to train and race, all while enduring chemotherapy treatments.  Sadly, the treatments did not work.  Gabe posted a message on her Instagram page recently about her latest cancer treatments and what’s next for her.  Despite everything she’s gone through she remains an optimist and an inspiration.

The last thing in the world anyone in Gabe’s position should have to deal with is finances.  Thankfully AthleteBiz has set up a fund for Gabe to help offset some of the expenses she and her husband will undoubtedly incur.  You can donate here.  If anyone can beat this, it’s Gabe, she truly is awe inspiring.

Lastly, just in the last week two runners were struck and killed by automobiles.  The first, Janet Pickney, 66 of Atlanta, Georgia, and just yesterday Linda J. Evans, 66 of Columbus, Ohio.  I’d like to extend my condolences to both women’s families.

Be careful out there.  Be mindful of vehicles, and stay safe.

Tell me one thing you do to protect yourself while out running.

Think about it Thursday, Safety

Good Morning.  I’m freezing.  It’s 45 degrees here, currently.  That’s the equivalent of a blizzard in other parts of the World.

temps

In case you didn’t know, I live in the circle!

I ran anyway.  Because that’s how badass I am.  Raynaud’s be damned.  Of course currently I am sitting in the lazy boy chair with Hank on one side and we are under a heated blanket that it cranked up so high we’re in danger of electric shock.  We’re taking our chances.  I’d rather be electrocuted than cold.

cold

#ACCURATE

Did you guys see this all over the news lately?

garmin

Garmin GPS Data

That’s the GPS tracking from a runner’s Garmin.  She posted it on Instagram along with a picture of her injuries and the place where she was attacked and where she successfully fought off her attacker.  If you haven’t read her story, you must.  It is an incredible one of survival and strength.  Seriously, read it.

And while we’re on the subject of strong women, how about this woman in Alabama who was kidnapped and literally escaped by jumping out of the trunk of her car while it was speeding through the parking lot of a convenience store!

escape

Amazingly she wasn’t badly hurt.

We women sure are strong.  Although, I’m not sure I would have been nearly as strong as either of those women, I would hope I would be, but who really knows how you would react unless you’re placed in that situation and let’s hope that never happens.

I would like to say that I think it’s always a good idea when you’re out running alone to carry some mace or pepper spray.  Even when I run close to home, I carry some in my Spibelt.  It’s a tiny little can that MacGyver bought for me several years ago and I hope that I never need it but it doesn’t weight a lot, it’s not bulky, and I just leave it in the belt so that I never forget it.

If I’m ever faced with a situation where I feel that my safety is compromised, I will not hesitate to use it, and then run.  In my opinion, any self-defense is better than no self-defense.

Now, as far as my advice for staying warm……. I got nothing.

What’s the temperature where you are today?