On a weekday I run on the roads as its too dark for my trail. So this morning I was out early doing intervals. My usual route takes me along a ( very boring) main road. Lots of cars but I rarely see a soul. Today I was on my return and I saw a man in black ( no torch- not very well lit road). He ducked into a drive and I could see him hiding ( my head torch is v bright). I honestly thought he was going to jump or flash me and I was really scared ( obvs I sped up at that point ). It made me consider my safety. I have done a bit of research on this and I am sharing the best tips with you. I am also sharing a previous encounter that I had which freaked me out for ages.
1.Dont run with earphones- this prevents us from hearing a potential attacker behind us ( I am so guilty of this!!).
2. Alter your route- This tip is not only for those with crazy ex-boyfriends and girlfriends. When we run the same route, or the same two routes, day after day, it not only makes us easy targets for stalkers, we also have a tendency to zone out- and this makes you more alert.
3. Self defense classes....hummm I need to do this.
4. Run against the traffic ( if on main road)
5. Dont run alone ( easier said than done!) or run with a big doggy if you have one or can borrow one!! I am petrified of dogs so that's a no no for me. I have 3 chickens and 2 bunnies, I am not sure if they would be much help!!!
Have you any tips too??
Stay safe guys and keep your wits about you